Faculty & Staff News: News Clips
April 20, 2015
A couple having a debate over their baby’s name have asked people to sign a petition to help with the choice. The article cites a 2013 study on relationships by Baylor researcher Keith Sanford, Ph.D., who says compromise and willingness to sacrifice power are at the top of couples’ lists of what they desire most from their spouses. Sanford, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story of Sanford’s research to national media outlets in July 2013. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)
KXXV-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen, ABC): BU Student-Athletes Recognized for Academic Success and Community Service
May 5, 2015
Senior Rachel Johnson and junior Julian Lenz are highlighted for winning Big 12 Conference Awards at 2015 Baylor Student-Athlete Banquet at the Ferrell Center. Johnson has earned All-America honors in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. Lenz is the No. 2-ranked singles player in the country this season. In addition, 31 student-athletes and seven teams were honored for academic excellence and community service during the banquet. Quoted is Bart Byrd, Baylor's associate athletic director for Student-Athlete Services.
May 6, 2015
Jerry Clements, J.D. ’81, chair of the international firm Locke Lord, has been selected by the Baylor Law Alumni Association Executive Committee as the 2015 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Baylor Law School hosted a luncheon May 5 in Austin to honor Clements, who serves on Baylor’s Board of Regents, as a distinguished leader in her professional achievements and service to the community. Clements and Baylor Law School Dean Brad Toben are quoted. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, placed this story. He covers the Law School.)
Runoff from pavement sealcoated with coal tar is toxic to aquatic life and has detrimental effects on DNA, according to two new studies by the U.S. Geological Survey. A 2013 human health-risk analysis, done in partnership with Baylor, found an elevated risk of cancer in people living near pavement sealed with coal-tar products. E. Spencer Williams, Ph.D., assistant research scientist at the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR) in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, was the principal author of the original study. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers CRASR research and faculty.)
May 5, 2015
The Air Force Medical Operations Agency has recently directed all Air Force military treatment facilities (MTF) to establish direct access physical therapy clinics for active-duty members, allowing active-duty members with acute musculoskeletal injury to make an appointment directly with a physical therapist. Quoted is Lt. Col. Brian Young, assistant professor in U.S. Army-Baylor University doctoral program in physical therapy and the Air Force physical therapy clinical operations chairman.
May 3, 2015
The Altrusa Club of Waco presented a $1,000 scholarship to Baylor sophomore Samantha Lopez of Heath, Texas. A pre-biology major, Lopez is enrolled in the pre-med program with the goal of becoming a physician.
May 5, 2015
Baylor students and professors are brainstorming ways to market Waco to young professionals. At a Waco City Council work session, six students of Todd Finch, part-time lecturer of marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, pitched ideas for a campaign to keep young professionals in town after they graduate from Waco’s colleges. Sophomore Taylor Dick, junior Savannah Batista and Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan are quoted. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: Students in Baylor’s Philanthropy and the Public Good class presented $75,000 in grants to 14 different local nonprofit groups, such as World Hunger Relief and The Waco Civic Theater, during a ceremony yesterday at McLane Stadium. Includes comments from Maria Dillman, a senior Baylor Business Fellow from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Funding for the spring semester of "Philanthropy and the Public Good" was provided by Aramark Corp., Baylor's food services vendor, plus gifts from Houston-area alumni Mark (B.B.A. '87) and Shannon (B.A. '87) Leyerle, and Chris (B.B.A. '91) and Kristin Wallis. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, covers university initiatives and placed this story.)
May 4, 2015
VIDEO: Baylor students taking part in the spring semester’s "Philanthropy and the Public Good" class announced $75,000 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations. Funding for the spring semester of “Philanthropy and the Public Good” was provided by Aramark Corp., Baylor's food services vendor, plus gifts from Houston-area alumni Mark (B.B.A. '87) and Shannon (B.A. '87) Leyerle, and Chris (B.B.A. '91) and Kristin Wallis. Interviewed is Taylor Hoogendoorn, a senior Baylor Business Fellow from Elmhurst, Illinois. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, covers university initiatives and placed this story.)
