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RICHARDS TRACKS DISPLACED STUDENTS FROM HOUSTON SCHOOL CLOSURES AND EXAMINES IMPACT

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.

PAIGE WARE NAMED DEAN AD INTERIM BY PROVOST CURRALL

Paige Ware, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, becomes the interim dean of the Simmons School, June 30, 2016.

Professor Ware is a highly regarded scholar and teacher who joined the faculty in 2003. Her area of research focuses on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of Internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness. Read more.

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LETTER FROM THE DEAN

The tragic events that unfolded in our city recently have left us with loss and sorrow, and as we reflect on what has happened, let us acknowledge the importance of community and the strength it brings. We see efforts across our city that allow us to stand together and heal, and for that we are grateful. Read more.

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FEATURES PETER WEYAND'S WORK ON SPRINTERS' SPEEDS

Scientific American Features Peter Weyand’s Work on Sprinters’ speeds

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.

SIMMONS CONFERENCE EXAMINES CONDITIONS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUCCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Looking Beyond the Horizon: Black Excellence in Higher Education conference Friday, April 1 2016

The Simmons School invited participants from SMU and area institutions to discuss what conditions are necessary to ensure academic success for African-Americans in higher education. The conference, which took place April 1 at Harold Simmons Hall, tackled topics on community support for students, transforming the higher education experience, and student perspectives on current campus climate. Read Daily Campus coverage here.

- Watch Community Panel discussion here.
- Watch Student Panel discussion here.
- Watch Higher Ed Panel discussion here.
- Watch Keynote Address by Dr. Richard Reddick, UT Austin here.
- Watch Speech by Kelvin Beachum Jr., '10, '12 here.