Arts & Sciences News
Baylor statistician wins national research award
Dr. Amanda S. Hering, associate professor of statistics, will receive the 2017 Early Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR).
New shows coming this summer from two Baylor alumni
There are so many Baylor alumni on screen lately, it’s getting hard to keep up – and that’s a good problem to have! So if you’re looking for something new to watch, here are two more TV shows to add to our ever-growing list of Bears in Hollywood. Downward Dog debuts May 17 (8:30 p.m. CT, ABC). Allison […]
Baylor professors of the year come from all across the arts and sciences
We’ve reached the end of another academic year at Baylor, when final grades are submitted, seniors are graduated — and Baylor’s professors of the year are named. The Collins Outstanding Professor Award is voted on each year by the outgoing senior class and includes a cash prize of $10,000. Past Collins Professors include Dr. Tom Hanks (1998), […]
The Hansen Quadruplets: Baylor + 20
Twenty years after their graduation from Baylor University, the Hansen Quadruplets of San Antonio are settling down and raising families while continuing to leave a string of impressive achievements around the world.
Book on Texas German Culture by Baylor Professor Wins Multiple Awards
The latest book by Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chair and professor of museum studies, “The Material Culture of German Texans," is garnering both state and national awards. The 416-page book is considered to be the first comprehensive survey of the art and artifacts of German Texans.
Jordan’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs is also a Baylor Bear
The small Middle Eastern nation of Jordan is bordered by Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which makes foreign relations incredibly important for the country. Earlier this year, when King Abdullah named a new Minister of Foreign Affairs, he turned to a trusted advisor — who just so happens to be a Baylor graduate. Ayman Safadi, […]
$1 Million Gift Will Benefit Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Baylor’s Department of Geosciences
WACO, Texas (May 11, 2017) – Baylor University today announced a gift in excess of $1 million to the department of geosciences that will dramatically enhance students’ educational experiences by increasing the department’s capacity to provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to conduct research under the mentoring guidance of faculty members. Made by parents of a current Baylor student who wish to remain anonymous, the gift also will significantly enhance the department’s ability to attract outstanding students and to prepare them for successful careers.
Baylor Arts & Sciences Magazine, Spring 2017
The Spring 2017 issue of Baylor Arts & Sciences magazine provides a comprehensive look at Baylor's award-winning journalism, public relations and new media program. Other articles include a feature on A&S faculty and staff members who use alternative means of commuting to campus, a look at the growing popularity of standing desks on campus, and updates on former A&S deans John Belew, William Cooper and Wallace Daniel.
Baylor Graduate Selected for Prestigious Fulbright ETA to Taiwan
WACO, Texas (April 25, 2017) – Recent Baylor University graduate Taylor Demons has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Taiwan. Demons earned her B.A. in international studies magna cum laude from Baylor in December 2016.
Alternating Skimpy Sleep with Sleep Marathons Hurts Attention, Creativity in Young Adults, Study Finds
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2017) — Skimping on sleep, followed by “catch-up” days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition — both in attention and creativity — in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, Baylor University researchers have found.
Baylor Model United Nations Team Honored at National Conference
WACO, Texas (April 25, 2017) – The Baylor Model United Nations (MUN) team received Outstanding Position Paper Awards in five of the seven committees in which they participated—the same number of position paper awards that the team received in the last three years combined—at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, where thousands of students from more than 100 nations participated in a simulation of the U.N.
Baylor Senior Selected for Prestigious Fulbright ETA to Germany
WACO, Texas (April 13, 2017) – Baylor University senior Emily E. Martin, a University Scholar from Frisco, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which will allow her to spend the 2017-2018 academic year teaching English in Germany.
Religion Professor Dr. Jonathan Tran Receives 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award
WACO, Texas (April 18, 2017) – Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, was chosen for the 2017 Collins Outstanding Professor Award by the senior class.
Baylor Ph.D. Candidate Granted Prestigious Department of Energy Award
WACO, Texas (April 21, 2017) – Bulbul Ahmmed, Ph.D. candidate in Baylor University’s department of geosciences, has been awarded a Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Fellowship from the Department of Energy (DOE).
Baylor Senior Selected for Prestigious Fulbright Study Grant
WACO, Texas (March 28, 2017) – Jade A. Connor, a senior biology major from Lewisville at Baylor University, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright study grant, becoming the University’s 48th student Fulbright recipient since 2001. In the fall, she will begin studies at Maastricht University in the Netherlands for a master’s degree in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health.
