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Sep
16
2014

Baylor Twitter, Instagram accounts top 30,000 followers

Recent surveys show about 20% of American adults are on Twitter, and about the same number is on Instagram. When you consider that Baylor has about 160,000 living alumni, that suggests the university should have about 30,000 followers on each platform. Lo and behold, that’s exactly where Baylor sits today. In the last month, Baylor’s official Twitter […]

Sep
16
2014

Cross Country. Anderson Wins Big 12 Runner of the Week Honor

Baylor cross country freshman Eric Anderson was named the Big 12 Men's Runner of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

Sep
16
2014

Football. Cannon Added To Biletnikoff Award Watch List

Baylor freshman wide receiver KD Cannon was one of 12 players added to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Tuesday. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football.

Sep
16
2014

America Weekend: College Students and Cellphone

Sept. 14, 2014
AUDIO: Research published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, found female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, and male students spend about eight hours on them. Out of 164 students surveyed in the study, 60 percent claimed to feel addicted to their phones. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers multidisciplinary research and faculty and placed this story.)

Sep
16
2014

Christianity Today: Does Islam Encourage Violence More Than Other Religions?

Sept. 12, 2014
Article about a new Pew Research Center study that finds that more Americans across the board believe that Islam encourages violence more than other religions quotes an interview CT conducted earlier this year with Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director for Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). In that interview, Stark said “religious violence isn't something new in the world” and that Muslim violence was largely because "most Middle Eastern nations have several Muslim groups that have been bitter enemies for centuries." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR’s research and faculty.)

Sep
16
2014

Entrepreneur: Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship for 2015 (Undergrad)

Sept. 16, 2014
Entrepreneur presents the top 25 undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation as ranked by The Princeton Review. Baylor University’s Entrepreneurship Program came in third. Baylor offers 29 entrepreneurship-related courses and currently has 2,112 students enrolled in the program. Within the past five years, Baylor Entrepreneurship graduates have started 200 companies. In addition, 100 percent of the staff and faculty have reportedly started, bought or run a successful business. Other top-ranked universities include Babson College (#1), University of Houston (#2) and Brigham Young University (#4). (Eric Eckert, media communications specialist in Baylor Media communications, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Sep
16
2014

KWBU-FM (Waco): Central Texas Leadership Series: Truell Hyde

Sept. 12, 2014
AUDIO: Will May, Ph.D., professor of music education and former dean of Baylor’s School of Music, interviews Truell Hyde, Ph.D., vice provost for research at Baylor, as part of the Central Texas Leadership Series on KWBU-FM. May and Hyde discuss the function of research universities, how research complements excellent classroom teaching and the effect of the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative on the Central Texas economy, new research funding and industry and international partnerships.

Sep
16
2014

Medical Express: Pastors get scant seminary training on how to help mentally ill, study finds

Sept. 8, 2014
People struggling with mental illness often turn to pastors for help, but seminaries do very little to train ministers how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or psychologist, according to a Baylor study published in the Journal of Research on Christian Education. Quoted is lead researcher Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in Baylor’s department of psychology and neuroscience and placed this story.)

Sep
16
2014

Miami Herald: Truett sermons digitized for the world to hear

Sept. 15, 2014
Article originally published in the Waco Tribune-Herald and now picked up on the AP wire focuses on Baylor Libraries’ digital audio archive, now online, of 66 sermons recorded between 1941 and 1943 during the end of the ministry of The Rev. George W. Truett at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Hulitt Gloer, Ph.D., professor of preaching and Christian Scriptures at Truett Seminary, and Eric Ames, curator of digital collections at Baylor Libraries, are quoted. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers Truett Seminary, while Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers University Libraries.)

Sep
16
2014

MoneyShow.com: American Traffic Solutions Fleet Services Names David Roberts Executive Vice President

Sept. 11, 2014
American Traffic Solutions (ATS) Fleet Services has announced David Roberts, BBA ‘93, as its new executive vice president.

