Jan. 25, 2015
Article features a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health by epidemiologist Lea Steele, Ph.D., research professor in Baylor’s Institute of Biomedical Studies. Dr. Steele and a team of researchers identified a significant link between Gulf War illness and a genetic factor that can render some individuals more susceptible to adverse effects of certain chemicals. The study, which included 304 veterans, found that soldiers with certain genetic variations were 40 times more likely to contract Gulf War illness if they ingested anti-nerve gas pilled called pyridostigmine bromide, or PB, which the Department of Defense issued during the war. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers biomedical studies and pitched and placed this research story.)
Jan. 25, 2015
Former U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf has been named the Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University. Wolf served his Virginia district from 1981 until his retirement Jan. 3. As the Wilson Chair, he will lead Baylor’s efforts in Washington, D.C., and throughout the world to address significant issues of freedom of conscience and worship, as well as Christianity’s enduring role in promoting human freedom. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers University Development and the Office of the President.)
Jan. 14, 2015
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church is conducting a national study to better understand the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities in the United States. The Asian population has swelled since changes in U.S. immigration law after 1965, and nearly 25 percent of U.S. residents who are Asian, native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders are estimated to be Catholic. Co-leading the research is Jerry Park, Ph.D., an associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and an affiliate fellow of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology and ISR research and faculty.)
Jan. 19, 2019
AUDIO: Interview with Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, who talks with radio host Alan Colmes about scriptural passages that call for violence. Jenkins acknowledged that both the Qur’an and the Bible contain violent passages, but only on some occasions do they directly lead to extreme or terrorist acts. “If people are going to find passages to justify their actions, they will find them,” he said. He also spoke about the movements and individuals within the Islamic world who are preaching moderation. He suggested that the greatest signs for hope were to be found in Muslim communities in the United States and Europe, where Muslims can speak and exchange ideas freely, without living under oppressive police state systems.