Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Apr
28
2016

Catholic.org: The unbelievable thing 9/10 Americans are praying for

April 25, 2016
A new study conducted by Baylor University found that nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon healing prayer at some point, praying for others even more than for themselves. Jeff Levin, Ph.D., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, revealed an extra, astonishing, finding: "The most surprising finding is that more than a quarter of all Americans have practiced laying on of hands -- and nearly one in five has done so on multiple occasions." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
28
2016

Health Magazine: Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds

April 22, 2016
When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, according to a study by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H. University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). The study suggests that outside of belief in God, “there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," Levin said. The study, published in the Journal of Religion and Health, also found that more than one fourth have practiced “laying on of hands” for healing. This story was originally published by HealthDay, the largest syndicator of health news to health news websites. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
28
2016

KWTX-TV 10 p.m. (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Waco: Baylor, Providence team up on medical research

April 27, 2016
VIDEO: Story about the immediate impact of medical research by Baylor students in a partnership with Providence Hospital, particularly in the use of CT scans for stroke patients. "I can use the skills and knowledge I have acquired at Providence to continue on with my professional career,” said Stacy Fechner, a senior medical humanities major from Seguin, Texas. “Pursuing a medical career, research is a very integral part of technological innovation and medication and constant discoveries with medicine,” said Lauren Mathes, a senior biology major from The Woodlands.

Apr
28
2016

KWTX-TV 6 p.m. (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Waco: Baylor, Providence team up on medical research

April 27, 2016
VIDEO: Story about a partnership between Baylor University and Providence Hospital to give students the opportunity to experience medical research, with their findings already impacting the way patients receive care, especially the use of CT scans for stroke patients. Quoted is Richard Sanker, Ph.D., director of prehealth science studies at Baylor. “It’s great that our students get that insight that research can have real-life implications beyond the laboratory or beyond those abstract concepts they get in the classroom.”

Apr
28
2016

The Charlotte Observer: When Americans pray, here’s what they pray for

April 27, 2016
The vast majority of Americans have prayed for healing of others and more than one in four have practiced the laying on of hands, according to Baylor University expert Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). “Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religion expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer,” Levin said. “Interestingly, most people who use prayer for healing do so alongside regular medical care, rather than as a substitution, as has been presumed up to now. Healing prayer is being used more as a complementary treatment rather than as an alternative one.”

Apr
28
2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education: What It’s Like to Lead a College’s Response to Disaster

April 12, 2016
Katie Treadwell, M.S.E. (Educational Administration) ’08 and B.A. (Journalism, Religion) ’05, has spent much of her life close to people who have dealt with horrific events. Treadwell, associate director of the Office of First-Year Experience at the University of Kansas, has studied how colleges respond when terrible things happen. She recently conducted a qualitative study involving extensive interviews with 11 college administrators who have overseen their institution’s response to disasters such as mass shootings, plane crashes or hurricanes.

Apr
28
2016

The McAllen (Texas) Monitor: COMMENTARY: Reducing hunger in Texas; RGV praised for volunteerism

April 28, 2016
Guest column by Jeremy Everett, director of Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) and an appointed member of the National Commission on Hunger, about how communities are fostering the spirit of cooperation and collaboration to address food insecurity and economic inequality in the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas. THI is a collaborative project that develops and implements strategies to alleviate hunger through research, policy analysis, education and community organizing

Apr
28
2016

The Wall Street Journal: Brain Damage in Zika Babies Is Far Worse Than Doctors Expected

April 28, 2016
Article about how Brazil is now bracing for a second stage of the 6-month-old crisis surrounding the Zika virus: caring for infants with a wide range of disabilities since the virus attacks lobes of the fetal brain that control thought, vision and movement. Quoted in the article is Edwin Trevathan, professor of neuroscience at Baylor University and a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national center on birth defects and developmental disabilities, who said, “It’s safe to say almost all of them will require long-term, continual care.”

