Research Tracks

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

January 31, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Nominate an outstanding research mentor for URSA Awards in Excellence and Service

Do you know a Baylor faculty member, staff member or student with a strong commitment to undergraduate research?  Honor their hard work by nominating them for the second annual URSA Awards in Excellence and Service!

Presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee, the awards recognize unique contributions that help make research a part of the Baylor undergraduate experience.

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January 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Registration for URSA Scholars Week now open

URSA-Chapel-Slide-2014The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is currently accepting applications for student presentations at the upcoming URSA Scholars Week, March 31 through April 4.

Presented by the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee and the OVPR, Scholars Week is the university’s annual showcase of undergraduate research and creative activities (click here to check out Research Tracks coverage of last year’s Scholars Week events).

Students who have completed independent, faculty-mentored research or creative projects in any academic area are eligible to present their work at Scholars Week.  Participants may give an oral presentation of their project or display a research poster.  Oral presentations will take place March 31 and April 1 in the Bill Daniel Student Center, with poster sessions scheduled for April 2 and 3 in the Baylor Sciences Building.

Click here to access the Scholars Week application form.  Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Students who received funding through the URSA Small Grants program during the 2013-2014 academic year are required to take part in Scholars Week as a condition of their funding.

Contact Donna Haberman at 254-710-7594 with questions.

January 24, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education

National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Deadline: Feb. 19.

George Herbert & Emily Dickinson Seminar for College Teachers
Deadline: March 4.

National Institutes of Health

Using Social Media to Understand and Address Substance Use and Addiction (R21)
Deadline: March 25.

National Science Foundation

Linguistics Program
Deadline: July 15.

U.S. Department of Defense

Games and Gaming
Proposals accepted continuously.

Mobile Training Technologies
Proposals accepted continuously.

Other agencies and foundations

American Historical Association
Fellowship in Aerospace History
Deadline: April 1.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Grant Program
Deadlines: March 1, Sept. 1.

Brady Education Foundation
Education Research and Program Evaluation Funding
Deadline: Stage 1 applications due April 15; Stage 2 applications due Aug. 15.

City of Paris
Research in Paris
Deadline: Feb. 13.

Cornell University, College of Human Ecology
Dean’s Fellowship in the History of Home Economics
Deadline: March 3.

Spencer Foundation
Areas of Inquiry: Investigator-initiated proposals for small and large projects
Deadlines: Preliminary proposals due Mar. 14;  full proposals due June 30.

More opportunities
Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.

Limited submissions
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.

January 23, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields

National Institutes of Health

Developing and Improving Institutional Animal Resources (G20) (Limited submission)
Deadlines: Internal letter of intent due June 20 to submit full proposal to sponsor Aug. 1; internal letter of intent due June 22, 2015 to submit full proposal to sponsor Aug. 3, 2015.

Innovative Measurement Tools for Community Engaged Research Efforts (R21)
Deadlines: Feb. 16, June 16, Oct. 16.

NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative (U54) (Limited submission)
Deadlines: Internal letter of intent due Feb. 19; optional letter of intent to sponsor due March 2;  full proposal due April 2.

Using Social Media to Understand and Address Substance Use and Addiction (R21)
Deadline: March 25.

National Science Foundation

Arctic Research Opportunities
Deadline: Oct. 20.

Dimensions of Biodiversity
Deadline: April 3.

Linguistics Program
Deadline: July 15, 2014; Jan 15, 2015.

National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (NSSEFF)
Deadline: May 12.

Thermal Transport Processes
Deadline: Sept. 17.

U.S. Department of Defense

Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE)
Deadline: May 23.

Games and Gaming
Proposals accepted continuously.

U.S. Department of Energy

Unsolicited Proposals
Proposals accepted continuously.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Particulate Matter and Related Pollutants in a Changing World
Deadline: March 14.

More opportunities
Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.

Limited submissions
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.

January 22, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: CASPER seminar with Dr. Jay Pulliam

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Jay Pulliam, the W.M. Keck Professor of Geophysics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

“Seafloor Seismology: Research and Technology Needs for Studies of the Solid Earth”

Pulliam-FlyerABSTRACT
“Studies of Earth’s structure and tectonic processes are hampered by a dearth of instruments that can be deployed on the seafloor. Since more than 75% of the planet is covered by water, and important structures, such as mid-ocean spreading centers and subduction zones reside in and beneath oceans, such limitations impede our understanding of the Earth as a whole.

