Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Apr
29
2016

Baptist News Global: Laying on of hands? A lot of Americans do it, study says

April 20, 2016
Nine of 10 people have turned to prayer for healing at some point in their lives, and more than one fourth have practiced laying on of hands, according to a study by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). "Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," Levin said. The study was published in the Journal of Religion and Health, with analysis of data from the national Baylor Religion Survey. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
29
2016

Baylor Lariat: Alumnus talks about political career in Texas, Washington

April 21, 2016
An interview with Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, B.B.A. (Economics, Finance) ’88, answers questions about Willett’s relationship to the university and why he chose Baylor for his undergraduate education, his career track, highlights of his professional life, and advice for students hoping to follow a similar path. “It’s a magical combination to love what you do and believe that it matters,” he told the Lariat. “I would urge students to prayerfully seek out ways to cultivate what they are passionate about. I want people to find fulfillment. Do whatever you do with gladness, gusto and gratitude. Be professional in a true sense.”

Apr
29
2016

Baylor Lariat: Student raises funds for stroke victim

April 29, 2016
Lindsey Foster, a freshman from Nashville, Tennessee, was able to raise money, via Dollar Club, for Baylor Facility Services worker Maria Martinez and her family following Martinez suffering a stroke. The Dollar Club is a national organization that encourages individuals to donate a dollar at a time to give back to others. “The whole idea is just to get people to give their money, to simply give one dollar, and then gather that all up and see what impact it can make on someone who is in need,” Foster said. “I wanted to use the money to do something in the Baylor community so that we can keep it in the family.”

Apr
29
2016

Charisma News: 87 Percent of Americans Turn to This in Times of Need

April 28, 2016
Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), recently published a study, which shows that nine out of 10 Americans seek God for healing when they fall ill, in addition to relying on doctors. Levin is quoted: "Outside of belief in God, healing prayer might be the most ubiquitous religious practice that there is. This might be one of the most prevalent forms of primary care medicine, and I don't say that lightly." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
29
2016

KCEN-TV: Waco ISD partners with Baylor University social work students

April 28, 2016
Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work has partnered with Waco ISD to place social work students in local elementary and middle schools. The students will work in the schools to focus on reducing behavioral problems, making sure the students have a good attendance and meet their developmental needs. "In this program, there will be several interns working together as a team with a coordinator that we will hire who will provide some additional training and specialized supervision in that area of school social work," said Jon Singletary, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Social Work.

Apr
29
2016

NPR Morning Edition: What To Do When You're Stuck On A College Waitlist

April 29, 2016
AUDIO: As May 1 - known as College Decision Day - approaches, Jennifer Carron, assistant vice president for undergraduate enrollment at Baylor, joins a former college admissions officer at Stanford University to offer advice for the tens of thousands of students who find themselves on waiting lists at colleges and universities.

Apr
29
2016

WWJ-AM (Detroit): Garage Sales

April 28, 2016
AUDIO: Radio story about generating additional cash from garages sales cites some tips from marketing professors from Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. The story was part of The Feldman Report, a consumer business segment on WWJ Newsradio 950 in Detroit. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story.)

Apr
28
2016

Catholic.org: The unbelievable thing 9/10 Americans are praying for

April 25, 2016
A new study conducted by Baylor University found that nearly nine of 10 Americans have relied upon healing prayer at some point, praying for others even more than for themselves. Jeff Levin, Ph.D., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, revealed an extra, astonishing, finding: "The most surprising finding is that more than a quarter of all Americans have practiced laying on of hands -- and nearly one in five has done so on multiple occasions." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
28
2016

Health Magazine: Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds

April 22, 2016
When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, according to a study by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H. University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). The study suggests that outside of belief in God, “there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," Levin said. The study, published in the Journal of Religion and Health, also found that more than one fourth have practiced “laying on of hands” for healing. This story was originally published by HealthDay, the largest syndicator of health news to health news websites. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)

Apr
28
2016

KWTX-TV 10 p.m. (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Waco: Baylor, Providence team up on medical research

April 27, 2016
VIDEO: Story about the immediate impact of medical research by Baylor students in a partnership with Providence Hospital, particularly in the use of CT scans for stroke patients. "I can use the skills and knowledge I have acquired at Providence to continue on with my professional career,” said Stacy Fechner, a senior medical humanities major from Seguin, Texas. “Pursuing a medical career, research is a very integral part of technological innovation and medication and constant discoveries with medicine,” said Lauren Mathes, a senior biology major from The Woodlands.

