Research Tracks

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

August 10, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

Baylor profs’ film earns festival honors

“Blur Circle,” the latest film by director Christopher J. Hansen, associate professor and chair of Baylor’s department of film and digital media, was recently named the winner of the audience award for best dramatic feature at the Woods Hole Film Festival. The eight-day festival, which featured 130 independent films from emerging filmmakers, was held earlier this month in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Brian Elliott, senior lecturer of film and digital media, wrote and produced the film.

The film tells the story of a single mother still frantically searching for her young son two years after his disappearance.  When she meets an unusual man with a shrouded past of his own, she is forced to reevaluate her life and the way she has responded to grief.

“Blur Circle” was previously screened at festivals across Texas and was named best feature film at the Deep in the Heart Film Festival in Waco this past February.  The work is scheduled to appear at events in Tennessee and Kansas later this year.

Check out the official trailer for “Blur Circle” above and visit the film’s website for information on future screenings.

April 5, 2017
by Baylor OVPR

OVPR unveils newly redesigned website

The new and improved Research@Baylor website.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to announce a major update to the design and structure of its primary website, located at

Just like the old site, the redesigned site includes information on the OVPR’s internal funding programs and administrative functions.  The new site also features improved organization that makes important information easier for researchers to locate.

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May 13, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

Video: Baylor engineering students create a swing to help a local child with special needs

Waco’s KWTX recently reported on a group of Baylor engineering students who used their senior capstone project to improve the life of a local child with special needs. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Garland, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Ian Gravagne, associate professor of electrical & computer engineering, the students designed a custom swing for seven-year-old Camille Witt, who was born with a genetic condition that limits her mobility. Camille is the daughter of Dr. Jason Witt, the associate director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.

While the finished product may look simple, its design was more complicated than it might appear because the swing needed to be not only stable and motorized, but also able to Camille’s weight all the way through adulthood.

In isolation, Gravagne says, either of these specifications can be easily met — standard playground swings can support adults and common baby swings are motor-driven — but in combination, they present more of a challenge. Continue Reading →

May 11, 2016
by Baylor OVPR

USRA announces undergraduate scholarship opportunities

USRA Flyer

Click to view the program flyer.

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is currently accepting applications for its annual undergraduate scholarship program. The program provides up to four scholarships per year to students who have demonstrated interest in careers in space or aeronautics related science, research or education. Each awarded student receives a one-time, $4,000 scholarship.

Applications to the program are due by August 12, 2016, with letters of recommendation from the applicants’ references due one week later. More information on the program is available on the OVPR website.

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.

October 16, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

Big 12 research connections: West Virginia University

The Baylor football team returns home this weekend for a Big 12 conference matchup with the Mountaineers of West Virginia.  The competition on the field will be intense as the Bears look to avenge their only regular-season loss from last year.  While Baylor and WVU will be opponents at McLane Stadium this week, faculty from the two universities share a number of connections in research and scholarship.

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June 10, 2015
by Baylor OVPR

BRIC stakeholders briefed on progress

Dr. Hyde addresses representatives of area municipalities, economic development organizations, foundations and educational institutions at the June 3 stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Hyde addresses representatives of area municipalities, economic development organizations, foundations and educational institutions at the June 3 stakeholders meeting.

Dr. Truell Hyde, Baylor’s vice provost for research, provided representatives of a number of Waco-area organizations with an update on the growth of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) at a meeting on June 3.

Among the latest BRIC developments Hyde described was the formation of LEx Laboratories, a collaboration between Waco-based Education Service Center Region 12, Fort Worth architecture firm Huckabee, Inc., and Baylor University tasked with developing innovative and readily adaptable learning spaces. He also reported that aerospace giant L3, Inc. recently had doubled the size of its engineering footprint in the BRIC, and told attendees of engineering and innovation firm Birkeland Current’s just-completed move to the BRIC.

Click here to read the full story about the event on the BRIC website.

Video: Baylor faculty & graduate students explain what makes the BRIC an ideal setting for research and discovery

May 19, 2015 by Baylor OVPR | 0 comments

Faculty and graduate students explain how the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) benefits their research in a new video produced by the Baylor Graduate School.  Check out the video above, then click here to learn more about the BRIC.

December 31, 2014
by Baylor OVPR

Get to know Michigan State University research with our special Cotton Bowl preview

After claiming their second consecutive conference championship, the Baylor Bears have one final test this year when they face off with Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day. Dr. Steve Hsu, vice president for research and graduate studies at Michigan State University, joins us for a special Q&A to help us get ready for the game.

We’re excited for a great matchup on the field, and we’re also glad for the opportunity to learn more about Michigan State research!


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