Research Tracks

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

March 28, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Baylor students to present their research at URSA Scholars Week

Baylor students from across the university are gearing up for Scholars Week, an annual celebration of undergraduate scholarship presented April 8-11 by the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee.

Over 150 students are slated to present the results of their independent research projects during the event with paper presentations and poster sessions covering a variety of topics ranging from traditional science disciplines to social sciences, humanities and the arts.

Scholars Week kicks off with an opening reception on Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Bill Daniel Student Center’s Barfield Drawing Room.  Paper presentations take place on April 8 and 9 at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. in second-floor meeting rooms in the BDSC.

The second half of Scholars Week will take place in the Baylor Sciences Building with poster sessions on April 10 and 11.  Posters will be on display throughout both days, with student researchers on hand at various times to discuss their work with attendees.

All Scholars Week events are free and open to the public.  Click the flyer above for more information, or visit the URSA website for a full schedule of Scholars Week events.

New this year: Twitter photo contest for students

To encourage our students to spread the word about the great research on display at Scholars Week, URSA is sponsoring a photo contest on Twitter.  Students are asked to tweet pictures from Scholars Week using the hashtag #URSAScholarsWeek. URSA will award a prize to the student who takes the best picture during the event.

Faculty, please encourage your students to attend Scholars Week and tweet pictures of their favorite research!

March 27, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

NASA

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – New (Early Career) Investigator Program in Earth Science
Deadline: Notice of intent, June 28, 2013; full proposal, August 30, 2013

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Kepler Guest Observer – Cycle 6
Deadline: Notice of intent, December 6, 2013; full proposal, January 16, 2014

National Institutes of Health

NIDCD Small Grant Program (R03)  (Limited submission opportunity)
Deadline: Internal letter of intent, May 15, 2013; full proposal, June 26, 2013

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31)
Deadline: August 8, 2013

Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R33)
Deadlines: Letter of intent (suggested), September 10, 2013; full proposal October 10, 2013

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R01)
Deadline: October 5, 2013

Virtual Reality Technologies for Research and Education in Obesity and Diabetes (R01)
Deadline: October 5, 2013

Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment (R21)
Deadline: October 16, 2013

Improving Translational and Basic Research to Control Itch in Humans (ITCH) (R21)
Deadline: October 16, 2013

U.S. Department of Defense

Research Interests of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
Applications accepted continuously

Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)
Deadline: August 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy

General Plasma Science: Experiment and Theory
Deadline: September 30, 2013

National Science Foundation

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) (Limited submission opportunity)
Deadlines: Internal letter of intent, October 22, 2013; full proposal, December 3, 2013

Communications, Circuits, and Sensing-Systems (CCSS)
Deadline: November 1, 2013

Energy, Power, and Adaptive Systems (EPAS)
Deadline: November 1, 2013

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Deadline: December 16, 2013

Other organizations and foundations

American Physical Society
David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics
Deadline: Nominations due July 1, 2013

Wiley Foundation
Wiley Prize in the Biomedical Sciences
Deadline: Nominations due July 1, 2013

Hong Kong Baptist University
LEWI Visitorship Programme
Deadline: September 15, 2013

More opportunities

Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.  For opportunities with limitations on submissions from a single institution, an internal review must be completed before an investigator may apply.  Click here for information on applying for limited submission opportunities.

Search for funding with COS Pivot

The OVPR maintains a subscription to COS Pivot, a searchable database of funding opportunities in all academic areas. To search for funding in your discipline and receive email alerts with newly listed opportunities, sign up with COS Pivot today. If you have questions or would like training on using COS Pivot, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 254-710-3153.

Ready to apply?

If you’d like to apply for these, or other specific funding opportunities, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for more information.

March 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor epidemiologist discusses Gulf War Illness on NPR’s “Science Friday”

Dr. Lea Steele, research professor of biomedical studies and director of the Baylor Veterans Health Research Program, was a guest on NPR’s “Science Friday” last week.

She discussed current research on the causes and treatment of Gulf War Illness, including ongoing attempts to identify biomarkers that distinguish veterans with the illness from those who do not experience symptoms.

If you missed the chance to listen to the show live, you can click here to listen to the half-hour segment.

March 25, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming seminar to help researchers and entrepreneurs apply for federal SBIR/STTR funds

Baylor faculty are invited to participate in a one-day workshop aimed at helping researchers, entrepreneurs and small business owners access funding through federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) programs.

Click here for more information or to register.

The workshop is being staged in multiple locations the week of April 8-11:

Monday, April 8
Austin, TX
Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd

Tuesday, April 9
San Antonio, TX
Omni Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Blvd, I-10 and Wurzbach

Wednesday, April 10
Houston, TX
Houston Technology Center, 410 Pierce Street

Thursday, April 11
Arlington, TX
UT Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S.

March 22, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

More opportunities

Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.  For opportunities with limitations on submissions from a single institution, an internal review must be completed before an investigator may apply.  Click here for information on applying for limited submission opportunities.

Search for funding with COS Pivot

The OVPR maintains a subscription to COS Pivot, a searchable database of funding opportunities in all academic areas. To search for funding in your discipline and receive email alerts with newly listed opportunities, sign up with COS Pivot today. If you have questions or would like training on using COS Pivot, contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR at 254-710-3153.

Ready to apply?

If you’d like to apply for these, or other specific funding opportunities, contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for more information.

March 21, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program funding complete for FY 13

The OVPR has announced that all available funding under the Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Program has been allocated for FY 13.  No further proposals will be accepted for projects seeking funding in this fiscal year.

Faculty wishing to apply to the AHFRP for FY 14 projects may submit applications at any time, but funding for approved projects will not be available until the new fiscal year begins on June 1, 2013.

Click here for more information about the AHFRP program on the OVPR website.

March 19, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Research seminar this Friday sponsored by BU Department of Biology and Sigma Xi

Research Seminar FlyerBaylor’s Department of Biology and Sigma Xi present a research seminar with Dr. Rob Harrod.

Harrod is an assistant professor in SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences and the SMU Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery.  His laboratory investigates the origin, development and effects of viruses which cause blood diseases like leukemia and HIV.  The goal of his research is to develop therapeutic targets and identify biomarkers of infectious diseases and virus-induced cancers.

p53-Dependent Survival Signaling Promotes Oncogene-Activation during Viral Carcinogenesis

Friday, March 22, 2013
12:20-1:10 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room C.105

March 15, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Honors College, BIC welcome Hoover Institution fellow for public lecture

Dr. Peter Berkowitz, the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, will present a lecture at the Armstrong Browning Library on Thursday, March 21.  The event begins at 7:00 PM in the library’s Foyer of Meditation, with a reception following in Cox Reception Hall.  Both are free and open to the public.

Berkowitz’s lecture, Israel and the Struggle Over the International Laws of War, is the 19th annual installment of the Laura Blanche Jackson Endowed Memorial Lectureship in World Issues.  The event is presented by the Baylor University Honors College and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC).

For more information, contact the Honors College Office of the Dean at 254-710-7689.