Faculty & Staff News: News Clips
July 6, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored the study, which was published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
July 6, 2015
For years, a team of forensic anthropologists led by Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, helps identify migrant remains found near the Texas-Mexico border and return them to grieving families. This is a portion from an article in The Texas Observer. (Tonya Lewis, covers faculty and research in the department of anthropology in Baylor’s
College of Arts and Sciences.)
July 3, 2015
John Klocek, Ph.D., lecturer and clinical director of the Baylor Psychology Clinic, is quoted in this article about Battle Mountain Sanitarium, a historic VA hospital in Hot Springs, S.D., which has treated veterans from the Civil War to today’s conflicts and could soon close. While Klocek agreed with the VA that there is no proof treatment is better in tranquil environments, "we know that even from just everyday experience that being in an environment that is quieter reduces the amount of stimulation coming in; it helps folks relax and focus on what's at hand." But he added that the access to employment and opportunities to help veterans re-enter society is also crucial. Klocek has studied and worked with veterans for years, including at a VA hospital. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers psychology and neuroscience research and faculty.)
July 2, 2015
Don McGregor, B.A.Telecommunication ’47, who championed a free denominational press and established the nation’s first autonomous national news service founded by and for Baptists (Associated Baptist Press, now know as Baptist News Global), died June 30 in Mesquite, Texas.
July 4, 2015
Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, is one of five Christian leaders who comment on “nominal Christianity” – the practice of identifying as Christian but bearing little evidence of the new birth. "The mainline churches have been in utter free fall for decades," said "If you're merely conforming to the surrounding culture and just parroting what it is saying about morality, the nature of people, and so forth, why would you keep going to church? You can get that from all kinds of cultural sources."
July 5, 2016
Memorial services were held over the weekend for former state Rep. Dr. Robert “Bob” Casey, B.A. Religion ’58, a prominent Gainesville physician who served as a state representative for Florida’s 22nd District from 1992 to 2000. Casey died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis on June 7.
July 3, 2015
Gifted and talented low-income students in grades 4 through 12 have participated in Project Promise, a program in Baylor’s School of Education that incorporates academics, social interaction, creativity and leadership for a rounded experience to develop gifted students. Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., professor of educational psychology, and Mary Witte, Ed.D., senior lecturer of curriculum and instruction, both in Baylor's School of Education, are quoted in this article. “As opposed to 68 percent in the national average, 100 percent of our students (who complete Project Promise) have graduated from high school; 89 percent go onto post-secondary education options,” Johnsen said. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the School of Education.)
July 3, 2015
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social divisions between blacks and whites to discrimination, but to something other than structural failings in society. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., and Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., both associate professors of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, co-authored "Congregational Size and Attitudes toward Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America," published in the journal Religions. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
June 25, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Tiffany Lu was named valedictorian at Liberty Christian School, and plans to study pre-medicine. Incoming Baylor freshman Emma Weatherford was named salutatorian at Coram Deo Academy, and plans to participate in the University Scholars program.
July 3, 2015
(Subscription required) Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of the Reuniting Families Project, and her forensic team work in Brooks County, Texas, exhuming bodies in an effort to identify immigrants who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. In the article, she discusses the issue of improper processing and cataloging of remains. "It's really just a nightmare," Baker said. "We're all focused on Brooks County because it was a horrific situation, but it's happening all around the border counties, and we're just not aware." (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the anthropology department.)
The Waco Tribune-Herald: Golden age of green and gold: Baylor athletics enjoying historic era of dominance
July 5, 2015
Baylor University’s back-to-back Big 12 football championships in 2013 and 2014 did more than put the football program in the national spotlight; they solidified this era as the greatest in Baylor athletics history. Not only has success on the field reached an all-time high, the facilities and the national prestige have risen to a whole new level.
