Baylor in the News – March 21-27, 2021

March 28, 2021

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WACO, Texas (March 28, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on gender and American religious culture, the 1918 flu pandemic, the report and recommendations from the Commission on Historic Campus Representations and the online battle against vaccine misinformation.
March 21, 2021

Marshall News Messenger: Dr. Mandy McMichael visits ETBU during T.B. Maston Lecture Series
Dr. Mandy McMichael, Ph.D., associate director and The J. David Slover Assistant Professor for Ministry Guidance at Baylor, delivered two lectures as part of the T.B. Maston Lecture Series at ETBU. Her lectures focused on the importance of listening and learning how to exemplify Christ around us and on her research about the intersection of gender and American religious culture as it presents itself in beauty pageants.

March 22, 2021

Texas Standard: Voices From 1918: Texans Remember The Flu Pandemic
AUDIO: This story includes the memories of Texans who survived the influenza epidemic in 1918 that took millions of lives, as recorded by the Institute of Oral History at Baylor.

EurekAlert: United States ranks lowest in overall policies to help parents support children
National work-family policies that give lower-income families more time together while allowing them paid time off are more effective for children’s psychological health than cash transfers, according to a study of developed nations led by Baylor sociologist Matthew A. Andersson, Ph.D.

KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi): Texas A&M-Corpus Christi mascot to be replaced after being deemed racist and offensive
VIDEO: Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media and an expert in media representation of minorities, women, and underrepresented groups, was interviewed for this story on about cultural appropriation and the controversy over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's official mascot, Izzy the Islander. Anderson & Russell Win 2021 Sanders Prize in Philosophy of Religion
The Marc Sanders Foundation announced that it has awarded its 2021 prize in Philosophy of Religion to Charity Anderson, Ph.D. associate professor of philosophy at Baylor, and Jeffrey Sanford Russell of the University of Southern California for their essay, “Divine Hiddenness and Other Evidence.”

March 23, 2021

Baylor University: Baylor University Releases Independent Report of Commission on Historic Campus Representations
Baylor University released the full independent and unedited report of the 26-member Commission on Historic Campus Representations, which was charged by the Baylor Board of Regents with independently reviewing and evaluating the historical record and context of the University and its early leaders solely related to slavery and the Confederacy. The report and the Commission's recommendations were covered by The Baylor Lariat, Waco Tribune-Herald, KXXV-TV, The Texas Tribune, Baptist Standard, Baptist News Global, KCEN-TV, KWTX-TV and KWKT-TV.

March 24, 2021

TIME: These Moms Work as Doctors and Scientists. But They've Also Taken On Another Job: Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation Online
Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at Baylor whose popular Facebook page "Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist" provides a wealth of information on COVID-19 from the perspective of a scientist but also a wife and mother, is among a growing grassroots network of doctor and scientist moms who have emerged as key players in the online battle against vaccine misinformation.

The Christian Century: Global Mormonism and its growing pains
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, writes about the transformation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by the rapid growth of its membership in the Global South.

March 26, 2021

Baylor Connections: President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
On this Baylor Connections, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., examines the purpose and impact of the work of the independent Commission on Historic Campus Representations, which released its final report on March 23, and shares how an excavation of the past can help Baylor more fully live out its mission today. On the sports stage, President Livingstone delves into the success of Baylor’s two Sweet 16-bound basketball teams and the cultures they have built.

Clinical Advisor: Child Trafficking Red Flags in Health Care Settings
Jessica Peck, DNP, clinical professor of nursing in Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing and president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, presented at NAPNAP's annual meeting about how nurse practitioners and other clinicians play a key role in the timely identification, intervention and treatment of children involved in sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

The Christian Post: Baylor to erect statues in honor of first black graduates
Baylor University plans to erect two new statues on its Waco, Texas, campus in honor of its first African American graduates, the Rev. Robert Gilbert and Mrs. Barbara Walker, both of whom graduated from Baylor in 1967, four years after the university integrated.

Forbes: Pandemic Propels Sports Sponsorships To Outperform Expectations
Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of Sports Strategy & Sales in Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, writes about how the pandemic-inspired digital transformation combined with pent-up demand and the unifying nature of sports led to more effective sponsorship campaigns in 2020 than in 2019—among those willing to stick with it to capitalize on the circumstances.

March 27, 2021

The Dallas Morning News: Beth Moore continues a historic movement for gender equality among evangelical women
This column about Beth Moore and the Southern Baptist Convention by Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history, associate dean in the Graduate School and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” is part of the DMN's Living Our Faith commentary series.


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