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Dispute Resolution Gains Recognition for Program and Faculty

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 … Continue reading

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Closing the Teacher Gap

                    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 … Continue reading

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Sarah Feuerbacher Advises Prosper HS Students About Anxiety and Depression

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 … Continue reading

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Analyzing Language of Climate Change in Sixth Grade Science Textbooks

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 … Continue reading

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Karla del Rosal Urges More Congressional Action on Bilingual Ed

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.

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Cheating in Sports Commentary Offered by Peter Weyand

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.

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Can Struggling Readers Benefit from Using Kindles or iPads?

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.

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Cupola Tops New Harold C. Simmons Hall

Take one Mustang Minute! and see how the Harold C. Simmons cupola gets placed.  

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Testing Motion Capture Software for Teaching Math

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 … Continue reading

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Recognizing Ill Effects of Solitary Confinement

Lecturer Betty Gilmore, director of Dispute Resolution in Simmons, was highlighted by The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow in his appeal to end solitary confinement in prisons. Gilmore, also a clinical psychologist, recently co-wrote with Nanon Williams The Darkest … Continue reading

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