Pro Texana

Pro Texana

Baylor’s motto, Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana, captures the heart behind our efforts and impact.

Today, Baylor is a global university, with research addressing challenges both close to home and in far corners of our world. But, our roots run deep in Texas. Our vast and diverse state provides no shortage of opportunities to conduct research marked by quality, visibility, and impact.

Meet just a few of the many Baylor professors and programs whose work serves Texas or takes Texas programs to the rest of the world—because Pro Texana is a charge that continues to inspire the call to serve our neighbors, wherever they may be.

Sep. 21, 2022
Houston Metro Area Serves as Lab to Study Impact of Urban Pollution on Thunderstorm Activity
Baylor researchers Rebecca Sheesley and Sascha Usenko serve as co-investigators on $890,000 Department of Energy grant gathering data around the Houston metro area to understand the relationship between pollution and specific weather events.
Sep. 20, 2022
Addressing the Primary Care Behavioral Health Workforce Gap in Texas
More than 75 percent of counties in Texas qualify as behavioral health shortage areas. With the help of a $1.9 million HRSA grant, Baylor social work faculty are training a new generation to meet that need with excellence.
Sep. 20, 2022
Providing Texas Teachers With Tools for Autism
Baylor School of Education professor Tonya Davis serves families with autism by building resources for their teachers. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board supports her work which provides Texas teachers with intervention training for students with developmental disabilities.
Sep. 20, 2022
Texas Roots, Global Vision for a World Without Hunger
The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty advances research and projects with a goal of ending hunger. Discover how partnerships with the USDA and more have scaled their efforts in Texas to feed five million children in 38 states while growing systemic approaches to counter the factors that lead to food insecurity.
Sep. 19, 2022
Good Chemistry
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas recruits top cancer researchers to the state of Texas, and some of the best have come to Baylor. John Wood and Daniel Romo are advancing possible cancer drug leads at Baylor thanks in part to CPRIT funding.
Jul. 13, 2022
Baylor Professor Lands $1.3 Million NIH Grant to Make Chemistry Labs and Concepts Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired
NIH funds a first-of-its-kind effort, led by Bryan Shaw, to provide tools eliminating barriers that exclude students with blindness from pursuing chemistry education and experiences. Students from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will participate in pilot portion of the project.
Apr. 5, 2021
Illuminating a Giant
Doris Miller was "the first American hero of World War II," but as an African-American in the 1940s, his impact had to fight through layers of suppression. Now, a Baylor history professor's work is shining increased light on his contributions-not only at Pearl Harbor, but on the Civil Rights Movement that followed.
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"