Baylor graduates, Brad Oswalt, B.B.A ‘00, and Erin Childs Oswalt, B.A. ’01, ran in this year’s Boston Marathon together. Brad and Erin met in college and began running together during their time at Baylor. Brad initially said that he took up running to be able to spend time with Erin, but over time his passion for the sport grew. In 2006, the couple ran their first half-marathon together and they did not stop there. In 2012, they ran the Disney Marathon in Orlando together, and in 2014 and 2015 they both qualified for the Boston Marathon. Erin is now currently training for an Ironman race in Panama City Beach, Florida in the fall, and Brad will likely begin marathon training in August. The couple runs six days a week with two other couples from Baton Rouge.
July 1, 2015
Record-breaking rainfall in Texas has resulted in higher-than-usual mosquito populations said Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D. Baylor University professor of biology. As mosquito populations increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. This week a sample of mosquitos collected from The Woodlands tested positive for West Nile. Duhrkopf states that mosquitos testing positive for the virus is a warning sign for people to take precautions. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story. She covers biology faculty and research.)
July 1, 2015
Blaine McCormick, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the management department in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and author of the book “Ben Franklin: America’s Original Entrepreneur,” discuss the legitimacy of Ben Franklin quotes and memes found on social media. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers the Hankamer School of Business.)
TheNew10.Treasury.gov: Baylor Historian Looks Beyond Familiar Names To Women Who Merit Consideration
June 29, 2015
The U.S. Treasury’s website dedicated to news about the soon-to-be redesigned $10 bill includes a story about Dr. Kim Kellison’s suggestions of remarkable but maybe lesser known women who meet the Treasury’s criteria as champions of democracy or who helped break boundaries in a democratic society. As a result, the Treasury invited Dr. Kellison to participate this week in a conference call to provide input and feedback on the historic change. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president of Baylor Media Communications, pitched Dr. Kellison’s list to national media outlets.)
July 2, 2015
David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history at Baylor University, states that the anti-social troubles in the U.S. are not caused racism, easy access to gun or dissolution of the family, but rather by anti-intellectualism and an abandonment of reason. Smith states that “an appreciation of the arts is not (elitist), because anyone can teach him or herself how to appreciate them simply by taking the time to look, listen and think.” Additionally, “It’s not that we don’t respect any intelligence, because most of the time, to some extent at least, we seem to,” Smith said. “It’s more accurate to say that we’re intensely skeptical of any intelligence directed to purposes that aren’t immediately practical.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the history department.)
July 2, 2015
Local Waco radio Station KWBU-FM celebrated its 15th anniversary this week. The station offers a variety of programs including Baylor University President Ken Starr’s engaging interviews with prominent newsmakers on “On Topic” to “Science Friday.” The station also plays classical, jazz and folk music along with a wide selection of news programming including the Central Texas Leadership Series, which offers an insight into what makes local leaders tick.
July 2, 2015
Waco’s Fourth on the Brazos will move from Waco’s Indian Spring Park to Baylor University’s McLane Stadium Saturday. The 20-minute H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza will still take place above the Brazos River. The move to McLane Stadium will allow more room for spectators and will also use traffic control and parking plans developed for Baylor football games.
June 29, 2015
J. Bradley Creed, B.A. religion ‘79, has been named the new president of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Creed will come from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as professor of religion, provost and executive vice president. Creed is a Jacksonville, Texas, native and previously served as dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
June 30, 2015
Incoming Baylor freshman Sarah Michelle De Los Santos talks about her success at Katy High School. At Katy, Santos graduated in the top sixth percentile of her class with a GPA of 4.16/5.0, received academic achievement awards her sophomore and junior years and was recognized as the Student of the Month twice during her senior year. “Dedication has a major impact in my life and is something I value over a lot of things,” Santos said. “Nothing can be done without putting in 110 percent of everything you’ve got and striving to do your very best and nothing less. It is my driving force to work hard in order to see results.” Santos will major in biochemistry on a pre-medicine track in hope of one day becoming a forensic pathologist.