Baylor Connections

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.

Baylor Connections - Kevin Chambliss

Nov 15, 2019
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Kevin Chambliss examines Baylor’s research growth and future aspirations in this Baylor Connections. Dr. Chambliss, a longtime professor and researcher in Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named as Baylor’s Vice Provost for Research earlier this year. In this role, he works with faculty across the university in identifying funding sources, building partnerships and more. Additionally, his office will oversee a new area of research growth through the formation of a postdoc hiring program, which he explains on the program.

Baylor Connections - Julie Hoggarth

Nov 8, 2019
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Julie Hoggarth, archaeologist and assistant professor of anthropology at Baylor, received national attention for the discovery of an ancient vase containing stories of war and conflict among the ancient Maya. While leading a dig in Belize, Hoggarth and her team found the Komkom vase, dated A.D. 812, which featured one of the largest hieroglyphic texts ever uncovered in the Central America lowlands. In this Baylor Connections, she explains how the vase helps shape our understanding of Maya societal breakdown and digs into the stories and meaning behind the text.

 

Baylor Connections - Dr. Annette von Jouanne

Nov 1, 2019
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Annette von Jouanne, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor, is a national leader in energy systems and renewable energy. In this Baylor Connection, Dr. von Jouanne examines renewable energy in various forms, particularly as it relates to transportation. Dr. von Jouanne worked in the first hybrid sport utility vehicle and partners with the U.S. Navy on electric ship development, and shares her insight on the present and future of electric vehicles.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Nancy Brickhouse

Oct 25, 2019
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As Provost, Dr. Nancy Brickhouse serves as Baylor’s chief academic officer, overseeing 12 colleges and schools, libraries, the University’s research enterprise and more. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Brickhouse shares more about Baylor academics and the University’s increased focus on research. Brickhouse, a Baylor alum, examines the ways research enhances the educational experience and advances the Baylor mission, shares priorities in reaching those goals and talks about her return to her alma mater after over three decades in higher ed leadership. 


Baylor Connections - Dr. Peter James

Oct 18, 2019
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An enormous mass buried beneath the Moon’s largest crater was discovered by a research team led by Dr. Peter James, assistant professor of planetary physics and founder of the Planetary Research Group at Baylor. The mass, five times larger than Hawaii’s largest island, could be the result of an asteroid that formed the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken Basin. In this Baylor Connections, James shares the process of discovering the mass, analyzes its implications and shares broader views of space research.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Linda Livingstone

Oct 11, 2019

Baylor’s 2019-20 Conversation Series will focus on civil discourse, with a variety of speakers and roundtables available to students, faculty and the community to consider this important topic. In this Baylor Connections, Baylor University President Dr. Linda A. Livingstone reflects on the need for civil discourse, the university as a marketplace of ideas, and helping students grow in the ability to respect and appreciate others even in disagreement.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Cole Matson

Oct 4, 2019
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Dr. Cole Matson serves as an associate professor of environmental science at Baylor. An environmental toxicologist specializing in the genetic effects of contaminants on wildlife, Dr. Matson’s research was recently featured in the prestigious journal, Science. The study examined a breed of fish, the Gulf killifish, which has rapidly adapted to and survived in the heavily polluted waters of the Houston Ship Channel. Matson identified hybridization with the Atlantic killifish as having provided the necessary genetic tools for survival in this polluted environment, and he explains how and what that potentially means for other species on this Baylor Connections.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Lori Baker

Sep 27, 2019
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Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, Lori Baker engages in challenging and important work to repatriate families with lost loved ones. Dr. Baker, professor of anthropology and vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Baylor, founded Reuniting Families in 2003 to assist governments with the recovery, identification and repatriation of deceased migrants. In this Baylor Connections, she shares the heart behind that work and the examines condition that shap


Baylor Connections - David Jack

Sep 20, 2019
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What is materials science and how can it enable automobile and airplane passengers to travel more safely? David Jack, associate professor of mechanical engineering, explains how in this Baylor Connections. 

Jack is a leading researcher in composites. He explains the impact of this vital field and shares how Baylor's investment in materials science positions the university for even greater breakthroughs. 

Baylor Connections - Dr. Sara Dolan

Sep 13, 2019
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As one of just 30 American Psychological Association "Citizen Psychologists" in the nation, Sara Dolan has demostrated commitment to research that benefits the community. In this Baylor Connections, Dolan, an associate professor of psychological and neuroscience at Baylor, shares experiences working with first responders, soldiers and citizens dealing with trauma - and examines themes of community, scholarship and resilience. 


Baylor Connections - Dr. Dwayne Simmons

Sep 6, 2019
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Hearing, the brain and aging: Dr. Dwayne Simmons has built an international reputation as a leading researcher into hearing loss and what it can teach us about the aging process. Simmons, the Cornelia Marschall Smith Endowed Professor and Chair in Biology, came to Baylor three years ago from UCLA and has invested time and energy that invigorate research throughout the biology program. In this Baylor Connections, he shares why he came to Baylor and what motivates his research. 


Baylor Connections - Dr. Linda Livingstone

Aug 30, 2019
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It’s the start of a new school year, and Baylor University President Linda Livingstone looks ahead to 2019-20 on this Baylor Connections. President Livingstone shares on topics like the incoming freshman class, university priorities, Baylor’s R1/Tier 1 aspirations, a new athletic season and more.

Baylor Connections - Kyle Deaver

Aug 23, 2019
Brodie Bashaw

Earlier this spring, the City of Waco was honored with one of Baylor University’s most distinguished awards, the Founders Medal. Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver, a Baylor Business and Baylor Law graduate, accepted the award, which highlighted the partnership between city and university for the betterment of the community. 


Last spring, Baylor unveiled “United,” a new visual identity featuring a new logo, uniforms, interlocking BU and more. Shortly thereafter, the university adopted the interlocking BU across all colleges, schools and divisions to bring everyone together under “One Brand. One Baylor.” Learn more about the new look and how these changes enhance the Baylor brand in this Baylor Connections.  Jovan Overshown, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Jason Cook, Baylor University’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Chief Marketing Officer explain.


Baylor Connections - Jeff Brown

Aug 9, 2019
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As Baylor's Director of Social Media Communications, Jeff Brown oversees one of the nation's most engaged university social media communities, through platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram the Baylor Proud Blog and more.  In this Baylor Connections, Brown examines how to strategically navigate the ever-changing social media landscape, shares how Baylor University utilizes social media to communicate with the Baylor Family and provides tips for social media practioners in other areas. 


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