Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Dec
11
2017

Baylor School of Education: Collaboration with Institute for Air Science Takes Young Students to New Heights

Baylor School of Education faculty and students collaborated with the Institute for Air Science to publish an extensive, 36-page booklet full of information and activities on the science and mathematics behind aviation. They created science experiments students can do at home or in the classroom; a mathematics chart for calculating weight on different planets; information on careers in aerospace; two aerospace sticker activity sets; and activities that teach about flight instruments, history of aeronautics, famous aviators, airplane parts, flight instruments and more.

Dec
11
2017

Baylor School of Music: Robin Wallace: Reintroducing Beethoven

Beethoven scholar Robin Wallace, Ph.D., professor of musicology at Baylor’s School of Music, will release a new book in 2018, which will be part history of the famous composer, who was deaf later in life, and personal memoir. “I may be the only major Beethoven scholar who has also spent a significant portion of time living with a deaf person – who has seen the experience of deafness firsthand and had the chance to understand it and how people adapt to deafness,” said Wallace, whose wife, Barbara, lost her hearing in 2003 and passed away in 2011. “I managed to weave Barbara’s story together with what I figured out about Beethoven’s deafness and some insights into his work and his compositional process, particularly the importance of the other senses – of touch and sight – as a part of the experience of music.”

Dec
11
2017

Digital Journal: CrowdStrike Appoints Godfrey Sullivan to its Board of Directors

Nov. 30, 2017
Godfrey Sullivan, B.B.A. (Real Estate) ’75, has been appointed to the board of directors of CrowdStrike Inc., the leader in cloud-delivered endpoint protection. Since 2011, Sullivan has served as the chairman of the Splunk Inc. Board of Directors and was previously president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Splunk from 2008 to 2015. During his tenure as CEO, Sullivan led Splunk’s initial public offering (IPO) as the first big data company to enter the public market, largely hailed as one of the most successful technology IPOs in recent history.

Dec
11
2017

Professional Beauty: Risky business – tanning and other beauty ideals

Dec. 11, 2017
People who frequently tan themselves (whether by the sun, tanning beds or sprays) are more likely to have body image concerns than non-tanners, according to a new study by Baylor University. “Frequent tanners” are more likely to try risky weight-loss methods and have cosmetic surgery, as well as get tattoos and piercings, than those who tan only occasionally or not at all, said Jay Yoo, Ph.D., associate professor of family and consumer sciences in Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences.

Dec
11
2017

RT America “The Big Picture”: Trump, Twitter and You

Dec. 8, 2017
VIDEO: James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is a featured expert in this discussion about smartphone addiction and President Trump’s Twitter habits. Roberts has been interviewed nationally and internationally regarding his research on technology use and its effect on relationships. His book “Too Much of a Good Thing: Are you Addicted to your Smartphone?” features a chapter on the President and his use of social media. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, organized this interview.)

Dec
11
2017

StudyFinds.org: Study: Roller-Coaster Sleeping Habits Weaken Focus, Creativity

Dec. 6, 2017
Skimping on sleep, followed by “catch-up” days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition — both in attention and creativity — in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, according to a study released in April by Baylor researchers Elise King, assistant professor of interior design in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, and Michael Scullin, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory and assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Dec
11
2017

Temple Daily Telegram: McLane named chairman of rail project

Dec. 8, 2017
Drayton McLane Jr., B.B.A. (Management) ’58 and Regent Emeritus at Baylor University, has been named chairman of the board for Texas Central, a group developing what may become the United States’ first high-speed train. The passenger line, the Texas Bullet Train, would connect the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area to the Houston area.

Dec
11
2017

The Baptist Standard: Christmas spirituals set in ‘eternal now,’ Baylor expert says

Dec. 11, 2017
A Baylor University expert in black gospel music holds another Christmas tradition near and dear to his heart: the rich sounds of Christmas spirituals, which differ from Christmas carols. “So many of the spirituals are written in what has been performed as and what scholars call the ‘eternal now,’” said Robert F. Darden, professor of journalism and founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “If you read the lyrics as they were transcribed, many of them are in the present tense.” Darden lists eight Christmas spirituals as some of the most influential songs that help him reflect on the true essence of Christmas.

