TI Awards Grant to Train DISD Science Teachers in STEM Education at Simmons

20160219_rme_conference_2016_7892A new SMU academy for Dallas Independent School District science teachers will help them share the wonders of science and technology with as many as 47,000 middle-school students. A $1.7 million grant from Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation will help fund the academy.

The STEM Teacher Academy at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development will help teachers develop methods for engaging students in science at a key decision-making time in lives. Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Education, will lead the academy. Read more.




The Science Behind the Pogo Stick Jump

Professor Peter Weyand shared his knowledge to break down the biomechanics of XPogo demonstrations at the State Fair of Texas. In this did-you-know story, KERA reporter Courtney Collins gets to the science behind what the high-flying XPogo jumpers do. Read more here.

Weyand holds the school’s Glenn Simmons Endowed Professorship and directs the Locomotor Performance Laboratory.  He is a member of the Applied Physiology and Wellness faculty.


Analyzing the Trump Apology

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John Potter

When Clinical Assistant Professor John Potter teaches his dispute resolution and conflict management classes, he instructs how an apology can work or fail.

During the campaign, Republican presidential nominee Trump issued a videotaped apology for vulgar comments he made about women in a 2005 tape.  That prompted radio producer and SMU alumnus Josh Hart to invite Potter, his former professor, to do a broadcast analysis of Donald Trump’s apology on 1190 AM. You can hear the analysis  here.