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Jun
14
2018
June 13, 2018
Thomas S. Kidd, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this article about concerns that some evangelicals with opposing views are not being heard by SBC leaders.
Jun
11
2018
June 11, 2018
VIDEO: International security scholar Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, sat down with KWTX-TV’s Pete Sousa to discuss the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Much of the talk leading up to the summit has been about the denuclearization of North Korea. “’Denuclearization,’ the very term, is going to be up for interpretation by both sides,” Campbell said, adding that the summit is a starting point for the two leaders and diplomatic talks are expected to continue in the days and weeks following. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, facilitated Dr. Campbell’s interview with KWTX.)
Jun
11
2018
June 11, 2018
VIDEO: International security scholar Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, sat down with KWTX-TV’s Pete Sousa to discuss the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Much of the talk leading up to the summit has been about the denuclearization of North Korea. “‘Denuclearization,’ the very term, is going to be up for interpretation by both sides,” Campbell said, adding that the summit is a starting point for the two leaders and diplomatic talks are expected to continue in the days and weeks following. (Eric Eckert, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, facilitated Dr. Campbell’s interview with KWTX.)
Jun
6
2018
June 5, 2018
This article quotes author and historian Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, who says that the collapse of Christianity in Iraq and even more so in neighboring Syria is “a catastrophe” that mirrors the earlier disappearance of far-flung Jewish populations from the region.
Jun
6
2018
WACO, Texas (June 6, 2018) – Carter Anne Jones, a senior majoring in international studies and Russian at Baylor University, has been awarded the prestigious David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Indonesia for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Jun
5
2018
June 4, 2018
Leading public intellectuals Robert P. George of Princeton, a fellow with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and Cornel West of Harvard joined together for a Baylor in Washington discussion on the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., urging others to get to know people who are not like them, just as Dr. King did. “Their friendship is a counter to so much of what ails our public life,” said Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., director of Baylor in Washington, dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture.
May
31
2018
May 30, 2018
Leading public intellectuals Robert P. George of Princeton, also a fellow with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and Cornel West of Harvard joined together for a Baylor in Washington discussion on the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., urging others to get to know people who are not like them, just as Dr. King did. “Their friendship is a counter to so much of what ails our public life,” said Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., director of Baylor in Washington, dean of the Honors College and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture.
May
22
2018
May 17, 2018
Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, B.A. (Law) ’75, J.D. ’76, has been recognized with the prestigious 2018 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. Fitzwater, a U.S. District Judge and former chief judge for the Northern District of Texas, was nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, at the age of 32, making him the youngest federal judge in the United States at that time.
May
16
2018
May 10, 2018
In a column in The Dallas Morning News, David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer of history in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, writes about the effect materialism has on democracy. “(Materialism) changes our perception of democracy from being a way to secure abstract rights and liberties into a means by which we can have fewer limits on what we obtain, measure each other by what we have and block those who disagree with us,” Smith said.
May
16
2018
In less than a month, on June 12, President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un in Singapore. How did we get to this point? Is such a meeting between two men who’ve engaged in name-calling and threats of nuclear war even possible? If so, what should we expect?
May
15
2018
May 15, 2018
Earl L. Grinols, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Economics at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and an expert on the economic and societal effects of gambling, is quoted in this article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Grinols said that while he agrees with the Supreme Court's ruling on federalist grounds, he views the decision as a potential harbinger for problems in states that legalize sports wagering.
May
9
2018
May 9, 2018
This article quotes Carson Mencken, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, about Baylor research published in the journal Social Problems that analyzes differences in how American gun owners understand the meaning of gun ownership. Data from the 2014 Baylor Religion Survey found that more than 20 percent of gun owners report being liberal or very liberal, while 50 percent of gun owners are conservative or very conservative. “It is unwise to assume that all gun owners are Republicans,” Mencken said.
