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The Dallas Better Business Bureau recently won the Outstanding BBB Award for Conciliation and Arbitration, and credits support received from the Dispute Resolution program at SMU-in-Plano. Clinical Associate Professor Tom Hartsell began the training for the BBB, and continues to identify DR graduates who can serve as arbitrators for the Bureau’s arbitration forum.
“It obviously has worked out well for both the BBB and our DR program and more importantly for our DR graduates interested in getting experience arbitrating commercial cases,”says Hartsell.
A lifetime achievement award was given to John Potter, O.D., Clinical Assistant Professor in Dispute Resolution, for his contributions to the optometry field. The Pioneer Award credits him with providing advanced medical training in optometric medicine with a focus on patient care, dispute resolution and conflict resolution. “Because of John’s sound clinical teaching, many of us are simply better doctors,” said Randall Thomas and Ron Melton, former colleagues. Potter remains a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board, and an active practitioner in dispute resolution and conflict management. Read more.
In an essay for U.S. News and World Report, Simmons’ Dean David Chard and Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America, offer ideas to make the teaching profession a viable option for younger generations. More needs to happen with compensation, professional support and flexibility. Read the article here.
Sarah Feuerbacher, director of Simmons’ Center for Family Counseling at SMU-in-Plano, was asked by broadcast journalism students in Prosper High School to talk to them about how teens struggle with anxiety and depression. The students say they face a lot of pressure to succeed.
In this story from KERA 90.1, Feuerbacher and the teens get a chance to talk about the importance of knowing what can happen and how to get help.
Feuerbacher’s former student in the Master of Counseling program, Brian Kennedy, is the journalism teacher at Prosper High School.
Assistant Professor Diego Román examines how climate change is framed in sixth grade science textbooks. He and co-author K.C. Busch from Stanford University conclude that the language used leads to doubts about the scientific occurrence.
Political and public discourse pertaining to climate change goes beyond the impact of scientific discourse, they observe, and there are implications for science education.
To read the abstract and access the paper published in Environmental Education Research, click here.
In Roll Call, Simmons Assistant Professor Karla del Rosal writes about solidifying more educational opportunities for 4.4 million immigrant students. Policymakers, she contends, can help by strengthening how teachers are trained to help bilingual children. Read her commentary here.
Applied Physiology Professor Peter Weyand gives an assessment of how cheating in sports can change in definition. Weyand directs the Simmons Locomotor Performance Lab at SMU. Read his column in the Huffington Post here.
Simmons Clinical Assistant Professor Dara Rossi speaks about her research on middle school students who use technology to read with WFAA-TV Chnanel 8’s anchor, Shelley Slater.
Assistant Professor Candace Walkington in Teaching and Learning collaborates with SMU Guildhall summer school students to test how motion capture software may help teach math. Walkington is examining how abstract mathematical concepts can be grounded in students’ out-of-school interests, experiences and everyday reasoning practices.
Assistant Professor Meredith Richards in Education Policy and Leadership provides expertise on new maps that the U.S. Department of Education will release on school attendance boundaries.
In an Education Week article, Richards is quoted about how maps come into play. She conducts research on school inequities using geographic tools to look at gerrymandering and school attendance. Read article here.