Baylor in the News – July 24-30, 2022

July 31, 2022

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WACO, Texas (July 31, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the psychological factors that influence vaccine beliefs, the history and meaning of the American flag and how can a chemistry lab be made accessible so students with blindness can pursue their love of science and build a career.

July 25, 2022

Healthy Women: A Mother’s Journey to Getting Her Children Vaccinated
Jessica Peck, DNP., clinical professor of nursing at Baylor and immediate past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, is quoted in this article about the psychological factors that influence vaccine beliefs and motivation for behavior change in healthcare decisions.

July 26, 2022

KJZZ-FM (Arizona): The Show: More people are disowning the American flag as the far right embraces it
AUDIO: Leslie Hahner, Ph.D., professor of communication at Baylor whose work focuses on the role of images in public culture, is interviewed about the history and meaning of the American flag, beginning with World War I, when the flag was synonymous with American identity for a few reasons.

Medical Device News Magazine: American Academy of Nursing Announces the 2022 Class of New Fellows, its Largest Cohort to Date
Shelby Garner, Ph.D., RN, associate professor of nursing, has been selected among 250 distinguished nurse leaders to be inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing based on their contributions to advance the public’s health.

July 27, 2022

Health Simulation: 2HeadsR >1: A Healthcare Simulation Strategy for Role Assignment
Jeanne Carey, RN, director of simulation at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, writes about how the school’s clinical simulation team created an innovative strategy for role assignment in healthcare simulation built on “two heads are better than one” where learners use critical thinking skills and peers who are serving as observers during the medical simulation scenario become more engaged.

Acton Audio: Taking rites seriously with Francis Beckwith
AUDIO: Francis Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies, discusses the lecture he gave at Acton University 2022, “Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith.”

July 28, 2022

The Wall Street Journal: Religion Is Dying? Don’t Believe It
Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Studies of Religion, and Jeff Levin, Ph.D., University Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, professor of medical humanities and direct of the Program on Religion and Population Health in ISR, write that many of the ‘Nones’ aren’t secular; they belong to minority faiths. The problem is how to count them.

Premier Christianity: Is complementarian theology abusive?
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., The James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History at Baylor and author of “Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” was interviewed for this article about Church teaching on gender roles.

Christianity Today: Could the Climate Crisis Make Religion Even Crazier?
This article about what’s next for the church cites a new book, “Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval,” by Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Jenkins points to the history of extreme weather changes, which can prompt people to seek out extreme solutions and saviors.

Baptist News Global: Dealing with the truth: An interview with Sarah Churchwell on Gone with the Wind, the Lost Cause and Donald Trump
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor and one of America’s leading voices on religion and culture, interviews Sarah Churchwell, author of “The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America Tells.”

July 29, 2022

Baylor Connections: Bryan Shaw, Ph.D.
AUDIO: How can a chemistry lab be made accessible so that students with blindness can pursue their love of science and build a career? Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is asking these questions and providing answers. In this Baylor Connections, he takes listeners inside the specific approaches to inclusion science for chemistry labs and concepts, and shares how a significant grant from the National Institutes of Health is boosting these efforts.

Hawaii News Now: A coral found only in Hawaii could offer a breakthrough treatment for stroke survivors
Hawaii Pacific University is collaborating with The Queen’s Medical Center, Baylor University and the University of Toronto on new research about how a green coral that grows only in Hawaii could help people who’ve suffered from a stroke.

Christian Scholar’s Review: On Christian Self-Care
Katie Windham, who oversees student development initiatives as director of Brooks Residential College at Baylor, writes about how her Christian identity informs her work as a higher education practitioner when it comes to self-care.

July 30, 2022

Detroit Free Press: Battle over 'wokeness' at Christian colleges isn't just about politics, it's about dollars
Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor University who studies U.S. Religious and Intellectual History, is quoted in this article about that battle in Christian higher education, where debates are about political issues instead of theological beliefs.


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