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West Texas Capital Jury Project.  Department researchers intend to continue their research of capital jury decision making in the fall of 2012. Dr. Keith Price, Dr. Gary Byrd, Dr. Susan Coleman, and Dr. Tim Atchison are working together to further examine the phenomenon of death qualification. The researchers plan on utilizing twenty mock capital juries made up of WTAMU students. The death qualified juries will be compared with the non death qualified juries to examine differences or possible sources of pro-prosecutor bias.

Certified Public Manager Program.  Dr. Dwight Vick, assistant professor of political science, has formed partnerships with Texas State University at San Marcos and Texas Tech University in Lubbock to bring the nationally-recognized Certified Public Mangers  program to the Texas Panhandle.

Emergency Response Plan.  Dr. Harry Hueston's graduate class recently took on the challenge of emergency planning. The class reviewed WTAMU's existing emergency plans. The class then contacted universities that had experienced disaster recoveries from: blizzards, floods, train wrecks, tornadoes, wildfires, and chemical explosions. The class applied this information to the WTAMU plan. The revision was presented to the WTAMU President's Cabinet by the class. As a result of the class project the WTAMU Emergency Plan has been revised to include various recoveries. 

Publications.  Dr. Dwight Vick, assistant professor of political science, is the author of two recent publications: Drug Politcy in the 21st Century and Woodbury County, Iowa's Community Drug Court 1999-2008.                         

Legal Reading.  Dr. James Calvi, professor of political science, and Susan Coleman, instructor of political science, are co-authors of American Law and Legal Systems, seventh edition. The book offers readers a greater understanding of the American legal system.

Book Collaboration.  Dr. Dave Rausch, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Reed Welch, head of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, have teamed up with three other authors to write Government in America: People, Politics and Policy. The 13th edition textbook focuses on the nature of democracy and the scope of government. Its 27 chapters cover a variety of topics. Rausch and Welch wrote part 5 of the book, which covers government in Texas.

National Conference Presentation.  Dawn Marie Jordan, a criminal justice master's student and state parole officer, and Dr. Keith Price, associate professor of criminal justice and sociology, presented a paper on preparing correctional students to deal with Mexican immigrants at the American Correctional Association (ACA) conference. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas. The ACA is the largest correctional association in North America.