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Faith and ‘The Facebook Effect’: Young Social Media Regulars Less Committed to One Religion, Baylor University Study Finds
WACO, Texas (May 16, 2016) — Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose” approach to customize their faith — regardless of what their religious tradition teaches — than those who do not use social media, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor lab studies the value of a good night’s sleep
How does sleep impact your memory, creativity or ability to function at work or in class? Baylor researchers are studying these very questions at the university’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory. There, you’ll often find student research subjects settling into one of the lab’s private bedrooms for the night, while electrodes attached around the dome of […]
New Disney castle in Shanghai designed by a Baylor grad
There’s a new kingdom coming to China: Disneyland Shanghai. Opening in June, the park features six different lands, including Adventure Isle, Gardens of Imagination, Mickey Avenue, Tomorrowland, Treasure Cove, and Fantasyland. But the crown jewel of the park? The Enchanted Storybook Castle (pictured above) — which, as it so happens, was designed by a Baylor Bear. That […]
Another Baylor alum’s short film earns Cannes screening
Cannes. For filmmakers, there’s an aura in its very name. Earning a spot on a Cannes Film Festival screen is an incredible honor that only a select few achieve — which makes it all the more incredible that, for a second consecutive year, a Baylor filmmaker will see his work screened there. “Stray,” a short film […]
Baylor professor uncovers wildebeest-like species with unique adaptation
For the last 50,000 years, ancient creatures with a unique nose have been buried in the soil of Kenya’s Rusinga Island. These wildebeest-like animals provide insight into how different species can adapt and evolve in similar ways — but their secrets were kept hidden until they were recently uncovered by a Baylor professor and his research […]
Congregations Striving for Racial and Ethnic Diversity May Shrink, Baylor University Study Finds
WACO, Texas (May 9, 2016) — Congregations attempting to boost their racial and ethnic diversity may end up with fewer people in the seats, according to a Baylor University study.
Groundbreaking Bear was Houston paper’s first female reporter
The year 1915 was a time of great change all across the globe. World War I had broken out in Europe a year earlier, and while the United States had not yet officially entered the conflict, the move began to seem inevitable that summer when the Germans began attacking American and British civilian ships. At the time, […]
‘Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song’ Wins First Place in the 2016 Press Women of Texas Communications Contest, Competes for National Awards
WACO, Texas (April 19, 2016) – “Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song,” an anthology edited by Baylor faculty and alumni, recently won first place in the 2016 Press Women of Texas Communications Contest in the edited work category and is now entered in the national contest.
Baylor Historian Gives Thumbs-Up after Call with Treasury Officials about Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2016) — Moments after she got off the phone Wednesday with U.S. Treasury officials, Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of Baylor University’s history department, said she was “excited and appreciative” about the announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s portrait will replace former President Andrew Jackson's on the front of the $20 bill.
Baylor Student Publications Continue to Earn Best in Texas and National Awards
WACO, Texas (April 22, 2016) – The Baylor Lariat newspaper, Focus magazine, Roundup yearbook and the baylorlariat.com website recently won another round of state and national awards.
Pre-med Student Jennifer Teague Reports on Baylor Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic (Part Two)
Baylor pre-med student Jennifer Teague provides the second part of her account of a Spring Break 2016 medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic taken by members of the Baylor pre-med honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta.
Pre-med Student Jennifer Teague Reports on Baylor Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic (Part One)
Each year at Spring Break, hundreds of Baylor University students travel around the world on University-sponsored mission trips. In the first of two blog posts, junior Jennifer Teague, a member of the Baylor pre-med honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta, tells about that group's medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Baylor Student Wins Scholarship to Study Swahili in Africa
Baylor student Chase Gottlich, a junior University Scholar major from Ormond Beach, Fla. will use a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania, Africa.
Senior Class Honors Chemistry Lecturer With Collins Outstanding Professor Award
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2016) – There are hundreds of professors at Baylor University, but each year only one is chosen by the senior class to receive the Collins Outstanding Professor Award. Bruce Hodson, Ph.D., senior lecturer in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, is this year's winner.
