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In the Spotlight

10/31/2014
Oct. 31, 2014
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: NPR’s science correspondent Joe Palca, known for his series “Joe’s Big Idea- that explores the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors, follows up on the work of Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and Greg Hamerly, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, who discuss their collaboration to create a mobile app to help detect retinoblastoma, a pediatric eye cancer. Inspired by his son’s illness, Shaw authored a study on retinoblastoma in November 2013 that found that “white eye,- one of the first symptoms of the disease, can be detected by parents taking pictures of their children using digital cameras and smart phones. The story is Palca’s fourth on Shaw and his work. "Morning Edition" is one of NPR's flagship news programs, listened to by more than 12.3 million listeners a week. (This story is the result of an initial pitch to Joe Palca in October 2013 by Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, who covers research and faculty in the department of chemistry.)

Baylor Stadium News

10/31/2014
Oct. 29, 2014
Baylor University’s McLane Stadium is noted as a catalyst for the recent stimulation of the Waco economy. Spending, construction and employment growth continue to make impressive strides in Waco and McLennan County, pushing the Greater Waco Economic Index into record territory in September. The city of Waco’s budget officer, June Sherik, gives credit to solid employment numbers, construction projects that create spending by workers and by contractors ordering materials, and the opening of Baylor University’s McLane Stadium, which is attracting sellout or near-sellout crowds, “a significant percentage of which are from out of town.-

Research

10/31/2014
Oct. 31, 2014
An article that references the findings of research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, on cell phone addiction. A recent study by Pew Research Center revealed that 40 percent of Americans have experienced online harassment either on a social media site or app, or in comments sections on media and other websites. The article correlates the excessive use of technology and social media use with increased vulnerability to virtual harassment. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed the original story regarding Roberts’ research.)

Baylor in the News

10/31/2014
Oct. 24, 2014
AUDIO AND VIDEO LINKS INCLUDED: Stories on famed baritone Jules Bledsoe, a Waco native and one of the first African-Americans to appear on Broadway. The Jules Bledsoe Collection, 1918"1943, is at the Texas Collection and University Archives at Baylor University in Waco. It consists of manuscripts collected by Bledsoe during his musical career and includes correspondence, diaries, financial papers, photographs, music and publicity materials.
10/31/2014
Oct. 30, 2014
Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing is hosting a VIP reception at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Dallas to preview its 2015 Going for the Gold Gala in February and to honor a number of the School’s donors. The February gala will feature Robert Griffin III, B.A. ’10, quarterback for the Washington Redskins. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Louise Herrington School of Nursing.)

Faculty in the News

10/31/2014
Oct. 30, 2014
Video included: Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the extensive work that she and her team of forensic scientists and students undergo to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border such as exhuming bodies, conducting biological and DNA tests and entering information into missing persons databases. As part of her Reuniting Families Project, she and her team have worked for the past three years in Brooks County conducting border recovery of remains to identify them and return them to the deceased’s family for a proper burial. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, coordinated the interview with Voice of America. Lewis covers research and faculty in the anthropology department and has placed numerous national media stories since 2012 about Lori Baker’s DNA project.)
10/31/2014
Oct. 31, 2014
Marion Castleberry, Ph.D., professor of theatre arts in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and one of the leading scholars on the work of Texas playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote, has released his new biography, “Blessed Assurance: The Life and Art of Horton Foote.- Foote, who died in 2009, was best known for his intimate plays such as “A Trip to Bountiful- and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Young Man From Atlanta.- His screenplays of “To Kill a Mockingbird- and “Tender Mercies- (recently shown at Baylor’s “Faith and Film- symposium) won him Academy Awards. Castleberry has followed Foote for much of his professional life, becoming friends with him over the years. Castleberry is quoted.

Students

10/31/2014
Oct. 29, 2014
Article highlighting Baylor freshman Tatyanna Lewis and her journey from California to play as defender for Baylor’s Women’s Soccer Team. “I just knew that these people, whether I came here or not, they cared about me. They cared about me outside of soccer, as a person,- said Lewis. Co-Head Coach Paul Jobson, senior Katie Daigle, and freshman Delanie Davis are quoted.

Alumni

10/31/2014
Oct. 31, 2014
An article and interview featuring Margaret Barrett, B.M. ’08, M.M. ’10. “I went to college to study composition with the end goal of being a singer-songwriter. So as I set out for college, I saw the study of music composition as a way to fully understand the craft of musical expression and become the best songwriter possible,- Barrett said. She now serves as the executive director at Voices of Change, the Southwest's premiere professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of music of our time. Currently, she is rehearsing her 30-minute composition “Universal Language,- writing a percussion piece for Mark Utley at University of New York, Stony Brook, and preparing to manage the production of Steven Stucky's “The Classical Style- at Carnegie Hall in December.
10/31/2014
Oct. 29, 2014
Bryce Williams, BA ’86, been appointed president and chief executive officer of SeeChange Health, the leader in clinically driven health improvement as an enterprise service. "I’m honored to have the opportunity to now lead the SeeChange Health team as we realize our full potential," said Williams. Prior to this position, Williams served as CEO of Extend Health and director of development for OnCare.
10/31/2014
Oct. 23, 2014
Toyota recently announced the appointment of Tanya Vazquez, M.B.A. ’13, to the newly created position of senior manager of state government affairs in Texas. The new position represents another milestone in the company’s plan to build its new North American headquarters in the state.
10/31/2014
Oct. 29, 2014
Natalie Lutz, B.A. ’92, has been named director of communications for the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Prior to this position, she was vice president for university relations at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

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