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Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Sep
20
2017

Cantech Letter (Canada): New study says you can find anything online, except for God

Sept. 18, 2017
New research by Baylor University scholars finds that most Americans don’t use the Internet to find or share religious or spiritual content, and most don’t see technology and the internet as threats to their faith. The finding is part of the latest wave of the Baylor Religion Survey, which polled 1,501 adults nationwide. Quoted is Baylor sociologist Paul McClure, co-author of the report on the internet and faith.

Sep
20
2017

Christianity Today: Religious Life on the High Seas

Sept. 19, 2017
Lynneth Miller, doctoral candidate of history, did a Q&A with author Stephen Berry about the religious lives of seafarers and the maritime history of Christianity.

Sep
20
2017

FinancialBuzz.com: Huntington Bancshares Names Jana Litsey as New General Counsel

Sept. 8, 2017
Jana Litsey, J.D. ’86, has been named general counsel of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated. She will join Huntington from Bank of America, where she served in multiple leadership roles for more than 20 years. In her new role, Litsey will be only the third general counsel at Huntington.

Sep
20
2017

PJ Media: Three in Ten Secularists Fear Conservative Christians Are a Threat to Their Physical Safety

Sept. 17, 2017
Article about the latest findings from the Baylor Religion Survey, including data that found that three in 10 non-religious people fear conservative Christians as a threat to their physical safety, while Evangelicals viewed Muslims and atheists as such a threat. Even without the threat of physical danger, the survey found that Americans often saw members of other religions as hostile or inferior to themselves.

Sep
20
2017

The Dallas Morning News: Resurrecting the Oak Cliff building that was once home to the biggest gospel publisher in the world

Sept. 16, 2017
Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted is this article about a recently purchased building in Oak Cliff that was the former home of Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing Co., which has a rich musical gospel history dating back to the 1920s.

Sep
20
2017

TIME Magazine: Waking Up at 5 a.m. Probably Won't Make You More Productive. Here's What Will

Sept. 18, 2017
VIDEO: This report cites a recent Baylor study about the benefits of keeping regular sleeping hours. Conducted by Elise King, assistant professor of interior design, and Michael Scullin, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, the study of interior design students found that skimping on sleep, followed by supposed “catch-up days,” was associated with worse cognition — both in attention and creativity.

Sep
19
2017

Baylor Lariat: Baylor faculty recount their experiences in Iraq

Sept. 18, 2017
Baylor faculty who traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan at the start of the Iraq war in 2003 reunited last week for a Baylor Libraries panel discussion about their experiences presenting higher education workshops to professors and students who remained in the war-torn region. “I’m proud to be a part of the Baylor family who walk the talk and help our neighbors in need,” said retired U.S. Air Force colonel and Baylor Professor Emeritus of Political Science William A. Mitchell, whose new book documents five educational missions into the region. Other panelists were Cindy Fry, senior lecturer of computer science; Mark Long, Ph.D., director of Middle East Studies and associate professor of BIC; Brad Owens, Ph.D., senior lecturer of journalism, public relations and new media; and Lyn Prater, Ph.D., clinical professor at Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Sep
19
2017

Baylor Lariat: Bear2Bear program aids struggling elementary school

Sept. 18, 2017
Mansfield senior Luke Walker began a program called Bear2Bear, which invites Baylor students to partner with the J.H. Hines elementary school to aid students and support education.

Sep
19
2017

Popular Science: All the ways hurricanes can harm—and help—the ecosystems they hit

Sept. 18, 2017
Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about how Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can impact the ecosystem. “With extreme events like this, we need to understand what’s happened, we need to learn from it, and hopefully that will help us when we face future scenarios to be more resilient,” Brooks said. He and his colleagues have tested water quality on Dickinson Bayou southeast of Houston to examine the environmental impact of elevated floodwaters. (Tonya B. Hudson, director of Baylor Media Communications, arranged for the reporter to interview Dr. Brooks. She covers environmental science research and faculty at Baylor.)

Sep
19
2017

Religion News Service: Sociologist Rodney Stark gets cranky about the nature of religion. It’s both illuminating and hilarious.

Sept. 18, 2017
Religion News Service senior columnist Jonathan Merritt conducted a Q&A with Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, about his new book, “Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena.” Stark explains why faith is a universal feature of human societies, and he argues against emerging theories that any system of belief about the meaning of life can be considered “religion.”

Sep
19
2017

The Baptist Standard: Hunger activists urged to ‘embrace the challenge’

Sept. 18, 2017
Hungry people need Christ’s followers to act like Jesus, not like his original disciples, a Christian social worker told participants at the Dallas Hunger Summit, convened by the Dallas Coalition for Hunger Solutions and the Texas Hunger Initiative, a project of Baylor University. Panelists at the summit stressed the vital role the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program plays in providing access to nutritious food.
“SNAP is by far the largest federal nutrition program,” said Marc Jacobson, regional director of the Texas Hunger Initiative. “It lifts over 10 million people out of poverty.” Jacobson cited a study showing every $1 in SNAP benefits produces a $1.79 boost to the local economy.

Sep
19
2017

Think Progress: The mysterious death of Kenneka Jenkins and the important conversation we all should be having

Sept. 15, 2017
Research by Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is cited in this article about the investigation into the death of young black woman in Illinois over the weekend. In 2009, Moody-Ramirez and her co-authors examined how national media outlets framed the coverage of missing black and white women, arguing that race and external factors such as attractiveness and youthfulness function as unfair criteria of newsworthiness in mainstream media coverage of women.

Sep
19
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Bill Whitaker: Baylor survey on religious Trump voters possibly sacrilegious but plenty enlightening

Sept. 16, 2017
Column about the Baylor Religion Survey, including the latest findings that analyzed religion’s impact on the presidential election as well as the findings that show that many people allow their politics to shape their religion, rather than vice versa.

Sep
19
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Veterans' Voices: Bill Loggins

Sept. 16, 2017
Feature on the World War II experience of Bill Loggins, B.S. (Educational Administration) ’50, M.Ed. ’50, who joined the U.S. Navy at age 17. After the war, he met his future wife, Ollie Flake, in a mutual class at Baylor. He was a lifetime educator, teaching at smaller schools in a variety of locations and rising up to become a superintendent before he retired in 1986.

Sep
18
2017

Baylor Lariat: Air Force cadets thrive on campus

Sept. 14, 2017
The Baylor Air Force ROTC program challenges its students to balance their physical training, education and day-to-day routines. The program consists of nearly 100 students who plan to serve as pilots, engineers, nurses, space officers, and battle managers in the U.S. Air Force.

Sep
18
2017

Baylor Lariat: Baylor’s minority enrollment is up, freshmen class sets new records

Sept. 15, 2017
This article about diversity, retention and graduation rates at Baylor all hitting a record high this fall features comments from Jennifer Carron, associate vice president for enrollment management; Sinda Vanderpool, Ph.D., associate vice provost for academic enrollment management; and Wes Null, Ph.D., vice provost for undergraduate education and institutional effectiveness. “It’s been so important for Baylor to say the mission of Baylor University stands,” Carron said. “Students when they come to visit, they see students, they see faculty, they see amazing facilities. They see that what we talk about in our print and online communications is true … students will say ‘you have all these things on my checklist,’ but when they get down to it and they visit they honestly say it just feels right. I think that certainly says the Baylor brand is strong and resilient.”

Sep
18
2017

Baylor Lariat: Parents across the nation meet to pray for Baylor students

Sept. 12, 2017
Baylor parents from across the nation make up 45 groups of Baylor Parents in Prayer who meet regularly – in person or through the Internet – to encourage, support and gain strength from other parents. “Just as Jesus undergirds all that we do at Baylor, our prayer groups undergird the building of the Kingdom at Baylor by supporting and praying for students, each other, faculty, staff, and the university as a whole,” said Gail Offringa, director of the Parents Network.

Sep
18
2017

BYU Radio “Top of Mind with Julie Rose”: Lots of "Fear of Others" Among Religious Americans

Sept. 15, 2017
AUDIO: Host Julie Rose of the “Top of Mind” program interviews Jerry Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who discusses the latest analyses from Baylor Religion Survey. Sociologists found that churchgoers tend to look down on atheists as morally inferior, while non-religious individuals look down on Christians for the same reason. In addition, “fear of others” who are different from oneself is a strong pattern in the United States, with conservative Christians fearing Muslims and atheists most, while atheists and those with no religious affiliation tend to fear conservative Christians.

Sep
18
2017

MD Magazine: Older Adults Have Increased Risk for Health Anxiety

Sept. 14, 2017
Thomas A. Fergus, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, led a study about the risk of health anxiety in adults. Health anxiety is defined as a disorder characterized by a preoccupation with physical health and/or somatic/body symptoms. Fergus studied many aspects of HA in adults, notably the link between HA and recurring, sometimes unnecessary, visits to the doctor.

Sep
18
2017

Racked: What Your Future Burial Outfit Says About You

Sept. 18, 2017
In this article about the current Twitter trend of “Bury Me in This” entries, archaeologist Davide Zori, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College, gives a historical perspective of Viking traditions of burial apparel. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Zori as an expert for this article. She covers research and faculty in BIC.)