Archived News – August 2014

Arts & Sciences News

Aug
18
2014
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2014) — The “Great Recession” may have put a dent in many older adults’ pocketbooks, but a new study by Baylor University found that more than 40 percent reported a decrease in “financial strain” between 2006 and 2010.
Aug
15
2014
WACO, Texas (Aug. 15, 2014) — People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study.
Aug
14
2014
The Illinois River, a tributary of the Arkansas River, runs for 145 miles through Arkansas and Oklahoma. For decades, the two states have fought over pollution in the river, with Oklahoma blaming Arkansas for polluting the river with elevated phosphorus from municipal waste water and poultry fertilizers, which leads to an increase in algae growth. …
Aug
5
2014
Aug. 5, 2014
This article examines research by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Brita Andercheck, a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor, which showed that “cyberspace scholarship” can help students earn higher grades and develop better critical thinking. Students in the study who took part in a Facebook Learning Group also had a greater sense of belonging. The study was published in Teaching Sociology, a journal of the American Sociological Association. (This story was placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education through the efforts of Terry Goodrich, assistant director for Baylor Media Communications, who pitched Dougherty’s research to The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog in late April. Goodrich is responsible for covering research and faculty in the department of sociology.)
Aug
1
2014
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Baylor alumni Chip (BBA ’98) and Joanna (BA ’01) Gaines. First, they learned that their show on HGTV, Fixer Upper, has been picked up for a second season; then yesterday, they made their first appearance on NBC’s Today to promote the show and share remodeling tips. Fixer Upper …
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