Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Aug
28
2015

Al Jazeera America: Life or Death Journey: Hundreds of Immigrants Die in Texas Desert

Aug. 27, 2015
VIDEO: In this news story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, describes how she and her forensic anthropology students have exhumed the remains of immigrants who were improperly interred in trash bags in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas. Baker’s team works for numerous hours to identify those who died while crossing the border to return them to their loved ones. “We love them. We think of them as people. We treat them with respect. We remember where they come from. And, we remember that everyone is associated with a family somewhere that is grieving,” Baker said. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has been working with national media on Dr. Baker's work since 2013. Lewis covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Aug
28
2015

Cosmopolitan: If your friends don’t do this one thing, they’re probably a psychopath

Aug. 27, 2015
People with psychopathic traits are less likely to catch a yawn from the sleepy people around them because they tend to lack empathy, according to a Baylor study by Brian Rundel, a doctoral student in psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Rundel is quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and arranged the interview. She covers psychology research and faculty.)

Aug
28
2015

Kiplinger: Boost Lifetime Social Security Payouts With the Spousal Benefit

Aug. 26, 2015
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this story discussing the benefits and strategic use of the spousal benefit. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Aug
28
2015

KWTX-TV (Waco): Waco: BU Journalism Student Says Va. Shooting Won’t Deter Him

Aug. 27, 2015
Danny Guerra, a sophomore studying public relations at Baylor University, says the on-air deaths of a Virginia reporter and her cameraman won’t stop him from pursuing a career in journalism. “It’s always terrifying when lives are lost in the field of journalism because that is something that…I want to go into myself,” Guerra said. Also interviewed is Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who believes Wednesday’s shooting won’t discourage students from a future journalism career.

Aug
28
2015

MoneyTalks News: Does Gender Equality Lead to More Homicides?

Aug. 26, 2015
Countries with greater workforce equality have higher murder rates, a new international Baylor study suggests. While greater gender equality does not cause an increase in homicides, the results indicate a definite correspondence, according to the study, presented at the American Sociological Association’s meeting in Chicago. Quoted is researcher Katie Corcoran, Ph.D., who says that men may “perceive women’s increasing economic attainment as directly threatening.” Corcoran is a fellow in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion and associate professor of sociology and anthropology at West Virginia University. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Aug
28
2015

PRWeek: Are PR pros 'professional manipulators?' This study says not

Aug. 25, 2015
Marlene Neill, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, writes about her study with 30 senior executives on public relations’ role as an ethical conscience. The study, published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, found that executives view their reputation as their most valued asset and do not compromise it. Neill’s article in PR Week is a counterpoint to a previous article in PRWeek called “‘We are professional manipulators’ — PR pros, are we lying to ourselves?” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of journalism, covers research and faculty in journalism, public relations and new media.)

Aug
28
2015

Sports Video Group: Baylor’s New McLane Stadium Preps for the Next 63 Years of Bears Football

Aug. 27, 2015
Article on the technology integrated into the building of Baylor’s McLane Stadium. A year after unveiling the 45,000-seat stadium, Baylor continues to refine its production workflows and mobile app in preparation for the coming decades. Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology, chief information officer and dean of university libraries, is quoted. “We wanted to build an infrastructure that could support every kind of electronics…so that it could do what was possible in three years and then maybe in 63 years,” she said.

Aug
28
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor releases details on Brad Paisley concert

Aug. 27, 2015
Singer Brad Paisley is coming to Baylor’s campus as part of his “Country Nation College Tour” and will perform a free concert as part of the Traditions Rally on Friday, Sept. 11. The Traditions Rally precedes Baylor’s first home game, Sept. 12 against Lamar University. This article outlines the details of the event, which will take place on Fountain Mall. The pep rally starts at 7 p.m., with opening act Bobby Bones at 7:30 p.m., Paisley at 8:30 p.m. and evening-ending fireworks over Pat Neff Hall at 10 p.m.

Aug
28
2015

Yahoo! Finance: SettlePou Hires Four New Attorneys for Dallas Office

Aug. 28, 2015
Baylor Law School graduate Charles Curran, J.D. ’07, has joined the commercial litigation and financial services litigation team of Dallas-based law firm SettlePou.

