For most patients, hospitals are very safe environments in which to receive treatment and recover. However, despite hospitals’ best efforts, some patients, especially those with compromised immune systems, may be at risk of contracting dangerous infections. A particular group of germs … Continue reading →
The 2014 edition of Scholars Week was one of the largest ever, with 165 students presenting the results of their independent research and scholarly activities. The event included two days of platform presentations and two days of poster sessions where … Continue reading →
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement (URSA) Steering Committee have announced the recipients of the FY 2015 URSA Small Grants program. The grants are intended to provide opportunities for faculty-student interaction … Continue reading →
Scientists have known for years that the layers of ear wax produced by whales can help determine an animal’s age. But now, research by two Baylor faculty members has shown that there is a lot more we can learn from these foot-long plugs of waxy buildup.
Dr. Sascha Usenko, assistant professor of environmental science, and Dr. Stephen Trumble, assistant professor of biology, discovered that blue whales’ ear wax plugs function as a sort of time capsule, storing traces of contaminants and hormones that can yield knowledge about the whale’s development and exposure to pollutants throughout its lifetime.
Whales produce a new layer of ear wax every six months, so the placement of chemicals in the wax plug allowed Usenko and Trumble to pinpoint chemical exposure to a particular time in a whale’s life. This knowledge will greatly improve scientists’ ability to measure the timing and impact of pollution on whales and their ecosystems.
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 … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
As part of its mission to assure humane treatment of vertebrate animals used in research or instruction, Baylor’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) requires prospective investigators to complete online training modules. All investigators who submit protocols to IACUC … Continue reading →
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee are proud to announce the results of the FY 2014 URSA Small Grants program. URSA Small Grants provide funding to faculty mentors who … Continue reading →
Last month, over 180 Baylor undergrads presented results of their independent research at URSA Scholars Week, a four-day celebration of undergraduate research sponsored by the OVPR and the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) steering committee (click here to read … Continue reading →
Baylor’s Department of Biology and Sigma Xi present a research seminar with Dr. Rob Harrod. Harrod is an assistant professor in SMU’s Department of Biological Sciences and the SMU Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery. His laboratory investigates the … Continue reading →