Baylor in the News – Jan. 16-22, 2022

January 23, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 23, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the pandemic and its effect on the mental health of college students, new initiatives led by the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and how one’s view of religion can impact their world views.

Jan. 16, 2021

Newsweek: What to Do When You Can't Sleep, According to Experts
Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognitive Laboratory at Baylor, explains that the best thing to do when struggling to sleep is to get out of bed. The article also mentions his recent sleep research that investigated the impact of musical “earworms” on sleep quality.

Jan. 17, 2021

Texas Public Radio: The Source: Gospel Music In The Civil Rights Movement 'From Sit-Ins To Resurrection City'
AUDIO: Robert Darden, professor of journalism, author and founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor, is a guest on The Source for a discussion of Black gospel music and how its various forms helped unite people, forge identities and create art.

Fox 44 News: Baylor Mission & Public Life host Drive thru day of service
Baylor University’s Mission and Public Life organization celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by hosting a drive-through collection site for items to benefit the Waco community. Doriann Beverly, Ph.D., senior coordinator for community service, was interviewed.

Jan. 18, 2022

Baptist Standard: Baylor hunger program to evaluate criminal justice initiatives
Jeremy Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, explains the program’s new initiative that addresses the criminal justice system’s intersection with hunger and poverty.

Jan. 19, 2022

Turned News: To reproduce, the elephant seal must grow, at the risk of dying
This article looks at a study led by Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of biology, that investigates how the breeding system of elephant seals impacts their foraging, which in turn, increases their risk of death. -->

The Texas Tribune: Texas college students confront anxiety, apathy as another pandemic semester begins
Meghan Becker, director of Care Team services, explains how the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted student mental health and how her team has responded to students’ needs.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Baylor Alumni Awards announced
Baylor University announced the recipients of the 2022 Baylor Alumni Awards. A celebration honoring the impact of alumni around the world and recognizing this year’s recipients will be held on campus on Feb. 18.

Jan. 20, 2022

Fox 44 News: Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty expands their work
Sara Dye, Ph.D., Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP) project manager, explains how the program is expanding their work to include initiatives aimed at addressing the criminal justice systems, including ways to help formerly incarcerated people reenter society and achieve economic success.

Jan. 21, 2022

Baylor Connections: Bernd Zechmann, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Core research centers at Baylor contain state-of-the-art equipment that students and faculty across campus utilize for impactful research projects. Bernd Zechmann, Ph.D., leads one of these centers, serving as director of the Center for Microscopy and Imaging and as an associate research professor. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Zechmann takes listeners inside labs that advance multidisciplinary projects and spur R1 research.

Juicy Ecumenism: Can View of God Affect Desire for Economic Justice?
Paul Froese, Ph.D., professor of sociology, is quoted in this article analyzing his recent interview with the Poverty, God, Politics webcast hosted by David Beckmann. Froese spoke about the intersection between attitudes and actions addressing care for those in need and religiosity.

Jan. 22, 2022


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