Baldwin City, KS, United States
Baldwin City, KS, United States

Baker University is a private, residential, university located in Baldwin City, Kansas, United States. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest university in Kansas and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.Baker University is made up of four schools. The College of Arts and science and the undergraduate courses in the School of Education are located at the campus in Baldwin City, Kansas. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies and the graduate branch of the SOE serve working adults at campuses in Lee's Summit, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri, Overland Park, Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and Wichita, Kansas. The School of Nursing, which is operated in partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.Enrollment in all four schools has grown to a total student population more than 3,000, with more than 900 students on the Baldwin City campus. A 2014 survey by the Kansas City Business Journal listed Baker University's MBA program as having the largest enrollment for MBA programs in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Area. Wikipedia.

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Czajkowski M.,University of Warsaw | Hanley N.,University of Stirling | Lariviere J.,Baker University
American Journal of Agricultural Economics | Year: 2015

This article develops a choice model for environmental public goods, which allows for consumers to learn about their preferences through consumption experiences. We develop a theoretical model of Bayesian updating, perform comparative statics over the model, and show how the theoretical model can be consistently incorporated into a reduced form econometric model. Our main findings are that in a random utility model (RUM) discrete choice model, a subject's scale should increase and the variability of scale should decrease with experience if subjects are Bayesians. We then estimate the model using field data regarding preferences for one particular public good, water quality. We find strong evidence that additional experience increases scale, thereby making consumer preferences more predictable from the econometrician's perspective. We find supportive but less convincing evidence that experience decreases the variability of scale across subjects. © The Author (2014). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. All rights reserved.

News Article | March 1, 2017

The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has highlighted Kansas’ best colleges and universities with online programs for 2017. A total of 33 schools were recognized for providing top-quality online learning programs. Of the 18 four-year schools that were ranked, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Baker University, Southwestern University and Wichita State University came in as the top five institutions. Kansas’ top 15 two-year schools were also included, with Dodge City Community College, Barton County Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College taking the lead. “Students across the nation are increasingly interested in pursuing an online education, and Kansas is no exception,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of “The schools on our list have proven to offer high quality education options online for students who want a more flexible, accessible certificate or degree program.” To earn a spot on Kansas’ “Best Online Schools” list, these colleges and universities must be public or private not-for-profit entities that are institutionally accredited. Each college is also rated based data points that include graduation rates, student/teacher ratios, student services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Kansas for 2017 include the following: Baker University Barclay College Central Christian College of Kansas Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Friends University Kansas State University MidAmerica Nazarene University Newman University Ottawa University Pittsburg State University Southwestern College Sterling College Tabor College University of Kansas University of Saint Mary Washburn University Wichita State University Kansas’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Allen County Community College Barton County Community College Cloud County Community College Coffeyville Community College Colby Community College Cowley County Community College Dodge City Community College Flint Hills Technical College Hutchinson Community College Johnson County Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Labette Community College Pratt Community College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Wichita Area Technical College ### About Us: was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.

Miller W.R.,Baker University | Schulte R.,Baker University | Johansson C.,Fresno City College
Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington | Year: 2012

This article contributes the descriptive detail for Multipseudechiniscus Schulte & Miller, 2011, a new genus in the family Echiniscidae named but incompletely described in the recent publication of a poster abstract. Multipseudechiniscus was separated from Pseudechiniscus based on the presence of paired pseudosegmental plates on each trunk segment; a long, flexible pharyngeal tube; and large spurs on the internal claws. The type species, Pseudechiniscus raneyi (Grigarick, Miheli, & Schuster, 1964) is re-described. The new genus has been collected only in California, Oregon, and Montana, U.S.A. and appears to have a regional distribution.

