Research Tracks

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

October 27, 2014
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Undergraduate research presentation opportunity: CUR Posters on the Hill

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is inviting students and their faculty mentors to apply for the 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 5. Those chosen for the event will be notified February of 2015 and the event itself will be at a date yet to be determined. Historically, Posters on the Hill has taken place in late April.

This program is designed for faculty and students who have a desire to learn about and advocate for government funding for research. Students will be given the opportunity to speak with members of Congress to voice their concerns, ask questions and learn about the legislative process in regards to research funding.

Click here to get more information from the CUR website.

October 17, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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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
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Call for proposals: Allocations on Blue Waters High-Performance Computing System

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

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

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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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