Dec
11
2017

TIME: American Voices: Impressive Lineage

Dec. 7, 2017
Natalie Chou, a sophomore pre-business major from Plano and a student-athlete on the Baylor women’s basketball team, is one of TIME’s “American Voices” this week. Chou tells of her lineage as the daughter of one of China’s outstanding female basketball players who immigrated to America and passed along her passion for the sport to her daughter. Chou says she learned to exceed people’s expectations as a player and plans to excel in basketball and academics at Baylor. (Chou’s photo was taken for TIME and Sports Illustrated by Robbie Rogers of Baylor Photography.)

Dec
11
2017

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco ISD sees improvement in 1st year of Baylor behavior support program

Dec. 10, 2017
The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work’s Be Emotionally Aware and Responsive, or BEAR, project with Waco ISD is showing early signs of success as Baylor social work students and supervisors provided intensive individualized services to 145 students with severe behavioral challenges at four schools as part of the effort to reduce in- and out-of-school suspensions and alternative school placements. In its first year, Baylor students have observed measurable improvements that will help organizers improve and expand the program, project organizers said.

Dec
11
2017

WJLE-AM/FM (Smithville, TN): Smithville First Baptist Church Welcomes New Pastor

Dec. 1, 2017
Chad Ramsey, M.Div. (Theology) ’07, is the new pastor at First Baptist Church of Smithville, Tennessee). Ramsey previously served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Alcoa, Tennessee.

Dec
8
2017

Baylor Lariat: Baylor releases 2017 Christmas catalog

Nov. 27, 2017
Baylor University has released its 2017 Christmas Catalog, which presents alumni and others with ideas to give back to the Baylor community. The catalog typically provides 30 to 40 projects for individuals to support through donations. These range from veteran assistance, scholarship funds, hunger alleviation and more. Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, provides insight on the catalog and its projects.

Dec
8
2017

Georgetown Bulletin (Atlanta, GA): Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

Dec. 7, 2017
This article cites a study by Baylor sociologists F. Carson Mencken, Ph.D., and Paul Froese, Ph.D., on gun ownership, published in the journal Social Problems. Politically conservative gun owners feel more empowerment from their firearms than liberals, and rural dwellers also feel greater attachment to their weapons. “White men who aren’t very religious and who own guns tend to have a very strong connection to gun ownership. It makes them feel patriotic and makes them feel strong,” Froese said. “This increases dramatically based on economic problems they faced in their lives.”

Dec
8
2017

Public: Drake Receives Baylor Alumni Award

Dec. 7, 2017
Baylor University honored Bettina Drake, B.S. '01, associate professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with the 2017 Baylor University Distinguished Black Alumni Award. Drake, who studied biochemistry at Baylor, focuses her research on identifying preventive strategies to reduce health disparities in cancer and other chronic disease outcomes.

Dec
8
2017

Salon: Feeling guilty about drinking? Well, ask the saints

Dec. 7, 2017
Michael Foley, Ph.D., associate professor of patristics in the Great Texts Program of the Honors College, writes that he discovered “an astonishing history” about the role that pious Christians — many of them monks — played in developing and producing alcohol. Catholic missionaries from Europe brought their knowledge of vine-growing with them to the New World so they could celebrate the Eucharist, which requires the use of bread and wine. They also improved processes for brewing beer and making grape brandies. During earlier times, alcohol was instrumental in promoting health, killing germs when mixed with water. Also, the monks merged land, special knowledge, teamwork and commitment to excellence because they viewed doing “even the smallest of chores as a means of glorifying God.”

Dec
8
2017

WTAM-AM “30 Seconds of FYI with Bill Wills”: White Male Gun Owners Who Have Felt Economic Stress Are More Likely to Feel Morally and Emotionally Attached to Guns

Dec. 7, 2017
AUDIO: Cleveland’s Morning News with Wills and Snyder features Baylor sociology research that found that white male gun owners who have lost, or fear losing, their economic footing tend to feel morally and emotionally attached to their guns.

Dec
7
2017

American Dry Cleaner “Jeans and a Tee” Show: Our casual leisure-wear reflects a casual society

Dec. 7, 2017
The changing definition of casual wear and changes in consumer taste is the subject of this Q&A interview with Lorynn Divita, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel merchandising in Baylor’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences and co-author of the textbook “Fashion Forecasting.”

Dec
7
2017

Baptist Standard: David Hardage: Texas Baptists are doing ‘extensive and exciting’ work

Dec. 6, 2017
Q&A with David Hardage, B.A. (Religion) ’79, who serves as executive director of The Baptist General Convention of Texas. “I feel called to this role because of the Lord’s leading, the door opening and people I know and trust believing in me,” Hardage said of his service with Texas Baptists.