Baylor faculty who traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan at the start of the Iraq war in 2003 reunited last week for a Baylor Libraries panel discussion about their experiences presenting higher education workshops to professors and students who remained in the war-torn region. “I’m proud to be a part of the Baylor family who walk the talk and help our neighbors in need,” said retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Baylor Professor Emeritus of Political Science William A. Mitchell, whose new book documents five educational missions into the region. Other panelists were Cindy Fry, senior lecturer of computer science; Mark Long, Ph.D., director of Middle East Studies and associate professor of BIC; Brad Owens, Ph.D., senior lecturer of journalism, public relations and new media; and Lyn Prater, Ph.D., clinical professor at Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor of archaeology in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core of the Honors College, is quoted in this National Geographic story about new DNA analyses of bones of a wealthy Viking warrior buried more than 1,000 years ago that revealed a surprise: the grave belonged to a woman. Previously, archaeologists thought the grave, filled with swords, arrowheads and two sacrificed horses, was that of “kind of the ‘ideal’ Viking male warrior grave,” said Zori, who was not involved with the research. The new study “goes to the heart of archaeological interpretation: that we’ve always mapped on our idea of what gender roles were,” he said.