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5/2/2016
April 29, 2016
Nine of 10 Americans have turned to prayer to heal themselves and others, according to a study by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). “Outside of belief in God, healing prayer might be the most ubiquitous religious practice that there is. This might be one of the most prevalent forms of primary care medicine, and I don't say that lightly,- Levin said. “There's this hidden substrate of spirituality in this country, and by asking these questions, it uncovered something always there that was bubbling beneath the surface. This is not a marginal or minor expression. This is pretty ubiquitous.-
(Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally and arranged the interview. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Research

5/2/2016
April 27, 2016
Article about new research by sociologists Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, Brandon Martinez of Providence College and Gerardo Marti of Davidson College that found that as congregations become more diverse, church attendance is more likely to decline. However, the study also suggests that this loss may be temporary. Their research was published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)
5/2/2016
April 30, 2016
Tom Kelly, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is cited in this article about pharmaceutical company Allergan’s Waco expansion, expected to add $380 million to the Central Texas economy. Kelly conducted a study " an examination of the economic impact of Allergan on Central Texas " which was released in January, as well as a supplemental analysis released at the recent groundbreaking ceremony. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Baylor in the News

5/2/2016
April 29, 2016
Doris Gage, who served as director of Collins Hall for 16 years beginning in 1979, will soon celebrate her 90th birthday, and PineCrest Retirement Community in Lufkin, where Mrs. Gage resides, has invited her former co-workers and student resident assistants to take part in a “Birthday Reunion Party- July 9. “Having lived at home during college, I always felt I missed something by not living on campus,- she said. “I was 55 years old when I interviewed for the assistant dorm director position. Even though they expressed doubts during the interview about hiring a former elementary school music teacher, I had barely returned home before they called to tell me I had the job,- Gage said.

Faculty in the News

5/2/2016
May 1, 2016
Listing of top academic promotions includes the appointment of L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., senior strategist for leadership education for the Divinity School and professor of theology and Christian ministry at Duke University, to executive vice president and provost at Baylor.

Students

5/2/2016
April 30, 2016
Article about the conclusion of a Baylor Focus Firm Partnership Project led by MBA students that formulated a plan for growth and improvement for the city of North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Quoted is Laurie Wilson, director of graduate programs in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, who said the project’s scope was invaluable to the MBA students. “The opportunity to work with a municipality has been an incredible experience for the MBA students at Baylor University. This experience enabled students to see how business and public policy are integrally connected. We hope the City of North Bay finds useful discoveries within the students’ research.-

Alumni

5/2/2016
April 28, 2016
Sue Huston, B.A. ’58, published “I Know God is Alive: He’s in My Kitchen,- a collection of true stories of answered prayer that shows hopeful Christians that God has an active role in the world today and always hears prayer. “These are true stories of prayer being answered,- Huston said. “Sometimes God answers with a caveat, and sometimes the answer is •no.’ But an important part of faith is recognizing that there is always a reason, and there is always an answer.-
5/2/2016
April 29, 2016
Tribute to Bettye Caldwell, a 1945 Baylor graduate known for her pioneering work in early childhood development. In 1967, Dr. Caldwell was a co-founder of the Children’ Center in Syracuse, one of the first infant daycare centers in the nation and became a model for the country’s Head Start program. In 1978 she was named Woman of the Year by Ladies Home Journal.
5/2/2016
April 29, 2016
A coffee bar run by Baylor graduates will join a healthy Mediterranean grill and bakery in a new venture in downtown Waco. John David Beard, B.B.A. (Management) ’14, and Dylan Washington, B.A. (History) ’14, who last year started their own coffee roasting business, will open Pinewood Coffee Roasters this month and hope their coffee shop is about coffee and conversation. “That’s what coffee is here for. It’s a good thing to talk over. It’s a good thing to connect over,- Washington said.

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