Baylor in the News

In the Spotlight

7/1/2016
June 28, 2016
Bill Poucher, Ph.D., professor of computer science in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and executive director of ACM-ICPC, writes about the future of computer science education in the next 10 to 20 years. This essay originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network in which compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. “Yes, we need to be skilled at using the tools of the Information Age. But, far more, we need to better understand the world we live in, the world we have the responsibility to care for,” Poucher says.

Research

7/1/2016
June 29, 2016
American parents are generally unhappier than their childless counterparts in the United States, and the country has the largest 'happiness' gap of 22 industrialized countries, according to a study co-authored by Baylor. The reason the U.S. is “strikingly behind” is the relative lack of such policies as parental leave and flexible work schedules, said researcher Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and arranged the interview. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
7/1/2016
June 29, 2016
American parents generally are not as happy as people who aren’t parents, while the United States has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a study by researchers at Baylor, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University. A main reason is the relative lack of workplace “packages’’ of policies such as paid sick time, paid vacation, flexible work hours, and paid maternal or parental leave, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
7/1/2016
June 15, 2016
VIDEO: Story on smartphone addiction cites a Baylor University study that found that women spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, while men spend an average of eight. The study was released in August 2014 by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Hankamer School of Business. (This research was pitched nationally in August 2014. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Baylor in the News

7/1/2016
June 30, 2016
Baylor is doubling the size of its counseling center’s staff and has trained about 600 employees as campus security authorities, Interim President David Garland reported in a June 29 letter to the faculty, staff, students and alumni. “We are daily working to ensure than our 16,000 students are safe . . . We are resolved to create a culture of accountability and respect across the entire campus and are refining processes and systems to ensure we respond rapidly and sensitively when students report incidents of interpersonal violence and seek our help.” Garland provided updates on how Baylor is responding to the 105 recommendations from the Pepper Hamilton law firm, which investigated the university’s responses to sexual violence complaints.

Faculty in the News

7/1/2016
June 29, 2016
Becky Scott, M.S.W., lecturer in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, provides tips for parents on adjusting when their children transition to college or university, which can be as difficult for parents as it is for students leaving the house. “For parents, there may be some challenges in the adjustment to a new role in their lives analogous to the adjustment that was navigated at the time of first becoming a parent,” Scott said. (Karyn Simpson, student newswriter in Baylor Media Communications, researched and wrote this “hot topic,” while Eric Eckert, media communications specialist, pitched Scott as an expert source to media.)

Students

7/1/2016
June 22, 2016
Emily Guard, a junior accounting major at Baylor University, was awarded a renewal of the Inskeep Legacy Scholarship given by the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The fund provides a permanent source of scholarships for the education of the island’s students.
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