Baylor in the News – Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2021

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Oct. 4, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 3, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on social security management, upcoming votes on constitutional amendments and the challenges facing collegiate athletics.

Sept. 26, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor survey examines emotional response to COVID-19
A national Baylor religion survey, led by Laura Upenieks, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, and sociology graduate student Rebecca Bonhag, found increased worry is the leading emotional response to COVID-19 regardless of age, gender, religious or political views, followed by heightened levels of sadness, loneliness and anger.

Sept. 28, 2021

AARP: SNAP Benefits Helped Older Adults Avoid Food Insecurity During Pandemic
A study done by Feeding America and Craig Gunderson, Ph.D, professor of economics and the Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, is quoted in this article regarding SNAP benefits and food insecurity during the pandemic.

KXXV-TV: Truck driver shortage could cause trouble this holiday season
VIDEO: Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of supply chain management, is quoted in this article on the shortage of truck drivers and how it could impact holiday shopping.

KXXV-TV: Voters registration deadline for November election is next week
VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, is quoted in this article on the upcoming election that involves voting on constitutional amendments.

Baptist News Global: A tale of two cities: Telling the truth about race
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, writes about his experiences at two national monuments he visited during his travels that, he wrote, tell stories that fly under the mainstream radar on race.

BreatheCast: 'Patient's Apollo LTD Receives No. 1 of Billboard Chart with 'Sunday Morning Feeling'
Alternative-pop duo Apollo LTD reached No. 1 on the Hot AC/CHR National Airplay Billboard Chart with the sunny-vibes of “Sunday Morning Feeling (Feat. Ryan Stevenson).” The song also is part of a Baylor University commercial that premiered during the Baylor vs. Texas State football game Sept. 4.

Sept. 29, 2021

The Kansas City Star: Funeral directors see too much senseless death. Here’s how they try to save lives
VIDEO: Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, is quoted in this article on how funeral directors are calling for action to reduce gun-related deaths.

The Financial: Not a workaholic? You might have some of the same traits
A study by Baylor management faculty Emily M. Hunter, Ph.D., and Dawn S. Carlson, Ph.D., is featured in this article on workaholics and what being a workaholic can mean for the future.

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Omega-3s may protect brains in American Football athletes
Jeffery L. Heileson, doctoral candidate in kinesiology, exercise, nutrition and health, co-authored this article about how high-dose omega-3 supplements may give NCAA football athletes protection from repetitive head injury as well as conferring cardiovascular benefits.

Sports Spectrum: Christians in Sports Should Consider Theological Education. An NFL Coach Explains Why
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, interviews Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich about his passion for theological education and why he believes it’s valuable in sports. Reich serves on the Team of Advocates for FSI.

Sept. 30, 2021

Retirement Income Journal: Research Roundup
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., emeritus professor of investments, explains “tax torpedos” that strike certain unwary Social Security recipients and how to avoid them.

KWBU: Business Review - “The Lead Conductor”
AUDIO: Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., executive director for the Center for Professional Selling and associate professor of marketing, gives insight into the changing management process.

Oct. 1, 2021

Baylor Connections: Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Last spring, Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., was named The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business after an extensive national search. In this Baylor Connections, Mazumder shares his journey from London to Waco, which included stops at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions along the way. He examines his philosophy on faith and scholarship and highlights the experiences that guided him into a new season of leadership at Baylor.

The Wall Street Journal: Pat Robertson Steps Down as Host of ‘The 700 Club’
American religious history expert Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about influential Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson stepping down as host of “The 700 Club,” a role he has filled since 1966.

Financial Advisor: New Strategy Links Social Security, IRA Withdrawals, Minimizes Taxes In Retirement
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., emeritus professor of investments, is referenced in this article on how social security payments and withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts can be coordinated throughout retirement to lower an individual’s taxes.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Livingstone tells House subcommittee Congress should unify NIL standards

Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., gave invited testimony Sept. 30 at a legislative hearing on “A Level Playing Field: College Athletes’ Rights to Their Name, Image, and Likeness” before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Her testimony also was covered by Inside Higher EDFOX 44 NewsKXXV-TV and Baylor Lariat.  


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