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7/1/2015
June 30, 2015
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences and regional director for the national American Mosquito Control Association, warned of tropical mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever and chikungunya and an ensuing battle to reduce mosquito populations in the Houston area. "Last year it was really bad in the Caribbean," said Duhrkopf, who has studied mosquitoes for more than 40 years. "I mean really bad. It made its way into Florida. So far this year, we've had nine cases of chikungunya in Texas." (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and coordinated the interview.)

Research

7/1/2015
June 30, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
7/1/2015
June 25, 2015
Baylor sociologist Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., who reshaped "test day" in his class by transforming it with balloons, streamers, treats and music, found that students in "learning celebrations" scored higher than students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters. Dougherty, associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, also wrote multiple-choice questions that featured students. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Baylor in the News

7/1/2015
July 1, 2015
Today (July 1) marks the 15th anniversary for National Public Radio on KWBU-FM in the Heart of Texas. Reporter Carlos Morales looks back at the history of the non-profit station that receives funding from grants, Baylor University support, underwriting support from local businesses, and membership to the station.
7/1/2015
June 30, 2015
Waco Tribune-Herald entertainment editor Carl Hoover blogs about KWBU-FM’s 15th anniversary as an NPR affiliate. “Baylor’s support " financial, material and moral " has kept KWBU going as the station evolved and initial subsidies shrank, but community support has been there as well.-

Faculty in the News

7/1/2015
July 1, 2015
VIDEO INCLUDED: Arna Bontemps Hemenway, assistant professor of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, recently won the 2015 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction for his book “Elegy on Kinderklavier.- The judges wrote that the stories in the book are “not afraid to stare in unblinking and finely grained detail at the great sad problem of being alive.- (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers English faculty and research.)

Students

7/1/2015
June 30, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Sarah Michelle De Los Santos talks about her success at Katy High School, where she graduated in the top sixth percentile of her class. “Dedication has a major impact in my life and is something I value over a lot of things,- Santos said. She will major in biochemistry on a pre-medicine track in hope of one day becoming a forensic pathologist.

Alumni

7/1/2015
June 30, 2015
Former Baylor basketball student-athlete Melvin Hunt, B.B.A. ’91, M.S.Ed. ’95, has joined the Dallas Mavericks coaching staff. Hunt will work under head coach Rick Carlisle as the team's lead assistant on the bench. Hunt previously served as the interim head coach for the Denver Nuggets.

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