Hot Topic

[Chris Pullig]
WACO, Texas (Nov. 23, 2015) – When people choose sides on Thanksgiving, it’s usually whether to eat sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes. But this year, a business debate has made Turkey Day headlines: whether retailers should open or close on Thanksgiving.
[tx lib 3]
WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2015) — The firsthand accounts of 19 Texas veterans who helped liberate World War II Nazi concentration camps now can be seen and heard on Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History (IOH) website using a new video indexing tool that allows a rare type of access to their compelling stories.
[Flash cards]
WACO, Texas (Nov. 4, 2015) — Most people do not fully understand the role of a school psychologist, said Alex Beaujean, Ph.D., associate professor of educational psychology in Baylor University’s School of Education.
WACO, Texas (Nov. 4, 2015) – Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor University's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, offers tips to open up meaningful and appropriate discussions about religion and spirituality between licensed social workers and their clients.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 29, 2015) - October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but staying vigilant every day is vital when it comes to being safe online. Baylor experts offer six strategies to keep your data as secure as possible.
[Vampires and Melton]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2015) — Bloated and rosy-cheeked, sallow with long fingernails, fangs and foul breath, sexy and young, cuddly and goofy a la Grandpa Munster, melancholy and conflicted — vampires have been all of this and more since they emerged on the scene centuries ago. Baylor scholar J.Gordon Melton has a massive collection of "vampire-abilia" and has written a vampire encyclopedia.
[Scary stories]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 19, 2015) – All Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner, and instead of celebrating with gruesome and predictable slasher films, professors from the English department in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences recommend five hair-raising books – some classic, some contemporary – that make “Friday the 13th” look like a children’s film.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 12, 2015) -- Pumpkin products proliferate this time of year — and not just for traditional pies and breads, but for whimsical goodies that may not live up to the pumpkin’s healthy reputation.
[iCivics 1]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 12, 2015) — Every U.S. presidential election season teems with political pundits, presidential polls and primary debates. Commentators and talking heads abound on TV critiquing candidates’ every move, including their debate and campaign trail performances. It can be overwhelming and difficult to understand for adults, but imagine if you are among the youngest Americans—children.
[vinyl pic]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 8, 2015) — “Bigger, better and badder than ever before!!!” is how international indie cassette labels are billing Oct. 17 — Cassette Store Day. On the vinyl record front, Billboard Magazine recently reported that more vinyl albums were sold than in any year since Nielsen started tracking music sales in 1991. That’s — sorry — a record. And in case you missed it, National Eight-Track Day was April 11.
[Human Trafficking Hot Topic]
WACO, Texas (Oct. 7, 2015) – “The average age for victims entering the human trafficking lifestyle is 14-16 years old,” said Elizabeth Goatley, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, who studies trafficking. “Each year, there are 30,000 to 40,000 children at risk for trafficking recruitment. Some common places for recruitment are schools, bus stations, homeless shelters, malls and on the Internet.”
[Smartphone Family]
WACO, Texas (Sept. 3, 2015) – You’ve tried to escape it. You really have. But, the constant stream of dings and buzzes from incoming texts and emails are just too much to take. And, before you know it, you’re scanning your smartphone. Again. Can the cycle be broken? Can people really put down their smartphones?
WACO, Texas (Aug. 11, 2015) – For some, it’s difficult to understand how a herd of rotting corpses with insatiable appetites for human flesh can have such mass appeal. But millions of people around the globe are eating it up … so to speak.
[Matt Gerber]
The presidential debates have arrived. Matthew G. Gerber, Ph.D., associate professor of communications and director of Baylor’s nationally recognized debate program, says viewers who are serious about learning about the candidates should be equipped to cut through the campaign clutter and zero in on their respective messages – or lack thereof.
WACO, Texas (July 20, 2015) — The New York Times best-seller "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" — in which the author advocates ditching things that do not "spark joy" — has inspired many people, but "techno-clutter" may be the next hurdle.
WACO, Texas (July 15, 2015) – It’s been two months since you walked across the stage with your diploma. You scour the want ads and send out your resume, but no one is calling you back. Frustration is setting in. What should you be doing right now?
[Blaine McCormick]
WACO, Texas (July 1, 2015) – As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say these things for which they receive so much acclaim? Find out what Baylor's Franklin expert and biographer Blaine McCormick has to say.
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2015) – A Baylor University history lists some notable but lesser-known women in American history who might be overlooked as possibilities for the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill – the first paper currency in more than a century to feature a portrait of a woman.
WACO, Texas (June 18, 2015) — In Texas, May turned out to be the wettest month on record as Central Texas slogged through 25 consecutive days of rain, while state rainfall totals reached an astonishing 35 trillion gallons. Those heavy rainfalls have not only affected communities across Texas but have significantly impacted mosquito populations.
[Mark T. Morman]
WACO, Texas (June 16, 2015) — It’s time for Dad to step up to the plate and take charge of his day rather than sitting back and waiting for the gifts to roll in, says Mark T. Morman, Ph.D., a Baylor University expert in family communication.
[Robert Darden]
WACO, Texas (June 8, 2015) – Robert F. Darden, professor in Baylor University’s department of journalism, public relations and new media, and former gospel music editor for Billboard magazine, is leading a national movement to preserve the fast-disappearing legacy of African American sacred music on vinyl.
[Chris Hansen]
WACO, Texas (June 3, 2015) – Chris Hansen, M.F.A., independent filmmaker and chair of the film and digital media department in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the challenges for original storytelling and the future of the film industry.
[David A. Smith]
WACO, Texas (June 3, 2015) – David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, said Audie Murphy -- movie star and decorated hero of World War II -- displayed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) long before it was understood.
[Operation Desert Storm]
WACO, Texas (Feb. 27, 2015) — February 28 marks the 24th anniversary of the cease fire that ended the 1991 Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm. But the end of the war signaled the beginning of a new struggle for thousands of service men and women—their personal battle with Gulf War illness (GWI).
[Chris Hansen1]
WACO, Texas (Feb. 19, 2015) - Christopher Hansen, M.F.A., independent filmmaker and director of the film and digital media program in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses this year’s Oscar nominations and the role of gender in filmmaking.
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