Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jul
1
2016

Daily Mail (United Kingdom): American parents have the largest 'happiness gap' between them and childless people than 22 other countries

June 29, 2016
American parents are generally unhappier than their childless counterparts in the United States, and the country has the largest 'happiness' gap of 22 industrialized countries, according to a study co-authored by Baylor. The reason the U.S. is “strikingly behind” is the relative lack of such policies as parental leave and flexible work schedules, said researcher Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story and arranged the interview. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
1
2016

San Juan Island (Washington) Update: Community Foundation Awards Scholarships

June 22, 2016
Emily Guard, a junior accounting major at Baylor University, was awarded a renewal of the Inskeep Legacy Scholarship given by the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The fund provides a permanent source of scholarships for the education of the island’s students.

Jul
1
2016

The Baptist Standard: Baylor interim president cites continued improvements

June 30, 2016
Baylor is doubling the size of its counseling center’s staff and has trained about 600 employees as campus security authorities, Interim President David Garland reported in a June 29 letter to the faculty, staff, students and alumni. “We are daily working to ensure than our 16,000 students are safe . . . We are resolved to create a culture of accountability and respect across the entire campus and are refining processes and systems to ensure we respond rapidly and sensitively when students report incidents of interpersonal violence and seek our help.” Garland provided updates on how Baylor is responding to the 105 recommendations from the Pepper Hamilton law firm, which investigated the university’s responses to sexual violence complaints.

Jul
1
2016

The Baptist Standard: Research shows U.S. parents less happy than childless people

June 29, 2016
American parents generally are not as happy as people who aren’t parents, while the United States has the largest “happiness gap” among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to a study by researchers at Baylor, the University of Texas at Austin and Wake Forest University. A main reason is the relative lack of workplace “packages’’ of policies such as paid sick time, paid vacation, flexible work hours, and paid maternal or parental leave, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jul
1
2016

The Huffington Post: What the Rapid Growth of Computer Science Means for the Future

June 28, 2016
Bill Poucher, Ph.D., professor of computer science in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and executive director of ACM-ICPC, writes about the future of computer science education in the next 10 to 20 years. This essay originally appeared on Quora, the knowledge-sharing network in which compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. “Yes, we need to be skilled at using the tools of the Information Age. But, far more, we need to better understand the world we live in, the world we have the responsibility to care for,” Poucher says.

Jul
1
2016

Toronto Sun: Bound for University: Tips to help deal with the transition from high school to higher education

June 29, 2016
Becky Scott, M.S.W., lecturer in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, provides tips for parents on adjusting when their children transition to college or university, which can be as difficult for parents as it is for students leaving the house. “For parents, there may be some challenges in the adjustment to a new role in their lives analogous to the adjustment that was navigated at the time of first becoming a parent,” Scott said. (Karyn Simpson, student newswriter in Baylor Media Communications, researched and wrote this “hot topic,” while Eric Eckert, media communications specialist, pitched Scott as an expert source to media.)

Jul
1
2016

WVTM-TV (Birmingham, AL/NBC): Addicted to your phone? Not really!

June 15, 2016
VIDEO: Story on smartphone addiction cites a Baylor University study that found that women spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, while men spend an average of eight. The study was released in August 2014 by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Hankamer School of Business. (This research was pitched nationally in August 2014. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Jun
30
2016

Around the State: Baylor The Baptist Standard: Campus Kitchen awarded

June 28, 2016
The national Campus Kitchens Project presented its “Going Beyond the Meal” Award to Baylor University’s Campus Kitchen during the 2016 Food Waste and Hunger Summit. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, covers University initiatives and placed this story.)

Jun
30
2016

ASHRAE.org: Outstanding Achievements Recognized At ASHRAE’s Annual Conference

June 25, 2016
Dennis L. O’Neal, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, dean of Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, received a Technical Paper Award, which recognizes the authors of the best papers presented at the annual conference of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers). Dr. O’Neal, research assistant Douglas Damon Ingram and Carl Reid of Bee USA received the award for their paper “Modeling Fan Powered Terminal Unit Fan/Motor Combinations Controlled by Silicon-Controlled Rectifiers.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers engineering and computer science research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2016

CBS News: Why parents in the U.S. have the biggest "happiness gap"

June 29, 2016
Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those without children, with the major reason being the relative lack of family-friendly policies in the American workplace, like paid sick and vacation days, flexible work hours and paid parental leave, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The U.S. also has the largest "happiness gap" among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to the study, to be published in the American Journal of Sociology. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
30
2016

KOSA-TV (Odessa/CBS): Researcher: Zika Mosquitoes ‘Bite at All Times of the Day’

June 22, 2016
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is working to prevent the spread of mosquitoes with the Zika virus. Duhrkopf said Zika-carrying mosquitoes act differently than other breeds. They breed in almost any container with standing water, large or small, and are active throughout the day. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert on mosquitoes and Zika virus.)

