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The Pulse: Undergraduate Journal of Baylor University


The Pulse


The Pulse is Baylor University's undergraduate scholarly publication. We publish multiple editions each year, including a printed edition in the spring and other online editions in fall and spring. The Pulse is the forum for top-quality student research in the Honors College and the University at large.

Our motto, Scientia Crescat, testifies to our belief that the university is preeminently a place where knowledge grows--through research in library and laboratory, through formal and informal dialogue, and especially through the rich connections of traditional knowledge and emergent discovery. This project of growing knowledge is not the exclusive province of professors. Students make significant contributions to knowledge; this journal seeks to recognize and promote those contributions of Baylor students.


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"Endorsements of Surgeon Punishment and Patient Compensation in Rested and Sleep-Restricted Individuals” in JAMA Surgery (2019)


Stacy Nguyen, et al.


Stacy Nguyen's Thesis Award Winner


Stacy Nguyen graduated in 2018 as a University Scholar. She worked in Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience & Cognition Laboratory, and this paper was one of the fruits of her research. Her Honors thesis (advised by Michael K. Scullin) won Baylor’s 2018 Wilson Thesis Award in the Social Sciences.

Abstract: "The annual national cost of indemnity payments and legal expenses is $10 billion. Every year, 15% to 20% of US surgeons face a malpractice claim, with each claim requiring nearly 2 years to resolve. Patients are more likely to file a malpractice claim when the error is severe and undisclosed and when the surgeon displays little empathy. Based on evidence from neurobiological research, we hypothesized that a crucial overlooked factor is sleep loss.4 Sleep loss, which permeates hospital and home settings, not only impedes recovery but also amplifies emotional reactions and triggers impulsive behaviors."


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“Fools and Philosophers:  Piccolomini’s Comedic Response to Lucretius” in Pan: Rivista di Filologia Latina (n.s. 7, 2018)


Cynthia Liu

Cynthia Liu Thesis Award

Cynthia Liu graduated in 2018 as a University Scholar, and is now pursuing an M.A. at Oxford University. She has worked on numerous translation projects, and her Honors thesis (advised by Alden Smith) won Baylor’s 2018 Wilson Thesis Award in the Humanities.

Abstract: "The comedy Chrysis of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, later Pope Pius II, echoes Lucretius against a Plautine background, indicating not only the humanist’s debt to classical sources but also his wry wit in adapting one genre in the midst of another for the purpose of commenting on contemporary events."


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“A Probabilistic Proof of the Vitali Covering Lemma” in Methods of Functional Analysis and Topology (Vol. 24, no. 1, 2018)


Ethan Gwaltney, et al.

Ethan Gwaltney Abstract


Ethan Gwaltney graduated from the Honors College in 2017 and is now a graduate student in Rice University’s Mathematics department. Ethan was also a Crane Scholar through Baylor’s Institute of Faith and Learning.

Abstract: "The classical Vitali Covering Lemma on R states that there exists a constant c > 0 such that, given a finite collection of intervals {Ij} in R, there exists a disjoint subcollection {I˜ j} ⊆ {Ij} such that | ∪ I˜j | ≥ c| ∪ Ij |. We provide a new proof of this covering lemma using probabilistic techniques and Padovan numbers."


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“Offensive Structural Realism, Peace, and the Concert of Europe in 1871-1890” in Journal of International Relations (Spring, 2017)


John Ryan Isaacson

John Ryan Isaacson  Abstract


John Ryan Isaacson graduated from the Honors College in 2018 with a B.A. in International Studies. He received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany in 2018.

Abstract: "This research examines John Mearsheimer’s theory of Offensive Structural Realism and how it applies to the peace that ensued in Europe during the years of 1871-1890. This prolonged peace on the European continent was not due to benign intentions from its Great Powers. Rather, this paper explains the assumptions of Mearsheimer’s theory and shows that European powers did indeed have aggressive intentions towards one another. The peace is in consequence to each power waiting for the correct moment to launch a decisive war. The article will also explore counter-arguments, such as Defensive Structural Realism and the Great Persons theory."


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