Elsewhere at Baylor
University Kicks Off Baylor Stadium Bricks Campaign
As construction moves rapidly forward on the new on-campus football stadium, a Baylor Stadium Bricks Campaign has been launched that allows Baylor Nation to join together in support of the football stadium project.
Through the campaign, fans and others have the opportunity to financially support the stadium and have that gift acknowledged with a brick - engraved with a personal message - installed at the new stadium.
When it opens in Fall 2014, Baylor Stadium will be "arguably the most dynamic college football stadium in America," according to Baylor Head Football Coach Art Briles. The $250 million on-campus stadium - currently under construction - is located on a 93-acre site at the intersection of Interstate 35 and the Brazos River.
Bricks will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are available in four different sizes. Gift certificates are also available. Both can be purchased online at www.baylor.edu/stadiumbricks
Low pH Levels Can Eliminate Harmful Blooms of Golden Algae
Baylor University researchers are one step closer to understanding the algae that causes a substantial number of fish deaths in more than 18 states.
Golden algae, Texas Tide or Prymnesium parvum, as it is known by its scientific name, produces toxins that can severely impact aquatic organisms. Over the past decade, golden algae blooms have been responsible for the death of tens of millions of fish in Texas reservoirs.
Bryan W. Brooks, PhD, professor of environmental science and biomedical studies at Baylor and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, and his research team found that neutral pH levels prevented the algae's bloom development and the toxicity of the algae was greatly diminished.
"Our novel findings identify that surface water pH is a very important factor influencing whether harmful algal blooms of Prymnesium parvum will even occur in a lake or reservoir," Brooks said. "In addition to better understanding the ecology and toxicology of this invasive species, this new information promises to support more sustainable environmental management of fisheries and drinking water supplies."
Hall Named Senior Vice President for University Development and Strategic Initiatives
President Ken Starr recently announced Dr. Kenneth L. Hall, President Emeritus of Buckner International, has joined the President's leadership team as Senior Vice President for University Development and Strategic Initiatives.
"Dr. Hall brings to the position a world of fundraising experience," President Starr said. "[He] is a natural addition to our leadership team, and we are fully confident in his abilities to help us build Baylor University in the years to come."
Hall joins Baylor after serving as president and CEO of Buckner International from 1994-2010 and as CEO from 2010 until his retirement in April 2012. Prior to his appointment to President Starr's Executive Council, Hall resigned his position on Baylor's Board of Regents where he served as a BGCT appointee.
Partnership Will Help BRIC Discoveries Reach Market Faster
One could develop the greatest product in the world - a better mousetrap, a cure for cancer, etc. - but if it never gets to market, it will never do anyone any good.
Companies utilizing the University's upcoming discovery park, the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), will have a distinct advantage in that process. That's because when BRIC opened in January, one of its first tenants was the Innovative Business Accelerator (IBA), led by Dr. Gregory Leman.
The IBA is a joint venture of the Hankamer School of Business and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. It exists to help new technology companies grow their business more rapidly by taking advantage of Baylor's research and intellectual resources and will provide a broad range of business, science, legal and technical services, some of which will come from Baylor students.
"The IBA is built on a solid foundation of our successful collaboration with global industry," says Leman. "It will become a single point of access to University and community expertise by providing a critical link between technology companies and Baylor business, science, engineering and law faculty."
Waco Foundation Grant to Provide BRIC Exhibits
Baylor has received a $60,000 grant from the Waco Foundation to help fund science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) interactive exhibits and integrate aerospace and industry artifacts throughout the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
"We saw this as a great opportunity to help further one aspect of our community's shared vision - that of reducing poverty and supporting education at all stages - with this BRIC exhibit," said Kyle Deaver of the Waco Foundation Trust.
The funding enables placement of displays which will guide BRIC visitors toward their given interest areas. Baylor was fortunate to obtain, from a recent NASA program and other sources, a variety of exhibit materials from both industry and federal science-based agencies. Some 40 NASA Space Shuttle and industrial artifacts will be integrated into the BRIC circulation corridors and symposia areas.
Regents Approve New Programs of Study
At its annual Homecoming meeting, the Baylor Board of Regents approved two new doctoral programs in the School of Music and a joint master's degree from George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Hankamer School of Business.
Only seven institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music offer recognized doctoral degrees in church music, and only one of those seven institutions offers the PhD in church music. Baylor's PhD in church music is designed to foster in students the highest levels of knowledge and skill in the practice of church music and research, while the doctor of musical arts (DMA) degree will include the added component of strong performance skills.
The joint MDiv/MBA will link the faculties, resources and education of Baylor's business school and seminary, offering to students an education that prepares them well for a multitude of leadership opportunities. As religious institutions continue to morph into complex organizations and nonprofits continue to proliferate, the constituencies of such institutions are seeking qualified, competent and well-educated individuals to lead them.
The MDiv/MBA degree program is expected to begin in Fall 2013 while the doctoral degree programs in church music are expected to begin in Fall 2014.
Master's Student Wins Prestigious Environmental Science Award
Baylor continues to gain recognition for its excellence in research as Lauren Kristofco, an environmental science graduate student, received the 2012 Jeff Black Fellowship from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and EA Engineering.
The annual award provides $2,000 to a graduate student with great accomplishments in the field of environmental science. It is named in the honor of Jeff Black, PhD, an environmental researcher and charter of SETAC, known for his dedication to mentoring students. In 2007, Baylor graduate student Laura Dobbins received the award for her contributions to SETAC and environmental science.
"For two of the 15 winners of the SETAC/EA Jeff Black Fellowship to be our students highlights the excellent opportunities for graduate studies in environmental science at Baylor," said Bryan W. Brooks, PhD, a professor and director in the department of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor.