Washington D.C. provides a hub of not only political activity
but also of commerce, law, journalism, healthcare, higher education and the arts. Baylor University is uniquely positioned with leadership, faculty, and alumni who are engaged in work that is shaping solutions to some of the nation’s most critical challenges.
Leading anthropologist and Baylor faculty member, Lori Baker, will present the progress of her work to identify human remains on the border the United States shares with Mexico. She will reveal how her findings advance the nation's efforts to address and counteract the problem of human trafficking.
WACO, Texas (Sept. 29, 2014) – A Congressional Dialogue featuring San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro on public policy approaches to reduce domestic hunger will be among the highlights of the national “Together at the Table: Hunger and Poverty Summit” Oct. 1-3 at Baylor University. The annual Summit, now in its sixth year, brings together more than 350 leaders and practitioners from across the country to share their knowledge and expertise on addressing poverty, with a specific emphasis on food insecurity.
WACO, Texas (May 1, 2014) – As West, Texas, continues to recover from last year’s devastating fertilizer plant explosion, the city – and dozens of soon-to-be and former high school graduates and other community volunteers from West – will have some of their most pressing addressed this summer through a $270,297 grant to Baylor University from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2014) – Fifteen students from Baylor’s Model Organization of American States recently won the presidency of the model for the sixth consecutive year at the Washington Model Organization of American States (WMOAS).
Oct. 14, 2014 The Baptist General Convention of Texas’ annual meeting Nov. 16 to 18 in Waco will offer an opportunity to see what it means to “Live the Difference.” Tuesday evening will move to the Baylor University campus for a session featuring special guests Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy in an “On Topic” presentation with Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr at Waco Hall. The Tuohy family was featured in “The Blind Side”, a New York Times No. 1 best-selling book and record-breaking movie. Seating is limited, and admission is free. Tickets are required for this event.
Oct. 6, 2014 The Wall Street Journal's Dallas bureau reporter Ana Campoy reports on the work of Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and her team of forensic scientists and students who exhume and identify the bodies of immigrants who died while crossing the Texas-Mexico border. As part of her “Reuniting Families” program, Baker and her team are working to identify the remains of 171 individuals that they exhumed in Brooks County and Del Rio, Texas, over the past several years. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, coordinated the interview with The Wall Street Journal. Lewis covers research and faculty in the anthropology department and has placed numerous national media stories since 2012 about Lori Baker’s DNA project.)
Oct. 3, 2014 VIDEO: Feature on Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who discusses the extensive work that she and her team of forensic scientists and students undergo to exhume the bodies of immigrants who died while crossing the Texas-Mexico border and identify them using DNA analysis. Baker’s “Reuniting Families” project is designed to identify and return the remains to the deceased’s family for a proper burial and to “restore some of the human dignity” to the unknown by giving them a name. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, coordinated the interview with Voice of America. Lewis covers research and faculty in the anthropology department and has placed numerous national media stories since 2012 about Lori Baker’s DNA project.)
Oct. 3, 2014 VIDEO and TRANSCRIPT: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on a case that provides the first High Court test of the federal law designed to protect the religious freedom of prison inmates. Should an American Muslim convict have the religious freedom to grow a beard? R&E correspondent Tim O’Brien includes an interview with Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, who says his 30 years of research have persuaded him that prisons may have a more compelling interest in promoting religion than in restricting it.