Baylor in the News – April 12-18, 2020

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April 20, 2020

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WACO, Texas (April 20, 2020) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in local and national media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on a variety of subjects, including COVID-19’s impact on faith and education, history and quarantines and relationships.

Here are some of the stories featuring Baylor faculty members from April 12-18:

APRIL 12, 2020

The Wall Street Journal: As Christians Mark Easter in Isolation, Pope Francis Proclaims ‘Contagion of Hope’
Baylor history professor Philip Jenkins, Ph.D. is quoted in this article about history suggesting that the devastating effects of the pandemic, on the economy as well as public health, could weaken religious faith in some parts of the world but that the effect could be very different in developing countries.

APRIL 13, 2020

Edutopia: The Neuroscience Behind Productive Struggle
Rishi Sriram, Ph.D., associate professor of higher education and student affairs, writes about how challenging tasks spur the production of myelin and four strategies to incorporate productive struggle into lessons for students.

APRIL 16, 2020

Psychology Today: Four Relationship Remedies for Quarantined Couples: Paths to intimacy when you're on each other's last nerve
Research by Baylor psychology and neuroscience professor Keith Sanford, Ph.D., is cited in this article about relationship remedies for quarantined couples.

APRIL 17, 2020

Waco Tribune-Herald: Parents learning alongside at-home students
Brooke Blevins, Ph.D., associate professor of social studies education and chair of the department of curriculum and instruction, provides strategies for parents teaching at home.

Publishers Weekly: Books Spotlight Finding Common Ground Through Faith
The latest book by Baylor English professor Greg Garrett, Ph.D., “A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation,” takes a closer look at the impact films have on society.

KWKT-TV: VIDEO: Baylor Libraries using 3-D printing to make tension-relief bands for first responders in Central Texas
When Baylor University Libraries saw a need for PPE for local health care professionals, they used their 3D printers to print hundreds of surgical mask tension-relief bands.

APRIL 18, 2020

Waco Tribune-Herald: Life events across Central Texas falling prey to COVID-19
Bill Hoy, D.Min., and Candi Cann, Ph.D., experts on death and dying, are quoted in this article about the how COVID-19 has impacted life events, including weddings, birthday parties, graduation ceremonies and funerals.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Elesha Coffman: Margaret Mead’s Earth Day message stressed our interdependence
Elesha Coffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, who is writing a spiritual biography on anthropologist Margaret Mead, authored this column on Mead’s Earth Day message from 1970.


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