Baylor in the News – April 18-24, 2021

April 25, 2021

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WACO, Texas (April 25, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on journalism and Black trauma, COVID’s impact on literacy, the culture of J.O.Y. exhibited by Baylor’s national champion men’s basketball team, starting a business in a small city, the idea of biblical womanhood and Christians and the COVID vaccine.

April 18, 2021

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: What's the line between reporting atrocities and feeding fascination with Black trauma?
Baylor graduate Danielle Kilgo, B.A. ’08, now the John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality at the University of Minnesota, was interviewed about African American journalists who want to highlight Black experiences without traumatizing those who are already suffering.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Banta: Literacy starts in Lubbock
During the pandemic, literacy was one of the hardest-hit social services programs in Texas. Literacy Texas and Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work conducted a survey with 285 nonprofits in the fall of 2020 to help pinpoint what nonprofits and students need most to master reading and writing.

April 19, 2021

Patheos: Is ‘Biblical Womanhood’ Really Biblical? Historian Beth Allison Barr Joins the Discussion
Q&A with Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and associate dean in the Graduate School, about her new book, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth.”

Baptist News Global: Greg Garrett, Baylor prof and BNG columnist, awarded Baugh grant for research on race and media
Baylor English professor Greg Garrett, Ph.D., has received a three-year, $488,000 grant from the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation to further his research on how film and other media shape attitudes about race and racism.

Christian Post: Baylor basketball coach credits 'Christ-centered program' after winning 1st championship (interview)
Fostering a Christ-first, others-second team model, the Baylor University Bears won their first NCAA men’s basketball national title earlier this month. Scott Drew, who has been the men’s head basketball coach at Baylor since 2003, told The Christian Post that the team’s “culture of J.O.Y.” motto factors into how the team seeks to honor God and love others.

April 20, 2021

WalletHub: Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business
Steven W. Bradley, Ph.D., The T. Stevens Chair Entrepreneurship & Private Enterprise, is quoted in this article about the pros and cons of starting a business in a small city.

Religion News Service: Beth Allison Barr wants Christians to know where ‘biblical womanhood’ comes from (it’s not the Bible)
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” spoke with RNS about where the idea of biblical womanhood comes from, what she believes the Bible actually has to say about the role of women and what it will take for things to change.

FE News UK: Kent and Sheffield launch a news series of talks on the arts, humanities and health
Lauren Barron, M.D., The Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Selma DeBakey and Lois DeBakey Chair for Medical Humanities, clinical professor and director of Medical Humanities Program at Baylor, will be among the speakers in a series of online talks about how healthcare may be informed by the arts and humanities hosted by the universities of Kent and Sheffield.

April 21, 2021

Huff Post: How To Talk To Someone Who Won't Put Their Phone Down
This article about cellphone addiction cites a 2017 Baylor business study about the prevalence of “phubbing” – partner phone snubbing – and its impact on both relationship satisfaction and personal well-being.

KXXV-TV: High schools, universities bring back graduations with in-person, outdoor ceremonies
VIDEO: This year, Baylor seniors have something to celebrate, as in-person ceremonies are back, this time outdoors at McLane Stadium. Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer, was interviewed for this story.

Baptist Standard: Around the State
A $2.5 million gift from the estate of Eula Mae and John Baugh to Baylor University will endow The Eula Mae and John Baugh Chair in Physics, which will receive matching funds through the Baylor Academic Challenge and provide faculty funding within the department of physics and focus on research and teaching in the area of materials science.

April 23, 2021

Baylor Connections: Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., Provost
As the Spring Semester winds down, Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., reflects on how the Baylor Family came together to reach this point. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Brickhouse shares how faculty, staff and students served during February’s snow and ice storm, examines how the University is building research infrastructure as it pursues the goals of Illuminate, and shares the excitement of the hiring of two new Baylor University deans.

NBC News: 'Christians and the Vaccine' project: Combating ethical qualms of evangelical communities
Baylor bioethicist Devan Stahl, Ph.D., assistant professor of religion, was interviewed for this story about the Christians and the Vaccine project, a new campaign that cites both the Bible and public health expertise to persuade mostly white born-again and evangelical Christians to get a Covid-19 vaccination as a variation on the Golden Rule — do it for others if you won't do it for yourself.

WalletHub: Ask the Experts: Franklin Potts, Professor, Baylor University
Q&A with J. Franklin Potts, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, insurance and real estate, Franklin Potts, about balance transfer credit cards.

WOAI-TV (San Antonio): 'That's a forever thing,' COVID-19 survivor to host blood drive Saturday to save lives
Baylor alumnus and current Regent Manny Ruiz, who need blood to survive COVID-19 and double pneumonia in December, is giving back to his community to help support The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center by hosting a blood drive at Texstar National Bank in partnership with Baylor University.


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