Baylor Student Wins Scholarship Named for Renowned Female Journalist Bess Scott
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2016) – Rae Jefferson, a senior journalism major from Houston, recently was awarded the Bess Whitehead Scott Journalism Scholarship by the Austin Community Foundation. Jefferson, who also is earning a minor in film and digital media, has worked as copy desk chief for The Baylor Lariat and as a staff writer at the San Antonio Express-News. After graduation this spring, she plans to pursue a career in public relations for a nonprofit.
Baylor alum directed Louisiana’s documentary of the year for 2016
It wasn’t that long ago that Chris Charles Scott, BA ’04, might never have imagined the words “award-winning director” being used to describe him. After all, he had only begun to dabble in filmmaking two years ago when he was invited to join a production team making a documentary about the history of Shreveport, La. Scott directed […]
Baylor senior wins Texas collegiate Japanese speech competition
In February, Baylor sent four students to the Dallas Regional Japanese Speech Contest — and swept 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In March, Baylor sent two of those students to the Texas State Japanese Speech Contest — and one of them won it all. That one was Sean Nixon, a senior from Eagle, Idaho. Not […]
Rockin’ for Research: Baylor University Psychologist Uses His Music to Teach Statistics
WACO, Texas (April 13, 2016) — Couples’ romances, marriages and conflicts are favorite research subjects of Baylor University psychologist Keith Sanford, Ph.D. But he deals with other relationships in a rock music video he wrote to help his students as they wrestle with statistics.
Spring Break Mission Trips Focus on Students Gaining Experience in their Fields of Study
WACO, Texas (April 7, 2016) – This spring break, Baylor Missions sent 10 teams of 138 Baylor students, faculty, staff and alumni to four countries, including Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Haiti, along with domestic trips in Texas and Alaska. Each team had a discipline-specific focus to their projects, actively integrating their faith with service and learning.
Baylor journalism’s back-to-back ‘triple crowns’ top a slate of recent honors
You’re likely familiar with Baylor’s three major student-run publications: the Lariat newspaper, the Round Up yearbook, and Focus Magazine. But did you know they win armfuls of local and national awards nearly every year? Most recently, Baylor was the only university in the country to earn Crown Awards for overall excellence in all three major print categories (newspaper, yearbook and magazine) […]
Baylor name stands strong in the world of healthcare
If you’ve spent much time in Texas, you know that Baylor University isn’t the only prominent organization using the Baylor name. Most notably, Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, treating 5 million patients a year, while the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) is annually among the nation’s very best […]
Baylor Lariat | Winners of 2016 Baylor Art Student Exhibition Announced
By Jacquelyn Kellar
The Martin Museum of Art is displaying the work of art students completed within the past year. The show opened at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a reception in the Martin Museum, and it will run through April 17. Guest juror Clint Willour, curator of the Galveston Art Center, presented awards and monetary prizes to the selected students.
Baylor grad launches ministry to provide health care to Amarillo’s underserved
All kinds of people come to Heal The City in Amarillo, Texas: A mother who brought her son because she couldn’t afford the shots needed to keep him in school. A woman with arthritis and nerve damage who waited nearly two hours in the cold for the doors to open. A man who came shortly […]
Baylor Students Excel in Japanese Language Competition
Baylor students taking part in Japanese language competition across Texas are taking top honors, with senior Sean Nixon winning first place at the state meet.
The Humble (TX) Observer: Women’s History Month: Humble educator has lasting community impact
March 12, 2016
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Humble Observer profiles longtime resident and educator Mary Layton-Taylor, B.A. ’45, who is described as an active community member with a life history reflecting that of the city of Humble. “She took an active interest in her students and helped us get a good start in our education. We were lucky that she decided to come back to our little school to teach. It was a big deal to have a teacher like her who was not only exceptionally smart but who knew how to teach,” said Doak Wilson, who was among Layton Taylor’s first class of students.
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor green science workshop open to applications
March 14, 2016
This summer, Baylor scholars with the university's Center for Reservoir & Aquatic Systems Research will offer a two-week program for teachers selected from across the country to spend a week in a lab studying ways to reduce the negative effects of chemicals on the environment and another week developing lesson plans on environmental science with Educational Service Center Region 12 in Waco. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is only open to high school educators teaching chemistry, biology and environmental science.
Baylor Mourns Passing of Beloved English Professor
WACO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2016) - Baylor University is mourning the passing of James E. Barcus Jr., Ph.D., retired professor of English and former longtime department chair, who passed away Feb. 20 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 77. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 515 Columbus Ave. in Waco, with Bishop Rayford High officiating.
