Research Tracks

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

January 14, 2015
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Upcoming event: Martin Museum of Art honors Baylor professor and artist-in-residence

Karl Umlauf: A Lifetime of Creativity

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Karl Umlauf: A Lifetime of Creativity

Beginning this month, the Martin Museum of Art presents a special exhibition of works by Karl Umlauf, professor of art and Baylor’s Artist-In-Residence.  Umlauf, who has taught painting and drawing at Baylor for 25 years, will be retiring at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

The exhibition runs from Jan. 20 through March 1, 2015 during regular museum hours.  A reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. with remarks from the artist at 6:00 p.m.  Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

WHERE
Martin Museum of Art, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center

WHEN
Exhibition: Jan. 20-Mar.1, 2015

Reception: Jan. 29, 2015, 5:30-7:00 p.m. with artist remarks at 6:00 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information, visit the Martin Museum of Art website or call 254-710-1867.

December 8, 2014
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Reminder: OVPR Proposal Development Workshops

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Click the flyer to access the registration form.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to register for the 2015 OVPR Proposal Development Workshop series!

Just as in prior years, we will offer two sessions of the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” program: one on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, for science faculty and another on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 for faculty in the arts and humanities.

In addition to these seminars, this year, for the first time, we will also be presenting two special half-day sessions focused on federal career development grants.  The first session, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 9, is focused on the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.  The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 9, covers the National Institutes of Health’s Career Development Awards, including the mentored K-awards and the F-series fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students.  Special eligibility requirements apply to the half-day sessions; see the program descriptions below for specific information.

Our speaker for each of the workshop sessions is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.  Dr. AtKisson is a neuroscientist and former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost at Tufts University.

Click here to register for this year’s proposal development workshops.  Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

Session descriptions: Continue Reading →

November 14, 2014
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Upcoming event: Dr. Thure E. Cerling to present lecture on the environmental context of human evolution in East Africa

WHAT
Thure CerlingBaylor’s Geology Department, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of the Provost present a special lecture by Dr. Thure E. Cerling, a distinguished professor of biology and a distinguished professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah.

A member of the National Academy of Science, Cerling’s work primarily concerns the use of isotopes to study biological and geological processes occurring near the Earth’s surface. These studies include cosmic-ray produced isotopes to study geomorphology, the chemistry of lakes and lake sediments, stable isotope studies of diet and of soils, isotope forensics and studies of early hominin environments in Africa. He served for nine years on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

WHEN
Friday, Nov. 21
3:00 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building, room E.231

The event is free and open to the public.

November 11, 2014
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Upcoming conference on undergraduate research: CUR Dialogues 2015

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research is offering  a series of dialogues discussing this year’s topic, Climbing the Ladder to Funding Success: Diverse Sources, Diverse Pathways, at the nation’s capital. The dialogues are open to anyone involved in undergraduate research. The series will be held from Feb. 19 through 21, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, located in Arlington, Virginia. 

The dialogues are designed to provide attendees a unique opportunity to communicate with a variety of federal and private foundation program officers and experts in research advocacy and grant preparation. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other.

For more information regarding the CUR Dialogues, click here to visit the CUR website. 

November 10, 2014
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OVPR to offer proposal development workshops

This spring, the OVPR will present four proposal development workshops intended to help faculty of all experience levels compete more successfully for external research funding.  Just like in prior years, we will offer two sessions of the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” program: one on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, for science faculty and another on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 for faculty in the arts and humanities.

In addition to these seminars, this year, for the first time, we will also be presenting two special half-day sessions focused on federal career development grants.  The first session, on the morning of Friday, Jan. 9, is focused on the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.  The second, on the afternoon of Jan. 9, covers the National Institutes of Health’s Career Development Awards, including the mentored K-awards and the F-series fellowships for pre- and postdoctoral students.  Special eligibility requirements apply to the half-day sessions; see the program descriptions below for specific information.

Our speaker for each of the workshop sessions is Dr. Peg AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops.  Dr. AtKisson is a neuroscientist and former director of proposal development in the Office of the Vice Provost at Tufts University.

Click here to register for this year’s proposal development workshops.  Contact Blake Thomas at 254-710-3153 with questions.

Session descriptions:

“Write Winning Grant Proposals” for Faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fields
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Participants will learn about articulating a research agenda, selecting funding opportunities and crafting proposals to turn reviewers into advocates for your project. This session is intended for faculty who plan to apply for funding from agencies such as the NSF, NIH, Department of Energy, etc.

