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Research

7/29/2015
July 21, 2015
In a Baylor study last June, researchers analyzed 346 college students’ use of their smartphones along with their mental health on a daily basis. Those who used their phones most were “more prone to moodiness, materialism and temperamental behavior- and “less able to focus their attention on the task at hand.- Researcher Jim Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, says that a moody person is more likely to be addicted to the cellphones than more stable individuals. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers Hankamer research and faculty.)
7/29/2015
July 28, 2015
Americans are ambivalent about the leaders they like, such as outspoken billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump, whose personality is a good match for what psychiatrists/psychologists refer to as narcissistic personality disorder. Some research, including a Baylor study, shows that the honesty/humility job trait is a unique predictor of job performance, particularly for occupations and organizations that require special attention and care for products or clients. But narcissists, who generally lack humility and are exploitative and selfish, would probably be better at jobs that require self-promotion. Quoted are researcher Wade Rowatt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and Megan Johnson, a Baylor doctoral candidate. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this Baylor research nationally in 2011 and covers research and faculty in psychology and neuroscience.)

Baylor in the News

7/29/2015
July 24, 2015
The "tragic, global crisis in religious persecution, violence, and terrorism" requires America to greatly strengthen its strategies, a letter to top congressional leaders declares, signed by a diverse group of religious, academic and public policy figures, including Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr. The signers endorse H.R. 1150, named the "Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act of 2015" for the retired Virginia congressman and longtime champion of global religious freedom. Wolf now serves as The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor.
7/29/2015
July 26, 2015
Baylor has announced an anonymous alumni gift of $10 million in support of its department of communication sciences and disorders, which provides services to people with speech-language needs. "There is very high demand for skilled healthcare professionals with expertise in communication sciences and disorders," said Baylor executive vice president and provost Edwin Trevathan. "The need for superior research and scholarship in disorders of the ear and brain that impact speech, understanding and hearing has never been greater. Baylor’s department of communication sciences and disorders exemplifies Baylor's Christian commitment to preparing the next generation of healthcare leaders, serving those who are in need, and creating new knowledge that benefits humanity."

Faculty in the News

7/29/2015
July 27, 2015
Each person has a unique door through which God is leading him or her, said Joel Gregory, Ph.D., professor of preaching and The George W. Truett Chair of Preaching and Evangelism at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, as he delivered the keynote address at the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa. Gregory called on the gathering of more than 2,500 Baptist Christians from more than 80 countries to make a commitment to discover the door of opportunity that God has opened for them.
7/29/2015
July 11, 2015
Article by Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor's Honors Program, who examines "disciplinary Bulverism" " determining what penalties should be administered to those people whom others believe to be wrong. It is the second stage of Bulverism, the first being the "explanatory stage," in which people believe they already know who is right, so all they need to debate is why people get things wrong. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers Honors Program research and faculty.)

Students

7/29/2015
July 28, 2015
A prayer vigil was held July 27 in Plano for incoming Baylor freshman, Ben Baker, who died in a tragic car accident July 25. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is quoted in the story: “Our hearts are broken at the tragic passing of Ben Baker, who was the beloved son of a loyal and dedicated Baylor family. Ben had recently attended Line Camp on our campus and was to begin at Baylor this fall. We pray that God’s grace and comfort will surround Ben’s family, his parents, Ben and Allison, and his many friends at this terribly sad hour. We ask the Baylor family to lift up the Bakers and keep them close in their thoughts and prayers.-

Alumni

7/29/2015
July 27, 2015
Baylor alumnus Christopher Steger, B.A. ’79, J.D. ’83, has been sworn as the new federal magistrate for Chattanooga. He was selected from a list of five names by the judges of the Eastern District of Tennessee.
7/29/2015
July 19, 2015
Ben Holmes, B.M.Ed. ’15, has been named the new assistant band director at Glen Rose High School and Junior High campuses. At Baylor, Holmes participated in the Trombone Choir and Octet, Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Golden Wave Marching Band, Courtside Players and the Men's Choir. "For the past five or six years especially, the music program at Baylor has really taken off," he said. "We have great faculty members, so the choral, orchestral and band programs continue to do incredibly well.-

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