Baylor in the News – March 6-12, 2022

March 13, 2022

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WACO, Texas (March 13, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on ongoing supply chain disruptions due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, tapping into an underserved fashion consumer base and why taking a break at lunch can boost your energy, focus and happiness.

March 6, 2022

FOX & Friends Sunday: Agriculture may be hit by Russia-Ukraine conflict the hardest, expert warns
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of supply chain management professor at Baylor University, weighs in on how the Russian-Ukraine conflict will impact food supply.

March 7, 20221

KCUR-FM Up To Date: Young people are finding community outside of organized religion
AUDIO: Andrew Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of sport foundations who researches contemporary American sport culture and religion, is a guest on KCUR-FM in Kansas City to discuss how younger segments of the American population might find community and connections outside of organized religion.

March 8, 2022

Marketplace: Muslim entrepreneur brings modest fashion to her Maine community
AUDIO: Lorynn Divita, Ph.D., associate professor in apparel design and merchandising, was interviewed for this story about how a young entrepreneur’s fashion start-up is tapping into a Muslim customer base that has long been underserved by the mainstream fashion industry.

KXXV-TV: Rise in grocery prices expected to follow gas prices in coming weeks
VIDEO: Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor of supply chain management, is quoted about disruptions in the grocery supply chain can be overcome but it's unclear how long or to what extent the problem will continue.

March 9, 2022

Prevention: 9 Things You Can Do During Your Lunch Break to Guarantee a Great Afternoon
Emily M. Hunter, Ph.D., professor and chair of management, is quoted in this article about the importance of taking a break during the workday, which can increase productivity and lower burnout rates.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Gift benefits Theology, Ecology and Food Justice partnership
A $455,000 grant from an anonymous donor will allow the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty to partner with and provide support for Truett Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts degree in Theology, Ecology and Food Justice.

Compassion: How To Pray
This post about the many reasons, places and times people pray and the wide variety of methods used cites a 2016 Baylor study, which found that while the needs people pray for vary widely, healing is a common request. The research found that of the 1,714 American adults surveyed found that nearly 9 in 10 have prayed for healing — either their own or someone else’s.

Food Tank: Breaking Down Silos to End Hunger
Among the innovative organizations that helped alleviate hunger during the pandemic in their communities was the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, which launched Meals-to-You, a pilot program to provide nourishing meals to rural families.

March 10, 2022

Indianapolis Star: Pulliam: Wheeler Center's 'steadying force' for homeless will continue his work
This article about the retiring president of Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis cites a 2017 Baylor University study that noted how Indianapolis was a rare city with no municipal government shelter for the homeless but where faith-based groups like Wheeler stood in that gap, with Wheeler accounting for more than half the beds.

March 11, 2022

Baylor Connections: Mandy McMichael, Ph.D.
AUDIO: The history of Baptist women in ministry has long gone untold, but Mandy McMichael, Ph.D., associate director and The J. David Slover Assistant Professor of Ministry Guidance in Baylor’s Department of Religion, is working to change that. In partnership with Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, she is curating an oral history on the struggles and joys of Baptist women leaders. In this Baylor Connections, she examines that topic, and her research on the cultural intersection of faith and beauty pageants.

Fatherly: 7 Ways to Be a More Patient Parent, According to a Patience Expert
Sarah A. Schnitker, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Baylor who studies patience, found in her research that in addition to increasing overall life satisfaction, relational health, hope, and self-esteem, patience can help people achieve their goals.

Pepperdine: Byron Johnson Explores the Influence of Faith on Human Flourishing at President's Speaker Series
Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor, was a guest of Pepperdine’s President’s Speaker Series, where he discussed the positive impact of faith on human flourishing and the potential for religion to facilitate and contribute to the common good of all humanity.

March 12, 2022

Deseret News: The history of lynching is more heartbreaking than you think
The Rev. Malcolm Foley, a pastor and lynching scholar, believes churches have a role to play in healing racial violence. Foley is special adviser to the president for equity and campus engagement at Baylor, pastor of Mosaic Waco and director of Black church studies at Truett Seminary.


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