Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Mar
2
2015

Climate News Network: Ancient landscapes point to dramatic climate change

Feb. 26, 2015
Scientists from China and the U.S. have discovered prehistoric evidence of mass migration caused by climate change. Steven Forman, Ph.D., professor of geology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, helped lead a study using an optically stimulated luminescence technique to identify when minerals were last exposed to sunlight. According to Forman, the study as a whole “has far-reaching implications for understanding how human populations respond and adapt to drastic climate change.”

Mar
2
2015

CNN: Amid killings and kidnappings, can Christianity survive in the Middle East?

Feb. 27, 2015
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this story, which deals with how savagery by ISIS and other extremists is shrinking the population of openly practicing Christians in the Middle East. “What we’re seeing right now is the latest phase of something that has been going on for 100 years,” Jenkins says. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)

Mar
2
2015

Gift Shop Magazine: Dallas Market Center Names Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications and Vice President, Market Services

Feb. 25, 2015
Cole Daugherty, B.A. ’92 (English), has been named senior vice president of marketing communications at Dallas Market Center, the world’s largest wholesale merchandise mart. In Daugherty’s new role, he will oversee content and creative for marketing communications including public relations, advertising, social media, graphic design, videography and copywriting.

Mar
2
2015

Muskogee (OK) Phoenix: Water advocates focus attention on Arkansas legislation

March 1, 2015
A study measuring phosphorous levels and their effect on nuisance algae specier by Ryan King, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program director of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is mentioned in this article as Arkansas lawmakers draft a bill concerning water quality issues, which ‘must include the adoption of the maximum phosphorous number determined by Dr. King’s current study.’ King and his team from Baylor were chosen out of a pool of experts to help analyze and determine acceptable phosphorus levels and received a $600,000 grant to conduct the study. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers biology faculty and research.)

Mar
2
2015

Nasdaq: Sparton Corporation Appoints Frank A. Wilson to its Board of Directors

Feb. 25, 2015
Frank A. "Andy" Wilson, B.B.A. ’81 (Accounting), has been appointed independent director of Sparton Corporation, a leading contractor for the design and manufacture of low-to-medium volume highly complex electromechanical devices. Wilson joined PerkinElmer in May 2009 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. In this role, he has overall leadership responsibility for the strategy and operations of all Company finance and control functions.

Mar
2
2015

WAMC-FM (Albany, NY/NPR)/Inside Higher Ed: Vikings, Beef and Beer

On WAMC/Inside Higher Ed’s “The Academic Minute,” Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, will discuss the social and political importance of lavish Viking feasts in Iceland centuries ago. Zori, an archeologist and scholar of medieval literature, conducted National Science Foundation-funded research at Mosfell farmstead, where he was archeological field director. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this segment.)

Mar
2
2015

World News Daily: Kurds 'at point of the spear' against ISIS

Feb. 28, 2015
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: Former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, now R-Va., holder of the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor and co-founder of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, recently led a seven-day trip to Iraq. He is warning that the United States must lead decisive action to protect Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution in Iraq, and there may only be months left to save the Christian population there from extinction.

Feb
27
2015

Christianity Today: Why We're Hooked on Heaven and Hell

Feb. 23, 2015
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, explores the timeless cultural obsession with heaven and hell in his latest book “Entertaining Judgment.” In his book, Garrett draws on popular examples of afterlife motif from “The Hunger Games” to Dante. Garrett is quoted.

Feb
27
2015

Exhibitor Online: Dallas Market Center Announces Two Company Promotions

Feb. 26, 2015
Cole Daugherty, B.A. ’92, was named senior vice president of marketing communications at Dallas Market Center. Prior to joining Dallas Market Center, he served as account executive with Springbok Technologies, a Dallas-based public relations agency. In Daugherty’s new role, he will oversee content and creative for marketing communications including public relations, advertising, social media, graphic design, videography and copywriting.

