Baylor in the News – Feb. 27-March 5, 2022

March 6, 2022

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WACO, Texas (March 6, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the Ukrainian conflict, how religiosity impacts individual accountability and why the Black church has survived a history of hardship.

Feb. 27, 2022

New Pittsburgh Courier: How Philadelphia’s Black churches overcame disease, depression and civil strife
Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., assistant professor of church and community ministries at Truett Seminary, examines how the Black church has endured past crises and how this can provide a blueprint for communities dealing with present day issues.

Feb. 28, 20221

KNUS Radio: Ukraine Conflict
AUDIO: David Smith, Ph.D., senior lecturer in history, discusses the history behind the conflict in Ukraine with host Peter Boyles.

KXXV-TV: Ukraine conflict to cause more supply chain problems, inflation
VIDEO: Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of management and supply chain expert, was interviewed on the possible supply chain issues associated with the conflict in Eastern Europe.

KWKT-TV: Black History Walking Tour plans to continue
VIDEO: Adrienne Cain, assistant director of Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, was interviewed about plans to expand the Black History walking tour in Waco.

KXXV-TV: Early voting for primary election ends, election day Tuesday
VIDEO: Political science professor Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., was interviewed regarding the first Election Day of 2022.

KWKT-TV: Baylor prays for peace in Ukraine
VIDEO: Baylor students, faculty and staff gathered to pray peace over Ukraine. Baylor sophomore Maria Ivchenko and University Chaplain Burt Burleson were interviewed for the story.

Patheos: Climate Shocks and the Fate of Empires (and of World Religions)
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor ISR, writes about how a climate shock on a vast scale caused a fundamental political reorientation in many parts of the world.

March 1, 2022

Journal of Accountancy: 5 pandemic lessons and how to apply them to your career
Charles E. Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting, is quoted in this article about how the challenges of the pandemic may be an opportunity to add new career skills and habits for accounting professionals.

The Christian Post: Ukrainian bishop says Putin is the 'Antichrist of our current time': 'Against God’s law'
This article about the religious implications of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, cites the thoughts of Perry Glanzer, Ph.D., professor of educational foundations and resident scholar with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, from an op-ed published by the Gospel Coalition.

March 2, 2022

CGTN: The Heat: Ukraine Crisis
VIDEO: Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, discuses the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

EurekAlert: National study examines link between accountability to God, psychological well-being
A study from researchers with Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, Westmont College and Hope College has found that religious believers who embrace accountability to God experience higher levels of three of the four variables of psychological well-being. The research was picked up by other media outlets, including Newswise, Neuroscience News, Baptist Standard, Medical Xpress and ScienMag, among others.

The Well News: Texas Primary Sets Stage for Abbott-O’Rourke Race, AG Runoffs
Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, was quoted in this article about high-profile races in the Texas primaries.

KCEN-TV: Beto O'Rourke promises marijuana legalization after winning governor nomination
VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, was interviewed regarding the potential of marijuana decriminalization and its impact as an election issue.

Christian News Wire: Virtual Spring Bible & Archaeology Fest Offers Global Audience New Insights, New Analysis, and Intriguing Debates
Deirdre Fulton, Ph.D., associate professor of religion, is one of the 18 leading Bible scholars and archaeologists presenting at The Spring Bible and Archaeology Fest in April.

March 3, 2022

Bloomberg: Bush Family Legacy Is at Stake in Texas Attorney General Race
Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science, was interviewed for this article about the Bush family’s Texas dynasty.

Patheos: Empires, Slaves, and Daniel Syndrome
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor ISR, writes about how empires throughout history have shaped religions worldwide, often in quite revolutionary ways.

March 4, 2022

Baylor Connections: Kendra Gagnon
AUDIO: Baylor’s Doctor of Physical Therapy blazed trails as the first program to blend a two-year degree program with hybrid delivery. Baylor DPT students and faculty reach across the country, learning virtually while regularly visiting Waco for intensive in-person immersion sessions on the Baylor campus. In this Baylor Connections, Kendra Gagnon, Ph.D., clinical professor and chair, takes listeners inside the fast-growing program and shares how it meets needs in communities across the nation.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor organist Joyce Jones remembered for passion for music, students
Friends and colleagues remember Baylor University organ professor Joyce Jones as a passionate advocate for the organ and her students and as a world-class talent at the keyboard.

EurekAlert: Airbnb’s commercial listings linked to local crime: How self-regulation can help
Xunyi Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, contributed to new research in the INFORMS journal Information Systems Research, which found that self-regulating is critical to reducing crime linked to Airbnb commercial listings.

Christian Scholars Review: Guest Post – Thoughts on engaging a fluid culture with fluid dynamics in Christian education
Min Y. Pack, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, writes about the role faith can play in Christian education, using the way in which he engages his faith within his field of fluid dynamics.


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