Baylor in the News – Jan. 9-15, 2022

January 16, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on how to combat loneliness, the lasting impacts of Sidney Poitier and how unethical behavior can affect the workplace.

Jan. 10, 20221

Yahoo! Life: Feeling Lonely? Experts Discuss 9 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Alone
James Ellor, Ph.D., D. Min., professor emeritus of family studies at Baylor’s Diane R. Garland School of Social Work, is quoted in this article on loneliness and effective coping skills.

Jan. 11, 2022

Market Watch: Will you be able to travel more this year? Here’s how things look for employees who want to balance work with vacation.
This article on the likelihood of more travel being taken, how employees can balance their work and vacations and whether it’s worth it to stay online while on the road cites a 2016 Baylor study, which found that failing to clock out of work mentally leads to greater burnout and less commitment.

Religion News Service: Growing old with grace and kindness: The life and lives of Sidney Poitier
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English, writes about the late Sidney Poitier and how he changed the film world on the way to changing the larger world.

Jan. 12, 2022

The Dallas Morning News: How competition for top research university status transformed Texas
Texas is home to the most public Tier One universities in the nation after the University of Texas at San Antonio’s and Baylor University’s recent recognition as top research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Daily Nous: Philosophers Among NEH Grant Winners
Thomas Ward, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, has won a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities. His funded project will be a preparation of a scholarly translation into English of medieval philosopher John Dun Scotus’s De Primo Principio from Latin, with commentary.

Fox 44 News: Maya Angelou along with other “sheroes” to be featured on U.S Quarter
VIDEO: Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media, is interviewed for this story on Maya Angelou becoming the first African American woman to grace the U.S. quarter.

Medical Xpress: New global survey looks at health, well-being
Data from a group of researchers at Harvard University and Baylor University points to the sum of physical and mental health, along with happiness and life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships as crucial to overall health.

Jan. 13, 2022

KXXV-TV: Killeen City Council proposes pay raises for its members
VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science, is interviewed for this story on a potential pay raise for Killeen’s City Council.

KWBU: Business Review - Stop Tolerating Unacceptable Behavior
AUDIO: Matthew Quade, Ph.D., associate professor of management, discusses how unethical behavior in the workplace can impact productivity, workplace relationships and many other important office principles.

The design of Baylor’s new basketball arena combines a historic fieldhouse vibe with a crisp modern look to showcase two powerhouse Big 12 Conference programs in men’s and women’s hoops. Kansas City-based AECOM is the architect for the $185 million Foster Pavilion that will sit along the Brazos River.

Jan. 14, 2022

Baylor Connections: Todd Still, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary enjoyed incredible growth in 2021, from new academic programs and campuses to initiatives that reduce the cost of tuition for students. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Todd Still, The Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and The William M. Henson Professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett, takes listeners inside a variety of exciting benchmarks and explains how they enhance the ways Truett is “of, by, and for the Church.”

KWTX-TV: Baylor vaccination rate soars above county rate ahead of semester start
VIDEO: Although Waco and McLennan County is experiencing its largest COVID-19 surge, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District says it is not worried about Baylor students worsening the spread due to high vaccination rates. Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications, is quoted on Baylor’s decision to continue in-person classes.


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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.