News from Baylor

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WACO, Texas (July 29, 2021) – Janeth Mendoza Santillan was awarded first place today in the first-ever innovation challenge from the Christian Collective for Social Innovation (CCSI), a joint initiative of Baylor University and Compassion International, for a grand prize of $25,000. The CCSI invited innovators from around the world to create solutions for the educational challenges in Central and South America in the wake of COVID-19.
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2021) – Baylor University alumna Katerina Levinson, B.A. ’17, has been awarded the University of Oxford’s Barry Scholarship, becoming the first Baylor graduate to receive the most generous scholarship available for study at Oxford.
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WACO, Texas (July 27, 2021) - Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., sent the following update was sent to the Baylor University Family.
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WACO, Texas (July 23, 2021) – The following message was sent to the Baylor University Family today from Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV.
[Alan X. Wang, Ph.D.]
WACO, Texas (July 22, 2021) – Baylor University today announced the hiring of Alan X. Wang, Ph.D. as the inaugural holder of The Mearse Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering, becoming the first faculty hire to an endowed chair position funded through the Baylor Academic Challenge.
[Orientation Waco Hall 2021]
WACO, Texas (July 16, 2021) – During its regular summer retreat meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents focused on Baylor’s strategic positioning for the future as the University enters the final year of the initial Illuminate strategic plan. The discussions spotlighted the extraordinary progress that has accelerated the University’s aspirations of joining the nation’s top Research 1 universities as the world’s preeminent Christian research university.
[Ryan McManamay]
WACO, Texas (July 13, 2021) – Climate change mitigation efforts have led to shifts from fossil-fuel dependence to large-scale renewable energy. However, renewable energy sources require significant land and could come at a cost to ecosystems. A new study led by Ryan McManamay, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science at Baylor University, evaluates potential conflicts between alternative energy strategies and biodiversity conservation.
[$1 Billion Give Light]
WACO, Texas (July 13, 2021) - Baylor University today announced that alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends combined to provide more than $161 million in given and pledged philanthropic support during the University’s recently completed fiscal year (June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021). The Baylor Family’s philanthropy supports the Give Light Campaign, Baylor’s comprehensive fundraising campaign aimed at resourcing efforts to become the preeminent Christian research university.
Baylor University’s Waco campus experienced an interruption of core data and communication services across the university due to the activation of a fire suppression system in the university’s data center.

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WACO, Texas (July 1, 2021) – Baylor University is seeking artists and foundries to create life-sized bronze statues of the University’s first Black graduates – the Rev. Robert Gilbert, B.A. ’67, and Mrs. Barbara Walker, B.A. ’67. The statues will ultimately reside in front of Baylor’s historic Tidwell Bible Building.
WACO, Texas (June 25, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on indications that the planet Venus is still geologically active, navigate life’s sometimes difficult transitions, discovering a pioneering Black singer’s compositions, traits of successful remote workers and how an organization’s increased support for employees' adoption efforts yields positive benefits.
[Mack Rhoades SBJ AD of the Year]
WACO, Texas (June 23, 2021) - Baylor University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV has been selected as Sports Business Journal’s 2021 Athletics Director of the Year, announced tonight during the 2021 SBJ Sports Business Awards.
[Benjamin Jack Young]
WACO, Texas (June 22, 2021) – Benjamin “Jack” Young, B.A. ’21, has been selected as one of 10 Lilly Graduate Fellows for 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.
WACO, Texas (June 21, 2021) – Baylor University students Kate Rojales, a senior chemistry major from Milton, Georgia, and Alexis Simmons, a senior physics and mathematics major from Houston, Texas, have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
WACO, Texas (June 20, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on why music at bedtime might not be a great idea, Baylor’s aspirations as a Research 1/Tier 1 university, why the Soviet Union’s well-developed system of character education failed and the blurred lines between political and religious identity.
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WACO, Texas (June 16, 2021) - To help supply chain managers effectively navigate supply chain risks and disruptions ranging from a worldwide pandemic to ransomware attacks, Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business has added a new concentration in Global Trade and Supply Chain Management beginning this fall in its nationally ranked Baylor Online MBA and Baylor Executive MBA programs in Dallas and Austin.
[Family Sunset]
WACO, Texas (June 14, 2021) – When an organization supports its employees who choose to adopt children, the employees, their families, the adopted children and the organization itself experience positive benefits and outcomes, according to new research from Baylor University.
WACO, Texas (June 13, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the future of work in a post-pandemic world, new technology that can dramatically increase the range of colors displayed on a digital screen, how musical “earworms” can disrupt sleep and why a Baylor freshman’s graduation photo recreating an “Toy Story 3” scene has tugged hearts and gone viral.
[Ferrell Center Commencement]
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2021) – Baylor University will return commencement to the Ferrell Center to celebrate summer graduates during two in-person ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 14. In addition, the summer ceremonies will feature a change that reflects the University’s rising number of doctoral candidates and the University’s success as it pursues R1 recognition as a top Christian research university.
[Sleep Lab Wires]
WACO, Texas (June 9, 2021) – Most people listen to music throughout their day and often near bedtime to wind down. But can that actually cause your sleep to suffer? When sleep researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, realized he was waking in the middle of the night with a song stuck in his head, he saw an opportunity to study how music — and particularly stuck songs — might affect sleep patterns.
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WACO, Texas (June 9, 2021) – Patterns in American religious attitudes, behaviors and beliefs just after the 2020 presidential election and during the coronavirus pandemic are the latest focus of the Baylor Religion Survey, the most comprehensive national survey studying religion in America.
[Jameson Graber, Ph.D.]
WACO, Texas (June 8, 2020) – Jameson Graber, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics at Baylor University, has earned a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will provide nearly $430,000 in funding over five years to support his research, which lies at the intersection of partial differential equations, game theory, economics and political science.
WACO, Texas (June 6, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the challenges and uncertainties from the pandemic for international students as the fall semester nears, the success of the intensive Prison Fellowship Academy and how the comprehensive approach of Baylor’s Give Light philanthropic campaign impacts the university’ strategic priorities.
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WACO, Texas (June 3, 2020) – Baylor University researchers have unveiled a new color imaging system - called 6P - that has the capacity to dramatically increase the palette of colors a digital screen can display with transcendent implications for television and cinema storytelling.
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