Baylor in the News – May 22-28, 2022

May 29, 2022

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WACO, Texas (May 29, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on hybrid work stress, preaching to people in pain and microplastics in water.

May 23, 2022

CMS Wire: One Simple Practice Change Could Remove Hybrid Working Stress
Sara Perry, Ph.D., associate professor of management who researches employee stress and remote work, is quoted in this article about tension related to hybrid work. Perry said it can be tied to a lack of autonomy or employee choice as research shows that workers want flexibility and the opportunity to work in the way that suits them best.

May 24, 2022

Christianity Today: Why Suffering Belongs in Our Sermons
Matthew D. Kim, Ph.D., The Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership at Truett Seminary, is interviewed about how preaching to pain is a critical aspect of church health. Kim is author of “Preaching to People in Pain: How Suffering Can Shape Your Sermons and Connect with Your Congregation,” which won CT’s 2022 Book Award for church and pastoral leadership.

The Christian Century: For better or for worse, the church is keeping Haiti afloat
Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of Program on Historical Studies of Religion in the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, writes about how churches and clergy often fill in the gaps when societies lack good governance and social stability. In the Western Hemisphere, the nation of Haiti exemplifies the pivotal role of Christian churches in politics.

May 25, 2022

Sic’Em 365 Sports Radio: The Greatest Strength of the Baylor Community is the Love for BU | Dr. Linda Livingstone
AUDIO: Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., joins 365 Sports Radio to discuss NIL in College Athletics, the search for a new NCAA and Big 12 Commissioner, breaking ground on new facilities at Baylor and more.

ESPN Central Texas Matt Mosley Show: Baylor President Linda Livingstone
AUDIO: Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., joins Matt Mosley to talk about her contract extension, Name Image, Likeness in college sports and more.

Inside Higher Education: Education Surges When Students Learn Together
When a class becomes a community, students change from being passive to active learners, write UCLA's Neil Garg and Baylor's Kevin D. Dougherty, who offer suggestions for how to create such an environment.

The Two Cities Podcast: Theology and Black Mirror: Part Two
AUDIO: Jeremiah Bailey, Ph.D., lecturer in religion and contributor to the new book, “Theology and Black Mirror,” joins guests for a discussion about the Netflix dystopian anthology TV show and the various ideas addressed in their essays.

KWKT-TV: Baylor DPS holds annual active threat training
VIDEO: The Baylor Department of Public Safety, in partnership with other local law enforcement agencies, held its annual active threat training on May 25. Additional coverage was on KWTX-TV and KXXV-TV.

Inside Higher Ed: New Programs: Public Relations, Chinese, Human Rights, Computer Science, Nursing
Baylor University is starting an M.A. in journalism with a focus on advertising and public relations.

May 26, 2022

Patheos: Faithful Deliberation: Rhetorical Invention, Evangelicalism, and #MeToo Reckonings
T. J. Geiger, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, writes about his book, “Faithful Deliberation: Rhetorical Invention, Evangelicalism, and #MeToo Reckonings,” in which he examines public, digital and organizational rhetoric within evangelical communities that advocated a community recommitment to core values in order to promote trauma-informed deliberation on appropriate response to sexual and domestic violence.

KWBU-FM: Business Review: Getting to the Bottom of the Bottom-Line Mentality
AUDIO: Matt Quade, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, discusses his research about bottom-line mentality. While bosses certainly need to pay attention to the bottom line, Quade found letting that be the main focus can have negative consequences.

May 27, 2022

Baylor Connections: Kristen Padilla
AUDIO: Families throughout the community benefit from the services provided by the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD), serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. In this Baylor Connections, Kristen Padilla, BCDD Director and clinical assistant professor in the department of educational psychology in the School of Education, takes listeners inside the array of services provided by Baylor to address a disorder that impacts an estimated 1 in 44 children. 16 Percent of American Churches Are Multiethnic, Poll Shows: 'It's a Foretaste of God's Eternal Church'
This article about a new survey indicating the number of multiethnic congregations in the United States may be increasing, even if predominantly single-ethnic congregations remain in the majority, cites previous studies by Baylor measuring the increase in racially diverse U.S. congregations over the past 20 years.

Chemical & Engineering News: Getting a grip on microplastics’ risks
Christie Sayes, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental science, is quoted in this article about how lessons from nanoparticle toxicology help guide path forward on microplastics in water.

Baptist News Global: They were attending a conference on Scripture and violence when the Uvalde massacre happened
Malcolm Foley, Ph.D., director of Black church studies at Truett Seminary and pastor of discipleship at Mosaic Waco, was among the participants in a virtual conference on Scripture and violence, but what they weren’t ready for was an elementary school massacre occurring in the middle of the event organized by the Center for the Study of Bible and Violence at Bristol Baptist College in the UK.


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