Baylor in the News – July 17-23, 2022

July 24, 2022

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WACO, Texas (July 24, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on postdoctoral researchers’ contributions to Baylor’s R1 recognition, addressing food access among SNAP participants and the installation of a wheelchair-accessible swing through a student-led collaboration and a local community.

July 18, 2022

KWTX-TV (CBS) : Baylor Education and Research Program to Help Young Learners Improve Math Skills
VIDEO: The Mathematics for Early Learners Academy (MELA), sponsored by the Baylor School of Education (SOE), is back on campus in July to help students ages 4-6 achieve or exceed grade-level expectations in early math skills and number fluency while also testing new curriculum and assessments and conducting research on “teacher noticing.” Sandi Cooper, Ph.D., professor of mathematics education, is interviewed.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor mourns loss of longtime bear mascot, Joy
Joy, one of Baylor University’s beloved pair of mascots and a fixture on campus since she was a cub, died Monday at age 21 after months of deteriorating health, the university announced Monday. Additional stories on Joy’s passing were on KWTX-TV, KXXV-TV, KCEN-TV and KWKT-TV.
July 19, 2022

Baptist News Global: Baylor Collaborative on Hunger proves success of summer food program, gets $5 million grant from USDA
The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty has received nearly $5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to maintain a summer program that delivers nutritious meals to at-risk children residing in rural communities in four U.S. states.

Inside Indiana Business: HungerTech Challenge seeks solutions to food access
Ten teams will square off in a pitch competition as part of the AgriNovus Indiana HungerTech Challenge by developing technologies to address food access among users of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including delivery fees. Baylor economist and national food policy expert Craig Gunderson, Ph.D., led a related study that identified ways to eliminate delivery costs for SNAP recipients, lowering barriers for stores to enter the program and ensuring the same shopping experience for SNAP and non-SNAP recipients.

Stateline: Pew Charitable Trusts: More States Are Forgoing Extra Federal Food Aid
Baylor economist Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about pandemic-related expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

Waco Tribune-Herald: MAC college program gives $330,000 in scholarships, including 3 full Baylor rides
Jerushalayim Guadarrama Perea, Alyssa Summersett and Joseph Sword each received full-tuition scholarships to Baylor University through the MAC College Money Program, administered and funded through the Waco Foundation through the gifts of Waco philanthropists Malcolm and Mary Ruth Duncan.

July 20, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor School of Education camp teaches ‘number sense’ to youngest students
Children at the Mathematics for Early Learners Academy (MELA) are using their bodies as well as their heads to learn basic math concepts. The four-week camp, hosted by the Baylor School of Education, returned to the Mayborn Museum this summer, was founded in 2016 by Baylor education professor Sandi Cooper, Ph.D., based on her passion for early childhood mathematics.

Baptist News Global: Baylor’s Drew recounts journey from basketball scandal to national championship
When Scott Drew became head coach of Baylor University’s men’s basketball team in 2003, he took on arguably the worst job in all of college sports. Almost two decades later, he looks back on the Bears’ road to recovery and sees abundant blessings.

Financial Advisor: How Roth Conversions Can Reduce Sting Of Social Security, Medicare Hikes
Baylor Emeritus Finance Professor and Social Security expert William Reichenstein, Ph.D., shares advice in this article about how married couples could significantly lower their joint lifetime income taxes and reduce their joint lifetime Medicare premiums by doing Roth conversions while both are alive.

PRNewswire: New Study from Feeding America Shows Extensive Disparities in Food Insecurity at the County Level
Baylor economics professor Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., The Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and a member of Feeding America's Technical Advisory Group, is the lead researcher of Map the Meal Gap, the only study that provides local-level estimates of food insecurity and food costs across the United States.

July 21, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Volunteers, college students rally to build wheelchair-accessible swing in Axtell
The Axtell community gathered to commemorate the installation of Swing4Smiles, a wheelchair-accessible swing, at the new Axtell Community Park, which came to be through a student-led collaboration among the Baylor Engineering Department, TSTC welding, precision machining and auto restoration departments, and the Axtell community.

Grunge: How Scientists Are Able to Determine the Age of Fossils
This article about how scientists determine the age of a fossil cites a method is called optically stimulated luminescence, explained by Baylor geoscientists that this can determine when sediment was last exposed to light, which in turn can provide an age.

July 22, 2022

Baylor Connections: Blake Thomas and Michelle Herridge
AUDIO: Postdoctoral researchers are a fixture on research university campuses, and their numbers are growing at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, discover the ways postdoctoral researchers enliven research and contribute to Baylor’s R1 recognition. Blake Thomas, manager of Baylor’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program, and Dr. Michelle Herridge, postdoctoral teaching fellow in Baylor’s Academy for Teaching and Learning, highlight the significance of the position in higher education and share how Baylor serves this important group of scholars.


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