Apr
28
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: ‘German Requiem’ performers fill Baylor concert hall stage for Brahms masterwork

April 28, 2016
Baylor’s President Concert will present Johannes Brahms’ masterwork, “German Requiem.” The show will present more than 200 performers, some 90 in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and 225 singers from the a capella and concert choirs. The 1869 choral work, last performed at Baylor University under the baton of the acclaimed choral director Robert Shaw, was Brahms’ only composed requiem. Soloists Kiri Deonarine, B.M.E. (Choral Music) ’07, and Thomas Cannon, B.M. (Applied Music) ’06, will lend their voices to the performance on Saturday, April 30, in Jones Concert Hall on Baylor’s campus.

Apr
28
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Arts: ‘Hamilton’ tunes historically accurate, for the most part

April 28, 2016
David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history in the College of Arts & Sciences, writes a column about the Broadway sensation “Hamilton” adding a Pulitzer Prize to its numerous accolades. “The musical is based on historian Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Alexander Hamilton which Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’s’ creator, read on vacation and by which he was immediately captivated,” he writes. “It helped cure my initial skepticism to learn how determined Miranda said he was to get the history right.”

Apr
27
2016

Eufaula (AL) Tribune: Dixon special honoree at Golden Eagle Dinner

April 26, 2016
A study by Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion on the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society is referenced in an article about the annual Eufaula and Barbour County Golden Eagle Dinner honoring avid supporter of the Eagle Scouts, Mike Dixon. The "Merit Beyond the Badge" study determined that scouts were more likely to volunteer their time as adults as well as to work to solve problems with others.

Apr
27
2016

KXXV-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/ABC): Waco woman starts family's oral history tradition

April 22, 2016
Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, is quoted in this article about how a Waco woman, who is related to victims of two notorious lynchings, shared her family's history through the oral tradition. "These stories are handed down, and it’s what makes them still live and still have meaning in some of these communities,” Sloan said, especially since a lot of black history is not represented in traditional school books. "These stories, these memories, these experiences are under documented. The historical record is not neutral."

Apr
27
2016

U.S. News & World Report: Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds

April 22, 2016
When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, according to a study by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H. University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). The study suggests that outside of belief in God, “there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," Levin said. This article was originally published by HealthDay, the largest syndicator of health news to health news websites. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
27
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Lucas Land, guest columnist: Waco on the road to eco-friendly sustainability

April 22, 2016
Two Baylor programs - the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research and the Campus Kitchen project - are mentioned in this column by local activist Lucas Land, encouraging Wacoans to be more sustainable.

Apr
27
2016

Yahoo! Finance: Nancy E. Roman Joins Global Communities’ Board of Trustees

April 26, 2016
Global Communities recently announced the appointment of Nancy E. Roman, B.A. (Journalism) ’83, as president and CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank. In her current role, Roman oversees the Capital Area Food Bank which provides food and nutrition education to more than half a million people every year, working with 444 partner organizations in the community.

Apr
27
2016

Your Black World: Could Home-Schooling Influence Children’s Religious Beliefs?

April 25, 2016
This article about the increasing number of black families in the United States who are home-schooling their children cites research by Jeremy Uecker, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. He says there is no connection between a child’s education and their religious beliefs, but rather, the children’s religion is determined by the religiosity of the parents. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

Apr
26
2016

'The Pulse' 11th Annual Student Lecture Recognizes Undergraduate Talent

WACO, Texas (April 26, 2016) – The Baylor Honors College will host the Pulse Annual Student Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Alexander Reading Room.

Apr
26
2016

Bustle.com: 9 Bad Habits That Aren't Actually That Bad For You

April 25, 2016
This article about nine supposedly-bad habits that aren't all that terrible for you references research by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., and Cindy Wu, Ph.D., associate professors of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that workers who take short, frequent breaks throughout the day have more stamina and higher job satisfaction than those who don't. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this research nationally in September 2015. He covers faculty and research in Hankamer School of Business.)