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STEPHANIE AL OTAIBA RECOGNIZED WITH DISTINGUISHED RESEARCHER AWARD

Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba, Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair in Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to Stephanie Al Otaiba, Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair in Teaching and Learning, who is the recipient of the 2017 American Educational Research Association’s Distinguished Researcher Award in Special Education Research. AERA is a flagship research body for education scholars.

She will receive her award at the annual meeting held in San Antonio, April 27-May 1.

RESEARCHERS IN LOCOMOTOR PERFORMANCE LAB DEVELOP NEW EQUATION FOR PREDICTING RUNNING SPEED

Locomotor Performance Lab

In the recent Journal of Experimental Biology, Simmons researchers from the Locomotor Performance Lab, present a new equation to better predict a runner’s speed.

Their findings have immediate application for running performance, injury prevention, rehab and the individualized design of running shoes, orthotics and prostheses.

Researchers include Peter Weyand, Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology and professor of biomechanics in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness; Larry Ryan, the lab’s research engineer and physicist; and Kenneth Clark, assistant professor at West Chester University in West Chester, Penn., and formerly with the lab. Read more coverage in the Huffington Post.

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.

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SIMMONS FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS MATH IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Pi Day Math Festival, Dallas Arts District

Three Simmons professors from the Department of Teaching and Learning participated in the launch of walkSTEM, a program conducted in the Dallas Arts District during the Pi Day Math Festival on March 14.

Drs. Dara Rossi, Candace Walkington, and Annie Wilhelm helped students, teachers, and families from the Dallas-Fort Worth area understand real-life applications of mathematics. They were a part of the organizer’s efforts, talkStem, to make instruction relevant and engaging. Click here to view SMU’s Mustang Minute.

TWO FROM SIMMONS RECEIVE FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIPS

Harold Simmons Hall

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has announced two Simmons candidates will receive fellowships from its highly competitive application pool.

Congratulations go to Kristen Biedermann ’16, who earned a Master’s degree in Simmons, and gains an English teaching assistantship in Colombia. Also, accolades to Adam Garnick, a current Simmons graduate student, who will assume an English teaching assistantship in Hungary.They were two of seven semifinalists from SMU.

The program gives grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Read more.

MAKING THE CASE FOR QUALITY PRE-K FUNDING IN TEXAS

Dr. Paige Ware

Paige Ware, interim dean of Simmons, in a commentary written for The Dallas Morning News proposes that the Texas Legislature continue with its commitment to funding pre-K education by increasing the quality of the programs and the allocation of money.

She suggests looking at the way Michigan has made a difference in the education of young children. Read her commentary here.


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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.