Biomechanics Team in Simmons to Study Basketball “Flopping”


Peter Weyand, director, Locomotor Performance Lab

Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to carry out a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.

Peter Weyand, associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics, will direct researchers in SMU’s Locomotor Performance Lab to examine the forces in basketball collisions. Read more.

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Eric Bing Publishes on Health Care Accessibility

_MG_9056Eric Bing, Simmons faculty member and a senior fellow and director of global health initiatives at the Bush Institute wrote an op-ed for Forbes about the accessibility of health care. Read the article here.

Bing just co-authored Pharmacy on a Bicycle about bringing health care around the world by using an entrepreneurial approach.

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Bush Center Dedication, Simmons Events


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PBS NOVA Features Segment with Peter Weyand

DSC_8158David Pogue, host of PBS NOVA, visits with Associate Professor Peter Weyand, director of the Performance Locomotor Lab at SMU Simmons. Weyand is an internationally recognized expert in human velocity and NOVA features him in a segment called, “Making Stuff Faster,” which broadcasts fall 2013. For a slideshow with audio click here.


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SMU Introduces World Changers Campaign

Esmeralda Ortiz

Esmeralda Ortiz, manages the School Zone as part of Simmons’ Center on Communities and Education.

SMU rolls out a full media campaign, World Changers Shaped Here, that features one of Simmons’ staff members, Esmeralda Ortiz. She and a team of SMU faculty, staff and students are part of an important partnership in West Dallas, called The School Zone. It supports struggling students and their families by redefining the way schools and the social sector work together. Through tutoring, mentoring, arts programs and more, they hope to make an impact in neighborhood schools. Read article and view video.

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Expertise from the Center on Family Counseling

Sarah FeuerbacherDallasChild cites the opinion of Dr. Sarah Feurerbacher in an article about children in emotional pain who cut themselves. She is the director of the Center on Family Counseling in SMU-in-Plano, and part of the Simmons School. Read article.

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What Makes for a Good Teacher?

Barbara Morganfield with studentsThe Dallas Morning News and The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development present a panel discussion open to the public on “Developing Good Teachers, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7 p.m. at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom in the Umphrey Lee Center on the SMU campus.

Moderated by Bill McKenzie, editorial columnist at The Dallas Morning News, the panel will discuss the essentials to effective teaching, how we can aid current teachers and how we can recruit talented ones. Panelists include La Tasha Bassette, DISD teacher; Kerri Briggs,  director, education reform, George W. Bush Institute; David Chard, dean of the Simmons School; and Charles Glover, chief of human capital management, DISD. Admission is free.



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New Gift Announcement Video

SMU video of school’s gift announcement features the Simmons, President Turner, Dean Chard and students .


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Simmons Welcomes Eric Bing, New Faculty Member and Bush Institute Fellow

DALLAS (SMU) – Global health researcher Eric G. Bing has joined the SMU faculty as professor of global health in a concurrent appointment with the George W. Bush Institute. At SMU Bing has been named a professor of global health in the Applied Physiology and Wellness Department in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in the Department of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.  He remains the senior fellow and director of global health at the Bush Institute. Read more.

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Video of Simmons Gift Announcement

SMU honors Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons for their generous contribution to the Simmons School. See brief video of the announcement.


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