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Apr
9
2020
College students who listened to classical music by Beethoven and Chopin during a computer-interactive lecture on microeconomics — and heard the music again that night — did better on a test the next day than did peers who were in the same lecture, but instead slept that evening with white noise in the background.
Apr
1
2020
Baylor psychology professor helps present research to U.S. Congress
Baylor psychology professor Sara Dolan, Ph.D., was among the participants on a National Academies of Sciences panel earlier this year that presented a report to the U.S. Congress about the long-term health effects of anti-malarial drugs.
Apr
1
2020
The President’s Excellence Fund offers support to students in need
As COVID-19 continues to spread and impact Baylor students around the world, the University has set up the President’s Excellence Fund to provide awards of up to $1,000 to support various students in need.
Mar
27
2020
Jeremy Everett, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
In this Baylor Connections, Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, shares how it has responded to COVID-19, ramping up long-standing efforts to end hunger across the state of Texas and around the nation.
Mar
16
2020
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., updated the Baylor University community today regarding the extension of online instruction through the remainder of the spring semester, the postponement of May Commencement and more.
Mar
16
2020
Planning schedules, screen time and social connectedness during the coronavirus crisis can help parents and children reduce stress, be productive and create meaningful family moments.
Mar
5
2020
Female engineers push past gender bias
Dr. Anne Spence, assistant chair and clinical associate professor of mechanical engineering at Baylor, helped forge a path for women in mechanical engineering when there were not many and continues to inspire undergraduates at Baylor.
Mar
2
2020
Baylor Connections - Dr. Linda Olafsen
Dr. Linda Olafsen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, researches semiconductors for a variety of applications from her lab in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how her research seeks products, such as lasers that are more safe, useful and efficient and talks about the impact of Baylor’s Tier 1 research vision in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Feb
20
2020
Engineering and computer science students speak at internship panel
Baylor’s Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) hosted an internship panel for students Tuesday night as part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) Week. The panel featured engineering and computer science major students that had previously held corporate internships or participated in undergraduate research.
Feb
19
2020
IT Trends to Watch as Higher Education Moves into a New Decade
The conversation about digital transformation is shifting from “What is it?” to “How do we do it?” Campus leaders are rethinking the user experience in response to competition, financial pressure and a growing expectation that technology be optimized to improve education, boost productivity and simplify operations.
Feb
18
2020
App that detects signs of eye diseases credited for preventing further vision loss for young boy
Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, discovered, through the use of amateur digital photography, evidence of leukocoria or "white eye," the cardinal symptom of retinoblastoma, which can be seen in photographs during the earliest stages of the disease. Based on his research findings, Shaw partnered with Greg Hamerly, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science, to create CRADLE, an app that detects leukocoria or white eye.
Jan
30
2020
Gaming curriculum prepares students for digital careers
In a workforce that increasingly requires technological knowledge, the School of Engineering and Computer Science is preparing Baylor students with extensive digital skills and conducting substantial interdisciplinary research.
Jan
14
2020
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.
Jan
7
2020
How Baylor Bears are making their mark in the esports industry
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.
Jan
3
2020
Recent WSJ, US News rankings recognize Baylor’s community among nation’s best
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.
Dec
11
2019
Baylor Connections: Bryan Shaw and Greg Hamerly
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.
Dec
3
2019
Baylor Connections: Matthew Fendt
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.
Nov
12
2019
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.
Nov
4
2019
Baylor Connections- Annette von Jouanne
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.
Nov
1
2019
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).
Oct
15
2019
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.
Oct
9
2019
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.
Oct
3
2019
Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children, Study Finds
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.
Oct
1
2019
Alumni Profile: Daunte Baccus
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.
Sep
20
2019
Baylor Connections: Professor David Jack
"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.
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