May 4, 2015
Senior students in Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science’s computer science department demonstrated the video games they've created in their capstone course. Baylor's program allows students to understand the development behind video game technology as well as the artistic side of production. "They had to work together as a collaborative unit to make these games as well as prove they can do each of them individually," said Aaron Thibault, a lecturer at Baylor and vice president of product development for Gearbox Software. Baylor student Jesse Clary also was interviewed for the story. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers the School of Engineering and Computer Science.)
May 3, 2015
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, examines two accounts in the Gospel of John about Jesus’ appearance after his Resurrection: one in which he comes to the disciples in a locked room, and another in which he joins them at the Sea of Galilee. The writer of the first account no doubt intended the first as a conclusion, but almost certainly, a later editor or compiler added the narrative of the seaside encounter — probably based on earlier texts, Jenkins writes. "If there was one thing early Christians believed with absolute conviction, it was that Jesus was raised . . . Whatever materials the editor of John had to hand, he could not bear to part with either narrative." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR faculty and research.)
May 4, 2015
Article featuring a summary of the latest work of Lisa Giocomo, B.A. '02, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology at Stanford University's School of Medicine. Giocomo studies how our brains represent and remember our environment. Her lab focuses on special neurons that make up an internal "neural navigation system." Giocomo is quoted.
May 4, 2015
Review of the commentary "Psalms," co-authored by Bill Bellinger, Ph.D., professor and chair of religion in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The book is "a rare gem," combining "accurate and disciplined scholarship with fresh theological insight in a discussion that is clear and accessible to a broad audience," the reviewer writes.
May 1, 2015
Richard Rankin Russell, Ph.D., professor of English in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, has won the Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for outstanding literary scholarship and criticism for his book "Seamus Heaney's Regions," a study of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. The award is presented each year by the Robert Penn Warren Center at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. He joined the Baylor faculty in 2001 and chairs the Beall Poetry Festival.
April 28, 2015
According to a study done by physical therapy researchers, including John D. Childs, Ph.D., P.T., associate professor and director of research in the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, early physical therapy after an initial episode of acute, nonspecific lower back pain resulted in substantially lower costs and reduced use of healthcare resources during a two-year period. "Physical therapy as the starting point of care in your low back pain episode can have significant positive implications," Childs said.
Eight seniors from the computer science department in Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science on Monday debuted two video games they developed during the spring semester as part of their gaming capstone course. The event drew more than 100 people, including students from area high schools. Matthew Fendt, Ph.D., Baylor lecturer in computer science, and several Baylor students are quoted in the story. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers the School of Engineering and Computer Science.)
May 4, 2015
Baylor awarded $75,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofit groups selected by students in a spinoff of a course on philanthropy and informed charitable giving the school launched last fall. Funding for the spring semester of "Philanthropy and the Public Good" was provided by Aramark Corp., Baylor's food services vendor, plus gifts from Houston-area alumni Mark (B.B.A. '87) and Shannon (B.A. '87) Leyerle, and Chris (B.B.A. '91) and Kristin Wallis. Quoted are Andy Hogue, Ph.D., lecturer in political science and director of Civic Education and Community Service Program in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, and Elisa Moore, a junior Baylor Business Fellow from Houston. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, covers university initiatives and placed this story.)
May 1, 2015
Hundreds of Central Texas students gathered in the Huston-Tillotson University in a college commitment event and pep rally. McCallum High School senior Jayson Garcia, featured in the article, is committed to attending Baylor in the fall. Garcia, a first-generation college student, plans to major in mechanical engineering.
April 28, 2015
PHOTO: Baylor students, alumni and Waco community members held a candlelight vigil on campus April 29 in support of the victims of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, which killed more than 5,000 people. Ten of Baylor’s students are from Nepal, and some have received news of friends who died, are missing or are homeless.
April 29, 2015
Article about a National Bureau of Economic Research study co-authored by James West, Ph.D., W.H. Smith Professor of Economics in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which shows that increased contact between majority and minority groups leads to improved attitudes and behaviors. The research analyzed the roommate choices of cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Specifically, researchers looked at what happened when white cadets were assigned black roommates. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, placed this story with BizEd, the leading voice of business education. He covers the Hankamer School of Business.)