Faculty in the News
Baylor biology prof’s research helps end 30-year Oklahoma-Arkansas feud
Imagine you’ve had a clean, clear river or creek running through your backyard for years — then one day, you notice the water isn’t as bright as it used to be. Algae is growing, fish are less plentiful, and your creek is getting cloudy. A little investigative work suggests the culprit is your upstream neighbor, through whose property the […]
Baylor Lecturer Wins Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from National Communication Association
WACO, Texas (Nov. 3, 2016) — Kayla Rhidenour, Ph.D., lecturer in the department of communication in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences, has been honored with the 2016 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award presented by the National Communication Association.
Dallas Observer: Baylor Professor Robert Darden Has Dedicated His Life to Protecting Gospel Music
Nov. 8, 2016
This profile about Robert Darden, Baylor professor of journalism, public relations and new media, details his fascination since childhood with black gospel music from its “golden era” — the 1940s to the 1980s — and how he has worked to preserve save some of the records, cassettes and other treasures which otherwise would have been lost to musical history. Besides their spiritual and cultural significance, many of the records also carry civil rights messages on their “B” sides. Darden, an author and former Billboard gospel music editor, is the founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, which digitizes recordings and makes the music available for public access. The project, which has expanded to include recordings of sermons of black preachers during the civil rights era, also has become a highlight of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in Washington, D.C., in September.
The Economic Times: Teenagers are 'picking and choosing' religion to customize their needs on Facebook
May 17, 2016
Regardless of what their religious tradition teaches, youths who use social media platforms such as Facebook are more likely than non-users to “pick and choose” religion to suit their needs, according to a Baylor study published in the journal Sociological Perspectives. “On Facebook, there is no expectation that one's 'likes' be logically consistent and hidebound by tradition,” said sociology researcher Paul K. McClure, a doctoral candidate in sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
The Christian Post: Russell Moore 'Exactly Right' That America Has Never Been Christian Nation, Baylor Evangelical Historian Says
May 12, 2016
Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) and Distinguished Professor of Historty, is quoted about recent comments by Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, that to believe America was a “Christian nation" was a product of "theological liberalism.” “Russell Moore gets this exactly right,” Kidd said. “The idea that God made a special covenant relationship with America, like He did with Israel in the Hebrew Bible, has no scriptural or historical basis . . . The First Amendment also made clear that in America, unlike in England, the government would not try to do the business of the church.”
What ‘Pro Bono’ Really Means And Why Such Work Is Important Today
WACO, Texas (May 19, 2016) – Most people believe “pro bono” means “for free.”
Science Codex: Congregations striving for racial and ethnic diversity may shrink, Baylor study finds
May 10, 2016
Congregations attempting to boost their racial and ethnic diversity may end up with fewer people in the seats, according to a Baylor University study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and based on an analysis of data from more than 11,000 congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. "Racial diversity itself is not a detriment to growth," said lead author Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. "It is the process of changing the racial composition of a congregation that causes difficulties." (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched the research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
Dr. Johnny Henderson Honored as Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year
WACO, Texas (May 27, 2016) – Johnny L. Henderson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences, was honored as the 2016 Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year during the University’s Academic Convocation on April 15.
U.S. News & World Report: Most Americans Turn to Prayer for Healing, Survey Finds
April 22, 2016
When it comes to dealing with illness, most Americans turn to a higher power for help, according to a study by Jeff Levin, Ph.D., M.P.H. University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). The study suggests that outside of belief in God, “there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer," Levin said. This article was originally published by HealthDay, the largest syndicator of health news to health news websites. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers ISR research and faculty.)
Baylor University Panel to Address the Need for Policy Change Regarding Mideast Persecution of Christians
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2016) — As the global persecution of Christians continues, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, former Congressman Frank Wolf, Pastor Jalil Dawood, founder of Word Refugee Care, and Cole Richards of The Voice of the Martyrs will discuss the critical issue at Baylor on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR): The Last of the Black Titans, a Conversation with Lakia Scott
March 23, 2016
AUDIO: Lakia M. Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in Baylor’s School of Education and co-author of “The Last of the Black Titans,” discusses the history and future of the more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States with KWBU’s Carlos Morales. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in the School of Education.)
Supervisors, Coworkers Tolerate Unethical Behavior when Production is Good, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (April 4, 2016) – Your coworker wastes time. He mismanages resources. He’s been known to engage in activities that you and others consider conflicts of interest. Yet, he seems to “do no wrong” in the eyes of the company. Why? Because he’s producing.
Mosquito Expert on Zika Virus: ‘I Am Confident We Will See Transmission This Summer’
WACO, Texas (Feb. 3, 2016) – The World Health Organization (WHO) this week declared the Zika virus – a mosquito-borne illness – an international public health emergency.
NPR: All Things Considered: Division Over Social Issues Threatens Global Split Among Anglican Churches
Jan. 13, 2016
AUDIO: Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), is among the sources interviewed for this story about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call to Anglican leaders to discuss the denomination’s division over social issues.