Jun
30
2016

KWKT-TV (Waco/FOX): Baylor addresses under-employed Central Texans

June 29, 2016
VIDEO INCLUDED: Researchers with Baylor's Center for Community Research and Development joined local social service agencies and TXU Energy to outline community needs and resources as electricity bills increase in extreme weather. CCRD showed research on the poverty rates in six Central Texas counties, as well as earnings per job. "Workers in this community are making a lot less money, and they are struggling, when you know big bills hit in the summertime because of electricity or a family emergency hits. These people are often not employed in jobs that pay well enough to cover them in those kind of circumstances," said Carson Mencken, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who also showed the progress in Central Texas addressing needs and reaching the state average in earnings.

Jun
30
2016

KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): More Working Families Live in Poverty

June 20, 2016
VIDEO: Baylor’s Center for Community Development (CCRD) highlighted research Census data that shows that a significant number of the families suffering are working families and those on fixed incomes, who have difficulty paying for utilities, especially when bills are high during the hot summer months. CCRD joined local social service agencies and TXU Energy to outline community needs and resources as electricity bills increase in extreme weather.

Jun
30
2016

Patch (Tredyffrin-Easttown, PA): 3rd Annual Performance Arts Summer Camp at Tredyffrin Public Library

June 28, 2016
Maria Dell’Orefice, a sophomore at Baylor University majoring in applied music, will be an accompanist this summer at the Tredyffrin Township Libraries’ performance arts summer camp. The summer camp employs Conestoga High School graduates to help run the musical theatre camp. Dell’Orefice also plays for the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, is the music director and pianist of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Waco, Texas, and has won numerous piano competitions.

Jun
30
2016

Temple Daily Telegram: Battershell named Region 12 Superintendent of the Year

June 28, 2016
Temple (Texas) ISD Superintendent Robin Battershell was named the Region 12 Superintendent of the Year and also earned a nomination as 2016 Texas Superintendent of the Year, which is presented by the Texas Association of School Boards. “The Education Service Center Region 12 is delighted to recognize Dr. Battershell as one of the top superintendents in the great state of Texas,” said Jerry Maze, executive director of ESC Region 12. “She was chosen by a committee of school board members from around our region for her skill in aligning school and community resources for the continuing success of TISD students.”

Jun
30
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: 2 Baylor greats on Texas Sports Hall of Fame ballot

June 28, 2016
Two of Baylor’s best modern-era student-athletes – Sophia Young-Malcolm, B.S.Ed. (Physical Education) ’06, and Jason Jennings, who lettered in baseball from 1997-99, are up for consideration for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Young-Malcolm guided the Lady Bears to the program’s first national championship in 2005, while winning Big 12 Player of the Year, first-team All-American and NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player recognition. Jennings was a three-time All-American who won consensus National Player of the Year honors in 1999.

Jun
30
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: EDITORIAL: Agencies, nonprofits, TXU devoted to keeping summer heat bearable

June 30, 2016
Editorial about a group of nonprofit leaders, Baylor researchers and TXU officials who gathered to discuss how extreme weather can impact local citizens living in poverty or on a fixed income and offered assistance in keeping utilities on as the temperatures rise. Carson Mencken, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, showed 2014 Census data that shows McLennan County with a strikingly higher poverty rate than the state average. The Trib editorial board praised TXU Energy Aid, which is the largest electricity bill-payment assistance program of all competitive electricity providers in the United States.

Jun
30
2016

Working Mother: U.S. Parents Far Unhappier than People Without Kids—and Here's Why

June 28, 2016
Parents in the United States generally are not as happy as those without children, with the major reason being the relative lack of family-friendly policies in the American workplace, like paid sick and vacation days, flexible work hours and paid parental leave, said co-researcher Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The U.S. also has the largest "happiness gap" among parents compared to nonparents in 22 industrialized countries, according to the study, to be published in the American Journal of Sociology. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
29
2016

Arkansas Online (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): Trump Stumped by Jesus’ Answer to Disciples

June 25, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been courting religious leaders, has drawn attention for his responses to the question about who exactly Jesus was and what is needed for salvation. Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, said that no one expects a “canned evangelic-sounding answer” when Trump faces religious questions, but the key is whether he can use personal language that rings true.

Jun
29
2016

Bulldog Reporter: Lewis Public Relations Hires Ashton Brown as Associate, Promotes Shelby Tidwell to Senior Associate

June 29, 2016
Ashton Brown, BA (Journalism) ’16, was hired by Lewis Public Relations in Dallas as an associate. Shelby Tidwell, BA (Journalism) ’15, was promoted to senior associate. Brown previously interned for Baylor University Media Communications, Levenson Group, and McLennan Community College’s Office of Marketing and Communications. While at Baylor, she was twice recognized by faculty with an award for top public relations career portfolio and was named one of the “22 PR Rock Stars of the Future” by Arik Hanson of ACH Communications.