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1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
Collin College and Baylor University announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr attended the signing ceremony and is quoted in the article: “The Baylor Bound program is focused on helping qualified students transfer to Baylor in a direct and efficient manner, saving time and maximizing financial resources. We are grateful to Collin College for entering into this important partnership, which will provide greater educational access for dedicated students in the North Texas area.â€- (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers university initiatives.)

Research

1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
Baylor University sleep researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., is featured in a question-and-answer interview with Medical Research Editor Marie Benz, M.D. In his review of 50 years of sleep research, Scullin â€" director of Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory â€" found that obtaining adequate amounts of sleep through middle age may help to maintain mental functions as much as 30 years later. The article was published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science. Scullin is an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)
1/27/2015
Jan. 25, 2015
According to researchers at the Baylor University Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, sleeping soundly when you are young may help preserve your cognitive abilities as you get older. The study led by Michael K. Scullin, Ph.D., lab director and assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences, said that individuals who do not get sufficient shut-eye have higher chances of becoming absent-minded. “It's the difference between investing up front rather than trying to compensate later," Scullin said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)
1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
More than a third of American clergy members are obese, with stress long hours, low pay and lack of self-care being among the culprits, according to a Baylor University study. But the profession has some built-in prevention methods that can help clergy be healthier â€" such as sabbaticals and theological support for one day a week off â€" if they can take advantage of them, according to lead researcher Todd Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The study was published in the journal Social Science Research. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
Article about research by Baylor University and Hope College showing that individual biblical literalism is negatively associated with college completion and congregational biblical literalism is negatively related to college attainment. The study was led by sociologist Samuel Stroope, who earned his Ph.D. from Baylor in 2013 and now is an assistant professor of sociology at Louisiana State University. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)
1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
Genes and environment contribute to the link between drinking alone or under peer pressure, according to a study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. One of the researchers was Shawn J. Latendresse, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)

Baylor in the News

1/27/2015
Jan. 27, 2015
Baylor University and Collin College announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr attended the signing ceremony and is quoted in the article: “The Baylor Bound program is focused on helping qualified students transfer to Baylor in a direct and efficient manner, saving time and maximizing financial resources. We are grateful to Collin College for entering into this important partnership, which will provide greater educational access for dedicated students in the North Texas area.â€- (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers university initiatives.)
1/27/2015
Jan. 25, 2015
Article about John Valles, one of the Texas liberators of World War II concentration camps, whose memoir is housed in Baylor’s Institute for Oral History. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers the Institute for Oral History.)

Faculty in the News

1/27/2015
Jan. 23, 2015
Sgt. Jim Huggins, lecturer of forensic science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and deputy director of the International Consortium of Forensic Identification, will present a lecture on “Forensic Science in South Texas: Putting a Name to Those Who Died Crossing the Borderâ€- Jan. 30 at Richland College. A retired Texas Ranger, Huggins has been a part of the ongoing “Reuniting Families Projectâ€- in collaboration with Lori Baker, Ph.D., founder and Baylor associate professor of anthropology. The project helps to recover and identify the remains of unnamed individuals who died while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
1/27/2015
Jan. 25, 2015
(Second item)Young-Il Kim, research assistant professor at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, has received a $100,000 grant from the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network to evaluate a program for fathers in nine Ohio cities. Researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of an education program by analyzing changes in the quality and quantity of father-child relationships after an experimental group of fathers attend a 20-hour training regimen. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)
1/27/2015
Jan. 23, 2015
Thomas Kidd, Ph. D., the associate director of Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, professor of history and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion, is interviewed by EthicsDaily.com, a website for which he is a frequent columnist. He answers questions about his personal life and states that Isaiah 26:4 is a favorite verse for him because “peaceful trust seems to be a perpetual challengeâ€- for him, yet “God’s character is the answer.â€-

Students

1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
Former Baylor student athlete Isaiah Austin, diagnosed with Marfan’s syndrome a week before he was expected to be a first pick in the NBA draft in June, spoke to students about his faith and experiences during a visit to Saint Raphael’s Catholic School in Raleigh, North Carolina, this week. He now is manager of Baylor’s basketball team and has begun a foundation to support research on Marfan’s syndrome. Austin told students his faith helped him accept his condition and new life. “This is what God had planned for me, and I’m happy with it,â€- he said. “I’m living with it.â€-

Alumni

1/27/2015
Jan. 26, 2015
Article mentions the 30-year anniversary of the film Fandango, directed by Baylor alumnus Kevin Reynolds (B.A. 1974). The comedy/drama, which starred Kevin Costner, is about five college students from Texas in 1971 who go on a last road trip together, celebrating the "privilege of youth" as they face graduation, marriage and the draft for the Vietnam War.

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