Baylor in the News – Nov. 7-13, 2021

November 14, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 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 effects of music on sleep, supply chain issues impacting holiday grocery shoppers and the new Black Gospel Archive and Listening Center at Baylor.

Nov. 7, 2021

The Harvard Crimson: Harvard Researchers Launch $43M Global Human Flourishing Study
Researchers at Harvard and Baylor University launched a $43.4 million research initiative last month to examine the causes of “human flourishing.” The initiative, announced on Oct. 29, is the largest-ever of its kind. The study’s co-director, Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D., founding director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences, is quoted on the importance of the survey and the data it will collect.

Nov. 8, 2021

Baptist Standard: Tuition costs cut by more than one-third at Truett Seminary
Tuition costs at Baylor’s Truett Seminary will be 36% lower in the 2022-23 academic year after the Baylor Board of Regents approved the decrease in tuition for seminary students during its Nov. 5 meeting.

Psychology Today: How to Get Great Sleep During Daylight Savings Time
A study by Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, Chenlu Gao Paul, post-doc researcher at Harvard Medical School and Paul Fillmore, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, is quoted in this article for their findings that listening to catchy music before bed can make you much more likely to experience poor sleep.

PR Newswire: Poets&Quants™ Releases 5th Annual Ranking of the Top Online MBA Programs
Poets&Quants, an online publication for business education news, has unveiled its 2022 ranking of the best online M.B.A. programs with Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business’ program coming in at #8.

Nov. 9, 2021

The Spruce Eats: Here’s How the Supply Chain Shortage Could Affect Your Holiday Grocery Shopping
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of management and supply chain expert, is quoted in this article on how supply chain issues will impact holiday grocery shopping.

The Texas Tribune: U.S. Supreme Court weighs religion’s place in the Texas death chamber
Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies, and Roger Olson, Ph.D., professor of theology, are both quoted in this article on the arguments heard by the high court over what religious rights the state must accord inmates on death row.

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Ways to Give Back in the Black Church Tradition
Stephanie Clintonia Boddie, Ph.D., assistant professor of church and community ministries, shares her reflections and research on giving in the Black Church tradition.

KRLD-AM: U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments about religious rights of Texas death row inmates
AUDIO: Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies, was interviewed about a U.S. Supreme Court case on the rights of death row inmates to have spiritual advisers in the execution chamber.

Nov. 10, 2021

Vox: Is there a Thanksgiving turkey shortage? An investigation.
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of management and supply chain expert, is quoted in this article on how consumers should consider and even anticipate swapping out certain items or brands due to supply chain issues around the holidays.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Dancing feet propel Baylor Theatre's ‘Footloose’
Baylor’s theatre department is performing the musical “Footloose” directed by John-Michael Marrs, M.F.A., assistant professor of acting. He is quoted in this article on why the department chose “Footloose”.

Baptist Standard: Around the State
The Baylor Board of Regents affirmed the framework for the next five years of the Illuminate strategic plan, including hiring 100 new faculty. Other business included plans for residence hall renovations, completing the Give Light philanthropic campaign and naming the Fudge Football Operations Center.

KXXV-TV: National Adoption Month: Number of adoptions declined in Texas during pandemic
VIDEO: Bridget Fuselier, J.D., professor of law and organizer of McLennan County's annual Adoption Day, is quoted in this article regarding the upcoming Adoption Day on Nov. 19.

A study led by Kaylee Hackney, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, is quoted in this article on how protections for pregnant workers via the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act may be an avenue for bipartisanship between conservative and progressive lawmakers and activists — especially for Christians.

Nov. 11, 2021

KWBU: Business Review - The Crossover Effects of Work and Home
Dawn Carlson, Ph.D., professor of management, shares how much crossover happens between work and home and how it can affect your life.

KXXV-TV: Baylor unveils five-year plan to hire 100 new faculty members, renovate residence halls
VIDEO: The Baylor Board of Regents approved a five-year follow-up to the University’s Illuminate strategic plan that includes framework for growing the university and becoming a top-tier research school. Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., was interviewed for the story.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Challenges for pediatric nurses highlighted in Baylor study
Pediatric nurses reported a deep toll on themselves, their young patients and the families of both during the first year of the pandemic, revealing deep rifts in the health care system, according to Baylor University researcher Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, clinical professor at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

Patheos:Christian Scholarship: Metaphysical or Ethical?
Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., associate professor of history and graduate program director, wrote this column about Christians’ reflections on the philosophy of history writing and teaching falling into two broad categories: metaphysical and ethical.

Health Simulation:ASPiH 2021 Challenges Healthcare Simulation Professionals to Move Upstream, Facilitate Change
Jeanne Carey, RN, director of simulation at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, wrote about the recent clinical simulation conference hosted by the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH).

Nov. 12, 2021

Dallas Morning News: What ‘Crime and Punishment’ teaches us about American politics
November marks the bicentennial of the birth of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In this piece, Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, shares how 200 years later, the works of Dostoyevsky have had an impact in America, stretching from high culture to popular culture and into America’s prisons.

Christian Century: Brazil’s explosion of música gospel

Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, penned this piece about Brazil being the center of a large and thriving industry in música gospel—Christian music of various genres.

Baylor Connections: Dave Rosselli
AUDIO: The Baylor Family’s generosity has spurred exciting growth throughout the University. From new faculty chairs and student scholarships to major capital projects like a welcome center, basketball pavilion and football operations center, it’s an exciting season in the life of the University. In this Baylor Connections, Dave Rosselli, Vice President for Advancement, takes listeners inside these projects and shares how Baylor alumni and friends across the nation are driving a dynamic vision to become reality.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor opens Black Gospel Archive and Listening Center for growing collection
After 16 years of obsessive efforts to collect and digitize Black gospel music recordings, Baylor scholars have introduced a center dedicated to listening to, studying and preserving music from the foundational genre’s golden age that might otherwise have been lost to time.

KXXV-TV: Baylor's Moody Memorial Library opens new Gospel Archive & Listening Center
Baylor opened a new state-of-the-art Gospel Archive and Listening Center at Moody Memorial Library. Baylor hosted an unveiling ceremony Friday morning to show off the new facility and the large collection of black gospel music now on display. Robert Darden, M.A., professor of journalism, public relations and new media, is quoted in this article regarding this new space.

Fox 44 News: Black Gospel Archive & Listening Center housed on Baylor’s campus
A new state-of-the art listening center and Gospel music archive now has a permanent collection on Baylor’s campus. Robert Darden, M.A., professor of journalism, public relations and new media, is quoted in this article regarding his work over the last 15 years on this project.

Baptist Standard: Martinez on treasure hunt for historical insight
Bobby Martinez, a Ph.D. student in Baylor’s religion department, is working as an intern at the Texas Baptist Historical Collection in Waco, meticulously cataloging and reviewing the records of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and related documents.


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