Baylor Connections

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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.

Baylor Connections - Cheolho Sim

May 14, 2021

Mosquitoes are massive agents of the spread of diseases like malaria and the West Nile virus around the world.  Cheolho Sim, associate professor of biology, has dedicated his research towards suppressing mosquito populations and slowing the spread of disease, recently earning a grant from the National Science Foundation to advance those efforts. In this Baylor Connections, Sim shares how genomic research into a mosquito’s circadian rhythm could be key to slowing the spread of disease, and examines how his lab lives out its motto, “driven by science, guided by compassion.”

Baylor Connections - Drew Pittman

May 7, 2021

What goes into coordinating events like home football games, commencement ceremonies, basketball games and more at venues like McLane Stadium and the Ferrell Center? As Associate Athletic Director for Event Management and Facilities, Drew Pittman works to coordinate a variety of teams into a concerted effort that ensures a safe and fun experience for fans and attendees. In this Baylor Connections, Pittman examines how he and his team navigated the challenges of COVID-19, and shares a personal story of adoption, as he and his wife, Alyssa, opened their homes and hearts in a unique and meaningful way.

Baylor Connections - Ken Buckley

Apr 30, 2021

Baylor University’s Career Center helps students navigate each step of the career journey. Amidst the challenges of COVID-19, Baylor’s placement rate enjoyed growth in the last year, reflecting the hard work of students and staff in the face of strong job market headwinds. In this Baylor Connections, Ken Buckley, assistant vice provost in the Baylor University Career Center, analyzes that growth and shares how the Career Center provides tailored support for the individual student.

Baylor Connections - Nancy Brickhouse

Apr 23, 2021

As the Spring Semester heads into its home stretch, Baylor University Provost Dr. Nancy Brickhouse reflects on how the Baylor Family came together to reach this point. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Brickhouse shares how faculty, staff and students served during February’s snow and ice storm, examines how the University is building research infrastructure as it pursues the goals of Illuminate, and shares the excitement of the hiring of two new Baylor University deans.

It’s been called “the Marine Corps Boot Camp of lawyering” and ranked by Princeton Review as “arguably the best training ground in the nation for practical lawyering.” Baylor Law’s legendary Practice Court celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and in this Baylor Connections, two longtime Baylor Law faculty and graduates examine what make it so special. Brad Toben, Dean M.C. & Mattie Caston Chair of Law and Gerald Powell, Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence and a  longtime director of the Practice Court, reflect on its impact and share stories to take listeners inside the experience.

Amidst the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, Baylor University welcomed a record incoming class last fall while maintaining high academic standards. Baylor University Admissions navigated those challenges, which changed numerous aspects of their work, to connect students to Baylor and welcome them in to the family. In this Baylor Connections, Jessica King Gereghty, assistant vice president of enrollment management, examines how it all came together, and shares how new programs like Summer of Discovery and Accelerate help students connect with Baylor before setting foot on campus.

This week, Baylor released the independent report of the University’s Commission on Historic Campus Representations. On this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., examines the purpose and impact of their work for the University and shares how an excavation of the past can help Baylor more fully live out its mission today. On the sports stage, President Livingstone delves into the success of Baylor’s two Sweet 16-bound basketball teams and the cultures they have built.


Baylor Connections - Pablo Rivas

Mar 19, 2021

Technologies like artificial intelligence, deep learning and machine learning have become more prevalent, but how much do you know about their impact? On this Baylor Connections, Pablo Rivas, assistant professor of computer science at Baylor, gives listeners a class on “Deep Learning 101.” The author of the book Deep Learning for Beginners, Rivas shares how it impacts products and services used by consumers, and analyzes ethical issues to be considered in that growth.

Baylor resident chaplains live in residence halls on campus, providing pastoral care, guidance and friendship to the students they serve. In this Baylor Connections, two resident chaplains–Kathryn Freeman and Elijah Tanner—unpack the joys and challenges of ministering to students through the normal ups and downs of college, circumstances like COVID-19, and more.


Baylor Connections - Dr. Lyn Prater

Mar 5, 2021

Baylor nursing students are serving on the front lines of the vaccination efforts to protect residents throughout Waco and Dallas/Fort Worth from COVID-19. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Lyn Prater, clinical professor at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, takes listeners inside the school’s participation in vaccine distribution locations, with students administering the vaccine to thousands of their Texas neighbors.

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Baylor Connections - Dr. Lorin Matthews

Feb 26, 2021

What do dust bunnies and plasmas have to do with space? Dr. Lorin Matthews explains on this Baylor Connections. Matthews, professor of physics and associate director of Baylor’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER), is a leading researcher into processes that form planets and continue to shape our galaxy, and she explains the impact of these processes while taking listeners inside Baylor space research.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson

Feb 19, 2021

Black History Month provides a meaningful time to study and consider the history and contributions of Black Americans. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson, the Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History at Baylor, examines ways we can intentionally expand study of and appreciation for the impact and history of Black Americans, further enriching our understanding of what it means to be an American.

Research and teaching are not separate functions of the Baylor experience, but rather inform one another and enhance engaged learning for students. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Rizalia Klausmeyer, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research in Baylor’s Office of Engaged Learning, describes the impact of research experiences for students and shares ways they can get involved in research across a variety of disciplines.

Baylor Connections - Peter Klein

Feb 5, 2021

Baylor’s Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation department is one of the nation’s elite—ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Entrepreneurship magazine for more than a decade. Peter Klein is the W. W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, he examines the value of an entrepreneurial mindset in a variety of settings, considers  the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and business leaders, and examines why Baylor Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation has established itself as a top national program.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Lauren Barren

Jan 29, 2021

Baylor’s pioneering Medical Humanities program shapes medical practitioners who treat patients as a whole person as they care for them. Last fall, the DeBakey Medical Foundation made a significant investment in Baylor Medical Humanities that will grow the department and formed a chair position. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Lauren Barren, the inaugural DeBakey Chair of Medical Humanities, shares how the program’s unique fusion of science and the humanities holistically prepares those going into the medical field.