Baylor Professor Creates App That Can Detect Eye Cancer in Children After His Son Was Diagnosed at 3 Months Old
Dr. Bryan Shaw began studying the thousands of pictures he and Elizabeth had taken of Noah since his birth. He discovered that the first signs of leukocoria showed up when Noah was just 12 days old. Shaw developed a scale for how much leukocoria was in a particular picture.
Baylor representatives lend voices to cause of religious freedom at Rome summit
When persecuted, how do Christian communities across the globe respond? A group of 14 scholars from around the world — including one Baylor professor — have been studying this question for three years. Earlier this month, they unveiled their results at a conference in Rome that attracted worldwide attention. Specifically, the group presented research regarding the responses […]
The Baptist Standard: Lilly grants benefit Wayland and Truett programs for high school youth
Jan. 7, 2016
Baylor's Truett Seminary has received a $600,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish “Running the Race Well,” a youth spirituality and sports institute. Quoted are John B. White, faculty director of “Running the Race Well” and Truett’s sports ministry and chaplaincy program, and Todd Still, Ph.D., dean of Truett Seminary. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story. She covers seminary faculty and research.)
WJR-AM (Detroit): Part 1 - Interview with Rodney Stark on “End of Religion?”
Jan. 7, 2016
AUDIO: Part 1 of an interview with Rodney Stark, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, co-director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor and author of “The Triumph of Faith,” who was a guest on The Frank Beckmann Show on WJR-AM in Detroit. In this interview, Stark refutes the claim that religion is dying, particularly in America, and discusses the latest world polling data that shows that the world has never been more religious.
C-SPAN: Baylor's Diana Garland honored on U.S. House floor
Dec. 4, 2015
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores of Texas spoke on the U.S. House floor on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, to honor Diana R. Garland, Ph.D., founding dean and namesake of Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Dean Garland passed away Sept. 21 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was the inaugural dean of the School of Social Work, and during her tenure, the School rose to national prominence.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: How to make the most of your breaks at work
Dec. 6, 2015
Jena McGregor, daily columnist for the On Leadership section of The Washington Post, penned this column about new Baylor research by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., and Cindy Wu, Ph.D., associate professors of management in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, that identifies key characteristics of a “better” workday break. “We tested many assumptions that people commonly hold about breaks, like going outside or doing something that’s low effort or something that's not work-related. All these things did not matter as much as two things, really: doing something you prefer and taking breaks earlier in the day," Hunter said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, has pitched this research nationally. He covers business faculty and research.)
Huffington Post: How Mass Shootings Are Changing Americans' Views Of Mortality
Dec. 4, 2015
Article about the public’s amplified sense of mortality following the latest in a string of mass violence events in the U.S. quotes Candi Cann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College who studies death and dying. She believe the reaction to mass violence is often about individual and societal power. It reveals "our powerlessness in a new way to us, and I think this is what is so terrifying about them," said Cann, author of "Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the 21st Century."
FCI (Farm Chemicals International): Study Finds Atrazine Safe for Aquatic Plant Life
Nov. 3, 2015
A multidisciplinary team of Baylor researchers found that atrazine, a commonly used herbicide, does not appear to have a long-term, measurable impact on aquatic plant life. The study’s lead investigator, Ryan S. King, Ph.D., professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, said this project is the first to address atrazine levels as they would “naturally occur in agricultural areas during rainfall runoff events.” Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, and Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies, also contributed to the project. (Tonya B. Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story. She covers research and faculty in biology, chemistry and environmental science.)
Chronicle of Higher Education Features SOE Research
What's it like to be a non-tenure-track faculty member in a tenure-track world? That's the focus of a new study — featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education — by Baylor School of Education (SOE) assistant professor Dr. Nathan Alleman, SOE doctoral student Cara Cliburn Allen, and Dr. Don Haviland of California State University at Long Beach. Alleman and Allen are part of the SOE's Department of Educational Administration.
TIME: The Forgotten History of Mary’s Gospels
Oct. 26, 2015
Article by Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, about the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome, in which a council discussed multiple issues about the family and sexuality. Among them was a proposal for women’s ordination as deacons. Jenkins notes that “We often hear charges that Catholic Christiniaty is obstinately patriarchal . . . But at the same time, the Church has long acceptance of alternative scriptures (about Mary, mother of Jesus), and the ideas they presented.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)
First Things: A Tale of Two Cities – And of Two Churches
Oct. 23, 2015
Religion in Scotland is changing, and it is up to its citizens to ensure that it is changing for the better, writes John Haldane, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University, Professor of Moral Philosophy at St. Andrews University and Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture. He notes that the changing nature of religion worldwide will lead to a “reunification of the faithful” sometime this century. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers philosophy research and faculty.)
