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Jul
26
2021
AGU editors recognize the contributions of reviewers
Dr. Bill Hockaday recognized as one of AGU's outstanding reviewers of 2020.
Jun
21
2021
WACO, Texas (June 21, 2021) – A new analysis of Venus’ surface shows evidence of tectonic motion in the form of crustal blocks that have jostled against each other like broken chunks of pack ice. Published in PNAS, the study — which includes contributions by Baylor University planetary physicist Peter James, Ph.D. — found that the movement of these blocks could indicate that Venus is still geologically active and give scientists insight into both exoplanet tectonics and the earliest tectonic activity on Earth.
May
18
2021
Memorial Service for Dr. Scott C. James
Memorial Service Information for Dr. Scott James
May
6
2021
Passing of Dr. Scott C. James, Associate Professor of Geosciences
It is with great sadness that the Department of Geosciences announces the death of Associate Professor Scott C. James, who died suddenly on May 2, 2021 while visiting family in California.
May
5
2021
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2021) – Mastery of fire has given humans dominance over the natural world. A Yale-led study – with contributions from a Baylor University paleoclimatologist – provides the earliest evidence to date of ancient humans significantly altering entire ecosystems with flames.
Dec
11
2020
ON OCTOBER 8, 2020 O.B. SHELBURNE (BS, 1955) RELEASED HIS BOOK: FROM PRESIDIO TO THE PECOS RIVER: SURVEYING THE UNITED STATES–MEXICO BOUNDARY ALONG THE RIO GRANDE, 1852 AND 1853.
Oct
22
2020
What do volcanoes, gemstones, butterflies and faith have in common?
Oct
22
2020
The Department of Geosciences at Baylor University invites applications for full-time PhD and MS students. Teaching & research assistantships available.
Sep
25
2020
Kenny Befus explores a novel approach to the study of geological forces.
Sep
24
2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2020) – A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon — and how soil carbon may affect climate in the future, says a Baylor University researcher.
Sep
15
2020
Congratulations to Sam Barber, MS candidate in the Department of Geosciences, for being selected as a recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for summer 2020.
Jul
31
2020
WACO, Texas (July 31, 2020) – Texas researchers from the University of Houston, Baylor University and Texas A&M University have discovered evidence for why the earth cooled dramatically 13,000 years ago, dropping temperatures by about 3 degrees Centigrade.
Jun
25
2020
Kenny Befus, assistant professor of geosciences, is one of four Baylor faculty members to earn CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation this spring. Learn more about his research studying strains in minerals and gemstones as a record of geological forces.
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
9
2020
Baylor professors offer warning as climate change has potential to dry world’s largest tropical lake more quickly than anticipated.
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
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
15
2020
Have you ever wanted to learn more about geology, paleontology, geography, natural hazards, and the world around you? Now is your chance!
Mar
24
2020
WACO, Texas (March 24, 2020) – Three new species of toothed pterosaurs — flying reptiles of the Cretaceous period, some 100 million years ago — have been identified in Africa by an international team of scientists led by Baylor University.
Oct
23
2019
The Department of Geosciences at Baylor University invites applications for full-time PhD and MS students. Teaching and research assistantships available.
Sep
17
2019
WACO, Texas (Sept. 17, 2019) – Steven L. Forman, Ph.D., professor of geosciences and director of the Geoluminescence Dating Research Laboratory at Baylor University, will receive the international Farouk El-Baz Award for Desert Research from the Geological Society of America, becoming only the 21st scientist to receive the award. The GSA will present Forman with the award during the organization’s meeting Sept. 23 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sep
12
2019
The Baylor University Department of Geosciences seeks a dynamic scholar in hydrology and surface processes beginning August 2020.
Aug
16
2019
Congratulations to Wynne Casteel and Will Brewer who were awarded scholarships from Groundwater Foundation through the Len Assante Scholarship Program.
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