Baylor in the News – Oct. 3-9, 2021

October 10, 2021

Baylor University campus. (Morty Ortega, Baylor Marketing & Communications)

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 10, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on workaholism, Halloween costumes and military conflict on holy land.

Oct. 3, 2021

KCEN-TV: National Fire Prevention Week kicks off in Central Texas with family-friendly event

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum partnered with Baylor’s Department of Public Safety, Waco Fire Department, American Red Cross, American Medical Response and local first responders to teach Central Texans fire safety.

KWTX-TV: Waco: Fire Prevention Week starts off at Mayborn Museum
The Mayborn Museum worked with Baylor’s Department of Public Safety, Waco Fire Department, American Red Cross and American Medical Response to teach local residents proper fire safety.

Oct. 4, 2021

Metro Atlanta CEO: Not a Workaholic? You Might Have Some of the same traits, UGA Study Says
Dawn Carlson, Ph.D., H.R. Gibson Chair of Organizational Development, and Emily Hunter, Ph.D., management department chair in the Hankamer School of Business, served as co-authors on a study on the impact of workaholism on personal health and family relationships.

University of South Carolina; Arnold School of Public Health: Runaway algae growth causes neurological problems for those with liver disease
Bryan Brooks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science, is quoted in this article investigating the negative impacts of algal blooms on people diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

D Magazine: North Texas Is leading the Health-to-Home Revolution
Baylor University’s partnership with My Labs Direct for weekly COVID-19 testing has developed into a multi-million-dollar lab offering testing services and assisting the university in reaching its goal of becoming a Tier 1 research institution.

Money Geek: Uninsured Motorist Statistics 2021
J. Franklin Potts, Ph.D., associate professor of finance, insurance and real estate, provides insight on how states can lower their uninsured motorist rates.

Oct. 5, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: $1.5 million endowed chair gift brings food economist to Baylor hunger effort
Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., the inaugural Jim and Tammy Snee Family Chair in Food Security at Baylor University, will use his background in agriculture and food insecurity to combat hunger.

Oct. 6, 2021

Waco Tribune-Herald: Air guitar play ‘Airness’ finds community in Baylor production
Lisa Denman, Ph.D., directing, acting and undergraduate program director, is directing “Airness,” a Baylor production showing at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center Oct. 13-17.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: ETBU nursing students awarded Cargill scholarship
Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., was appointed as the inaugural Jim and Tammy Snee Family Chair in Food Security in the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. He will conduct research through the Baylor Collaborative, working to alleviate poverty and hunger.

Oct. 7, 2021

USA TODAY: 'No one's getting hurt:' Boosters, businesses getting bigger and bolder in deals with college athletes
President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about state laws that have allowed college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness. Dr. Livingstone gave invited testimony during a legislative hearing Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C., on “A Level Playing Field: College Athletes’ Rights to Their Name, Image, and Likeness.”

The List: Don’t Wear A Day Of The Dead Costume On Halloween. Here’s Why
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., department chair and professor in the journalism, public relations and new media department, offers advice on how to avoid cultural appropriation when deciding on a Halloween costume.

KWBU-FM: Business Review - "Which Way?"
When business leaders are faced with two difficult outcomes, Baylor management professor Chris Meyer, Ph.D., shares how it all comes down to one basic character trait: consistency.

The Goshen News: Democratic governor woos believers in Brooklyn megachurch
Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies and associate director of graduate studies, explains how a New York governor’s support of vaccines in a Brooklyn church appeals to both political parties.

Oct. 8, 2021

Baylor Connections: Zhenrong Zhang, Ph.D.
AUDIO: A nanometer measures just 1/100,000 the width of a human hair, but the chemical reactions that take place at that level bear significant implications for scientists, engineers, medical practitioners and more. Zhenrong Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, is illuminating the nanoscale through the development of a powerful nanoscale microscope. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how the invention can lead to more accurate medical diagnoses, cleaner sources of energy and more.

The Christian Century: The war for Africa’s holy land
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion, explains the military conflict occurring in Aksum, Ethiopia, a significant location in Christian history.


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