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1/17/2019
Jan. 17, 2019
VIDEO: The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) recently awarded Baylor University a $900,000 grant for Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) to construct a new Women’s and Children’s Healthcare and Research Center in Bengaluru, India. In this feature, Shelby Garner, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, shares the goals associated with the grant, which is expected to add 100 beds to the hospital, spark new innovations and expand educational opportunities. Baylor and BBH have been partners for many years. “We’re both grounded in Christian faith, so it’s a very good partnership,” she said. “We’re both focused on serving people.” (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Media and Public Relations, helped facilitate the interview with Dr. Garner.)

Coming Up

1/17/2019
Coming up at 11 a.m. Friday on KWBU-FM, Baylor Connections will feature an interview with Baylor University Vice President for Marketing & Communications and Chief Marketing Officer Jason Cook. He will discuss Baylor’s unique role as a leading Christian research university as well as the steps taken to attract students from across the country and advance the Baylor brand.

Research

1/17/2019
Jan. 8, 2019
A new Baylor study reveals Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, such as parks, libraries, highways, natural resources and police protection, which makes communities “more livable, with more amenities,” said researcher Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “If roads are completed and kept up, so that people aren’t stuck in traffic, they have more time to do things they enjoy doing. Large parks are social spaces, and one clear finding of happiness studies is that people who are more socially connected tend to be happier.”
1/17/2019
Jan. 16, 2019
A type of mosquito — Anopheles stephensi — that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions, according to a study led by Tamar Carter, Ph.D., assistant professor of tropical disease biology at Baylor University. Already, 44 species and subspecies of anopheline mosquitoes have been documented in Ethiopia, and more than 68 percent of Ethiopia’s population is at risk for malaria, according to the World Malaria Report of 2017.

Baylor in the News

1/17/2019
Jan. 17, 2019
Baylor University’s Center for Christian Music Studies in the Baylor School of Music has been awarded a four-year $1.2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its Strengthening Congregational Ministries with Youth Initiative. The initiative’s primary aim is to support projects — such as Baylor’s new “Building Bridges to the Future” project — that help congregations design, test and implement new models for nurturing the religious lives of middle and high school youth and for engaging them more fully in the congregations’ mission and ministries.
1/17/2019
Jan. 17, 2019
A successful college president is a strong leader and a team player — two characteristics also found in nearly half a million NCAA student-athletes. So it is no surprise that several college presidents, including Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., who was a basketball student-athlete at Oklahoma State University, were once college athletes themselves. NCAA After the Game caught up with Livingstone and five other college presidents who not only understand the student-athlete experience, but lived it.
1/17/2019
Jan. 16, 2019
Louise Herrington Ornelas, an East Texas philanthropist and Baylor benefactor, died on Dec. 18, 2018, in Tyler, Texas. In fall 1999, Ornelas donated $13 million to Baylor’s nursing school, which was renamed in her honor, and in 2015, made possible the purchase of the BGCT building in Dallas, which now serves as the Louise Herrington School of Nursing Academic Building. “She was so sweet and caring and asked what kind of nurse we wanted to become,” said Georgetown junior and nursing major Courtney Hewlett, who was among the nursing majors who had the opportunity to meet Ms. Lou at the building dedication. “It makes me sad that new students coming in will only get to learn about her impact without being able to meet the woman that made it possible.”

Faculty in the News

1/17/2019
Jan. 13, 2019
AUDIO: On this episode of Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments, Baylor journalism professor Robert Darden features Chicago legend, the Rev. Issac Whittmon, who leads the Greater Metropolitan COGIC choir on a rafter-raising gospel stomper. Darden is founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which provides sounds and stories for this weekly program.

Students

1/17/2019
Jan. 16, 2019
As most Baylor students hunkered down in the library to prepare for final exams, Baylor’s Helping Hands, a club designed to support mentally and physically disabled students on campus and throughout the Waco community, donated a $7,700 wheelchair to 7-year-old Alaina Davis. Davis has cerebral palsy, as well as severe scoliosis, and was in desperate need of a wheelchair to help improve her daily life. “It is without a doubt one of the best feelings in the world,” said Taylor Ernst, Huntsville senior and founder and president of Helping Hands. “Being able to show Christ’s love to someone in need is one of the most rewarding feelings ever.”

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