Research News

[Science Research Fellows Lab]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 24, 2016) – Beginning in fall 2017, Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences will add a new interdisciplinary degree plan – the Science Research Fellows (SRF) major – which will allow students to earn a bachelor of science degree with increased opportunities for research.
[design 1]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 11, 2016) – The environment can have a big impact on people’s emotions, interior design students learned through a class project to create an interior design plan for a local grief counseling center.
[Family leisure]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2016) — While family fun often is associated with new and exciting activities, family leisure spent at home in familiar pastimes may be a more effective route to happiness, according to a Baylor University study.
[Matthew Andersson]
WACO, Texas (Sept. 20, 2016) — Growing up in a well-off home can benefit a child’s physical health even decades later — but a lack of parent-child warmth, or the presence of abuse, may eliminate the health advantage of a privileged background, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2016) — Death research in the United States mostly overlooks bereavement customs of those who are not Anglo-Protestants, says a Baylor University researcher. She hopes to correct that — beginning with a study of Catholic Latino communities, who often hold overnight wakes and present food to the deceased.
[cultural tastes and music]
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2016) — Scientists previously thought musical preferences are “hard-wired” in the brain, but a new study of a remote Amazonian farming and foraging community suggests that musical tastes are cultural in origin. One of the study’s authors, published in the journal Nature, is Alan Schultz, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
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WACO, Texas (Aug. 22, 2016) — People in Africa’s Sub-Sahara region, a relatively undeveloped area, are generally satisfied with their sex lives, with the most common rating — reported by 18 percent of respondents — being a perfect “10,” according to Baylor University research presented Monday at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
[Internal Branding]
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2016) — Building a business reputation from the inside out — with employees giving a company high marks as an ethical place to work — is increasingly being hailed as a way to get a leg up on the competition, right alongside customer service and quality products.
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2016) — Deirdre Fulton, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, was part of the discovery and excavation of a Philistine cemetery outside Ashkelon, an ancient city in Israel that was occupied for more than 3,000 years.
[Cake Kale Research]
WACO, Texas (July 11, 2016) – Many diet plans are doomed from the start. The reason? Dieters tend to adopt the wrong strategies, often planning to ditch their favorite foods and replace them with less-desirable options, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
[unhappy parents 1]
WACO, Texas (June 23, 2016) — Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those who aren’t parents. Not only that, the U.S. has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a report by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University.
[Sara Perry]
WACO, Texas (June 20, 2016) – A new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers.
WACO, Texas (June 9, 2016) — Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals, a federally funded program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University.
[Kuehl with instruments]
WACO, Texas (June 8, 2016) – “By increasing our understanding of boundary layer dynamics on the ocean floor, specifically over the Texas shelf break, we will be able to better predict the transport of materials like heavy oil pollutants,” said Joseph Kuehl, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.
[faith & facebook]
WACO, Texas (May 16, 2016) — Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose” approach to customize their faith — regardless of what their religious tradition teaches — than those who do not use social media, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (May 9, 2016) — Congregations attempting to boost their racial and ethnic diversity may end up with fewer people in the seats, according to a Baylor University study.
[healing and prayer]
WACO, Texas (April 18, 2016) — Nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon healing prayer at some point in their lives, praying for others even more than for themselves, according to a study by a Baylor University epidemiologist. More than one fourth have practiced laying on of hands.
WACO, Texas (April 4, 2016) – Your coworker wastes time. He mismanages resources. He’s been known to engage in activities that you and others consider conflicts of interest. Yet, he seems to “do no wrong” in the eyes of the company. Why? Because he’s producing.
[Sara Perry]
WACO, Texas (March 14, 2016) - Many people dream of working from home. And with today’s technology maintaining "virtual" communications with the team seems to be easier than ever. But is virtual teamwork productive?
[Texas Hunger Initiative Banner]
In conjunction with National School Breakfast Week (March 7-11, 2016), Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative has released the third edition of the Texas School Breakfast Report Card. Capturing participation data in school breakfast for nearly all of Texas, the report is a powerful example of how data can be used to fight hunger.
[god and office]
WACO, Texas (March 1, 2016) — People who see God as a “secure base” for intimacy and attachment are more likely to be emotionally committed to their workplace and satisfied with their jobs. They also tend to see their work as a calling from God, which correlates to higher levels of job commitment and satisfaction, according to a Baylor study of working American adults.
WACO, Texas (Feb. 9, 2016) — As baby boomers retire and an increasing number of millennials enter the workforce, internal communicators must adapt to accommodate the shift of generations, the rise of internal social media and the development of metrics to determine employee engagement, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (Feb. 4, 2016) – While studying fossilized skulls of Rusingoryx atopocranion, an extinct wildebeest-like animal, unearthed on Kenya’s Rusinga Island, researchers discovered that the mammal had a very unusual, trumpet-like nasal dome similar to lambeosaurine hadrosaur dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous period.
WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2016) — Asian-Americans are stereotyped as “cold but competent” — and more competent than blacks and Latinos — by young white students at elite colleges, according to a Baylor University study.
[Bryan Brooks]
WACO, Texas (Jan. 6, 2016) – Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur naturally, but their outbreaks are influenced by climate change and droughts and manmade factors, such as contaminants from sewage and stormwater discharge, natural resource extraction and agricultural runoff. HABs represent another challenge to water quality and are of increasing concern to scientists.
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