Oct. 4, 2015
Editorial on a call to action following a meeting of law enforcement, medical examiners, university researchers and human rights advocates, who discussed the issue of unidentified immigrant bodies found across the Rio Grande Valley. Cited is the work of Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and her team of Baylor anthropology students, who have been exhuming bodies in Brooks County, Texas, hoping to make positive identifications. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)
Sept. 28, 2015
VIDEO: Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and her team of Baylor anthropology students are featured in a video depicting their work exhuming bodies in Brooks County, Texas. The students volunteer each summer to work in a cemetery in Falfurrias, Texas unearthing remains of those that died will crossing the border. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)
Sept. 28, 2015
In this article about the deaths of immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted about her efforts to identify the deceased and the challenges she and her forensic anthropology team face. “I think having information about the missing is the biggest deficit and getting it compared with the unidentified remains.” Baker said. “In some of these cases, many of the remains are unmarked, which makes it a difficult and slow process for us.”
Sept. 24, 2015
As Pope Francis addresses Congress, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr writes in USA TODAY that it is the hope of many that the Pope will remind Americans that our “first freedom” is religious liberty and call on U.S. to defend it globally. “The catastrophic decline of international religious freedom, as horrific as its consequences may be to the foundational right of the expression of personal religious liberty, affects more than the victims. It undermines the national security of the United States. Without religious freedom, aspiring democracies will remain unstable. Sustained economic growth and development will be more difficult to achieve. The advancement of the rights of women and girls will continue to be obstructed. Perhaps most urgent of all, religious terrorism will continue to be incubated, nourished and exported,” Starr writes.