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•  NASA surgeon discusses space medicine career with Baylor health students
•  Honors College Student Celebrates MLK Celebration with His Grandmother, BU's First African-American Alumna
•  The 'Wright' Stuff: BU senior gets his shot in spotlight
•  Honors College Senior's Work Provides Lift to Expectant Mothers in Kenya
•  Baylor student hits the right note on 'American Idol'
•  Faculty kids embracing home life on Baylor campus
•  Baylor Professors Use Whale Earwax to Develop New Method of Determining Lifetime Contaminant Exposure in Whales
•  Honors College Alum Wins UT Southwestern Medical School's Highest Honor
•  2012 Renaissance Scholar Mary Kujak Receives National Honor Before Start of Freshman Year at Baylor
•  Getty Images photographer John Moore on photographing Baylor's team of forensic anthropologists
•  Baylor University Researcher Finds Earliest Archaeological Evidence of Human Ancestors Hunting and Scavenging
•  Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny
•  Christians discuss ethnic boundaries
•  BU first to study script from 1380s
•  Honors College Professors Featured in "Science & Faith" Seminar
•  "The Buzz:" Presidential Trivia with Prof. David Smith
•  Baylor Engineering Moves Up to 12th
•  Baylor Senior Wins Highly Competitive National Science Foundation Fellowship
•  Mechanical Engineering Student Paper Selected for ASME International Congress & Symposium
•  Exxon Mobil Corporation Provides $2 Million in Grants to 87 Universities for Academic Programs
•  Three Honors College Students Receive Fulbright Scholarships
•  Baylor Entrepreneurs Receive Grant to Bring Renewable Energy to
•  "In Their Words"
•  "Paris" Film Review: "Inflated Hopes"
•  Christians need 'theology of power,' sociologist insists

NASA surgeon discusses space medicine career with Baylor health students
[4/16/2014]
Joseph Dervay, M.D., a flight surgeon for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, recently visited campus and spoke to Baylor pre-health students about his work in maintaining the health of astronauts while they are in space. Pre-health students make up about a third of Baylor’s undergraduate enrollment.
(FULL STORY)

Honors College Student Celebrates MLK Celebration with His Grandmother, BU's First African-American Alumna
[1/23/2014]
Barbara Walker's classmates at Baylor University warmly embraced her on campus in 1964, overwhelmingly supportive of welcoming black students to Baylor for the first time in the school's history.
(FULL STORY)

The 'Wright' Stuff: BU senior gets his shot in spotlight
[1/23/2014]
Baylor medical humanities senior Savion Wright progressed through the first round of American Idol auditions after impressing celebrity judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. on last week's season opener.
(FULL STORY)

Honors College Senior's Work Provides Lift to Expectant Mothers in Kenya
[1/17/2014]
In rural Kenya, mothers-to-be face challenges shared by expectant mothers in underdeveloped nations around the globe, transportation chief among them. They know they need to get proper care, but getting to a clinic or hospital often proves too difficult.

Baylor senior Jolene Damoiseaux (pictured above), a biology major from the Houston area, met many of these women while traveling in Kenya with Baylor's Straw To Bread organization. What she discovered led her to turn her Honors College thesis project into "Mothers on the Move," an organization that provides transportation to expectant mothers who would otherwise have none.
(FULL STORY)

Baylor student hits the right note on 'American Idol'
[1/17/2014]
This spring, one Baylor student will have the chance to trade in his textbooks for training sessions with some of the top dogs in the music industry.

Jasper junior Savion Wright received his "golden ticket" to Hollywood for this season's "American Idol," earning him a spot in the next round of judging in the Golden State.
(FULL STORY)

Faculty kids embracing home life on Baylor campus
[9/17/2013]
Feature on the experience of living on campus amid college students for nine of Baylor's 11 faculty members in-residence, who moved in to Baylor residence halls with children in tow. Quoted in the article is Todd Buras, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and faculty master for the Honors Residential College, with his wife Allison.
(FULL STORY)

Baylor Professors Use Whale Earwax to Develop New Method of Determining Lifetime Contaminant Exposure in Whales
[9/17/2013]
Baylor University professors Stephen Trumble, Ph.D., and Sascha Usenko, Ph.D., have developed a novel technique for reconstructing contaminant and hormone profiles using whale earplugs, determining--for the first time--lifetime chemical exposures and hormone profiles--from birth to death--for an individual whale, information that was previously unattainable.
(FULL STORY)

Honors College Alum Wins UT Southwestern Medical School's Highest Honor
[6/5/2013]
"Dr. [David] Leverenz's extensive knowledge, along with his deep commitment to caring for others, helped earn him the Ho Din - the highest honor given to a graduating student of UT Southwestern Medical School."
(FULL STORY)

2012 Renaissance Scholar Mary Kujak Receives National Honor Before Start of Freshman Year at Baylor
[5/30/2013]
To watch Mary Kujak glide through the halls of her high school, you can immediately tell she is completely at ease. Mary has already compiled an amazing list of accomplishments during her time at Ridgewood High School.

