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Scott Davis’ Research Highlighted During MS Awareness Week

Assistant Professor Scott Davis, director of the Applied Physiology Lab in Simmons, researches thermoregulation and blood pressure control in multiple sclerosis patients. His work is acknowledged during MS Awareness Week, a national awareness campaign. Read more.

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Betty Gilmore Writes About Death Row In Upcoming Book

Betty Gilmore, director of SMU Simmons’ Dispute Resolution program, is featured in the Daily Campus about her upcoming book, The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Solitary Confinement and Death Row in Texas Prison. Read more here.

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Dean Chard Elected Chair of National Board for Education Sciences

David J. Chard, dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, was elected by fellow board members as chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences, effective immediately. The U.S. Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of … Continue reading

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Research in Mathematics Education Takes Lead in MSTAR Diagnostics

The Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Diagnostic Assessments were released state-wide in January 2014 by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and is part of the larger Texas Algebra Ready (TXAR) initiative. Under the direction of Associate Professor … Continue reading

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Simmons Celebrates 2014 Luminary Award Recipients

To honor individuals and organizations that make an extraordinary commitment to improving people’s lives through education, the Simmons School recognizes them with a Luminary Award. This year’s recipients are Terry Ford ’74, Executive Director  and Co-Founder of the East Dallas … Continue reading

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Education Week Ranks McLendon a Top Scholar in the Public Sphere

Michael K. McLendon, Annette and Harold Simmons Endowed Chair in Education Policy and Leadership, has again been named among the nation’s top education scholars in the “2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence” rankings. The rankings, published by Education Week, are designed … Continue reading

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Continued Professional Learning for Teachers

Dean David Chard and Stephanie Hirsh, a former school board member in Richardson and executive director of Learning Forward, advocate for teachers to get more opportunities to hone their skills and knowledge. Read their opinion piece in the Fort Worth … Continue reading

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Research on “Flopping” in Basketball

Associate Professor Peter Weyand demonstrates the physics of basketball “flopping” to the media. Weyand offered an update on his research, conducted through a $100,000 grant from Dallas Mavericks’  Mark Cuban, to understand what kind of force will knock down an … Continue reading

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Strategies for Teaching Algebra

Assistant Professor Candace Walkington conducts research on interest-based learning in mathematics. Her studies examine how abstract mathematical ideas can become connected to students’ concrete, everyday experiences. In 2012, Education Week featured her work as a cover article and most recently, … Continue reading

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PBS NOVA Broadcasts Program With Peter Weyand

Associate Professor Peter Weyand (r) and his Locomotor Performance Lab are featured with David Pogue (l) in PBS NOVA’s “Making Stuff Faster” program broadcasting Oct. 16, 8 p.m. on KERA 13. Check out the promo. SMU Simmons hosts a screening … Continue reading

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