Research Tracks

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

May 30, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Reminder: Final reports due August 1 for FY 13 internal grants

The OVPR would like to remind faculty who received funding through the FRIP, YIDP, URC, URSA, or AHFRP programs in the 2013 fiscal year that final reports on the grant projects are due by August 1, 2013.

The report form, available on the OVPR website, asks investigators to briefly summarize the outcome of the funded project and report on any publications or external grant submissions that occurred or are planned as a result of the grant.

Click here to access the final report form (DOC format), or contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR with any questions.

May 28, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Business school faculty receive grant to study positive and negative consequences of daily work-family interruptions

Hankamer School of Business faculty members Dr. Emily Hunter (left) and Dr. Dawn Carlson.

Two faculty members in the Hankamer School of Business recently received a grant from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology to support their research on boundary violations between family and work responsibilities.  Dr. Emily Hunter, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, and Dr. Dawn Carlson, professor and H.R. Gibson Chair of Management Development, will survey employees and their families to explore the impact of work-family boundary violations on factors like health, job performance and family satisfaction.

While previous research has shown that the stress of balancing family and work responsibilities can be detrimental to both job productivity and family happiness, Hunter says the current survey is designed to gather more detailed information about how intrusions from one area into the other actually impact employees and their families on a day-to-day basis.

The study will ask participants to record survey responses three times per day — in the morning, at the end of the work day, and at bedtime — to assess their feelings toward work, family, and the boundaries between them.

“Most of the other studies in this area have asked very general questions like ‘Have you been interrupted at work by family members?’ or ‘How do you manage interruptions from work when you’re at home?'” says Hunter.  “These one-time questions don’t measure employees’ experience at a day-to-day level.”

Because the daily data collection in this study allows participants to record their feelings more immediately, Hunter believes the survey will capture employees’ reactions to specific types of interruptions at particular times of day, for example, when a child calls her parents at work to let them know she is home from school.  Interruptions like these may look like a disruption to a manager, Hunter says, but they might actually help the employee to focus on work without worrying about their child.

Carlson, the project’s co-investigator, says that in addition to assessing the effect of work-family boundaries on productivity and relationships, the study will also examine the role of technology in helping employees balance their varied responsibilities.

“With the rapid spread of technology, people are constantly available,” she says, “and that has changed the way people manage the landscape of their work and family.  We hope this study will show how organizations can use technology and other policies to help employees work better and be happier.”

May 24, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Hot off the press! Latest issue of Research Magazine now available online

The OVPR is proud to announce the release of the 2012/2013 issue of Research magazine. This year’s magazine is focused on the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) and the unique opportunities it creates for Baylor and central Texas through its partnerships with key regional stakeholders.

Inside this issue, you can:

  • learn about the BRIC’s role in the growth of new Ph.D. programs in science and engineering fields at Baylor and its unique collaborative environment that supports the university’s interdisciplinary centers and institutes,
  • get to know some of the top-notch faculty members whose research is finding a home in the BRIC,
  • explore TSTC Waco’s approach to developing a highly skilled technical workforce,
  • find out how researchers and entrepreneurs can move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace more quickly thanks to LAUNCH, the innovative business accelerator located at the BRIC and part of a suite of services available through the Hankamer School of Business,
  • and see how Baylor’s research and outreach activities encourage continued development of the greater Waco community.

Click here to read this year’s magazine online, or contact the OVPR to request a printed copy of the magazine.

May 23, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

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 2013 CUR Quarterly.  Highlights consist of brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications which appeared in scholarly journals in the past six months.

The publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate authors or co-authors.  The deadline for submission is June 14, 2013.

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 additional cost.  Click here to learn more about CUR.

May 21, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Video: Baylor faculty and students use forensic science techniques to identify undocumented remains

Dr. Lori Baker, an associate professor of anthropology, uses forensic science techniques to attempt to identify remains of undocumented immigrants buried in unmarked graves near the U.S.-Mexico border.  Baker says that hundreds of immigrants die each year while trying to enter the United States, and many are never identified, leaving their families with no information about their fate.

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May 17, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Selected funding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science
Deadline: March 31, 2014

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences
Deadline: March 31, 2014

National Institutes of Health

Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (RAPID) (R03)
Applications should be submitted within approximately six weeks of the identified disaster event

AHRQ Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)
Deadlines: June 12, 2013; October 12, 2013; February 1, 2014

Methods Development in Natural Products Chemistry (STTR) (R41)
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due July 2, 2013; full proposal due August 2, 2013

Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Cancer Detection (R01)
Deadlines: July 10, 2013; December 11, 2013; July 10, 2014; December 11, 2014

Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques (R01)
Deadlines: Optional letter of intent due August 19, 2013; full proposal due September 19, 2013

Mechanisms of Alcohol and Nicotine Co-Addiction (R21)
Deadlines: October 16, 2013; February 16, 2014; June 16, 2014

National Science Foundation

NSF-CBMS Regional Research Conferences in the Mathematical Sciences
Deadlines: July 2, 2013; April 25, 2014

Joint Domestic Nuclear Detection Office-National Science Foundation: Academic Research Initiative (ARI)
Deadline: July 10, 2013

Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)
Deadline: July 16, 2013; July 14, 2014

Environmental Engineering
Deadline: February 20, 2014

Environmental Sustainability
Deadline: February 20, 2014

Fluid Dynamics
Deadline: February 20, 2014

Particulate and Multiphase Processes
Deadline: February 20, 2014

Other organizations and foundations

National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Short Courses
Proposals accepted continuously

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE Photonics Society
John Tyndall Award (Optical fiber technology)
Deadline: Nominations due August 10, 2013

American Epilepsy Society (AES)
Research Initiative Awards
Deadlines: August 19, 2013; November 1, 2013

More opportunities

Additional selected opportunities are available on the OVPR website.  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.

May 16, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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URSA ceremony honors contributions to undergraduate research

The OVPR and the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) steering committee sponsored the first-ever URSA awards ceremony this month. Dr. Truell Hyde, vice provost for research, presented plaques and certificates honoring administrators, faculty and students who have contributed to the growth of undergraduate research at Baylor.

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May 15, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Upcoming event: Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference

SBIR/STTR Summit and ConferenceBaylor faculty are invited to participate in the Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference, June 12 at the AT&T Center in Austin.

The conference will provide guidance on creating successful proposals for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), as well as opportunities for one-on-one networking with entrepreneurs, business leaders and program managers from SBIR/STTR granting agencies.

Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
8:15 AM to 5:30 PM

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Amphitheater Room 204
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705

Click here for more information or to register. Regular registration fee is $149, but Baylor faculty are eligible for a discounted rate of $99. Contact Blake Thomas in the OVPR for discount code.

May 14, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

University Research Committee announces recipients of FY 2014 small and mid-range grants

The OVPR and the University Research Committee are proud to announce the results of the 2014 URC Small and Mid-Range Grant Programs.  These grants are intended to expand Baylor faculty members’ research capacity by providing support for research or creative activities in any academic area.

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May 10, 2013
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor faculty member’s research sheds light on consumer attitudes toward sunless tanning products

For many people, having tanned skin is as much a part of springtime fashion as wearing shorts and tank tops. While new sunless tanning products promise a darker skin tone without exposure to damaging ultraviolet rays, a new Baylor study suggests that unless these bronzing creams, sprays and wipes can deliver an even, natural-looking tan, young women may not choose them over sunbathing or tanning beds.

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