Baylor in the News – Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2021

September 5, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 5, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on time management, contact tracing, Critical Race Theory and the magic of Beethoven.

Aug. 30, 2021

Psychology Today: Is Seeking Power in Your Relationship Good or Bad?

A study released from Baylor University discovered that during conflict, couples desire to share power and control when making decisions, instead of receiving an apology.

Aug. 31, 2021

Forbes: New Hurricane Scams Target Homeowners In Person And Online

Stephen Rispoli, J.D., assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law School said that hurricane scams are prominent, causing unknowing homeowners to pay more than necessary to fix property damages.

WebMD: As Delta Surges, Contact Tracing Re-Takes COVID Center Stage

Benjamin Ryan, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of environmental science, suggested that one solution to improving contract tracing is the use of Bluetooth devices in buildings. When used effectively, these devices could reduce the virus’s reproductive number by three to four times.

Baptist News Global: Let's demonize racism, not Critical Race Theory

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, argues that Critical Race Theory is not increasing racist ideology in schools, but is instead promoting the recognition of America’s racial history and working to combat institutionalized racism within American society.

Sept. 1, 2021

The Cut: Checking In On Pull Up for Change

Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., department chair and professor of journalism, public relations and new media, commented on the impact Goerge Floyd’s death had on companies who re-evaluated their products and inclusivity.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: renovated Tidwell Bible Building opens

On Aug. 25, the Tidwell Bible Building was re-dedicated following its renovation. The renovation and preservation of the building was part of the $300 million in capital improvements of the Give Light fundraising campaign.

Baylor Lariat: Expert in time management gives advice

Sara Perry, Ph.D., associate professor of management, and Monique Felix, character formation coordinator at the Student-Athlete Center for Excellence, offer advice on time management, providing tips to help students structure their day.

Patheos: Why Historians Need Feminism and Feminists Need History

Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and associate dean of graduate students, welcomes Amy Achenbach, a Ph.D. student in the history department to her column. Achenbach writes about the importance of connecting feminist history to the present feminist movement.

Sept. 2, 2021

The Washington Times: After scandals, is evangelical Christianity’s image damaged?

Elesha J. Coffman, Ph.D., associate professor of history, said the evangelical image has been tarnished, with younger and educated groups becoming disillusioned from the evangelical faith due to controversial issues.

KWBU”"That’s My Idea”

Marlene Neill, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program director in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, shares women’s frustrations as employees in a male-dominated workplace.

Sept. 3, 2021

Baylor Connections: President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

AUDIO: The start of a new semester heralds much to celebrate. In this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., shares the excitement of a new year and discusses a variety of important topics with the Baylor Family, including the University’s record incoming class, R1 research momentum and ongoing conference realignment developments.

Good Faith Media: Baylor Initiative Forms Leaders for Globalized World

João Chaves, doctoral candidate in the department of religion, explains the importance of The Baptist Scholars International Roundtable in fostering global-minded leadership, especially as America grows in diversity.

Healthy Simulation: Advisory Groups: An Often-Untapped Resource for Clinical Simulation Programs

Jeanne Carey, R.N., director of simulation at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, explains the benefits of establishing an advisory board for clinical stimulation programs. Advisory boards provide specialized advice, improving efficacy and quality.

Baylor Lariat: Sic ‘em for Safety cultivates community between students, local services

In partnership with local services, the Baylor Police Department hosted Sic ‘em for Safety, providing students the opportunity to interact with the Waco Fire Department, Baylor Police Department and American Medical Response.


Baylor's Office of Media and Public Relations (M&PR) supports the University's Illuminate strategic plan as a top Christian research university by focusing on faculty research and expert opinions, innovative teaching, major awards and recognition, and community involvement. Through its media training workshops, the Baylor M&PR team develops faculty experts to effectively communicate the impact of their research or speak as subject-matter experts into national trends and conversations with media outlets, through Hot Topics and on the Baylor Connections podcast. Our faculty expert directory is available on the M&PR website at


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