Baylor grad named president of influential Christian publisher
A Baylor alum who started in the stockroom of a growing company in the 1980s is now the president and COO of that same company — which just so happens to be the largest private publisher of Christian books in the world. Last month, Jeff Johnson, BS ’85, was named president and chief operating officer of […]
Baylor prof researches how algae can clean water — and generate the power to do so
When most people look at algae, they see an icky, slippery green patch — something that is either an inconvenience or easily ignored. But when Dr. Scott James sees algae, he envisions the future — a future where cities save energy and money as they harness the power of algae to provide clean water. James, […]
Baylor Lariat Broadcast Students Earn National, International Awards
Baylor Lariat broadcast student journalists have picked up 25 national, international and state awards in the last year, including both a first and second place national award, an international gold and platinum award, and seven first place Texas awards.
Baylor Theatre Presents ‘Mary Stuart: Historical Revival of Power and Passion’
WACO, Texas (Feb. 5, 2016) – Baylor University Theatre will begin the spring 2016 season with Friedrich Schiller’s "Mary Stuart," the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her sudden incarceration and pending execution at the hands of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
More BaylorProud artists & bands who have made names for themselves
Last summer, we compiled this list of 14 BaylorProud artists you should be listening to — singers and bands who have made names for themselves in recent years, and who, just like you, are Baylor Bears. Since then, you’ve brought to our attention eight more names that to check out. Here’s a quick rundown, starting with our updated Spotify playlist: Two former Uproar […]
Companies Must Adapt Internal Communication as Demographics Change, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Feb. 9, 2016) — As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and the development of metrics to determine employee engagement, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor Model UN team represents five countries at conference
Baylor students represented the countries of China, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Vietnam at the second annual Texas Model United Nations conference held recently in Austin.
Baylor Geology Department Changes Name
The name of Baylor University’s geology department has changed to reflect recent developments in the field. The former Department of Geology will be known as the Department of Geosciences.
2016 Baylor Department of Art Faculty Exhibition and Art History Lectures
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will feature the biennial Baylor Department of Art Faculty Exhibition from January 21 through February 28, 2016. Baylor Art History Faculty Lectures will be on Thursday, January 21, at 4:30 pm, and a reception for the Faculty Exhibition will follow from 5:30-7 pm.
Baylor Researcher Studies Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms on Water Quality
WACO, Texas (Jan. 6, 2016) – Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur naturally, but their outbreaks are influenced by climate change and droughts and manmade factors, such as contaminants from sewage and stormwater discharge, natural resource extraction and agricultural runoff. HABs represent another challenge to water quality and are of increasing concern to scientists.
Baylor University: 2015 in Review
For the third year in a row, the College of Arts & Sciences offers a look back at some of the more memorable events that took place at Baylor University during the previous year — 2015.
Reading Don Quixote on its 400th Anniversary
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, considered the world's first modern novel, is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. The epic story that follows the exploits of Don Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, is one of the all-time favorites of Baylor Spanish professor Paul Larson. For those who want to read the book for the first time -- or read it again after many years away -- Dr. Larson says he believes setting aside time for this comic masterpiece will be well worth it.
University of New Hampshire Names Bostic as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Heidi L. Bostic, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences, has been named the new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
Baylor senior 1 of 32 nationwide to win prestigious Marshall Scholarship
Just how big a deal is the Marshall Scholarship? Created in 1953 by an Act of the British Parliament, the program brings up to 40 talented young Americans each year to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Prominent former Marshall Scholars include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; New York Times writer Thomas Friedman, a three-time […]
Baylor alum tests pioneering device for heart transplant patients
Heart patients and their families are keenly aware of the passing of time as they await a life-saving transplant. Each second is vital; even when a heart becomes available for transplant, doctors have only four to six hours to transport it from the donor to the patient. That short window forces a carefully-choreographed series of events that can be […]
Students on Baylor Model UN Team Shine at National Conference
Baylor undergraduates recently competed in Chicago at the American Model United Nations Conference, an annual event that brings together 1,500 university students from around the world to participate in a simulation of the United Nations. The Baylor team served as diplomats represented Slovakia in simulated UN sessions.
