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9/22/2014
Sept. 21, 2014
Matt Stanford, PhD., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was among the speakers at a conference at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, that emphasized the need to merge the spiritual guidance of the religious community with resources of mental health professionals to help those suffering from mental illness. Stanford, who has studied the intersection between mental health and faith for at least eight years, spoke about the role of the church in mental health issues and specific ways the church could help. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in psychology and neuroscience and pitched Stanford’s research, published in the Journal of Research on Christian Education, to national media earlier this month.)

McLane Stadium News

9/22/2014
Sept. 21, 2014
The Wi-Fi network at McLane Stadium continues to undergo minor adjustments to account for unforeseen events, like students standing on their seats, that disrupt some access points. Quoted in the article are Pattie Orr, Baylor’s vice president of information technology, and Bob Hartland, associate vice president of information technology infrastructure, about how Baylor is working with Internet provider Extreme Networks to reconfigure the placement of existing Wi-Fi access points in student and band areas and to add more spots. “Wi-Fi is very personal — if my Wi-Fi is not working, the whole stadium is down,” Orr said. “We want every fan’s Wi-Fi to work well.” (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, covers information technology at Baylor.)

Research

9/22/2014
Sept. 22, 2014
Young people are less likely to try alcohol and drugs if they attend religious services regularly and self-identify as religious, according to a Baylor study published in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly. Research finding suggest that young people who connect to a “higher power” may feel a greater sense of purpose and are less likely to be bothered by feelings of not fitting in, said Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR’s research and faculty and placed this story.)

Baylor in the News

9/22/2014
Sept. 19, 2014
Baylor’s department of theater arts has incorporated 3D printing technology for the first time into the costume design of a main character in its upcoming production of “Into The Woods.” Quoted in the article is Joe Kucharski, MFA, assistant professor of theater arts in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who talks about “how 3D printing is set to make a huge impact on how costume, scenic and prop designers approach the design and build process in theatre and film.” Kucharski said the department’s goal is to work 3D printing into the theater curriculum and “equip students with the necessary skills to design and print original 3D objects for use in professional stage shows and film production.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director for Baylor Media Communications, covers events, faculty and research in theater arts.)
9/22/2014
Sept. 22, 2014
In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, Baylor University moved up to No. 71 among National Universities, achieving the University’s best rating since U.S. News began ranking institutions beyond the top 50 in 2002. Baylor was ranked No. 75 by U.S. News in 2013.

Faculty in the News

9/22/2014
Sept. 21, 2014
Article about how technology and the explosion of social media are shaping how people share loss and remember the departed. Quoted in the article are Jim Moshinskie, Ph.D., part-time lecturer in information systems in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who is president of OakCrest Funeral Home, and Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, who writes about the dynamics of online grief and memorials in her book “Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-first Century.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director for Baylor Media Communications, covers religion research at Baylor and originally pitched Cann’s book and expertise on grief to national media in September 2013.)
9/22/2014
NPR’s Morning Edition, Sept. 19, 2014
San Francisco’s KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to NPR station in the U.S., is one of the hundreds of stations that aired the StoryCorps/Morning Edition segment on Friday featuring Lori Baker, Ph. D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Recorded on the Baylor campus, Baker was interviewed by her husband, Erich Baker, Ph.D., associate professor in bioinformatics in the School of Engineering Computer Science, about her efforts to identify remains of immigrants and match them with families who are looking for lost relatives. The segment will be preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, coordinated the interview with the Bakers and StoryCorps producers. She covers research and faculty in the anthropology department and has placed numerous national media stories since 2012 about Lori Baker’s DNA project.)

Alumni

9/22/2014
Sept. 19, 2014
Scott Lewis, Ph.D., BA ’83, has written a new book “Boundless Life: A Biography of Andrew Joseph Armstrong” about the former Baylor English professor and Armstrong Browning Library namesake. Lewis traces the seeds of his book to his days at Baylor, when he was an English major working in Armstrong Browning Library transcribing Armstrong’s letters. Lewis is editor of “The Brownings’ Correspondence” and has served as resident caretaker of Casa Guidi, the Brownings’ home in Florence, Italy, and as former president of the London Browning Society.

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