Science Codex: Baylor researchers project long-term effects of climate change, deforestation on Himalayan mountain basins
Oct. 19, 2015
In a recent multi-disciplinary study, a team of Baylor researchers found that climatic changes, an increase in agricultural land use and population growth in the Himalaya Mountain basins could have negative impacts on water availability. In a country in which roughly 70 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture, this could signal major problems for the most vulnerable in the region—those in poverty, said Sara E. Alexander, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Institute of Archaeology. Joseph D. White, Ph.D., professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and fellow in the Institute of Ecological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, also contributed to the study, published in the Journal of Hydrology. (Tonya B. Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers faculty and research in the anthropology and biology departments.)
Medical Daily: Coffee Break, Lunch Break, ‘Better Break’: The Best Time To Take A Break From Work And Do Something You Enjoy
Sept. 10, 2015
This article centers on a new management study from Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which provides a greater understanding of how employees can take workday breaks that replenish energy, concentration and motivation. The research was conducted by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., and Cindy Wu, Ph.D., associate professors of management, and is published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, has pitched this research nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)
TIME: Science Says Your Cell Phone Use Could Be Hurting Your Relationship
Oct. 1, 2015
This TIME Magazine story centers on new research by faculty in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing, published a study which confirmed that cellphones are damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression. Roberts, who is quoted, said, “When you think about the results, they are astounding. Something as common as cellphone use can undermine the bedrock of our happiness – our relationships with our romantic partners.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, is pitching this new research nationally. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)
The Houston Chronicle: Process of Succession Planning
Oct. 1, 2015
John Schoen, an adjunct lecturer in management and researcher in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article about succession planning, an ongoing process that allows companies to ensure a continuity of quality leadership and knowledge retention. Schoen concludes that many people do not consider succession and ownership transfer issues in businesses because they are difficult for families to discuss.
Lost on Their Journey: University Works to Identify Migrant Remains
In this preview story, Lori Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and founder of Reuniting Families Project, discusses the work she and her forensic anthropology students conduct in an effort to identify those who died while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Baker and her team work in cemeteries in Brooks County, Texas exhuming remains. Afterwards, they return to Baylor to begin the labor-intensive identification process. “We tell ourselves it only takes one to make it worth our effort,” Baker said. The full story will air at 8 p.m. August 28, 2015, on Al Jazeera America.
The Washington Post: Social workers want to talk religion — but they don’t
Aug. 14, 2015
According to recent research by Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, most social workers say they don’t discuss religion or spirituality with their clients, even though they think it could be beneficial in treatment. Oxhandler, whose research has received national attention, is quoted in this story in The Washington Post. “Our code of ethics really calls us to work within the client’s environment, strengths and culture,” Oxhandler said. “It’s not about us and our belief system. We’re supposed to attend to the client in their world and what’s going on in their life.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story nationally. He covers faculty and research in the School of Social Work.)
International Business Times: Religion: Black people adopt 'white' views on race in America's multiracial congregations
Aug. 17, 2015
Racial attitudes of black people in multiracial religious congregations resemble the views of white people, with “little evidence that multiracial congregations promote progressive racial views among attendees of any race or ethnicity,” according to a study by researchers from Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago. Quoted is Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
Phys.org: Communities with beautiful scenery, weather have lower rates of religious affiliation
Aug. 5, 2016
Counties in the United States with more beautiful weather and scenery have lower rates of membership and affiliation with religious organizations, according to a Baylor study. "Beautiful weather, mountains and waterfronts can serve as conduits to the sacred, just like traditional religious congregations," said lead author Todd W. Ferguson, a doctoral candidate in sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers sociology research and faculty.)
Science Newsline: Study: Why Social Workers Aren't Discussing Religion And Spirituality with Clients
July 9, 2015
Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., assistant professor in Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is featured in this article centered on her latest study, which shows that licensed clinical social workers believe that discussions about their clients' religion and spirituality can often lead to improved health and mental health, but practitioners are not integrating these conversations into their counseling sessions. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, pitched and placed this story. He covers faculty and research in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.)
Huff Post Live: This Dad Created A Medical App That's Helping Children Around The Globe
July 16, 2015
VIDEO LINK: Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, appeared on a Huff Post Live segment discussing medical apps. Shaw’s live interview was edited into another segment exclusively focused on his app, CRADLE (ComputeR Assisted Detector of LEukocoria), which was developed in partnership with Greg Hamerly, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. The app, which helps detect white eye, a sign of pediatric eye cancer and other ocular diseases, is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, coordinated this interview and has pitched and placed Bryan Shaw’s research nationally since November 2013.)
Baylor Faculty Member Named Fellow of American Chemical Society
WACO, Texas (July 20, 2015) – George Cobb, Ph.D., chair of the Baylor University’s environmental science department in the College of Arts & Sciences, was named a 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. Cobb was one of 78 people selected and will be honored in August, at the society’s fall national meeting in Boston.
