Baylor senior Avery C. Lill (University Scholar, Honors Program) received a 2015-2016 Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement [URSA] grant for a research project directed by Dr. Stephen Sloan. Titled, "Voices of East Austin: Preserving the Stories of East Austin in the Face of Impending Gentrification," this undergraduate research initiative preserves the stories of people in historically under-served, rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods in East Austin.
The 2015 Baylor Libraries Symposium will recognize the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Mackenzie Fitzgerald (University Scholar, Honors Program) will be a participant in a panel on “Alice and Language" at 9:55 a.m. in Jones Library, Room 200. She will present "The Linguistic Turn of Wonderland: Finding Sense in Carroll's Nonsensical Landscape."
Richard Sanker, Ph.D., director of Prehealth Science Studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is one of the co-authors of the second edition of “Guide to Becoming a Physician.” “I wanted to write a book that would help students to recognize and know both the emerging and current responsibilities of the medical doctor so they can better understand their professional ambitions,” said Sanker.
Baylor University’s Honors Progam isn’t a place where musicians meet up, but that’s where Houston musician Haffey met the two fellow students, Sam Still and Isaac Lill, who have enabled her to continue her musical dream.
Before his On Topic conversation with President and Chancellor Ken Starr last night, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sat down with the Lariat for an exclusive newspaper interview on his faith, his legal career, and the time he almost became a priest. Article by Helena Hunt (University Scholar, '16)
We all know Baylor students are smarter than your average bear (or college student). The Fulbright U.S. Student Program seems to agree, too, based on how many awards it gave Baylor students and recent graduates this summer. Meet five of Baylor’s best, four of whom are Honors College students! They are Jake Surges (University Scholar/Honors), Rebecca McHenney (Honors), Syd Linnell (University Scholars/Honors), and Tim Campbell (University Scholars/Honors).
Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College and director of Baylor in Washington, D.C., writes about Pope Francis’ call for an “integral ecology.” Achieving that goal will require “not just scientific, technological and ecological literacy but also a highly developed ethical capacity to judge how to use technology prudently and when and where to put limits to its development and application,” Hibbs writes.
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, writes about political parties and the complexity of how/whether defending religious liberty should affect foreign intervention.
In this preview story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, discusses the work she and her forensic anthropology students conduct in an effort to identify those who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker and her team work in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas exhuming remains. Afterwards, they return to Baylor to begin the labor-intensive identification process. “We tell ourselves it only takes one to make it worth our effort,” Baker said. The full story will air at 8 p.m. August 28, 2015, on Al Jazeera America.
People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, an Honors College alum and doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. It has long been believed that “contagious yawning” is a deep-seated signal that demonstrates an emotional connection with another person, with yawns shared more easily among family members than strangers.
Baylor University alumna Syd Lewis is one of four Baylor students and recent graduates who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Lewis is a University Scholar with a concentration in neuroscience. At Baylor, she was a supplemental instructor for neuroscience, worked in a neuromorphic lab and was a member of Baylor’s Student Foundation. She received the Fulbright award in neuroscience and will spend the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, where she will earn her master’s degree in neuropsychology. Baylor Media Communications conducted a Q&A with each of Baylor’s most recent Fulbright recipients, including Lewis.
Article by Dr. Alan Jacobs, a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the author most recently of "The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography."
Julie Nelson, a junior University Scholar in Baylor’s Honors College, spent her summer serving Missouri’s Seventh Congressional District as an intern in Congressman Billy Long’s Washington, D.C., office.
Article by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor's Honors Program, who examines "disciplinary Bulverism" — determining what penalties should be administered to those people whom others believe to be wrong. It is the second stage of Bulverism, the first being the "explanatory stage," in which people believe they already know who is right, so all they need to debate is why people get things wrong.
In a cemetery in Brooks County, Texas, remains of immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border have been interred in mass graves and buried in trash bags. In this video, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the improper burial techniques that she and her team of forensic scientists and students found while unearthing graves.
Baylor University alumna Jake Surges is one of four Baylor students and recent graduates who have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Surges is a University Scholar and a Crane Scholar, an arm of the Institute for Faith and Learning. He received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) and will spend the 2015-2016 academic year teaching English in Taiwan.
Ten American undergraduates, including junior University Scholar Tim Campbell of Elizabethtown, PA, have arrived in Scotland for the 2015 Summer Institute, a unique partnership between the University of Dundee, University of Strathclyde and the US-UK Fulbright Commission with support from The Scottish Government and civic partners. The students will spend five weeks taking part in lectures, seminars and study visits on the theme “Scotland: Identity, Culture and Innovation.”
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and faculty fellow of the Honors Residential College, is interviewed for this radio documentary that takes listeners to the desert ranch lands of Brooks County and the border town of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. Baker’s part of the documentary runs from 12:14-16:53. Baker is the founder of the “Reuniting Families Project,” which helps recover and identify the remains of unnamed individuals who died while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program in Baylor’s Honors College, reacts to a story in The New York Times about a report indicating that people with more money are generally happy but that happiness should not be confused with contentment, satisfaction or achievement. The report also found that satisfaction rose with wealth, and 85 percent of those with over $5 million reported that they were “highly satisfied” — despite jobs that often entail long hours and high pressure. Asks Jacobs: “What good is that happiness if the millionaires who have it cannot enjoy the freedom the money gives them, the freedom that most people would love to have? . . .My takeaway from reading this article: no one involved, from the investigators to the respondents to the reporter, has any idea what they mean by ‘happy’ or ‘satisfied’ or ‘content’ or ‘free.’”
A study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Hankamer School of Business, found that as cellphone capabilities have advanced, so has the possibility of addiction to them. In his most recent study, published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, he found that excessive cellphone use “absolutely poses a potential risk for impairing academic performance . . . We need to identify the activities that push cellphone use from being a helpful tool to one that undermines our well-being and that of others.”
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor, talks about the idea of the Benedict Option, which “recommends increase attentiveness to local communities, to the formations of Christians in the traditional practices and habits of the Church,” and how the BenOp relates to conservatism.
Ralph Wood, Ph.D., University Professor of Literature and Theology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and an affiliate faculty in the Great Texts Program, talks about the newest “forever” stamp featuring an image of award-winning American author Flannery O’Connor. Wood is the author of the 2005 book “Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South.” “Her inclusion on U.S. postage stamps is a triumph for both American authors and American Catholics,” Wood said. (Corresponding picture of Flannery O'Connor in 1947; stamp image courtesy of the USPS)
Michael Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of patristics in the Honors College, talks about his belief that “a solid scholarly component that involves careful historical and theological research” in the church will lead to a renewal in the liturgy and in the overall life of the church. “This is not to say that a liturgical quality is simply a matter of scholarship, but it is true that bad scholarship has harmed the liturgy, so we’re trying to reverse some of that,” Foley said.