Apr
28
2016

KWTX-TV 6 p.m. (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS): Waco: Baylor, Providence team up on medical research

April 27, 2016
VIDEO: Story about a partnership between Baylor University and Providence Hospital to give students the opportunity to experience medical research, with their findings already impacting the way patients receive care, especially the use of CT scans for stroke patients. Quoted is Richard Sanker, Ph.D., director of prehealth science studies at Baylor. “It’s great that our students get that insight that research can have real-life implications beyond the laboratory or beyond those abstract concepts they get in the classroom.”

Apr
28
2016

The Charlotte Observer: When Americans pray, here’s what they pray for

April 27, 2016
The vast majority of Americans have prayed for healing of others and more than one in four have practiced the laying on of hands, according to Baylor University expert Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). “Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religion expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer,” Levin said. “Interestingly, most people who use prayer for healing do so alongside regular medical care, rather than as a substitution, as has been presumed up to now. Healing prayer is being used more as a complementary treatment rather than as an alternative one.”

Apr
28
2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education: What It’s Like to Lead a College’s Response to Disaster

April 12, 2016
Katie Treadwell, M.S.E. (Educational Administration) ’08 and B.A. (Journalism, Religion) ’05, has spent much of her life close to people who have dealt with horrific events. Treadwell, associate director of the Office of First-Year Experience at the University of Kansas, has studied how colleges respond when terrible things happen. She recently conducted a qualitative study involving extensive interviews with 11 college administrators who have overseen their institution’s response to disasters such as mass shootings, plane crashes or hurricanes.

Apr
28
2016

The McAllen (Texas) Monitor: COMMENTARY: Reducing hunger in Texas; RGV praised for volunteerism

April 28, 2016
Guest column by Jeremy Everett, director of Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) and an appointed member of the National Commission on Hunger, about how communities are fostering the spirit of cooperation and collaboration to address food insecurity and economic inequality in the Rio Grande Valley and the state of Texas. THI is a collaborative project that develops and implements strategies to alleviate hunger through research, policy analysis, education and community organizing

Apr
28
2016

The Wall Street Journal: Brain Damage in Zika Babies Is Far Worse Than Doctors Expected

April 28, 2016
Article about how Brazil is now bracing for a second stage of the 6-month-old crisis surrounding the Zika virus: caring for infants with a wide range of disabilities since the virus attacks lobes of the fetal brain that control thought, vision and movement. Quoted in the article is Edwin Trevathan, professor of neuroscience at Baylor University and a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national center on birth defects and developmental disabilities, who said, “It’s safe to say almost all of them will require long-term, continual care.”

Apr
28
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: ‘German Requiem’ performers fill Baylor concert hall stage for Brahms masterwork

April 28, 2016
Baylor’s President Concert will present Johannes Brahms’ masterwork, “German Requiem.” The show will present more than 200 performers, some 90 in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and 225 singers from the a capella and concert choirs. The 1869 choral work, last performed at Baylor University under the baton of the acclaimed choral director Robert Shaw, was Brahms’ only composed requiem. Soloists Kiri Deonarine, B.M.E. (Choral Music) ’07, and Thomas Cannon, B.M. (Applied Music) ’06, will lend their voices to the performance on Saturday, April 30, in Jones Concert Hall on Baylor’s campus.

Apr
28
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Arts: ‘Hamilton’ tunes historically accurate, for the most part

April 28, 2016
David A. Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history in the College of Arts & Sciences, writes a column about the Broadway sensation “Hamilton” adding a Pulitzer Prize to its numerous accolades. “The musical is based on historian Ron Chernow’s excellent biography of Alexander Hamilton which Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’s’ creator, read on vacation and by which he was immediately captivated,” he writes. “It helped cure my initial skepticism to learn how determined Miranda said he was to get the history right.”

Apr
27
2016

Eufaula (AL) Tribune: Dixon special honoree at Golden Eagle Dinner

April 26, 2016
A study by Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion on the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society is referenced in an article about the annual Eufaula and Barbour County Golden Eagle Dinner honoring avid supporter of the Eagle Scouts, Mike Dixon. The "Merit Beyond the Badge" study determined that scouts were more likely to volunteer their time as adults as well as to work to solve problems with others.