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Jan
29
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2019) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of Thomas Charlton, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, who served the University for 40 years, including most notably as founding director of the University’s Institute for Oral History and director of The Texas Collection. Dr. Charlton died Jan. 25 in Fort Worth at the age of 82.
Jan
28
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 28, 2019) – For the second year, Baylor University will co-sponsor a special conference in Washington, D.C., during Black History Month that brings together educators, filmmakers, theologians and policymakers to explore ways that film and culture can spark important discussions about race and justice.
Jan
23
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 23, 2019) – The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and co-principal investigator Benjamin Houltberg, Ph.D., director of research at the University of Southern California Performance Science Institute. The grant aims to galvanize widespread scientific development of virtue interventions for adolescents across a diversity of contexts – such as athletic teams, religious organizations, youth community centers and online – that attend to spirituality and transcendent purpose.
Jan
16
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2019) — A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher.
Jan
7
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 7, 2019) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of beloved Professor Emeritus of Physics and Master Teacher Robert G. Packard – “Waco’s Mr. Wizard,” as one newspaper called him – who blazed a unique trail for nearly 60 years in how thousands of students related to physics. Dr. Packard died Jan. 5 in Waco at the age of 94.
Jan
4
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 4, 2019) — Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, such as libraries, parks, highways, natural resources and police protection, a Baylor University study has found.
Jan
3
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 3, 2019) - The American Association of Teachers of Japanese has honored Yuko Prefume, Ed.D., senior lecturer in Japanese in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, with the association’s annual Teacher Award presented at the AATJ Fall National Conference Nov. 16-18 in New Orleans.
Dec
17
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 17, 2018) – As 2019 approaches, many Americans are considering ways to improve themselves via New Year’s resolutions.

Whether it’s personal, like losing weight or clearing clutter, or it’s professional, such as being a better manager or breaking away from smartphones, the options are wide-ranging. Here is a listing of Baylor University research that might help advise those seeking positive change in the coming year.
Dec
10
2018
History is embedded in, of all places, whale earwax. Scientists have long examined the layers found in a whale’s earwax to determine its age (not unlike the rings found on a tree), but it wasn’t until two Baylor professors learned you could also learn more about their environment through earwax research that we realized just …
Dec
10
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 10, 2018) – John Haldane, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, was named to “Fifty Minds that Matter: artists, scientists, philosophers, theologians, musicians and architects who are shaping the modern world,” a list published by The Tablet. This follows his being named one of “The Fifty Most Influential Living Philosophers” by TheBestSchools in 2016.
Dec
10
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 10, 2018) – Sara Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences and director of the doctor of clinical psychology (Psy.D.) graduate program, has been recognized as one of 30 “Citizen Psychologists” by the president of the American Psychological Association.
Dec
5
2018
In recent years, Baylor’s Model United Nations team has won top team honors and an avalanche of individual team member awards at national Model UN conferences across the country. Their latest appearance, at the American Modern UN Conference (AMUN) in Chicago, set an even higher bar for team and individual excellence. Baylor’s Model UN team …
Dec
3
2018
WACO, Texas (Dec. 3, 2018) — Students given extra points if they met “The 8-hour Challenge” — averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week — did better than those who snubbed (or flubbed) the incentive, according to Baylor University research.
Nov
12
2018
WACO, Texas (Nov. 12, 2018) — In a follow-up to their groundbreaking study, Baylor researchers were able to reconstruct baleen whales’ lifetime stress response to whaling and other manmade and environmental factors spanning nearly 150 years.
Nov
12
2018
WACO, Texas (Nov. 12, 2018) –– Dallas senior Gillian Colvin's love of typewriters and minor in museum studies have combined to produce a new temporary exhibit on the Baylor campus. It features her varied collection of the popular machines once found in most offices and homes, as well as descriptive text and related objects.
Oct
18
2018
WACO, Texas (Oct. 18, 2018) – Award-winning author and historian Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., has been named the inaugural holder of The James Vardaman Endowed Professorship of History at Baylor University.
Oct
3
2018
WACO, Texas (Oct. 3, 2018) – The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports researchers at every level of experience, but the agency also places a high priority on cultivating the work of promising scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians through Early Career Development Grants, known collectively as CAREER grants. Five Baylor University faculty members have received these grants that dramatically develop their research paths early in their academic careers.
Sep
30
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 30, 2018) – More than 80 Baylor University faculty who share their knowledge, research and expertise with the news media were honored Sept. 27 by Baylor Media Communications during the inaugural Newsmakers Luncheon.
Sep
27
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 27, 2018) – Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art will celebrate its reopening after a summer renovation project with an exhibit featuring “John James Audubon: Life, Work and Legacy.” The exhibition will open Saturday, Sept. 29, and run through Nov. 11.
Sep
14
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2018) – Baylor University religion doctoral candidate Joshua Smith traveled to Germany for two months over the summer to improve his language skills, further his dissertation research and gain networking opportunities.
Sep
13
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2018) – Baylor University’s 25 inaugural McNair Scholars are ready to soar, like the program’s namesake Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a laser physicist and NASA astronaut who was inspired to work hard and persevere in his studies by his family and by a teacher who recognized and believed in his scientific potential.
Sep
13
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 13, 2018) – One of the many benefits for the high-caliber students participating in Baylor University’s McNair Scholars program is the opportunity to conduct research with their faculty mentors over the summer. The McNair Scholars program prepares first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students to achieve their goal of attaining a doctoral degree.
Sep
11
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 11, 2018) — Bereaved children whose late mothers were very religious are likely to be less religious after their mother dies than youths who did not suffer a maternal loss. Conversely, children whose late mothers placed no importance on religion are more likely to become religious — especially when it comes to praying often, a Baylor University study finds.
Sep
6
2018
WACO, Texas (Sept. 6, 2018) – Baylor University theologian Ralph Wood, Ph.D., was recently presented with the 2018 Russell Kirk Paideia Prize in honor of his lifetime of dedication to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue.
Aug
10
2018
Religion’s role in the founding and shaping of American life has been much-considered, studied and debated throughout U.S. history — but few are as qualified to provide insight into the topic as Baylor’s Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. Thomas Kidd. In the classroom, on bookshelves and in the media, students and non-students alike have learned …
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