Baylor in the News

In the Spotlight

12/6/2016
Dec. 5, 2016
It’s time to re-friend and unblock those people you unfriended and blocked on social media before and after the election, says Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor University, in this Q&A. “We have to find some type of mutual understanding,- she said. The path to healing, in a social media context, begins with having friends who have a variety of viewpoints, she said. (Kalli Damschen, student newswriter for Baylor Media Communications, interviewed Moody-Ramirez for an expert pitch to national media.)

Research

12/6/2016
Dec. 1, 2016
Article about how “phone snubbing- or “phubbing- can seriously damage relationships cites Baylor University research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “People who reported being at the receiving end of phubbing also reported higher levels of conflict over smartphone use than those who reported less phubbing. Not surprisingly, higher levels of smartphone-related conflict reduced levels of relationship satisfaction,- Roberts said.
12/6/2016
Dec. 5, 2016
Findings from a two-year study by Ryan S. King, Ph.D., professor of biology and graduate program director in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, will be included in a comprehensive report to the governors of Arkansas and Oklahoma to recommend a phosphorus standard for Oklahoma's designated scenic rivers.
12/6/2016
Nov. 30, 2016
Wives who have a romantic view of marriage are less likely to do volunteer work, leading their husbands to volunteer less as well, according to a Baylor University study published in Sociological Perspectives journal. Lead author Young-Il Kim, Ph.D., research assistant professor in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), set out to test the claim of a study done more than 40 years ago that marriage is a “greedy institution- that makes it harder for couples to spend time and money on other people and institutions. The Baylor study also found that time spent solely with their wives was positively associated with husbands' reports of their own volunteering.
12/6/2016
Dec. 1, 2016
Research led by Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, found that people trying to shed pounds, but who regularly spend time with heavier people, may feel more comfortable with those individuals, but they are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives.

Baylor in the News

12/6/2016
Dec. 5, 2016
Baylor University filled the yearlong job opening of vice president of marketing and communications Monday with Jason Cook, a communications leader at Texas A&M University since 2003. “After spending time talking with Jason and hearing his passion for telling the Baylor story and his belief in our Christian mission, the selection team and I knew he was the right person to fill this important role,- Baylor Interim President David Garland said in a statement about Cook, senior associate athletic director of external affairs at A&M. Cook said it is "a tremendous honor and privilege to join the Baylor Family at this important time, and I am humbled to serve such an outstanding university. Baylor holds a special place in higher education with its commitment as a research institution founded upon a Christian mission.-
12/6/2016
Dec. 5, 2016
After serving in various communications roles at Texas A&M for 13 years, senior associate athletic director Jason Cook has been hired by Baylor to serve as vice president over the Division of Marketing and Communications. He will transition into the role in mid-December. Baylor Interim President David Garland said Cook’s varied experiences in corporate marketing, crisis management, athletics communication and higher education marketing will be “an invaluable addition to the university's leadership team.-
12/6/2016
Dec. 5, 2016
Baylor University filled the yearlong job opening of vice president of marketing and communications Monday with Jason Cook, a communications leader at Texas A&M University since 2003. “After spending time talking with Jason and hearing his passion for telling the Baylor story and his belief in our Christian mission, the selection team and I knew he was the right person to fill this important role,- Baylor Interim President David Garland said in a statement.
12/6/2016
Dec. 4, 2016
Baylor University’s McLane Carillon, located in the tower of Pat Neff Hall, brings a lot of joy to many, especially during Christmas season. University Carillonneur Lynnette Geary performed a special Christmas program on Sunday. The carillon also is played to celebrate graduations and special occasions, besides the bells going off every hour from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Faculty in the News

12/6/2016
Dec. 6, 2016
Question-and-answer with Andrea L. Turpin, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, about her book, “A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917." In it, she explores how the entrance of women into U.S. colleges and universities shaped changing ideas about the moral and religious purposes of higher education in unexpected ways and shaped American culture.
12/6/2016
Dec. 4, 2016
Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of educational leadership, Master Teacher and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University, has renovated and opened a North Waco home once green-tagged as unsafe for habitation. Now it is a neighborhood social hub aimed at breaking down prejudices, separation and fear. Many residents no longer know their neighbors, which includes people several streets over, not just in the immediate surrounding area, Scales said. “We don’t have that opportunity unless we have a space where we can gather and meet,- she said.

Alumni

12/6/2016
Nov. 30, 2016
Feature on renowned tenor Jay Hunter Morris, B.M.Ed. (Choral Music) ’86, who grew up the son of a preacher in a small East Texas town. “Many of us grew up singing in church and in choir and it makes you want to study voice,- he says. “Once you get exposed to (singing), it’s easy to catch the fever.-
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