A & S News
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.
Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art to Host BFA Senior Exhibition and Reception
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2015) – Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art will kick off its annual Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Senior exhibition with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23. The exhibition will run April 23–28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Baylor University Doctoral Candidates are Recognized for Outstanding Dissertations
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2015) – Three Baylor University doctoral students - Brandon Martinez, V.H. Satheeshkumar and Logan Gage - received Outstanding Dissertation Awards from the Baylor University Graduate School, recognizing their exceptional scholarship, research and writing.
Baylor University Chemistry Lecturer Receives Collins Outstanding Professor Award
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2015) – Mark Devanand Jonklaas, Ph.D., a senior lecturer in Baylor’s department of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, is the recipient of the 2015 Collins Outstanding Professor Award, which is an honor awarded by a vote of Baylor’s senior class each year.
Baylor Contestant Wins First Place in Texas State Japanese Speech Contest
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2015) – After winning first place at the Dallas regionals of the 2015 Texas State Japanese Speech Contest, Baylor senior Miki Wang said “konnichiwa”–Japanese for “hello”– to another first-place victory at the Texas State Japanese Speech Contest.
Baylor University English Professor Receives Prestigious Award for Literary Scholarship and Criticism
WACO, Texas (March 31, 2015) – “Seamus Heaney’s Regions,” a book by Richard Rankin Russell, Ph.D., graduate program director and professor of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded the 2014 Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for literary scholarship and criticism.
Baylor University’s Department of English Welcomes Literary Greats to Beall Poetry Festival
WACO, Texas (March 23, 2015) – Baylor University’s department of English in the College of Arts & Sciences will welcome renowned poets to the 21st annual Beall Poetry Festival from Wednesday, March 25, to Friday, March 27.
Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art to Host Annual Art Student Exhibition
WACO, Texas (March 24, 2015) – The annual Baylor Art Student Exhibition will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Martin Museum of Art.
Baylor Students Master the Japanese Language in Regional Contest
WACO, Texas (March 11, 2015) – Three Baylor students of the Japanese language have placed in the top five at the Dallas regionals of the 2015 Texas State Japanese Speech Contest.
Baylor professor examines Heaven on Earth in movies, music and more
What does Heaven look like in your mind? Does it have streets of gold, or angels playing harps on clouds? Perhaps you think of departed friends or family members with whom you’ll reunite. What about Hell? Do you imagine a cave filled with flames, or devils with pitchforks? Chances are, most of the images that […]
Baylor recognizes trio of Bears for combined 135 years of service
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” – Colossians 3:23 Faculty and staff at Baylor University really take this verse to heart. At the 2015 Service Recognition Ceremony last month, the university recognized three Bears in particular who have dedicated the majority of their lives – nearly 50 years each […]
Documentary about The New York Times Plagiarism Scandal of 2003 Will Be Shown Feb. 24
Former reporter Macarena Hernández, whose work was plagiarized, will speak about her experience
WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2015) — The documentary “A Fragile Trust” tells the story of the biggest plagiarism scandal in the history of The New York Times, and Macarena Hernández, now the Fred Hartman Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University, is the reporter whose work was plagiarized.
Baylor Researcher Finds First-Ever Evidence of Climate Change of Northern China Region Dating Back Thousands of Years
WACO, Texas (Feb. 16, 2015) — Using a relatively new scientific dating technique, a Baylor University geologist and a team of international researchers were able to document—for the first time—a drastic climate change 4,200 years ago in northern China that affected vegetation and led to mass migration from the area.
Baylor Medical Humanities Retreat: “What In God's Name Can We Do?"
WACO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2015) – What happens when a group of humanities students retreat?
They advance towards the big issues.
Baylor Geology Professor to Speak at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Annual Meeting
WACO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2015) – Steven Driese, Ph.D., professor and chair of department of geology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, will speak at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Feb. 13 in San Jose, California.
Baylor Students Excel at Texas Model United Nations Conference
WACO, Texas (Feb. 6, 2015) – Over the weekend, 17 Baylor students of varying areas of study participated in the inaugural Texas Model United Nations conference hosted by the Osgood Center for International Studies and held at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. They brought home a multitude of awards.
Former U.S. Congressman Frank Wolf Named Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University
WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2015) – Baylor University announced today that former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, who represented Virginia’s 10th District in Congress from 1981 until his retirement on Jan. 3, has been named the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom.
