Baylor in the News – Dec. 12-18, 2021

December 19, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 19, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on healthy relationships between a Black son-in-law and his father-in-law, Truett Seminary’s Future Church Project and Baylor University’s achievement of Research 1 status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Dec. 12, 2021

Philanthropy News Digest: People in the News
Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., has been elected board vice chair of the American Council on Education.

Dec. 13, 2021

Business News Daily: The Only Resume Cheat Sheet You'll Ever Need
Anne Grinols, retired assistant dean for faculty development and college initiatives at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the important elements you should (and shouldn't) include on your resume, including avoiding listing skills, like multitasking, that could backfire or give employers the wrong impression.

Scary Mommy: Is Your Smartphone Destroying Your Relationship?
This article about how cellphone addiction, or “phubbing,” is impacting many friendships and relationships cites a 2015 survey conducted by Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, which found that 46% of respondents had been phubbed by their partner, and 23 percent said this behavior created conflict in their relationships.

Dec. 15, 2021

University of Maryland Baltimore: Healthy Bonds for Black Fathers-in-Law, Sons-in-Law
Brianna P. Lemmons, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work, joined with researchers at the University of Maryland Baltimore to examine the relationships between a Black son-in-law and his father-in-law. Their research was published in the journal Psychology of Men & Masculinities.

Baptist Standard: Baylor receives major grant for Truett’s Future Church Project
Baylor University has received a $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to help George W. Truett Theological Seminary launch its Future Church Project, co-directed by Truett faculty Angela Gorrell and Dustin Benac.

Dec. 16, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor wins long-sought status as top-tier research university
Baylor University reached a long-sought goal as it was named a top-tier research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The ranking system recategorized Baylor from a Research 2 to Research 1 university, putting the institution in the same league with 137 others that conduct the highest level of research at the doctoral level. Baylor’s R1 achievement. Baylor R1 achievement also was reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Texas Tribune, Baptist News Global and Forbes.

Austin American-Statesman: Dell Medical School study finds smartphone can be used as a memory aide
This article cites research led by Baylor University and the University of Texas Dell Medical School, which found that a smartphone can be a good memory aid for someone with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia.

Dec. 17, 2021

Baylor Connections: Jameson Graber, Ph.D.
AUDIO: What is game theory and how can it shape our understanding of economics, business, politics and more? Baylor’s expert in game theory, Jameson Graber, Ph.D., recently earned a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to conduct interdisciplinary research that seeks answers to important societal questions. In this Baylor Connections, the assistant professor of math gives listeners a lesson in “Game Theory 101” and shares more about his research.

KWBU-FM: Baylor Research Sheds Light With R1 Recognition And Omega-3 Study
AUDIO: Baylor voice professor Kimberly Monzón, D.M.A, has teamed up with Brittany Perrine, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders; Lauren Weber, a certified vocalogist in the department of theatre; and LesLee Funderburk, Ph.D., assistant professor in nutrition sciences to research if an Omega-3 supplement improves vocal health.

Christianity Today: It Takes a Campus: Pandemic Expands Mental Health Resources at Christian Colleges
Meghan Becker, director of Baylor University’s CARE Team, was interviewed for this article about the dramatic spike in mental health challenges amid the spread of COVID-19, which has overwhelmed counselors and chaplains at Christian colleges across the country. But this moment has also led to a deeper understanding of the burdens students carry and more resources on campuses to help.

Dec. 18, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Downtown Bears: Waco, Baylor partner on $185 million basketball, concert venue in downtown
The city of Waco will partner with Baylor University to fund a $185 million home for the university’s basketball teams on the downtown riverfront, one that would double as a city-run performance venue and anchor a larger development.


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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 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.