Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

October 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: West Virginia University

After an exciting home game against TCU, the Bears head back out on the road this weekend to take on the Mountaineers of West Virginia University. This week, as part of our “Get to know Big 12 research” series, we’re visiting with Cindy Jarvis, assistant to the director of WVU’s Office of Sponsored Programs.

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October 7, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Call for proposals: Allocations on Blue Waters High-Performance Computing System


Blue Waters, housed on the University of Illinois campus, is one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers and the fastest one located at a university.

Because of Baylor’s membership in the Southeastern Universities Research Association, our faculty are eligible to apply for time on the NSF-funded Blue Waters High Performance Computing System. This special program, managed by the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, awards time on the Blue Waters system outside the normal NSF allocation process.

The Blue Waters system performs 13 quadrillion calculations per second, making it capable of handling the most arduous data processing and modeling applications. Currently, researchers from around the world are using Blue Waters for analysis related to cosmology, biological sciences, astrophysics, engineering and more.

Short (five-page) proposals are due on Nov. 3, 2014.  Click here to read the full call for proposals.

October 6, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Texas American College of Sports Medicine Fall Lecture Tour with Dr. Patricia Painter

Painter Flyer

Baylor’s College of Health & Human Science and the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation will present a lecture by Dr. Patricia Painter of the University of Utah this month as part of the Texas American College of Sports Medicine Fall Lecture Tour. Painter is an internationally-recognized researcher in chronic kidney disease. Her presentation, “Implementation of Exercise in Populations with Chronic Disease: Translation of Science into Practice” should have broad interest to those in the health sciences.

The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 16th at 12:30 p.m. in the Baylor Sciences Building, room D.110. Admission is free and open to the public.

October 3, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: University of Texas at Austin

This fall, we’re bringing you a special series of guest posts from staff members in our counterpart offices at the other universities in the Big 12 Conference.  In anticipation of tomorrow’s football matchup between Baylor and the University of Texas, we hear from Kathy Thatcher, senior grants and contracts specialist in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in UT’s College of Liberal Arts.

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October 2, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

CUR announces call for session presenters, posters for 2015 URPD Conference

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research has requested proposals for session presentations and posters to be included in the 2015 Undergraduate Research Programs Development conference, taking place June 23-25, 2015 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

The conference targets university faculty and administrators with an interest in promoting and improving undergraduate research through discussion and sharing of best practices.  Sessions will include 90-minute panel discussions, 75-minute interactive sessions and 10-minute short presentations, as well as a poster session and networking lunch.

The deadline to submit proposals for interactive sessions and short presentations is Nov. 14, 2014.  The deadline to submit poster proposals is Feb. 27, 2015.  Submissions should focus on one of the conference’s four themes: “High-impact Learning,” “Ensuring Access for All,” “Administrative Nuts and Bolts,” and “Assessment.”

Click here for more information on the conference and submission instructions.


September 30, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor professor’s new book documents rise of ‘do-it-yourself’ memorials


Dr. Candi Cann

Globally and cross culturally, when a member of society dies, it is customary for the community to care for, uplift, and provide support to the family grieving the loss of a loved one. Traditionally, religion has played a key role in the grieving process, but in recent years, many families and individuals are seeking alternative forms of memorializing their loved ones.

Dr. Candi Cann, assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, asserts that this shift toward alternative memorialization processes has not been directly caused by a lack of faith or animosity toward religion, but rather the church’s lack of rituals and practices that adequately meet the needs of families and individuals who are grieving.

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September 29, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

NSF offers Q&A webinars for prospective SBIR/STTR applicants

SBIRThis fall, the NSF will host a series of  informational webinars for individuals who are interested in applying for funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Translation (STTR) programs.  The free online sessions will help prospective applicants navigate the proposal process and get started on their applications.

In addition to information on the webinars, the NSF’s website also offers links to YouTube videos about the SBIR/STTR program and user guides for developing and submitting applications.

Click here for more information or to register for an upcoming webinar.

September 26, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: Iowa State University

If you’re like many members of the OVPR’s staff, you’re planning to spend the next several Saturdays watching Baylor’s football team defend their 2013 Big 12 championship. Of course, there’s more to the universities in our conference than just athletics — Big 12 schools are also leaders in research and scholarship.

Leading up to the Bears’ conference games this fall, we’ll be bringing you Q&A with staff members in our counterpart offices to help you learn more about the great research being conducted on their campuses. This week, we hear from Sandy Clarke, communications specialist in Iowa State University’s Office of the Vice President for Research.


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