“Write Winning Grant Proposals” for Faculty in Arts & Humanities Fields
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

A full-day seminar similar to the science session described above, but specifically targeted to faculty who plan to apply for funding from the NEH, NEA, Department of Education, private foundations, etc.

New this year:

“How to Write a Successful NSF CAREER Award Proposal”
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

A half-day session for faculty who plan to apply for the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Faculty who are eligible to apply for the CAREER program and have attended the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” session before (either this year or in a previous year) are invited to this workshop.

“How to Write a Successful NIH Career Development Award Proposal”
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

A half-day session for NIH Career Development Award candidates and their mentors. Session covers mentored grants (K series) and fellowship awards for pre- and post-doctoral students (F series). Open to CDA-eligible faculty and their mentors, as well as grad students and postdocs in NIH-eligible fields.  Attendees must also have attended the “Write Winning Grant Proposals” session before, either this year or in a previous year.

November 4, 2014
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Upcoming event: BRIC Foundations series presents Paul Evans of Southwest Research Institute

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American manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance. Long identified with such terms as “good old American know-how” and “Yankee ingenuity,” American industry is again rising to world prominence after decades of decline. It is a rebirth driven in large part by dramatic increases in productivity made possible by advances in manufacturing processes and technologies. Yet there remain many obstacles to a full realization of the potential of the American manufacturing sector.

Join us for: “Enabling Manufacturing Innovation in America”
Mr. Paul T. Evans, P.E.
Director, Manufacturing Systems Department
Southwest Research Institute

WHEN
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
6:00PM – 7:00PM

WHERE
BRIC Symposium 3160
Reception before the lecture at 5:30PM at the BRIC Symposium 3160 atrium.

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

October 6, 2014
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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.

May 23, 2014
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Baylor institute to host international conference on new religions

CESNUR_PosterScholars from around the world will visit Baylor’s campus next month when the Institute for Studies of Religion hosts the annual meeting of CESNUR — the Center for Studies on New Religions.  The conference, organized around the theme, “The Vitality of New Religions: Thinking Globally, Existing Locally,” takes place June 4-7 at the Truett Seminary.

The conference’s paper presentations are free to attendees, but there is a modest charge for meals and an optional Saturday field trip to the Homestead Heritage community north of Waco.  Click here for more information on the ISR website.

 

 

May 12, 2014
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CUR announces upcoming institutes

Council on Undergraduate ResearchThe Council on Undergraduate Research has announced dates for three upcoming workshops for faculty who are interested in developing or expanding undergraduate research programs. Click the links below for more information or application instructions for the programs.

Proposal Writing Institute

Next offering: July 17-21, 2014 – University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Application deadline: May 21, 2014

“This institute will bring together faculty and administrators interested in preparing proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The four-day institute will consist of one-on-one work with a mentor, writing, small group discussions, and critiquing of proposals. The institute has been developed to assist novice to experienced proposal writers in drafting complete proposals for submission. Prior to the institute participants will be able to access information that will help them begin to draft their proposal.”

Click here for more information.

Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute

Next offering: Nov. 7-9, 2014 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in July 2014.
Application deadline: Sept. 19, 2014.

“The Institute will assist teams of 3-5 faculty and administrators in developing transformative opportunities for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity (URSC) in the arts and humanities.”

Click here for more information.

Beginning a Research Program in the Natural Sciences at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution

Next offering: Nov. 2014.
Registration opening soon.

“Starting a successful research program and doing scholarly work at a predominantly undergraduate institution pose unique challenges for a beginning faculty member. A goal of the institute is to give individual pre-tenured faculty members the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates. While at the institute, participants will also prepare plans for starting and/or advancing their individual research programs at their respective campuses.”

Click here for more information.

May 8, 2014
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Upcoming event: CASPER seminar with Dr. Ernesto Gomez

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Ernesto Gomez, professor of computer science and engineering at California State University San Bernardino.

“Shortcutting algorithms for fun, profit and science”

Screenshot 2014-05-08 15.07.11ABSTRACT
“Parallelism is the main source of speedup in computing, scientific and otherwise. For over thirty years the fastest supercomputers have been parallel machines, and for the last ten we have been seeing the same thing in commodity machines. So why are we still mostly parallelizing sequential algorithms? Do we think the best algorithms are always sequential? Actually we do – and have fairly solid arguments for that belief.

“In this talk, we point to the holes in the standard arguments using a counterexample: ‘shortcutting.’ We started from an analysis of what is different between sequential and concurrent execution and designed a method to take advantage of the differences.

“We have experimental results, more theory on where our methods could work (and where they probably won’t), and future directions.”

WHEN
Friday, May 9
2:30 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building (BSB)
Room C.105

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