Baylor in the News – March 13-19, 2022

March 20, 2022

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WACO, Texas (March 20, 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 religion on personal accountability, the domestic implications of the conflict in Ukraine and how Texas women are questioning the tenets of their faith.

March 13, 2022

Pepperdine Graphic: Pepperdine to Launch Center for Faith and the Common Good on April 1
Pepperdine University will partner with Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and co-director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, to begin a Center for Faith and the Common Good on their campus.

March 14, 20221

Baptist News Global: BNG dinner will bring together Anthea Butler and Beth Allison Barr for a conversation on race and gender
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and associate dean in the Graduate School, will be one of the two speakers at a Baptist News Global event during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s General Assembly in Dallas this June.

Patheos: The Last Emperor, and His Faithful Bishop
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the Program on Historical Studies of Religion in Baylor’s ISR, writes about the role of Christians in the last days of the Persian Empire.

March 15, 2022

Vox: The Stop Asian Hate movement is at a crossroads
Sociologists Jerry Park of Baylor University and Joshua Tom of Seattle Pacific University analyzed a UCLA-led survey, conducted between 2017 and 2021, which found that the percentage of people who believed Asian Americans experienced significant discrimination more than doubled.

Health Digest: This Simple Habit Can Be The Key In Boosting Your Mental Health
Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., research professor of sociology at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, was quoted in this article regarding his study's findings that accountability to a higher power results in greater mental well-being.

American Library Association: Baylor University Libraries presented the LIRT 2022 Innovation in Instruction Award
The Library Instruction Round Table of the American Library Association announced that Baylor University Libraries will be recognized with the 2022 Innovation in Instruction Award for their work on an open-source information literacy syllabi miner project.

March 16, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Ukraine-born professor to Baylor University crowd: Prepare for long war
Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, who visited his native Ukraine just weeks ago, shared a sobering prediction with a Baylor crowd anxious to know how the Russian invasion of the nation would end. Also quoted are Baylor political scientist Peter Campbell, Ph.D., a specialist on international security and international relations, and history professor Julie deGraffenried, Ph.D., who focuses on modern Russia and the USSR.

Fox 44 News: Baylor showing support to Ukraine
VIDEO: As the war rages on in Ukraine, Baylor has been showing an outpouring amount of support for Ukraine. Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, and President Linda Livingstone, Ph.D., were both quoted regarding the events.

KXXV-TV: Baylor hosts panel on Ukraine invasion
VIDEO: Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, Baylor President Linda Livingstone, Ph.D., Sara L. Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, and Stephen Gardner, Ph.D., professor of economics, were all quoted for their contributions to the discussion on the biggest issues facing Ukraine and the international community.

Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology: Researchers claim link between the power of prayer and theistic accountability
Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., research professor of sociology at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, was quoted in his article about recent research findings that show that the value of prayer rested in coupling accountability with communication which in combination can lead to greater psychological well-being.

March 17, 2022

KCEN-TV: 'What you see is what you'll be': Baylor, Waco ISD hosts men's empowerment summit for students
VIDEO: Baylor hosted 130 young men from Waco ISD for the Men's Empowerment Summit about the importance of building lasting relationships with others to achieve success. Cuevas Peacock, assistant director of community relations-Cultural Wealth at Baylor, was interviewed about the event's purpose and long-lasting impact.

American Council on Education: dotEDU: Baylor President on the Changing World of College Athletics
AUDIO: Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., joins the American Council on Education (ACE) dotEDU podcast to break down how the NCAA is working to change with the times, its recent shift on issues such as name, image and likeness (NIL), and how the recently adopted NCAA constitution will affect student-athletes moving forward. Dr. Livingstone is vice chair/chair-elect of the Board of Directors of ACE and also serves on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA Board of Governors.

March 18, 2022

Baylor Connections: Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
AUDIO: Baylor’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching promotes the value of teaching and honors those who do it well. The $250,000 award is the single largest monetary award presented by a university to an individual for exceptional teaching. In this Baylor Connections, Michael Thompson, Ph.D., committee chair for the award and professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, discusses the Cherry Award and highlights the role of great teachers.

Chief Executive: Baylor Men’s Coach Scott Drew On Leadership, Recruiting And Combating Complacency
In this March Madness edition of our Corporate Competitor Podcast, Baylor Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Drew recounts leadership lessons learned on his road to a national championship.

Houston Chronicle: Why Evangelical women are questioning the church and their faith
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history and associate dean in the Graduate School, is quoted in this article about how “deconstruction” has empowered Texas women to question the tenets of their faith, which could change the face of Evangelicalism for good.


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