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Jun
26
2020
WACO, Texas (June 26, 2020) – As both “an opportunity and an obligation to pursue racial healing as an expression of the Christian faith and adherence to Biblical principles of justice and love,” the Baylor University Board of Regents has unanimously passed a Resolution on Racial Healing and Justice that openly acknowledges the University’s historical connections to slavery and the Confederacy. The Board’s acknowledgement initiates a process on racial conciliation across the University and calls on the Board and the University to “pursue opportunities to inclusively explore and engage in significant conversations about this aspect of the institution’s past.”
Jun
25
2020
Thank you for your resilience and support during the past few months as Baylor University joined higher education institutions and communities around the world in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the spring semester behind us and our online Summer of Discovery academic sessions in full swing, we now turn our eyes to the fall.
Jun
25
2020
WACO, Texas (June 25, 2020) – Baylor University’s drive toward Research 1 (R1) status received a major boost this spring as four faculty members earned prestigious CAREER development awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants represent the largest number of CAREER awards earned by Baylor faculty in a single semester and nearly doubled the University’s total number of active CAREER awards to nine.
Jun
23
2020
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” — hymn #351 in the Baptist Hymnal — was written in 1900 and first performed at a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. A prayer of thanksgiving for faithfulness and freedom, the song quickly earned the nickname “the Black national anthem,” and over the years it became one of the most …
Jun
22
2020
WACO, Texas (June 22, 2020) – Dr. Liela Romero, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a large CPRIT grant from the State of Texas intended to help scientists in the early stages of their career begin cancer research.
Jun
22
2020
WACO, Texas (June 22, 2020) – People felt less gratitude when they read about receiving a favor along with many other individuals, as opposed to a favor that was only given to themselves, according to a Baylor University psychology study.
Jun
19
2020
WACO, Texas (June 19, 2020) – As the protests following the death of George Floyd began to roil the country, it was only a few days before the demonstrators began to sing an array of freedom songs and protest spirituals, as well as a few new adaptations, including Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me.”
Jun
16
2020
WACO, Texas (June 16, 2020) –– A pair of Baylor Theatre alumni -- Steven Walters and Erik Archilla -- are the creators of the popular "1865" podcast. Using a series of dramatic history presentations, it tells the story of the aftermath of President Lincoln's assassination, and has gathered almost 3 million downloads.
Jun
15
2020
WACO, Texas (June 15, 2020) –– Jason D. Bushnell, associate director of College of Arts & Sciences Advisement (CASA), has won the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award for 2019-2020 at Baylor University.
Jun
15
2020
WACO, Texas (June 15, 2020) – A new treatment for stress which combines mindfulness with hypnotherapy has shown positive results in a Baylor University pilot study.
Jun
14
2020
WACO, Texas (June 14, 2020) – Baylor University is mourning beloved benefactor and Baylor parent, Barbara “Babs” Nell Baugh, of San Antonio, who passed away today after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 78. As president of the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation, Baugh was a champion for higher education informed by Christian values, and her generous support of Baylor’s faculty, staff and students leaves an indelible mark on the institution.
May
29
2020
WACO, Texas (May 29, 2020) – As private rocket company SpaceX readies for the scheduled launch to the International Space Station on Saturday or Sunday — the first space crew launch from America in nearly a decade — Baylor University planetary geophysicist Peter James, Ph.D., says that private companies not only have lowered the cost of space exploration but also may speed it along.
May
22
2020
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, with more than 40 million victims worldwide — and its happening in communities all across the globe, including right here in Texas. Baylor alumna Susan Peters, BA ’86, has made it her mission to put an end to it. After witnessing exploitation and injustice …
May
21
2020
WACO, Texas (May 21, 2020) – Baylor University’s May Minimester is underway, and students are currently enrolling in large numbers for the University’s Summer of Discovery with two online summer sessions from June 2-July 7 and July 9-August 12, respectively.
May
20
2020
Another academic year has come to an end. However strange it was, some things are still familiar: Final grades have been posted, books are being returned, students have graduated — and Baylor’s professors of the year have been awarded! The Collins Outstanding Professor Award, which is voted on by the outgoing senior class, awards the …
May
19
2020
WACO, Texas (May 19, 2020) – A Russian paleontologist visiting the Natural History Museum in London desperately wanted a good look at the skeleton of an extinct aquatic reptile, but its glass case was too far up the wall. So he attached his digital camera to a fishing rod and — with several clicks — snagged a big one, scientifically speaking.
May
18
2020
WACO, Texas (May 18, 2020) – Chemical compounds found in many consumer products could be major contributors to the onset of lipid-related diseases, such as obesity, in humans, according to a Baylor University study.
May
13
2020
WACO, Texas (May 13, 2020) – Baylor University students from across the disciplines capped off a record-setting 2019-2020 academic year by receiving some of the most prestigious – and competitive – scholarships, fellowships and internships at the national and international levels.
May
11
2020
Earning the designation as a Master Teacher is a rare honor — one of the highest a Baylor professor can receive. In March, President Linda Livingstone announced that three Baylor professors have earned the title, increasing the roll of Master Teachers who had earned this designation to 29 since the honor was first bestowed almost …
May
5
2020
WACO, Texas (May 4, 2020) – Twelve Baylor University professors have been honored with Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship and contributions to the academic community for the 2019-2020 academic year.
May
5
2020
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2020) – David Moseman, Ph.D., senior lecturer in religion at Baylor University, has been selected as the 2020 Collins Outstanding Professor, an honor voted on annually by the senior class.
Apr
30
2020
WACO, Texas (May 1, 2020) – As Baylor University shifted classes online to promote social distancing, Anne Jeffrey, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, shifted her “Contemporary Moral Problems: Bioethics” class to engage her students in real world challenges prompted by the response to the virus.
Apr
29
2020
WACO, Texas (April 29, 2020) – As they report on the COVID-19 pandemic, Baylor University journalism students have won an impressive number of awards in competitions against their peers from colleges and universities in Texas and nationwide.
Apr
27
2020
WACO, Texas (April 27, 2020) – Most treatment providers for individuals with alcohol use disorders are well versed in either the 12-Step Alcoholics Anonymous program or in a different treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy — but the two approaches can mesh well, according to a Baylor University researcher.
Apr
27
2020
WACO, Texas (April 27, 2020) – After gathering input from across student support offices, all academic units and the Office of the Provost, Baylor University has made the decision to become a test-optional institution for the 2021 application cycle for incoming freshman students.
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