Research Tracks

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

June 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Baylor music professor earns international award for tuba recording

Dr. Kent Eshelman

Dr. Kent Eshelman

"Flavors" features previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as transcriptions of works written for other instruments.

“Flavors” features previously unrecorded works for tuba as well as transcriptions of works written for other instruments.

Dr. Kent Eshelman, an assistant professor of instrumental studies in Baylor’s School of Music, has earned a prestigious international award for his recent album of tuba solos.

Eshelman received the International Tuba-Euphonium Association’s Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording for the album “Flavors.” The recording, released in June 2013, was supported in part by a grant from the University Research Committee.

As its title suggests, “Flavors” showcases a diverse collection of music with varying styles and moods.  Some of the compositions were written specifically for Eshelman by prominent brass composers, while others are works which were written for other instruments and adapted for tuba by Eshelman.

Eshelman says the process of expanding the tuba’s repertoire through composition, performance and recording parallels the investigation, research and publication undertaken by faculty in science fields.

“For those in the performing arts, performing is research,” he explains. “Like other researchers, performers invest their time and energy exploring various aspects of their discipline and attain unique results that must be shared with peers and students.  In many ways, recording provides the ideal format for performance from both an academic and artistic standpoint.  It allows for wider dissemination than a live performance and it offers the possibility for the performance to be studied and consulted as a reference.”

Click here to read more about Eshelman’s award on the Baylor Media Communications website.

Baylor anthropologists make first positive identification of remains in Brooks County

June 11, 2014 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

In this report from KSAT-TV San Antonio, Baylor anthropologist Dr. Lori Baker discusses the work she and a team of students have undertaken to identify the bodies of undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas.  Baker, an associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, leads Reuniting Families, an organization she started with the goal of recovering and identifying the remains of immigrants who died while attempting to cross into the United States.

Baker and her team recently made their first positive identification in Brooks County, determining the identity of a female from Honduras who was buried in a cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas, a small town approximately 160 miles south of San Antonio.

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June 10, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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NIH issues challenge for ideas to improve peer review

NIH_LogoThe National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has announced a challenge program seeking ideas from the scientific community on ways to improve the fairness and impartiality of grant proposal peer review.

The program offers a $10,000 first prize and a $5,000 second prize for ideas in response to two challenge categories: ‘New methods to detect bias in peer review’ and ‘Strategies to strengthen fairness and impartiality in peer review.’

Submissions to the program may be submitted by email any time prior to the June 30 deadline.  Winners will be announced in September.

Click here for more information and complete rules.

June 3, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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CUR seeks applications for biology mentor award

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe biology division of the Council on Undergraduate Research is currently accepting applications for their annual awards honoring biology faculty mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate researchers.

The awards are presented to one faculty member in each of three divisions — early career, mid-career and mature career. Each honoree will receive a cash award from CUR’s biology division. Faculty who mentor interdisciplinary research projects are eligible as long as the projects involve a significant biology component.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Saturday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. CDT. For more information on applying for this award, visit the CUR website.