Baylor in the News – July 12-18, 2020

July 19, 2020

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WACO, Texas (July 19, 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 global impact on grief as well as faith and mental health, how families can practice "pandemic patience" and the growth of multiracial church congregations.

July 13, 2020

Baptist Standard: Voices: Bigger: The sanctuary of nature and the presence of God
Veronica Timbers, a licensed clinical social worker and doctoral student in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, writes about how the minute details of nature - "God's sanctuary" – can act like a balm to weary souls.

Pulitzer Center: How the World Has Learned to Grieve in a Pandemic
William Hoy, D.Min., clinical professor of medical humanities and an expert source on the role of social support in death, dying and grief, is quoted in this article about how COVID-19's upheaval of rituals will leave long-lasting scars.

July 14, 2020

Christianity Today: American History Is Not Canceled
Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., The James Vardaman Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, writes that Christians can’t erase the church’s slaveholding past but they can change the symbols, statues, and namesakes they celebrate.

National Geographic: Your patience is wearing thin—but so is your kid's
Sarah A. Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of experimental psychology and neuroscience and noted researcher on virtue formation, is quoted in this article about how to help the entire family practice pandemic patience. Schnitker's own studies reveal that patience is correlated with increased hope, less depression and loneliness, and higher self-esteem - all things that could benefit kids during this stressful time.

USA TODAY: In Memoriam: Creative tributes in place of a traditional memorial service
William Hoy, D.Min., clinical professor of medical humanities and an expert source on the role of social support in death, dying and grief, is quoted in a series of stories by USA TODAY called "In Memoriam," that offer advice and guidance for families about grieving the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoy provides insight on memorials projects that put actions to emotions, how to help a grieving person when you have to be socially distant and ways to make a postponed service special.

MultiBriefs: 3 ways to make your supply chain more resilient
Supply chains expert Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article about how the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the strength of supply chains around the world this year.

July 17, 2020

NPR "All Things Considered": Multiracial Congregations May Not Bridge Racial Divide
AUDIO: Research on multiracial congregations by Kevin Dougherty of Baylor University and Mark Chaves of Duke University is cited in this NPR story about the multiracial church movement. The researchers found that the share of churches defined as "multiracial," with at least one out of five members from a minority background, grew from 6% in 1998 to 16% in 2019, but during that time, however, those multiracial churches did not themselves become significantly more diverse.

Baylor Connections: Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D.
AUDIO: An expert on the intersection of faith and mental health, Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., associate dean for research and faculty development and assistant professor in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is a guest on the Baylor Connections podcast to share how individuals can prioritize their own mental wellbeing through both immediate and long-term practices and discuss the role of an individual's faith in their mental health.


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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 18,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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