Meirovitch E.,Bar - Ilan University | Zerbetto M.,University of Padua | Polimeno A.,University of Padua | Freed J.H.,Baker University
Journal of Physical Chemistry B | Year: 2011

The slowly relaxing local structure (SRLS) approach, developed for NMR spin relaxation analysis in proteins, is applied herein to amide 15N relaxation in deoxy and carbonmonoxy hemoglobin. Experimental data including 15N T1, T2 and 15N-{1H} NOE, acquired at 11.7 and 14.1 T, and 29 and 34 °C, are analyzed. The restricted local motion of the N-H bond is described in terms of the principal value (S0 2) and orientation (βD) of an axial local ordering tensor, S, and the principal values (R∥ L and R⊥ L) and orientation (βO) of an axial local diffusion tensor, RL. The parameters c0 2 (the potential coefficient in terms of which S0 2 is defined), R∥ L, βD, and βO are determined by data fitting; R⊥ L is set equal to the global motional rate, R C, found previously to be (5.2-5.8) - 106 1/s in the temperature range investigated. The principal axis of S is (nearly) parallel to the Ci-1 α-Ci α axis; when the two axes are parallel, βD = -101.3° (in the frame used). The principal axis of RL is (nearly) parallel to the N-H bond; when the two axes are parallel, βO = -101.3°. For 'rigid' N-H bonds located in secondary structure elements the best-fit parameters are S0 2 = 0.88-0.95 (corresponding to local potentials of 8.6-19.9 kBT), R∥ L = 109-10 10 1/s, βD = -101.3° ± 2.0°, and βO = -101.3° ± 4°. For flexible N-H bonds located in loops the best-fit values are S0 2 = 0.75-0.80 (corresponding to local potentials of 4.5-5.5 kBT), R ∥ L = (1.0-6.3) - 108 1/s, βD = -101.3° ± 4.0°, and βO = -101.3° ± 10°. These results are important in view of their physical clarity, inherent potential for further interpretation, consistency, and new qualitative insights provided (vide infra). © 2010 American Chemical Society.

News Article | October 28, 2016

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2016) - BMO Financial Corp. today announced the appointment of Diane Cooper, formerly the President and CEO of GE Capital's Commercial Distribution business, to the BMO Financial Corp. Board of Directors. "Diane's wealth of knowledge and financial services expertise, as well as her legacy of building and sustaining customer relationships, will help drive the further success of the bank," said Frank Clark, Chair of the Board, BMO Financial Corp. "She has had an extremely impressive career at GE Capital over the past 30 years, and we are very pleased to have her join our Board." In previous roles, Ms. Cooper served in a number of key leadership positions at GE Capital, including leading the GE Capital Equipment Finance and Equipment Finance Services businesses, and acting as President and CEO of Commercial Finance - Capital Solutions and President and CEO of GE Consumer's Storage USA. Ms. Cooper received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and an MBA from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. BMO Financial Corp. is the holding company for BMO Harris N.A., and the Board of Directors of BMO Financial Corp. provides governance and oversight for the bank, as well as for BMO Capital Markets and BMO Private Bank. Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $692 billion as of July 31, 2016, and over 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

Bucher J.,Baker University
Journal of Drug Education | Year: 2012

The military provides a unique social environment given the organization and culture of the institution. Understanding substance use by those inside this institution provides insight into both the population as well as substance use in general. Using data collected from in-depth interviews, this article explores the nature and extent of substance use among a sample of current U.S. Army personnel. Additionally, possible interpretations of the cause of this substance use are explored and explained through the application of strain and social learning theories. Important findings include marijuana use (36% of sample) and steroid use (32% of sample). © 2012, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

Jha R.,Baker University
World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water Without Borders - Proceedings of the 2014 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress | Year: 2014

