Baylor in the News – Nov. 14-20, 2021

November 21, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 21, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on racism and religion, the opening of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project exhibit in Baylor’s Moody Memorial Library and the implementation of mental health programming in the Baylor Law School.

Nov. 14, 2021

BBC Radio Scotland: Sunday Morning with Connie McLaughlin: Greg Garrett, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Writer and theologian Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, is a guest on Sunday Morning to discuss how to find a way through a difficult situation when one individual or group’s right clashes with another on such issues as the COVID-19 vaccine and climate change. Garrett joins the conversation at the 47:00 mark.

Nov. 15, 2021

Patheos: Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism: An Interview with Jonathan Tran

Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophical theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion, explains how his book, Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism, aims to change how Americans understand racism and religion.

Baptist Standard: Friends of Truett challenged to ‘close the gap’

Todd Still, Ph.D., Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLaney Dean and holder of the William M. Hinson Chair of Christian Scriptures, challenged Friends of Truett Theological Seminary to endow 12 scholarships per year over the next 4 years.

Southeast Texas Record: The Texas Bar Foundation awards Baylor Law grant to implement robust mental health & wellness initiatives

Bridget Fuselier, J.D., professor at Baylor Law School, and Stephen Rispoli, J.D., assistant dean of student affairs and strategic initiatives in the law school, explain how the recently awarded grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will provide the necessary funds to implement mental health and wellness programming in the school.

Publishers Weekly: Dave Nelson Named Director of Baylor UP

Dave Nelson has been named director of Baylor University Press and will begin on Jan. 4.

Nov. 16, 2021

Entrepreneur: Top 50 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2022

Baylor University was named the fifth best in the Princeton Review’ top 10 best list of undergraduate schools of entrepreneurship.

HealthLeaders Media: Baylor-Led Study Examines COVID-19's Effects on Pediatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Study conducted on the impact of COVID-19 on pediatric advanced practice registered nurses by Jessica Peck, DNP, clinical professor of nursing at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, is featured.

The Dallas Morning News: What ‘Crime and Punishment’ teaches us about American politics

Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., J. Newton Rayzor Sr. professor and dean emeritus in the department of philosophy, analyzes how Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” applies to life today and the lessons Americans can learn from it.

Nov. 17, 2021

El Paso Inc.: Baylor University recognizes Fosters after their $100 million donation
Baylor University announced the naming of the Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion in honor of Paul (BBA ’79) and Alejandra Foster, of El Paso, Texas, in recognition of their $100 million gift in 2019 to the Give Light Campaign, which launched the public fundraising campaign for the Basketball Pavilion. The news also was covered in the Baptist Standard.

The Journals of Blacks in Higher Education: Baylor University Opens Its New Black Gospel Archive & Listening Center

Jeffry Archer, Baylor University dean of libraries, is quoted in this article explaining his excitement concerning the opening of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project exhibit in Moody Memorial Library.

Nov. 18, 2021
HealthDay: Reminder Apps on Smartphones May Help in Early Dementia

Despite stereotypes about seniors and technology, a study led by Baylor sleep researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., suggests that older adults in the early stages of dementia can use smartphone apps as memory aids. The research also was covered nationally by CBS Radio News and its affiliates throughout the country, including WINS in New York and WBBM in Chicago.

Baptist News Global: Baylor's Black Gospel Archive and Listening Center now open to the public

Robert Darden, professor in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, explains his inspiration for establishing the Black Gospel Archive and Listening Center in Moody Memorial Library.

Nov. 19, 2021

Baylor Connections: Danielle Parrish, Ph.D.

AUDIO: As a young social worker in the 1990s, Danielle Parrish, Ph.D., noticed significant gaps in the support provided to young women in the juvenile justice system. She’s since dedicated her career to changing that. Today, Parrish serves as a professor at the Houston campus of Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. In this Baylor Connections, she shares the needs faced by this at-risk population and how advancing beyond siloed care can lead to better outcomes for their future.

Baptist News Global: In a reversal of a current trend, a Baptist seminary creates a Methodist House of Studies

Baylor University announced the endowment of a new academic chair that will support the Wesley House of Studies at Baylor’s Truett Theological Seminary and honors founding director William J. Abraham, who died Oct. 8.

NTX Inno: Lab to Market aims to take Baylor's intellectual property to the market
Baylor University, along with venture capital firm Waco Ventures and Blueprints Labs, has formed the Lab to Market Collaborative (L2M) to bring innovative ideas and technologies out of university halls and into the market.

Nov. 20, 2021

Yahoo! Finance: Thanksgiving turkey, food should be plentiful, but may cost ‘quite a bit’ if you haven’t gotten yet

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of operations and supply chain management, explains what last minute shopping for turkeys and other Thanksgiving food will look like as the holiday nears.

Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology: Researchers aim for broader view of human flourishing

Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Studies of Religion explains, what “The Global Flourishing Study,” a study launched by Baylor University and Harvard University, will investigate.


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