Christianity Today: The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark
June 9, 2015
In this question-and-answer interview, Rodney Stark, Ph.D., co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR), says that there is no evidence that evangelicalism in America is decreasing. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty.)
MSN.com: 7 Ways to Maximize Your Social Security Benefits
Bill Reichenstein, Ph.D., the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, talks about how to prepare to claim Social Security benefits if you spouse dies. “The higher earner should base his benefits decision on the age he would be when the second spouse dies,” Reichenstein said. “What would probably be the best strategy is for him to wait until he turns 70 because, after the death of the first spouse, the survivor keeps the higher benefits.” (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)
Back to the Past: Why Movie Studios Keep Recycling Stories, and Why We Keep Paying to See Them
WACO, Texas (June 3, 2015) – Chris Hansen, M.F.A., independent filmmaker and chair of the film and digital media department in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, discusses the challenges for original storytelling and the future of the film industry.
KWBU-FM (Waco, NPR): Baylor Researcher Using Hypnosis as Means of Treatment
May 27, 2015
AUDIO: A feature on Gary Elkins, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who has recently been using hypnotic audio recordings to help his patients reduce pain. Specifically, his research has focused on using clinical hypnosis to treat symptoms that postmenopausal women face, like hot flashes and an inability to sleep. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers faculty and research in psychology and neuroscience and has pitched Dr. Elkins' research nationally.)
Science Newsline: Study: Hey, advertising and marketing pros! Before you 'go thin,' think again
May 21, 2015
An article focusing on research by James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that marketers and advertisers who default to the “thin ideal” – the belief that thinner is better – could be alienating up to 70 percent of their audience. "Advertisers need to do a bit more research with their target market. They need to find out what these women are thinking, as related to body size," Roberts said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, placed this story. He covers faculty and research in the Hankamer School of Business.)
Baylor University Chemistry Lecturer Receives Collins Outstanding Professor Award
Science Daily: Suntanned in paradise? Researcher explores why some people risk skin cancer
April 13, 2015
The depiction in ads and magazines of smiling people sporting even tans and enjoying exotic vacation spots may influence people to tan in the sun or tanning beds and take risks with UV ray exposure and skin cancer, says a Baylor University researcher. Quoted is researcher Jay Yoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and consumer sciences in Baylor's Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched and placed this story. She covers faculty and research in the department of family and consumer sciences.)
Baylor English prof's book named year's best debut fiction
A Baylor English professor has won the nation’s top award for a debut fiction writer, and it almost seems a bit like destiny. Arna Hemenway, an assistant professor who teaches creative writing in the English department, was awarded this year’s PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction. The award is the nation’s largest award for an author’s […]
Financial Planning: Social Security Needs Dependability, Even If Benefits Decrease: Retirement Scan
Jan. 23, 2015
Compilation of advice from articles in major news outlets on social security and financial planning. From the Wall Street Journal, William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor of finance and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair of Investment Management at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, says Congress needs to revamp Social Security to ensure that retirees will receive about 75% of their benefits in case the trust fund is depleted. He suggests using a new measure that yields a lower inflation than what the current formula provides. "I believe most of us would rather have a slightly lower level of promised benefits that we can depend on than to have a potentially dramatic reduction in benefits about 2033,” Reichenstein said. (Eric Eckert, Baylor Media Communications specialist, covers research and faculty in the business school.)
Military Times: Study links genetics, anti nerve-agent pills to Gulf War illness
Jan. 27, 2015
Article about a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health by epidemiologist Lea Steele, Ph.D., research professor in Baylor’s Institute of Biomedical Studies, and a team of researchers who found the first direct evidence between Gulf War illness and a genetic factor that can render some individuals more susceptible to adverse effects of certain chemicals. The Military Times has a circulation of nearly 238,000 current and former U.S. military personnel. It is part of the Military Times Media Group, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Times. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers biomedical studies and pitched and placed this national research story.)
More sleep now means better memory later, says Baylor research
It might be time for you to turn out the lights and hit the sack. Dr. Michael K. Scullin, a Baylor professor and director of the university’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, has linked lack of sleep to a poorly-functioning memory, and says a good night’s sleep will help with memory not only tomorrow, but also 40, […]
Women’s exit of IT studied at Baylor
Cindy Riemenschneider, Ph.D., professor of information systems and associate dean for research and faculty development in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is interviewed in this story about her research, which shows that occupational culture and informal social networks at IT firms are areas that need to be addressed to help keep women from fleeing IT jobs. “Because of the imbalance with regard to gender, a woman that wants that type of a mentor may need to seek out a mentor from another organization,” Riemenschneider said.
Baylor Sociologist Earns Award from Gerontological Society of America for Her Research on Older Adults
WACO, Texas (Jan. 8, 2015) — Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of sociology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, has won the 2014 Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award from the Gerontological Society of America.