Mary has really become a shining star. She is the class valedictorian at Ridgewood High School, the winner of a prestigious Barnes Scholarship, and an all-county athlete in four sports.
(FULL STORY)

Getty Images photographer John Moore on photographing Baylor's team of forensic anthropologists
[5/30/2013]
Getty Images photographer John Moore talks about photographing Baylor's team of forensic anthropologists, who are working to exhume and identify the bodies of undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas.
(FULL STORY)

Baylor University Researcher Finds Earliest Archaeological Evidence of Human Ancestors Hunting and Scavenging
[5/13/2013]
A recent Baylor University research study has shed new light on the diet and food acquisition strategies of some the earliest human ancestors in Africa.

Beginning around two million years ago, early stone tool-making humans, known scientifically as Oldowan hominin, started to exhibit a number of physiological and ecological adaptations that required greater daily energy expenditures, including an increase in brain and body size, heavier investment in their offspring and significant home-range expansion. Demonstrating how these early humans acquired the extra energy they needed to sustain these shifts has been the subject of much debate among researchers.
(FULL STORY)

Traces Of Anxiety Drugs May Make Fish Act Funny
[2/15/2013]
Many of the drugs we take aren't actually digested -- they pass through our bodies, and down through the sewer pipes. Traces of those drugs end up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife. Nobody's sure what effect they have.

Now, a paper being published in "Science" magazine finds that drugs for anxiety drugs -- even at these very low levels -- can affect the behavior of fish.
(FULL STORY)

Christians discuss ethnic boundaries
[2/4/2013]
Christians crossed ethnic boundaries Thursday to explore how Waco churches serve immigrants in the community.

Only a few days after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators agreed on a way to overhaul the current immigration system, Calvary Baptist Church came together with 20 local churches during "God's Heart toward Immigrants," to challenge how immigrants were seen in the church.
(FULL STORY)

BU first to study script from 1380s
[2/4/2013]
An undergraduate research team is piloting a study on an Austrian manuscript dated from the 1380s.
(FULL STORY)

Honors College Professors Featured in "Science & Faith" Seminar
[4/21/2010]
"Science and Faith: Breaking Down the Wall" is the title of a unique seminar to be offered at Wilshire on Saturday, April 24 in coordination with the Baylor University Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership. The all-day event will feature three Baylor University professors - Gerald Cleaver, a physicist; Barry Harvey, a theologian; and Phyllis Tippit, a geologist.
(FULL STORY)

"The Buzz:" Presidential Trivia with Prof. David Smith
[2/19/2010]
In celebration of Presidnet's Day, Honors College and Renaissance Scholar professor Dr. David A. Smith shares presidential history trivia about Washington's "wooden" teeth, Teddy Roosevelt's experience as a cowboy, and more on Channel 10 KWTX's "The Buzz."
(FULL STORY)

Baylor Engineering Moves Up to 12th
[8/29/2009]
August 29, 2009


Baylor engineering programs consistently rank among their national peers. In the U.S. News & World Report survey "America's Best Colleges 2010," released in August 2009, Baylor's engineering program improved its rank from 2009 to twelfth place nationally among universities without doctoral programs.
(FULL STORY)

Baylor Senior Wins Highly Competitive National Science Foundation Fellowship
[6/19/2009]
Baylor University senior Juan Yaquian, a senior electrical and computer engineering major from Temple, Texas, has been awarded a highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to pursue graduate work at the University of California-Berkeley.
(FULL STORY)

Mechanical Engineering Student Paper Selected for ASME International Congress & Symposium
[9/4/2009]
What started as a conversation between two engineering students two years ago grew into a graduate research project resulting in a paper being selected for inclusion in the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE2009).
(FULL STORY)

Exxon Mobil Corporation Provides $2 Million in Grants to 87 Universities for Academic Programs
[10/21/2009]
Exxon Mobil Corporation Provides $2 Million in Grants to 87 Universities for Academic Programs
$13,000 given to Baylor University
(FULL STORY)

Three Honors College Students Receive Fulbright Scholarships
[6/19/2009]
Of the five Baylor students selected for the prestigious Fulbright Scholarships this year, three are Honors College students.
(FULL STORY)

Baylor Entrepreneurs Receive Grant to Bring Renewable Energy to
[11/19/2009]
Entrepreneurs from Baylor's Hankamer School of Business and School of Engineering and Computer Science won a $200,000 grant in September 2009 that will accelerate their work bringing electricity to rural villages in the developing world. This initiative contributes to a larger body of work being done at Baylor with the intent to combat global poverty through technology, business, and Christian mission.
(FULL STORY)

"In Their Words"
[8/18/2009]
"Baylor Life" takes you into the lives of Baylor students. Featured students Preston Yancey, Dan Marchini, and Jennifer Atwood are proud members of the Honnors College. Each podcast will give you the opportunity to listen in as students tell their stories from inside and outside of the classroom.
(FULL STORY)

"Paris" Film Review: "Inflated Hopes"
[10/5/2009]
Director Cedric Klapisch's new film, "Paris," begins with young girls looking out over the City of Light and asking their mother, "Where is the universe?" She responds, "Everywhere." But for the city dwellers in this film, Paris is everywhere.
(FULL STORY)

Christians need 'theology of power,' sociologist insists
[12/10/2009]
Christians need to develop "a theology of power," sociologist Michael Lindsay concluded after interviewing 360 evangelicals who hold influential positions in politics, business, entertainment and academia. In particular, Lindsay noted, evangelical Christians need a theological basis for answering questions such as "How do we appropriately leverage the possibilities that arise when we accrue advantages?" and "How do we avoid the perils of privilege?"
(FULL STORY)


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