Baylor in the News – April 17-23, 2022

April 24, 2022

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WACO, Texas (April 24, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on school prayer, innovative ways of recruiting college graduates and the benefits of delaying Social Security.

April 17, 2022
The Lawton Constitution: Cameron University pays homage to Benson Warren
Robbie Barber, professor of art in sculpture and 3D design, is presenting his work at Cameron University in an exhibit titled “Collective Castings: An Homage to Benson Warren.”

Savannah Now: Atlanta may reject Tomochichi statue over controversy. Savannah should snap it up.
Julie Anne Sweet, Ph.D., professor of history and director of military studies, is quoted in this article about a Native American chief, credited as a cofounder of Georgia, and a controversy over a current monument.

Get Religion: Left and right cheer together, for a change, as U.S. Supreme Court defends religious liberty
Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-states studies and associate director of graduate studies, comments on the significance of the Supreme Court’s ruling that a condemned murderer should be allowed prayer with his pastor before his execution.

April 18, 2022

Patheos: Is it Time to Rethink the School Prayer Cases?
Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-states studies and associate director of graduate studies, writes about the history of past court cases on school prayer and how they may be perceived today.

April 19, 2022
EuroNews: What would a neutral Ukraine look like?
Serhiy Kudelia , Ph.D., associate professor of political science, explains what it would mean if Ukraine gave up its NATO dreams in order to declare neutrality and end the war with Russia.

April 20, 2022

The Wall Street Journal: Job Recruiting on College Campuses Roars Back to Life
Baylor University was highlighted in this article about the innovative ways companies are recruiting college graduates.

L’Observateur: Baylor students dedicate Spring Break to disaster relief
Over spring break, Baylor University’s Baylor Missions sent three different groups of students to serve in Kentucky, Louisiana and Costa Rica. Rebecca Kennedy, M.B.A., assistant dean for missions and public life and associate chaplain at Baylor, Sarah Nelson, assistant director for missions and public life and Codie Robinson, project coordinator for missions and public life, were mentioned for their roles in these trips.

April 21, 2022

Texas Monthly: How Okra Could Clean Up Our Drinking Water
Susan Bratton, Ph.D., professor of environmental science, comments on the discovery of okra as a solution to drawing microplastics out of water and explains the prevalence of microplastics in seemingly clear water.

Sports Spectrum: At Baylor’s Truett Seminary, A Center for Christian Sports Leaders
Truett Seminary’s Faith & Sports Institute was launched in March 2021 by John B. White, Ph.D., Harold and Dottie Riley Associate Professor of Practical Theology and director of the Sports Chaplaincy/Ministry Program, and Cindy White, program director for the Faith & Sports Institute. The program has had a powerful impact on those looking to combine ministry with sports.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor business professor receives Fulbright award
Leslie Palich, Ph.D., The W.A. (Agnes) Mays Professor of Entrepreneurship, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to Ireland, where he will work with entrepreneurship faculty at Dublin City University.

KXXV-TV: Survey shows college students continue to face mental health struggles amid pandemic
VIDEO: Randal Boldt, Psy.D., senior associate director of Baylor University’s counseling center, explains the increase of students seeking mental health help and if COVID-19 will have a long-lasting impact.

April 22, 2022

Baylor Connections: Sara Ray
AUDIO: Every college student faces questions about finances as they plan for the future while navigating the present. In this Baylor Connections, Sara Ray, program manager for Student Financial Literacy at Baylor, shares how her office provides resources to build financial literacy and equip them, through individual counseling and education programming, to prepare for success.

The New York Times: The Newest Problem for Trump’s Truth Social Is Elon Musk
Mike Stegemoller, Ph.D., Harriette L. and Walter G. Lacy Jr. Chair of Banking and Finance, explains why the merger of Donald Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, with Digital World Acquisition is moving unusually slow.

The New York Times: 4 Ways to Fortify Your Retirement Against Market Whims
Social Security expert William Reichenstein, Ph.D., professor emeritus of investments, illustrates the benefits of delaying Social Security.

Contemporary Pediatrics: Meet the board: Jessica L. Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP, FAAN
Audio: Jessica Peck, DNP, clinic professor of nursing, is the guest speaker on Contemporary Pediatrics' “Small Talk,” where she discusses why she got into medicine, the myths of pediatrics and what the future may hold for the specialty.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Maggie Nichols tells Baylor students to speak out about abuse, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Gymnastics star, Maggie Nichols, shared her story of surviving sexual abuse during a talk at Baylor University. Tracey Tevis, education and prevention specialist with the Title IX office, explains how she supports sexual assault survivors and raises awareness.

April 23, 2022

Deseret News: Perspective: Young adults are losing their religion. Are their parents to blame?
Research led by Jeremy Uecker, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, is cited in this article describing that religiously observant parents who divorce are less likely to have religious children.


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