Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jul
2
2015

225: Baton Rouge couples take on the Boston Marathon

Baylor graduates, Brad Oswalt, B.B.A ‘00, and Erin Childs Oswalt, B.A. ’01, ran in this year’s Boston Marathon together. Brad and Erin met in college and began running together during their time at Baylor. Brad initially said that he took up running to be able to spend time with Erin, but over time his passion for the sport grew. In 2006, the couple ran their first half-marathon together and they did not stop there. In 2012, they ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando together, and in 2014 and 2015 they both qualified for the Boston Marathon. Erin is now currently training for an Ironman race in Panama City Beach, Florida in the fall, and Brad will likely begin marathon training in August. The couple runs six days a week with two other couples from Baton Rouge.

Jul
2
2015

Houston Chronicle: Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in The Woodlands

July 1, 2015
Record-breaking rainfall in Texas has resulted in higher-than-usual mosquito populations said Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D. Baylor University professor of biology. As mosquito populations increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. This week a sample of mosquitos collected from The Woodlands tested positive for West Nile. Duhrkopf states that mosquitos testing positive for the virus is a warning sign for people to take precautions. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story. She covers biology faculty and research.)

Jul
2
2015

Science Daily: Misquotes and memes: Did Ben Rankin really say that?

July 1, 2015
Blaine McCormick, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the management department in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and author of the book “Ben Franklin: America’s Original Entrepreneur,” discuss the legitimacy of Ben Franklin quotes and memes found on social media. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jul
2
2015

TheNew10.Treasury.gov: Baylor Historian Looks Beyond Familiar Names To Women Who Merit Consideration

June 29, 2015
The U.S. Treasury’s website dedicated to news about the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill includes a story about Dr. Kim Kellison’s suggestions of remarkable but maybe lesser known women who meet the Treasury’s criteria as champions of democracy or who helped break boundaries in a democratic society. As a result, the Treasury invited Dr. Kellison to participate this week in a conference call to provide input and feedback on the historic change. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Dr. Kellison’s list to national media outlets.)

Jul
2
2015

Waco Tribune Herald: Arts: Anti-intellectualism the cause of our ills?

July 2, 2015
David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history at Baylor University, states that the anti-social troubles in the U.S. are not caused racism, easy access to gun or dissolution of the family, but rather by anti-intellectualism and an abandonment of reason. Smith states that “an appreciation of the arts is not (elitist), because anyone can teach him or herself how to appreciate them simply by taking the time to look, listen and think.” Additionally, “It’s not that we don’t respect any intelligence, because most of the time, to some extent at least, we seem to,” Smith said. “It’s more accurate to say that we’re intensely skeptical of any intelligence directed to purposes that aren’t immediately practical.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the history department.)

Jul
2
2015

Waco Tribune Herald: EDITORIAL: In praise of KWBU on its 15th anniversary

July 2, 2015
Local Waco radio Station KWBU-FM celebrated its 15th anniversary this week. The station offers a variety of programs including Baylor University President Ken Starr’s engaging interviews with prominent newsmakers on “On Topic” to “Science Friday.” The station also plays classical, jazz and folk music along with a wide selection of news programming including the Central Texas Leadership Series, which offers an insight into what makes local leaders tick.

Jul
2
2015

Waco Tribune Herald: New home field for the 4th: Independence Day touches down at McLane Stadium

July 2, 2015
Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos will move from Waco’s Indian Spring Park to Baylor University’s McLane Stadium Saturday. The 20-minute H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza will still take place above the Brazos River. The move to McLane Stadium will allow more room for spectators and will also use traffic control and parking plans developed for Baylor football games.

Jul
2
2015

WRAL.com (Raleigh, NC): Campbell prepares for presidential transition

June 29, 2015
J. Bradley Creed, B.A. religion ‘79, has been named the new president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Creed will come from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as professor of religion, provost and executive vice president. Creed is a Jacksonville, Texas, native and previously served as dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

Jul
1
2015

Absolutely Katy: Meet Sarah Michelle De Lost Santos Fernandez

June 30, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Sarah Michelle De Los Santos talks about her success at Katy High School. At Katy, Santos graduated in the top sixth percentile of her class with a GPA of 4.16/5.0, received academic achievement awards her sophomore and junior years and was recognized as the Student of the Month twice during her senior year. “Dedication has a major impact in my life and is something I value over a lot of things,” Santos said. “Nothing can be done without putting in 110 percent of everything you’ve got and striving to do your very best and nothing less. It is my driving force to work hard in order to see results.” Santos will major in biochemistry on a pre-medicine track in hope of one day becoming a forensic pathologist.

Jul
1
2015

Brightsurf: Huge congregations view racial inequality differently than others do, Baylor study shows

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.)

Jul
1
2015

KWBU-FM (Waco, NPR): Today KWBU Celebrates 15 Years of NPR in Heart of Texas

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 station. KWBU 103.3 FM is a non-profit station and receives funding from grants, Baylor University support, underwriting support from local businesses, and membership to the station.

Jul
1
2015

Mavs.com: Melvin Hunt Joins Mavs Coaching Staff

June 30, 2015
Former Baylor University basketball player and graduate Melvin Hunt, B.B.A. ’91 and M.S.Ed. ’95, has joined the Dallas Mavericks coaching staff. Hunt will work under head coach Rick Carlisle as the teams lead assistant on the bench. Hunt previously served as the interim head coach for the Denver Nuggets prior to joining the Mavs. Hunt began his coaching career at Temple High School in Temple, Texas.

Jul
1
2015

Science Daily: Tests vs. Fests: Students in 'learning celebrations' rather than exams scored higher and enjoyed themselves

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.)

Jul
1
2015

The Houston Chronicle: Authorities ready to battle mosquitoes

June 30, 2015
Richard Duhrkopf, the regional director for the national American Mosquito Control Association and associate professor of biology in Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences, warned of tropical mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue fever and chikungunya and an ensuing battle to reduce mosquito populations in the Houston area. “So far this year, we've had nine cases of chikungunya in Texas," Duhrkopf said. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and coordinated the interview.)

Jul
1
2015

The Mundane Muse: 2015 PEN Hemingway Award

July 1, 2015
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.)

Jul
1
2015

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco public radio station KWBU marks 15th anniversary

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.”

Jun
30
2015

Christianity Today: What the Mirror Can’t See

June 29, 2015
This article mentions a 2013 Baylor study of 389 U.S. congregations that had attracted and retained people from diverse races and ethnic groups. But even in churches with a nearly perfect three-way ethnic split – with the largest racial group making up 35 percent of the congregation – members of “out-groups” felt they didn’t belong. The study was led by sociologist Brandon C. Martinez, a doctoral candidate in the College of Arts & Sciences, and published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the story about the study to national media outlets when it was released. She covers sociology research and faculty.)