General News & Announcements

Betty Gilmore Honored With Lowry Award

Congratulations to Betty Gilmore, Simmons faculty member and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at SMU-in-Plano, who was honored by her peers November 4, 2016. Dr. Gilmore was chosen by The Southern California Mediation Association to … Continue reading

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TI Awards Grant to Train DISD Science Teachers in STEM Education at Simmons

A new SMU academy for Dallas Independent School District science teachers will help them share the wonders of science and technology with as many as 47,000 middle-school students. A $1.7 million grant from Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation will … Continue reading

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The Science Behind the Pogo Stick Jump

Professor Peter Weyand shared his knowledge to break down the biomechanics of XPogo demonstrations at the State Fair of Texas. In this did-you-know story, KERA reporter Courtney Collins gets to the science behind what the high-flying XPogo jumpers do. Read … Continue reading

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Analyzing the Trump Apology

When Clinical Assistant Professor John Potter teaches his dispute resolution and conflict management classes, he instructs how an apology can work or fail. During the campaign, Republican presidential nominee Trump issued a videotaped apology for vulgar comments he made about … Continue reading

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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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