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May
22
2019
Battling unwanted bugs: Baylor faculty do mosquito research

WACO, Texas (AP) — They bite, they feed, and they never actually leave, but researchers in Central Texas continue to study mosquitoes, tracking their local impact and studying ways to control them by hacking their genes.



The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Baylor University faculty have operated a state-funded mosquito surveillance program with the city of Waco for the last 10 years, while also doing lab research.

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.
May
2
2019
WACO, Texas (May 2, 2019) — A Baylor University study published in Science, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, found that recent hybridization of the Gulf killifish — a large minnow common in the heavily polluted Houston Ship Channel — has enabled the species to adapt rapidly to extreme pollution.
Apr
30
2019
WACO, Texas (April 30, 2019) – Seniors in Baylor University’s department of computer science will debut a video game they developed in the program’s gaming capstone course during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Bennett Auditorium (Room 130) in the Draper Academic Building, 1400 S. Seventh St., on the Baylor campus.
Apr
24
2019
WACO, Texas (April 24, 2019) — A new chemical synthesis strategy to harvest the rich information found in natural products — organic compounds isolated from natural sources — has led to the identification of novel, simpler derivatives with potential to selectively protect neurons, important for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, or to prevent the body’s immune system from rejecting organ transplants, according to a Baylor University-led study.
Apr
15
2019
WACO, Texas (April 15, 2019) – Baylor University today unveiled a new brand identity strategy that unites all of the institution’s colleges, schools, divisions and athletics under a single logo.
Apr
10
2019
Baylor recognizes undergraduate research award recipients in 11th annual URSA Scholars Week
The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) steering committee has announced the 2019 recipients of the URSA Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
Mar
27
2019
Baylor Undergraduates to Exhibit Research at Annual Scholars Week Event
WACO, Texas (March 27, 2019) – Research and creative works from hundreds of Baylor students will be on display next week at the annual URSA Scholars Week, a celebration of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA).
Mar
18
2019
Baylor faculty member earns nearly $3 million grant to study evidence-based practices in psychology
Sara Dolan, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a project aimed at improving clinical practice for children who have been victims of abuse and trauma.
Mar
12
2019
WACO, Texas (March 12, 2019) – Baylor University graduate programs in law, business, nursing and health disciplines, education, engineering, the sciences and social sciences and humanities were among those nationally ranked in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released today.
Feb
27
2019
WACO, Texas (Feb. 27, 2019) – Baylor University has named Nancy W. Brickhouse, Ph.D., as provost following a national search to help lead the institution toward its goal of becoming the next preeminent Christian research university. Dr. Brickhouse will assume her new role May 1.
Feb
22
2019
WACO, Texas (Feb. 22, 2019) – At its regular February meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents focused the majority of its discussion on the first pillar of the University’s academic strategic plan Illuminate, which focuses on Baylor’s unambiguously Christian educational environment.
Feb
22
2019
IRB Forms Grace Period Ends Feb. 28, 2019
The grace period for using and submitting retired IRB forms (including applications and templates) will end on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.
Feb
19
2019
WACO, Texas (Feb. 19, 2019) — Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon collected at five sites around the Arctic, which has implications for global warming, according to a study by an international group of scientists that included a team from Baylor University.
Feb
14
2019
Baylor scientist creates TED-Ed lesson on microgravity
WACO, Texas (February 14, 2019) Rene Laufer, Ph.D., associate research professor and head of the Space Science Lab in Baylor's Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), is one of the creators of a TED-Ed lesson titled "How far would you have to go to escape gravity?"
Feb
12
2019
Baylor doctoral student earns spot on Periodic Table of Younger Chemists
WACO, Texas (Feb. 12, 2019) – Samantha Yruegas, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Baylor’s department of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named to the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The program celebrates the International Year of the Periodic Table by recognizing 118 young chemists—one for each element of the periodic table—who embody the mission and core values of IUPAC through their research, teaching and outreach.
Jan
30
2019
Rising Star faculty member earns $626,000 career development award from NIH
WACO, Texas (Jan. 30, 2019) – Kelly Ylitalo, Ph.D. assistant professor in the department of public health in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious career development grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the link between physical activity and healthy aging.
Jan
23
2019
Baylor Junior Wins Research Prize for Work on Food Insecurity in Central Texas Teenagers
Ana O'Quin, a junior social work major, was recently named a 2019 recipient of the Shared Justice Student-Faculty Research Prize by the Center for Public Justice.
Jan
18
2019
Baylor University Receives $2.6 Million Grant from the John Templeton Foundation - $1.27 Million Designated for Sub-Award Opportunities
The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Dr. Sarah Schnitker, associate professor of psychology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, and co-principal investigator Dr. Benjamin Houltberg, director of research at the University of Southern California Performance Science Institute. The grant aims to galvanize widespread scientific development of virtue interventions for adolescents across a diversity of contexts (e.g., athletic teams, religious organizations, youth community centers, online) that attend to spirituality and transcendent purpose.
Jan
17
2019
IRB regulations change Jan. 21, 2019
Changes to regulations on human subjects research will become effective on Jan. 21, 2019. Baylor's Office of Research Compliance has produced a guide to the new regulations.
Jan
16
2019
WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2019) — A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher.
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