August 31, 2017– marks a milestone for you at Baylor University: 35 years of service! An exceptional accomplishment!
As you celebrate this achievement, it gives us great pleasure to recognize your years of service and extend a very sincere thank you for your dedication and commitment to Baylor University. You are a valued member of the Baylor family, and your contributions are a reflection of the university’s continued success.
Milestone service anniversaries that are met during the 2017 calendar year are formally recognized the following February during our annual service recognition program. Additional information will be forthcoming later this year.
Tomorrow marks day No. 100 as Baylor’s President! Each day continues to be a blessing as we work to develop the next generation of faith-based leaders and create a strategic pathway for Baylor to achieve our ambitions as a tier one Christian research university. As I visit with our campus community and alumni across the state and nation, I am thankful for the support of the Baylor Family and the passion that everyone has for our great University as we move forward.
Here are a few noteworthy items for this week:
Thank you for the outpouring of prayer and support for those who have experienced great loss as a result of Hurricane Harvey. We continue to collect various items for those affected by the storm and will soon initiate discussions as to how Baylor can provide much-needed assistance in the weeks and months ahead as families and communities begin the rebuilding process. Also, please lift up those in Florida in prayer as Hurricane Irma bears down on the state.
Today, Baylor sociology professors Paul Frose, Jerry Park and Lindsay Wilkinson unveiled Wave 5 of the Baylor Religion Survey, one of the most extensive surveys ever conducted on religious attitudes in the United States, at the Religion Newswriters Association in Nashville. The latest analysis – “American Values, Mental Health and Using Technology in the Age of Trump” – provides some interesting insights.
Our faculty are part of an international community of scholars, conducting transformational research on a global scale while establishing vital partnerships in our local community. Chemistry professor and cancer researcher Dr. Kevin Pinney, who includes graduate and undergraduate students in his research group, recently received one of 60 new research grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to continue his work advancing the fight against cancer.
I enjoyed spending lunch on Wednesday with our more than 700 staff members as part of the annual Fall Staff Forum. Positive interactions are so important in our daily work – always remember to practice what we learned and respond with a “Yes, and…”.
If you were at the football game last Saturday like me and didn’t see the new Baylor commercial as part of the national television broadcast on FS2, check out the latest BaylorProud post that features “What Does Baylor Mean to You?”.
Finally, we continue to focus on seeking the appropriate restorative remedies for survivors who have experienced past events of sexual violence within our campus community, as evidenced by several recent headlines. Over the past 15 months, Baylor has undertaken significant measures to prevent, manage and respond to the issue of sexual violence. I want to reiterate that our aim is for today’s Baylor to be a model institution for the prevention of and response to sexual violence.
Thank you for your commitment to Baylor, and I will be wearing Green and Gold tomorrow!
This fall we will welcome the inaugural class of Science Research Fellows, a group of 10 high-achieving freshmen who will work toward earning a bachelor of science degree with increased research opportunities alongside our faculty. This is a great example of the transformative undergraduate education we offer at Baylor.
Valerie Toteu Djomte won the IPSW Student Award for a recent oral presentation in the 9th International Passive Sampling Workshop held in Toronto, Ontario from May 31st to June 2nd 2017. Valerie presentation was entitled "Effects of temperature and hydrodynamics conditions on POCIS sampling rates."
A “New 2 BU” survey asked first-time freshmen and transfer students at Baylor in Fall 2016 to name the one person who has been most influential in their success. Only 150 (5%) faculty or staff had at least three new students say that person was most influential to their success at Baylor.
Dr. Bryan Shaw was awarded a Grant to explore the role electrical charges in Metalloproteins play in the development of Alzheimer's and ALS.
Dr. Patrick Farmer is the Principal Investigator on a Grant designated for purchase of an Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectrometer. EPR can be used to Research Diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Dr. Bryan Shaw began studying the thousands of pictures he and Elizabeth had taken of Noah since his birth. He discovered that the first signs of leukocoria showed up when Noah was just 12 days old. Shaw developed a scale for how much leukocoria was in a particular picture.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2015) – Cherry Award Finalist Lisa Russ Spaar, Ph.D., professor of English at the University of Virginia, will present “The Golden Laboratory: Poetry in the Classroom and Why We Need It” at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Bennett Auditorium on Baylor’s campus.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 19, 2015) – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has recognized Baylor University as one of the top performing colleges and universities in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2015) – Baylor University Libraries will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” written by Lewis Carroll, at its 2015 Baylor Libraries Symposium, “Alice at 150.”
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.
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.
WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2013) -- Can parents use digital cameras and smart phones to potentially screen their children for the most common form of pediatric eye cancer? Baylor University and Harvard Medical School researchers believe so.