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May
24
2022
Ben Sadler, Geosciences Ph.D. student, awarded a scholarship from Fort Worth Geological Society
Ben Sadler, Geosciences Ph.D. student, received a scholarship from the Fort Worth Geological Society in recognition of his research and scholastics.
May
18
2022
Toluwaleke Ajayi, Geosciences Ph.D. student, awarded the E. Russell Lloyd Memorial Scholarship
Toluwaleke Ajayi, Geosciences Ph.D. student, was awarded the E. Russell Lloyd Memorial Scholarship from the West Texas Geological Society (WTGS) Scholarship Committee.
May
5
2022
Graduate Student, Des Thorne, receives Dallas Paleontological Society Scholarship
Des Thorn was awarded the Dallas Paleontological Society Frank Crane Memorial Scholarship for 2022 to support her MS thesis research, “Using Sycamore leaves to reconstruct ancient light environments”.
Apr
22
2022
In 2017, Baylor parents James and Christina Price of Sarasota, Florida, established the Price Family Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Studies in Geology. As part of the Give Light campaign, the Prices’ gift creates a permanent and enduring source of support for undergraduate students in Baylor’s Department of Geosciences.
Apr
14
2022
Baylor Geosciences at Teen Takeover Event at the Mayborn Museum
Approximately 90 teens ages 13-18 interacted with Baylor Geoscience personnel in our popular rock and mineral identification activity Saturday, April 9th from 6-9PM. Student groups were timed to allow for more personal interaction. Graduate student Jie Geng assisted lab coordinator Sharon Browning.
Apr
11
2022
Congratulations to PhD student, Dava Butler
Congratulations to Dava Butler who submitted and was awarded a grant on the behalf of the Waco Mammoth National Monument for a 2022 National Park Foundation (NPF) Service Corps Grant for the project, Saving the Waco Mammoths from a Second Extinction: Protecting a Scientifically Invaluable Resource Through Erosion Mitigation.
Apr
11
2022
Congratulations to Dr. Vince Cronin who has been selected as the 2022 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology.
Apr
4
2022
Geosciences Ph.D. Students Awarded Summer Dissertation Fellowship
Congratulations to Debajeet Barman and Zhao Wang, recipients of the 2022 Summer Dissertation Fellowship.
Apr
1
2022
Geosciences Undergraduate Presents at URSA Scholars Day
Geology Sophomore Victoria Holman presenting her poster on fossil evidence of predation pressure on Eocene Mollusk communities from the Stone City Bluff Formation
Mar
30
2022
World Water Day Activities
Water Management Class participating in “Meet the Scientist” for World Water Day (for 2022 - Groundwater) at Mayborn Museum. Geosciences in action!
Mar
24
2022
Dr. Bill Hockaday is a coauthor on a paper selected by the editors of PNAS as a finalist for the Cozarelli Prize recognizing science of the highest quality and originality published in PNAS. The paper is the runner up in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Class V).
Mar
4
2022
Dr. Bill Hockaday appointed Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School
Congratulations, Dr. Hockaday!

This position is the one that Dr. Steven Driese held before retiring. Dr. Driese was originally replaced by Dr. Sara Dolan but Dr. Dolan has moved to the Associate Dean for Professional Development replacing Beth Allison Barr who returned to the History Department as the James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History. Dr. Hockaday will now play an important role in graduate research for Baylor University.
Please congratulate Dr. Hockaday on his new appointment.
We are all proud of this reflection on the Geosciences!
Feb
14
2022
Dr. Vince Cronin Appointed to Editorial Board
Professor Vince Cronin has accepted an invitation to join the inaugural editorial board of the Journal of Geoethics and Social Geosciences (JGSG). JGSG is a new peer-reviewed open-access journal published in English online. According to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Silvia Peppoloni, JGSG will be "the first international journal fully dedicated to geoethics and the societal implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice, education and communication."
Feb
3
2022
Alix  Fournier, PhD Student, named a Fall 2021 winner of the Dr. Steven G. Driese Outstanding Grant Proposal Award
Alix Fournier, PhD Student, Geosciences, for her GEO 5222 research proposal entitled “Interrelation between late Quaternary geomorphic and hydrologic processes for the evolution of Monahans and Kermit dune fields, West Texas, USA," with Dr. Steve Forman in Geosciences as Ph.D. advisor.
Feb
3
2022
Dr. Steven G. Driese Outstanding Grant Proposal Award
In 2006, Dr. Steve Driese identified a need that prompted him to create the course GEO 5222 Grant Proposal Writing. In the years since, the course has provided students in Geoscience and other STEM disciplines with didactic and practical training in writing grant proposals. By the end of the class, students have drafted a research grant proposal, typically in NSF style, and the Geoscience Department began a tradition of awarding $500 to the student who produced the best proposal from each section of the course.
Jan
19
2022
In the Mayborn's new immersive exhibit, New Views of the Dust Bowl, you will experience what this historic time was like and learn why dust affects our food, our families, and our health.
Jan
19
2022
WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2022) – A recent National Science Foundation funded study that included Baylor University paleoclimatologist Steven L. Forman, Ph.D., professor of geosciences, evaluates current and future dust sources in central North America with consideration for climate change. These fine dust fluxes are detrimental to asthmatic and general cardio-pulmonary health for populations downwind, particularly areas of west Texas and New Mexico that have large areas of significant dust sources with dry and drought conditions in the past decade.
Nov
12
2021
Dr. Megan Carr, Dr. Joe, and Dr. Pepper (floats) outside the Baylor Science Building.
Megan, a Baylor GEO and ENV alumnus, returned to Baylor on November 5, 2021, as Chief of Strategic Resources for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Department of the Interior.
Oct
27
2021
Congratulations to MS student Danielle Gygi
Congratulations to MS student Danielle Gygi for winning the paleontological Society student poster award at the Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting for her poster “Early Paleocene plant community and paleoclimate reconstruction of the Nacimiento Formation from the San Juan Basin, New Mexico”!
Oct
25
2021
Brian R. Clark, Baylor Geosciences Alumni, Now Deputy Program Coordinator with U.S.G.S.
Brian R. Clark, Deputy Program Coordinator, Water Availability and Use Science Program - U.S.G.S.
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.
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