Prominent Philosopher Timothy O’Connor Appointed to Baylor Professorship
Dr. Timothy O’Connor, professor of philosophy at Indiana University, will join the Baylor faculty in the fall of 2017 as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy. His chief academic interests include metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion.
Baylor Class Provides Opportunities for Hands-On Learning with Laparoscopic Training Boxes
WACO, Texas (March 22, 2017) – Instead of reading a textbook and taking notes on a lecture, Baylor University undergraduates in an independent research class led by Marty Harvill, Ph.D., are learning the basics of laparoscopic surgery with hands-on activities, developing enough dexterity that some students were able to fold tiny origami hats in a box.
Baylor Mock Trial Places Second in Regional Tournament, Continues to Nationals
WACO, Texas (March 23, 2017) – The Baylor undergraduate mock trial team is headed to nationals after placing second in the Opening Round Championship Series for the American Mock Trial Association, held in Memphis, Tennessee from March 17-19.
Baylor Professor Awarded International Prize for Research in Psychology of Religion
WACO, Texas (March 16, 2016) – The International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) awarded the Godin Prize for the Scientific Study of Religion to Wade Rowatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Baylor researchers helped discover this 12th-century synagogue in Galilee
Last summer, we shared with you the story of a historic (and cool) discovery: elaborate mosaics, more than 1,500 years old, that were uncovered in the ruins of an ancient synagogue in Israel’s Galilee region. An excavation team featuring a Baylor art history professor and two students was involved in that find. Now, less than a year […]
Baylor Programs Ranked in 2018 U.S. News Grad School Survey
WACO, Texas (March 14, 2017) – Baylor University graduate programs in law, business, nursing and health disciplines, education, engineering, the sciences and social sciences and humanities were among those nationally ranked in the 2018 U.S. News Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today.
Barbara Walker: social work leader, and Baylor’s first female African-American graduate
On June 2, 1967, Barbara Walker, BA ’67, graduated from Baylor with her degree in sociology. When she crossed the Commencement stage and received her diploma that day, Walker earned the distinction of becoming the first African-American woman to graduate from Baylor. (Just moments before, her classmate, Robert Gilbert, BA ’67, had received his degree in history […]
Portal to the Public at the Mayborn Museum Complex Brings Science to the Waco Community
WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – Portal to the Public at the Mayborn Museum Complex is helping Baylor University science experts bring science to life—sometimes literally.
From Baylor to Paris: Alum’s work appears at prestigious modern art museum
At first glance, the images in “Someone to See,” a video by digital photographic and video artist Zach Nader, BFA ’07, appear both familiar and a bit disorienting. There’s a reason for that — Nader takes images from the world of advertising and fashion and digitally manipulates them to help viewers see them in a […]
First in Line Program Equips First Generation Students
Baylor University’s First in Line program is helping first generation students navigate a successful transition to campus life.
Baylor grad authors Amazon’s top history book for 2016
One of America’s top authors of popular history is a Baylor graduate. Candice Millard, MA ’92, has written three bestselling books about little-known (but meaningful) moments in the lives of American presidents and world leaders — including a title Amazon named its best history book of 2016. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a […]
7 Netflix options featuring Baylor Bears
Here at Baylor, campus is under a blanket of tranquility as students and professors are home for a well-deserved Christmas break. And while the time off around the holidays certainly means spending time with friends and family, the extra time (coupled with the often less-than-delightful weather) can also mean a lot of time huddled in the […]
Baylor Mourns the Passing of Texas Baptist Leader, Dean Emeritus of Truett Seminary Paul W. Powell
WACO, Texas (Dec. 29, 2016) — Baylor University is mourning the passing of Dr. Paul W. Powell, the Texas Baptist pastor and leader who served as dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and former chair of Baylor University’s Board of Regents. Powell died Dec. 28 in Tyler at the age of 83.
Happy 65th Anniversary, Armstrong Browning Library!
The first indication a visitor receives that Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library is a special place is the entrance. Bronze doors, each weighing nearly a ton, open slowly as they dramatically reveal what’s inside — and what’s inside is not only one of the most beautiful facilities on the Baylor campus, but one of the most […]
Baylor students named Outstanding Delegates at Model United Nations conference
Three Baylor University students were selected as Outstanding Delegates during the 2016 American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago.
