Faculty in the News
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 [...]
Christianity Today: Friday Five Interview: Thomas S. Kidd
Jan. 17, 2014
Q&A with Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., professor of history in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences and author of several books including "Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots," about the importance of understanding religious heritage. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of media communications, is responsible for covering the history department.)
The Wall Street Journal: When's the Right Time to Start Claiming Social Security?
Jan. 15, 2013
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor and The Pat and Thomas R. Powers Chair in Investment Management in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, is now a member of The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" panel, an exclusive group of industry, academic and cultural thought leaders who weigh in on the latest debates in The Journal Report. In this first entry, Dr. Reichenstein gives his expert advice on when to begin claiming Social Security.
MichiganRadio.org: What should we do about the trace chemicals found in drinking water?
Jan. 14, 2014
Article discusses the poor quality of drinking water in West Virginia cites tests done by Baylor University researchers looking for trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and personal-care products in the water supplies of various cities. The research was led by Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., professor and graduate program director of environmental science in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences.
Huffington Post: HuffPost Live: Does Sneaker Violence Exist?
Jan. 7, 2014
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, is a panelist in this video discussion about the media possibly creating criminological myths about teens. The segment is hosted by Marc Lamont Hill.
Dallas Morning News: TEXAS FAITH: The religion and faith issues that will be the big story in 2014
Jan. 8, 2014
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, weighs in on the question "What religious issue is likely to gain traction in 2014?"
Forbes: The Ignorance of Today's College Students Shouldn't Surprise Us
Jan. 8, 2014
Article co-written by Blaine McCormick, Ph.D., associate professor of management and entrepreneurship in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, examines the importance for educators to teach students about the entrepreneurial men and women whose ideas and inventions made America prosper.
Los Angeles Times: A tale of two churches -- and a persistent racial divide
Jan. 8, 2014
Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, comments on sustaining ethnic diversity in church congregations. The article cites findings from his recent study "Race, Belonging and Participation" that was published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Great Texts Prof. Sarah-Jane Murray To Speak at Christian Writers' Conference
Story, and in particular how to tell one's story, is the theme of the third annual Christian Writers Conference from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at First Baptist Church Woodway.
Baylor University and Harvard Medical School Researchers Help Make Pediatric Eye Cancer Easier to Detect
WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2013) -- Can parents use digital cameras and smart phones to potentially screen their children for the most common form of pediatric eye cancer? Baylor University and Harvard Medical School researchers believe so.
Baylor Professor George Cobb Will Receive Award for Involvement in SETAC
WACO, Texas (Nov. 8, 2013) - George Cobb, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of environmental science in Baylor's College of Arts & Sciences, has received the Herb Ward Exceptional Service Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
Memorial Conference at Baylor Honors Christian Author and Philosopher C.S. Lewis
WACO, Texas (Nov. 12, 2013) -- The C.S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference honoring the late C.S. Lewis, Christian philosopher and author, will be co-sponsored by the Baylor University Honors Residential College and the departments of philosophy and religion at Baylor on Nov. 18, Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.
Baylor Professor Receives Prestigious Entrepreneurship Award
WACO, Texas (Oct. 1, 2013) -- Baylor University professor Ray Bagby, Ph.D., was awarded The Entrepreneurship Division of Academy of Management's "Dedication to Entrepreneurship" Award for 2013.
Baylor Law Named One of the 50 Best Law Schools in the U.S.
WACO, Texas (Oct. 10, 2014) - Baylor Law School is ranked as one of the 50 Best Law Schools in the U.S. by the business and technology news website, Business Insider.
Hunger Summit Brings White House Representative, Anti-Hunger Leaders To Baylor for 'Together at the Table' Hunger Summit
WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2013) -- Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and Audrey Rowe, administrator of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for the USDA in Washington, D.C., will be among the keynote speakers at the annual "Together at the Table: Hunger Summit" Oct. 24-25 at Baylor University
Baylor Professor Earns Faculty Member of the Year Award at Education Conference
WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2013) - Rishi Sriram, Ph.D., an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs and the graduate program coordinator of educational administration at Baylor, received the Faculty Member of the Year award at the Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) annual conference Oct. 14.
Center for Professional Selling Named a 2013 SEF Top University Sales Program
Baylor University's Center for Professional Selling has been named a 2013 top program for professional sales education by the Sales Education Foundation. The Center is recognized for preparing students for careers in professional selling and for placing top talent in national professional selling roles.
Baylor Environmental Science Professor Earns Prestigious Fulbright Award
WACO, Texas (Aug. 27, 2013) -- 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, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research during the 2013-2014 academic year at the University of Lethbridge in Canada.
