Baylor in the News – May 8-14, 2022

May 15, 2022

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WACO, Texas (May 15, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on educational technology in public schools and the whims of commercial platforms, books that address today’s urgent ethical issues and the value of consumers of color in the marketplace.

May 8, 2022

EdSource: Twitter sale shows us why education technology companies should be accountable to schools
T. Philip Nichols, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy education, co-authored this commentary about how instabilities in commercial platform technologies — including those that have, over the past decade, become vital infrastructures for the everyday operation of public schools – should be held accountable to the public schools that rely on them.

May 9, 2022

IT Brew: Here's how not to do a phishing test
Daniel Pienta, Ph.D., assistant professor of information systems and business analytics at Baylor, is quoted in this article about scam education. Sometimes organizations can go too far in trying to trick recipients, Pienta said, creating scenarios that would be difficult for an attacker to pull off in the first place.

May 10, 2022

Christian Century: Take & Read: Ethics
Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophical theology and The George W. Baines Chair of Religion, recommends four new books that are shaping conversations about the urgent ethical issues of our time.

May 11, 2022

KXXV-TV: Open Conversation: Mental Health in College Students
VIDEO: Randal Boldt, Psy.D., senior associate director and senior psychologist at the Baylor Counseling Center, is among the experts for this series on the mental health of college students, who have some of the highest rates of depression and anxiety as they manage the increased pressures of academic success and building relationships with peers.

May 12, 2022

KWBU-FM: Business Review: Valuing Audiences of Color
AUDIO: Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of marketing, studies ethnic programming and audiences of color, finding that media planners and advertisers historically have devalued ethnic programming. Her research shows the value of consumers of color in the marketplace.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Global astronomy effort produces image of black hole at center of Milky Way
Baylor astrophysicist Barbara Castanheira-Endl, Ph.D., was interviewed about the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Endl performed post-doctoral research from 2007-2010 at the University of Vienna, a member institution of the European Southern Observatory that ran the research to produce the image.

May 13, 2022

Baylor Connections: Stephen Heyde
AUDIO: After nearly 40 years at the helm of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Waco Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Heyde is retiring. On this Baylor Connections, he looks back at decades of music and leadership. Learn the roots of his love of music, Heyde’s favorite moments working with students, the impact of his final concert and more.

Associated Baptist Press: Accountability to God increases sense of well-being, study finds
Prayer, meditation and corporate worship aren’t the only religious factors that contribute significantly to emotional and mental well-being, a study by Baylor University and other researchers has found.

May 14, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor lecturer's music lessons ease upheaval for young Ukrainian pianist
Piano lessons sometimes carry more than music between teacher and student. In the case of Baylor University senior piano lecturer Bradley Bolen and gifted 11-year-old Ukrainian pianist Myron Maletskyi, online lessons provided a bridge over which compassion and sympathy could travel in time of war.


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