Research Tracks

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

January 25, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor art professor named an emerging artist by Musée Magazine

H. Jennings Sheffield, assistant professor of art, photography in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was recently named an “emerging artist” by Musée Magazine, an international photography publication. Her work, Tethered, appeared in the magazine’s November 2015 issue as one of 55 emerging artists alongside 39 established master photographers including Rineke Dijkstra, Lorna Simpson, Candida Hofer, The Guerilla Girls and Tina Barney.

H. Jennings Sheffield, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18), 43” x 28" x 4.5", Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

H. Jennings Sheffield, 12:00pm-2:00pm (Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 12, Nov. 19, Feb. 18), 43” x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

“The idea that these are some of the top contemporary artists is really exciting,” Sheffield says. “The other artists in the issue are some of the photographers who I teach to students in my classes, so I was thrilled to have my work appear with theirs.”

It is significant that Tethered appears in a special issue of Musée that showcases female photographers. The master artists featured in the magazine provide role models for young female photographers, something Sheffield says was in short supply early in her career.

“I came up in photography when it was a male-dominated field,” she says. “I didn’t have anyone to show me how to have a family, be an artist and teach students. When I went to photography conferences as a student, it was all men.  Now when I take students to those same meetings, there are lots more women.”

H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43” x 28" x 4.5", Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43” x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

Tethered is an exploration of the complexities of modern life drawn from Sheffield’s own experience balancing her roles as an artist, teacher, wife, mother and daughter.

“There was a time when it was possible to separate our roles to discrete times of day,” she says. “We went to work in the morning, then spent time with families in the evenings and on weekends. Now, technology has created a tethering effect where our work and family lives become intermingled and confused.”

Sheffield created the images by blending together photographs she took over the course of four months as she performed some of the many roles in her own life. She used software to combine images taken at the same time of day, creating a single image that represents a two-hour block of time.

Viewed at full size, the vertical striping in the images creates a lenticular effect that makes different elements stand out depending on the angle and distance of the observer. The effect underscores Sheffield’s message and reinforces the limitations of trying to represent the complications and connections of modern life using traditional photographic methods.

“I wanted to capture real moments that happen over time,” she explains. “We’re all very tethered and we can’t separate our roles, and I don’t feel that a single image can capture all of those layers.”

A selection of Sheffield’s work is currently on display at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art as part of the Department of Art’s Faculty Biennial Exhibition, which runs through February 28.

January 22, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Research opportunities for faculty and doctoral students at DOE’s Jefferson Lab


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC has announced two funding programs to support temporary research appointments for graduate students and faculty members at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) in Newport News, Virgina.

For faculty: Sabbatical and Research Leave Support

The Sabbatical and Research Leave Support program provides funding for faculty to conduct full-time research at Jefferson Lab for a period of up to nine months. Applications are due by March 31, 2016. Click here to learn more about the program and application processes.

For graduate students: Graduate Fellowship Program

The Graduate Fellowship Program provides opportunities for doctoral students to work alongside Jefferson Lab researchers on projects related to the lab’s mission. Applications are due by Feb. 29, 2016. Click here for more information on the program and its application procedure.

January 21, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Social science funding opportunity from the U.S. Department of Defense

United_States_Department_of_Defense_Seal.svgThe U.S. Department of Defense is accepting proposals for social science research on topics related to the nation’s security policy under its Minerva Research Initiative.

Under the current funding announcement, DoD seeks to support projects in the following five areas listed below:

  1. Identity, influence and mobilization; culture, identity and security; influence and mobilization for change
  2. Contributors to societal resilience and change; governance and rule of law; migration and urbanization; populations and demographics; environment and natural resources; economics
  3. Power and deterrence; global order; power projection and diffusion; beyond conventional deterrence; area studies
  4. Analytical methods and metrics for security research
  5. Innovations in national security, conflict and cooperation

Click here to learn more about the program. Contact your academic unit’s assigned OSP coordinator for information on how to apply.

January 20, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Greater Waco Chamber recognizes BRIC start-up with 2015 Business Innovator Award

John Fitch, founder and owner of Birkeland Current, looks on as a machine assembles components of

John Fitch, founder and owner of Birkeland Current, looks on as a machine assembles components of the company’s automated proximity control system.

The OVPR joined business and community leaders from across Central Texas last month at a luncheon to honor the nominees for the 2015 Business Innovator Award. Presented annually by the Greater Waco Chamber, the award recognizes individuals or organizations that help make Central Texas a hub for creative excellence.

We would like to congratulate Birkeland Current and Pruf Energy Solutions on being named the 2015 Business Innovator Award winner. The two companies are working together to develop a wireless energy monitoring and control system that will bring energy savings through automated proximity controls and solid-state LED lighting technology.

The other nominees for this year’s award were: CollegeChoiceToday, Chariot Innovations, and Birkeland Current/Langerman Foster Engineering.  All four nominees are based in the Baylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) and have participated in coaching provided by LAUNCH: The Innovative Business Accelerator.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, says the recognition of these firms is an important validation of the BRIC’s role in driving innovation in Central Texas.

It’s exciting to see the hard work and tireless support of so many in the Waco community coming to fruition in such a tangible fashion.  It’s also wonderful to see this occurring with the BRIC and LAUNCH not yet three years old.  As Baylor, the Chamber and the business community continue to move forward, I feel certain our best days are ahead.