Baylor University announced today the formation of a postdoctoral researcher hiring program to support and enhance research across the University. The postdoctoral hiring program will dramatically accelerate Baylor’s efforts to deliver top-level research marked by quality, visibility and impact through the planned addition of 65 professional researchers over the next three years.
For the uninitiated, “esports” is a general term that encompasses the world of competitive video gaming. Professional video game players — or teams of them — organize and compete around specific games, attracting big sponsorships from some of the world’s most well-known companies. The dream for many of these players is to compete in large-scale international esports tournaments, winning fame, prestige, and their shot at million-dollar prize pools. This year alone, esports revenues are projected to exceed $1.1 billion.
It stands to reason that if students connect deeply to their new community early in college life, and are then presented with learning environments that consistently inspire and engage, that those students will be best suited to get the most out of the collegiate experience. Those are aspects Baylor intentionally builds into the student experience, and once again, people are taking notice.
When Bryan Shaw’s son, Noah, was diagnosed with pediatric eye cancer at four months old, it sparked in Shaw a mission to help other families avoid the challenges his faced. On this Baylor Connections, Dr. Bryan Shaw, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Greg Hamerly, associate professor of computer science, share the moving story behind the White Eye Detector app, an effective screening tool that analyzes photos in the phone to more quickly catch pediatric eye disease. Retinoblastoma claimed Noah’s eye, but today he is a healthy 11-year old who knows his experiences are helping others.
What is the role of gaming in higher education? Matthew Fendt, Baylor lecturer of computer science, is an expert on artificial intelligence, the gaming industry, and the role of gaming and interactive digital environments in education. In addition to teaching classes like Baylor’s gaming capstone, in which students create their own video games, Fendt has partnered with professors across campus to create tools for data collection. He recently partnered with Baylor Public Health and the Family Health Center in Waco to create a decision support tool for primary-care physicians. He shares how these various threads tie together in this Baylor Connections.
The $1.5 million Mearse Endowed Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering, established by Bill and Tanya Mearse of Houston, Texas, will provide senior leadership for the emerging program within Baylor ECS.
In this Baylor Connection, Dr. von Jouanne examines renewable energy in various forms, particularly as it relates to transportation. Dr. von Jouanne worked on 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.
At its regular fall meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved phase 1 design and fees for the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center and the Baylor Basketball Pavilion and approved design and construction fees to fit-up shared research lab space for mechanical engineering in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC).
From phishing and malware attacks to data breaches and leaks, 2019 has seen many occurrences of cybercrime nationwide. As part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Baylor ITS will host its third annual Cyber Day Oct. 15-16 with the popular HackFest student competition and public forum, featuring industry experts discussing cybersecurity and ethics.
The grant will support scholarships and activities for 22 students who are pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and bioinformatics. ECS Scholars will participate in activities, including an orientation, a monthly seminar series and faculty mentoring.
A Baylor University researcher’s prototype smartphone app — designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children such as retinoblastoma, an aggressive pediatric eye cancer — has passed its first big test.
Between his rigorous course schedule and avid social life, Daunte Baccus, Baylor electrical and computer engineering alumnus, found time to establish himself as an up-and-coming candidate for the one of the world leaders in IT operations.
"We're not limited by discussions of the world here, but the world beyond this."
In David Jack’s line of work, there’s zero room for error. The fruit of his expertise can often be found in airplanes and automobiles. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Jack unpacks the field of materials science, a vital and growing realm that is one of the five signature initiatives in Illuminate, and shares how it positions the University for even greater breakthroughs.
Part of being a college student means reading long textbooks and researching complicated topics. Bioinformatics, a major created at Baylor 20 years ago in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, uses technology to analyze even larger amounts of data like human genetic codes.
From the labs of Baylor Sciences Building to the borderlands in South Texas, and all around the world, Baylor professors are conducting research that is both influential and inspirational. Soon, that work will be highlighted in a brand campaign that shines a light on the ways Baylor research is forging new pathways of understanding in health, human flourishing, sciences and more.
Brittany Robertson, a senior engineering major, originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, said she fell in love with international travel in high school. Her adventurous spirit took her on a gap year to Argentina and, subsequently, to Spain for a semester to study abroad as a junior at Baylor.
Throughout her studies at Baylor, Madeline has always had an enthusiastic interest in renewable energy. Last year she wrote a paper analyzing the renewable energy initiatives in Ireland, and now she’s exploring that passion first-hand.
Connally Elementary School in Waco is celebrating a new greenhouse and outdoor learning environment, thanks to the work of Stephanie C. Boddie, Ph.D., assistant professor of church and community ministries in Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, and graduate students from the Baylor School of Education, George W. Truett Theological Seminary and School of Engineering and Computer Science.