May
4
2018
May 4, 2018
U.S. Rep. Bill Flores honored a group of Central Texas high school artists on May for their work in the Congressional Art Competition. Katie Barbur, a homeschooled senior student from Waco, was selected as a finalist for her mixed-media graphite and watercolor image of a longhorn standing in bluebonnets that will be on display at Flores' Austin office for the next year. Barbur will attend Baylor University in the fall.
May
2
2018
May 1, 2018
Raquel Fox, B.B.A./M.T.A. (Accounting/Taxation) ’99, has been appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to succeed Paul Leder as director of the Office of International Affairs, which advises the Commission on cross-border enforcement and regulatory matters and coordinates the SEC’s involvement with regulatory authorities outside the United States. Most recently, Fox served as a senior advisor to SEC Chairman Jay Clayton focusing on matters involving the Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of International Affairs and assisted on enforcement matters.
May
1
2018
Negative partisanship has reached new depths, with candidates increasingly willing to insult one another directly.
May 1, 2018
Martin J. Medhurst, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about negative partisanship, with candidates increasingly willing to insult one another directly. "We've sort of hit the bottom of the rung," says Medhurst. "Or at least I hope it's the bottom."
Apr
18
2018
April 17, 2018
Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty who championed family literacy during her time as first lady, died Tuesday in Texas at age 92, her family announced. She held an honorary degree from Baylor University.
Apr
16
2018
April 15, 2018
Ben Aguiņaga, B.A. (Philosophy/Political Science) ‘12, law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, will provide the keynote address at the Baylor Honors Convocation on April 20. Aguiņaga was in the Honors Program double majoring in political science and philosophy with minors in mathematics and history. The academic opportunities and mentorship he experienced while in the Honors College helped develop his interest in law.
Apr
9
2018
Howard Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and a Baylor University Rising Star researcher, has received a five-year, $500,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for developing ultra-thin, nanoscale optical films with electrically tunable properties. The films, called metasurfaces, are only a few hundred atoms thick but have the potential to dramatically reduce the size and weight of a vast range of optical and electro-optical devices, such as smartphones and tablets, while also improving their performance.
Apr
3
2018
April 1, 2018
This column cites research, based on data from the fifth wave (2017) of the Baylor Religion Survey, co-authored by sociologists and Baylor graduates Andrew L. Whitehead, M.A. ’09, Ph.D. ’12, and Joseph O. Baker, M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ’10, that found that both white mainline and evangelical Protestants continue to approve of Donald Trump as president at higher levels than other religious groups. The study was published in the journal Sociology of Religion. Whitehead now is an assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice at Clemson University. Baker is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at East Tennessee State University.
Apr
3
2018
WACO, Texas (April 3, 2018) – The Honorable Daniel Coats, the nation’s fifth Director of National Intelligence (DNI), encouraged Baylor University students to consider a career in public service during a stop at Baylor on March 28.
Mar
27
2018
March 26, 2018
Article co-authored by sociologists/Baylor graduates Andrew L. Whitehead and Joseph O. Baker about a new study finding that both white mainline and evangelical Protestants continue to approve of Trump as president at higher levels than other religious groups. The reason is not their religious beliefs, but their support for the view of the United States as a fundamentally Christian nation. The study, based on data from the fifth wave (2017) of the Baylor Religion Survey, was published in the journal Sociology of Religion. Whitehead earned his master’s degree in sociology in 2009 and his Ph.D. in 2012 and is an assistant professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice at Clemson University. Baker earned his master’s in sociology in 2007 and his Ph.D. in 2010. He is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at East Tennessee State University.
Mar
26
2018
WACO, Texas (March 26, 2018) – Melissa Rogers, B.A. ’88, J.D., nonresident senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, will be the guest speaker at the Spring 2018 Hugh and Beverly Wamble Endowed Lecture of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University.
Mar
23
2018
March 13, 2018
Fort Worth senior social work major Julieth Reyes represented the Baylor United for UNICEF club at the 2018 UNICEF USA Student Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.
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