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THREE SIMMONS FACULTY AWARDED SAM TAYLOR FELLOWSHIPS

Three Simmons Faculty Awared Sam Taylor Fellowships

Caitlin Anderson (Wellness), Sherril English and Diego Román (Teaching and Learning), join 18 other SMU faculty members who have been awarded Sam Taylor Fellowships. The fellowships support research and award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Read more.

IES AWARDS PROFESSOR AL OTAIBA WITH 1.6 MILLION GRANT

Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba

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.

NEW STUDY LOOKS AT BRAIN BLOOD FLOW FOR POTENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF CONCUSSIONS

Sushmita Purkayastha, Assistant Professor, SMU

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.

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PLAUDITS TO MBE'S LEON, TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT COPPELL ISD SCHOOL

Teacher of the Year at Coppel ISD School

Denton Creek Elementary in Coppell ISD has named Maricela Leon its Teacher of the Year. Leon, a former economist, teaches fifth grade and is a current student in the Master of Bilingual Education program. The Simmons School is proud of her and her accomplishments!

EARLY LITERACY TEACHERS COMPLETE TRAINING

Early Literacy program 2016 Certificates of Achievement

Congratulations to students in the Early Literacy program who received their 2016 Certificates of Achievement. This 18-credit hour literacy program provides professional development for K-2 classroom teachers in high need public schools (including charters) to meet the literacy needs of their students. Read more.

BETTY GILMORE HONORED WITH LOWRY AWARD

Betty Gilmore

Congratulations to Betty Gilmore, Simmons faculty member and director of the Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at SMU-in-Plano, who was honored by her peers November 4, 2016.

Dr. Gilmore was chosen by The Southern California Mediation Association to receive the ninth Randolph Lowry Award for her “passion and dedication to education in the field of dispute resolution.” Read more.