Baylor in the News – Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2021

November 6, 2021

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 7, 2021) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the U.S. supply chain, sympathy cards, horror movies, tax strategies and unlikely abortion rights advocates.

Nov. 1, 2021

USA Today: Virginia town councilman apologizes after wearing blackface for ‘Coming to America’ costume

Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., department chair and professor in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, explains that it is acceptable to wear a costume of a character of a different race, but it is insensitive to add features like different hair, tattoos or blackface.

KERO NBC News (California): Don't Waste Your Money: Some Thanksgiving items could be in short supply

AUDIO: Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of operations and supply chain management, is interviewed about supply chain issues that may affect Thanksgiving.

Reuters: EXCLUSIVE Goldman Sachs offers new way for investors to bet on SPACs-sources

Michael Stegemoller, Ph.D., Harriette L. and Walter G. Lacy, Jr., Chair of Banking and Finance, explains how Goldman Sachs’ new role as financier and adviser of SPAC deals and seller of SPAC products presents a conflict.

Healthy More than a Job: The Ongoing Professionalization of Healthcare Simulation

Jeanne Carey, MEd, RN, CHSE, director of simulation at the Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, explains the professionalization of healthcare simulation.

Financial Advisor: New Strategy Links Social Security, IRA Withdrawals, Minimizes Taxes In Retirement

William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor emeritus of investments, is featured in this article explaining a strategy Reichenstein assisted in developing that lowers an individual’s taxes in retirement.

Baptist Standard: Falling Seed: Three ways churches can minister to international students

Cintia Aguilar, intern at Baylor’s Center for Church and Community impact and dual-degree student in the Garland School of Social Work and Truett Theological Seminary, explains the difficulties of being an international student and how to support international students during their time in the United States.

The Spectator: BOO! Halloween 2021 Featuring the Thrill of Horror Films

James Kenderick, Ph.D., professor and undergraduate director in the department of film and digital media, explains the reactive nature of horror films.

Nov. 2, 2021

EurekAlert!: Pinniped craniofacial musculature provides insight on its role in aquatic feeding

Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of biology, led a ground-breaking study on the craniofacial anatomy of pinnipeds, specifically seals, sea lions and walruses.

Philanthropy News Digest: Baylor, Harvard launch $43.4 million human flourishing initiative

Baylor University has announced that researchers from its Institute for Studies of Religion are partnering with those from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science on the launch of a five-year, $43.4 million initiative to investigate the factors that influence human flourishing.

Nov. 3, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Are Entrepreneurs Happier Than Everybody Else?

Boris Nikolaev, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Hankamer School of Business, explains that despite working longer hours and earning less money, entrepreneurs report higher job satisfaction.

Nov. 4, 2021

The Pioneer Woman: What to Write in a Sympathy Card to Offer Meaningful Support

Helen Harris, EdD, associate professor in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, explains what to write in a sympathy card to a friend, relative or coworker grieving the death of a loved one.

Forbes: Baylor and Harvard Team Up for Massive Global Study of Human Flourishing

Baylor University and Harvard University are teaming up to conduct one of the largest worldwide surveys investigating factors that influence human flourishing.

KWBU Radio: Business Review

Sara Perry, Ph.D., associate professor of management in the Hankamer School of Business, explains why remote work is not suitable for everyone due to personal differences in stress management.

Nov. 5, 2021

Baylor Connections: Byron Johnson, Ph.D.
AUDIO: The Global Flourishing Study represents the largest initiative of its kind to investigate the determinants of human flourishing. Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, takes listeners inside the massive project that will survey over 240,000 individuals in 22 countries over five years. With $43 million in funding, it’s also the largest funded research project in Baylor history, with a scope that will impact numerous disciplines through scientific, longitudinal data on a variety of factors that influence human thriving.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor announces timeframe for basketball arena, names football operations facility after donors
The Baylor University Board of Regents approved plans in a meeting that wrapped up Friday to hire 100 new faculty members in the next five years, start work next summer on a new basketball arena, build a new football operations center and renovate five residence halls.

KWTX: Gun rights, abortion advocates partner up on Texas bill

Rory Ryan, JD, professor in Baylor’s Law School, explains the unlikely alliance of the Firearms Policy Coalition and its support for abortion rights advocates combatting Texas’ new abortion law.

Nov. 6, 2021

The Baylor Lariat: Board of Regents discusses tuition increase, Illuminate, renovation plans

The Board of Regents had its regular meeting on Friday to affirm the five-year framework of Illuminate and to approve renovation plans, tuition increases and new degree programs, along with other plans.


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