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Aug
28
2019
WACO, Texas (Aug. 28, 2019) – At today’s regular Fall Faculty Meeting, Baylor University officially announced plans to pursue Research 1/Tier 1 (R1/T1) recognition by building on Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan, which will guide Baylor towards joining the nation’s top research universities and achieving status as the world’s preeminent Christian research university.
Aug
27
2019
At Home in Polluted Waters
The waters in and along the Houston Ship Channel teem with evidence of human activity. Surrounded by oil refineries and leading to the Port of Houston, the channel is highly polluted and inhospitable to aquatic life. Yet, the Gulf killifish thrives in that environment. Cole Matson's groundbreaking research bridges environmental and data sciences to discover how one fish "pulled a rabbit out of a hat"
Aug
27
2019
Communities, Trauma and Resilience
Community. For Sara Dolan, a nationally-recognized Baylor professor, researcher and "Citizen Psychologist," it’s the place where her research finds its deepest meaning. When communities experience trauma, she partners with others to illuminate paths to recovery.
Aug
27
2019
Connections in Hearing, Pathways to Healing
Sound’s journey from the ear to the brain is relatively short, but the space between is filled with profound meaning. Dwayne Simmons, PhD, has dedicated his internationally recognized research to studying how sensory cells in the ear and neurons in the brain respond to aging. On a broader level, he’s pursuing breakthroughs in the auditory system that could impact areas far beyond hearing.
Aug
27
2019
For the Living and the Dead
Lori Baker has changed the ways we approach the sad experience of immigrants lost along the U.S/Mexico border. Her organization, Reuniting Families, brings dignity and closure through forensic work that identifies and repatriates.
Aug
27
2019
Zero Room for Error
David Jack has become a national leader across the spectrum of materials science: composite production, ultrasonic techniques for the non-destructive evaluation of composites, composite modeling and more. Closer to the homes and hearts of the end-users his research eventually impacts, is the fact that Jack’s work makes planes and automobiles safer to enjoy.
Aug
23
2019
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2019) — Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and maintaining sleep — a negative for themselves and potentially for those who receive their care, Baylor University sleep researchers say.
Aug
21
2019
Aug. 19, 2019
New short videos from Baylor University aimed at helping people understand what stress is, how it affects the body and how to handle it. Baylor psychologist and researcher Annie Ginty, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses “good” and “bad” stress, and the videos feature several Baylor students.
Aug
13
2019
CASPER Faculty Member Presents Study Results at United Nations in Vienna
WACO, Texas (August 13, 2019) – Through an invitation from the
United Nations in Vienna, Rene Laufer, Ph.D., presented an international team
of experts' study results on post-mission disposal for small satellites at the
62nd United Nations – Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space
(UN-COPUOS) Session.
Aug
1
2019
Notes, Rhythm, Research: Baylor Professor Creates New Knowledge Through Orchestral Leadership
WACO, Texas (Aug. 1, 2019) - For Stephen Heyde, the Mary Franks
Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies in Baylor’s School of Music and the
university’s Conductor-in-Residence, leading a university symphony is about
more than just training musicians and presenting high-quality musical
performances.  It involves elements of
history, physiology, and leadership development, culminating in an educational
and cultural experience that benefits musicians, audiences and the larger
community.
Jul
30
2019
WACO, Texas (July 30, 2019) – As density in cities increase along with other global megatrends, researchers are working to address environment and health challenges in collaborative ways.
Jul
26
2019
A Broad Spectrum: Baylor's Tim Sheng, Ph.D., Brings a Wealth of Experience to Teaching, Research
Critics often blame academia for turning inquisitive, broad-minded students into unidimensional scholars and researchers. But more than a few academics refuse to follow a laser-thin career path. Baylor mathematician Tim Sheng, Ph.D. is one of them.
Jul
25
2019
WACO, Texas (July 25, 2019) – Supervisors driven by profits could actually be hurting their coveted bottom lines by losing the respect of their employees, who counter by withholding performance, according to a new study led by Baylor University.
