A & S News
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.
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 […]