Walmart Foundation Grant Establishes Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration between Baylor's Texas Hunger Initiative and Business School
WACO, Texas (Aug. 26, 2013) - As students across the nation head back to school, a team of multidisciplinary researchers with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) and Hankamer School of Business - funded by a $2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation - are on track to better understand the vast landscape of summer and afterschool federal child nutrition programs and what can be done to improve them, such as through the development of a fiscally sustainable year-round business model.
Going to Synagogue Is Good for Health and Happiness, Baylor Researcher Finds
WACO, Texas (June 24, 2013) -- Two new Baylor University studies show that Israeli Jewish adults who attend synagogue regularly, pray often, and consider themselves religious are significantly healthier and happier than their non-religious counterparts.
L-3 Platform Integration Signs Lease to Become First Resident Partner at Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
WACO, Texas (June 10, 2013) - Officials at L-3 Platform Integration in Waco and Baylor University announced today the signing of a lease agreement to occupy 3,200 square feet of industrial space at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) discovery park. L-3 Platform Integration will staff its new lease space in the BRIC with engineers who are already working directly with Baylor faculty researchers.
"Spiritual" Young People Are More Likely to Commit Crimes than "Religious" Ones, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (June 12, 2013) -- Young adults who deem themselves "spiritual but not religious" are more likely to commit property crimes -- and to a lesser extent, violent ones -- than those who identify themselves as either "religious and spiritual" or "religious but not spiritual," according to Baylor University researchers.
Black-white Education Achievement Gap Is Worsened by Unresponsive State Policymakers, Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (June 20, 2013) -- State policymakers' attention to teacher quality--an issue education research shows is essential to improving schooling outcomes for racial minority students--is highly responsive to low graduation rates among white students, but not to low graduation rates among black students, according to a Baylor University study.
Baylor University's School of Music Presents Dean's Honor Concert
WACO, Texas (March 22, 2013) - The School of Music at Baylor University will present its Dean's Honor Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Roxy Grove Hall in Waco Hall, 624 Speight Ave.
Baylor Religion Scholar Will Travel to Rome Conference to Lecture About Challenges of the Catholic Church
WACO, Texas (April 4, 2013) -- Baylor University religion scholar Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., will be among lecturers at the German Bishops' Conference in Rome, which will be focused upon new religious movements that are challenges for the Roman Catholic Church.
Baylor Students Present Research During Scholars Week
WACO, Texas (April 5, 2013) - As part of Scholars Week hosted by Baylor's Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) program, more than 120 students will present research they have conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The event will take place April 8-11.
Baylor Welcomes Robert Foster Cherry Award Winner for Spring Semester
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2013) - Baylor University welcomed Brian P. Coppola, Ph.D., who will teach in residence at Baylor this spring as the 2012 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, to the Baylor community during a Jan. 30 luncheon held in his honor.
Baylor Regents Approve Public Fundraising for New Business School Building
WACO, Texas (Feb. 8, 2013) - At its February meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved public fundraising for a new 275,000-square-foot business school building that will expand the school's size and reach by nearly 40 percent.
Shared Activities -- Especially Sports -- Are 'Game Changers' for Father-Daughter Relationships, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Feb. 19, 2013) -- The most frequent turning point in father-daughter relationships is shared activity -- especially sports -- ahead of such pivotal events as when a daughter marries or leaves home, according to a study by Baylor University researchers.
Baylor University Scientist Receives Major Grants for Health Research on 1991 Gulf War Veterans
WACO, Texas (Nov. 1, 2012) - Baylor University has been awarded two new federal grants for research on Gulf War illness, the complex medical condition that affects veterans of the 1991 war. The grants, from the Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs of the U.S. Department of Defense, total nearly $1.6 million, and bring current federal funding for Baylor's Gulf War research program to over $2.3 million.
Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business Hosts the 2012 Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum
WACO, Texas (Nov. 2, 2012) - The 2012 Dale P. Jones Business Ethics Forum will take place at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business Nov. 7-16. This year's theme, "Starting with Integrity: Entrepreneurship and Ethics," aims to help students understand the importance of ethics in experiential and interactive ways, and is sponsored by The Dale P. Jones Ethics Endowment, The Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business Endowment and BancVue.
Baylor Regents Approve New Doctoral Programs in Church Music, Joint Degree in Divinity and Business Administration
WACO, Texas (Nov. 2, 2012) - At its annual Homecoming meeting today, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved two new doctoral programs in the School of Music and a joint master's degree in divinity and business administration from George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Hankamer School of Business. Regents also honored Baylor Stadium Founders and recipients of the 2012-2013 Baylor Meritorious Achievement Awards.
Faculty in Residence positions open
Campus Living & Learning (CL&L) invites applications for Faculty in Residence positions that will begin with the fall 2013 semester. The Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) program at Baylor University exists to assist CL&L with fostering and shaping the social, cultural, and educational life within Baylor's residential communities.
