Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

The Texas Tribune: Coalition Publishes Study Touting Flagship Universities

An independent study by Michael McLendon was covered by The Texas Tribune in a Dec. 6 article by journalist Reeve Hamilton.

McLendon is professor of higher education policy and leadership in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development. Continue reading

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SMU-North Texas Food Bank study will analyze causes of hunger in Dallas and rural North Texas

Economists at SMU will analyze the roles social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger in North Texas.

Recent studies have found that household economic resources are not the only factor contributing to food insecurity, according to Thomas B. Fomby, SMU professor of economics. Continue reading

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Academic achievement improved among students active in structured after-school programs

School-age children who participate in structured after-school activities improve their academic achievement, according to a new study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

The study by researchers in SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development measured academic performance of students enrolled in Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Continue reading

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DMN: Cowlishaw: Research by SMU professor shows blades give Pistorius edge

Sports journalist Tim Cowlishaw with The Dallas Morning News has covered the long-running global controversy surrounding double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Controversy has swirled around the sprinter over whether his light-weight, carbon-fiber prosthetic “Cheetah” legs give him a competitive advantage.

Cowlishaw’s Aug. 12 column “Research by SMU professor shows blades give Pistorius edge” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert on human locomotion and on Pistorius’ competitive advantage. Continue reading

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The Economist: Faster, higher, no longer

The Economist explores the question of whether the human body has maxed-out when it comes to breaking future Olympic athletic records.

The Aug. 4 article “Faster, higher, no longer” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human speed and human locomotion. Continue reading

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Sports Illustrated: Fair or foul? Experts split over whether Pistorius has advantage

Sports Illustrated has written a comprehensive piece on the long-running global controversy surrounding double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

The Aug. 2 article “Fair or foul? Experts split over whether Pistorius has advantage” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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New study: Running mechanics, not metabolism, are key to performance for elite sprinters

Contrary to traditional scientific understanding, sprint and endurance exercise differ fundamentally in the relationship between exercise mechanics, metabolism and performance, according to new research from the University of Montana and Southern Methodist University, Dallas. New findings indicate that sprinting performance is limited by musculoskeletal forces and the rapidity with which those forces are impaired by fatigue. Continue reading

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Scientific American: Does Double Amputee Oscar Pistorius’s Prosthetic Legs Disqualify Him from the Olympics?

Scientific American has written a comprehensive piece on the long-running global controversy surrounding double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, the South African vying to compete in the Olympics.

The July 24 article “Should Oscar Pistorius’s Prosthetic Legs Disqualify Him from the Olympics?” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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Discovery News: How Olympic ‘Blade Runner’ Sprints Without Feet

Discovery News has written a comprehensive piece on the running mechanics of double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

The July 20 article “How Olympic ‘Blade Runner’ Sprints Without Feet” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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