Baylor in the News – Feb. 7-13, 2021

February 14, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 14, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a technological edge against human trafficking, Black History Month, the concept of walking 10,000 steps per day, benefits of hypnotherapy and the impact of research experiences for students.

Feb. 8, 2021

D Magazine: Healthcare Brief (02/08/21)
Dallas-based My Labs Direct is partnering with Baylor University to open its own on-site COVID-19 testing lab and research facility.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Cable removal begins on historic Waco Suspension Bridge
This article about the renovation of the Waco Suspension Bridge includes historic photos held in The Texas Collection at Baylor. Geoff Hunt, audio and visual curator, is quoted about how the bridge helped make Waco what it is today.

Feb. 9, 2021

KCEN-TV: Headline
VIDEO: Baylor University accepted video entries from prospective students who could win a free semester of tuition in the #BaylorDunkForTuition contest.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Philanthropy 50
The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of the Philanthropy 50 top donors includes Dan and Jenni Hord, whose $30 million gift to Baylor created the Hord Scholarship Challenge at their alma mater to encourage other Baylor alumni to match their gift to help students bridge the gap between merit-based and need-based financial aid and unmet financial need.

The Science Times: Walking 10,000 Steps a Day May Not Be Enough: How Many Minutes Should it Be?
Baylor exercise physiologist Paul Gordon, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about whether walking 10,000 steps a day is good for the health. Gordon said that an average person usually takes about 3,000 to 6,000 steps a day during commuting, shopping, and doing other activities. He added that walking more steps is always better.

Feb. 10, 2021

PopHealth Week: Ben Ryan, Ph.D., MPH, clinical associate professor in environmental science at Baylor University
AUDIO: Benjamin Ryan, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of environmental science, joins hosts Gregg Masters and Fred Goldstein to discuss some of the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan's area of expertise in environmental health includes responses to natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

KXXV-TV: 'Not just a month': Local advocates speak on the significance of Black history, importance of remembering it
VIDEO: Cuevas Peacock, assistant director of community relations for cultural wealth at Baylor, was interviewed for this story about Black History Month as a chance to reflect on the Black community's contributions to the country.

Baptist Standard: Around the State
Baylor University has established a partnership with Africa New Life Ministries to address systemic poverty through research and sustained engagement in the Republic of Rwanda.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor plans in-person, distanced May graduation ceremonies
Spring graduates of Baylor University will have the chance to get their diploma in an in-person — and outdoor — ceremony in May. Last year’s graduates, who saw their ceremonies turn virtual because of COVID-19 precautions, will have a chance for their own in-person event planned the day before the new graduates’.

Baptist News Global: Baylor prof leads innovative team working to disrupt human trafficking
Stacie Petter, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics, is part of an interdisciplinary group of criminal justice experts and academics that earned a $249,998 planning grant from National Science Foundation to provide a technological edge to the law enforcement battle against human trafficking.

Feb. 12, 2021

PHCP Pros: ASHRAE Recognizes Members for Outstanding Industry Accomplishments
Dennis L. O'Neal, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and his co-authors received an ASHRAE Technical Paper Award, which recognizes the authors of the best papers presented at Society conferences. ASHRAE recognized the outstanding contributions of members to the HVAC industry during its virtual winter conference in February.

Baylor Connections: Rizalia Klausmeyer, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Research and teaching are not separate functions of the Baylor experience, but rather inform one another and enhance engaged learning for students. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Rizalia Klausmeyer, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research in Baylor’s Office of Engaged Learning, describes the impact of research experiences for students and shares ways they can get involved in research across a variety of disciplines.


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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.