Baylor in the News – Oct. 23-29, 2022

October 30, 2022
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 30, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on opening chemistry to blind and low vision students, rebooting evangelicalism and what is leading the surging enrollment in doctorate of education programs.

Oct. 24, 2022

Newsweek: Jeffrey Dahmer Halloween Costumes for Kids Spark Outrage: 'Sick'
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media, is quoted in this article about the reaction to controversial Halloween costumes, such as that of gruesome serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the subject of a recent Netflix series.

Baptist News Global: A conversation with Anthony Reddie about the importance of James Cone
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English and The Carole Ann McDaniel Hanks Chair of Literature and Culture at Baylor, interviews Black liberation theologian Anthony G. Reddie about his book on James Cone, an “essential writer for all Christians.”

The Street: How to Visit Your Favorite Horror Movie Sets in Real Life
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English and The Carole Ann McDaniel Hanks Chair of Literature and Culture at Baylor, is quoted in this article about horror films and their popular settings. “Horror stories also often deal with big issues and themes in ways that let us grapple without even knowing we're doing that," said Garrett, author of "Living With the Dead: The Wisdom of the Zombie Apocalypse."

Oct. 25, 2022

Texas Standard: Science ‘on their fingertips’: Texas professor making chemistry available to blind students
AUDIO: For many blind students, the apparent visual requirements can put chemistry out of reach. But a new program developed in partnership with Baylor chemistry professor Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., aims to open up what’s been called “the central science” to more people through experiments and tactile learning aids designed so blind and visually impaired students can get a literal feel for chemistry.

EIN Presswire: 6P Color Exhibits Full Color Range, FCR System for Creatives during SMPTE 2022
6P Color, an innovative image processing company with expertise on human visual perception, will demonstrate a multi-primary display that far exceeds the color gamut of any existing digital display during this year’s SMPTE Media and Technology Summit. The display is powered by 6P Color’s patented Full Color Range (FCR) system, developed by researchers at Baylor University.

Religion News Service: Deconstruction or reconstruction? Pastors discuss a reboot of evangelicalism.
Malcolm Foley, who directs the Black church studies program at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, was among a group of pastors who gathered at the Reconstructing Evangelicalism conference at Calvary Memorial Church in the Chicago suburbs to discuss evangelicalism's failings and how to repair them.

Oct. 26, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Unsung women, angry jurors take Waco stages
Baylor theater lecturer and director Sam Henderson has taken “12 Angry Jurors,” Reginald Rose’s adaptation of his 1954 teledrama “12 Angry Men,” broadening its cast beyond white men and tweaking with permission of the publisher. The play follows the dynamics of a jury discussing a murder case where a young man, unlike the jurors in class, social standing and implied race, is accused of killing his father.

Oct. 27, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Lawyer of the Year recognized
The executive committee of the Baylor Law Alumni Association selected Michael P. Heiskell (J.D. ‘74) as the 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Year. Heiskell is one of three founding partners of the Fort Worth-based firm Johnson, Vaughn & Heiskell, where he now serves as the senior attorney, and currently serves on the Baylor University Board of Regents.

Oct. 28, 2022

Baylor Connections: Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D.
AUDIO: What does it mean to mentor students? How can multiple disciplines come together to examine how churches address social challenges? For Stephanie Boddie, these are questions she lives out every day. Boddie serves as assistant professor of church and community ministries—a joint position in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, School of Education and George W. Truett Theological Seminary and, in 2020, she was named as an Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how those threads come together to address food insecurity, social services, racial issues and more.

Texas Tribune: College voters held back by Texas election law, lack of on-campus polling sites
Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the lack of on-campus voting sites in Texas coming after a surge in young-voter turnout in recent years — though it still lags participation rates of other age groups.

Fortune: Enrollment in this doctorate program is surging—here’s why
Laila Sanguras, Ph.D., lecturer in curriculum and instruction and graduate program director of Ed.D. in learning and organizational change at Baylor, is quoted in this article about degree programs that have seen an influx of applicants, especially since the pandemic. Baylor’s online Ed.D. program saw a 50% increase in enrollment in just one year. Sanguaras says that an Ed.D. degree can be applicable in many different fields and open up new doors.

Newsy: The Why: Halloween Special
VIDEO: Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., professor of history at Baylor who specializes in medieval history, women's history and church history, is among the experts who provide their expertise for The Why, a news program that explores everything about Halloween. Barr appears around the 3-minute mark.

Oct. 29, 2022

Wisconsin State Journal: This Halloween, choose your costume wisely
Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media, is quoted in this article about cultural appropriation regarding Halloween costumes. Moody-Ramirez, who wrote the book “From Blackface to Black Twitter,” said some costumes such as blackface, Native headdresses and sombreros are always unacceptable. But for other costumes, she encourages parents to do their research and use their best judgment.


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