Sep
16
2014

Real Clear Politics: Dems' Coalition Showing Signs of Strain

Sept. 14, 2014
Curt Nichols, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the Democratic Party as the country heads into midterm elections, noting that many members of groups that formerly supported the party — such as Southern whites, blue-collar workers, Catholics and rural Americans — have gone over to the Republicans because of the perception that Democrats have abandoned the party’s traditional values. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in Baylor’s department of political science.)

Sep
16
2014

Rejuvenate: Why Faith-Based Films Are Becoming Mainstream

Sept. 15, 2014
Industry research has shown that faith-based and family-oriented films have been increasing in annual revenue. 2014 proved to be an especially successful year with a trend of faith-based such as God’s Not Dead, Noah, Son of God, Heaven Is for Real and Exodus. The success of these films has been attributed to the need they are filling in market for positive, family-friendly entertainment. Sarah-Jane Murray, Ph.D., associate professor of Medieval Literature and French in Baylor’s Honors College, is quoted on the power of storytelling. An Emmy-nominated writer and producer, Murray encourages the next generation of story-tellers “to not merely tell Christian stories, but to tell excellent stories that inspire the truth of Jesus.” (Eric Eckert, media communications specialist for Baylor Media Communications, covers the Honors College.)

Sep
16
2014

San Francisco Chronicle: Students toil to put names to bodies of migrants

Sept. 15, 2014
The McClatchy-Tribune wire picks up Claire Osborn’s Austin American-Statesman feature story on the Reuniting Families Project of Lori Baker, Ph. D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and her team of forensic anthropologists and students, who exhumed remains during the summer at a Texas border cemetery to identify them and return them to their families. Interviewed are Baker and Eva Abernathy, a senior anthropology major from Round Rock, Texas. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, is responsible for covering anthropology faculty and research and has been working with national media on Baker’s story since summer 2012. Lewis arranged for these interviews with Baker and Abernathy.)

Sep
16
2014

The American Conservative: The Case Against a Unified Kurdistan

Sept. 15, 2014
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), writes setting up an independent Kurdistan in Iraq is an excellent idea, but that encouraging Kurdish secession in Iran, Turkey and Syria would increase regional chaos and strife, and “violence would likely spread into Turkish and Kurdish communities in Western Europe." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR’s research and faculty.)

Sep
16
2014

The Dallas Morning News: Pinched consumers going on saving spree, looking for deals

Sept. 14, 2014
Rampant spending isn’t dead, but today’s consumer is more prudent, looking for ways to save money, buying cheaper brands and spending a larger share of income on necessities, according to this article in The Dallas Morning News that quotes James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “We really are a little bit scared — memories of how catastrophic it was and how much worse it could have been in 2007-2008,” Roberts said. “I think we all still see an economy that we don’t trust — that the other shoe’s going to drop.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business and arranged the interview with Roberts.)

Sep
16
2014

The New Yorker: The Church of U2

Sept. 16, 2014
This article, which examines the band U2’s theological worldview and break from organized religion, mentions Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, for his explanation of U2’s lack of religious identification in his book We Get to Carry Each Other: The Gospel According to U2. Today many of U2’s songs incorporate theological undertones “too spiritual for rock but too strange for church.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the department of English.)

Sep
16
2014

Velma Dwyer

Sympathies to the family of Velma Dwyer, retired Baylor staff member, who passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014.

Sep
16
2014

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco to ask Obama to make mammoth site national monument

Sept. 15, 2014
Waco City Council is considering whether to forward a proposal to President Obama requesting that the Waco Mammoth Site -- where Baylor University scientists have unearthed more than 24 mammoths over the past three decades -- be made into a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The act allows presidents to grant national park titles without subsequent approval from Congress. The National Park Conservation Associated plans to present the city council’s resolution along with a support letter from Baylor University to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and National Park Service director.

Sep
16
2014

Wealthy Citizens Have More Clout in State Government, but Stricter Lobbying Rules Can Help Close the Gap, Baylor Study Finds

WACO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2014) — State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens’ political opinions compared to poor citizens’ opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can help curb this trend and promote more equal political representation, according to a Baylor University study.