Upcoming Events

 December 20: Graduation Ceremony for December Graduates
 December 24-January 1: University closed
 January 8: MLS Information Session
 January 8: Education Policy and Leadership: Accelerated School Leadership Information Session
 January 16: First day of classes
 January 20: Teaching and Learning Information Session
 January 21: Education Policy and Leadership: Higher Education Information Session
 January 22: Simmons School Annual Luminary Awards Ceremony
 February 2: 2015 Advanced Placement Summer Institute Registration Opens
 February 5-6: Dispute Resolution: "The Mediator Mindset: Asking Questions that Promote Understanding, Collaboration and Resolution"
 February 12: Teaching and Learning Information Session
 February 28: Sampling Simmons: "Lone Star Art Stars: Contemporary Texas Artist Take a Stand"
 March 17: Sampling Simmons: "Curing Dyslexia: What is Possible?"
 March 24: Dispute Resolution Information Session
 April 7: Education Policy and Leadership: Higher Education Information Session
 April 15: Sampling Simmons: "Gender, Intimacy, and Power: The Bedroom Turned Inside Out"
 April 22: Teaching and Learning Information Session
 May 7-8: Dispute Resolution: "Dealing with Entrenched Belief Systems and Strong Emotion in High Conflict Situations"
 May 18: Teaching and Learning Information Session
 May 19: Sampling Simmons: "Sibling Rivalry: Why are sometimes the Closet Relationships the Most Conflict Ridden?"

Winter, Spring, Summer: Study Abroad

The Simmons School offers a variety of travel-study opportunities throughout the year.
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Faculty News

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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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, DORIS BAKER TEACHES PARENTS ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION




Assistant Professor Doris Baker trains Latino parents to disseminate information about early childhood education and literacy though a project launched by The Dallas Morning News and Al Dia. This project, called Hispanic Families Network, uses social media as a source of communication and is funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Read more.

SUSAN HOLLAND HONORED BY STUDENTS AS A PERUNA PROF




Professor of Practice Susan Holland, who teaches for Simmons’ sport management program in Applied Physiology and Wellness, was honored by SMU students for being an inspiring and outstanding teacher. She received a surprise visit from Peruna, SMU’s mascot, and a delegation of students. See video of the Peruna Profs here. Congratulations!

IN MEMORIAM




We deeply mourn the loss of Professor Emeritus Peter Gifford, a revered educator and mentor who helped create the Applied Physiology and Wellness Department in Simmons. A public service will be held in SMU’s Perkins Chapel, Friday, November 21, at 1:30 p.m.