Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

SMU 2015 research efforts broadly noted in a variety of ways for world-changing impact

SMU scientists and their research have a global reach that is frequently noted, beyond peer publications and media mentions.

It was a good year for SMU faculty and student research efforts. Here’s a small sampling of public and published acknowledgements during 2015, ranging from research modeling that made the cover of a scientific journal to research findings presented as evidence at government hearings. Continue reading

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WFAA: Can Technology Help Kids Learn to Read

SMU’s Dara Rossi was interviewed by the summer reading program Shelly’s Summer Bookworms for Dallas TV station WFAA.

Rossi is a clinical assistant professor and director of SMU’s Teach for American Teacher Education Program in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. She was asked how using technology can help young students learn to read.

Rossi is an experienced educator with a strong science background, including K-12 curriculum development and administration. Continue reading

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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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