Baylor Mourns Passing of Professor Emeritus of Religion
WACO, Texas (Dec. 3, 2015) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of C.W. (Wally) Christian, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Religion, who taught generations of students as a member of the religion faculty for more than 40 years. A memorial celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Seventh and James Baptist Church, 602 James Ave. in Waco.
Baylor Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Initiates 26 New Members
Baylor University’s Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 26 new members during a ceremony on Dec. 1, including honorary member Dr. William H. Bellinger, chair and professor of religion and The W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chair in Bible.
Gaps in Advertising and Public Relations Education Are Due to New Roles in Social Media, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2015) – Blurred boundaries between advertising and public relations professions due to new roles in social media raise the question of whether educators can adequately prepare their students for a career in those growing fields, according to a Baylor study.
Baylor Senior Awarded Prestigious British Marshall Scholarship
WACO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2015) – Jacob Imam, a senior University Scholar at Baylor University, has been selected as one of 32 American university students – and the only student from a Texas university – to receive the prestigious 2016 Marshall Scholarship. The announcement of the award was made today by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, which includes eight regional committees who select the recipients.
Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art Will Showcase Student Works in B.F.A. Senior Exhibition
WACO, Texas (Nov. 16, 2015) – Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art and the department of art in the College of Arts & Sciences will host their biannual Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Exhibition from Thursday, Nov. 19, to Tuesday, Nov. 24. To kick off the exhibition, a reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Martin Museum of Art.
Baylor Student Publications Receive Top National Honors
WACO, Texas (Nov. 18, 2015) – Baylor Student Publications was chosen for 18 national awards last week, receiving five best-in-the-nation awards for individual Baylor journalists. The Baylor Lariat, Focus Magazine, Baylorlariat.com and Roundup Yearbook were recognized as top news outlets in their fields for the 2014-2015 school year.
Looking Back at Masterful Teacher Ann Miller
The late Ann Miller was one of Baylor's first two Master Teachers, and her influence has led to countless Baylor students nurturing a love of literature and poetry. The latest issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine takes a fond look back at Miller's life and enduring legacy.
The Life-changing Legacy of James Vardaman
During his more than 30 years teaching at Baylor, Dr. James Vardaman gave countless students a love for history and introduced many of them to the wonders and pleasures of world travel. In an article in the latest issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine, Dr. Vardaman talks about his path to Baylor, his undiminished love of reading, and how the relationships he fostered with his students remain one of his most treasured legacies.
Joanna Gaines: Magnolia Blossoming
Baylor Arts & Sciences alumna Joanna Gaines has transformed herself from a Baylor communication student into a television star on HGTV's "Fixer Upper."
Prison Camp Liberators of WWII: Baylor University Finds New Way to Pay Tribute to Texas Heroes
WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2015) — The firsthand accounts of 19 Texas veterans who helped liberate World War II Nazi concentration camps now can be seen and heard on Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History (IOH) website using a new video indexing tool that allows a rare type of access to their compelling stories.
Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine Fall 2015
The Fall 2015 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences, the official magazine of the College of Arts & Sciences, is available online. The issue's cover story is a look at A&S alumna Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's "Fixer Upper," that examines her time at Baylor and what lessons she learned there. Also included in the fall issue are a look at faculty and students doing research into oil exploration, an overview of how a timely gift will enable the Department of Film and Digital Media to thrive and expand, and profiles of emeritus professor James Vardaman and the late Ann Miller.
Baylor Celebrates Dedication of Rosenbalm Fountain, Fifth Street Thoroughfare
WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2015) – Heavy rain on the Baylor University campus did not dampen the spirits of those who gathered Friday to celebrate the dedication of the Rosenbalm Fountain, the centerpiece of a beautification and improvement project that has revived a part of campus central to many of Baylor’s great traditions.
ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ judges bite on Baylor alum’s sock subscription service
In 2010, Matt McClard graduated from Baylor with a degree in graphic design. Two years later, he was selling socks with a group of Dallas dads. And three years after that, he and the group were leaving ABC’s Shark Tank with a $250,000 investment offer. [Click here to watch the episode; the Foot Cardigan segment begins around […]
Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences Announces Inaugural Group of William Hillis Scholars
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2015) – Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences announced the inaugural group of 12 students named to the William Hillis Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Program today.
