Baylor in the News – Dec. 11-17, 2022

December 19, 2022
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WACO, Texas (Dec. 18, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the state of American Christianity, student-athletes and religious belief and the role of compassionate communication in health care as technology continues to evolve.

Dec. 12, 2022

WBUR (NPR Boston): On Point: What do American Christians believe about their religion?
AUDIO: Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophical theology and The George W. Baines Chair of Religion at Baylor, is among the guests of WBUR’s On Point discussing the state of American Christianity and the diversity of Christian life.

Gov.UK: British Government announces 40 winners of 2023 Marshall Scholarships as program prepares to celebrate 70th anniversary
Baylor senior University Scholar Lauren Jarvis is among the 40 winners of the 2023 Marshall Scholarships unveiled by the British Government.

Baptist News Global: Baylor study finds — surprisingly — that student athletes express higher levels of religious belief
Baylor student-athletes demonstrate higher levels of religious belief, participation and identity than their non-athlete counterparts at least in part because the Baptist school is successfully balancing faith and athletics, according to a study published last month in the Journal of College and Character.

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): How to protect your car and home this holiday season
VIDEO: BUPD Assistant Chief Don Rodman is among those interviewed for this story encouraging people to use extra caution this holiday season to make sure their belongings are safe.

Dec. 13, 2022

KCEN-TV (NBC/ Waco): Dr Pepper scholarship recipient seeks to make a difference
VIDEO: Baylor communication sciences and disorders senior Reagan Whitaker, who won $100,000 after competing in the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway, will use the funding for graduate school in audiology to help develop new technologies that'll transform lives. Her inspiration comes from her brother, who was born with moderate to severe neural hearing loss.

The Washington Post: A rape survivor’s careful activism in a place where #MeToo feels taboo
Baylor historian Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” is quoted in this article about the evangelical offshoot of the #MeToo movement.

Christianity Today: Christianity Today’s 2023 Book Awards
Baylor sociology professor George Yancey’s book, “Beyond Racial Division: A Unifying Alternative to Colorblindness and Antiracism,” has been selected by Christianity Today as its Book of the Year in the category of Politics & Public Life.

Dec. 15, 2022

Baptist Standard: Around the State
Baylor University senior Lauren Jarvis from Boerne was selected as one of only 40 students nationwide—and one of only two students from Texas universities—to receive the 2023 Marshall Scholarship. Transcript: New NCAA President Charlie Baker's introductory press conference
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker spoke to the media for the first time as the incoming NCAA president, and was joined by Linda Livingstone, Ph.D., president of Baylor University and chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, and Grant Hill, an independent board member and member of the presidential search committee.

Corridor Business Journal (Iowa): St. Luke’s Foundation receives grant to purchase horse riding simulators
St. Luke’s Foundation has received a grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to purchase two MiraColt Horse Riding Simulators for UnityPoint Health–St. Luke’s Witwer Children’s Therapy locations. The MiraColt, developed and built by Chariot Innovations, a company based out of Baylor, is expected to help individuals with Cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and other related neuro-muscular conditions. KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids, IA, also covered this news.

Religion News Service: In these polarized times, even a prayer could be up for debate
Religion scholar J. Gordon Melton, who recently retired from Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this article about how one ecumenical organization is developing new tools to address divides within its own network after struggling over wording in a prayer.

EurekAlert: Baylor Chemistry researchers synthesize new groundbreaking compound
Baylor chemist Caleb D. Martin, Ph.D., and his team have developed a new synthetic compound – a state-of-art Lewis superacid that has applications in the production of most common plastics. The new compound is more efficient to produce, safer for the environment and could potentially save billions of dollars in manufacturing costs.

PR Newswire: Baylor University Collaborates with edX to Provide Affordable Pathway to Master of Social Work Degree
Baylor has collaborated with edX to launch a MicroMasters® program in Social Work, which gives prospective students a stackable credential applicable to the Social Work field and insight into degree-earning course work. With transferable credits to the Baylor Online MSW, students have an accessible pathway to receiving a full master’s degree.

Dec. 16, 2022

Baylor Connections: Ashley Barrett
AUDIO: As technology becomes a more prevalent part of health care communication, the role of compassionate communication remains important as mediums change. Ashley Barrett, Ph.D., associate professor in communication, recently earned a prestigious NSF CAREER Award to study how patients and providers adopt and adapt together. In this Baylor Connections, she takes listeners inside that study and examines communication’s role in health outcomes.

HR Happy Hour: The Journey to Oracle Cloud – featuring Baylor University
AUDIO: Becky Ivy, associate VP of human resources, joins Trish McFarlane, CEO and Principal Analyst with H3 HR Advisors, from the Oracle Cloud World Conference 2022 to talk about Baylor’s journey to Oracle Cloud.

Washington Examiner: Hamilton’s warning: Trump and threats to democracy in America
In this column, Peter Campbell, associate professor of political science, writes about Alexander Hamilton, who warned that thwarting the political desires of a significant portion of the public could pose a grave threat to democracy.

SicEm365: Brett Yormark's Changes Have Been Significant | Dr. Linda Livingstone
AUDIO: President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., and chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, joins 365 Sports to discuss the process of selecting a new NCAA president Charlie Baker, her thoughts on Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark and the job he has done for the conference, and more.


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