Faculty & Staff News: News Clips

Jun
24
2016

Focus Daily News (Dallas, Texas): Experts examine West Nile vs Zika Virus carriers

June 24, 2016
Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., associate professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, is a featured expert in this story about mosquitoes that carry West Nile and Zika viruses. Of Zika mosquitoes, he said: “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites as do long pants." (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched Duhrkopf as an expert.)

Jun
24
2016

HealthZette: Snubbed by a Smartphone

June 23, 2016
Article cites a 2015 study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that cellphones and smartphones are actually damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression. The study was conducted by James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing. Researchers surveyed 453 adults, and they confirmed that when someone even perceived that their partner phubbed – “phone snubbed” – them, it created conflict and led to lower levels of satisfaction with the relationship. Poor relationship satisfaction led to lower levels of satisfaction in life — and higher levels of depression. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this research nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
24
2016

Science Codex: New Baylor research identifies keys to managing innovators

June 21, 2016
This story highlights a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business that helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers. “Our study suggests that leaders who understand how to manage their employees’ commitment to both their organizations and professions may be the most successful at motivating and retaining innovators,” said the study’s lead author, Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management. Emily Hunter, Ph.D., associate professor of management served as coauthor. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
24
2016

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City): American parents have biggest happiness gap of 22 countries, but employers could change that

June 23, 2016
American parents are less happy than their childless counterparts. And the parenthood "happiness gap" is greater in the United States than in 21 other countries studied, according to a briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families. Researchers wrote they were astonished to discover "the negative effects of parenthood on happiness were entirely explained by the presence or absence of social policies allowing parents to better combine paid work with family obligations." One of the researchers is Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers sociology research and faculty.)

Jun
24
2016

Upworthy: How your phone's camera could help detect a rare cancer in kids

June 24, 2016
Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, was featured on Upworthy.com for helping to develop CRADLE, a smartphone app that detects “white eye,” a sign of certain eye diseases such as retinoblastoma, a pediatric eye cancer. "Multiple families have used it to catch cancer in their children at such early stages — way before doctors — that the children received only laser treatment, no chemo, no radiation, no eye removal," Shaw said. With assistance from a faculty colleague, Shaw created the app after his son’s battle with retinoblastoma. Shaw’s story is “part of a special Upworthy series about giving people the power to share and create an open and connected world, made possible by Facebook,” noted Upworthy staff. (Tonya B. Lewis, director of Baylor Media Communications, has pitched Dr. Shaw’s research nationally since 2013. She covers chemistry and biochemistry faculty and research.)

Jun
24
2016

USA TODAY: 3 Social Security scenarios show vastly different results

June 18, 2016
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and holder of The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment in Management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is cited as an expert source in this Q&A about retirement and Social Security strategies. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers business research and faculty.)

Jun
24
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s Prince drafted by NBA’s Atlanta Hawks

June 24, 2016
Taurean Prince, B.S.Ed. (Health/Kinesiology/Leisure Studies) ’16, a two-time all-Big 12 forward for the Baylor men’s basketball team, was drafted No. 12 by the Utah Jazz in Thursday night’s NBA draft then traded to the Atlanta Hawks. Prince was the third highest Baylor selection in NBA draft history following Ekpe Udoh and Vinnie Johnson.

Jun
24
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s Wil London to run in Olympic Trials

June 24, 2016
Baylor track student-athlete Wil London will join freshman teammates Taylor Bennett, Kiana Horton and Blaine Listach at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships this weekend in Clovis, California. London will compete in the 400 meters before heading to an even bigger stage at the U.S. Olympic Trials beginning July 1 in Eugene, Oregon. “Making the Olympic team is one of the biggest things I want to do,” London said. “It’s a dream and a goal to make it at a young age. I just want to do what I’m capable of doing.”

Jun
23
2016

Infection Control Today: Baylor Biologist Shares Update on Zika Tracking Efforts, Prevention Tips

June 23, 2016
Zika virus Q&A with Richard Duhrkopf, PhD, associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and nationally recognized expert on mosquitoes. The mosquitoes that carry Zika are different from others, Duhrkopf explained. “These mosquitoes bite at all times of the day. Avoiding going out at dusk and dawn is not particularly useful in avoiding these mosquitoes. Repellents do an excellent job of preventing bites, as do long pants,” he said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story.)