“Fortunately, modern technology has resolved some previous shortcomings, such as a lack of stable clocks and batteries for long-term operation of autonomous seismic recorders, so a frontier of Earth science is about to open to prospectors. I will review the research needs that can only be satisfied by ‘campaign-style’ expeditions in the ocean basins or permanent seafloor observatories and show recent results obtained with autonomous ‘ocean bottom seismographs.'”

WHEN
Friday, Jan. 24
2:30 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
Room 3160

MORE INFORMATION
Contact Sherri Honza at 254-710-1271 for more information.

January 21, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor professor wins award for book on spirituality and nature

The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail CoverDr. Susan Bratton’s book, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail: Community, Environment, and Belief on a Long-Distance Hiking Path (University of Tennessee Press, 2012) recently was recognized as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 by Choice, an academic periodical of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Only about ten percent of reviewed publications are selected for recognition.

The book relates Bratton’s experiences hiking the 2,180-mile-long trail, but primarily presents the results of her systematic study of the spiritual, religious or quasi-religious experiences hikers often claim to undergo while on the trail. Over 200 hikers participated in the study.

“Some hikers have very intense religious experiences on the Trail,” Bratton says. “About a third of the hikers reported experiencing God in nature, or the trail as a spiritual environment. “

Bratton is a professor of environmental science at Baylor University. She holds PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas and Cornell University, a master of arts from Fuller Seminary, and graduate certification in environmental ethics from the University of Georgia.

January 16, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor senior’s research provides lift to expectant mothers in Kenya

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[This post originally appeared on the Baylor Proud blog.  Follow Baylor Proud for highlights and news from the entire Baylor family.]

In rural Kenya, mothers-to-be face challenges shared by expectant mothers in underdeveloped nations around the globe, transportation chief among them. They know they need to get proper care, but getting to a clinic or hospital often proves too difficult.

Baylor senior Jolene Damoiseaux (pictured above), a biology major from the Houston area, met many of these women while traveling in Kenya with Baylor’s Straw To Bread organization. What she discovered led her to turn her Honors College thesis project into “Mothers on the Move,” an organization that provides transportation to expectant mothers who would otherwise have none.

Damoiseaux first began studying maternal mortality in a Baylor research and design class as a sophomore, sparking a passion to serve. Continue Reading →

January 15, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion presents lecture on religion and politics

The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion welcomes Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, for a special lecture.

Religious left, religious right & Christian political witness

Mark Tooley LectureABSTRACT
“The old Religious Left, rooted in groups like the National Council of Churches, has imploded. And much of the old Religious Right leadership has left the scene. Meanwhile, many evangelical elites are shifting left. Conservative evangelicals increasingly align with conservative Catholics. Some are calling for Christians to step back from political engagement. What is the future for the political witness of America’s churches and Christians? To what extent should churches address political specifics? How or to what extent can individual Christians apply their faith politically? Mark Tooley will address these questions.”

WHEN
Tuesday, Jan. 28
3:30 p.m.

WHERE
Armstrong Browning Library
Cox Lecture Hall

REGISTRATION
Admission is free, but registration is required.  Click here for more information or to register.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Mark Tooley is president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy, a faith-based alliance of Christians who monitor, comment, and report on issues affecting the Church.  He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, First Things and other publications on the churches’ political witness on national security, Islam, the federal budget, environmentalism, religious liberty, marriage, and abortion, among other issues.

January 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: Learn to search for research funding opportunities at the OVPR’s COS Pivot workshop

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research, in conjunction with Baylor University Libraries, presents a hands-on workshop to help faculty search for funding opportunities more effectively using the COS Pivot database.

WHAT
Pivot is an online system that contains thousands of funding opportunities from a wide range of sponsors including federal agencies, private foundations, non-profit organizations and more. The workshop will cover a number of topics including:

  • Establishing a Pivot account.
  • Viewing pre-selected funding opportunities based on prior research.
  • Searching for currently available opportunities and narrowing results with advanced search techniques.
  • Setting up weekly funding alert emails with newly listed opportunities.

WHEN
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
12:20 – 1:10 p.m.

WHERE
Moody Library
Room G-42

RSVP
All Baylor faculty members are invited to attend, but seating is limited.  To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact Blake Thomas by email or by phone at 710-3153.

LIVE WEBINAR
Can’t make it in person?  The session will also be presented as a live webinar session using Blackboard Collaborate.  Contact Blake Thomas for login information.