Simmons Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba (principal investigator) and her colleagues in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Jill Allor and Paul Yovanoff, and Akihito Kamata, director of the Center for Research and Evaluation, have received a $1.6 million federal grant to study reading interventions.
The grant comes from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and explores the relationship between schools’ Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation and teachers’ RTI knowledge and student outcomes.
Associate Dean Frank Hernandez provided his expertise on Latinos and school leadership for KERA radio’s story on Latino superintendents in Texas.
Eight of Texas’ largest cities have Latinos leading public schools. Hernandez believes the creation of superintendent leadership academies can lead to the development of more Latinos.
The story is part of a statewide public radio series on education.
Assistant Professor Denisa Gándara is a new member-at-large board representative for the Council for Public Policy in Higher Education. The council is part of the Association For The Study of Higher Education, and its purpose is “to promote research on, and to advance understanding of, the processes and impacts of public policy in U.S. higher education, as well as to help inform decision making in the public policy arena.”
Gándara joined the Department of Education Policy and Leadership in 2015.
Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha, Dept. of Applied Physiology and Wellness, is part of a research team conducting a new study to find indicators that can diagnose whether an athlete has suffered a concussion.
Purkayastha is using transcranial Doppler ultrasound to examine college athletes and measure blood vessel function in the brain, looking for tell-tale signs related to blood flow that help diagnose concussion.
She is collaborating with the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at UT Southwestern in a pilot study funded by Texas Institute for Brain Injury and Repair. Read more.
For a second year in a row, Wellness professor Brian Fennig, receives a top national ranking by students in Rate My Professors, an online site. He is no. 4 on the Highest Rated University Professors of 2015-16 list . Students voting for him describe him as inspirational and respected. Congratulations to him!
Assistant Professor Meredith Richards is working with Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium on a study that shows poor Black students were greatly impacted when displaced from Houston ISD schools that closed. Although Black students comprise 27 percent of the school district’s students, 43 percent were affected by school closures.
Richards is faculty member in Education Policy and Leadership. In this study she is co-author with lead, Kori Stroub, a researcher from the Rice consortium. Read more here. To listen to Richards on Houston Public Media, click here.
With Olympic games taking place in August, Scientific American looks at Professor Peter Weyand’s research on the biomechanics of sprinting and how these athletes achieve incredible speed.
The article depicts how Weyand and his team at the Locomotor Performance Lab study the stride of Olympian Mike Rodgers. Read more from SMU Research. The full story is available from Scientific American behind a paywall.
Dr. Weyand holds the Glenn Simmons Endowed Professorship in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He also directs the Locomotor Performance Lab at SMU.
Associate Professor Michael Harris
Michael Harris, associate professor in Education Policy and Leadership, responds to the latest exit by a college president, Baylor’s Ken Starr, in an op-ed piece for the Texas Tribune. He and co-author Molly Ellis see trends in presidents’ departures. Their research shows one in 10 who leave office are forced out. Read more.
John Potter, clinical assistant professor in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, offers expertise about online shaming and blaming in this Dallas Morning News article. He says humans are quick to ascribe blame.