Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Study: Impoverished students and black students suffer greater impact from closure of Houston schools

School closures disproportionately displace poor and black students, according to a new study from researchers at Southern Methodist University and Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium.

In a look at the Houston Independent School District’s school closures between 2003 and 2010, researchers found that schools with a higher proportion of black students were particularly likely to be targeted by closures, said education policy researcher Meredith Richards, co-author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy and Leadership at SMU, Dallas. Continue reading

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Inverse: There is no limit to human speed — Fast, faster, fastest, and fastest-er.

Science writer Jacqueline Ronson tapped the expertise of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand for an article on the news web site Inverse.com that examines the possibility for humans to continue running faster and faster — and faster.

Ronson cites physiologist Weyand’s numerous research findings, which have explored the mechanics of how sprinters like Usain Bolt and other world-class athletes are able to run so fast that they continually break speed records. The article “There is no limit to human speed” published Aug. 11, 2016.
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Scientific American: Blade Runners — Do High-Tech Prostheses Give Runners an Unfair Advantage?

90AFDA25-7F51-4DCB-99FAB8F64EAEDF5BScience writer Larry Greenemeier cited the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand for an article in Scientific American that examines the pros and cons of carbon-fiber blade prosthetics used by athlete amputees.

Greenemeier cites Weyand’s research findings from a study of Olympic blade-runner Oscar Pistorius to determine whether the double-amputee had a competitive advantage from his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. The article “Blade Runners: Do High-Tech Prostheses Give Runners an Unfair Advantage?” published Aug. 5, 2016. Continue reading

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Scientific American: Have We Reached the Athletic Limits of the Human Body?

13C5A8BA-E26E-4500-95144C71E5B1DED4Science writer Bret Stetka tapped the expertise of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand for an article in Scientific American examining the potential for humans to continue improving strength and speed beyond what has already been achieved.

Stetka quotes Weyand for his expertise on the mechanics of running and speed of world-class sprinters like Usain Bolt. The article “Have We Reached the Athletic Limits of the Human Body?,” published Aug. 5, 2016. Continue reading

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The Wall Street Journal: The Science Behind Sprinter Usain Bolt’s Speed

Usain Bolt, Peter Weyand, Wall Street Journal, sprinters, speed, biomechanicsScience writer Matthew Futterman tapped the expertise of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand for an article about the world’s fastest-ever human, Usain Bolt.

Reporting in The Wall Street Journal, Futterman quotes Weyand for his expertise on the mechanics of Usain Bolt’s unusual speed. The article “The Science Behind Sprinter Usain Bolt’s Speed,” published July 28, 2016. Continue reading

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Scientific American: The Secret to Human Speed — “To sprint like a pro, think like a piston.”

Peter Weyand, human speed, Scientific American, SMU, elite sprinters, speed, biomechanicsThe work of SMU biomechanics researcher Peter G. Weyand is featured in the August 2016 issue of the science news magazine Scientific American.

Science writer and associate editor Dina Fine Maron reports on Weyand’s leading-edge research about the key to human speed for sprinters in the article “The Secret to Human Speed” and the video report “How Elite Sprinters Run So Fast.” Continue reading

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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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