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AAPSS RELEASES SERIES OF PAPERS CO-EDITED BY SIMMONS' MCLENDON




Simmons Associate Dean Michael McLendon co-edited a series of 11 papers this month in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science that find state policies meant to increase college access and degree attainment aren’t working.

The series looks at state policy initiatives such as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of “performance funding” to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of “P–20 councils” to align high school curriculum with college readiness, and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership. Read more.

LOCOMOTOR PERFORMANCE LAB EXAMINES ELITE SPRINTERS' KEY TO SPEED



Ken Clark, Simmons researcher in SMU’s Locomotor Performance Lab, discovers that the fastest runners have a distinct running pattern, which impacts speed. His article, co-authored with Simmons colleagues Peter Weyand and Larry Ryan, is featured in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

The new findings indicate that the secret to elite sprinting speeds lies in the distinct limb dynamics sprinters use to elevate ground forces upon foot-ground impact. For more on the research, click here.

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LEANNE KETTERLIN-GELLER TO DIRECT NEW STEM INITIATIVES AT SMU'S CARUTH INSTITUTE FOR ENGINEERING


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Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, associate professor in Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership and director of the school’s Research in Mathematics Education unit, will lead new K-12 STEM initiatives  for SMU’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education.

For Ketterlin-Geller, this is a cross-disciplinary appointment in the Lyle School of Engineering, home to the Caruth Institute, and in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Her research ranges from supporting to algebra readiness in elementary and middle school mathematics to serving as a principal investigator for federal, state, and locally funded grants on measurement and assessment.

Read more on her appointment.

SMU BREAKS GROUND FOR HAROLD CLARK SIMMONS HALL




SMU broke ground Sept. 12 for Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the newest building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The ceremony followed a gift of $25 million from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons in February 2013 to fund a second building and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named in honor of Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request. Read more and see the brief video.

EDUCATION UNDERSECRETARY MITCHELL ADDRESSES EDUCATION WRITERS ASSOCIATION'S CONFERENCE AT SIMMONS




Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell gave the keynote address to the Education Writers Association’s conference on higher education, hosted by Simmons. He spoke to over 50 journalists about developing federal rankings for colleges and universities.

His talk was part of a two-day program co-organized with EWA Sept. 5-6 by Professor Michael McLendon and Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership Department. More on the seminar here.