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Baylor Connections Podcast
Fridays at 11:00am

Baylor Connections introduces the Waco community to the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education, and provides additional information and context to issues facing the University and higher education.

Latest Episodes
  • Mentorship is a driving force for John Wood in research that could eventually lead to cancer drugs. Wood serves as the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Co-Director of the Baylor Synthesis & Drug-Lead Discovery Lab. Since coming to Baylor in 2013 after years at Yale and Colorado State, he has continued to build a nationally recognized research portfolio while focusing on the next generation of researchers who come through his laboratory.
  • Goals as big as R1 require a team effort to accomplish. Baylor’s research administrators in the Office of the Vice Provost (OVPR) for Research play a significant role in advancing Baylor research as they support faculty throughout the grant process. In this Baylor Connections, Kevin Chambliss, Baylor’s Vice Provost for Research, and Susan Stearsman, Associate Vice Provost for Research, share how OVPR administrators help elevate Baylor’s research enterprise.
  • As a new academic year finds its stride, there is much to celebrate and anticipate at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. shares insights on a variety of topics: national trust in Baylor, enrollment, spiritual formation, leadership in higher education and college athletics, future growth and more.
  • The 2022-23 Baylor sports season is underway, and as fans return to campus for their favorite fall sports and traditions, they’ll have the opportunity to impact the game visually as well as vocally. Erin Bean serves as Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Marketing and Fan Engagement and Courtney Scrivano serves as Director of Licensing in Baylor Athletics. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners inside the Go Gold campaign and share new ways fans can support the program and go gold for the Bears at upcoming games.
  • Chaplains serve student-athletes across Baylor’s 17 varsity sports, providing pastoral leadership, teaching, evangelism and care. In this Baylor Connections, discover how chaplains serve their sport and their students, as well as the ways Baylor supports their efforts. John Maurer, Dani Price and Stanton Corley share insights from their distinct roles as chaplains.
  • How can a chemistry lab be made accessible so that students with blindness can pursue their love of science and build a career? Bryan Shaw, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is asking these questions and providing answers. In this Baylor Connections, he takes listeners inside the specific approaches to inclusion science for chemistry labs and concepts, and shares how a significant grant from the National Institutes of Health is boosting these efforts.
  • Postdoctoral researchers are a fixture on research university campuses, and their numbers are growing at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, discover the ways postdoctoral researchers enliven research and contribute to Baylor’s R1 recognition. Blake Thomas, manager of Baylor’ Postdoctoral Scholars Program and Dr. Michelle Herridge, postdoctoral teaching fellow in Baylor’s Academy for Teaching and Learning, share the significance of the profession in higher education and share how Baylor serves this important group of scholars.
  • Every college student runs into questions about navigating finances as they prepare for a future after their time on campus. In this Baylor Connections, Sara Ray, program manager for Student Financial Literacy at Baylor, shares how her office provides resources to build financial literacy and equip them, through individual counseling and education programming, to prepare for success.
  • Why does John Duns Scotus still resonate, more than 700 years after his death? Tom Ward, associate professor of philosophy at Baylor, was captivated by Duns Scotus as a student. Today, he translates his work through a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant and is writing an introductory book on Duns Scotus more broadly. In this Baylor Connections, Ward explains how Duns Scotus’ work enables us to consider God, faith and the “first principle” still today.
  • Supporting mental health and wellness needs is a priority at Baylor, with numerous resources available for students. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Jim Marsh, Dean of Student Health and Wellness, examines the challenges students face and shares the heart behind programs designed to meet their mental and physical health needs.