Baylor’s Department of Physics Will Welcome Distinguished Scholar to Semester Colloquium
WACO, Texas (Oct. 14, 2015) – Baylor University’s department of physics in the College of Arts & Sciences will welcome distinguished physicist Christopher Pope, Ph.D., as a guest speaker at the 2015 Fall Physics Colloquium Series at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Baylor Sciences Building Room E. 125.
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor art exhibit opens window to Latino culture
Oct. 8, 2015
Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art just unveiled its latest exhibit, “Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection with work by Luis Jimenez,” which offers a unique look at Latino and Hispanic culture. Jimenez’s large, colored lithographs prominently feature Mexican symbols that capture the subcultures of the country. The exhibit will run through Nov. 15.
Baylor grad running ‘MADD miles’ to honor mother, fight drunk driving
Over the course of 1,000 miles, a runner has plenty of time to think — about her life, about the people who mean the most, about what motivates someone to run a distance equal to a trip from Waco to the outskirts of Chicago. As Emily Guberman, BS ’15, runs 1,000 miles over the course […]
Baylor grad turns double-decker bus into rolling fundraiser for orphans’ needs
There’s a big, red, double-decker bus on campus today that has traveled to dozens of college campuses across the country over the last three years. At each stop, the bus galvanizes college students to raise money to serve orphans using items they have in their closets and drawers. Each campus contributes something that makes a […]
People with Higher ‘Intellectual Arrogance’ Get Better Grades, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Oct. 6, 2015) — People who think they know it all — or at least, know a lot — may be on to something, according to a Baylor University study.
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor grads head art consultant reality show ‘Art Breakers’
Sept. 25, 2015
Baylor alumnae Miller Gaffney, B.A. (Journalism) ’02, and Carol Lee Pryor Brosseau, B.A. (Art History) ’03, will debut a new cable television reality show, “Art Breakers.” The show will reveal their world as art brokers, the people who navigate the tricky connections between an art buyer, collector and artist. The show will premiere at 7 p.m. CST Oct. 4 on Ovation TV.
Baylor neuroscience alumna passes LSAT — then chooses Air Force career
Maggie Courtney, BA ’11, could have been a scientist — perhaps a neurosurgeon. She also could have been a lawyer, a judge or a politician. But she wanted an even bigger challenge — so she became an Air Force navigator instead. 1st Lt. Margaret Courtney, as she should properly be addressed, got her bachelor’s in neuroscience from Baylor in 2011. […]
Martin Museum of Art to Feature Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection including work by Luis Jiménez
The Martin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of selections from the Joe A. Diaz Art Collection from October 6 through November 15. For over 30 years, San Antonio art collector, Joe Diaz, has been collecting contemporary Latino art focusing on emerging and mid-career artists. The selections from the collection include work by Gaspar Enriquez, Cesar Martinez, and Gloria Perez. The exhibition features a gallery of work by the renowned artist, Luis Jiménez (1940-2006), known for his colorful fiberglass sculptures and lithographs.
Baylor Institute for Air Science Announces New Major Program
WACO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2015) – Baylor Institute for Air Science is for the first time offering a new major in aviation administration to provide a curriculum for students interested in working for the business side of aviation.
Baylor Student’s Essay on Capitalism from a Theological Perspective Takes First Place in Competition
WACO, Texas (Sept. 17, 2015) – Rachael Lanier, a junior economics major in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, placed first in an essay competition sponsored by the Values & Capitalism Project of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) in Washington, D.C.
Baylor University’s Mortar Board Chapter Receives National Award for Excellence
WACO, Texas (Sept. 10, 2015) – Baylor University’s chapter of Mortar Board has been awarded the Silver Torch Award from the Mortar Board National College Honor Society.
Redefining a Role: Baylor sophomore is band's first female chaplain
Edmondson Lectures postponed
The Thirty-Eighth Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures will be postponed to April 4-5, 2016. Dr. Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor & Eugen Weber Endowed Chair in Modern European History, UCLA, will lecture on "The History of Human Rights."
