General News & Announcements

IES Awards Professor Al Otaiba with $1.6 Million Grant

Simmons Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba (principal investigator) and her colleagues in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Jill Allor and Paul Yovanoff, and Akihito Kamata, director of the Center for Research and Evaluation, have received a $1.6 million federal grant … Continue reading

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Associate Dean Hernandez Offers Insights on Developing Latino Superintendents

Associate Dean Frank Hernandez provided his expertise on Latinos and school leadership for KERA radio’s story on Latino superintendents in Texas. Eight of Texas’ largest cities have Latinos leading public schools. Hernandez believes the creation of superintendent leadership academies can … Continue reading

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Denisa Gándara Elected to Higher Education Board

Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara is a new member-at-large board representative for the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education. The council is part of the Association For The Study of Higher Education, and its purpose is “to promote research on, … Continue reading

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New Study Looks At Brain Blood Flow For Potential Diagnosis of Concussions

Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha, Dept. of Applied Physiology and Wellness, is part of a research team conducting a new study to find indicators that can  diagnose whether an athlete has suffered a concussion. Purkayastha is using transcranial Doppler ultrasound to … Continue reading

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Brian Fennig Rates High with Students

For a second year in a row, Wellness professor Brian Fennig, receives a top national ranking by students in Rate My Professors, an online site. He is no. 4 on the Highest Rated University Professors of 2015-16   list . … Continue reading

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Richards Tracks Displaced Students from Houston School Closures and Examines Impact

Assistant Professor Meredith Richards is working with Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium on a study that shows poor Black students were greatly impacted when displaced from Houston ISD schools that closed.  Although Black students comprise 27 percent of the … Continue reading

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Scientific American Features Peter Weyand’s Work on Sprinters’ speeds

With Olympic games taking place in August, Scientific American looks at Professor Peter Weyand’s research on the biomechanics of sprinting and how these athletes achieve incredible speed. The article depicts how Weyand and his team at the Locomotor Performance Lab … Continue reading

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Letter from the Dean

Dear Simmons Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni, The tragic events that unfolded in our city recently have left us with loss and sorrow, and as we reflect on what has happened, let us acknowledge the importance of community and the … Continue reading

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Taking A Look at Exits by College Presidents

Michael Harris, associate professor in Education Policy and Leadership, responds to the latest exit by a college president, Baylor’s Ken Starr, in an op-ed piece for the Texas Tribune. He and co-author Molly Ellis  see trends in presidents’ departures. Their … Continue reading

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Providing Advice about Online Shaming and Blaming

John Potter, clinical assistant professor in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, offers expertise about online shaming and blaming in this Dallas Morning News article. He says humans are quick to ascribe blame.

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