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5/3/2016
May 3, 2016
Guest column by Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr that addresses the historic vote of the Baylor Alumni Association membership in favor of an agreement with the University that strengthens scholarship support for Baylor students and engagement with all alumni in “unity of purpose.”

Research

5/3/2016
May 2, 2016
Editorial about National Prayer Day cites a Baylor study which found that nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon prayer for healing at some point, either for themselves or others, perhaps making it the most common religious expression outside of belief in God. Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), said that prayer for healing is more than a response to one’s own suffering, but also “an ongoing expression of piety and of taking up the yoke to be of service to others." He analyzed data from the 2010 Baylor Religion Survey. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)
5/3/2016
May 1, 2016
Article about research by a team of archaeologists from the U.S. and U.K. that brought together for the first time all of the calculated ages for urban centers in the northern Maya lands, leading to climate change as a possible answer to the mystery of why the Maya abandoned their impressive limestone cities about 1,000 years ago. “We know that there was already increased warfare and sociopolitical instability throughout the Maya area prior to the 9th-century droughts,” says Julie Hoggarth, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who co-led the climate analysis. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in anthropology.)
5/3/2016
April 27, 2016
Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, recently published research with colleagues from Providence College and Davidson College in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. They found that increased diversity may be associated with a decline in church attendance. Dougherty and his colleagues examined how more than 10,000 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America changed from 1993 through 2012. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

Faculty in the News

5/3/2016
April 27, 2016
Article about the new Haunted History Trail of New York State quotes Carson Mencken, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and an expert on paranormal believers. “Since the dawn of time we’ve been interested in what comes next,” Mencken said. “It’s only human nature to try to find some empirical evidence that something exists beyond death. That’s why so many people are interested in ghosts and ghost stories and hunting ghosts.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, arranged this interview.)
5/3/2016
May 2, 2016
Gerald Cleaver, Ph.D., professor and graduate program director in physics in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about the possibility of faster-than-light travel. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers physics research and faculty.)

Alumni

5/3/2016
May 3, 2016
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will honor Ed Crenshaw, B.B.A. (Marketing) ’73, retired CEO of Florida-based Publix Super Markets, with its GMA 2016 Hall of Achievement Award in July, the organization’s highest honor.

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