Baylor in the News – Jan. 10-16, 2021

January 17, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 17, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on solutions to hunger and poverty, the importance of sleep, test-optional admissions, protests, violence and COVID-19, autism research and Christian nationalism.

Jan. 10, 2021

The Alabama Baptist: Baylor Initiative Feeds 270,483 Children in 43 States Amid Global Pandemic
If the coronavirus outbreak has proved anything, it’s that hunger and poverty must be addressed through creative and collaborative efforts between government, private-sector and faith-based individuals and organizations, according to Jeremy Everett, executive director of the Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.

Jan. 13, 2021

Publishers Weekly: Historian Beth Allison Barr: 'Jesus Sets Women Free'
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., associate dean of the Graduate School, discusses her book “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became the Gospel Truth. How much sleep is too much sleep?
This article quotes Michael Scullin, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory about health, sleep “debt” and factors that affect sleep, such as aging and narcolepsy.

KWKT-TV (Waco, Killeen and Temple): Local political experts expect more frequent impeachments in the future
VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, discusses the differences between and impact of former President Trump’s two impeachments.

Jan. 14, 2021

Cardus: Mapping the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Alex Fogleman, a doctoral candidate in historical theology, writes about the parable of the Good Samaritan from past and modern perspectives.

Good Faith Media: Emerging Voices: The Church and the Death Penalty
Natalie Glen, second-year M.Div. at Truett Seminary, writes about the high percentage of death penalties in the Bible Belt.

Houston Chronicle: Test-optional college admissions are here to stay, experts say
Baylor University extended its test-optional admissions policy during the pandemic beyond the fall 2021 cycle and through fall 2023. This article quotes Jessica King Gereghty, assistant vice president of enrollment strategy and innovation for undergraduate admissions, and Mary Herridge, senior director of undergraduate admissions.

Religion News Service: What Americans believe about violence against the government
This article cites a survey conducted by the Baylor Religion Survey in 2014 — before President Trump’s ascent — which asked the question: “Do you think that it is ever justified for citizens to take violent action against the government, or is it never justified?”

Jan. 15, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Elesha Coffman: Protests and pathogens
Elesha J. Coffman, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, reflects in this column about protests, violence and COVID-19.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances link Waco's past to future
Rochonda Farmer-Neal, director of Government Relations, is quoted about the annual wreath-laying event on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day that has shifted online.

The Conversation: The Capitol siege recalls past acts of Christian nationalist violence
Samuel Perry, Ph.D., associate professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, writes about how the blending politics and religion is not necessarily a recipe for Christian nationalism but that it does contribute to conflating Christian identity with American identity.

Baylor Connections: Joaquin Lugo, Ph.D.
AUDIO: The CDC estimates that 1 in 54 U.S. children meets criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder, a figure which brings into clear focus the importance of autism research. Joaquin Lugo, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, is a leading autism researcher focused on uncovering connections between autism and other genetic conditions. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how he follows the data in research in search of autism treatment and analyzes ways families seeking to support their children can sift through a vast array of information and rumor to find evidence-based ASD insights.

Jan. 16, 2021

KXXV-TV (Waco, Killeen,Temple): 2020 presidential election is far from the first contested election in U.S. history
Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, discusses how the pandemic, a crippling economy and social unrest set the stage for what he views as the most divisive election in American history.


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