Baylor in the News – April 11-17, 2021

April 18, 2021

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WACO, Texas (April 18, 2021) – 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 winning an NCAA men’s basketball championship, the importance of “ethical listening” by managers during the pandemic, Russian-Ukrainian tensions, women’s historical importance as leaders of the faith and Baylor Law’s legendary Practice Court.

April 11, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor hoping national championship has far-reaching ripple effect, from new arena to enrollment
The enthusiasm generated by Baylor’s NCAA men’s basketball title can mean a lot for a university: more donations, a new $105 million basketball pavilion, an edge in recruiting students and student-athletes and other positive effects that emanate from such high-profile national exposure.

April 12, 2021

EurekAlert: Workplace study during pandemic finds managers should talk less, listen more
A study by Marlene S. Neill, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor, found that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in valuable lessons for communicating on the job, particularly for managers to ethically listen to employees. The COVID-related research also was reported in Ladders and Cosmos.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco Ventures raises $18 million to bring Waco-born tech to the world
The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative is helping commercialize technologies developed at the lab with additional help from Waco Ventures, a new venture capital firm.

The Conversation: COVID-19 has been much harder on those who already had anxiety and financial issues
Laura Upenieks, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Baylor, was among a team of researchers who studied the financial stress during the first several months of pandemic on Canadians and found that it was not the same for all citizens.

April 13, 2021

IR Magazine: Research roundup: Communicating in times of Covid-19
Betty Xing, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting and business law at Baylor, is quoted in this article about how stock markets react positively to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing, when times are good, but a crisis brings a new and surprisingly complex set of dynamics.

April 14, 2021

Baptist Standard: Leadership demands courage, commitment and compassion
Jeremy Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, was among the panelists at the Speak Freedom Conference at Dallas Baptist University and encouraged leaders to “be immersed in people’s reality on a daily basis. That’s how you cultivate trust.”

April 15, 2021

NPR Morning Edition: 'The Making Of Biblical Womanhood' Tackles Contradictions In Religious Practice
AUDIO: In her new book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth, Baylor historian Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., traces cultural sources of patriarchy that have all but erased women's historical importance as leaders of the faith.

CGTN America: The Heat: Ukraine-Russia tensions
VIDEO: Serhiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Baylor, is among the guests who discuss the rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine as the Russian navy began military drills in the Black Sea with Washington and NATO expressing alarm over the gathering of Russian forces near Ukraine and in Crimea.

April 16, 2021

Baylor Connections: Brad Toben and Gerald Powell
Baylor Law’s legendary Practice Court celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and in this Baylor Connections, two Baylor Law faculty and graduates examine what make it so special. Brad Toben, Dean and M.C. & Mattie Caston Chair of Law and Gerald Powell, Abner V. McCall Professor of Evidence and a longtime director of the Practice Court, reflect on its impact and share stories to take listeners inside the experience.

Religion News Service: Study: Multiracial Methodist churches draw and keep more people than their white counterparts
The 6.6 million-member United Methodist Church is predominantly white, but its racially diverse congregations are faring better than white churches at a time when the denomination overall is seeing declining attendance, according to a study led by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor University.


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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.