Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Oct
21
2014

Austin American-Statesman: Texas members of US House rake in campaign cash

Oct. 20, 2014
Although few of Texas' 36 congressional races are considered to be seriously competitive, that hasn't stopped lawmakers from raking in serious campaign cash, according to a report by The Dallas Morning News that quotes Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The fund-raising helps build party loyalty, Flavin said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, who covers faculty and research in political science, arranged the interview with Flavin. The story was picked up by The Associated Press and ran in other media outlets.)

Oct
21
2014

Christianity Today: Divinity School for Liberals; Religion's Demise

Oct. 16, 2014
While media reports have highlighted a supposed significant decline in women’s religious attendance, this is not accurate, according to the national Baylor Religion Survey. In 2007, 38 percent of women, compared with 26 percent of men, described themselves as “very religious.” In 2010, 34 percent of women and 25 percent of men said they attended weekly, according to General Social Survey data. “The real story is that across 40 years, there have been only small variations in church attendance,” says Byron Johnson, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the Institute and pitched this story in September.)

Oct
21
2014

New Pittsburgh Courier: The Top 50 Schools for Entrepreneurs

Oct. 17, 2014
Baylor University’s entrepreneurship program was recently ranked as third best in the nation by Forbes. Baylor came in behind Babson College and The University of Houston. The schools were ranked based on how well offered courses prepare students to become successful entrepreneurs. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research, faculty and programs in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.)

Oct
21
2014

Opera News: Sound Bites: Kiri Deonarine

Oct. 20, 2014
Soprano Kiri Deonarine, B.M.E. ’07, will sing in New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Frasquita in this season’s performance of “Carmen.”

Oct
21
2014

Progress Times (Mission, TX): Gov. Perry appoints Mission police chief to governing board of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management

Oct. 20, 2014
Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed attorney Elizabeth “Christy” Jack, B.A. ’88, of Fort Worth to the Governing Board of the Office of Violent Sex Offender Management. Jack is deputy chief of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

Oct
21
2014

Science Blog: Memory decline could be next target of hypnotherapy

Oct. 21, 2014
Memory decline — a frequent complaint of menopausal women — potentially could be lessened by hypnotic relaxation therapy, say Baylor University researchers, who already have done studies showing that such therapy eases hot flashes, improves sleep and reduces stress in menopausal women. Quoted in a review published in the journal Integrative Medicine Insights are Jim R. Sliwinski, a doctoral student in the department of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences; and Gary Elkin’s, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory and a professor of psychology and neuroscience. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in psychology and neuroscience and pitched this story.)

Oct
21
2014

Science Codex: Pharmaceuticals and the water-fish-osprey food web

Oct. 20, 2014
Ospreys do not carry significant amounts of human pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread occurrence of these chemicals in water, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Baylor University research. The finding, published by Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, is the first published study that examines the bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals in the water-fish-osprey food web. Fish exhibit abnormal behavior and lower levels of anxiety when exposed to drugs used to treat depression and other disorders. A 2012 study by Baylor University researchers found that human data for drug activity can be used to predict surface water concentrations of antidepressants that negatively impact fish behavior. That study was done by Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in environmental sciences.)

Oct
21
2014

The Rock Hill (SC) Herald: Church officials struggle to assist those with mental illness

Oct. 17, 2014
Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about churches and their struggles to assist people living with mental illness. The article references a Baylor study of 70 seminaries, led by Stanford, which found that seminaries do little to train ministers to recognize mental illness and refer individuals to a doctor or psychologist. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers psychology and neuroscience faculty and research and pitched the original study in September to national media.)

Oct
21
2014

The Washington Times: SADAR: Backward to the future

Oct. 18, 2014
Although progressive people hope to return to the “good old days,” which would make life brutal, banal and brief, Rodney Stark, Ph.D., co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, disagrees. In his latest book, “How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity,” he writes that Western modernity is far better than its alternatives because of its fundamental commitment to freedom, reason and human dignity. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.)

Oct
20
2014

SiliconHills: TEDxSanAntonio Sparks a City of Ideas

Oct. 19, 2014
TEDxSanAntonio, an annual event designed to spark and spread ideas within the city, opened on Saturday with a talk by Sarah-Jane Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of medieval literature and French in Baylor’s Honors College, who spoke about the power of storytelling and “we need stories that inspire us to greatness.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research, faculty and programs in Baylor's Honors College.)

