Baylor in the News – Jan. 17-23, 2021

Jan. 24, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 24, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on COVID-19 testing, including a new testing lab and research facility at Baylor, MLK Day of Service, key research on the global childhood obesity crisis and using technology to combat human trafficking.

Jan. 17, 2021

EurekAlert!: Changing diets — not less physical activity — may best explain childhood obesity crisis
A study by Baylor anthropologist Samuel Urlacher, Ph.D., shows that when children gain excess weight, the reason is more likely to be eating too much than moving too little.

Jan. 18, 2021

KXXV-TV: Waco community comes together to serve on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
On MLK Day of Service, Baylor hosted a drive-thru drop-off donation drive for the One Warm Coat Campaign and pet supplies. “It’s a perfect day to get out and do something to honor his work and his life…take care of the people around you, take care of your neighbor,” said Doriann Beverly, Ph.D., senior coordinator of community service.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Community mourns Baylor grad student who valued social justice, died from COVID-19 complications
School of Social Work faculty Jon Singletary, Ph.D., dean; Amy Murphy, lecturer; Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., assistant professor; and Mallory Herridge, assistant director of the Center for Church and Community Impact, are interviewed about Baylor alumna and social work graduate student Alicia Martinez, who passed away from COVID-19 complications.

Jan. 19, 2021

HealthNewsDigest: Changing Diets — Not Lower Physical Activity or Infectious Disease Burden — May Best Explain Global Childhood Obesity Crisis
A study by Baylor anthropologist Samuel Urlacher, Ph.D., shows that when children gain excess weight, the reason is more likely to be eating too much than moving too little.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor: Testing lab started for COVID-19 could have far-reaching benefits
Baylor has opened a state-of-the-art testing lab and research facility to rapidly pinpoint COVID-19 outbreaks among Baylor students and staff, thanks to a partnership between the University and top diagnostic lab My Labs Direct.

Baptist Standard: Voices: Justice looks like antiracism
Jon Singletary, Ph.D., dean of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, writes this column as part of the “Justice looks like …” series in which readers have the opportunity to consider justice from numerous viewpoints. The series is based on each writer’s understanding of Scripture and relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jan. 21, 2021

Texas Tribune: Baylor students must test weekly for COVID-19. Those who keep missing tests could lose Wi-Fi access.
Baylor's weekly COVID-19 testing requirement for all students, faculty and staff has been made possible with the help of a new multimillion-dollar, on-campus lab in partnership with My Labs Direct that produces test results in less than 24 hours. The new testing lab and research facility also was covered by Dallas Innovates, KWTX-TV, KWKT-TV and KXXV-TV.

Jan. 22, 2021

Baylor Connections: Stacie Petter, Ph.D.
AUDIO: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month, highlighting a complex problem that challenges communities close to home and around the world. Stacie Petter, the Ben H. Williams Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics, uniquely applies her discipline to combat trafficking. In this Baylor Connections, Petter shares information systems’ role in that fight and explains how a grant from the National Science Foundation will help equip law enforcement with resources to identify and prosecute trafficking in their area.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor: Testing lab started for COVID-19 could have far-reaching benefits
Baylor has opened a multimillion-dollar testing lab and research facility to rapidly pinpoint COVID-19 outbreaks among Baylor students and staff, thanks to a partnership between the University and top diagnostic lab My Labs Direct.

KRLD-AM (DFW): Baylor University opens its own COVID-19 testing lab
Students and employees on the Baylor University campus are being required to have a COVID-19 test once per week as part of a program to limit the spread of the virus. Baylor has opened its own COVID-19 testing lab with help from Dallas-based My Labs Direct to handle the volume of tests.

Jan. 23, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: 50-book year little challenge for heavy readers around Waco
Kevin Tankersley, senior lecturer of journalism, public relations and new media, discusses the value of the “50-book challenge” — a yearly goal suggested by many school and public libraries and one that pops up frequently on social media.

ABOUT BAYLOR MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS

Baylor's Office of Media and Public Relations (M&PR) supports the University's Illuminate strategic plan as a top Christian research university by proactively placing high-profile stories about faculty research and expert opinions, innovative teaching, major awards and recognition, and community involvement. The Baylor M&PR team develops faculty experts to effectively communicate the impact of their research or, as subject-matter experts, speak into national trends and conversations with media outlets, Hot Topics and on the Baylor Connections podcast. Our faculty expert directory is available on the M&PR website at www.baylor.edu/news/experts.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 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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