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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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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.

TI AWARDS GRANT TO TRAIN DISD SCIENCE TEACHERS IN STEM EDUCATION AT SIMMONS

 TI awards grant to train DISD science teachers in STEM education

A new SMU academy for Dallas Independent School District science teachers will help them share the wonders of science and technology with as many as 47,000 middle-school students. A $1.7 million grant from Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation will help fund the academy.

The STEM Teacher Academy at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development will help teachers develop methods for engaging students in science at a key decision-making time in lives. Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Texas Instruments Endowed Chair in Education, will lead the academy. Read more.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE POGO STICK JUMP

The science behind the pogo stick jump

Professor Peter Weyand shared his knowledge to break down the biomechanics of XPogo demonstrations at the State Fair of Texas. In this did-you-know story, KERA reporter Courtney Collins gets to the science behind what the high-flying XPogo jumpers do. Read more here.

Weyand holds the school’s Glenn Simmons Endowed Professorship and directs the Locomotor Performance Laboratory. He is a member of the Applied Physiology and Wellness faculty.