Baylor in the News – Nov. 21-27, 2021

November 28, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 28, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on how smartphone features can improve memory, why workforce surveillance is harmful and how the craniofacial anatomy of pinnipeds impacts their lives.

Nov. 21, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Linda Livingstone: Baylor University’s accelerating growth
In this column, Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., writes about the framework for the next five years of the Illuminate strategic plan, including hiring 100 additional faculty members and providing the financial resources to start up the research labs and secure the equipment necessary for their success.

Nov. 22, 2021

Engineer Research and Development Center: ERDC Soils Laboratory welcomes Baylor University physicist
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s geotechnical and structures laboratory is hosting Jeffery Olafsen, Ph.D., associate professor of physics. Olafsen will be working alongside senior faculty in his research in the fields of nonlinear dynamics and non-equilibrium systems. His efforts are both interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary with collaborators from other university departments, as well as other universities and industries.

Nov. 23, 2021

KXXV-TV: Calling grandma: How a smartphone can help those with memory loss stay on track
A study led by Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, is featured in this article for its work correlating cell phone use to helping early signs of dementia.

KWTX: Be Remarkable: Baylor University police officer is on receiving end of wonderful surprise
Lt. Greg Perkins of the Baylor University Police Department was honored with the Be Remarkable Award. Lt. Perkins has served more than 18 years on the police force at Baylor, has been named Officer of the Year seven times, is a pastor at his church and says he compassionately provides care and guidance to everyone he meets. For his work, $500 will be donated to the charity of his choice.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Major gift endows chair at Truett Seminary
An anonymous $1.5 million gift established the William J. Abraham Endowed Chair in Truett Theological Seminary’s Wesley House of Studies. Jeff and Debbie Wooley of Woodway made an additional $1 million gift to establish a scholarship to support the program’s students. The endowed chair is the first established through Baylor University’s Illuminate Chair Matching Program, which supports the Give Light Campaign’s goals to increase endowed faculty positions.

A study by John Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of information systems and business analytics, and Dawn Carlson, Ph.D., H.R. Gibson Chair of Organizational Development and professor of management, is featured in this article on how workforce surveillance negatively impacts employees.

Nov. 24, 2021

Health Day: Device Apps Aid Memory in Older Adults With Impaired Cognition
A study led by Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, is quoted for its findings that older adults with cognitive disorders can improve daily prospective memory functioning when they learn to use digital voice recorder or smartphone memory aids to manage everyday tasks.

Nov. 26, 2021

Baylor Connections: Sarah Kienle, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Baylor assistant biology professor Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., is the world’s top expert on the craniofacial anatomy of pinnipeds, a group of animals that includes seals, sea lions and walruses. Pinnipeds feed underwater, and Kienle’s foundational study of their facial muscles in Journal of Anatomy deepens understanding of the role those muscles play in feeding and more. In this Baylor Connections, Kienle provides a broader understanding of this little-studied area.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Person of the Year: Scott Drew takes Baylor to new heights
Scott Drew was named Waco Today’s Person of the Year for his work leading Baylor’s first men’s basketball national championship.


Baylor's Office of Media and Public Relations (M&PR) supports the University's Illuminate strategic plan as a top Christian research university by focusing on faculty research and expert opinions, innovative teaching, major awards and recognition, and community involvement. Through its media training workshops, the Baylor M&PR team develops faculty experts to effectively communicate the impact of their research or speak as subject-matter experts into national trends and conversations with media outlets, through Hot Topics and on the Baylor Connections podcast. Our faculty expert directory is available on the M&PR website at


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