Christianity Today Gives a Book Award of Merit to Baylor Scholar and Author Philip Jenkins
WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2014) — Christianity Today has given a 2015 Award of Merit to Baylor University scholar Philip Jenkins for his book “The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade” (HarperOne).
Couples' Conflicts: Withdrawal or Expecting Your Romantic Partner to Mind-Read Harms Relationships, But in Different Ways, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Jan. 7, 2015) — When you have a conflict with your spouse or significant other, do you withdraw like a turtle into its shell? Or perhaps you expect your partner to be a mind reader about what ticks you off? Both of those responses can harm a relationship, but in different ways and for different reasons, according to a Baylor study.
Baylor Social Work Professor Ranked in List of 'Most Influential Social Workers Alive Today'
WACO, Texas (Nov. 7, 2014) – Preston Dyer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in Baylor University’s School of Social Work, has been ranked No. 1 on the list of “The 30 Most Influential Social Workers Alive Today,” compiled by Social Work Degree Guide.
Hardwired for Story | Sarah-Jane “SJ” Murray | TEDxSanAntonio
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Stories graft themselves into our minds, hearts, and imaginations. They bridge geographical and cultural boundaries. They’re the key to great marketing, great education, and making the NYT Best Seller list. But they’re more than that. At the end of the day, a civilization that forgets how to tell its story crumbles and dies.
School of Ed dean wins Texas lifetime achievement award
The dean of Baylor’s School of Education, Dr. Jon Engelhardt, will retire in May after 36 years in higher education (including the last eight at Baylor). But before he goes, he’s got at least one more honor coming his way. Engelhardt is the newest recipient of the rarely-given Robert B. Howsam Award, a lifetime achievement award from […]
Science Daily: Sculpting costumes with 3-D printers is 'the way theater is headed,' say theater education experts
Oct. 9, 2014
Article about Baylor Theater using a 3-D printer to produce props and accessories for its first production of “Into the Woods” and how this kind of technology is predicted to become a staple in theater departments. Former Disneyland costume designer and wardrobe coordinator Joe Kucharski, assistant professor of theatre arts in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, used the printer to create plastic vegetables that adorned the witch’s costume. "This is the way theatre is going," said Stan Denman, Ph.D., chair and professor of theatre arts at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research, faculty and events in the department of theatre arts.)
The Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor chemists granted $900,000 for cancer research
Oct. 10, 2014
Kevin Pinney, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, and Mary Lynn Trawick, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, have been granted $900,000 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to conduct trials on a new treatment method that targets breast cancer tumors while protecting healthy cells. Pinney and Trawick are partnering with Ralph Mason, radiology professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, on the three-year project. Pinney, who has spent over 20 years developing cancer-treating drugs, thinks the process can be applied to other types of cancer tumors as well if it is proved successful. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers research and faculty in the biology department at Baylor.)
Baylor professors’ research targets neglected tropical diseases
More than 3 billion people worldwide are at risk from tropical diseases that spread easily and contribute to a repeated cycle of poverty in nations across the globe. Thousands of miles away from the epicenters of these diseases, in labs here at Baylor, those 3 billion people have allies in Baylor professors and their students, who right now are […]
First Things: We Must Fight ISIS with More than Missiles
Sept. 10, 2014
Text of testimony by Thomas F. Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, given before Sub-Committees of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Sept. 10, 2014. Speaking on the threat of ISIS, the stakes involved and how U.S. International Religious Freedom policy might play a role in addressing this crisis, Farr mentions Baylor’s partnership with Georgetown on the Religious Freedom Project and a co-sponsored conference in Rome that focused on Christian contributions to freedom, historically and in the contemporary world.
Baylor University Business Professor Receives Excellence in Teaching Award
WACO, Texas (Sept. 11, 2014) -- Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., the Frank and Floy Smith Holloway Endowed Professor in Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, has been awarded the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Marketing Association Sales SIG.
Medical News Today: Spirituality decreases likelihood of experimenting with drugs and alcohol by youths
Sept. 11, 2014
Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a Baylor study published in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly. Findings suggest that young people who connect to a “higher power” may feel a greater sense of purpose and are less likely to be bothered by peer pressure to experiment, said researcher Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR). (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers ISR research and faculty and placed this story.)
Baylor Professor’s New Research Geared to Keep Women from Fleeing IT Profession
WACO, Texas (August 13, 2014) – For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions. They’re failing.
Bigger Government Makes for More Satisfied People, International Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 15, 2014) — People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study.
Surprising Number of Older Adults Weathered ‘The Great Recession’ Without Financial Strain, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2014) — The “Great Recession” may have put a dent in many older adults’ pocketbooks, but a new study by Baylor University found that more than 40 percent reported a decrease in “financial strain” between 2006 and 2010.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.): Baylor Professor Weighs in on New Under Armour Campaign
Aug. 3, 2014
AUDIO LINK: Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Management and executive director of the Center for Sports Sponsorship and Sales in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, spoke to Washington, D.C., news radio station WTOP about Under Armour’s new women-focused ad campaign that highlights a more graceful kind of competitor: the ballerina, specifically Misty Copeland, a soloist for the American Ballet Theater. (Eric Eckert, media communications specialist for Baylor Media Communications, is responsible for covering faculty and research at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.)
