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KETTERLIN GELLER AND PERRY RECEIVE $2.5M FROM NSF TO MEASURE EARLY MATH SKILLS

With a $2.5M grant from the National Science Foundation, Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller and researcher Lindsey Perry, Ph.D. are developing math assessment tools to measure mathematical reasoning skills for K-2.

Few assessments are currently available to measure the critical math concepts taught during those early school years, Ketterlin Geller said. Read more.

Ketterlin Geller is Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Education. Perry received her Ph.D. in 2016 from SMU Simmons. Her dissertation is based on the mathematical constructs highlighted in this grant.

NYT COVERS LOCOMOTOR PERFORMANCE LAB’S RESEARCH ON USAIN BOLT

Dr. Peter G. Weyand, Professor of Applied Physiology and Biomechanics

Simmons Professor Peter Weyand, director of the Locomotor Performance Laboratory, and colleagues Andrew Udofa and Larry Ryan were featured by the New York Times for their recent research on Usain Bolt’s speed and stride.

Udofa reported at a conference in June that Bolt may have an asymmetrical stride that influences his speed. The existence of an unexpected and potentially significant asymmetry in the fastest human runner ever would help scientists better understand the basis of maximal running speeds. Read more.

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.

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SIMMONS, GUILDHALL, AND LIFT ADVANCE IN ADULT LITERACY XPRIZE COMPETITION

The Simmons, Guildhall and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) team, PeopleForWords, is one of eight semifinalists advancing in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Adult Literacy XPRIZE is a global competition that challenges teams to develop mobile applications designed to increase literacy skills in adult learners. Read more.

SIMMONS TEAMS UP WITH DALLAS ARBORETUM FOR TEACHER DEVELOPMENT IN GALAPAGOS

Simmons Teams Up with Dallas Arboretum For Teacher Development In Galapagos

This summer, Teaching and Learning faculty members Diego Román, Ph.D., and Dara Rossi, Ph.D., invited Dallas Arboretum educators, Dustin Miller and Marisol Rodriguez, to help train 125 Ecuadoran teachers in the Galapagos Islands.

Román and Rossi participate in a four-year professional development program initiated by The Galapagos Conservancy and Ecuador’s Ministry of Education. They also advise The Dallas Arboretum Education Department, which focuses on life and earth science and trains 500 teachers annually. So having Miller and Rodriguez teach with them in the Galapagos was a plus. The team also included Greses Perez, a Simmons alumna, and current student, Heny Agredo. More about the trip.

In addition to SMU, Stanford, North Carolina State, Rutgers, and Oregon State also participate in the program and the Center on Research and Evaluation assesses the program.

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. Read more.


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Through the generosity of the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation and philanthropist Charles Butt, SMU is able to award scholarships to aspiring teachers who want to shape the future through the success of their students—students who are able to contribute to community growth, economic prosperity, and an educated citizenry.