Baylor Scientist Finds First Direct Evidence of Gene-Exposure Link in Gulf War Illness
WACO, Texas (Jan. 20, 2015) — Nearly 24 years after the 1991 Gulf War, a Baylor University scientist has identified a significant link between Gulf War illness (GWI) and a genetic factor that can render some individuals more susceptible to adverse effects of certain chemicals.
Martin Museum of Art Presents Karl Umlauf Exhibition and Gallery Talk
WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2015) – The Martin Museum of Art will present works by Karl Umlauf, a Baylor University art professor and Artist-in-Residence, from Tuesday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, March 1.
Incredible gift from anonymous source makes a Baylor dream come true
Over and over, people told Rebekkah Wallin that her dream of attending Baylor was just not likely to happen. With no mother or father to pay for school, she could easily have believed them. Short on resources but long on determination, Rebekkah never gave up on the Baylor dream — but she never dreamed just […]
Baylor Model United Nations team wins top award at international conference
On Nov. 22-25, 2014, 14 Baylor students competed in the American Model United Nations International Conference in Chicago and won the “Overall Best Delegation” award.
Phi Beta Kappa initiates new Baylor members
Baylor University’s Zeta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa initiated 16 new members during a ceremony in Armstrong Browning Library.
Baylor Geology Seminar Series Welcomes Geologist Thure Cerling
WACO, Texas (Nov. 19, 2014) – Baylor University’s department of geology will wrap up its Fall 2014 Seminar Series with a guest lecture by Thure Cerling, Ph.D., at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Baylor Sciences Building, Room E.231.
Baylor Classics Department Presents Lecture on Epicureanism in Roman and Greek Culture
WACO, Texas (Nov. 19, 2014) – Curious about Epicurus?
In an explanation of Epicureanism in Greek and Roman cultures, Pamela Gordon, Ph.D., University of Kansas professor of classics, will present her lecture “Code-switching for Epicurus: When are Greek and Roman Pleasure Not One?” from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Morrison Hall, Room 120.
Biology students dig into methods for fighting antibiotic-resistant pathogens
In terms of lives saved or lost, it’s one of hospitals’ most costly problems: antibiotic-resistant infections such as staph and pneumonia. But Baylor students are on the case and digging for clues around Waco – literally. In a biology course known as “Small World Initiative,” Dr. Jacquelyn Duke (MS ’02, PhD ’06), Dr. Diane Hartman and their students are gathering […]
Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine Fall 2014
The fall 2014 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences, the official magazine of the College of Arts & Sciences, is available online. It features articles including "Moving Picture," the story of a Baylor alumnus who traveled across Europe searching for the young war refugee included in a news photo; a look at the work Baylor environmental scientists are doing to make the world a better place; and a first person account of the first year living in Baylor's Hallie Earle Hall.
Baylor honored among nation’s most well-rounded curriculums for fifth straight year
Baylor students aren’t the only ones who earn top scores; the university itself has (again) earned an “A” from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni — one of just 23 colleges and universities to do so. The letter grade is given based on an institution’s core curriculum requirements. In particular, the survey looked for schools that require […]
Baylor Again Named to “A” List for Core Curriculum
WACO, Texas (Oct. 30, 2014) – Baylor University is one of only 23 institutions nationwide to earn an “A” for its high-quality core curriculum, according to a report on the state of general education at the nation’s colleges and universities from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Baylor also is showcased as a “Hidden Gem” university for its additional required core classes in religion and fine arts.
Sculpting Costumes with 3D Printers is "the Way Theater Is Headed," Theatre Arts Chair Says of Baylor's New Technology
Medical Humanities Students Bring Visual and Healing Arts to Life with Quilt
WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2014) – This past spring, a class of Baylor University medical humanities students sewed their passion for the healing arts into a service project that was anything but patchwork.
Martin Museum of Art to Host Critically Acclaimed Painter, Sculptor and Pieces
WACO, Texas (Oct. 2, 2014) – Artwork by award-winning painter Lilian Garcia-Roig and internationally-renowned contemporary sculptor James Surls will be featured at the Martin Museum of Art from Oct. 4 to Nov. 14. In addition, the museum will host each artist for a gallery talk.
