Baylor in the News – Oct. 10-16, 2021

Baylor University campus (Matthew Minard, Baylor Marketing & Communications)
Oct. 17, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 17, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on upcoming social security changes, climate change in relation to plant evolution and how religious exemptions impact vaccination choices.

Oct. 10, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: EDITORIAL: We're all in on this new Big 12
The Waco Tribune-Herald editorial board weighed in on the “remarkable transformation” of the Big 12 Conference.

Oct. 12, 2021

The Suffolk Journal: OPINION: Balance is essential to students’ wellbeing
James A. Roberts, Ph.D., professor of marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, coauthored a study that is quoted in this article on the struggle faced by college students to balance work, school and social activities.

Oct. 13, 2021

Popular Science: Fossilized plants give us hints about what ice age forests may have looked like
William J. Matthaeus, a biology doctoral candidate at Baylor, is quoted in this article on how new implications for the past climate could help determine the future of plant evolution.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Homecoming coming home: Annual Baylor event brings activities back
Baylor’s annual homecoming, nearly a week of activities that reunite graduates, present students, faculty and Baylor fans, will feel more like its familiar self this weekend with the return of traditional events such as a home football game, a parade through downtown, music performances and an on-campus pep rally and bonfire.

U.S. News: Social Security Changes Coming in 2022
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of investments, is quoted in this article on upcoming Social Security changes.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Johnny Cash songs light up 'Ring of Fire' at Waco Civic Theatre
Lisa Denman, professor of theatre, is quoted in this article on Baylor theatre’s upcoming play “Airness,” a play about finding people you love and a thing you can be passionate about.

Fox 44 News: Baylor celebrating Homecoming events in-person
Baylor has kicked off homecoming with several in-person. Students on campus shared with FOX 44 what they are looking forward to now that events are back at 100 percent.

Oct. 14, 2021

Audacy: Ask the Expert: What do people mean by religious exemption?
On Ask The Expert, Jeff Levin, Ph.D., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, professor of medical humanities and director of the Program on Religion and Population Health, joined KRLD's Afternoon News to discuss people using "religious exemptions" as a reason to not get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Oct. 15, 2021

Baylor Connections: Dawn Rogers
AUDIO: Few people have led a city’s Final Four efforts and served in leadership for a program that played in a Final Four, but Dawn Rogers has done both. In this Baylor Connections, Rogers shares more about her role as Baylor’s deputy athletics director and as a sport administrator for multiple sports, including the reigning national champion men’s basketball team.

Waco Tribune-Herald: 'Sunday Morning Feeling' making Baylor sing
This article highlights Jordan Phillips, half of Apollo LTD, who sings “Sunday Morning Feeling.” The song underlies “Let There Be Light,” a commercial that airs during Baylor’s televised Big 12 football games this year and is part of other Baylor promotional spots on radio and social media. Study finds forest cover and runoff influenced by freezing temperatures during late Paleozoic ice age
New research led by Baylor University biology doctoral candidate William J. Matthaeus and Joseph White, Ph.D., professor of biology, considers how plant freeze-intolerance affected forest cover and hydrology during the Pennsylvanian period, roughly 340 million to 285 million years ago during the Paleozoic Era, proposing improvements to climate projections for the past and future with plant function data.


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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 20,000 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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