Research

[Baylor HEP Physicists]
4/7/2022
WACO, Texas (April 7, 2022) – After 10 years of careful analysis and scrutiny, scientists of the CDF collaboration at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – including Baylor University researchers with the Experimental High Energy Physics (HEP) group – announced today that they have achieved the most precise measurement to date of the mass of the W boson, one of nature’s force-carrying particles.
[Accountability to God Study]
3/2/2022
WACO, Texas (March 2, 2022) – Religious believers who embrace accountability to God (or another transcendent guide for life) experience higher levels of three of the four variables of psychological well-being – mattering to others, dignity and meaning in their lives, though not happiness – according to a study from researchers with Baylor University, Westmont College and Hope College.
[Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D.]
2/7/2022
WACO, Texas (Feb. 7, 2022) – Baylor University researchers will examine virtue formation in higher education moral communities, both secular and faith-based, with a $2.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
[Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., and Clay Polson, Ph.D.]
1/19/2022
WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2022) – Baylor University researchers Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., and Clay Polson, Ph.D., associate professors in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, have been awarded an $843,647 grant from the John Templeton Foundation, a subaward through the University of South Alabama for their research project within the overall Spiritual and Religious Competencies Project.
[PI-SWERL]
1/19/2022
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.
[R1]
12/16/2021
WACO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2021) – Baylor University has been named a Research 1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, joining the nation’s top-tier research institutions as a doctoral university with very high research activity and elevating Baylor as a preeminent Christian research university.
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11/29/2021
WACO, Texas (Nov. 29, 2021) – A Baylor University-led study on ethical listening discovered that women and nonmanagers believe that management is not receptive to their feedback and are dissatisfied with organization listening efforts. That, in turn, has led to fewer employees sharing legitimate concerns.
[Scales and Bennighof]
11/19/2021
WACO, Texas (Nov. 19, 2021) – Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of social work at Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is among the education leaders helping launch the Consortium for Global Education’s (CGE) new Research Institute, creating a collaboration between faculty and students on topics of all disciplines that have an international component.
[Michael Scullin]
11/17/2021
WACO, Texas (Nov. 17, 2021) – Decline in prospective memory — the ability to perform daily intentions — is a key driver of everyday functional impairment in dementia. Baylor University researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, led a study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, to determine if smartphone technology could help improve prospective memory functioning.
[Baylor ResearchU]
11/8/2021
WACO, Texas (Nov. 8, 2021) – Baylor University today will host Baylor ResearchU, a new virtual program designed to showcase research opportunities to prospective high school students, in recognition of National STEM Day. Featuring conversations with Baylor researchers and mentors, Baylor ResearchU aims to encourage high school students to pursue research opportunities early in their college career that will enhance their experience and prepare them to address meaningful societal challenges.
[Sarah Kienle]
11/2/2021
WACO, Texas (Nov. 2, 2021) – Pinnipeds — a group including seals, sea lions and walruses — are relatively recently derived marine mammals that evolved from terrestrial carnivorans and reentered the marine environment. Their recent adaptations to an amphibious lifestyle make their evolutionary anatomy of particular interest to Baylor University researcher Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.
[Global Flourishing Study2]
10/29/2021
WACO, Texas (Oct. 29, 2021) – Social and biomedical scientists at Harvard University and Baylor University have joined forces to launch the $43.4 million, five-year “Global Flourishing Study” (GFS), the largest initiative of its kind to investigate the factors that influence human flourishing throughout the world. It also represents largest funded research project in the University’s history.
[Jessica Peck]
10/21/2021
WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2021) – Pediatric advance practice registered nurses (APRN) are facing multifocal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the most difficult challenge being mental health struggles experienced by themselves and their families, according to a new study led by Jessica Peck, DNP, clinical professor at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON).
[Henry Han, Ph.D.]
10/15/2021
WACO, Texas (Oct. 15, 2021) – Baylor University announced today the appointment of Henry Han, Ph.D., an international leader in the data sciences disciplines, as the inaugural holder of The McCollum Family Chair in Data Sciences in the Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.
[Will Matthaeus]
10/14/2021
WACO, Texas (Oct. 14, 2021) – New research led by Baylor University biology doctoral candidate William J. Matthaeus and professor of biology Joseph White, Ph.D., considers how plant freeze-intolerance affected forest cover and hydrology during the Pennsylvanian period, roughly 340 million to 285 million years ago during the Paleozoic Era, proposing improvements to climate projections for the past and future with plant function data.
[Hoggarth]
10/7/2021
WACO, Texas (Oct. 8, 2021) – A new study, led by Baylor University researcher Julie Hoggarth, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, evaluates the major impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on professional archaeologists, particularly women and those early in their career.
[Craig Gunderson, Ph.D.]
10/4/2021
WACO, Texas (Oct. 4, 2021) – The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP) announced today that Craig Gundersen, Ph.D. – one of the nation’s leading experts and sought-after voices on strategies to address food insecurity, with a special emphasis on publicly funded nutrition programs – has been selected as the inaugural Jim and Tammy Snee Family Chair in Food Security.
[Baylor University]
9/30/2021
WACO, Texas (Sept. 30, 2021) – Baylor University today announced the successful completion of the Baylor Academic Challenge (BAC), a dollar-for-dollar matching program that generated significant support from alumni and donors to establish 14 new endowed faculty chairs and significantly advance the aspirations of Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan.
[MELA 2021]
9/28/2021
WACO, Texas (Sept. 28, 2021) – After a 2020 hiatus due to COVID, Baylor University’s Mathematics for Early Learners Academy (MELA), sponsored by the Baylor School of Education (SOE), returned for the summer of 2021. The program, which has helped young students ages 4-6 to achieve or exceed grade level in early math skills and number fluency, also began pilot testing its new curriculum and assessments.
[National Research Administrator Day 2021]
9/24/2021
WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2021) – As Baylor University continues substantial progress toward Research 1 recognition among the nation’s top research institutions, the University today is honoring all staff who work behind the scenes to support research across the campus on National Research Administrator Day.
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