Oct
20
2014

The Baptist Standard: Texas Tidbits: Baylor tops TCU on and off gridiron

Oct. 20, 2014
Baylor recently won the Young Alumni Challenge against TCU by raising $39,000 from 1,011 Baylor young alumni. The money raised supports numerous areas across the Baylor campus, including student scholarships and university missions. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for media communications, covers University Development and major gifts, and placed this story.)

Oct
20
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Texas congressional races run rich, but few in re-election fight

Oct. 19, 2014
Although incumbents in Texas’ fall congressional elections are expected to cruise through re-elections, they are still raising campaign funds, which many use to donate to party committees or colleagues in tough races. Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, says the act “builds up party loyalty and allows [the lawmakers] to move up through the ranks.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers political science research and faculty at Baylor.)

Oct
20
2014

The New York Times: If You Lead Fans to Water, They’ll Bring the Drinks

Oct. 18, 2014
Feature on Baylor’s McLane Stadium and the new tradition of sailgating, or tailgating on a boat, on the Brazos River before home games. “With the law school on the right and just after passing under the Umphrey Bridge, a curving pedestrian-only walkway providing access to the stadium, boaters turn left, head under a smaller pedestrian bridge that connects the stadium with a tailgating area and the track and field complex, and arrive in the cove.” Before the Baylor Bears’ Aug. 31 season opener at McLane Stadium, there were an estimated 200 boats participating in the sailgating festivities.

Oct
20
2014

Waco Tribune-Herald: Projector installation delays Hippodrome film screenings

Oct. 18, 2014
Three film screenings scheduled to be shown at the newly renovated Waco Hippodrome theater for Baylor University’s “Faith and Film” symposium have moved locations after a delay in the movie projector installation. Darin Davis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Christian philosophy and ethics, director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning and organizer of the event, is quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research, faculty and events in Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning.)

Oct
17
2014

Huffington Post: Why Caregiver Discrimination Is Bad for Business

Oct. 15, 2014
Editorial on discrimination against parents and caregivers in the work place references a 2011 study by Baylor management professors Dawn S. Carlson, Ph.D., Merideth Ferguson, Ph.D., and Emily M. Hunter, Ph.D., on the “Health and Turnover of Working Mothers After Childbirth Via the Work–Family Interface: An Analysis Across Time.” The researchers found that mothers are much more likely to stay on the job if they have greater control over their schedules. High-performing employees are often deemed less valuable in the workplace because of the commonly held assumption that their family-oriented priorities replaced their drive to succeed. (Baylor Media Communications pitched this original research to national media in June 2011, with placements ranging from Nature to CNBC to U.S. News & World Report.)

Oct
17
2014

MoneyShow: Appellate Lawyer Shawn Stephens Joins King & Spalding's Houston Litigation Practice

Oct. 14, 2014
King & Spalding has recruited noted Baylor graduate, B.A., ’82, and Texas appellate specialist Shawn Stephens as a partner in the tort and environmental litigation practice of its Houston office. “Houston Woman” magazine in 2010 named Stephens to its list of Houston's 50 most influential women.

Oct
17
2014

Music News Nashville: Jeff Dunham Brings Unprecedented World Tour to Comedy Central and DVD

Oct. 9, 2014
Comedian Jeff Dunham, B.A. '86, has been named the top comedian in North America and has a highly anticipated stand-up comedy television special, “Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map,” premiering on Comedy Central in November.

Oct
17
2014

Tech Times: When technology gets addicting: Internet, Smartphones, Google Glass and more

Oct. 15, 2014
Article examining extreme cases of addiction to technology both nationally and internationally references the recent study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which shows female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on the devices. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers multidisciplinary research and placed the original story.)

Oct
17
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Baylor announces plans to “Stripe McLane: for Homecoming on Nov. 1

Oct. 15, 2014
Baylor athletics announced that they will “stripe” McLane Stadium during Baylor’s game on Nov. 1 against Kansas. As part of this Homecoming promotion, Baylor will ask fans to come to the game dressed in green or gold, based on the section their seats are in. The athletic department also announced that the Nov. 22 game against Oklahoma State will be the second Blackout game where fans will be asked to wear all black to the game.