General News & Announcements

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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Meet Simmons’ Faculty-in-Residence Member, Ann Batenburg

Ann Batenburg, Simmons’ faculty member in the Dept. of Teaching and Learning, talks to WFAA-TV about her participation in SMU’s residential life. Click here to see the report.    

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Early Childhood Story Featuring Leanne Ketterlin Geller

Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller is featured in a story about early childhood learning, reported by CW33. Dr. Ketterlin Geller is a faculty member in the Dept. of Education Policy and Leadership and also directs the Research in Mathematics Education … Continue reading

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McLendon Named First Centennial Endowed Chair for Simmons

Congratulations to Associate Dean and Professor Michael McLendon, who becomes the first Simmons Centennial Endowed Chair in Education Policy and Leadership. Dean David Chard notes that McLendon’s contributions to Simmons on academic quality, faculty development, and community relations are significant. … Continue reading

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Peter Weyand and SMU Researchers Blog for Huffington Post on Sprinters’ Speed

Peter Weyand, associate professor in Applied Physiology, and his fellow researchers blog about the performance of amputee sprinters, compared to able bodied ones. Read the Huffington Post piece here.

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Michael Harris Analyzes President’s Plan for Keeping College Costs Down

Michael Harris, associate professor and director of the higher education program in Simmons, offers analysis of President Obama’s new proposal for higher education in this Dallas Morning News opinion piece.

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Commenting on Role of State Governors in Higher Education.

Read Houston Chronicle article on Texas Gov. Perry’s relationship with his UT regent appointees. Professor Michael McLendon, a faculty member in Education Policy and Leadership, gives context to this story. Read here.

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Examining Teaching Preparation

Dean David Chard, in an article published in Education Next, argues his case for innovation and ongoing evaluation of teacher preparation to make a significant difference in education. Read article here.

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