Baylor in the News – Nov. 22-28, 2020

November 29, 2020

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 29, 2020) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the impact of streaming movies on Hollywood, the role of the church on matters of public health and safety, the fictionalization of disturbing news events particularly those involving women and the trend of athletes promoting their own dietary supplements.

Nov. 22, 2020

Voice of America International Edition: California begins curfew to curb COVID-19
AUDIO: Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of marketing, is interviewed about "Wonder Woman 1984" being released on HBOMax and its impact on the film industry, as well as if streaming movies can do enough to help Hollywood movie studios during the pandemic. The interview begins at 25:10.

MedicalXpress: How personality affects who follows COVID-19 rules
Individual personality traits make people up to a third more likely to adopt guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, according to a new study led by Warwick Business School, Emlyon Business School in France and Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Gabriella Cacciotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship, was among the study's authors.

Nov. 23, 2020

Baptist News Global: Cynical hostility linked to greater risk of cardiovascular disease
Heart health has something to do with attitude, according to a new Baylor University study on stress and cardiovascular disease led by Alexandra Tyra, a doctoral candidate in psychology and neuroscience. Study Finds also reported on this research.

Nov. 24, 2020

Baptist News Global: The church has a role to play in implementing COVID vaccine
Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology, and Gaynor Yancey, Ph.D., professor of social work and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact, are quoted in this article about the role of the church on matters of public health and safety.

Baylor Lariat: Faculty pivot to meet research needs during the pandemic
Though COVID-19 disrupted much this semester, Baylor faculty members continue to make progress for the school’s Research 1/Tier 1 status with various COVID-19 research studies in their expertise. Interviewed are Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D., vice provost for research and professor of chemistry; Michael Muehlenbein, Ph.D., professor and chair of anthropology; Van Pham, Ph.D., professor of economics; and Annie T. Ginty, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience.

Refinery29: Why Is Hollywood Obsessed With Killer Moms?
Sarah Walden, Ph.D., professor of rhetoric who specializes in women’s rhetoric and motherhood, is quoted in this article about the fictionalization of disturbing news events, particularly women harming their children, and why these portrayals have becoming more common.

Baptist Standard: Around the State
Baylor University announced a $1.5 million gift commitment to help establish a new endowed faculty position within the Hankamer School of Business honoring Dean Terry S. Maness on his upcoming retirement and years of service.

Nov. 25, 2020

The Washington Post: A growing number of Americans are going hungry
Jeremy K. Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, was interviewed for this article on how more Americans are going hungry now than at any point during the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a problem created by an economic downturn that has tightened its grip on millions of Americans and compounded by government relief programs that expired or will terminate at the end of the year.

The Chattanoogan: Hansen Named Alum of the Year for Lee’s Language and Literature Department
Chris Hansen, professor and chair of the film and digital media at Baylor, was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the Department of Language and Literature at Lee University.

Nov. 26, 2020

C-SPAN3 American History TV: Former Secretary of State James Baker on Leadership and His Career
VIDEO: Former Secretary of State James Baker talks about leadership and his career with attorney and historian Talmage Boston to conclude Vision for Leadership Conference hosted by Baylor Law.

Waco Tribune-Herald: $1.5 million gift honors Baylor business dean
Baylor University announced a $1.5 million gift commitment to help establish a new endowed faculty position within the Hankamer School of Business, honoring Dean Terry S. Maness on his upcoming retirement and years of service.

Men's Health: Why All Your Favorite Athletes Are Selling Supplements Now
Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., professor of sports marketing who studies how pro athletes influence sports enthusiasts, is quoted in this article about the trend of athletes promoting their own dietary supplement brands.

Nov. 27, 2020

Baylor Connections: Michael Muehlenbein
AUDIO: From working on COVID-19 task forces with Baylor and McLennan County, to partnering with Waco’s Family Health Center to survey the spread of the virus, Michael Muehlenbein’s work has provided insights into the local behavior of a global pandemic. Muehlenbein, Ph.D., chair and professor of anthropology, Baylor, analyzes ways we can better understand and slow the spread of COVID-19 and shares why safety measures remain vital heading into the winter.

Nov. 28, 2020

KXXV-TV: Baylor University announces statues honoring Medal of Honor recipients
Baylor University today celebrated the installation of two bronze statues honoring the institution’s two Medal of Honor recipients, U.S. Army Corps Col. John Riley Kane (BA 1928) and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Jackson “Jack” Lummus Jr.


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