Baylor in the News – Dec. 4-10, 2022

December 11, 2022
Fall on the Quad

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 11, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the promotion of university courses and academic exchanges with China, how Texas could fare in an economic recession and the distinctiveness of Baylor’s highly regarded core curriculum.

Dec. 4, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Xin Wang and A. Christian van Gorder: Politicians targeting Chinese aren’t shooting straight
Baylor faculty Xin Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of China Studies, director of Asian and African languages and director of Asian Studies, and A. Christian van Gorder, Ph.D., associate professor of Islamic Studies and World Religions, write about what universities, such as Baylor, can do to help students broaden their global horizons, especially on China, and continue to promote academic exchanges.

Dec. 6, 2022

Baptist Standard: Theological schools adapt to meet changing demands
Truett Seminary Dean Todd Still, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about seminary enrollment trends, particularly the traditional Master of Divinity (M.Div.) while professional degrees are gaining traction at theological schools across the United States and Canada.

Dec. 8, 2022

PR Log: Dr. Tyrha Lindsey-Warren Of Baylor University Receives The 2022 "ATHENA Leadership Award®" Presented By The Greater Waco Chamber Of Commerce
Tyrha M. Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of marketing and the director of industry relations and experiential learning at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, was announced as the recipient of the 2022 ATHENA Leadership Award® presented by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Observers in Waco say US headed for recession, Texas may weather storm
Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., dean of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, said during an economic forecasting conference that Waco and Texas are well-positioned to weather economic headwinds he sees coming. The conference was hosted by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Baylor and the Cen-Tex African American and Cen-Tex Hispanic chambers.

Institute on Religion and Democracy: Methodism at Baptist Baylor University
AUDIO: Jason Vickers, the newly appointed William J. Abraham Chair of Wesleyan Studies at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is interviewed by Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, about his appointment leading Truett’s Wesley House of Studies.

The Street: How Marvel Made Staying After the End Credits a Must
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English and pop culture critic, is quoted in this article about how movie credits for films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe keep people in their seats.

Dec. 9, 2022

Baylor Connections: Blake Burleson
AUDIO: Baylor’s rigorous core curriculum was recognized this fall as one of only 22 in the nation to earn an “A” rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. On this Baylor Connections, Blake Burleson, Ph.D., senior lecturer in religion and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences, shares why Baylor’s core curriculum is so highly regarded, how it is shaped and what it instills in students.

Inside Higher Ed: Is a Deal Between 44 Texas Colleges and Elsevier ‘Historic’?
Baylor is a member of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action of 44 universities that negotiated a deal with Elsevier, the publisher of over 2,500 scientific journals, that is expected to improve access to scholarship, afford researchers greater control over their work and save the member institutions millions. Charles Weaver, Ph.D., associate dean for sciences and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, served on the consortium’s negotiating team.

Dec. 10, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor scientist shares expectations for learning from NASA lunar flyby
NASA’s ongoing lunar flyby mission, called Artemis 1, should splashdown Sunday, and Baylor astrophysicist Barbara Castanheira-Endl has great expectations for knowledge to be gained for a future missions to the moon and on to Mars.


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