Baylor in the News – Aug. 14-20, 2022

August 21, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 21, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the dwindling butterfly population’s effect on the food supply, using an old-fashioned art form and 3D printing to remove barriers to chemistry for individuals with blindness or low vision, and the roaring marketing around the Dodge Charger Daytona SRT electric muscle car.

Aug. 15, 2022

Next Avenue: Honoring The Wishes of Those Who Didn't Want a Funeral
Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion at Baylor who researches grief and memorialization in the contemporary world, is quoted in this article about honoring the wishes of someone who doesn't want to have a funeral or memorial but how they should still take into account the feelings and grief of those left behind, especially if the instructions run counter to their own ideas and beliefs.

KXXV-TV (ABC): 'Well-oiled machine': Baylor prepares for move-in amid construction around campus
VIDEO: Baylor University is preparing for another move-in week amid continued construction as the I-35 project enters its final months.

Patheos: These Are The Ways The World Ends
Baylor religious historian Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., writes the apocalyptic crises that periodically afflict the world, including the connection of climate-related disasters to plague, pandemic and pestilence.

Current: Last Call
Film and popular culture commentator Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Sr. Professor of Philosophy at Baylor, writes about the close of the series, “Better Call Saul,” an acute rendering of evil turns unexpectedly toward hope.

Aug. 16, 2022

KXXV-TV (ABC): Dwindling numbers of butterflies and bees threaten food supply
VIDEO: Trey Crumpton, Ph.D., exhibits manager at the Mayborn Museum at Baylor, is interviewed about the monarch butterfly and how the changing climate is endangering pollinators, which could affect about 30 percent of the food supply.

Deseret News: Think the Supreme Court solved school prayer conflict? Think again
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is quoted in this article about tension over school prayer as reflected in recent court cases.

Aug. 17, 2022

EurekAlert: Baylor study combines lithophane, 3D printing to enable individuals to "see" data regardless of level of eyesight
A research team led by Baylor chemists used an old-fashioned art form and 3D printing to make major advances in eliminating exclusion of individuals with blindness or low vision from chemistry and other life sciences. This groundbreaking research published in Science Advances was featured in multiple media outlets, including Science Magazine, NPR All Things Considered, NHI National Eye Institute Research Today, Popular Science, Science News at a Glance, Forbes and 3D Printing Progress.

Baptist Standard: Around the State
Baylor University received a significant gift from Katie and Jimmy Garrison of Boerne to support the Give Light Campaign and provide support for the capital priorities of Baylor athletics. Baylor will recognize the couple’s philanthropic support through the naming of the Dimmitt Garrison Family Berm within McLane Stadium and the Dimmitt Garrison Family Lobby within the Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Art, music interact in Martin Museum exhibit
A new exhibit at Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art asks viewers to use their ears as well as their eyes. “The Sound of Color: Art Inspired by Music” takes a portfolio of seven lithographs by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman as a starting point to examine how the artist translated what he heard in music into visual form.

Get Religion: Is America's religion cup half-empty or half-full? Two new takes on the omnipresent 'nones'
This article about a Pew Research Center report about religious “Nones” includes another view from a Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion team, who found key flaws in polling methodology, for example posing limited lists of religious options that can force devout respondents to answer “none of the above.” They assert that surveys miss as many as 150,000 young congregations and “hundreds” of new denominations.

KWTX-TV (CBS): Thousands of volunteers help incoming freshman move in at Baylor
VIDEO: Thousands of people, including President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., flocked to Baylor University Wednesday as freshmen kicked off the move-in process.

Aug. 18, 2022

PR log: The Marketing Ethnic Faculty Association Hosts Its 14th Annual Conference, "Reuniting Agents of Change"
Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of marketing and faculty director of industry relations and experiential learning at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is president of the Marketing Ethnic Faculty Association (MEFA), a national professional membership organization that services and supports the diverse needs of marketing academics and researchers of color.

CampusRec: How the Summit Roundtables Impact Directors
Kim Scott, Ph.D., director of campus recreation at Baylor, shares her insight on the latest trends in the higher education recreation industry during the Campus Rec Leadership Summit roundtable discussion. Scott spoke about referral bonuses as a way to attract quality student workers.

KXXV-TV (ABC): Managing millions, school districts making moves to finalize 2022-2023 budgets
VIDEO: John E. Wilson, Ph.D., clinical professor of K-12 educational leadership in the Baylor School of Education, is quoted in this story about the complexities of the budgetary process for public schools.

TZR: How To Talk About Grief, According To Women Who've Made It Their Jobs
Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion at Baylor who studies death, dying and grief rituals, partnered on a research study with Eterneva to examine the grief journey and whether or not cremation diamonds helped customers in their journey.

Aug. 19, 2022

Baylor Connections: Jeffry Archer
AUDIO: As a college student, Jeffry Archer was drawn to the role libraries play in connecting people with the information they needed for research, scholarship and learning. Today, as Dean of University Libraries, he leads Baylor’s libraries, special collections, centers and library technology efforts. In this Baylor Connections, he takes listeners inside the modern library, shares University Libraries’ role in supporting Baylor’s R1 research endeavors and more.

WORLD: Overcoming racial polarization
George Yancey, Ph.D., professor of the social sciences at Baylor, writes in this article about the need for collaborative conversations to help heal racial division.

HuffPost: Democrats Are Using An Old Playbook To Attack The Supreme Court And Fracture The Conservative Coalition
Baylor political science professor Dave Bridge, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about the political role of legislative attacks on the nation’s highest court.

Aug. 20, 2022

The Street: People Sound Off About Dodge EV's Muscle Car Roar
Baylor English professor and cultural critic Greg Garrett is quoted in this article about the roaring motor of Dodge Charger Daytona SRT electric muscle car. Dodge's current gas-powered muscle cars, the Charger and Challenger, are slated to end production next year.


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