Dr. Peter Hotez, University Professor in the Dept. of Biology and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, comments on Ebola epidemics in West Africa
Dr. Peter Hotez, University Professor in the Dept. of Biology and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, comments on Ebola epidemics in West Africa
Wealthy Citizens Have More Clout in State Government, but Stricter Lobbying Rules Can Help Close the Gap, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2014) — State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens’ political opinions compared to poor citizens’ opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can help curb this trend and promote more equal political representation, according to a Baylor University study.
International studies major celebrates sixth decade at Baylor
Dwight Eisenhower was president and the Korean War was drawing to a close in 1953 when a type-written press release announced a new major at Baylor. “Foreign Service,” as it was known in the beginning, would become the International Studies major of today, a course of study that is truly educating students for worldwide leadership […]
Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences Releases Long-Range Strategic Plan
WACO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2014) – After two years of planning that included the active participation of its senior administration and deans, department chairs, faculty and staff, the Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences today released a long-range strategic plan titled A&Spire: Acts of Determination in Support of Baylor University Pro Futuris.
Seminaries Do Very Little to Train Pastors How to Help Mentally Ill Congregants, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2014) — People struggling with mental illness often turn to pastors for help, but seminaries do very little to train ministers how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or psychologist, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor prof working to prevent harmful chemicals from ever being created
Plenty of people care about the environment and the quality of life for humans and animals, but not many have the opportunity to directly impact on the future of our planet. Baylor University’s Dr. Bryan Brooks, professor of environmental science and biomedical studies, is one of the lucky few. As part of the Molecular Design […]
Oklahoma and Arkansas select Baylor professor to settle long-running dispute
The Illinois River, a tributary of the Arkansas River, runs for 145 miles through Arkansas and Oklahoma. For decades, the two states have fought over pollution in the river, with Oklahoma blaming Arkansas for polluting the river with elevated phosphorus from municipal waste water and poultry fertilizers, which leads to an increase in algae growth. […]
Bigger Government Makes for More Satisfied People, International Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 15, 2014) — People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study.
Surprising Number of Older Adults Weathered ‘The Great Recession’ Without Financial Strain, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2014) — The “Great Recession” may have put a dent in many older adults’ pocketbooks, but a new study by Baylor University found that more than 40 percent reported a decrease in “financial strain” between 2006 and 2010.
Baylor professor’s new book explores anti-fascist rites of passage in Francoist Spain
Baylor alums take ‘Fixer Upper’ skills to HGTV, ‘Today’ show
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Baylor alumni Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines. First, they learned that their show on HGTV, Fixer Upper, has been picked up for a second season; then yesterday, they made their first appearance on NBC’s Today to promote the show and share remodeling tips. Fixer Upper […]
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Why This Professor Is Encouraging Facebook Use in His Classroom
Aug. 5, 2014
This article examines research by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Brita Andercheck, a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor, which showed that “cyberspace scholarship” can help students earn higher grades and develop better critical thinking. Students in the study who took part in a Facebook Learning Group also had a greater sense of belonging. The study was published in Teaching Sociology, a journal of the American Sociological Association. (This story was placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education through the efforts of Terry Goodrich, assistant director for Baylor Media Communications, who pitched Dougherty’s research to The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog in late April. Goodrich is responsible for covering research and faculty in the department of sociology.)
Dinosaurs Fell Victim to Perfect Storm of Events, Study Shows
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2014) — Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
A sneak peek at Baylor’s Class of 2018
Orientation for this fall’s freshmen is complete, and Line Camp is nearly done as well. So what are Baylor’s newest students like? Here’s a sneak peek at just a few of the faces who make up Baylor’s Class of 2018: * Friends tell identical twins Abbey and Caroline Haines apart by their hair; Abbey, the older of the two, wears […]
A fountain back on Fountain Mall? Major Fifth Street update coming
A fountain is in the works for Baylor’s historic Fifth Street — appropriately enough, on or near Fountain Mall. And that’s just the beginning of the plans for the heart of Baylor’s campus, thanks to a generous alum. A major renovation is coming to Fifth Street, made possible by a gift from Dr. Thomas Rosenbalm, BS ’50, […]
Baylor Researcher to Present at Gilliland Military Medical Lectureship on Thursday
WACO, Texas (July 22, 2014) – Lea Steele, Ph.D., research professor and director of the Veterans Health Research Program in Baylor University’s Institute of Biomedical Studies, is scheduled to present Thursday, July 24 during the Gilliland Military Medical Lectureship at Baylor Scott & White’s Temple campus.
