Baylor in the News – July 19-25, 2020

July 25, 2020

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WACO, Texas (July 25, 2020) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in local and national media stories as they shared their research and expertise on a variety of topics, including COVID-19 related stories on herd immunity, the health of jobseekers and how churches might be able to host remote-learning sites for children; higher education issues such as video and online learning and cellphone use in the classroom; and race and culture topics, from Halloween costumes and cultural appropriation to the history of race in Hollywood films.

July 19, 2020

Morning Ag Clips: USDA Meals to You partnership delivers millions of meals
Kathy Krey, Ph.D., director of research and administration of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, is quoted in this article about Meals to You - an innovative public-private partnership between USDA, the Baylor Collaborative, McLane Global and PepsiCo - which has delivered more than 28.5 million meals to low-income children in rural communities across America during the COVID-19 health crisis.

KCEN-TV: What is herd immunity and could it help overcome the coronavirus?
VIDEO: Baylor epidemiologist Emily Smith, Ph.D., discusses COVI-19 and the topic of herd immunity.

July 21, 2020

University Business: Colleges must adapt or be left behind
In this column, Jeff Doyle, Ph.D., associate director of planning and assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Baylor, writes about the five reasons higher education should be welcoming the increased adoption of video and online learning.

Times Herald-Record (Hudson Valley, PA): Ways to ‘fat-proof’ your home
Suzy Weems, Ph.D., now retired professor of family and consumer sciences at Baylor, is quoted in this article about how making small adjustments like have healthy foods in plain sight can be an effective way to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Chet Edwards: How we can honor John Lewis
In this column, former Congressman Chet Edwards, The W.R. Poage Distinguished Chair of Public Service at Baylor, pays tribute to the lifetime of service, sacrifice and courage by Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis, who passed away July 17.

July 22, 2020

Good Morning America: Will Halloween be canceled? What costumes will be culturally appropriate amid racial reckoning
Nationally recognized race and culture expert Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media and author of the book "From Blackface to Black Twitter: Reflections on Black Humor, Race, Politics, & Gender," was interviewed for this Good Morning America story about Halloween costumes and cultural appropriation. This story also was featured on the ABC News website.

Occupational Health & Safety: How to Keep Pregnant Workers Safe and Supported
This article features research by Kaylee Hackney, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, who led a recent study that found perceived pregnancy discrimination indirectly relates to health challenges for mothers and babies.

July 23, 2020

KUT-FM (NPR): Central Texas Film Scholar Examines Hollywood's History Of 'Harmful And Positive Myths' About Race
AUDIO: Culture and theology expert Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English and author of "A Long, Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation," is interviewed about how Hollywood films, as one of the most powerful forces in both reflecting and shaping American culture, have served as a platform for delving into crucial but difficult topics like racism.

Inside Higher Ed: Snapchat, Instagram and Other Unexpected Guests in Class
Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and Ph.D. student Jesse DeDeyne documented how students used their cellphones during a sociology class last fall (spoiler: texting friends and checking Snapchat) and discuss how they'll change their teaching in response.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Carl Hoover: In ‘Coronavirus: The Movie,’ here's what we all need to see
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English and author of "A Long, Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation," and James Kendrick, Ph.D., a film historian and expert on the horror film genre, share their thoughts about the elements of a coronavirus pandemic horror movie.

KWBU-FM (NPR): Business Review - “Shattering the Glass Ceiling In IT”
AUDIO: Cindy Riemenschneider, Ph.D., professor of information systems at Baylor, discusses her research about women in information technology shattering the glass ceiling in this episode of the Business Review.

July 24, 2020

Religion News Service: Schools may not open to students this fall, but churches might — for remote learning
Angela Gorrell, Ph.D., assistant professor of practical theology at Baylor and author of "Always On: Practicing Faith in a New Media Landscape," is quoted in this article about how some churches and their children’s and youth ministries are hoping to host remote-learning sites for small groups of socially distanced kids as a way to serve families and meet concrete needs.

U.S. News & World Report: Health Effects of Unemployment
Melissa Neathery, Ph.D., RN, CNE, clinical associate professor at Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, is quoted in this article about how unemployment also can have far reaching health impacts. Neathery is among the health experts who provide tips on limiting the impact on health while an individual searches for a new job opportunity.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Attorney to receive O'Connor Award
Josh Borderud, J.D., director of clinical programs at Baylor Law School, has been selected to receive the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service from the American Inns of Court for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities. At Baylor Law, Borderud serves as the supervising attorney for the Veterans Clinic, the Trial Advocacy Clinic and the Estate Planning Clinic.

ABC 15 Arizona: Knowing the difference between appropriating and appreciating cultures
VIDEO: Nationally recognized race and culture expert Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media and author of the book "From Blackface to Black Twitter: Reflections on Black Humor, Race, Politics, & Gender," was interviewed for this ABC News story distributed to local affiliates about cultural appropriation.

July 25, 2020

Waco Tribune-Herald: Bill Whitaker: Civil rights icon John Lewis taught America, Waco courage, optimism
Baylor Law Professor Patricia Wilson, who hosted Congressman John Lewis when he spoke at Baylor Law School in February 2007, was interviewed for this column about the legacies of Congressman Lewis and others in the Civil Rights Movement that have not been in vain.


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