Baylor in the News – Feb. 13-19, 2022

February 23, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 20, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on how racism impacts churches, the current situation in Ukraine and why music streamers might be leaving Spotify.

Feb. 14, 2022

KXXV-TV: Potential teacher certification requirement faces pushback from Texas teaching organizations
VIDEO: Suzanne Nesmith, Ph.D., associate professor and associate dean in the School of Education, was interviewed for this story on a controversial new certification requirement for new Texas teachers.

KXXV-TV: Texas Early Voting Starts Today
VIDEO: Political science professor Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., provides insight about the Texas primaries and what they mean for the November elections. Flavin also was interviewed about early voting on KCEN-TV and FOX44.

Feb. 15, 2022

Mindful: The Study of Human Flourishing and Other Mindful News
The Global Flourishing Study, launched in October 2021 by social biomedical scientists at Baylor and Harvard, is seeking what creates human flourishing by collecting data over five years from 240,000 participants in 22 countries using six “domains” of flourishing.

Baptist News Global: Christian masculinity, culture and racism: An interview with Kristin Du Mez
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, interviewed author and historian Kristin Du Mez about her work focused on Christian nationalism and toxic Christian masculinity. Garrett interviewed Du Mez prior to her appearance at Baylor at the Racism in the White Church conference.

EdSource: Why 'Delete Spotify' should not be the main lesson for digital civics education
T. Philip Nichols, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Education, co-authored this opinion column about Spotify, the audio streaming platform, that recently came under fire for its role in circulating vaccine-related misinformation on one of its high-profile podcasts.

Flying: Proposed Partnership Could Make Accident Investigation Real for Baylor Students
Baylor University and Waco Regional Airport may partner soon to bring students onto the tarmac at Waco Regional Airport to investigate real-life aviation accidents, according to Joel Martinez, airport director at Waco Regional and adjunct lecturer at Baylor’s Institute for Air Science and Waco Aviation Director.

Feb. 16, 2022

Office of Governor Greg Abbott: Governor Abbott Congratulates Texas Universities On Earning Prestigious National Research Rankings
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott congratulated UTSA and Baylor University on earning the prestigious national research ranking of Carnegie Tier One, joining nine other Texas universities that have again attained the coveted Tier One ranking for academic excellence at doctoral universities with "very high research activity."

The Christian Post: Majority of pastors say they want racially diverse congregations, but few are finding it in reality: study
Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, is quoted in this article on racially diverse church congregations. A study released by Baylor in 2020 found that the number of these congregations in the U.S. had tripled over 20 years.

Baptist Standard: Around the State
The John Templeton Foundation awarded Baylor University researchers a $2.7 million grant to examine virtue formation in higher education moral communities, both secular and faith-based. Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, and Perry Glanzer, Ph.D., professor of educational foundations and resident scholar with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, are leading the project.

KXXV-TV: Shortages, inflation impacting Central Texas tire shops
VIDEO: Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of management and supply chain expert, was interviewed for this story on rising prices at tire shops across the country as supply chain issues continue to worsen.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor conference to examine racism and white churches
A three-day conference at Baylor’s Truett Seminary will explore what white Christian churches can and should do to combat racism in and outside their membership. “Do We Want to Be Healed? Racism in the White Church,” organized by Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, will feature national scholars, Baylor faculty and many others.

Feb. 17, 2022

Fox 44 News: Waco Black History Walking tour
VIDEO: Adrienne Cain, assistant director and lecturer for The Institute for Oral History, was interviewed about the upcoming Black History walking tour in Waco.

The Street: How to Retire Rich: Start Saving and Investing Now
Erik Davidson, adjunct professor of finance, is quoted in this article on how to start saving for retirement in your 20s. Mississippi’s plan to stop Louisiana from stealing its teachers? Pay them thousands more
Angela Urick, Ed.D., associate professor of educational leadership, was interviewed for this story on Mississippi’s pay raise for teachers.

Fox 44 News: Baylor professor speaks on Russia-Ukraine developments
VIDEO: Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, was interviewed about the recent developments on Russia-Ukraine border tensions.

Real Estate Magazine: Integrated marketing for real estate professionals
This article cites a report from the Keller Research Center at Baylor about how online advertising is now more relevant to real estate promoters than print.

Forbes: Moral Judgments About AI Will Shape Legal And Ethical Assignment Of Blame, Including The Particular Use Case Of AI-Based Self-Driving Cars
A study co-authored by Yulia Sullivan, Ph.D., assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, is referenced in this article on artificial intelligence and its moral implications.

Feb. 18, 2022

Baylor Connections: Gary Mortenson
AUDIO: The Baylor University School of Music is celebrating its centennial this year—100 years of making music with spirit and excellence. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Gary Mortenson, Dean of the School of Music, takes listeners inside the celebration and highlights a meaningful transition within Baylor orchestral studies.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor regents OK $27.6 million bump in cost of basketball arena
Baylor regents voted Friday to increase spending by $27.6 million for the school’s new basketball arena to keep up with rising construction costs, but the project is still on track for a June groundbreaking. Regents also discussed support programs and the student experience and celebrated Baylor’s designation as a top-tier research university and surpassing the Give Light campaign’s initial $1.1 billion fundraising goal.

KXXV-TV: Nonprofit stresses importance of prioritizing mental health for caregivers
VIDEO: In a story on National Caregivers Day, social work professor Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., author of “The Soul the Helper,” addressed the importance of emotional support for caregivers, who often take on the trauma of those they care for.

Baptist Standard: Racial healing requires dismantling oppressive systems
Healing racist systems within the church requires everyone—oppressed and oppressors alike—to recognize they are wounded by racism, a speaker told a hybrid conference, “Do You Want to Be Healed? Racism in the White Church,” offered online and at Baylor’s Truett Seminary.

Feb. 19, 2022

The Globe: US birth rates hit historic lows, according to latest Census data
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., distinguished professor of history and co-director of the program on historical studies of religion, is quoted in this article on how birth rates in the United States have plunged to historic lows.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Symphony Orchestra conductor Stephen Heyde to retire
The School of Music’s Stephen Heyde and Gary Mortenson, and incoming director of orchestral studies Miguel Harth-Bedoya, are interviewed about Heyde’s retirement as conductor of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and welcoming Harth-Bedoya to Baylor.


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