Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

May
22
2015

Christian Post: Is the Atheist Population Skyrocketing?

May 20, 2015
Byron Johnson, Ph.D., co-director of ISR and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, discusses the claim that Christianity is declining in the U.S. and the lack of evidence to support the claim. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.)

May
22
2015

Financial Buzz: St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics Wins IBM-Sponsored International Collegiate Programming Contest

May 20, 2015
Baylor serves as the headquarters for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), which recently concluded in Marrakech, Morocco. Known as the "Battle of the Brains," the ICPC serves as a proving ground for the top collegiate programmers, challenging them to solve a series of complex real-world problems in just five hours. Bill Poucher, Ph.D., professor of computer science in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, serves as ICPC executive director. He is quoted in the story. "I am excited to see what these students will do with the mastery they've gained from this contest and from each other as they continue their academic and professional pursuits as ACM members," Poucher said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the School of Engineering and Computer Science.)

May
22
2015

Monroe (LA) News-Star: LA Opera’s ―The Barber of Seville’ June 5, 7 at ULM

May 17, 2015
Comic opera “The Barber of Seville” by Goacchino Rossini will be presented by the Louisiana Opera company in June at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Joining the production is conductor Jeffrey Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor of voice in Baylor’s School of Music.

May
22
2015

Press-Register (Mobile, AL): Graduation 2015: 39 seniors walk during St. Luke's Episcopal School commencement

May 17, 2015
Ashlyn Murphy, who plans to attend Baylor University in the fall and major in biology, was honored as the Class of 2015 salutatorian at St. Luke’s Episcopal School graduation in Mobile, Alabama.

May
22
2015

Religion News Service: How religion and high school peers shape when people marry

May 21, 2015
Those who marry in their late teens or early 20s are less likely to finish their education and more likely to earn less money and divorce, and Jeremy Uecker, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has done research to find out why. His study showed that the religion of adolescents shaped their marriage decisions while controlling for other factors such as income, race, gender, age and geography. Uecker also found that adolescents who are Mormon or conservative Protestant are more likely to marry early than other religious traditions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

May
22
2015

Science Codex: Go thin? Think again

May 21, 2015
An article focusing on research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that marketers and advertisers who default to the “thin ideal” – the belief that thinner is better – could be alienating up to 70 percent of their audience. "Advertisers need to do a bit more research with their target market. They need to find out what these women are thinking, as related to body size,” Roberts said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, placed this story. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

May
22
2015

The Christian Science Monitor: Anna Kendrick's 'Indianna Jones': Should a woman don the fedora for real?

May 20, 2015
In a comedy campaign to raise money for children and young people living in poverty, actress Anna Kendrick has cast herself in the role of “Indianna,” the female Indiana Jones, in a short satirical video. As controversy continues over gender equity in Hollywood, “The parody is clearly a response to the fact that so many people responded negatively to news of an all-female 'Ghostbusters' movie. It plays off people's fear that all of their beloved childhood icons will be changed into something else,” says Chris Hansen, associate professor and director of the film and digital media division at Baylor University. “But why shouldn't there be a 'Ghostbusters' movie with a female cast? I don't think there needs to be an agenda behind it. They're trying to make a funny movie, and they've assembled a cast of hilarious women with proven box office potential .... Would a female Indiana Jones be a good idea? Why not? The key, as always, is to make a good movie. If it's good, people will see it.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers film and digital media research and faculty.)

May
22
2015

The Fresno Bee: Number of Americans with no religious affiliation grows, poll finds

May 11, 2015
Reports about the death of religion, rise of secularization and growth of atheism largely ignore facts or base conclusions on faulty research, according to Baylor scholars in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. Quoted is Gordon Melton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of American Religious History in ISR. “We've got a lot of people for whom 'religion' means, 'That thing I grew up with that my parents made me do.’ But many still pray or practice modern spiritual concoctions that look like religion to me." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)

May
22
2015

The Huffington Post: Yet Another Reason Advertisers Should Embrace Body Diversity

May 22, 2015
New research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is the focus of this The Huffington Post article addressing whether a model’s body size in an advertisement affects a consumer’s purchase. Roberts’ research found that marketers and advertisers who default to the “thin ideal” – the belief that thinner is better – could be alienating up to 70 percent of their audience. The article is part of The Huffington Post’s “Social Science Made Simple” series. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, worked with the reporter to place this story. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

May
21
2015

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Hockey ticket sales official stresses networking, hard work

May 15, 2015
Feature article and Q&A with Todd Pollock, B.B.A. ’06 and M.B.A. ’14, who oversees season ticket deposit sales for a prospective Las Vegas National Hockey League team owned by Bill Foley, a title insurance businessman. Foley launched the ticket campaign in February to show NHL officials that Las Vegas is ready for big-league hockey. “We might be a good case study for a sports marketing or sales class one day,” Pollock said.