Wall Street Journal: Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go?
Aug. 5, 2014
VIDEO INCLUDED: Andrea Dixon, Ph.D., The Frank M. And Floy Smith Holloway Professor of Marketing and executive director of the Keller Center for Research and the Center for Professional Selling in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, was interviewed for this article about the change in climate for entry-level jobs. Dixon shared the successes of Baylor’s Center for Professional Selling and how it trains and equips new graduates to step into high-impact, high-paying sales careers in companies such as Humana Inc., Oracle Corp. and 3M Co. The readiness and preparedness of these students presents a cost savings to employers. (Eric Eckert, media communications specialist in Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story idea of the Center’s success in training students to Wall Street Journal reporter Melissa Korn, who writes about higher education with a special focus on business schools. Eckert’s pitch was included in this article, co-authored by Korn and Lauren Weber, who writes about workplace issues and career for WSJ.)
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Why This Professor Is Encouraging Facebook Use in His Classroom
Aug. 5, 2014
This article examines research by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Brita Andercheck, a teaching assistant and doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor, which showed that “cyberspace scholarship” can help students earn higher grades and develop better critical thinking. Students in the study who took part in a Facebook Learning Group also had a greater sense of belonging. The study was published in Teaching Sociology, a journal of the American Sociological Association. (This story was placed in The Chronicle of Higher Education through the efforts of Terry Goodrich, assistant director for Baylor Media Communications, who pitched Dougherty’s research to The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog in late April. Goodrich is responsible for covering research and faculty in the department of sociology.)
A calorie-counting microwave? GE is working with Baylor on the concept
It feels like something from The Jetsons or Star Trek, but it’s much closer to reality than to TV Land. A team from GE, working with faculty and students from Baylor’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, are moving towards a push-button device that could, in an instant, tell you just how many calories are on your plate. Today, they’ve […]
Dinosaurs Fell Victim to Perfect Storm of Events, Study Shows
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2014) — Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
Yet another Baylor alum joins ranks of university presidents
Today, Dr. Elizabeth Davis, BBA ’84, becomes President Davis. Furman University today welcomes Davis, formerly Baylor’s executive vice president and provost, as the 12th president in the school’s history. (Dr. David Garland, dean of Truett Seminary, has been named to replace Davis on an interim basis while Baylor conducts a national search for the next provost.) Davis, who […]
Baylor professors of the year represent education, music and business
Each year, Baylor honors three professors with major awards based on slightly varying criteria. The senior class annually votes to determine the Collins Outstanding Professor Award. For the eighth time in the last 11 years, the Collins Award winner is also a Baylor graduate; this year’s recipient is Dr. Paul La Bounty, PhD ’07 (above left), […]
Iran and the United States Must Cooperate — Now — Against Advancing Islamic Militants in Iraq, Says Baylor University Expert on Religious Wars
WACO, Texas (June 17, 2014) — Secretary of State John Kerry’s “no hurry” approach to United States-Iranian cooperation to combat advancing Islamic militants in Iraq is a “sensible, diplomatic one” – and the wrong one, says a Baylor University expert on religious wars.
Economics Professor Recognized as Professor of the Year
WACO, Texas (June 17, 2014) – Picking one professor out of the fold to be recognized with “Of The Year” status takes long hours of poring over dozens of nominations and remarkable achievements. Joe McKinney, Ph.D., professor of economics in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, recently received a major university honor and was selected to receive the 11th Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award.
God on the Job: Church Attendance Is Not Enough to Affect Job Satisfaction and Commitment, Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (June 20, 2014) — A congregation’s beliefs about work attitudes and practices affect a churchgoer on the job — but how much depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on attendance, according to a study by Baylor University sociologists funded by the National Science Foundation.
Audio: Baylor geologist Dr. Dan Peppe discusses the impact of new fossil discoveries with Inside Higher Education
Baylor Professor and Long-Time Member of SEPM is Awarded Special Honor
WACO, Texas (June 2, 2014) — Due to his impressive and extensive track with the Society for Sedimentary Geology, Steven Driese, Ph.D. geology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Program Director, was awarded with an Honorary Membership. This award requires nomination for consideration and is based on years of service and professional achievements.
Time: The Secret to Forgiving Yourself
May 14, 2014
Article about Baylor research that determined that if a person first makes amends with himself it is easier to forgive oneself for a transgression against another. The research, published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, was conducted by psychology doctoral student Thomas Carpenter; Jo-Ann Tsang, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences; and Robert D. Carlisle, Ph.D., an analyst at Mesa Public Schools and formerly at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers psychology and neuroscience and placed this story.)