Dayton's Dr. Paul H. Benson to lecture on Transformational Education Nov. 8
Dr. Paul H. Benson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton, will lecture on "Liberal Learning, Intellectual Tradition, and Transformational Education in the Twenty-First Century" at 3:30 p.m., November 8 in the Meditation Room of the Armstrong Browning Library. A reception will follow in the Cox Reception Room from 5-6 p.m.
Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business Ranks No. 2 in Nation for Entrepreneurship
WACO, Texas (Sept. 25, 2012) - The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business is ranked No. 2 among the more than 2,000 schools nationwide surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur Magazine. Baylor was the highest ranked school in Texas.
Award-Winning Author Speaks at Baylor University's 2012 Beall-Russell Lecture
WACO, Texas (Sept. 28, 2012) -- Award-winning author Anne Fadiman will be the featured guest for the 2012 Beall-Russell Lecture hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in Room 510 in the Cashion Building of the Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.
Baylor Autism Resource Center Launches New Assessment and Support Programs
WACO, Texas (October 1, 2012)- According to the Centers for Disease Control, "about 1 in 88 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)" and research shows a steady increase in its occurrence. In an effort to provide support for parents and those with ASD, the Baylor Autism Resource Center (BARC) is providing additional services and programs--autism assessment, parent workshops, special education and advocacy services and a support group for those with Asperger's syndrome.
NASA Rocket Mission Carrying Baylor Student Experiment Scheduled for Friday Launch
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (Aug. 23, 2012) - University students, including engineering students from Baylor University, will put their academic skills to the test when atmospheric and technology experiments they developed fly on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket. The launch is scheduled to take place between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m. CT Friday, Aug. 24, from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va. The launch was originally scheduled for Aug. 23 but was scrubbed due to boats in the hazard area.
Baylor University Scientists Build Database for More Accurate and Efficient Soil-based Climate Reconstruction
WACO, Texas (Aug. 21, 2012) - Baylor University scientists are developing a soils database that will help geologists and soil scientists to more quickly and accurately analyze data from fossilized soils to determine and reconstruct ancient climates.
Baylor prof named Texas Orchestra Director of the Year
Dr. Michael Alexander, an associate professor of string music education in Baylor's School of Music, has a lot on his plate. The Houston-area native teaches a full course load (from introductory classes to graduate-level seminars) and also directs the Baylor Campus Orchestra. Yet it might be his work with the little-known Baylor String Project that tipped [...]
Alum serving as U.S. Army's chief legal officer
Brad Carson, BA '89, has dedicated his life to helping others, and as General Counsel of the Department of the Army, he holds a unique position in which he works tirelessly to support and protect both our country and those serving it. Carson serves as legal advisor to the Secretary of the Army, as the Chief [...]
International students and scholars drawn to Baylor to study rare Biblical artifacts
Ancient biblical manuscripts. Expert professors. Eager undergraduate and grad students. That recipe makes sense at Baylor, and was exactly the scene at Armstrong Browning Library last month during the first-ever Logos Institute, a week-long summer event for students ready to analyze papyrus fragments, worship, pray, ponder universal questions such as God's existence and learn how to logically defend [...]
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan chemistry professor wins $275,000 award for teaching
Jan. 13, 2012
University of Michigan chemistry professor Brian Coppola, Ph.D., was awarded the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. He will receive $250,000 and $25,000 will be given to his department at the University of Michigan.
The Waco Tribune-Herald: Building on a clear vision: An interview with Baylor Provost Elizabeth Davis
Jan. 15, 2012
In an interview with the Tribune-Herald on Baylor's next 10-year plan, Baylor Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis, discusses the broad outlines of the draft; input from the Baylor Nation; and the nimble balancing act required to hold true to the university's Christian commitment while aiming for top-tier status as a nationally ranked research university.
Baylor University's Draft Strategic Plan Released for Review and Feedback
According to schedule, following approval by the Baylor University Board of Regents at its 2011 homecoming meeting, the university has published an online draft of its 10-year strategic plan. The University is inviting the Baylor community to review the draft plan and provide feedback. As a continuation of its strategic planning process, Baylor officials will hold on-campus meetings to consider the plan publicly and more fully. Comments and suggestions will be accepted on the strategic planning website through March, and the plan will be finalized at the end of the fiscal year in May.
Baylor University Honors University of Michigan Chemistry Professor With $250,000 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching
Baylor University has named Brian P. Coppola, Ph.D., The Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, as the 2012 recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the only national teaching award - with the single largest monetary reward of $250,000 - presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching.
European CEO Magazine Names Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business Most Innovative Business School
European CEO Magazine's 2011 Global Business Education Awards has named Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business the Most Innovative Business School for the Southern United States Region.
