Research Tracks

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

August 19, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces administrative changes involving research compliance

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced a number of administrative changes aimed at helping investigators and committee members navigate the sometimes complex landscape of research compliance.

Deborah Holland, assistant vice provost for research, director of compliance, says the changes are intended to support investigators and committee members in the ethical conduct and review of research.

“In research compliance, communication and documentation are the keys to success,” Holland said.  “The new forms and website changes will provide the support that Baylor researchers and committee members need to perform their roles while also documenting the university’s commitment to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.”

Summary of compliance changes and updates:

  • New submission forms and templates are available in the IRBNet system, including IRB applications, consent form templates, continuing review & closure forms and protocol templates.  The forms have been completely redesigned to meet regulatory requirements and reflect current best practices for IRB review, documentation and compliance.
  • The compliance website is undergoing updates to improve investigators’ access to the information needed to conduct their research.  New content will include explanations of the various review committee functions, assistance in determining what type of review is needed, and an FAQ section.
  • As in previous years, the OVPR will offer a compliance seminar in the fall for researchers and staff.  This year, for the first time, the seminar will be presented at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas in addition to the session on the Waco campus.  The seminar will include discussion and question & answer sessions with the IRB chair and vice-chair, as well as the assistant VPR, director of compliance.  OVPR staff will also be on hand to explain the IRBNet and CITI online systems.

Contact Deb Penney, OVPR administrative associate, with any questions.

August 11, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

On the Research@Baylor website: Spanish professor’s new book explores anti-fascist rites of passage in Francoist Spain

Dr. Michael Thomas

Dr. Michael Thomas

A newly released book by Dr. Michael Thomas, a professor of Spanish in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is providing fresh analysis of thematic elements in post-civil war Spanish literature.The book, Coming of Age in Franco’s Spain, presents Thomas’ analysis of six novels by five young and highly regarded Spanish authors of the 1940s and ’50s. The novels reveal not only a trove of insight into life under Generalissimo Francisco Franco, but also a sophisticated and at times dangerously defiant attitude toward the ruling fascists.

Thomas’ research, supported in part by a grant from the OVPR’s Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Development Program, suggests that the books’ controversial subject matter may have gone unnoticed by the government’s zealous censors because of the otherwise innocuous subject matter of the novels, which dealt with children on the brink of transitioning into adulthood.

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

August 6, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

On the Research@Baylor website: Great Texts professor awarded Humboldt fellowship


Dr. William Weaver

Dr. William Weaver, professor in Baylor’s Honors College, was recently named a recipient of a research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  The foundation awards fellowships to experienced researchers worldwide for 6- to 18-month research stays in Germany hosted by sponsoring and collaborating German academic institutions.

During his 18 months in Europe, Weaver will devote himself to researching and producing a critical edition of the rhetorical writings of Philip Melanchthon, a 16th Century professor and theologian who labored alongside Martin Luther to bring about the Protestant Reformation. It is Melanchthon who is credited with writing the Augsburg Confession, regarded by scholars as the Reformation’s seminal statement of faith.

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

August 4, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR announces new internal funding program for research equipment acquisition

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced a new internal funding program designed to help established investigators purchase new or replacement equipment for use in their research.

Through the Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP), faculty members can apply for up to $35,000 in matching funds to help purchase equipment that will enhance and expand research capabilities on campus. The grants require investigators to provide one-to-one matching funds, allowing instrument acquisition up to a total price tag of $70,000.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, says the Research Equipment Acquisition Program (REAP) targets faculty who have a demonstrated record of success in attracting competitive external funding.

“With the REAP program, we want to help investigators retire aging equipment and replace it with new devices necessary for the continued success of an established research program,” said Hyde. “Obsolete equipment can place investigators at a disadvantage when applying for their next grant, so this program will help our most productive faculty acquire and replace equipment vital to their research.”

Click here to view the full program guidelines and application forms on the OVPR website. Contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator to begin the application process.