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Research

5/21/2015
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.)

Baylor in the News

5/21/2015
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.
5/21/2015
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.)

Faculty in the News

5/21/2015
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.
5/21/2015
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.)

Students

5/21/2015
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.

Alumni

5/21/2015
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.

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