Baylor in the News – Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2022

September 3, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 4, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on travel as a theological practice, the test flight of NASA’s first moon rocket in 50 years and developing a roadmap to new quantum materials.

Aug. 28, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco-area schools work through teacher exodus
Rachelle Rogers, Ph.D., president of the nationwide Association of Teacher Educators and a clinical professor in the Baylor School of Education, is quoted in this article about how COVID-19 highlighted a problem with teachers leaving the profession, due to several factors such as low salaries, working conditions and a general lack of respect for the profession that is not sustainable alongside high expectations.

Aug. 29, 2022

Patheos: The Growing Crisis of Anomie in the United States: Learning from Hungary’s Cold War Past
Baylor history doctoral candidate Patrick Leech, a historian of the global Cold War with an emphasis on Hungary and Eastern Europe, writes about the consequences of what would happen if all religious institutions shut down in society, using what happened in Hungary as an example.

The Christian Century: Critical race theory can help us serve others
Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophical theology and The George W. Baines Chair of Religion at Baylor, writes about the political conversation around Critical Race Theory that has encouraged not care but rather its opposite: sweeping generalizations that either mischaracterize CRT or reject its ends outright. Or both.

Advanced Science News: 3D printing allows blind scientists to visualize data using touch
Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor, and a team of blind and sighted chemists, used 3D printing and an old-fashioned art form called lithophane to make scientific data and images – and science itself – accessible to people who are visually impaired.

Baptist News Global: Travel as a theological practice
Savannah Green, an M.Div. student at Truett Seminary who also serves as campus staff minister for Baylor InterVarsity GFM and as a ministry resident at First Baptist Church of Waco for college and international students, writes about how “traveling reminds me of my eternal home. It points me to God’s kingdom and how I participate in it now. Stepping out of my ordinary provides a refreshed perspective on its purpose. I relearn to purpose my life as one that reflects Christ.”

Waco Tribune-Herald: 'Mars generation' watches from Baylor as moonshot era returns with Artemis mission
At sunrise Monday, a group of Baylor University astronomy students and professors gathered to watch the test flight of NASA’s first moon rocket in 50 years: Artemis 1.

Aug. 30, 2022

Patheos: The Call to Comprehensive Justice
Allie Roberts, a Ph.D. in history at Baylor whose research focuses on Black women’s leadership and grassroots activism during the 20th century, particularly during the U.S. civil rights movement, writes about how they lived their theological convictions and led with the reassurance that God guided them, heard their prayers, and protected them as they sought racial, gender, and class justice as Black women.

KXXV-TV (ABC): Local impact on Artemis 1 Launch Delay
VIDEO: Although NASA postponed its historic Artemis 1 launch to the moon, it did not stop the excitement at Baylor's physics department. Astrophysicist Barbara Castanheira Endl, Ph.D., says " much from sending rockets, probes and humans to space," creates a bright future for astronomy.

The Harvard Gazette: Being good for goodness’ sake — and your own
This article mentions the Global Flourishing Study, a joint program of the Harvard Human Flourishing Program, Baylor University, the Gallup Organization and the Center for Open Science, which will examine more than 200,000 individuals from more than 20 countries over five years allowing researchers to study the long-term association between different aspects of moral character and health and well-being outcomes.

Aug. 31, 2022

The Dallas Morning News: Village Church adheres to a gender theory called complementarianism. What is it?
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history at Baylor and author of The Biblical Making of Womanhood, is quoted in this article about the gender theory called “complementarianism,” where men and women have distinctly separate, but equal, roles in marriage, family and the church.

PRNewswire: Benny Fountain Solo Painting Exhibition at Froelick Gallery
Benny Fountain, MFA, associate professor of art at Baylor, will have a solo exhibition of new paintings "Landscapes: Palouse and Provence" Sept. 1 through Oct. 8 at Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Fountain's new paintings focus on his homeland of the Palouse Hills, a geographically dramatic farming region that spans from Western Idaho through Central Washington into Northeastern Oregon.

Literary Hub: Big Business, Small Town Ideals: On Midwestern College Football
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Truett Seminary, is quoted in this article about the connection between college and football, which strikes many people as arbitrary, but when viewed historically, it may have been inevitable.

CNN: Microbreaks can increase your well-being, but only if you do these types of activities, experts say
Emily Hunter, Ph.D., chair and professor of management at Baylor, is quoted in this article about beneficial microbreaks at work. Hunter, who researches workday breaks, says whatever workers decide to do on their break, it should be something they enjoy, which is associated with a high recovery level after the break.

Sept. 1, 2022

ASM International: Baylor chemist/materials scientist part of MagLab research to develop roadmap to new quantum materials
Julia Chan, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry and materials science at Baylor, and a researchers with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) in Tallahassee, FL, published a review article in Science Advances that connects several decades of research on a family of intermetallic crystalline materials to find practical ways to design strongly correlated electronic, magnetic and superconducting phenomena.

Forbes: PepsiCo Partnerships Play The Long Game To Inspire Women In Sports
Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of the Center for Sports Strategy & Sales at Baylor, writes about PepsiCo’s Gatorade, Pepsi Max and Lay’s playing the long game to pave the way for female participation in sports at all levels, particularly women playing, refereeing and coaching.

KWKT-TV (FOX): Baylor professor uses lithophane to help blind students
VIDEO: Chemistry is a hands-on and visual subject, so for those who are visually impaired, there can be some challenges. Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor, has come up with a way for everyone to access images regardless of their abilities by using lithophane and 3-D printing, which allows everyone to access the exact same data whether you feel it or read it.

KXXV-TV (ABC): 'She was our girl': Former Baylor bear caretakers share memories of Judge Joy
VIDEO: Judge Joy Reynolds, the iconic Baylor mascot, is being remembered this week after her passing in July. The university hosted a carillon recital in her honor and a memorial display can be viewed Thursday through Saturday. Former Baylor lead student caregiver Audrey Chisum remembers Joy fondly.

Sept. 2, 2022

Baylor Connections: Mark Childers
AUDIO: Baylor’s Department of Public Safety consists of five divisions aligned to protect Baylor students, faculty, staff and guests. Mark Childers is a 26-year federal law enforcement veteran, including 18 years in the U.S Secret Service, who serves as Baylor’s associate vice president for public safety. In this Baylor Connections, he shares how Baylor police and DPS personnel build relationships with students, utilize technology and create new resources to protect students and promote a safe campus community.

Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal: Lost Genre: Reading and Engaging the Bible
Jamal-Dominique Hopkins, Ph.D., associate professor of Christian Scriptures and Black Church Studies at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, writes about how from Marvel magazine comics to academic textbooks, today’s literature and literary genre reflects our time and culture. But one such text that preserves unfamiliar literary genre is the Bible.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor's Foster Pavilion construction on track as city weighs firms for nearby hotel
Baylor University’s new basketball arena is on track for an early opening in January 2024, while Waco officials are still deciding which luxury hotel to build right next door.

Providence Magazine: Egypt’s Burning Churches
Paul Marshall, Wilson Professor of Religious Freedom at Baylor, writes about a rash of church fires in Egypt, which suggests a new front in the attacks on the Copts, Egypt’s Christians.

Health Simulation: Reflecting on Reflective Thinking During Healthcare Simulation
Jeanne Carey, RN, director of simulation at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, writes about debriefing as a critical component of simulation-based learning, helping learners synthesize new information, think critically about their performance and identify knowledge gaps.


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