Alum turns passion for barbecue into service for El Paso’s homeless
Many barbecue fans travel all over Texas for great brisket and sausage, making it their mission to find the state’s best barbecue. As a Baylor student, Blake Barrow was one of them, regularly driving over 100 miles to find the best barbecue. Now, he’s making barbecue a part of his mission — by serving brisket, sausage […]
Texas Sea Grant Research Project Studies Effects of Drugs, Personal Care Products on Texas Estuaries
How much of the chemicals in the products Texans use every day — prescription drugs, soap, even the caffeine and sweeteners in their morning coffee — are ultimately making their way to the state’s bays and estuaries, and what effects do they have on fish and other wildlife?
Funded by a grant from Texas Sea Grant, researchers led by Dr. Bryan Brooks, Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies and Director of the Environmental Health Science Program at Baylor University, are studying the water flowing into four major Texas estuaries to learn more about the pharmaceuticals and personal care products, known collectively as contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), that are entering Texas coastal ecosystems.
Baylor’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures to Host Ninth World Cinema Series
Racial Attitudes of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Resemble Those of Whites, Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2015) — Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.
The Waco Tribune-Herald: Matthew G. Gerber, guest columnist: How to make a political debate count as an informed voter
Aug. 6, 2015
Column by Matthew G. Gerber, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, The Glenn R. Capp Endowed Chair of Forensics and director of the university’s nationally recognized debate team, in which provides readers with five tips to help them “cut through the campaign clutter and zero in on [candidates’ respective messages” as Republican president candidates square off in their first televised debate.
Q&A: Film Expert Explains Why Hollywood Banks on the Zombie Feeding Frenzy
WACO, Texas (Aug. 11, 2015) – For some, it’s difficult to understand how a herd of rotting corpses with insatiable appetites for human flesh can have such mass appeal. But millions of people around the globe are eating it up … so to speak.
Martin Museum of Art Names New Director
WACO, Texas (Aug. 3, 2015) – Allison Chew Syltie has been named the new director of Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art, effective Aug. 3. Syltie will succeed Karin Gilliam, who has served as the director of the Martin Museum of Art for the past 10 years. Gilliam will serve as the museum’s Director Emeritus and will work on special outreach projects in a part-time capacity.
Six Flags designer — the ‘Walt Disney of Dallas’ — is a Baylor alum
If you’re a fan of roller coasters, water parks, musicals or aquariums, you should be a fan of Michael Jenkins. Many of the DFW area’s family entertainment options — and even some around the world — can be traced back to this Baylor alum, dubbed the “Walt Disney of Dallas.” A 17-year-old Jenkins first stepped into […]
Communities with Beautiful Scenery, Weather Have Lower Rates of Religious Affiliation
WACO, Texas (Aug. 5, 2015) — Counties with more beautiful weather and scenery have lower rates of membership and affiliation with religious organizations, according to Baylor researchers.
Baylor Film and Digital Media now its own department, thanks to transformative gift
For years, Baylor’s Film and Digital Media (FDM) program has been a well-respected part of the university’s Department of Communication. The program’s long line of successful graduates includes such notable names as John Lee Hancock, BA ’79, JD ’82 (director of The Blind Side, The Rookie and and Saving Mr. Banks), and 2014 Baylor Alumni of the […]
Recent grads give their Baylor experience high marks
We brag a lot about Baylor on this blog; after all, our name is “BaylorProud.” We believe that Baylor is a truly special place, where excellent teaching and advanced research takes place within a caring, Christ-focused community. Of course, we also believe you should be able to back up your bragging points. That’s one reason why Baylor […]
An Interview with Laura Lonardi: Double Major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics...and the 2015 Big 12 Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Baylor Faculty Member Named Fellow of American Chemical Society
WACO, Texas (July 20, 2015) – George Cobb, Ph.D., chair of the Baylor University’s environmental science department in the College of Arts & Sciences, was named a 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. Cobb was one of 78 people selected and will be honored in August, at the society’s fall national meeting in Boston.
Fighting Ebola in West Africa: A Baylor alum finds her calling
Dani Kloepper, BA ’08, knew she wanted to spend her life helping the most vulnerable of people in the world. She didn’t know how exactly, but getting an international relations degree from Baylor sounded like a good place to start — “a wonderful foundation,” as she describes it today. After a few years of learning […]
Women on the $10? These Eight Women Could Fill the Bill
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2015) – A Baylor University history lists some notable but lesser-known women in American history who might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill – the first paper currency in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman.