Jun
23
2016

KNVN-TV (Chico, CA/NBC): Study shows amount of time on cell phone affects behavior

June 15, 2016
VIDEO: Story on smartphone addiction cites a Baylor University study that found that women spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, while men spend an average of eight. The study was released in August 2014 by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Roberts’ research was pitched nationally in August 2014. Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)

Jun
23
2016

Palestine Herald-Press: Palestine High School Graduate Wins Big

June 21, 2016
Incoming Baylor University freshman Briana Minter was awarded the gold medal for her service with the Sea Scouts. She spent three years amassing 400 service hours and 200 physical fitness and personal development hours in order to win the award. Minter will attend Baylor in the fall and plans to major in pre-business with the intent to move into accounting.

Jun
23
2016

Science Codex: Lack of transportation hampers hungry children from getting free summer meals, study finds

June 13, 2016
Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals, a federally funded program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University. Partnering with local public transportation and communities in innovative and alternative ways to provide awareness of and access to the meals sites might increase participation, suggested Kathy Krey, THI research director and study co-author. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally.)

Jun
23
2016

ScienMag: New Baylor research identifies keys to managing innovators

June 21, 2016
This story centers on a new study from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business that helps leaders better understand how to manage innovators, specifically scientists and engineers. “Our study suggests that leaders who understand how to manage their employees’ commitment to both their organizations and professions may be the most successful at motivating and retaining innovators,” said the study’s lead author, Sara Perry, Ph.D., assistant professor of management. Emily Hunter, Ph.D., associate professor of management served as coauthor. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)

Jun
23
2016

The Christian Century: Heritage or hate?

June 22, 2016
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), writes that Modern Christian leaders are sensitive to Muslim concerns and have no wish to give ammunition to those who hate and fear those of other countries or cultures. But it is hard to commemorate Christian achievements and sufferings without re¬awakening ancient hatreds against another faith. “Nowhere is that dilemma more acute than in Spain, a land that owes its historic identity to half a millennium of wars in which Christian forces defeated and ousted Muslim occupiers,” Jenkins writes.

Jun
23
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor’s ‘Pavilion’ Ignites Painful Memories at High School Reunion

June 23, 2016
Baylor Theatre is staging Craig Wright’s “The Pavilion” this weekend. The play centers around two high school sweethearts that reunite at their 20-year high school reunion, a meeting that brings back painful memories. Aaron Brown, a graduate student studying directing, is directing the three-person play. “The Pavilion” will be shown Thursday through Sunday at Baylor’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

Jun
23
2016

Waco Tribune-Herald: Odyssey Sims glad to be back in hometown, adjusting well in WNBA

June 21, 2016
Feature on Odyssey Sims, B.A. (Speech Communication) ’14, a former All-American and national champion with the Baylor women’s basketball team, who now plays for the WNBA’s Dallas Wings. Sims, who grew up in Irving, played for the Tulsa Shock before the franchise moved to Dallas this season, allowing her family, friends and fans to see her play at home.

Jun
22
2016

3DPrint.com: 3D Printed, Livable Tiny House Built in Only 24 Hours by the Vesta V2 Concrete Printer

June 20, 2016
Alexander Le Roux, B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) ’15, built the first livable 3D-printed structure in the United States using a concrete 3D printer he created himself. Le Roux built the initial version of the 3D printer while a student at Baylor, and he used the second iteration, called the Vesta, to print a tiny house measure 8 x 5 x 7 feet. He expects to have the third version of the printer completed in August.

Jun
22
2016

East Bay Times: Valley Stars: California High Senior Wins Fashion Design Award

June 21, 2016
Incoming freshman Isabella Book was selected to be a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Book held several leadership positions throughout high school, was a Girl Scout and completed more than 500 hours of service during her senior year in high school, earning the Jefferson Award for Service and the Presidential Gold Service Award. Book will start at Baylor University in the fall and plans to major in medical humanities.

Jun
22
2016

Oklahoma’s Nursing Times: OMRF Welcomes 2016 Class of Fleming Scholars

June 13, 2016
Zane Dennis, a senior studying bioinformatics at Baylor University, was chosen as a Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar. The program allows students from Oklahoma to work in Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation laboratories with senior medical researchers on individual projects they will present at the end of the summer. The program allows students to gain hands-on experience working in a lab. Dennis was one of 13 students chosen for the program.

Jun
22
2016

Patheos: Summer Reading List of American Protestant History

June 20, 2016
Andrea L. Turpin, Ph.D., assistant professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, offers a summer reading list of eight recent books on American Protestant history written by women. “Although complementarians and egalitarians disagree on gender roles, both actually agree that men and women have unique perspectives to contribute, and hence we miss out if we don’t read authors of both sexes. I suspect part of the problem is simply cultural: who we know influences what books we are even aware of,” Turpin writes.