Baylor in the News – March 27-April 11, 2020

Baylor University campus (Morty Ortega, Baylor Marketing & Communications)
April 13, 2020

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WACO, Texas (April 13, 2020) – Baylor University faculty researchers were featured experts in a number of local and national media stories related to COVID-19, including stories on social isolation, spirituality, epidemiology, health and nursing. Other media stories featured Baylor research on equine therapy and the discovery of a new species of prehistoric flying reptiles.

Here are some of the stories featuring Baylor faculty members from March 27- April 11:

MARCH 27, 2020

Baptist News Global: Want to find rest from the weariness of COVID-19? Breathe
Baylor social work Dean Jon Singletary, Ph.D., writes about finding rest from all the noise in a social-distancing world, especially in the 24-hour news cycle.

KXXV-TV: Scientific evidence shows exercise during times of stress can help people cope
VIDEO: Baylor psychology and neuroscience professor Annie T. Ginty, Ph.D., who studies the relationship between psychological stress and disease, was interviewed for this story about the need for people to maintain exercise, and a sense of normalcy.

MARCH 31, 2020

HuffPost: Unsettling Graphic Will Ensure You Stay Home During Coronavirus Pandemic
Jessica Peck, DNP, pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical professor of nursing in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, is featured in this article about her viral tweet of an illustration showing how a coronavirus test is administered.

APRIL 1, 2020 Learning in Coronavirus Time: Rereading C.S. Lewis’s Famous Sermon
Baylor history professor Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., writes about how a famous sermon by C.S. Lewis can apply amid the mental, emotional and physical stress caused by the COVID-19.

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS): Equine Therapy helps Soldier find connection and simplicity
This article mentions research led by Baylor public health professor Beth Lanning, Ph.D., on equine therapy for veterans, which found that a horse’s ability to identify threats helps it to mirror anxiety back to the veteran, helping the veteran learn to manage their anxiety.

APRIL 3, 2020

Smithsonian Magazine: Four New Species of Prehistoric Flying Reptiles Unearthed in Morocco
An international team led by Baylor scientists, including geosciences doctoral candidate Megan Jacobs, has discovered four new species of prehistoric flying reptiles dating back to the mid-Cretaceous, or about 100 million years ago, all found in Morocco.

APRIL 5, 2020

The Dallas Morning News: Now is the time to sing songs of hope, in defiance of our fear and frustration
Baylor journalism professor Robert F. Darden, founder and director of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, writes about the great spirituals that gave hope to slaves and freedom riders, and how this time of isolation is the best time for all to sing these spirituals loudly.

APRIL 7, 2020

Population Health Learning Network: How I Practice Now: Perspectives From a Nurse on the Frontlines
VIDEO: Baylor clinical nursing professor and pediatric nurse practitioner Jessica Peck, DNP, discusses how nursing practice has changed since the start of COVID-19.

KWKT-TV: Baylor scientist speaks at WHO event
VIDEO: Baylor environmental scientist Benjamin Ryan, Ph.D., spoke during a webinar on pandemics organized by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, introducing a scorecard system which can support and strengthen planning and coordination among disaster managers and health workers.

APRIL 9, 2020

KWKT-TV: What changes will survive COVID-19?
VIDEO: Marketing professor and consumerism expert James Roberts, Ph.D., discusses the changes in our daily lives since COVD-19 and which changes might outlast the virus.

APRIL 10, 2020

KXXV-TV: A Baylor History scholar discusses trends between historical pandemics
VIDEO: Baylor Distinguished Professor of History Philip Jenkins, Ph.D. explains how pandemics are nothing new to human history, especially American history.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waiting quietly to rise again
Baylor sociology professor Christopher Pieper, Ph.D., writes about how the period of isolation during the Easter season imposed by states and cities and health officials is a secular (and much more demanding) Lenten ascetic practice.

Baylor Connections: Todd Still: What it means to be the Church when we’re physically separated at Easter
AUDIO: Todd Still, Ph.D., dean of Baylor’s Truett Seminary, examined what it means to be the Church when we’re physically separated at Easter amidst a worldwide pandemic in this Good Friday edition of the Baylor Connections podcast.

APRIL 11, 2020

Waco Tribune-Herald: Only hard data will bolster gravity of local social-distancing orders
Matthew Lee Anderson, post-doctoral research fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, writes about how data can do more to help citizens understand and earnestly undertake social-distancing measures than implementing further fines or restrictions would.


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