ESPN rolls cameras as Baylor alums’ 12-year-old son’s dream comes true
If you follow @BaylorProud on Twitter, you saw the photo above back in the spring, when the Baylor baseball team and Chi Omega teamed up to help make a wish come true for 12-year-old Jace Andrews. Jace, the son of Baylor alumni John (BS ’92) and Julie (BA ’93) Andrews and brother of incoming freshman […]
Martin Museum of Art to Host Roy Hanscom: Containers
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will feature Roy Hascom: Containers beginning August 12 and running though September 21. Roy Hanscom is a ceramic artist with whimsical but functional designs for containers.
Martin Museum of Art to Host Henry A. McArdle: Texas Painter, Patriot, and Baylor Professor
The Martin Museum of Art will feature "Henry A. McArdle: Texas Painter, Patriot, and Baylor Professor" beginning August 12 and running though September 21. Henry McArdle was one of the earliest artists in the Republic of Texas and his work documents historically significant events as well as instrumental individuals who helped shape the state.
Baylor alums bring healing and a home to orphans in Kenya
The stories of the children at Naomi’s Village are heart-wrenching. All of have lost their parents, many to extreme brutality at the hands of terrorists or other family members. Still others were abandoned. Sadly, their stories are not uncommon. The orphan crisis in Africa is particularly acute in Kenya, where nearly 700 children are orphaned […]
God on the Job: Church Attendance Is Not Enough to Affect Job Satisfaction and Commitment, Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (June 20, 2014) — A congregation’s beliefs about work attitudes and practices affect a churchgoer on the job — but how much depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on attendance, according to a study by Baylor University sociologists funded by the National Science Foundation.
Prof joins rare club after 55 years teaching at Baylor
He’s a Baylor legend who has taught generations of students, with a tenure only one other professor in Baylor history can match. A lot has changed since Master Teacher and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Roger Kirk began teaching at Baylor in 1958. Consider that, when he arrived, Armstrong-Browning Library and the Tidwell Bible […]
What’s the Buzz on West Nile Virus? Mosquito Expert Provides Tips on Abatement for ‘Mosquito Week’
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2014) — Mosquito bites can trigger more than just irritated, itchy skin. They can signal the beginning of potentially harmful diseases such as West Nile Virus. This week for National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., biology professor in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, provides several tips on how to avoid being bitten and reduce the number of mosquitoes buzzing around.
The Baylor grad behind the BBMA’s Michael Jackson ‘hologram’
The Michael Jackson “hologram” that had people buzzing after Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards? That was the product of a Baylor graduate. Specifically, it was created by a startup company, Pulse Evolution, headed by CEO Frank Patterson, BA ’85, MA ’87. Patterson is also the dean of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture […]
Baylor to form new College of Health and Human Sciences
About 1 in 3 Baylor undergraduate students enrolls planning to major in a health-related field, drawn by the university’s long-held reputation for preparing students to thrive in healthcare careers. From prominent alums in healthcare leadership to dedicated physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and much more, the Baylor name means excellence in healthcare. At their May meeting, Baylor Regents made […]
Happy 10th anniversary, Mayborn Museum!
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a decade, but 10 years ago this month, Baylor officials dedicated the Mayborn Museum Complex at its new home on University Parks Drive. Of course, the museum has much deeper roots than that. The Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village was moved to its current location along the […]
The spring 2014 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine is online
The Spring 2014 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine is now available for viewing online. This issue contains profiles on Arts & Sciences alumni making a difference in Washington, D.C., a look at the popular new Arabic and Middle East Studies major and a tour of the treasures of Baylor's Martin Museum of Art.
Looking back with Dr. Robert Baird
Dr. Robert M. Baird, professor of philosophy and Master Teacher, has been teaching on Baylor University’s philosophy faculty continuously since 1968. He is retiring this spring after a career spanning more than a half century and full of many academic, administrative and service milestones.
One Year after the West Explosion, Baylor Journalism Faculty Release Book Based on First Responder Accounts
"The Last Alarm: First Responders’ Stories of the West Explosion" includes the first-person accounts of more than 40 first responders who served in the aftermath of a fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013, that killed 15 people and injured more than 160 others.
