Baylor in the News – March 7-13, 2021

March 14, 2021

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WACO, Texas (March 14, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the empowerment of women, a new technology used by Baylor to determine wait times and capacity in buildings, financial tips for investors during economic uncertainty and Truett Seminary’s new educational offerings and outreach efforts.

March 7, 2021

Houston Chronicle: 'Vive la France' in Austin, as an old house finds new life
Kenneth Hafertepe, Ph.D., professor and chair of museum studies and an architectural historian, is quoted in this article about the French Legation site in the heart of Austin.

KCEN-TV: Baylor using technology to measure occupancy
VIDEO: Baylor University is making sure its students no longer have to worry about a building being too crowded without knowing beforehand with the tech product, Occuspace. David Burns, associate vice president of Library and Academic Technology Services, was interviewed for the story.

March 8, 2021

KWKT-TV: Baylor staff member makes big impact in Waco community
VIDEO: Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media, is featured in this story about how she is making an impact on the university and the community while empowering women to do the same.

Oracle: The Modern Finance Leader: Women in finance and operations are leading the way
VIDEO: In celebration of International Women’s Day, Oracle looks back at the women leading their finance and operations teams in a video featuring President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and Cheryl Gochis, vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer.

March 9, 2021

Religion News Service: Bible teacher Beth Moore, splitting with Lifeway, says, ‘I am no longer a Southern Baptist’
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history professor, associate dean of graduate studies and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood,” a forthcoming book on gender roles among evangelicals, is quoted in this article about famed Bible study teacher Beth Moore announcing that she no longer feels at home in the Southern Baptist denomination.

March 11, 2021

Baptist Standard: Truett will offer Master of Divinity in San Antonio and Houston
Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary will begin to offer courses leading to the Master of Divinity degree at both its Houston and San Antonio locations, beginning in the fall 2021 semester.

Baptist Standard: No turning back: Churches embrace technology
This article about how churches adapted technology during the pandemic mentions the Truett Church Network - an outreach of Baylor's Truett Seminary - that offered series of Zoom meetings and Facebook Live webinars on subjects such as “Preaching to a Dispersed Congregation,” as well as a guide to creating participatory online worship services.

WalletHub: Popular Stocks That Hedge Funds Are Buying
William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor emeritus of finance, provides tips for individual investors and discusses the sectors that are expected to grow the most in the coming years in this article about what hedge fund managers are buying, selling and holding, especially during these times of economic uncertainty.

Baptist News Global: Baylor endows new academic chair in study of Black worship
Baylor University will create an endowed faculty position for the study of Black worship, with a gift from the Prichard Family Foundation and Ella Wall Prichard of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Theatre's ‘Marking Time’ brings truth from shadows to livestream
A Baylor Theatre season with rehearsals and performances upended by coronavirus protection measures also has provided a measure of opportunity, as theater professor Stan Denman found in the theater’s production “Marking Time.”

KWBU-FM: Business Review - The Crossover Effects of Work and Home
AUDIO: Dawn Carlson, Ph.D., professor of management, is interviewed about her research that looks at how work can affect your home life.

March 12, 2021

Baylor Connections: Kathryn Freeman and Elijah Tanner
Baylor resident chaplains live in residence halls on campus, providing pastoral care, guidance and community to the students they serve. In this Baylor Connections, two resident chaplains - Kathryn Freeman and Elijah Tanner - unpack the joys and challenges of ministering to students through the normal ups and downs of college, circumstances like COVID-19, and more.

Baptist News Global: One year later, letting go of ‘what used to be’
Emily Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health and author of a popular blog titled Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist, looks back at the past year since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and the "dramatic shifting of the world."

KXXV-TV: Grant Awarded to Help Children with Developmental Disabilities
VIDEO: Baylor School of Education professor Stephanie Gerow, Ph.D., discusses her Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Early Career Development and Mentoring Award from the U.S. Department of Education to fund research that will provide early childhood professionals with behavioral intervention training for children with developmental disabilities.

March 13, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: March 2020, when COVID-19 came to McLennan County: Local officials share memories of pandemic's first tough decisions
Baylor Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades is among the local city and county leaders who reflect back on the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and a time of momentous decisions made under pressure with situations that seemed to change by the day.


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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.