Baylor lecturer honored as Japanese teacher of the year in Texas
Yoshiko Fujii Gaines, full-time lecturer in Japanese at Baylor University, has been honored by the Texas Foreign Language Association as Japanese Teacher of the Year for 2016.
Baylor announces Hillis Scholars for 2016-2017
The Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences has announced a group of 15 students named to the William Hillis Scholars in Biomedical Sciences Program for 2016-2017.
Baylor yearbook named nation’s best for 2nd time in 4 years
For the second time in four years, the Baylor Round Up has been named the best collegiate yearbook in the nation — and that was just one of a host of honors won by Baylor journalism students in recent competitions. The Round Up‘s recognition came from the Associated College Press (ACP) at the organization’s annual […]
Alum’s book on Baylor veterans leads to scholarship support, too
In 2012, we told you about Baylor grad and staff member Frank Jasek’s 15-year journey to tell the stories behind Baylor’s memorial lampposts. The resulting 300+ page book, Soldiers of the Wooden Cross, details the lives of 145 Baylor alumni killed in service during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Iraq war. Taking the project a […]
Why You Shouldn’t Be So Quick to Click the Unfriend Button
WACO, Texas (Nov. 15, 2016) – Think twice before clicking the unfriend button this year.
Vivienne Malone-Mayes: Baylor’s first African-American professor, trailblazer for equal rights
Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes first became aware of segregation as a preschooler, when she used the wrong public water fountain. Her mother, horrified, yanked her back and pushed her toward the other fountain. “She just explained to me that this was the way the world was, and we had to accept it, and there was nothing we can do […]
Baylor University To Offer New Interdisciplinary Major Emphasizing Scientific Research
WACO, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) – Beginning in fall 2017, Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences will add a new interdisciplinary degree plan – the Science Research Fellows (SRF) major – which will allow students to earn a bachelor of science degree with increased opportunities for research.
Robert Gilbert: Pastor, civil rights leader, and Baylor’s first African-American graduate
Pearl Beverly, director of Baylor’s Department of Multicultural Affairs, likes to ask her students, “What three key things happened in 1963?” They usually can come up with Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the assassination of John F. Kennedy — but often struggle to think of one more. The third, Beverly says, was […]
Baylor Horror Film Expert Lists 10 Movies ‘Everyone Should See’
WACO, Texas (Oct. 13, 2016) — James Kendrick, Ph.D., associate professor of film and digital media in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a Hollywood film historian and an expert on cult and horror films. While horror is not everyone’s favorite genre, Kendrick says, horror films are known to have a universal appeal.
Get to know Dr. Corey Carbonara, Baylor Master Teacher
Earning the designation as a Master Teacher is a rare honor, one of the highest a Baylor professor can receive. Last month, Baylor President David Garland announced that three Baylor professors had earned the title, increasing the roll of Master Teachers who had earned this designation to 26 since the honor was first bestowed 34 years […]
Baylor Theatre to Present ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
WACO, Texas (Sept. 23, 2016) — Baylor University Theatre will present a classic musical to kick off its 2016–17 season.
New Smithsonian museum features music from Baylor’s Black Gospel Restoration Project
In less than a decade, Baylor professor Robert Darden’s mission to preserve black gospel music for future generations has grown from the basement of Moody Memorial Library to the Smithsonian Institution. This Saturday, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum’s anticipated 20,000+ visitors this […]
Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized expert on presidential rhetoric
With Election Day fast approaching, millions of Americans are focused on what the presidential candidates have to say — but few are listening with as much insight as Baylor professor Martin Medhurst. Dr. Medhurst is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on presidential rhetoric. After teaching at UC-Davis and Texas A&M, Medhurst came to Baylor […]
Good Relationships with Parents May Benefit Children’s Health Decades Later
WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2016) — Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor University Hosts Big 12 Water Conference to Address Water Resource Issues and Collaborate on Research
WACO, Texas (Sept. 22, 2016) – Baylor University’s department of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences is hosting a select group of scientists at the second annual Big 12 Water Conference Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, through Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
Enrollment Nears 17,000; Retention Increases; Baylor Rises in U.S. News Rankings
WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2016) – Baylor University topped milestones for overall, graduate and undergraduate enrollment and again improved its freshman fall-to-fall retention and graduation rates, according to statistics from Baylor’s Office of Institutional Research and Testing (IRT).
