New Study Says Walking Burns More Calories Than Known

Simmons Faculty Peter Weyand In Physiology Locomotor LabSimmons researcher Lindsay Ludlow and Professor Peter Weyand have determined that leading standards for measuring calories burned during walking are inaccurate, and they have calculated a more precise method of measurement.

Their study, Energy expenditure during level human walking: seeking a simple and accurate predictive solution is in the Journal of Applied Physiology, published in the March 1, 2016 issue, and available online at this link.  For more on their research, read here.

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Simmons Conference Examines Conditions for African-American Success in Higher Education

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Student panel included (L to R) Shanel Alexander, TCU, Andrew Udofa, SMU, Tien Dang, SMU, Jasmine Richardson, SMU, D’Marquis Allen, SMU, and Garrett Fischer, SMU.

The Simmons School invited faculty, administrators, students, alumni and community leaders to discuss what elements are necessary to ensure academic success for African-Americans in higher education.

The conference, which took place April 1 at Harold Simmons Hall, tackled topics on community support for students, transforming the higher education experience, and student perspectives on current campus climate. Participants included representatives from SMU and area institutions. Read Daily Campus coverage here.

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DRCM Students Win National Mediation Competition

(L to R): Yanina Vashchenko, Nate Owens, Dana Garnett, Elizabeth Blake, David Russell, Anjana Vellingiri, Samreen Hooda, Kimberly Wise, Gerry Plata

At the 5th Annual Graduate Mediation Competition hosted by SMU’s Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, April 1-2, in Plano, Simmons student teams won every award category. They are as follows:

First Place Team award: Dana Garnett, Nate Owens, and Yanina Vashchenko. Second Place Team award: Samreen Hooda, Kimberly Wise, and Anjana Vellingiri. First Place Mediator: Dana Garnett. Second Place Mediator: Anjana Vellingiri. First Place Client/Advocate: David Russell. Second Place Client Advocate: Elizabeth Blake.

This year, the competing schools included Champlain College, Kennesaw State University, Brandeis University and SMU.

 

 

 

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Dean David J. Chard Named President of Wheelock College

23070513David J. Chard, the inaugural dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will become president of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 1, 2016.
Following a nationwide search, Wheelock’s board of trustees announced today that Chard will be the college’s 14th president, succeeding Jackie Jenkins-Scott, who concludes her presidency at the end of the current academic year.  Read more.

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Brian Fennig Honored by Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award

FennigBBrian Fennig, Ph.D. received the 2016 Provost’s Teaching Award for demonstrating commitment to excellence and consummate dedication to teaching and learning.

A senior lecturer in Wellness, Fenning teaches Personal Responsibility and Wellness, and Individual Fitness. “I’ve always believed that I do something important and lasting for the students,” he says.” I’m happy to be honored among so many talented peers.”

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SMU Opens Harold Clark Simmons Hall

Harold Clark Simmons Hall Exteriors SMU will dedicate Harold Clark Simmons Hall at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. The three-story building designed to serve a new generation of teachers and leader will support work ranging from strengthening the academic skills of the youngest preschooler in West Dallas to research on new uses of technology in education.

The hall features an innovative teacher developmeStudents in Harold Clark Simmons Hall Classroomsnt studio, which uses technology to simulate classroom environments, the Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education, and the Department of Teaching and Learning.

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Advocating for Special Needs Students

Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba urges states to adequately develop support and interventions for special needs students. Read her Letter to the Editor in Education Week here. She holds the Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair in Teaching and Learning.

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2016 Luminary Awards

Three education advocates and organizations who are taking fresh and research-based approaches to the improvement and advancement of education will be honored with Luminary Awards Thursday, Jan. 21, by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

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  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and principal Nakia Douglas
  • Regional recipient Raise Your Hand Texas
  • National recipient All Stars Project, Inc.

Read more about them here.

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Glenn Simmons Professorship Awarded to Peter Weyand

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(L to R) Dean David Chard, Professor Peter Weyand, and Professor Lynn Jacobs, Applied Physiology and Wellness chair.

Peter Weyand, Ph.D., has been appointed Glenn Simmons Endowed Professor in Applied Physiology and Biomechanics by Dean David J. Chard.

Weyand, an internationally renown researcher in human running performance, teaches and directs SMU’s Locomotor Performance Laboratory. The professorship was endowed by the Simmons family in honor of Harold C. Simmons’ brother, Glenn, and Weyand’s appointment is for five years.

“I hope to be able to use the position to enhance the impact of our departmental and laboratory research and educational efforts,” Weyand says. “This will allow me to initiate a variety of strategic outreach efforts that would not be possible without it.”

 

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Alexandra Pavlakis Receives Sam Taylor Fellowship

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Alexandra Pavlakis


Alexandra Pavlakis, Assistant Professor in Education Policy and Leadership, is one of 11 SMU faculty members to receive a Sam Taylor Fellowship Award from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Pavlakis researches how wide-ranging policies and the actions of schools and communities shape the educational experiences of low-income, highly mobile and homeless students and their families.

The award will help her examine the increase in student homelessness and specifically will look at North Dallas High School, where a cross-section of organizations and people are responding to the issue.

 


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