May
21
2015

National Catholic Register: Beauty in Evangelization

May 20, 2015
Michael Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of patristics in the Honors College, talks about his belief that “a solid scholarly component that involves careful historical and theological research” in the church will lead to a renewal in the liturgy and in the overall life of the church. “This is not to say that a liturgical quality is simply a matter of scholarship, but it is true that bad scholarship has harmed the liturgy, so we’re trying to reverse some of that,” Foley said.

May
21
2015

National Federation of Independent Business: NFIB Texas Young Entrepreneur Foundation Profile: Elizabeth Thorne of Ellie Thorne Photography

May 19, 2015
Arlington High School senior and incoming Baylor freshman Elizabeth Thorne talks about her business, Ellie Thorne Photography, and how she stays enthusiastic about her work while facing the challenges of owning a business. Thorne will major in photography with a minor in entrepreneurship.

May
21
2015

Newsmax: Professor, Christians: Reports of Faith Dying in US 'Just Not True'

May 14, 2015
Reports about the death of religion, rise of secularization and growth of atheism largely ignore facts or base conclusions on faulty research, according to scholars in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion who spoke at a recent symposium in Waco. Quoted is Byron Johnson, Ph.D., co-director of ISR and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences. “There’s a story some people want to report — that religion is on life support — but it’s just not true,” Johnson said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the conference to national and international outlets. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

May
21
2015

Waco Tribune Herald: Baylor’s ―True West’ explores male identity at different stages of life

May 21, 2015
Baylor Theatre’s latest production “True West” opens for a four-performance run between May 20 and May 30 at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The play follows two brothers at different stages of their life as they struggle with their personal identity. The play examines the concepts of American manhood, values and meaning.

May
21
2015

Yahoo Finance: St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics Wins IBM-Sponsored International Collegiate Programming Contest

May 20, 2015
More than 120 university teams competed at the world’s oldest and most prestigious programming competition, which is headquartered at Baylor. The competition, which challenges teams of three students to solve a series of complex real-world problems in just five hours, was won by St. Petersburg National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics. Quoted is Bill Poucher, Ph.D., professor of computer science and executive director of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the School of Engineering.)

May
21
2015

Yuma News Now: The Social Psychology of Religion, Prejudice, and Intergroup Processes

May 9, 2015
Wade Rowatt, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences, writes about the psychological and social reasons behind religious prejudice. Rowatt discusses the origins of religious prejudice, whether or not the increased conflict between extremist groups has led to prejudice against Muslims as a whole, and if religious conflict and religious prejudice are growing across the world. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the psychology department.)

May
20
2015

K945.com (Shreveport, LA): Can Dogs Take the Edge Off of Studying for Finals? [VIDEO]

May 16, 2015
VIDEO LINK: Blog post from K94.5FM radio announcer and Baylor alumna Jessica Goodlett Rowe, B.A. ’10 (Journalism), about a visit by Angel Paws therapy dogs to Moody Library to help relieve some of the anxiety that comes during finals. Links to Baylor University’s video.

May
20
2015

MSNBC: There is no such thing as humane immigrant detention

May 11, 2015
Baylor alumna Hope Mustakim, B.S.W. ’13, writes about the March 30, 2011, detention of her husband, Naz, whose legal permanent resident status was revoked following a drug conviction. She called that day, her “introduction to our country’s horrendous immigration detention system: a sprawling, inhumane, for-profit behemoth that locks at least 34,000 men, women, and children up every night.” Naz’s case was later dismissed, and he returned home to his family. This experience has led Hope to advocate for ending immigration-based detention centers.

May
20
2015

The American Conservative: The Disastrous Economics of Scottish Independence

May 20, 2015
Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and co-director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, writes about the recent success of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which took 56 of the country’s 59 Parliamentary seats. A referendum on independence is possible in the next few years, Jenkins writes, but if Scotland achieves independence from the United Kingdom, SNP’s current leadership is “utterly unqualified to lead such a venture.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the Institute for Studies of Religion.)

May
20
2015

The Cross Timbers Gazette: Liberty Christian Senior Enjoys Meeting People

May 9, 2015
Liberty Christian School senior Abbi Armstrong talks about how Liberty has prepared her to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Armstrong, who will attend Baylor in the fall, is the secretary of Liberty Christian’s National Honor Society, was selected as homecoming queen, and holds a 3.99 GPA.