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Politico Magazine: Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage
[7/8/2014]
July 7, 2014
A study conducted by Baylor researchers is mentioned in this article about the new age of “middle” evangelicals’ growing acceptance of same-sex marriages. Brandon Martinez, a sociology researcher in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, and Lydia Bean, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Baylor, presented their study last fall. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed initial stories about the research.)
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The Baptist Standard: Church attendance affects job attitudes, Baylor study shows
[7/2/2014]
June 30, 2014
Feature on Baylor research funded by the National Science Foundation that looked at how church attendance and participation affects job satisfaction. Researchers are Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences; Jenna Griebel Rogers, a doctoral candidate in sociology; Mitchell J. Neubert, Ph.D., associate professor and The Hazel and Harry Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business in the Hankamer School of Business; and Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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Institute for Faith, Work & Economics: The Surprising Link between Church Attendance and Job Satisfaction
[7/3/2014]
June 27, 2014
Feature on Baylor research funded by the National Science Foundation that looked at how church attendance and participation affects job satisfaction. Researchers are Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences; Jenna Griebel Rogers, a doctoral candidate in sociology; Mitchell J. Neubert, Ph.D., associate professor and The Hazel and Harry Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business in the Hankamer School of Business; and Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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God on the Job: Church Attendance Is Not Enough to Affect Job Satisfaction and Commitment, Baylor Study Shows
[6/20/2014]

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Associated Baptist Press: Political polarization challenges U.S. churches, Baptist leaders say
[6/17/2014]
June 16, 2014
Many Americans have self-segregated along political and ideological lines, which isn’t surprising in a two-party political system and a media culture that focuses on conflict, said Paul Froese, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and a research fellow with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, is responsible for covering religion and sociology and arranged for ABP’s interview with Dr. Froese.)
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Pagosa Daily Post: A POSITIVE VIEW OF RURAL: Small Companies Are a Better Bet
[5/30/2014]
May 29, 2014
A column addressing the benefits of small businesses in small towns references research by Charles Tolbert, Ph.D., professor of sociology and chair of the sociology department in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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Communications of the ACM: Cyber-Connected Students Net Higher Grades, Study Shows
[5/5/2014]
April 30, 2014
University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor study conducted by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and researcher Brita Andercheck, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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Campus Technology: Can Facebook Make Better Students?
[5/2/2014]
May 1, 2014
University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor University study. Quoted are Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and researcher Brita Andercheck, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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Science Codex: Cyberspace scholarship nets higher grades, better thinking for class Facebook group
[5/1/2014]
April 28, 2014
University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor University study. Quoted are Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and researcher Brita Andercheck, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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Yahoo News: Facebook is your new classroom teacher!
[5/1/2014]
April 29, 2014
University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor University study. Quoted are Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and researcher Brita Andercheck, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
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MSN Healthy Living: Religious music a high note for older Christians
[4/24/2014]
April 18, 2014
New research has found that listening to religious music among older Christians is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control. The research article in The Gerontologist, titled “Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life,” was co-authored by Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers the sociology department.)
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