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8/16/2018
Aug. 16, 2018
In this column, Robert Darden, professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, wrote about the life, music and faith of Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday. Darden, who founded Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, wrote that the Queen of Soul’s 2015 performance during the 38th Kennedy Center Honors represented not only her gospel talents, but her emotional transparency and faith. “Standing before the frenzied Kennedy Center audience, singing from somewhere deep inside the pain, Franklin tapped into the gospel music of Jackson and Ward, into the sanctified sermons of her father, into a lifelong belief in one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and came out triumphant and redeemed on the other side,” Darden wrote.

Coming Up

8/16/2018
Coming up at 11 a.m. Friday on KWBU-FM, Baylor Connections will feature an interview with Helen Harris, Ed.D., associate professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Harris is one of the nation’s leading experts in loss, grief and faith. In this Baylor Connections, she shares insights into how we, individually and culturally, can better serve those dealing with loss. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education.

Research

8/16/2018
Aug. 13, 2018
Measuring hand grip may predict future health among adolescents, which could help in identifying those who would benefit from strength exercises, according to a study from Baylor, the University of Michigan and the University of New England. When it comes to young health, the significance of a nutritious diet and aerobic activity are often highlighted. But new findings show why improving and maintaining muscular strength is also important during this age, said senior author Paul Gordon, Ph.D. chair and professor of health, human performance and recreation in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The study was published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Baylor in the News

8/16/2018
Aug. 15, 2018
Baylor University's annual freshman hymn, dedicated to the Class of 2022, was unveiled over the summer during New Student Orientation. This year’s hymn, “Shining Bright,” was written by University Chaplain Burt Burleson, D. Min., with music by Truett Seminary students Joslyn Henderson and Ross Tarpley.

Faculty in the News

8/16/2018
Aug. 10, 2018
Religion’s role in the founding and shaping of American life has been much-considered, studied and debated throughout U.S. history — but few are as qualified to provide insight into the topic as Baylor’s Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History. In the classroom, on bookshelves and in the media, students and non-students have learned from Kidd, who has become one of the nation’s foremost experts on faith and the Founding Fathers.
8/16/2018
Aug. 15, 2018
Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor and chair of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted about a new exhibit about the late Billy Graham — “America’s Pastor” — at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Some 1,300 sermon notes are part of the exhibit, “Pilgrim Preacher: Billy Graham, the Bible, and the Challenges of the Modern World.” In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Graham admitted that he had identified America too closely with Christianity earlier in his career, Hankins said, and the preacher increasingly emphasized that the Old Testament covenant based on Jewish law had been transcended by Jesus’ message of love.

Alumni

8/16/2018
Aug. 15, 2018
Attorney Stephen A. Mason, J.D. ’03, has joined Dickinson Wright PLLC, where he will focus his practice on patent prosecution and litigation, trademark and service mark adoption and registration, and technology licensing and counseling.
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