Baylor in the News

In the Spotlight

8/27/2015
VIDEO: In this preview story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, discusses the work she and her forensic anthropology students conduct in an effort to identify those who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker and her team work in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas exhuming remains. Afterwards, they return to Baylor to begin the labor-intensive identification process. “We tell ourselves it only takes one to make it worth our effort,- Baker said. The full story will air at 8 p.m. tonight on Al Jazeera America. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has been working with national media on Dr. Baker's work since 2013. Lewis covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)

Baylor Stadium News

8/27/2015
Aug. 27, 2015
Interview with Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology, chief information officer and dean of University Libraries at Baylor, on the planning, execution and management of the state-of-the-art technology at McLane Stadium. Orr discusses her role in the integration of new technology, how her department anticipated fans’ future connectivity needs and her reflections on the first season in the stadium. “We were very pleased with the performance of McLane, and so we intend to continue that support and continue the technology that we rolled out last year,- Orr said.

Research

8/27/2015
Aug. 23, 2015
A recent study suggests that individuals with psychopathic personality traits are less likely to be affected by the phenomenon known as contagious yawning than those who have a normal capacity for empathy, according to a study by Baylor researchers published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has placed this story nationally. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)
8/27/2015
Aug. 27, 2015
As a country’s gender equality in the workplace increases, so does the country’s homicide rate, according to a Baylor study that studied 146 countries based on multiple years of social and economic data. Researcher Katie Corcoran, Ph.D., nonresident fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, noted that “the finding does not mean that gender equality in employment increases homicide rates, but there is a correspondence. What remains uncertain is the •why’ behind this relationship, although prior research suggests it may be due to threatening male status.- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, has placed this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty, as well as the Institute for Studies of Religion.)

Baylor in the News

8/27/2015
Aug. 26, 2015
Representatives of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff and Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing joined in a “passing the mantle- ceremony Aug. 26. The event commemorated the legacy of Texas Baptists at 333 N. Washington Ave. in Dallas and the future of the nursing school that soon will take residency in the 100,000-square-foot building. Quoted in the article about the building's shared spiritual found are Shelley Conroy, Ed.D., dean of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, and BGCT Executive Director David Hardage, B.A. Religion '79.
8/27/2015
Aug. 26, 2015
Article about a coalition of international religious freedom groups urging the Senate to approve a six-year reauthorization for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and reject attempts to cripple the organization. The story references another bipartisan group of thought leaders, including Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr, that called upon Congress last month to pass HR 1150 and “develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious freedom.-

Faculty in the News

8/27/2015
Aug. 26, 2015
Alan Jacobs, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in Baylor’s Honors Program, writes about political parties and the complexity of how/whether defending religious liberty should affect foreign intervention.

Students

8/27/2015
Aug. 24, 2015
VIDEO: Baylor University junior Aleena Garcia is shattering stereotypes as one of the only female assistant football coaches in the state of Texas. Garcia coaches high school football at Live Oak Classical School, of which she is an alumna. Though content coaching high school, Garcia dreams of one day moving up to the collegiate level.

Alumni

8/27/2015
Aug. 26, 2015
Former Baylor women’s basketball student-athlete Sophia Young-Malcolm, B.S. Education ’06, will retire from her 10-year WNBA career with the San Antonio Stars on Sept. 5. An All-American and National Champion at Baylor and a three-time All-Star with the Stars, Young-Malcolm helped shape both the Stars and the Lady Bears with her determination and tireless work ethic. “Sophia helped put Baylor University on the map, period,- said Lady Bear head coach Kim Mulkey. “We will always be indebted to her, and she’ll go down in history as a great player and a positive ambassador.
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