CBS 11 (DFW): “White-Eye” Photos May Indicate Rare Cancer In Children
May 19, 2014
VIDEO: Interview with Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, who is working with a team of computer scientists to develop an app for free download so parents can use smartphones’ cameras to help detect signs of retinoblastoma or other eye abnormalities in their children. Shaw and his wife, Elizabeth, noticed “white eye” — a sign of retinoblastoma – in photos of their son, Noah, when he was an infant. The boy’s battle with retinoblastoma inspired Shaw to want to make digital photography a tool in retinoblastoma screening. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, covers chemistry and biochemistry and placed this story.)
Baylor School of Education’s Susan Johnsen Received the Council for Exceptional Children Outstanding Leadership Award
WACO, Texas (May 5, 2014) - Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D., professor in the Baylor School of Education and director of the Ph.D. Program in Education Psychology and of the Gifted Programs, was recently awarded the 2014 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Outstanding Leadership Award.
NPR “Morning Edition”: Part One: Chemist Turns Software Developer After Son's Cancer Diagnosis
May 6, 2014
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: On his segment, “Joe’s Big Idea,” NPR science correspondent Joe Palca features Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, and how Shaw’s research on retinoblastoma was inspired by his son’s illness. Shaw’s study discovered that “white eye,” one of the first symptoms of the pediatric eye cancer, can be detected by parents taking pictures of their children using digital cameras and smart phones. Part one of Palca’s series aired this morning, with part two expected to air Wednesday, May 7, on “Morning Edition.” (Tonya B. Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, who covers chemistry, pitched and placed this story).
NPR “Morning Edition”, Part Two: Faith Drives A Father To Create A Test For Childhood Cancer
May 7, 2014
AUDIO LINK INCLUDED: On part two of his segment, “Joe’s Big Idea,” NPR science correspondent Joe Palca continues the story of Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, whose son was diagnosed with a potentially fatal eye cancer – retinoblastoma – when he was just 4 months old. Shaw’s study discovered that “white eye,” one of the first symptoms, can be detected by parents taking pictures of their children using digital cameras and smart phones, which drove Shaw to try to invent an early cancer test. The two-part story ran on hundreds of NPR affiliates throughout the country. (Tonya B. Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, who covers chemistry, pitched and placed this story.)
Science Daily: Religious music brings benefit to seniors' mental health
April 18, 2014
New research has found that listening to religious music among older Christians is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control. The research article in The Gerontologist, titled “Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life,” was co-authored by Matt Bradshaw, PhD, assistant professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, is responsible for covering sociology.)
Campus Technology: Can Facebook Make Better Students?
May 1, 2014
University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor University study. Quoted are Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and researcher Brita Andercheck, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Baylor. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
NPR: Baylor Chemistry Professor to be Featured on "Morning Edition"
May 5, 2014
Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is scheduled to be featured on NPR’s "Morning Edition" about his son’s battle with retinoblastoma, a pediatric eye cancer. Joe Palca, science correspondent for NPR, will feature Shaw's research in "Joe's Big Idea," in which he examines where scientists' big ideas come from and how they pursue those ideas. The first story is expected to air on Tuesday, May 6. The second segment is expected to air on Wednesday, May 7. Inspired by his son’s illness, Shaw authored a study on retinoblastoma and discovered that “white eye,” one of the first symptoms of the disease, can be detected by parents taking pictures of their children using digital cameras and smart phones. Shizuo Mukai, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, co-authored the study. "Morning Edition" is one of NPR's flagship news programs, listened to by more than 12.3 million listeners a week. (Tonya B. Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story).
Baylor Scientists Aim to Design Safer Chemicals for Humans and Environment with Multimillion Dollar Grant
WACO, Texas (April 10, 2014) — Bryan W. Brooks, Ph.D., professor of environmental science and biomedical studies in Baylor University's College of Arts & Sciences and director of the environmental science graduate program and the environmental health science program, will lead the research core on a four-year, $4.4 million project aimed at designing chemicals and materials that are less toxic to humans and the environment.
Baylor University Professor Receives Grant to Help Settle Long-standing Water Quality Dispute Between Oklahoma and Arkansas
WACO, Texas (April 3, 2014) -- Ryan S. King, associate professor of biology in Baylor’s College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a $600,000 grant to estimate the appropriate phosphorus level in the Illinois River and nearby rivers and streams and help settle an on-going legal dispute between Oklahoma and Arkansas that reached all the way to the Supreme Court in 1992.
CBS News: Stronger muscles may mean better health for kids
March 31, 2014
Article on a recent study that suggests adolescent boys and girls who have greater muscle strength are at a lower risk for heart disease and diabetes. Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D., chair and professor of health, human performance and recreation at Baylor's School of Education, was the study’s corresponding author and noted that strengthening activities may be just as important as aerobic fitness. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, placed this story.)
