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

Oct 22, 2021

Baylor has celebrated substantial growth in research marked by quality, visibility and impact since the 2018 launch of Illuminate. This summer, the University shared metrics that position Baylor to reach R1 benchmarks ahead of schedule—as early as 2024. In this Baylor Connections, Vice Provost for Research Kevin Chambliss unpacks those numbers and shares how the research that elevates them addresses significant challenges, benefits Baylor students and advances Baylor’s Christian mission.


Baylor Connections - Dawn Rogers

Oct 15, 2021

Few people have led a city’s Final Four efforts and served in leadership for a team that played in a Final Four, but Dawn Rogers has done both. In this Baylor Connections, Rogers shares more about her role as Baylor’s deputy athletics director and a sport administrator for track and field, women’s golf, and the reigning national champion men’s basketball team. As she provides leadership to sport administrators across all 19 Baylor sports, she takes listeners inside the vital role they play in the success of individual teams and the athletic department as a whole, and shares insights from leading Phoenix’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee prior to coming to Baylor.

  

Baylor Connections - Zhenrong Zhang

Oct 8, 2021

A nanometer measures just 1/100,000 the width of a human hair, but the chemical reactions that take place at that level bear significant implications for scientists, engineers, medical practitioners and more. Dr. Zhenrong Zhang, associate professor of physics, is illuminating the nanoscale through the development of a powerful nanoscale microscope. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how the invention can lead to more accurate medical diagnoses, cleaner sources of energy and more.

  

Baylor Connections - Sandeep Mazumder

Oct 1, 2021

Dr. Sandeep Mazumder was named last spring as The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business after an extensive national search. Meet Dr. Mazumer in this Baylor Connections as he shares his journey from London to Waco, which included stops at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions along the way. He further examines his philosophy on faith and scholarship and highlights the experiences that guided him into a new season of leadership at Baylor. 

  

Baylor Connections - Whitney Jones

Sep 24, 2021

Baylor’s Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) is a newly formed center bridging a variety of resources to help students thrive at Baylor and beyond. In this Baylor Connections, Whitney Jones, senior director of CASE, shares the center’s approach and the resources available for academics and engagement, and examines how these services help students find a sense of belonging and purpose.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Linda Plank

Sep 17, 2021

COVID-19 has further highlighted the importance of, and need for, nurses who fill a critical care role in the face of a public health crisis. Dr. Linda Plank is a 30 year nursing veteran and longtime educator who was named as Dean of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) this spring. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Plank discusses the impact of the pandemic on nursing and nursing education, examines the growth of Baylor nursing and shares what makes LHSON distinct in higher education.


Baylor Connections - Doug Henry

Sep 10, 2021

On the 700th anniversary of his death, Dante’s works still resonate, providing timeless insight into the challenges people face and a guide to navigate those trials. In this Baylor Connections, Douglas Henry, Dean of the Honors College at Baylor, shares why the Honors College is creating the world’s largest Dante reading group, called “100 Days of Dante” and takes listeners inside the Honors College’s approach to transformative education.

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Baylor Connection - President Linda Livingstone

Sep 3, 2021

The start of a new semester heralds much to celebrate. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone Ph.D., shares the excitement of a new year, and discusses a variety of important topics with the Baylor Family, including the University’s record incoming class, R1 research momentum and ongoing conference realignment developments.

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Baylor Connections - Sinda Vanderpool

Aug 27, 2021

A lot goes into promoting student success, and at Baylor, a coordinated campus effort provides resources and builds relationships to serve students and enhance their college experience. Sinda Vanderpool serves associate vice provost for academic enrollment management—Baylor’s chief student success officer. In this Baylor Connections, she shares practical and philosophical insights and examines programs that build engagement, resilience and retention.

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Baylor Connections - Jason Cook

Aug 20, 2021

A new semester is here at Baylor University and with it comes opportunities to connect students to Baylor’s caring community, tell the Baylor story and share in longstanding traditions together. In this Baylor Connections, Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer, shares how the University communicates with Baylor Family members and friends both on campus and off and highlights the strength of the Baylor brand.

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Baylor Connections - JaeHwan Kwon

Aug 13, 2021

If you’ve ever enjoyed a message or advertisement, but were unable to fully express exactly why it was appealing, then you can see the value of JaeHwan Kwon’s research. Kwon, associate professor of marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, utilizes eye-tracking technology to determine attention and physiological responses to messages. In this Baylor Connections, he examines the role of psychology and physiology in uncovering clues to what draws and keeps our attention.


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Baylor Connections - Dr. Sparky Matthews

Aug 6, 2021

Few professors have a resume quite like that of Dr. Sparky Matthews, clinical professor in Baylor’s Honors Program. Dr. Matthews is a retired Air Force flight surgeon who served as the first surgeon general of the United States Space Force. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how a Baylor mentor shaped his career journey and why coming back to his alma mater to teach is a personal mission.

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Baylor Connections - Sparky Matthews

Aug 6, 2021

Few professors have a resume quite like that of Dr. Sparky Matthews, clinical professor in Baylor’s Honors Program. Dr. Matthews is a retired Air Force flight surgeon who served as the first surgeon general of the United States Space Force. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how a Baylor mentor shaped his career journey and why coming back to his alma mater to teach is a personal mission.


Baylor Connections - Alex Yokochi

Jul 30, 2021

Olympic competition is rarified air reached by few athletes in the world—among them, a Baylor professor. In this Baylor Connections, meet Alex Yokochi, professor of mechanical engineering and a swimmer for his native Portugal in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 games. Yokochi shares his Olympic journey, training regimen and memories, and examines similarities between high-level athletic competition and academic discovery.

What impact does urban pollution have on thunderstorm activity? It’s a question of interest to the Department of Energy, which turned to two Baylor professors to help find the answer. In this Baylor Connections, Rebecca Sheesley and Sascha Usenko, professors of environmental science at Baylor, discuss their high-level research that can uncover clues about thunderstorms in urban areas and help improve public health in Texas and around the world.

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