In the News

In the Spotlight

2/22/2019
Baylor Regents Focus Discussion on Christian Environment, Research AspirationsFeb. 22, 2019
At its regular February meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents focused the majority of its discussion on the first pillar of the University’s academic strategic plan Illuminate, which focuses on Baylor’s unambiguously Christian educational environment. Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and Regent committees from Academic Affairs to Student Life discussed the ways in which the University will maintain its Christian heritage and commitment while expanding institutional focus on research, scholarship and discovery.
2/22/2019
Feb. 22, 2019
On this week’s Baylor Connections, host Derek Smith interviews Baylor Student Body President Hannah Causey, who works with Baylor students and leadership in a time of exciting possibilities in the life of the University. Causey discusses her role and shares the importance of maintaining Baylor's unambiguously Christian mission in higher education. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education.

Research

2/22/2019
Feb. 20, 2019
Fossil fuel combustion is the main contributor to black carbon collected at five sites around the Arctic, which has implications for global warming, according to a study by an international group of scientists that included a U.S. team from Baylor University. Baylor research, conducted in Barrow, Alaska, was led by Rebecca Sheesley, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science in the College of Arts & Sciences, and Tate Barrett, Ph.D., now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Texas. The study was published in the premier journal Science Advances.
2/22/2019
Feb. 21, 2019
Women are more likely than men to believe the Bible is literally true, but a Baylor University study finds this may have more to do with how people relate to God than it does gender. Both men and women who report high levels of closeness to God take the Bible more literally – and this confidence grows stronger as they seek intimacy with God through prayer and Bible study. The research, published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, was conducted by Christopher Pieper, Ph.D., senior lecturer of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, and former Baylor sociologist Blake Victor Kent, Ph.D., now a research fellow at Harvard Medical School.
2/22/2019
Feb. 19, 2019
Article about the new book “Make America Meme Again: The Rhetoric of the Alt-Right,” co-authored by Leslie Hahner, Ph.D., associate professor of communication in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. The book discusses the impact that memes can have on public discourse and perceptions of political ideals, specifically in the context of the 2016 presidential election.

Baylor in the News

2/22/2019
Feb. 20, 2019
Being bilingual or even multilingual should be seen as an asset and resource to schools and communities, rather than a deficit that needs to be remedied, said Maria Franquiz, a bilingual education expert and University of Utah professor who spoke at Baylor University on Tuesday. Franquiz spent time before her lecture touring schools in the Waco area and speaking with educators and Baylor education students about bilingual education.

Faculty in the News

2/22/2019
Feb. 22, 2019
Baylor University English professor and poet Chloe Honum is the recipient of the 2019 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, New Zealand’s most prestigious writing fellowship. Honum joined the Baylor English faculty in 2016. Her teaching focuses on creative writing through poetry, as well as on postmodern American poetry.
2/22/2019
Feb. 6, 2019
Moisés Park, Ph.D., assistant professor of Spanish in Baylor’s College of Art & Sciences, will talk about the portrayal of Asians in Latin American film during the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s UNK@TheWorld film festival that focuses on minority populations and the importance of embracing people from different racial backgrounds. Park will discuss “Kiltro,” a Chilean martial arts film, that will be screened March 5.
2/22/2019
Feb. 13, 2019
(Fourth news item): The National Institutes of Health awarded a $626,000 grant to Kelly R. Ylitalo, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, to study the link between physical activity and healthy aging. The grant will span a five-year project period, allowing Ylitalo to work with local health care organizations to develop and test new methods for capturing and interpreting data about physical activity.
2/22/2019
Feb. 21, 2019
A book by Barry G. Hankins, Ph.D., chair and professor of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is cited in this article about the death of Homer Ritchie, the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth pastor who succeeded infamous preacher J. Frank Norris. Hankins is author of “God’s Rascal: J. Frank Norris and the Beginnings of Southern Fundamentalism.”

Alumni

2/22/2019
Feb. 19, 2019
Bobbilynn Hawkins, M.D., M.H.A. (Health Care Administration) ’08, is retiring from her role as professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and director of Spinal Cord Urology, Urodynamics and Female Urology at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center-Downtown Division. Known for her groundbreaking urological research, Dr. Hawkins is the nation's first African-American full professor of urology and the sixth female urologist to be certified by the American Board of Urology. She also was the first female urologist in the U.S. Army, and served more than 30 years as a military command surgeon.
2/22/2019
Feb. 20, 2019
Esmeralda Hudson, B.B.A. (Management Information Systems) ’99, the first Hispanic city secretary for the Waco City Council, has been reappointed for her second term. Hudson has lived in Waco for 20 years and was the first in her family to earn a college degree.
2/22/2019
Feb. 20, 2019
Judge John Neill, B.A. (History) ’82, was sworn in Feb. 20 as a new justice on Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals. Neill has served the past 20 years as judge of the 18th Judicial District in Johnson and Somervell counties.
2/22/2019
Feb. 15, 2019
John Martin, B.A. (Political Science) ’81, has been elected as managing partner of Baker Botts, one of the oldest, largest and most successful corporate law firms in Houston history. For the past five years, he has led the firm’s growing operations in Silicon Valley.

Today's News Releases

Looking for more news about Baylor University?