Baylor in the News – Feb. 20-26, 2022

February 27, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 27, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the intersection of gender and race and gospel music as a root for change.

Feb. 21, 20221

KXXV-TV: Experts say less than 20 percent of voters turn out for Texas Primary Elections
VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science, explains how elections with lower voter turnout impact candidates.

Forbes: NFL Super Bowl Sponsors Were In The Game, But Did Fans Notice?
Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professor of Retail Marketing and executive director of the Center for Sports Strategy and Sale, breaks down a national poll conducted among NFL fans after the 2022 Super Bowl about the impact of TV and on-field sponsorships on brands.

Baptist Standard: Authors discover connection between gender and race
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and associate dean in the Graduate School, discussed the connection between gender and race following the release of her book, “The Making of Biblical Womanhood,” at a conference held at Truett Theological Seminary.

Baptist News Global: Focusing on the kingdom of God instead of empire can free white people from being so defensive, Meeks says at Baylor seminar on race and the white church
A symposium hosted by Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, at Truett Seminary also featured conversations with Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and associate dean in the Graduate School, bout white evangelical Christianity, and Robert Darden, professor of journalism, about how gospel music has been a root for change.

Dailynous: Buchak Wins Inaugural Plantinga Prize
Charity Anderson, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, was awarded by the America Philosophical Association for her essay “Divine Hiddenness: An Evidential Argument.”

Feb. 23, 2022

KXXV-TV: For Ukrainian Baylor professor, Russian invasion hits close to home
VIDEO: Serhiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and a native of Ukraine, is interviewed about the economic sanctions imposed by the West on Russia and if they will have any impact.

Healthcare Facilities Today: Senior Care Facilities Look Toward Technology to Combat Resident Loneliness
This article about how more consumer electronics are being used in senior care facilities to help residents stay connected includes study by the University of Missouri and Baylor University, which found that older adults with dementia or mild cognitive impairment were able to improve their memories by using a personal assistant application on smartphones.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Donates $60 Million for Technology Education and Job Training
The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights a $2.7 million grant to Baylor University for a longitudinal survey that will study virtue formation among college students at three religious' institutions, five study centers that promote spiritual formation and community for Christian college students and five secular universities.

Feb. 24, 2022

The Wall Street Journal: There’s No Crisis of Faith on Campus
This column about how many religious parents worry that higher education will weaken their children’s belief while evidence shows the result is often just the opposite cites research by Jeremy Uecker, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, and a colleague from Colby College.

KWTX-TV: Baylor professor, Temple church with ties to Ukraine react to Russian invasion
VIDEO: Serhiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, is interviewed about his home country, Ukraine, being attacked by Russia and analyzes the aggressiveness of Russia’s president.

KWTX-TV: Freedom Ball to benefit Waco aviation students while honoring active duty military, veteran
Annika Moser, a junior mechanical engineering major at Baylor, has received the Greater Waco Aviation Alliance Scholarship. She originally planned to pursue music in Boston but had a change of heart and chose engineering at Baylor.

Baptist News Global: Faithful discomfort: Why white Americans need to be offended
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, writes that discomfort from being offended by the teaching of race or certain discriminatory concepts creates a strong moral core.

Feb. 25, 2022

Baylor Connections: Larry Lyon
AUDIO: Baylor’s attainment of R1 research recognition represents a team effort that played out over a two-decade span. In this Baylor Connections, Larry Lyon, Ph.D., takes listeners inside that journey. Lyon, vice provost and dean of Baylor’s Graduate School, shares how initiatives like Baylor 2012, Pro Futuris and Illuminate helped Baylor advance on a path to research preeminence while remaining committed to its Christian mission.

Patheos: After Ukraine: Apocalypse Quite Soon?
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor ISR, writes about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what that means in context of the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

The Christian Century: Peru needs its Lord of Miracles now more than ever
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor ISR, writes about the spiritual responses occurring in Peru following a series of political challenges.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco residents with ties to Ukraine left to watch, worry as Russia invades
Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D, associate professor of political science, describes the experiences of his family in Ukraine and expresses doubt that sanctions will stop Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Gospel Coalition: Russian Degradation and Ukrainian Hope: The Example of Christian Higher Education
Perry Glanzer, Ph.D., professor of education foundations and resident scholar with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, explains the difference between the presence and function of Christianity in higher education in Russia and Ukraine.

Feb. 26, 2022
CGTN America: The Heat: Ukraine Crisis
VIDEO: Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D, associate professor of political science, discusses the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.


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