Baylor in the News – Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2022

February 6, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 5, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the impact of black churches in times of crisis, how to save money on Valentine’s Day and using the term cults.

Jan. 30, 2022
ASAP Land: Why “calorie math” isn’t foolproof for weight loss: the science behind homeostasis
This article draws upon the research of Samuel Urlacher, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of anthropology, who compared two different populations of children from the Shuar tribes in Ecuador in order to investigate how access to food impacts weight.

Jan. 31, 20221
Federal News Network: Reskilling the workforce using technology-oriented training: A conversation with Stacie Petter and Laurie Giddens
AUDIO: Stacie Petter, Ph.D., director and professor of information systems and business analytics, answers questions about how technology-orientated training programs can address skill gaps in the government workforce.

The Conversation: 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, explains how black churches have helped communities impacted by crises.

Baptist News Global: Of statues and stories: Reckoning with the Lost Cause
Gregg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, discusses how America continues to reckon with the myth of the Lost Cause.

Feb. 1, 2022

WalletHub: 2022 Valentine’s Day Facts – Gifts, Money & More
James Robert, Ph.D., Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, offers tips on how to save money on Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 2, 2022
The Conversation: How 18th-century Quakers led a boycott of sugar to protest against slavery
Julie Holcomb, Ph.D., associate professor of museum studies, writes about how 18th century Quakers abstained from sugar and goods produced by slaves and the impact spiritually and economically.

Science Focus: A psychologist explains why you get anxiety at night and how to soothe it
In 2018, researchers at Baylor University asked sleep lab participants to spend five minutes before bed writing down what they had done or what they needed to do. This article suggests that those losing sleep from nightly anxiety should implement this strategy.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco Family & Faith Film Festival celebrates third year in new home
Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of marketing and founder of the Waco Family & Faith Film Festival, explains why she started the festival. Robert Darden, professor in the department of journalism, public relations and new media, is featured in the documentary “A Life’s Work,” which was shown at the festival.

WalletHub: Best Car Insurance in Texas
Meredith David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, answers questions and offers advice on what to look for when shopping for car insurance.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Opera's 'The Tender Land' finds drama in everyday
Jen Stephenson, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor and director of Baylor Opera Theater, explains the selection of Aaron Copland’s opera “The Tender Land” as the opera theater’s current production.

Feb. 3, 2022
Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor University hits $1.1 billion fundraising milestone
Baylor University announces that it surpassed the $1.1 billion fundraising goal as part of the Give Light Campaign.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor names sculptor for statues of first Black graduates
Sculptor Benjamin Victor was announced as the artist assigned to creating two statues in commemoration of Baylor’s first African American graduates. Malcolm Foley, Ph.D., special advisor to the president for equity and campus engagement, explains why the statues are being erected.

El Paso Inc.: Paul and Alejandra Foster honored by Baylor University
Baylor University has named El Paso entrepreneurs and philanthropists Paul Foster and Alejandra de la Vega Foster the recipients of its 2022 Founders Medal, one of the university’s most distinguished awards.

Public Discourse: Higher Education Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Conversation with Baylor University’s Thomas Hibbs
Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D., The J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy, discusses his career in higher education and views on the challenges that higher education faces today.

Feb. 4, 2022

Baylor Connections: Robert Darden
AUDIO: Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project preserves classic Black Gospel music—pieces that were at risk of being lost forever—in digital form for future generations. In this Baylor Connections, journalism professor Robert Darden, founder of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, updates listeners on ways that the project’s reach has expanded in recent months, from a new listening center on the Baylor campus to involvement with a PBS documentary and more.

Fox 44 News: Baylor sees most successful fundraiser in university’s history
This article explains the importance of Baylor University’s new Research 1 university status and the significance of reaching the Give Light Campaign’s initial goal of $1.1 billion.

Science News: Male elephant seals aim to get huge or die trying
This article analyzes the research done by Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, who researched the divide between how and where male and female elephant seals feed.

Patheos: What is a religious “cult”?
J. Gordon Melton, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this article where he argued that “cults” are a derogatory term.


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