Baylor in the News

In the Spotlight

12/19/2014
Dec. 18, 2014
Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been named one of nine finalists for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year, for her efforts identifying immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker, who founded the Reuniting Families Project in 2003, has worked to identify the unknown and provide their families with closure and an opportunity to give their loved ones a proper burial. In this editorial, Baker is quoted about her efforts: “We’re better than leaving the dead forgotten, no matter how they came here. I want people to know Texas, and the Texas spirit, is better than that.- The Dallas Morning News Texas of the Year recognizes “a Texan (or Texans) who has had uncommon impact " either positive or negative " over the year.- (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)
12/19/2014
Dec. 19, 2014
Opinion blogger and Baylor alumna Sharon Grigsby, B.A. ’78, explains why Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was selected as a finalist for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. For more than a decade, Baker has worked to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. This past summer, she traveled to Brooks County, Texas with her forensic anthropology team and exhumed 52 remains and transported them to her lab at Baylor to conduct DNA analysis for identification purposes. Grigsby wrote that Baker is “the best of what The Baylor Nation is all about. Sic, •em.- (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Research

12/19/2014
Dec. 18, 2014
Article originally published Dec. 3 in the New York Times about the negative effects that technology can have on interpersonal relationships references a study by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professorship in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that paying too much attention to a cellphone could ruin relationships with loved ones and friends. “Phubbing your significant other by giving precedence to your phone activities over paying attention to your significant other is a path to strained relationships,- Roberts said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor media communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business. Dr. Roberts’ initial research was pitched and placed in numerous national media outlets by Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications.)

Baylor in the News

12/19/2014
Dec. 19, 2014
Waco television station KWTX-TV, Channel 10, will air “A Baylor Christmas- five times between Sunday and Christmas Day with additional broadcasts on KWTX-TV-CW, Bryan-College Station’s KBTX and stations in Laredo plus Monroe and Alexandria, Louisiana. The one-hour special was recorded Dec. 4-5 at this year’s “Christmas at Baylor- concerts, a nearly 50-year-old tradition featuring performers from Baylor’s School of Music.
12/19/2014
Dec. 18, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,- Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)
12/19/2014
Dec. 19, 2014
A $2 million gift from Jerry and Susie Wilson of Dallas will be used to establish a new endowed professor chair in religious freedom at Baylor, which will support the university’s efforts to rally support for the preservation, protection and defense of religious freedom in Congress. “The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom will help ensure that Baylor University vigorously and effectively addresses the significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship and, in particular, Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom,- Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr said. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers majors gifts and University Development.)

Faculty in the News

12/19/2014
Dec. 17, 2014
The holiday season can be difficult for those who are grieving. Helen Harris, Ed.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s School of Social Work and an expert on grief, provides tips on how to interact with those grieving the loss of loved ones during the Christmas season. “It is OK to say, •I don’t know what to say but I want you to know that I care,’- Harris said. “It is a better choice than saying nothing, or saying things that judge and marginalize.- (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the School of Social Work and pitched and placed this story nationally.)
12/19/2014
Dec. 16, 2014
VIDEO: Thomas S. Kidd, history professor and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion discusses his new book, “George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.- Kidd says Whitfield, an 18th century evangelist, was “uniquely anointed and powerful about his preaching- based on the many testimonies from those that experienced the “power, thunder and lightning of Whitefield’s preaching.- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in ISR and the department of history.)
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