Aug
27
2015

Al Jazeera America: Lost on Their Journey: University Works to Identify Migrant Remains

VIDEO: In this preview story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, discusses the work she and her forensic anthropology students conduct in an effort to identify those who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker and her team work in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas exhuming remains. Afterwards, they return to Baylor to begin the labor-intensive identification process. “We tell ourselves it only takes one to make it worth our effort,” Baker said. The full story will air at 8 p.m. tonight on Al Jazeera America. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has been working with national media on Dr. Baker's work since 2013. Lewis covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Aug
27
2015

Baptist Standard: Baptist Building transferred to Baylor nursing school

Aug. 26, 2015
Representatives of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff and Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing joined in a “passing the mantle” ceremony Aug. 26. The event commemorated the legacy of Texas Baptists at 333 N. Washington Ave. in Dallas and the future of the nursing school that soon will take residency in the 100,000-square-foot building. Shelley Conroy, Ed.D., dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, is quoted.

Aug
27
2015

Examiner.com: Psychopaths immune to contagious yawns

Aug. 23, 2015
A recent study suggests that individuals with psychopathic personality traits are less likely to be affected by the phenomenon known as contagious yawning than those who have a normal capacity for empathy, according to a study by Baylor researchers published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has placed this story nationally. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)

Aug
27
2015

KCEN-TV: Breaking Barriers in Central Texas

Aug. 24, 2015
VIDEO: Baylor University junior Aleena Garcia is shattering stereotypes as one of the only female assistant football coaches in the state of Texas. Garcia coaches high school football at Live Oak Classical School, of which she is an alumna. Though content coaching high school, Garcia dreams of one day moving up to the collegiate level.

Aug
27
2015

KCEN-TV: Breaking Barriers in Central Texas

Aug. 24, 2015
VIDEO: Baylor University junior Aleena Garcia is shattering stereotypes as one of the only female assistant football coaches in the state of Texas. Garcia coaches high school football at Live Oak Classical School, of which she is an alumna. Though content coaching high school, Garcia dreams of one day moving up to the collegiate level.

Aug
27
2015

NBA.com: Sophia Young Malcolm to Retire Following 2015 WNBA Season

Aug. 26, 2015
Former Baylor University women’s basketball player Sophia Young-Malcolm, B.S. Education ’06, will retire from her 10-year WNBA career with the San Antonio Stars on Sept. 5. An All-American and National Champion at Baylor and a three-time All-Star with the Stars, Young-Malcolm helped shape both the Stars and the Lady Bears with her determination and tireless work ethic. “Sophia helped put Baylor University on the map, period,” said the Lady Bear’s head coach Kim Mulkey. “We will always be indebted to her, and she’ll go down in history as a great player and a positive ambassador.

Aug
27
2015

Sports Video Group: Venue Q&A: Baylor University’s Pattie Orr

Aug. 27, 2015
Interview with Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology, chief information officer and dean of University Libraries at Baylor, on the planning, execution and management of the state-of-the-art technology at McLane Stadium. Orr discusses her role in the integration of new technology, how her department anticipated fans’ future connectivity needs and her reflections on the first season in the stadium. “We were very pleased with the performance of McLane, and so we intend to continue that support and continue the technology that we rolled out last year,” Orr said.

Aug
27
2015

The American Conservative: A Religious Liberty Thought Experiment

Aug. 26, 2015
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, writes about political parties and the complexity of how/whether defending religious liberty should affect foreign intervention.

Aug
27
2015

WORLD Magazine: Religious groups: Don’t dismantle ISCIRF

Aug. 26, 2015
Article about a coalition of international religious freedom groups urging the Senate to approve a six-year reauthorization for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and reject attempts to cripple the organization. The story references another bipartisan group of thought leaders, including Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, that called upon Congress last month to pass HR 1150 and “develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious freedom.”

Aug
27
2015

Yahoo! Finance: Does Gender Equality Lead to More Homicides?

Aug. 27, 2015
As a country’s gender equality in the workplace increases, so does the country’s homicide rate, according to a Baylor study that studied 146 countries based on multiple years of social and economic data. Researcher Katie Corcoran, Ph.D., nonresident fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, noted that “the finding does not mean that gender equality in employment increases homicide rates, but there is a correspondence. What remains uncertain is the ‘why’ behind this relationship, although prior research suggests it may be due to threatening male status.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has placed this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty, as well as the Institute for Studies of Religion.)

Aug
26
2015

D Magazine: Conversation With: Checking In With Baylor CEO Joel Allison Near Anniversary of Scott & White Merger

Aug. 26, 2015
Interview with Baylor Regent Joel Allison, B.A. Journalism/Religion ’70, president and CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, about value-based care, technology upgrades, the pros and cons of consolidation and the possibility of Baylor Scott & White expanding beyond North and Central Texas. Allison was recently named one of the country’s most influential healthcare leaders by Modern Healthcare magazine.