DRAFT Strategic Plan Release
As you will see, the aspirations articulated within the draft strategic plan reflect the essential contributions that the entire Baylor community has made, Pro ecclesia, Pro texana, for the last 167 years. We all will continue to fill our distinctive roles as we enrich Baylor's legacy in response to our new plan.
Robert Darden Honored With Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year Award
Robert Darden, associate professor of journalism and media arts in the College of Arts and Sciences known for his work on Baylor University's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, has been named the Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year. The annual award is presented to a faculty member who makes a superlative contribution to the learning environment at Baylor.
Baylor History Professor Awarded Centennial Professor Honor
Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton, professor and chair of Baylor's department of history, has been selected for the 2011 Baylor Centennial Professor award, which will allow him to travel to England for research on Henry de Lacy, Third Earl of Lincoln and a confidant of Edward I.
Baylor Seniors Selected for Fulbright Grants to Mexico, Kyrgyzstan
Baylor University seniors Austin Cook-Lindsay and Chelsea Mitcham have been selected as recipients of Fulbright grants from the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. They are Baylor's 23rd and 24th Fulbright recipients since 2001.
Baylor Mechanical Engineering Professor Wins National Educator Award
A Baylor University mechanical engineering professor has been selected to receive a national award for building a new area of research on polymer composites at Baylor.
Baylor's Sociology Program Debuts Strongly in Rankings by National Research Council
When the National Research Council (NRC) last ranked doctoral programs in 1995, Baylor University's sociology program had just been approved by the Board of Regents. Much has happened in a relatively short amount of time.
Philosophy Comes a Long Way in a Short Time
Baylor University's philosophy department has come a long way since it admitted its first Ph.D. student in 2003. While the program is considered too new to be included in the most recent rankings from the National Research Council, data from Academic Analytics, a private firm that assesses all Ph.D. programs in the nation, demonstrates Baylor philosophy's remarkable climb.
Confirmed: Baylor Study Pinpoints Molecular Mechanism that Causes Teens to be Less Sensitive to Alcohol than Adults
Researchers have known for years that teens are less sensitive than adults to the motor-impairing effects of alcohol, but they do not know exactly what is happening in the brain that causes teens to be less sensitive than adults. But now, neuropsychologists at Baylor University have found the particular cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the age-dependent effect of alcohol in teens that may cause the reduced motor impairment
Baylor Mathematics Comes a Long Way in a Short Time
The graduate program in the department of mathematics at Baylor University is one of the youngest mathematics Ph.D.-granting departments in the country, but despite positive internal metrics, it took an external assessment like that conducted by the National Research Council to show just how far the department had come in just a few years.
Baylor's Doctoral Program in Psychology Receives High Marks in National Survey
In the first detailed survey of doctoral programs in the United States by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1995, Baylor University's Ph.D. program in Psychology received strong marks and now ranks among the nation's best programs.
Baylor's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship Receives NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship received the prestigious NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at the 2010 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Conference held Oct. 24 on the campus of The Pennsylvania State University.
Distinguished Professor Will Speak to Baylor University Community in Religion Lecture Series
Dr. Michael Northcott, professor of ethics at the University of Edinburgh, will present "The Complexity of Simplicity: Justice, Temperance and Economic Sustainability in a Debt-Based Economy" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Miller Chapel as a part of the Baylor University department of religion's public lecture series.
Baylor Engineering Partner Named A 2010 CNN Top Ten Hero
An engineer who has worked closely with Baylor University's School of Engineering and Computer Science to build pedestrian bridges in Africa has been named a CNN Top Ten Hero for 2010 and is now in the running for Hero of the Year.
Baylor Moves Up in U.S. News Rankings - Engineering Nears Top 10, Business Entrepreneurship Ranked No. 15
Baylor University moved up one place to No. 79 among 262 institutions in the Best National Universities category, while engineering and entrepreneurship continue to be among the nation's top programs, in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report.
Coping Skills of Military Families Focus of Research
In a case of students inspiring the professors, two faculty members in Baylor University's School of Social Work came to their latest area of research partially because of how they witnessed graduate students in the program who are military spouses cope with their challenges.
Baylor Professors Receive $1.46 Million Grant From National Institutes of Health for Cancer Research
The National Institutes of Health has awarded two Baylor University researchers a $1.46 million grant to research and test new compounds that could help fight cancerous tumors.
Baylor Professor Releases Third Film
Chris Hansen, a Baylor University film professor, has combined his love of storytelling and digital media into a film career.
Missing Women of Different Races Receive Differing Coverage from Media
National media coverage of missing women is unequal when it comes to race, with missing Anglo women receiving more attention than black women, said Dr. Mia Moody, assistant professor of journalism and media arts at Baylor University.