Jul
17
2019
WACO, Texas (July 17, 2019) — Fifty years ago, America loved its astronauts to the Moon and back. And this week, as the country marks the historic liftoff and landing, a Baylor University planetary geophysicist is over the Moon about researching a new space frontier.
Jul
10
2019
WACO, Texas (July 10, 2019) – Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D., who has served since January as interim vice provost for research at Baylor University, has been appointed to the permanent role, announced today by Provost Nancy Brickhouse. The appointment is effective immediately.
Jul
10
2019
A team led by a Baylor University researcher has published a breakthrough article that provides a better understanding of the dynamic process by which sunlight-induced DNA damage is recognized by the molecular repair machinery in cells as needing repair.
Jun
28
2019
OVPR Welcomes Craig Moehnke, Ph.D., as AVP for Research Facilities
Craig Moehnke, Ph.D., has recently been named Assistant Vice Provost for Research Facilities. Having previously served as Director of Baylor Sciences Building (BSB) for six years and as an employee of the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) for 14 years, Moehnke brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.
Jun
27
2019
Baylor Wins Annual Altmetric Research Grant
Alternative metrics provider Altmetric has announced its annual research grant for 2019 has been awarded to a team of Baylor University researchers for the project, “Identifying a Possible Suite of (alt)metrics for Creative and Performing Arts Faculty.”
Jun
13
2019
From the Classroom to the Lab and Beyond: Baylor Biology Chair Seeks to Drive Research Among Students and Faculty
Dr. Dwayne Simmons, chair of Baylor’s Department of Biology and the Cornelia Marschall Smith Endowed Professor, has built a career studying the human brain and the molecular basis of age-related hearing loss. Along the way, he has profoundly impacted the lives of his students through mentorship in the lab and his leadership of programs devoted to increasing research opportunities for students at R1 institutions such as Washington University in St. Louis and UCLA
Jun
10
2019
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2019) — A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system — the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin — and may contain metal from an asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study.
May
21
2019
Baylor receives $50,000 grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife
Bear Adventures partners with Waco youth community programs to offer a summer day camp, after-school programs and weekend trips to Texas State Parks. This program provides fun and exciting ways for youth to practice skill building, develop leadership abilities and sharpen character while gaining an appreciation for natural settings.
May
20
2019
WACO, Texas (May 20, 2019) – Today, the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) Journal of Environmental Health published the article “Uncovering Environmental Health: An Initial Assessment of the Profession’s Health Department Workforce and Practice.”
May
17
2019
WACO, Texas (May 17, 2019) – At its regular spring meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents celebrated the historic $100 million gift for Baylor’s $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign that undergirds Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan, and impacts every aspect of campus while also bolstering financial support for students and the priorities of Baylor’s 12 schools and colleges.
May
4
2019
WACO, Texas (May 4, 2019) – Baylor University today announced a transformational $100 million gift – the largest current gift in University history and the largest gift to date to the University’s $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The gift is from an anonymous donor and will advance Baylor’s progress towards growth as a preeminent Christian research university, building on the University’s historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of teaching, research and service.
May
2
2019
'Tricking' the Light Fantastic: Renowned Baylor Scientist Uses Quantum Mechanics “Tricks” to Monitor Agricultural Crops With Lasers
WACO, Texas (May 2, 2019) – Someday, in the not-too-distant-future, an Iowa farmer strolls out of his home and dons an augmented reality headset to view an overhead image of his crop supplied by a drone. With sweeps of his hand, he tags several small colored blotches superimposed over the spectroscopic image of his field like a weather-radar display. He summons a gangly water tanker and dispatches it to the thirsty plants and returns to the house for breakfast. Science fiction? At this point, yes, but such systems may be a reality soon, thanks in large part to the work of Dr. Marlan O. Scully in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative’s Quantum Optics Laboratory.
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