Faculty/Staff News & Notes

Faculty/Staff News & Notes

bust honoring Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes

The memory of Dr. Vivienne Malone-Mayes, a professor of mathematics who was the first full-time African-American faculty member at Baylor, was honored with the unveiling of a bust Feb. 26 in Sid Richardson Building near the mathematics department suite. The bust is surrounded by informational panels that detail the life and career of Malone-Mayes, who taught at Baylor from 1966 until 1994, the year before her death.

Dr. Bryan W. Brooks, Distinguished Professor of  Environmental Science and director of Baylor’s Environmental Health Science Program, was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) for his outstanding leadership and contributions to science. He also received the 2018 International Environmental Award from Recipharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Dr. Bryan W. Brooks, Distinguished Professor of  Environmental Science and director of Baylor’s Environmental Health Science Program, was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) for his outstanding leadership and contributions to science. He also received the 2018 International Environmental Award from Recipharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Dr. Sara Dolan, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the doctor of clinical psychology graduate program, has been recognized as one of 30 “Citizen Psychologists” by the American Psychological Association. She also has received a five-year grant worth almost $3 million from a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to implement a project aimed at improving clinical practice for children who have been victims of abuse and trauma.

Rising Stars logo

Congratulations to the six early-career Arts & Sciences faculty members who have been named 2018-2019 Rising Stars in research by Baylor University: Dr. Kelli Barr (biology); Dr. Tamar Carter (biology); Dr. Julia Daniel (English); Dr. Jeonghun (John) Lee (mathematics); Dr. Jonathan Meddaugh (mathematics); and Dr. Elizabeth Petsios (geosciences). 

giraffe statue Cameron Park

Robbie Barber, an associate professor of art and art history, has completed months of work designing and building a 19-foot-high giraffe sculpture. It is joining other works of art in lining the approach to Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo.

Dr. John Haldane, The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, has been named to “Fifty Minds that Matter: Artists, Scientists, Philosophers, Theologians, Musicians and Architects Who Are Shaping the Modern World,” a list published by the Catholic periodical The Tablet. Haldane is one of six philosophers named on the list.

Lynnette Geary, University Carillonneur and assistant to the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, performed on Baylor’s McLane Carillon during “Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance,” a nationwide tolling of bells on Nov. 11, 2018, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The national program was designed to honor the American men and women who served 100 years ago during World War I.

Dr. Chloe Honum, assistant professor of creative writing, is the winner of the 2019 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, New Zealand’s most prestigious writing fellowship. The national literary award offers published New Zealand writers, based both locally and internationally, the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time through a stipend and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland.

photo of coins

A recent book by Dr. Nathan Elkins, associate professor of art and art history, titled The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98, has received the Best Specialized Book Award in the category of world coins (pre-1500) from the Numismatic Literary Guild.

Dr. Jane Damron, senior lecturer in communication, was selected as the 2019 Collins Outstanding Professor at Baylor by members of the senior class. The honor includes a cash award, recognition in print and at Spring Commencement, and the chance to deliver a special lecture on a subject of her choice to the University community.

Dr. Roger E. Kirk, a Master Teacher in psychology and neuroscience and the longest-serving faculty member in Baylor history, is retiring this spring after a career at the University that began in 1958. In advance of this event, the American Psychological Association devoted an entire issue of its newsletter The Score to look back at Kirk’s life and career. 

Other Arts & Sciences faculty members retiring in the spring or summer of 2019 include: Dr. Robert Baldridge, biology (at Baylor since 1980); Dr. Rosalie Beck, religion (1984); Melvin Hood, mathematics (2002); Kay Mueller, sociology (1977); Carol Perry, journalism, public relations and new media (2003); Dr. Patricia Pierce, French (1994); Dr. Ronald Stanke, mathematics (1985); Dr. Sara Stone, journalism, public relations and new media (1982); and Elizabeth Vardaman, associate dean for engaged learning (1981). 

In Memorium

Since our last issue, we have said goodbye to five Arts & Sciences faculty and staff members who passed away:
 Dr. Jim H. Patton, professor of psychology, neuroscience and biomedical studies and graduate program director (Nov. 1); Dr. Robert G. Collmer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English (Nov. 21); Julie Sherrod, former English department administrative assistant (Dec. 9); Dr. Robert G. Packard, professor emeritus of physics and Master Teacher (Jan. 5); and Dr. Thomas L. Charlton, professor emeritus of history and former Texas Collection director (Jan. 25).