Research Tracks

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

August 10, 2017
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Baylor profs’ film earns festival honors


“Blur Circle,” the latest film by director Christopher J. Hansen, associate professor and chair of Baylor’s department of film and digital media, was recently named the winner of the audience award for best dramatic feature at the Woods Hole Film Festival. The eight-day festival, which featured 130 independent films from emerging filmmakers, was held earlier this month in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Brian Elliott, senior lecturer of film and digital media, wrote and produced the film.

The film tells the story of a single mother still frantically searching for her young son two years after his disappearance.  When she meets an unusual man with a shrouded past of his own, she is forced to reevaluate her life and the way she has responded to grief.

“Blur Circle” was previously screened at festivals across Texas and was named best feature film at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival in Waco this past February.  The work is scheduled to appear at events in Tennessee and Kansas later this year.

Check out the official trailer for “Blur Circle” above and visit the film’s website for information on future screenings.

April 5, 2017
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OVPR unveils newly redesigned website

The new and improved Research@Baylor website.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to announce a major update to the design and structure of its primary website, located at http://www.baylor.edu/research.

Just like the old site, the redesigned site includes information on the OVPR’s internal funding programs and administrative functions.  The new site also features improved organization that makes important information easier for researchers to locate.

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January 25, 2016
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Baylor art professor named an emerging artist by Musée Magazine

H. Jennings Sheffield, assistant professor of art, photography in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was recently named an “emerging artist” by Musée Magazine, an international photography publication. Her work, Tethered, appeared in the magazine’s November 2015 issue as one of 55 emerging artists alongside 39 established master photographers including Rineke Dijkstra, Lorna Simpson, Candida Hofer, The Guerilla Girls and Tina Barney.

H. Jennings Sheffield, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18), 43” x 28" x 4.5", Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

H. Jennings Sheffield, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18), 43” x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

“The idea that these are some of the top contemporary artists is really exciting,” Sheffield says. “The other artists in the issue are some of the photographers who I teach to students in my classes, so I was thrilled to have my work appear with theirs.”

It is significant that Tethered appears in a special issue of Musée that showcases female photographers. The master artists featured in the magazine provide role models for young female photographers, something Sheffield says was in short supply early in her career.

“I came up in photography when it was a male-dominated field,” she says. “I didn’t have anyone to show me how to have a family, be an artist and teach students. When I went to photography conferences as a student, it was all men.  Now when I take students to those same meetings, there are lots more women.”

H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43” x 28" x 4.5", Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43” x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

Tethered is an exploration of the complexities of modern life drawn from Sheffield’s own experience balancing her roles as an artist, teacher, wife, mother and daughter.

“There was a time when it was possible to separate our roles to discrete times of day,” she says. “We went to work in the morning, then spent time with families in the evenings and on weekends. Now, technology has created a tethering effect where our work and family lives become intermingled and confused.”

Sheffield created the images by blending together photographs she took over the course of four months as she performed some of the many roles in her own life. She used software to combine images taken at the same time of day, creating a single image that represents a two-hour block of time.

Viewed at full size, the vertical striping in the images creates a lenticular effect that makes different elements stand out depending on the angle and distance of the observer. The effect underscores Sheffield’s message and reinforces the limitations of trying to represent the complications and connections of modern life using traditional photographic methods.

“I wanted to capture real moments that happen over time,” she explains. “We’re all very tethered and we can’t separate our roles, and I don’t feel that a single image can capture all of those layers.”

A selection of Sheffield’s work is currently on display at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art as part of the Department of Art’s Faculty Biennial Exhibition, which runs through February 28.

September 16, 2015
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Council on Undergraduate Research announces call for submissions on incorporating research into undergraduate curriculum

Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced a call for submissions to appear in the fall 2016 edition of the CUR Quarterly. The issue will focus on integrating undergraduate research and creative scholarship into the curriculum.  CUR is seeking four to five articles of 2,000 to 3,500 words as well as a number of shorter vignettes of around 300 words.  Faculty in any discipline are invited to share their ideas on development, implementation, and assessment of initiatives that make research a part of undergraduate education.

According to the CUR announcement, potential topics of interest include:

  • Models for integrating undergraduate research into the core curriculum/general education experience for students
  • Curricular innovations that involve large numbers of students in undergraduate research experiences at any level of the curriculum
  • Models for scaffolding undergraduate research experiences throughout the curriculum
  • Innovative ways of integrating undergraduate research into the gateway, research methods, and capstone courses of a major
  • Examples of undergraduate research programs that integrate lower-level classes with upper-division courses

If you are interested in submitting an article or vignette, submit a 300-500 word prospectus through the CUR website. The deadline for submission is Oct. 13. Accepted authors will be notified by Oct. 23 and final text for review and editing must be submitted by Dec. 14.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students. In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses. Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no additional cost. Click here to learn more about CUR.

April 20, 2015
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URSA recognizes support of undergraduate research with annual Awards in Excellence and Service

The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee, along with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, have announced the recipients of the 2015 URSA Awards in Excellence and Service. The awards are presented annually to faculty, students and administrators whose hard work has helped to enhance and expand the research opportunities available to Baylor undergraduate students.

The award recipients will be recognized at URSA’s annual award ceremony on Wednesday at 12:00 noon.  The winners of this year’s outstanding Scholars Week presentations and posters will also be honored at the event.

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October 2, 2014
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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.

 

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 3, 2014
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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.

May 15, 2014
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Baylor professor elected to National Bureau of Economic Research

Dr. Jim West

Dr. Jim West

Hankamer School of Business economics professor Dr. Jim West has been elected to the post of research associate with the NBER’s Economics of Education Working Group, chaired currently by Dr. Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University.

A graduate of the University of Denver and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, West came to Baylor in 2011 after extended appointments at Seattle University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He currently holds Baylor’s W.H. Smith Professorship in Economics and recently was named the business school’s Robert and Robin Nitsche Outstanding Scholar for 2013.

Click here to read the full story on the Research @ Baylor website.

May 13, 2014
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Call for undergraduate research highlights: CUR fall quarterly

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions for the “Undergraduate Research Highlights” section of the fall 2014 CUR Quarterly on the Web.  The highlights contain brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications by undergraduate students that appeared in journals in the last six months.

The publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate authors or co-authors.  The deadline for submission is May 31.

Click here for formatting requirements and submission instructions.  Samples of past undergraduate research highlights are available on the CUR website.

About CUR

The Council on Undergraduate Research is a national organization devoted to supporting and promoting high-quality collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students.  In addition to sponsoring annual conferences and other meetings, they also provide faculty development resources and other materials to help members improve the undergraduate research environment on their campuses.  Baylor is an enhanced institutional member of CUR, which allows our faculty, administrators and students to join CUR at no cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.