Baptist News Global: Baylor professor’s quest to preserve golden age of black gospel lands in Smithsonian
Sept. 14, 2016
An interactive display from Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project will be included in a permanent music exhibit when the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African-American History in Washington, D.C., opens Sept. 24. The project was begun a decade ago by Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in the College of Arts & Sciences. Since then, with the aid of Baylor Libraries’ Digital Projects Group, thousands of loaned or donated records and cassettes have been digitized and are available online. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of media communications, covers JPRNM faculty and research.)
Dr. Michael Korpi Awarded the SMPTE Excellence in Education Medal
WACO, Texas (Aug. 29, 2016) – Michael Korpi, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, has been awarded the first Excellence in Education Medal Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Three Baylor Professors Designated Master Teachers
WACO, Texas (Aug. 26, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland has announced the designation of Master Teacher – the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching – has been conferred on Corey P. Carbonara, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, College of Arts & Sciences; T. Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education, School of Education, and associate dean of graduate studies and professional development, Graduate School; and Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
Sub-Saharan Africans Satisfied with Their Sex Lives, with 18 Percent Rating Them a Perfect 10, Baylor Researcher Finds
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WACO, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016) — People in Africa’s Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area, are generally satisfied with their sex lives, with the most common rating — reported by 18 percent of respondents — being a perfect “10,” according to Baylor University research presented Monday at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Musical Tastes Are Cultural in Origin, Not ‘Hard-wired’ in the Brain, Study Suggests
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2016) — Scientists previously thought musical preferences are “hard-wired” in the brain, but a new study of a remote Amazonian farming and foraging community suggests that musical tastes are cultural in origin. One of the study’s authors, published in the journal Nature, is Alan Schultz, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
"Multiplicity" Exhibit Features the Elegance of Math at Martin Museum of Art
WACO, Texas (Aug. 24, 2016) – The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University will host a gallery talk with the artists of its new exhibit, Multiplicity, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Multiplicity will run from Aug. 23 through Sept. 25 and demonstrates how art can use math to create beauty and elegance.
Chubby Chums vs. Petite Pals: Heavy People More at Ease Socializing with Stocky Folks, but It Can Hinder Weight Loss, Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 16, 2016) — People trying to shed pounds — but who hang out with heavier pals regularly — are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.
Employers Who Promote Ethics Should Reward Workers Who Exhibit Them, Baylor Study Suggests
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2016) — Building a business reputation from the inside out — with employees giving a company high marks as an ethical place to work — is increasingly being hailed as a way to get a leg up on the competition, right alongside customer service and quality products.
Baylor Student Art Project Raises More Than $45K for Zambian Children
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2016) —Orphans in Zambia left their fingerprints — literally — on an art project by two Baylor University studio art majors on a women’s leadership mission trip this summer to the southern African country. The students’ paintings of trees – featuring brightly colored leaves made by the children’s fingertips – eventually raised nearly $45,000 to help children living in extreme poverty become leaders for change.
Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized mosquito expert
When confronted with mosquitos while playing outside as a child, did you: A) swat at them, B) put on more mosquito repellant, or C) become fascinated by them and write a 7th-grade research paper on the buzzing, biting creatures? You can probably guess which of those Baylor’s resident mosquito expert chose. Dr. Richard Duhrkopf, associate professor […]
Baylor Professor Helps Discover The Secrets Of The Philistines
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2016) — Deirdre Fulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, was part of the discovery and excavation of a Philistine cemetery outside Ashkelon, an ancient city in Israel that was occupied for more than 3,000 years.
Baylor prof, students help discover ancient Biblical mosaics in Israel
For 1,500 years, elaborate mosaics depicting Bible stories like Noah’s Ark and the parting of the Red Sea were buried in the ruins of an ancient synagogue in Israel. But this summer, a team that included two Baylor students and Dr. Nathan Elkins, a Baylor art history professor and coin specialist, uncovered this stunning artwork while […]
Former Lady Bear point guard among the Dallas PD officers responding to last week’s attack
Many Baylor fans remember Chelsea Whitaker, BA ’05, as the gutsy point guard for the 2005 Lady Bears team that won the program’s first national championship. After playing overseas for a couple of years, today Whitaker is a detective and a nine-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department (DPD) — one of the many officers who […]
Baylor grad traveling the world to serve
Brianna Childs, BA ’16, has only been a college graduate for two months. Most of her peers are just starting their first “real job” or are in the midst of applying for one, or they’re headed to graduate school. But not Brianna — because since high school, she’s had her eyes set on the World […]
Baylor University Hosts Hong Kong Students, Professors
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2016) — In a two-week exchange program, 22 students and four faculty members from Hong Kong traveled to Baylor University to interact with students and faculty from Baylor’s environmental science department and to learn about the culture and environment in Texas.
