Research Tracks

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

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.

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.

April 24, 2014
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Upcoming event: CASPER seminar with Dr. Keith Schubert

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Keith Schubert, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.

“Microbial engineers in space!”

CASPER Keith SchubertABSTRACT
“In resource constrained environments, microbial communities form highly structured patterns to optimize resource utilization. In this talk, Dr. Schubert will present his work studying and modeling their patterns, emphasizing microbial structures in both a sulfuric acid cave — Cueva del Villa Luz in Mexico, which will be the subject of an article in National Geographic Magazine this July — and biological soil crusts in the Mojave Desert. Applications to the search for life in the universe and climate change will also be discussed.”

WHEN
Friday, April 25
2:30 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building (BSB)
Room A.207

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

April 7, 2014
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Upcoming event: BRIC Foundations Series presents lecture by Nick Farah of L-3 Integrated Systems Group

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The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to present Mr. Nick Farah, the president of the Platform Systems Sector in L-3 Communications’ Integrated Systems Group, for the second event in the BRIC Foundations Lecture Series. Continue Reading →

January 22, 2014
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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 15, 2014
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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.

October 16, 2013
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Upcoming event: OVPR welcomes Nobel laureate for inaugural lecture in BRIC Foundations series

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to welcome Nobel laureate and senior NASA astrophysicist Dr. John C. Mather for the inaugural lecture in the new BRIC Foundations International Speaker Series.

Mather and co-researcher Dr. George Smoot shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in physics for their work with the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite. The COBE satellite provided the first space-based measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation remaining from the Big Bang and yielded valuable insight into the early stages of the universe’s development (click here to read more about Mather and Smoot’s Nobel-winning research).

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April 4, 2013
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OVPR Colloquium: Michigan Tech University scholar to present lecture on the history and human impact of atomic power

Baylor’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages welcomes Dr. Robert R. Johnson of Michigan Tech University for an OVPR-sponsored colloquium on Thursday, April 11.

Johnson, a professor of rhetoric, composition and technical communication in MTU’s Department of Humanities, will present a lecture on the topic of his recent book, “Romancing the Atom: Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima.”  In the book, Johnson presents an account of atomic development over the last century and discusses the delicate balance between the human impacts of atomic technology and its scientific, military and economic benefits.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at 254-710-3711.

“Romancing the Atom: Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima”

Thursday, April 11, 2013
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Baylor Sciences Building, room C.105

March 15, 2013
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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.