Baylor Expert: Mosquito Populations at ‘All-Time High’; ‘High Threat’ for West Nile Virus
WACO, Texas (June 18, 2015) — In Texas, May turned out to be the wettest month on record as Central Texas slogged through 25 consecutive days of rain, while state rainfall totals reached an astonishing 35 trillion gallons. Those heavy rainfalls have not only affected communities across Texas but have significantly impacted mosquito populations.
Cardiologist, priest, fly-fisherman — and pioneering Baylor professor
Dr. Michael Attas, BA ’69, is a man who can’t help but make a difference in the lives of those around him — be they students, patients or friends. His passions and talents are as wide-ranging as the individuals he’s served. As a cardiologist, he’s provided life-saving treatment and care to thousands of Central Texans, including […]
Baylor Theatre to Present Two Productions This Summer
WACO, Texas (June 17, 2015) – Baylor Theatre will present two productions this summer: “Tigers Be Still,” which will run June 18-21, and “Crimes of the Heart,” which will run June 25-28. Both will be staged in Theatre 11 at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.
Baylor Geologists Receive National Honors
Faculty and students from Baylor University’s Department of Geology have received national honors and recognition recently for a variety of projects.
Historian: Audie Murphy, Movie Star and WWII’s Most Decorated Hero, Suffered from PTSD
WACO, Texas (June 3, 2015) – David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, said Audie Murphy -- movie star and decorated hero of World War II -- displayed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) long before it was understood.
Back to the Past: Why Movie Studios Keep Recycling Stories, and Why We Keep Paying to See Them
WACO, Texas (June 3, 2015) – Chris Hansen, M.F.A., independent filmmaker and chair of the film and digital media department in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the challenges for original storytelling and the future of the film industry.
Baylor alum leading research on ‘the brain’s GPS’
You probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your brain’s grid cells — you know, the neurons that allow us to make sense of where we are spatially and to navigate the places we go. Dr. Lisa Giocomo, BA ’02, does. And the research she conducts at her Stanford University lab is breaking new ground in helping build a […]
Holly Tucker: Finding My Voice
Singer Holly Tucker, who received her BA degree in communication from Baylor University on May 16, first stepped onto the national stage in April 2013 as a contestant on the popular NBC-TV show The Voice. In a first person essay, Tucker shares what her Baylor experience has been like and talks about her future plans.
Healing the Least of These
Enhanced by a new partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, faculty and students at Baylor University are helping to fight tropical diseases that endanger millions of the world's poor.
World-renowned philosopher joins Baylor faculty
We snagged a good one, Baylor Nation. Baylor has announced the appointment of world-famous philosopher John Haldane as a distinguished professor in philosophy beginning this fall. While Haldane may not be a household name to many Bears, it certainly is in the world of philosophy. He’ll be leaving his homeland of Scotland, where since 1983 he has taught at the […]
Vying for Seats in the C-suite: Baylor University Research Suggests Marketing and Public Relations’ Focus Is Too Narrow
WACO, Texas (May 11, 2015) — Corporate communicators and marketing teams are often in direct competition to be in the “C-suite” — the coveted boardroom seats — according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.
Three-peat: Baylor student again wins national honor for research
Not once, not twice, but three times has this Baylor Bear received a national award for her research. For the third time in six years, Baylor doctoral candidate Stephanie Wong, MS ’12, has won the Farvolden Award from the National Groundwater Association for her studies. In 2015, she claimed top honors for her research paper, “Insights in Karst Groundwater-Stream Interactions […]
Baylor Medical Humanities Students Receive DeBakey Scholarship
WACO, Texas (May 1, 2015) – Seven Baylor Medical Humanities students have been awarded the 2015 Michael E. DeBakey, Selma DeBakey and Lois DeBakey Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Students Win Awards in Baylor's 16th Annual Black Glasses Film Festival
At the 16th annual Baylor Black Glasses Film Festival, held April 27 at the Waco Hippodrome, Brynn Sankey's film "Stray" won Best Picture while Cory Ewing and Emily Durkin's "The Track Jacket" won the Audience Award
Baylor’s Model Organization of American States Attends Model in Washington, D.C.
WACO, Texas (April 23, 2015) – Ten members of Baylor’s Model Organization of American States (MOAS) traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to participate in the Washington Model Organization of American States (WMOAS) hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Institute for Diplomatic Dialogue in the Americas.