Baylor, McLane Children’s partner for new Center for Developmental Disabilities
A new federal study released last week found that one in 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder — up 30% from just two years ago. To serve the Central Texas community, the Baylor Autism Resource Clinic (BARC) opened in 2008. Thanks to a partnership with McLane Children’s Scott & White, the BARC and […]
USA TODAY: Ken Starr: Obamacare shackles religious freedom
March 23, 2014
Op-ed by Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr on the closely watched Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby case, which will be argued March 25 in the Supreme Court of the United States. Starr, who served as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989-1993, writes that the issue is whether the owners of Hobby Lobby “have an enforceable freedom-of-conscience right not to provide several contraceptive methods to the crafts company's employees” and how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) “requires the federal government to provide a very strong (‘compelling’) justification for imposing a regulatory requirement that ‘substantially burdens’ the free exercise of religion.” (This op-ed was placed by Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications.)
Christianity Today: An Interview with Dr. Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, on Global Christianity (Part 1)
March 21, 2014
Part one of three of an interview with Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, on global Christianity. Watch for part two and three during the upcoming weeks.
Patheos: Yes, Religious Liberty is Threatened in America
March 25, 2014
Column by Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion, writes about current religious liberty court cases, including Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. Kidd cites Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr's recent op-ed in National Review Online tha laid out legal implications of the Hobby Lobby case.
UPI: Lack of sleep in obese teens predicts heart disease risk
March 6, 2014
Article on a study published in The Journal of Pediatrics on the connection between lack of sleep and obesity that was led by a team from the University of Michigan Health System and Baylor University, including Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of health, human performance and recreation at Baylor's School of Education. The research suggests that obese teenagers must get enough sleep each night to lower their risk of contracting cardiovascular conditions, having a stroke or developing diabetes. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of media communications, is responsible for covering HHPR and the School of Education.)
Military Times: Scientific panel unable to come up with singular definition for Gulf War illness
March 12, 2014
A scientific panel selected a dual definition of Gulf War illness--one coined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the other crafted by Lea Steele, Ph.D., research professor in Baylor's Institute of Biomedical Studies, who has conducted extensive research on Gulf War illness, the complex medical condition that affects veterans of the 1991 war. This article also appeared in Army Times, Marine Corps Times and the Air Force Times. (Tonya Lewis, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, is responsible for covering the Institute for Biomedical Studies.)
Nearly Half of Pregnant Low-Income Women Do Not Want to Be Sent Home From Hospital After Diagnosis of False Labor, Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (March 17, 2014) — More than 40 percent of pregnant low-income women discharged from the hospital after a diagnosis of false or early labor did not want to be sent home, with the most common reasons being that they were in too much pain or lived too far away, according to a study by Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) and Parkland Health & Hospital System.
HHPR Chair Dr. Paul Gordon Releases Research on Teen Obesity and Health Risks in The Journal of Pediatrics
Obese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in the March 6 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Baylor professor Dr. Paul Gordon and researchers at the University of Michigan Health System studied 37 obese adolescents, ages 11-17, measuring their risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to create a continuous cardiometabolic risk score.
Baylor School of Education Professor Receives 'Scholar Award' for Research
WACO, Texas (March 12, 2014) – Tony Talbert, Ph.D., professor in the Baylor School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of his career of scholarly contributions to qualitative and ethnographic research.
Baylor Among Select U.S. Universities to Offer Philanthropy Lab Course
WACO, Texas (Feb. 7, 2014) - This fall, Baylor University students will have the opportunity to participate in The Philanthropy Lab, a full-credit course in which students learn not only the history and philosophy of giving back but also gain practical experience in donating real money - at least $50,000 in Baylor's case - to a worthy local cause.
Discovery by Baylor University Researchers Sheds New Light on the Habitat of Early Apes
WACO, Texas (Feb. 18, 2014)-- Baylor University researchers, in collaboration with an international team of scientists, have discovered definitive evidence of the environment inhabited by the early ape Proconsul on Rusinga Island, Kenya. The groundbreaking discovery provides additional information that will help scientists understand and interpret the connection between habitat preferences and the early diversification of the ape-human lineage.
Nurse Practitioner in Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing Chosen for Excellence Award
WACO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2014) -- Lori Spies, R.N., a nurse practitioner and senior lecturer in Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in Dallas, has been named one of 24 registered nurses chosen for D Magazine's third annual Excellence in Nursing Awards.
Black Gospel Music Restoration Project Launched by Baylor Will Become a Permanent Feature at the Smithsonian
WACO, Texas (Jan. 23, 2014) -- The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project -- a search-and-rescue mission launched by a Baylor University researcher to save little-known recordings from yesteryear's Golden Age of black gospel --will become a permanent feature of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Wall Street Journal turns to Baylor finance professor for expertise
As perhaps the nation’s most authoritative daily financial publication, it stands to reason that The Wall Street Journal would seek out the nation’s foremost financial authorities to share their insights with Journal readers. Earlier this month, one of Baylor’s own joined their ranks. Dr. William Reichenstein, the Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management [...]