Baylor in the News – Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2022

December 4, 2022
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WACO, Texas (Dec. 4, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the rising number of older Americans who live alone, the need for intercultural and academic exchanges returning between the U.S. and China and the eruption of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world.

Nov. 27, 2022

The New York Times: As Gen X and Boomers Age, They Confront Living Alone
Markus Schafer, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor who studies older populations, is quoted in this article about more older Americans living by themselves than ever before. That shift presents issues on housing, health care and personal finance.

Nov. 28, 2022

South China Morning Post: US and China must bring back constructive people-to-people exchanges
Amid US-China tensions, as intercultural exchanges and academic exchanges drop off, constructive dialogue between the two peoples is needed more than ever, write Baylor faculty Xin Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of China Studies, director of Asian and African languages and director of Asian Studies, and A. Christian van Gorder, Ph.D., associate professor of Islamic Studies and World Religions.

Nov. 30, 2022

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Central Texas captivated by Mauna Loa, BU volcanologist explains eruption’s significance
VIDEO: Many Central Texans have been glued to their screens this week to see the eruption of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, including Baylor volcanologist Kenny Befus, Ph.D., associate professor of geosciences.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Jeremy Everett named Waco Today Person of the Year
Waco Today magazine—a publication of the Waco Tribune-Herald—named Jeremy Everett, founding executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, as its Person of the Year.

Dec. 1, 2022

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Amoral Management
AUDIO: Matt Quade, Ph.D., associate professor of management at Baylor, shares how employees make moral decision in the workplace and what happens when amoral decision are being made from the top.

Dec. 2, 2022

Baylor Connections: Julia Chan, Ph.D.
AUDIO: After 22 years at R1 institutions, Julia Chan, Ph.D., returned to her alma mater to serve as the inaugural holder of The Tim and Sharalynn Fenn Family Endowed Chair in Materials Science at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, she takes listeners inside her renowned work in quantum materials, explains the goal to build materials with exotic properties and shares the motivation to grow Baylor’s materials science research.

The Christian Science Monitor: Worship by other means
This article about the decline of faithful attendance in Western churches which doesn’t mean less practice of Christian qualities of thought cites a 2018 Baylor study of the increase of so-called nones – people who identify as having no denominational affiliation. The study found that while 27% of Americans attend a church service at least once a month, 58% pray weekly.

Good Morning America: Woman surprised with full college scholarship in white elephant gift exchange
Lauren Briseño, a sophomore volleyball player at Baylor, joined her teammates for what she thought was a holiday gathering and white elephant gift exchange to watch bracket selection for the upcoming NCAA Championship. But Briseño’s gift actually contained a proclamation announcing her as the recipient of full scholarship from Baylor Volleyball.

Dec. 3, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor aviation accident investigation lab bound for Waco Regional Airport
Baylor aviation students soon will learn to investigate air crashes at an aviation accident investigation lab at Waco Regional Airport, said Baylor Institute for Air Science director Trey Cade III, Ph.D., and faculty member Andy Olvis, who teaches the crash investigation course.

Oct. 30, 2022

Forbes: It’s Not Too Late To Apply To BS/MD Programs: 26 Programs With Late Deadlines
Baylor University’s Baylor2 Medical Track Program is mentioned in this article about Direct Medical Programs, also known as BS/MD or BS/DO programs, which are an attractive option for high school seniors committed to a career in medicine. Once admitted, students are guaranteed a spot in the partnered medical school if they meet all program requirements.


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