Research Tracks

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

November 28, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: Texas Tech University

Happy Thanksgiving from the OVPR! We hope you’ve been enjoying some relaxing time with friends and family.  On Saturday, the Bears will take on the Red Raiders of Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium, an annual neutral-site matchup that usually proves to be one of the most exciting games on the Bears’ schedule.  To help you prepare for the game, this week we present a Q&A with Dr. Robert V. Duncan, Texas Tech’s vice president for research, as part of our “Get to know Big 12 research” series.

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November 21, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: Oklahoma State University

Throughout this year’s Big 12 football season, we’ve been bringing you information on some of the great research going on at our counterpart schools in the conference.  To help you get ready for this week’s game against the Cowboys of Oklahoma State University, we present a Q&A with Jeff Joiner, research communications specialist in OSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

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November 14, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

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

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.

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

Baylor Sciences Building, room E.231

The event is free and open to the public.

November 13, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Funding Opportunity Announcement: NCAA-DoD Mind Matters Challenge

NCAA-DOD3The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense have released the RFP for the “Mind Matters Challenge,” a program that funds research and education programs on concussion reporting and treatment.  The program has two focus areas: “Changing attitudes about concussions in young and emerging adults” (a research challenge) and “Educational programs targeting young and emerging adults” (an educational programs challenge).

The research challenge will award up to 10 grants of $400,000 each for projects aimed at studying the mechanisms influencing cultural change around concussion reporting in the target population.  The education challenge will award up to ten grants of $25,000 each to help investigators create compelling and impactful educational materials for student-athletes and other at-risk populations in the area of concussion education.

The deadline to apply for both the research and education programs is Thursday, Jan. 9, 2015.  Click here for more information about the programs and application instructions.

November 12, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Undergrad/grad internship opportunity: DOE Scholars Program

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

Click the image above to download the DOE Scholars Program flyer (PDF).

The U.S. Department of Energy offers ten-week, paid internships for college students or recent graduates who want to gain research experience while learning about the agency’s mission and operations.

Internships are offered in a variety of energy-related fields and hosted at DOE facilities around the country.

Applications to the program will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2015. Click here to learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures.

November 11, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

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
by Baylor OVPR

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 7, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Big 12 research: University of Oklahoma

The Baylor Bears face a tough road test this weekend when they travel to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.  Of course, this game represents more than just a clash between two great college football teams.  It’s also a meeting of two universities that are leaders in research and scholarship.  In this week’s “Get to know Big 12 research” column, we hear from Jana Smith, the director of strategic communications for R&D at the University of Oklahoma, about some of the latest developments at OU.

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November 6, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor researchers release free iPhone app to screen for pediatric eye cancer

screen568x568 (1)screen568x568Two Baylor faculty members have collaborated to create a new smartphone app that allows users to screen their children for retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, just by taking a picture.

Dr. Bryan Shaw, an assistant professor of chemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has a personal connection to the topic: his son Noah lost his right eye to retinoblastoma.  Noah was diagnosed at three months of age, but signs of the disease showed up much sooner.  In photos taken in the first few weeks of Noah’s life, Shaw and his wife noticed that his right eye had a white glow that was very different from the red-eye effect commonly seen in photographs of children.  The white-eye effect can be a normal photography artifact, but can also indicate serious eye diseases including retinoblastoma.

Shaw teamed with Dr. Greg Hamerly, an associate professor of computer science in Baylor’s School of Engineering & Computer Science, to develop the app.  Hamerly and several of his graduate students used machine learning techniques to develop software that could distinguish between images of a normal eye and those that may show signs of disease.  The app can scan existing photos on the user’s phone to look for images that may show cause for concern, or it can be used to take new photographs for evaluation.

The app, called CRADLE (ComputeR Assisted Detector of LEukocoria), is available free for iOS devices on the Apple iTunes store. More information about Shaw’s research is available on his laboratory’s website.

November 5, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

CUR offers travel grants for undergraduate researchers

The Council on Undergraduate Research is currently offering two separate travel grants for undergraduate students who haveCouncil on Undergraduate Research completed research in either social science or biology. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. There are a select number of travel grants available, ranging from $200 to $250.

This opportunity is designed for students who have already completed their research and who are planning to present their findings at local, regional, or other professional venues. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply but must meet the requirements noted for each travel grant.

For more information on the social science travel grant click here.

For more information on the biology travel grant click here.