Baylor in the News – April 3-9, 2022

April 12, 2022

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WACO, Texas (April 10, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the impact of small businesses on the local community, the rise of eating disorders and the next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, with a path of totality going through Waco and Baylor.

April 3, 2022
The Dallas Morning News: ‘The Scarlet Letter’ isn’t about adultery. It’s about clergy sexual abuse.
This column in the “Living Our Faith” series focuses on a re-reading of “The Scarlet Letter” as a tale of clergy sexual abuse, not of adultery. The author uses the definition by Baylor social work researchers that clergy sexual abuse takes place “when a person with religious authority intentionally uses their role, position, and power to sexually harass, exploit, or engage in sexual activity with a person.”

April 4, 2022
Forbes: Entrepreneurs Are Happier And Healthier Than Employees According To University Research Studies
Researchers with Baylor University and LSU combined data from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Census to find that when small businesses increase in a community so does the community’s health while entrepreneurs have a significantly lower incidence of physical and mental illnesses, visit the hospital less often and report higher levels of life satisfaction.

KWTX-TV: Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities works to keep up with demand in Central Texas
The Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities is one of the only programs in the country that assists children and families with developmental disabilities. BCDD director Kristen Padilla, Ph.D., explains that more support is needed for people with developmental disabilities.

The Athletic: Baylor, AD Mack Rhoades agree to 10-year contract extension
Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades has agreed to a 10-year contract extension, the school announced on Monday. The news was covered by multiple media outlets, including SicEm365, ESPN, Waco Tribune-Herald, Heartland College Sports, KXXV-TV, KWTX-TV, KWKT-TV and KCEN-TV.

FOX 44 News: Baylor University celebrates 90 years of Diadeloso tradition
VIDEO: After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Diadeloso returned to Baylor’s campus.

April 5, 2022
Fox 44 News: The return of Diadeloso at Baylor University
Baylor’s traditional spring celebration returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

April 6, 2022
CNET: How TikTok Songs Make the Most Intense Earworms Ever
A research study done by Baylor University is mentioned in this article about how TikTok has increased the prevalence of earworms. Baylor sleep researchers found that listening to earworms before bed might disrupt the quality of your sleep since the brain continues to process music after it's stopped playing. Why wasn’t Deshaun Watson charged? What prosecutors needed to file charges
Rachel Kincaid, J.D., associate professor of law at Baylor Law School, analyzes why an NFL quarterback wasn’t charged for sexual misconduct and what it means.

Hello Woodlands: Baylor’s Dr Pepper Hour Tour stops by The Woodlands Christian Academy
Baylor’s Dr Pepper Hour Tour visited the Woodlands Christian Academy to share the famous tradition with students. Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer, commented on the desire to extend Baylor traditions across Texas and Colorado.

Clinical Advisor: A Perfect Storm: Rise in Eating Disorders Among Teens During COVID-19
Jessica Peck, DNP, clinic professor at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, commented on the concerning rise of eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for mental health integration into primary care and disordered eating in boys and teens of color.

April 7, 2022

EurekAlert!: Recalled experiences surrounding death: More than hallucinations?
Jeff Levin, Ph.D, director of Program on Religion and Population Health in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion and University Professor of Epidemiology And Population Health, was among the multidisciplinary team of national and international leaders who published the first-ever, peer-reviewed consensus statement for the scientific study of recalled experiences surrounding death.

KWBU-FM: Business Review: A Phishing Expedition
AUDIO: Dan Peinta, Ph.D., assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, explains how businesses can educate employees about phishing attacks without compromising their trust.

April 8, 2022
Baylor Connections: Jim Marsh
AUDIO: Supporting mental health and wellness needs is a priority at Baylor, with numerous resources available for students. In this Baylor Connections, Jim Marsh, Ph.D., dean of student health and wellness, examines the challenges students face and shares the heart behind programs designed to meet their mental and physical health needs.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Eclipse coming to Waco on April 8, 2024
On April 8, 2024, Baylor University’s McLane Stadium will be a gathering place for viewers, astronomers and scientists to see the next total solar eclipse. Multiple media outlets reported on this event, including The Dallas Morning News, Space Daily, KWTX-TV, KXXV-TV, Fox 44 News, 6 News Digital and The Baylor Lariat.

April 9, 2022
The New England Journal of Medicine: How Can We Fully Realize SNAP’s Health Benefits?
Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., The Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and professor of economics, and Hillary Seligman, M.D., Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, propose a reconfiguration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is highly effective in reducing the severity of food insecurity.


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