Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Aug
31
2015

Amarillo Globe-News: Pastor's 20th year at First Baptist celebrated

Aug. 30, 2015
(Subscription required to read full text) Howard Batson, Ph.D. Biblical Studies/Religion ’95 and former chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, celebrated his 20th years as pastor of First Baptist Church of Amarillo with a conversation about his early years as a pastor and calling to Amarillo. “I’ve tried to give them not 40 hours but my life, and that’s what I have done and will continue to do,” he said. “It’s not a job, it’s a calling. It’s not something you clock out and into, it’s your life.”

Aug
31
2015

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Minnesota summers lure the faithful from their pews

Aug. 29, 2015
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune localizes a new study by Baylor sociology researchers found that U.S. counties with the highest volume of “natural amenities” have some of lowest rates of church membership. Doctoral candidate Todd W. Ferguson came up with the idea after seeing a U.S. map highlighting the natural amenities scale, and noticing how it paralleled religious adherence rates. “I wondered if that was a fluke, or there was something more to it,” said Ferguson, whose findings with Jeffrey A. Tamburello were published recently in the journal Sociology of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Aug
31
2015

Preston Hollow People: BGCT Salutes Baylor Nursing School

Aug. 28, 2015
More than 100 people watched a Passing the Mantle ceremony held by Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and the Baptist General Convention of Texas on Aug. 26. “The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing will be blessed to carry on the legacy of faith and good works the Baptist General Convention of Texas has provided over the years in this beautiful facility,” said Dr. Shelley F. Conroy, Ed.D., dean and professor of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.

Aug
31
2015

Scottish Catholic Observer: The Scottish Church after McLellan

Aug. 30, 2015
The abuse of children by some priests, religious and lay Catholics — along with the failure of superiors to deal with it properly — has not only wronged the victims but also weakened or destroyed the faith of others, writes John Haldane, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor in Philosophy at Baylor. But he notes that recommendations of a report commissioned and accepted by the Scottish Catholic Church on safeguarding policies and practices may benefit not only the church, but also “teachers, health professionals, social workers, care workers, politicians, press and media that have also been afflicted by the disease of abuse.”

Aug
31
2015

The Chattanoogan (Chattanooga, TN): Debra Chew: Lifted Out of the Quicksand of Fear

Aug. 30, 2015
Column about spirituality and health, written by a woman with a fear of heights, cites findings from the Baylor Religion Survey that examined the effects of prayer on mental health. One finding was that people who believe that God is loving and protective are less likely to experience fear. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the research nationally in August 2014. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Aug
31
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: 10 years later, have we learned anything from Katrina?

Aug. 30, 2015
Editorial about the lessons learned a decade after Hurricane Katrina mentions that Baylor University covered tuition costs for students from impacted colleges in the New Orleans area to continue their education at Baylor. How to move forward to prevent another Katrina disaster is addressed in many ways, including better planning, more focused engineering efforts and a stronger inclination to help others.

Aug
31
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Southern Tradition Tailgating comes to McLane Stadium

Aug. 28, 2015
Southern Tradition Tailgating, a Mississippi-based company that seeks to take the hassle out of tailgating, has brought its act to McLane Stadium for the upcoming football season. “This is a convenience for people who may not want to lug this stuff out every weekend. It’s a great concept and another way to enhance the tailgating experience at the stadium,” said Nick Joos, Baylor’s associate athletic director for external affairs. Baylor is the second school in the Big 12 to have the Southern Tradition Tailgating service.

Aug
31
2015

Yahoo! Health: Here’s One Possible Way to ID a Psychopath

Aug. 26, 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’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

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.)