To date, more than 20 different stream classification systems have been proposed and yet none of them have been accepted universally. Here, we introduce "elevation above mean sea level" as the new universal stream classifying parameter. 873 field values describing hydraulic geometry of UK, U.S., and Canadian streams were compiled and divided into five distinct elevation zones. Modal and most probable values (MPVs) of aspect ratio (Ar), channel slope (Sc), and sinuosity (P) occurring concurrently in nature were calculated for each of the five elevation zones. Ar initially increased while moving upstream and then decreased above 5,000 ft. Sc always exhibited an increasing trend with elevation. P showed high values only at 0-250 ft range and for all other zones was observed to be fairly constant. When datasets of sandy, gravel, and cobble streams were divided separately into these five elevation zones, similar behavior was observed in the MPVs of Ar, Sc, and P for each stream type. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Previous papers have reported eleven species of Tardigrada from Hubei Province, and this paper more than doubles that number to 23 species, which includes five new records for China, one new record for mainland China, and one species new to science. Doryphoribius barbarae sp. nov. (evelinae group), has two macroplacoids, no microplacoid, nine rows of gibbosities (IX: 2-4-4-4-4-6-4-4-2), cuticle and gibbosities with irregularly shaped and arranged tubercles. It differs from similar species in the number of rows and the number of gibbosities per row, the cuticular pattern, or the size of the macroplacoids. Other species reported from Hubei Province are Cornechiniscus lobatus, Echiniscus cf. perviridis, E. reticulatus, E. viridissimus, Pseudechiniscus cf. papillosus, Doryphoribius huangguoshuensis, D. qinlingense, D. taiwanus, Astatumen bartosi, Paramacrobiotus cf. lorenae, M. mauccii, and Tenuibiotus tenuiformis. © 2012 Magnolia Press.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 189.25K | Year: 2012

A Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site award has been made to Baker University in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to provide research training for 8 students, for 10 weeks during the summers of 2013 & 2014. The research focus is on the three dimensional spatial and temporal variability of plant-invertebrate interactions in a temperate deciduous forest canopy. The PI team will train and supervise the students accent into the canopy and their collection of tardigrades and leaves which will be measured, tested, and analyzed in the new Baker Ecology Laboratory. Students are trained in field ecology from the experimental design stage to a publishable manuscript. Students will participate in classes, seminars, and workshops on subjects such as responsible conduct in research, scanning electron microscopy, geographical information systems, professional communication skills, single rope technique climbing, exposure to career opportunities in academia, museums, and industry, and the graduate school application process. Students will also be exposed to local industries, governmental agencies, and the Konza Long-Term Ecological Research site. REU students will learn to use remote access tools to monitor the environment, communicate with experts, and develop scholarly publications. The programs recruitment effort includes traditional hard copy formats, e-mail and Facebook digital advertising, and direct contact with organizations for students and veterans with disabilities. The program is designed to accommodate students with ambulatory disabilities, expected to comprise about 50% of the cohort. Students will be selected based on academic record, desire to learn field biology, and potential for outstanding research in field or ecological biology. Students will be tracked to determine activity in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience. The program will be assessed by the REU Common Assessment Tool in addition to other tools. More information is available by visiting , or by contacting PI (Dr. William Miller at or the co-PI (Dr. Meg Lowman or Dr. Elzie McCord at

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 286.29K | Year: 2015

This REU Site award to Baker University, Baldwin City, KS, in collaboration with the California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA, will support the training of eight students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2015-2017. The program offers students with and without ambulatory disability (on crutches or in wheelchairs) the opportunity to conduct original research into the world of water bears (phylum Tardigrada) and the ecological mysteries of the high frontier of the forest canopy. Students will be trained to climb ropes and sample treetop habitats to discover new distributions, ecologies, and species. They will use advanced microscopes (PC, DIC, AF, SEM) to amass the data and images necessary for analysis, presentation, and publication. Student researchers will travel to alternative forest types at LTER sites in Florida, Massachusetts, or Oregon to collect comparative data. Students will complete the research process with a poster presentation at the California Academy of Science, where they will also engage in public outreach by teaching climbing techniques used to sample the tree canopy. The three-dimensional, comparative ecological studies of tardigrades living in forest canopies will shed light on both the distribution of these organisms and the complexity of underexplored temperate forests.

It is anticipated that a total of 24 students, primarily from schools with limited research opportunities and who may have ambulatory disabilities will be trained in the program. Students will be immersed in research design, planning, conduct, analysis and reporting. All will present their work as posters and talks at scientific meetings, and many will write manuscripts for peer reviewed journals. Our results-orientated REU experience will motivate students, with or without a disability, to pursue graduate degrees and will enhance their careers as they become educators, scientists, and leaders of thought.

The common web-based assessment tool for REU programs (funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences, Division of Biological Infrastructure) will be used to measure the effectiveness of the training program. Students must agree to be tracked after the program by the NSF automated email reporting system. Information is available at, or by contacting William Miller ( or Meg Lowman (

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