Baylor in the News – Aug. 21-27, 2022

August 28, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 28, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the challenges college freshmen face when transitioning to a university, the impact of changes to schools’ flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve free meals and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a Baylor philosophy professor that will help schoolteachers explore disputed questions as a tool for discussing the nature of wisdom.

Aug. 21, 2022

KCEN-TV (NBC): The Baylor Bears are back on campus for class on Monday
VIDEO: Monday, Aug. 22, marks the first day of fall semester and students are hoping for a back to normal school year.

Aug. 22, 2022

Chemistry World: 3D printing allows blind chemists to visualise scientific data
A group of U.S.-based chemists led by Baylor biochemist Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., used 3D printing techniques to convert scientific charts and images into thin 3D tactile materials using lithophane, making data accessible to blind and visually impaired researchers. This could help to reduce barriers faced by people with low vision who wish to study and work in science.

KXXV-TV (ABC): Open Conversation: Baylor University counselors prepare for students return to campus
VIDEO: Dr. Randal Boldt, senior associate director of the Baylor Counseling Center, was interviewed for this story about how heading back to school can be challenging for students of all ages but especially hard for college freshmen, who are not only returning to class but are also starting a whole a new chapter of life. Philosophers Among Recent NEH Grant Winners
Todd Buras, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of philosophy at Baylor, along with co-project directors Phillip Donnelly and Angel Parham, received a $189,999 graduate from the National Endowment for the Humanities for “Disputatio and the Pursuit of Wisdom in the Humanities,” a two-week summer seminar for schoolteachers exploring the disputatio, or disputed questions, as a tool for discussing the nature of wisdom.

Aug. 23, 2022

Optics & Photonics News: Using a 3D Printer to Create “Data for All”
A team led by Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Baylor, has combined light-driven 3D printing and optical principles to come up with what his team describes as a “universally visualizable data format” accessible to both blind and sighted scientists. The team’s approach relies on an art form, lithophane, that has been around for at least 200 years.

Aug. 24, 2022

The Christian Post: Baylor scholar: 'Anti-racism' movement doesn't take seriously 'human depravity among people of color'
George Yancey, Ph.D., professor of sociology and at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, seeks an alternative to the current conversation about racism, which he says “no one is satisfied with” and too often involves people yelling past each other.

Aug. 25, 2022

KFDA-TV (CBS): ‘They’ll be packing meals’: School meals no longer free to all students
VIDEO: Jeremy Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, is quoted in this story about changes to schools’ flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve all students free meals. Now students must be eligible, and some believe this could impact some households, mostly working-class families.

KWBU-FM (NPR): Business Review - “A Valuable Resource”
AUDIO: Kaylee Hackney, Ph.D., assistant professor of management at Baylor, discusses several factors that influence veterans' successful transition into civilian life.

Aug. 26, 2022

Baylor Connections: Erin Bean and Courtney Scrivano
AUDIO: The 2022-23 Baylor sports season is underway, and as fans return to campus for their favorite fall sports and traditions, they can impact the game visually as well as vocally. Erin Bean serves as Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Marketing and Fan Engagement and Courtney Scrivano serves as Director of Licensing in Baylor Athletics. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners inside the Go Gold campaign and share new ways fans can support the program and go gold for the Bears at upcoming games.

KWTX-TV (CBS): ‘A dream come true’: Baylor Study uses 3D printing to make scientific data accessible for the blind
VIDEO: Scientists at Baylor are leading the charge on research that could change what learning looks like for people with blindness. They are using the simple technology of 3D printing and the old-fashioned art form lithophane to allow both blind and sighted people to visualize the same thing.

EurekAlert: Research team provides novel baseline data on leopard seals, the mysterious apex predators of Antarctica
In the study published in Frontiers of Marine Science, Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and a team of researchers documented the flexible behaviors and traits that may offer leopard seals the resilience needed to survive the extreme climate and environmental disturbances occurring around Antarctica.


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