Baylor in the News

Research

10/22/2014
Oct. 21, 2014
People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study. Cited is research by Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, whose study was published in the journal Social Forces. He and other researchers analyzed data from 21 industrialized countries collected by the World Values Survey from 1981 to 2007, with nearly 50,000 respondents. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, who covers political science, pitched this initial story in August.)
10/22/2014
Oct. 20, 2014
Ospreys do not carry significant amounts of human pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread occurrence of these chemicals in water, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Baylor University research. The finding, published by Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, is the first published study that examines the bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals in the water-fish-osprey food web. Fish exhibit abnormal behavior and lower levels of anxiety when exposed to drugs used to treat depression and other disorders. A 2012 study by Baylor University researchers found that human data for drug activity can be used to predict surface water concentrations of antidepressants that negatively impact fish behavior. That study was done by Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in environmental sciences.)

Baylor in the News

10/22/2014
Oct. 22, 2014
Baylor University is mentioned as one of the few universities in the country that offers sign language courses, and Baylor was highlighted for offering a minor in sign language.

Faculty in the News

10/22/2014
Oct. 22, 2014
Article on the response to President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain to manage the administration’s response to the deadly virus quotes Martin Medhurst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “I think Obama has gotten himself caught between not speaking out quickly enough and when he did, it wasn’t really what needed to be said,- Medhurst said.
10/22/2014
Oct. 21, 2014
Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media and author of “People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music- and “Nothing but Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement," writes about the current Umbrella Revolution happening in Hong Kong, where citizens are protesting the oppression put upon them by the Chinese government. He expects freedom songs such “We Shall Overcome- to soon make an appearance at the protests, as they have at many protests and demonstrations in world history, because of the power and encouragement in the lyrics.
10/22/2014
Oct. 20, 2014
Article on the political turmoil in eastern Ukraine quotes Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. He expects the new parliament in Ukraine to “reflect the political changes that have occurred in most of Ukraine since late 2013.-

Alumni

10/22/2014
Oct. 22, 2014
Christopher B. Trowbridge, J.D., 1998; B.B.A., 1995, was recently named Chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. He has been a member of the BGCD board of directors since 2006.
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