Feb
27
2015

First Things: Beleaguered Behemoth

Feb. 24, 2015
Blog about “Baptists in America: A History,” a book by Baylor scholars Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor and graduate program director of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. Blogger Peter J. Leithart notes that “as Kidd and Hankins detail, the Baptists were the original American outsiders, ‘troublers of churches in all places,’ according to the Puritans, who banished and beat and imprisoned them, often for preaching Baptist doctrine or singing Baptist hymns.” Leithart quotes Kidd and Hankins, who wrote that “Baptists’ enduring feeling of being under attack” is part of the secret of their success, as it helps them to be vigilant. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers history and the Institute for Studies of Religion.)

Feb
27
2015

The Baptist Standard: Around the State

Feb. 23, 2015
Becky Dinnin, B.A. ’88 (Journalism), has been named executive director of the Alamo, where she will oversee all aspects of the Texas landmark, from fundraising to historic preservation. She formerly was the BGCT’s director of communications, and since 2007, has been vice president of image and communications for the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Feb
27
2015

The Dallas Morning News: A look at the best Baylor athletic traditions

Feb. 27, 2015
The Dallas Morning News profiles Baylor’s historic and spirited athletic traditions, including the Baylor Line, Running the Line, the Immortal Ten and Homecoming. “For the first time in decades, Baylor is the hot program in Texas, with success across the board,” the story reads. “However, Baylor is also one of the most historic universities in the nation and it cares deeply about keeping tradition going throughout thick and thin.”

Feb
27
2015

The Washington Post: How long can you go without your phone? Well, what if it’s for a good cause?

Feb. 26, 2015
This story in The Washington Post centers on UNICEF’s Tap Project fundraiser, which prompted people to put down their cellphones, which, in turn, drove donations based on the number of minutes those people were able to keep from using their phones. The article quotes James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, whose research found that college students spend at least eight hours a day on their cellphones. “While they are watching TV and doing their homework, they are posting pictures to Instagram, tweeting and answering emails,” Roberts said. “It’s easy to throw in nine, ten hours a day when you are multitasking.” This story was republished by dozens of media outlets throughout the United States. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers the Hankamer School of Business.)

Feb
27
2015

University Business: New HR technology focuses on compatibility, standardization

Feb. 23, 2015
Article about human resources technology trends includes how HR officials at Baylor University wanted to functionalize connections throughout a person’s career, such as competencies, learning, performance and compensation. Quoted in the article is Tami Nutt, manager of learning and development.

Feb
27
2015

Waco Tribune-Herald: Officials from 6 counties use McLane Stadium for mass fatality training

Feb. 26, 2015
The Heart of Texas Council of Government held a mass fatality functional exercise at McLane Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 26. Approximately 100 people took part in the exercise, including emergency managers, responders, public health officials and justices of the peace. They gathered to rehearse a hypothetical tornado crisis scenario with the hopes of mapping out future emergency plans. Leigh Ann Moffett, director of emergency management for Baylor University, is quoted.

Feb
27
2015

Yahoo! Finance: What Should Employers Do About Misrepresentation?

Feb. 26, 2015
Patricia Wilson, J.D., professor of law at Baylor Law School, provides expert commentary in this article about employers’ rights when they believe employees have misrepresented information. This story, originally published by Entrepreneur magazine, was spurred by the acknowledgement by NBC News anchor Brian Williams that he misrepresented his wartime reporting experience. "Most employees are employees at will, meaning that barring a statute or case law that precludes termination, they can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all,” Wilson said. "If those employees are terminated for lying or exaggerating, they have no legal recourse.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Patricia Wilson as an expert source to Entrepreneur. He covers Baylor Law School.)

Feb
26
2015

Baptist News Global: Pastoral residencies picking up as churches expand ministry, purpose

Feb. 23, 2015
Nick Deere, B.A. ’09 (University Scholar), M.Div. ’14 (Theology), 2014 the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. “It’s a chance to get relevant pastoral experience, and … a chance to continue learning,” Deere says. “Having that will make me better at whatever ministry setting I’m in.”

Feb
26
2015

Baptist News Global: Todd Still named Truett Seminary dean

Feb. 25, 2015
Todd Still has been named dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Still is a New Testament scholar and has served on Baylor’s faculty since 2003. He will be the fifth dean of Truett Seminary. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)