Baylor in the News – June 19-25, 2022

June 26, 2022

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WACO, Texas (June 26, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the Juneteenth holiday, why auto insurance rates can vary across carriers, the extension of an innovative summer meals program for rural schoolchildren and new software for the design of healthier buildings.

June 19, 2022

The Texas Tribune: In the shadow of Texas limits on voting rights and lessons about race in school, Juneteenth celebrates Black history, progress and families
Ronald Johnson, Ph.D., The Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History at Baylor University whose research focuses on early U.S./African American history, is quoted in this article about the descendants of formerly enslaved people using the Juneteenth holiday to educate younger generations amid a rise in rhetoric and conservative efforts opposed to teaching the lingering impacts of slavery and racism.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mayborn Museum taps Australian sculptor for life-size bronze mammoths
Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum has selected Australian sculptor Tom Tischler to design and cast a family trio of mammoths to stand in front of the museum as an eye-arresting symbol of its collections and ongoing work with the Waco Mammoth National Monument. The national site showcases the fossils of 24 Columbian mammoths and other Pleistocene Epoch mammals found outside Waco.

June 21, 2022

WalletHub: Ask the Experts
Meredith E. David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at Baylor University, answers questions about comparing car insurance rates online and why rates can vary across insurance carriers.

June 22, 2022 NCAA Board of Governors announces new roster of members
Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., was announced as among the nine voting members of the NCAA’s new Board of Governors as outlined by the new NCAA constitution adopted in January by member schools and conferences.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Transitions: U. of Wisconsin at Madison Names New Chancellor; Portland State U. President to Step Down
Jason R. Carter, Ph.D., vice president for research, economic development, and graduate education at Montana State University at Bozeman, has been named dean of the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: USDA awards $5 million to Baylor Collaborative
The USDA has awarded nearly $5 million to the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty to continue its Meals-to-You demonstration project this summer in Texas, New Mexico, Alaska and Utah, along with partners PepsiCo Foundation and McLane Global. MTY provides a stable and reliable food source through home delivery to children in rural areas without easy access to grocery stores or traditional summer meal sites.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor's ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ looks at life's small changes
Baylor Theatre’s summer production of playwright Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” imagines a six-week community theater workshop in small-town Shirley, Vermont, where what appears silly on the surface prompts real-life changes in a class of amateurs, with bittersweet effect.

June 23, 2022

The Christian Century: Our Lady of La Vang
Baylor history professor Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, writes about the power of the Virgin Mary for Vietnamese Catholics—at home and in diaspora.

MDOC: Major Study of Mississippi Prison Programs Underway
Criminal justice researcher Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, will team up with Jim Gash, president of Pepperdine University, to study MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain’s changes to Mississippi’s prisons, including how re-entry and seminary programs are helping inmates improve their lives.

KWTX-TV: Beloved fitness enthusiast and Baylor ‘Alumni by Choice’ calling it a career
VIDEO: Van Davis, who has served at Baylor as the assistant director of wellness since June 1999 and led the FitWell programs and services, is retiring and recently received the designation as a Baylor “Alumni by Choice.”

June 24, 2022

Baylor Connections: Debra Harris
AUDIO: How can buildings be designed with the health of their occupants in mind? The answers can be found in evidence-based design, where research uncovers design elements that can promote the health of those who live or work in them. Debra Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of interior design, co-leads a research team creating software that makes evidence-based design accessible to building designers. In this Baylor Connections, she takes listeners inside healthy buildings and previews the upcoming software launch.

The Dallas Morning News: Preventing childhood hunger during summer break
Kristen Chan, coalition child hunger specialist with Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, is quoted in this article about the new challenges facing summer meal providers, from supply chain disruptions to staffing shortages. The Baylor Collaborative partners with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to serve meals in Dallas and Collin counties through local ISDs and nonprofit community partners.


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