Baylor in the News – Feb. 14-20, 2021

February 21, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 21, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the preservation of Black Gospel music, research on pregnancy discrimination and work flexibility and paid leave, solutions to food insecurity among college students, COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and skepticism among the evangelical community and expanding the study of and appreciation for the impact and history of African Americans.

Feb. 15, 2021

KERA Art&Seek: Black Gospel Greatness Is Being AUDIO: Saved In A Baylor University Archive
The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, the largest digital archive of gospel recordings, is founded and directed by Robert Darden, professor of journalism, and the project is featured in a two-part PBS documentary.

Forbes: Forbes: Gender Discrimination Is Still Alive And Well In The Workplace In 2021
This article mentions a Baylor study on pregnancy discrimination led by Kaylee Hackney, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, which linked gender discrimination in the workplace to mothers on maternity leave.

Feb. 16, 2021

Money Magazine: More Than 3 Million College Students Who Can't Afford Food May Be Eligible for Expanded SNAP Benefits
Michelle Cohenour, director of student success initiatives, was interviewed for this article about food insecurity among college students since the beginning of the pandemic. Baylor offers The Store food pantry, eight fridges around campus stocked with snacks, a free farmers market once per semester for all students, and a mobile food pantry twice per semester.

The Washington Post: On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith
Baylor epidemiologist Emily Smith, Ph.D., a Christian and married to a Baptist pastor, discusses COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and skepticism that has circulated throughout the evangelical community on social media. Smith also runs a popular Facebook page called Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist that is dedicated to discussing the virus.

Feb. 17, 2021

The Academic Times: Parental work flexibility improves child well-being more than cash payments
Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, discusses his latest research which found that policies designed to give lower-income families more time together are more effective than cash transfers in reducing the well-being gap between kids from richer and poorer families, bolstering arguments that the U.S. does not do enough to mandate work flexibility and paid leave.

Feb. 18, 2021

Baptist News Global: ‘For fear of the Jews’: Confronting Christian anti-Semitism
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, writes about conflict between Christians and Jews following discussions sparked on social media around the book “Jesus Wasn’t Killed by the Jews.”

Feb. 19, 2021

Baylor Connections: Ronald Angelo Johnson, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Black History Month provides a meaningful time to study and consider the history and contributions of African Americans. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson, the Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History at Baylor, examines ways we can intentionally expand our study of, and appreciation for, the impact and history of African Americans, further enriching our understanding of what it means to be an American.

HealthcareNOW Radio Podcast Network: The Incrementalist: Peter Granick, Chief Procurement Officer at Baylor University
Host Dr. Nick van Terheyden talks to Peter Granick, Chief Procurement Officer at Baylor, on the need for a coordinated response to COVID to create a safe return to work or college. Early incremental steps include testing prior to return to campus and the importance of creating a data dashboard.

Publishers Weekly: Books by Women Confront Churches’ Misuse of Power
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., associate professor of history, associate dean of the Baylor Graduate School and author, discusses contemporary teachings about women’s roles in the church in her book “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth.”

Good Faith Media: Walter Rauschenbusch’s Concern for Justice
Bill Pitts, Ph.D., professor emeritus of religion, writes about American theologian and minister Walter Rauschenbusch, who advocated for many social justice issues including labor laws and poverty.


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