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APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY’S DAVIS AND ALLEN DISCUSS MS RESEARCH IN PODCAST

Dr. Scott Davis, Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness

Scott Davis, associate professor in Applied Physiology and Wellness, and doctoral candidate Dustin Allen are featured in the Journal of Neurophysiology’s June podcast.

They speak to Editor-in-Chief Bill Yates and Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute’s Matthew Mueller about their work on thermoregulation in patients with multiple sclerosis. Listen.

NEW BOOK FEATURES WORK BY DENISA GÁNDARA

Dr. Denisa Gandara

Denisa Gándara, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership, co-authored the recently released Outcomes Based Funding and Race in Higher Education Can Equity be Bought?

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book examines how Performance or Outcomes Based Funding (POBF) policies impact racial equity in higher education.

Through POBF, public colleges and universities receive state funding through formulas that no longer rely solely on student enrollment, but are instead based on student outcomes. The book gives policymakers a view of how racial equity has been addressed, and makes recommendations for moving forward.

STUDY CO-AUTHORED BY BAKER SAYS PRE-COLLEGE FACTORS IMPACT COLLEGE GRADUATION RATES FOR NONWHITES

Dominique Baker, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership

Dominique Baker, assistant professor in Education Policy and Leadership, co-authored a new study in The Journal of Higher Education that looks at the gap of college graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students compared to white peers. Researchers Stella Flores (NYU), Toby Park (Florida State University) and SMU’s Baker say pre-college factors, such as attending segregated schools and poverty, contribute to as much as 61% of the variance in college graduation rates by race.

Their data analyzed a cohort of Texas students who graduated from high school in 2002. Read more.

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NEW SIMMONS DEAN ANNOUNCED

Dr. Stephanie L. Knight

Stephanie L. Knight, associate dean and professor of education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University will become dean of the Simmons School at SMU on August 1.

Well-respected in her field, Knight joined Pennsylvania State University in 2009 as professor of educational psychology, where she taught courses in educational psychology and effective learning. In 2013 she became associate dean at Penn State, leading the College of Education’s undergraduate and graduate studies programs. Prior to that, she held a 20-year tenure at Texas A&M.

Knight’s scholarship includes interest in relationships between instructional strategies, classroom processes, learning environments and student outcomes; teacher professional development, and the use of observational techniques to study classroom processes. She recently concluded five years as co-editor of the Journal of Teacher Education and also served from 2004 to 2006 as co-editor of the Teaching, Learning and Human Development section of the American Educational Research Journal. She currently serves as associate editor of the Review of Educational Research.

Knight has directed university and national research centers, including serving as associate director of research into practice for the National Science Foundation Information Technology in Science Center for Teaching and Learning and director of evaluation and assessment for the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement in Washington, D.C. Read more.

ADDING AN ADVANTAGE TO SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Dr. Annie Wright is the Director of Evaluation for Southern Methodist University’s Center on Research and Evaluation

Annie Wright, director of evaluation for Simmons’ Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE), contributed a blog piece for Teachstone on how social-emotional learning can integrate with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Read here.

CORE conducts evaluations that are broadly related to healthy individuals, schools and communities. Most of its work focuses on educational programs, and also examines a variety of other programs and topics.

STEM ACADEMY FOR MIDDLE-SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHERS LAUNCHES

STEM Academy for Middle-School Science Teachers Launches

Eighteen science teachers from six DISD middle schools are shooting off rockets, kayaking the Trinity River and collecting data on animals at the Dallas Zoo this summer as part of the new STEM Academy directed by Professor Leanne Ketterlin-Geller in Simmons.

The academy is designed to give the middle-school science teachers tools they need to strengthen their engagement with students. Read more.

The program is done in partnership with the Lyle School of Engineering. A major grant from the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation and support from the O’Donnell Foundation help fund the academy.


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EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM AT SMU


Through the generosity of a private donor and SMU, substantial scholarships are available for highly motivated K-2 classroom teachers in high need public schools. Watch the brief video below to learn about the impact of the program. Click on the link above for details.