Baylor Scientists Aim to Design Safer Chemicals for Humans and Environment with Multimillion Dollar Grant
WACO, Texas (April 10, 2014) — Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, will lead the research core on a four-year, $4.4 million project aimed at designing chemicals and materials that are less toxic to humans and the environment.
Baylor University’s Model Organization of American States Team Shines in Washington D.C.
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2014) – Fifteen students from Baylor’s Model Organization of American States recently won the presidency of the model for the sixth consecutive year at the Washington Model Organization of American States (WMOAS).
Model United Nations team shines at UN simulation
Baylor's Model United Nations team took part in a Model UN Security Council simulation at Howard Payne University and earned the top awards in each division.
Baylor science and math students win prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
Two Baylor University students have been selected to receive prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, while a third has received honorable mention recognition. They are among 283 undergraduates from 47 states to be named 2014 Goldwater Scholars.
New chair sees an exciting future for Baylor’s Family and Consumer Sciences department
More than anything, Dr. Rinn Cloud wants people to know that she feels called to her new role as the chair of Baylor’s nationally recognized Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
New student art in the Baylor Sciences Building is the fruit of interdisciplinary collaboration
For the first time since the building opened in 2004, artwork is on public display in the Baylor Science Building. There are now six new pieces of student art displayed on the BSB’s second floor landing -- made possible by professors in art and biology working together with students.
Alum returns to help Baylor better engage with churches and ministries
More than 50 different centers, institutes and departments at Baylor expressly connect to the university’s Christian mission, from the Baptist Studies Center for Research to BU Missions, from the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies to the Baylor Religious Hour Choir. And when you count in our alumni, the university’s connection to the Church at large grows […]
Martin Museum of Art to Host Annual Art Student Exhibition
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will feature the annual Baylor Art Student Exhibition beginning March 27th at 5:30pm and running through April 15th. Renowned Texas artist, Sedrick Huckaby, is the guest juror and will present awards to the students March 27.
Baylor alums and students standing out from NBC to Hollywood to SXSW
Viewers of NBC’s Chicago P.D. Wednesday night were introduced to a host of familiar Baylor names, thanks to the series’ co-creators, Derek Haas (BA ’91, MA ’95) and Michael Brandt (BBA ’91, MA ’94). In just one episode, references included a home being robbed belonged to a Mr. Hankamer, a mysterious former case concerning a man […]
Baylor alums now heading 2 NBC shows with ‘Chicago Fire,’ ‘Chicago P.D.’
About 18 months ago, in the fall of 2012, NBC debuted a new hourlong drama created by Baylor alumni Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. In its debut season, Chicago Fire‘s ratings ranked fourth among NBC’s scripted shows, ahead of such favorites as Law & Order: SVU and 30 Rock. In fact, the show did so well that […]
Once a Bear, Always a Bear: Screenwriter and Alumnus Returns to Baylor for Screening of NBC's Drama "Chicago P.D."
WACO, Texas (Feb. 18, 2014) - Co-creator of the NBC television drama "Chicago P.D." Derek Haas, BA '91, MA '95, will return to his alma mater for a screening of the first episode of the series' second season.
Discovery by Baylor University Researchers Sheds New Light on the Habitat of Early Apes
WACO, Texas (Feb. 18, 2014)-- Baylor University researchers, in collaboration with an international team of scientists, have discovered definitive evidence of the environment inhabited by the early ape Proconsul on Rusinga Island, Kenya. The groundbreaking discovery provides additional information that will help scientists understand and interpret the connection between habitat preferences and the early diversification of the ape-human lineage.
Associated Baptist Press: Faith was 'right stuff' for graduates of test pilot school
Feb. 17, 2014
Article about Maj. David Aparicio and Maj. Nathan Yerrick, who both graduated from Baylor and completed the Air Force's elite Test Pilot School. They say their Baptist roots provided the foundation for facing challenging situations in the air and Afghanistan.
Happy Couples Can Get a Big Resolution to a Big Fight -- Mean Talk Aside
WACO, Texas (Feb. 12, 2014) -- Being critical, angry and defensive isn't always a bad thing for couples having a big disagreement -- provided they are in a satisfying relationship. In that case, they likely will have a "big resolution" regardless of how negative they were during the discussion, according to a study by a Baylor University psychologist.