Baylor in the News – Sept. 19-25, 2021

Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas (Robert Rogers, Baylor Marketing & Communications)
Sept. 26, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 26, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on phone usage and its effects on relationships, religion and its political implications and how faith can positively impact prisoners.

Sept. 19. 2021

San Antonio Review: Are We Doomed to Repeat History?
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor of journalism and department chair, looks at Texas Republicans' attempts to limit race-related discussions in schools.

Love to Know: What Are the Disadvantages of Mobile Phones?
James A. Roberts, Ph.D., professor of marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, are quoted in this article for their study on cell phone usage and its impact on romantic relationships.

Sept. 20, 2021

KXXV-TV: Baylor students react to extended mask and testing policies
VIDEO: As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain high in McLennan County, Baylor University is extending its masking and testing policies for students and staff. In an email to students and staff, Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., said testing and masking requirements will continue at least until Oct. 1.

Baptist News Global: From 2016 to 2020, Trump grew in support from white evangelicals
Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., The James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History and associate director for the Institute for Religious Studies, is quoted in this article on the relationship between evangelicals and their political beliefs.

Family Fiction: 2021 ECPA Christy Awards Gala & Art of Writing Series Online
Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., associate dean for research and faculty development and associate professor of social work, will lead a webinar for the fifth annual Art of Writing conference. Her webinar will detail strategies for writing from a place of courage.

Sept. 21, 2021

KXXV-TV: Texas lawmakers to redraw district maps based on latest Census data
VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, is quoted in this article regarding a proposed redistricting map for Bell County.

PR Newswire: Baylor University Research Provides Evidence: Prison Fellowship International Faith-Based Program Transforms Prisoners, Prisons
A groundbreaking Baylor University study led by Byron Johnson, Ph.D., founding director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of the social sciences, of a Prison Fellowship International in-prison program provides evidence that the faith-based course transforms prisoners and leads to culture change in prisons.

Sept. 22, 2021

MIT Sloan: Putting Dignity at the Core of Employee Data Use
Dorothy Leidner, Ph.D., The Ferguson Professor of Information Systems, is a contributing author in this article on companies who are able to grow trust while gaining insight by managing employee data responsibly.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Public art project uses fabric panels to represent pandemic's toll on Greater Waco
Christal Peterson, associate director of character formation, is mentioned in this article for her contribution to an art installation aimed at providing the greater Waco community an opportunity to mourn the loss of life due to COVID-19 over the last 18 months.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Grant funds food security chair at Baylor
A $1.5 million gift from Jim and Tammy Snee of Minnesota will enable Baylor University to establish an endowed faculty chair position to lead research efforts addressing food security through the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.

Sept. 23, 2021

USA TODAY: 'Disaster of epic proportions': Migrant deaths on the rise; Border Patrol increases rescues
Lori E. Baker, Ph.D., vice provost for faculty development and diversity and professor of anthropology, who has led efforts to identify migrant remains, is quoted in this article about the staggering number of migrant deaths and record number of rescues of asylum seekers along the southwest U.S. border.

Brookings: Hutchins Roundup: Intergenerational mobility, global debt, and more
Zachary Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, is quoted in this article regarding why intergenerational mobility has been decreasing.

KXXV-TV: Global supply chain issues impacting consumers, businesses as experts ponder future
VIDEO: Management faculty and global supply chain experts, Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor, and Matt Douglas, Ph.D., assistant professors, discuss the issues Central Texas consumers and businesses are facing due to the pandemic.

City Journal: Blame Biden, Not the Military
Peter Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and international security scholar, penned a column for City Journal, in which he discusses who deserves scrutiny following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Sept. 24, 2021

Baylor Connections: Whitney Jones
AUDIO: Baylor’s Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE) is a newly formed center bridging a variety of resources to help students thrive at Baylor and beyond. In this Baylor Connections, Whitney Jones, senior director of CASE, shares the center’s approach and the resources available for academics and engagement, and she examines how these services help students find a sense of belonging and purpose.

Market Place: How the NBA jersey patch became a billboard for advertisers
Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., the Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing, is quoted in this article about the use of jersey patches for advertising in sporting events.

Baptist News Global: New endowed academic chair will lead Baylor in research to end hunger
Baylor announced a gift from Jim and Tammy Snee of Austin, Minn., which will establish an endowed faculty chair to lead research efforts addressing food security through the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.

The Hugh Hewitt Show: 100 Days of Dante
AUDIO: (Interview begins at the 34-minute mark) Doug Henry, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College at Baylor, and Matthew Lee Anderson, Ph.D., assistant research professor of ethics and theology at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, discuss the 100 Days of Dante, a collaborative resource aimed at educating and forming readers of Dante’s Divine Comedy.


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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 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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