Baylor Graduates Win Prestigious Rotary Global Grants
WACO, Texas (July 8, 2016) — Prashant (Sunny) Appikatla, Brianna Williams and Jonathan Tingle, recent Baylor University graduates, were awarded Rotary Global Grants this spring. They plan to use the grants to earn master’s degrees at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine next year.
Eight ways Baylor researchers are fighting cancer
For most of us who are not scientifically-inclined, it’s easy to focus more on the beautiful exterior of the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB) than to think about what goes on inside. But what’s going on inside the BSB could save your life, or the life of someone you love. Teams of Baylor professors and students are […]
Baylor EVP/Provost Greg Jones Announces Leadership Additions
WACO, Texas (July 1, 2016) – Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., has announced three leadership appointments in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Divisional Dean Robyn Driskell Named Executive Director and President’s Chief of Staff
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2016) — Robyn L. Driskell, Ph.D., Divisional Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been named Executive Director and President’s Chief of Staff by Baylor University Interim President David Garland, Ph.D. In this role, Driskell will be responsible for strategic communications from the President’s Office, collaboration on leadership initiatives, coordination of Board relations and representing the President in a variety of official capacities.
Baylor couple’s ‘Fixer Upper’ spin-off to debut on DIY Network
Building on the success of Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines, yet another Baylor couple is getting their own show on HGTV. Fans of the network’s popular “Fixer Upper” show are already familiar with Clint Harp, BBA ’00, co-founder of Harp Design Co. and a frequent supplier of furniture for the Gaineses’ remodeled homes. Now, Clint […]
Baylor junior designs 5,000-piece LEGO Pat Neff Hall
As a native Wacoan, Stanton Bain grew up planning to attend at Baylor. And like kids everywhere, he grew up piecing together LEGO blocks. “Even though I was very young at the time, I was able to build even the most difficult sets that the LEGO company had,” says Bain, now a junior at Baylor. “I have […]
Baylor alum finally gets his commencement ceremony — 50 years after graduating
The end of spring means graduation season. Future Bears are preparing to transition into college life, and our newest alumni are preparing for life in the “real world.” But there’s another group of Bears who also participate in commencement ceremonies: the Baylor Heritage Club. Every year, the newest members of the Heritage Club are welcomed on […]
Baylor Photographer Featured in Boulder Weekly
Karen Price Named Fellow of the ASA
University Scholar Wins Boren Scholarship to Tanzania
WACO, Texas (June 2, 2016) — Chase Gottlich, a junior pre-medicine University Scholar from Ormond Beach, Florida, has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Tanzania for the 2016-17 academic year.
A New Season in the Life of Baylor University
We have entered a new season in the life of Baylor University. It is a season that calls for clarity, compassion and collective action as a Christian academic community and as a body of Baylor alumni that spans multiple generations, often within individual families. It is a season that calls for Baylor to stand together and speak as one voice, resolute in our shared commitment to student welfare and safety and to our institutional values.
Dr. Johnny Henderson Honored as Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year
WACO, Texas (May 27, 2016) – Johnny L. Henderson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was honored as the 2016 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year during the University’s Academic Convocation on April 15.
Mother Nature and the Spiritual Side: Do Lovely Weather and Scenery Matter?
WACO, Texas (June 1, 2016) — June is national Great Outdoors Month, and that may have religious implications as people spend more time outside — in particular if they live in counties with beautiful weather and scenery. Such areas have lower rates of membership with religious organizations.
Baylor professors of the year represent sciences, math, arts and education
Each spring, Baylor honors professors with three major awards based on slightly varying criteria. The first to be announced is the Collins Outstanding Professor Award, voted on each year by the outgoing senior class. Past Collins Professors include Dr. Randall O’Brien (1996), Dr. Tom Hanks (1998), Rachel Moore (1999) and Dr. Robert Packard (2002). Dr. […]
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.