Baylor in the News – Sept. 11-17, 2022

September 18, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on American Christians’ reaction to the death of Queen Elizabeth, the economic impact of a possible U.S. railroad strike and how apps that sell discounted food could help food-insecure people.

Sept. 11, 2022

Baptist News Global: Womanhood, white Christian nationalism and Queen Elizabeth
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor and canon theologian for The American Cathedral in Paris, writes about the reaction among American Christians on the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Sept. 13, 2022

Texas Standard: Ukrainian offensive signals potential turning point in war with Russia
AUDIO: Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Baylor who is from Ukraine and served as an advisor to the country’s deputy prime minister from 2008 through 2009, joins the Texas Standard to discuss the implications of Ukraine’s territorial gains.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor students ready to pack 100,000 meals in 3 hours to supply meals to Waco’s neediest families
VIDEO: Baylor students and volunteers are preparing for their second annual 58:10 Project to package 100,000 meals in only three hours for anyone in need. In partnership with Caritas, the packages can last up to one year and feed a family of six.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): Baylor Community ‘Feeds The Funnel’ To Fight Food Insecurity
VIDEO: Hundreds of Baylor students came together today to fight food insecurity in Waco as part of the 58:10 project, using biblical inspiration to shine light on solvable problems. For this year’s event, the Baylor community set the goal to pack 100,000 meals in three hours.

Sept. 14, 2022

Deseret News: Bringing light to the world
Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., contributes this essay about pairing scholarly discovery with religious commitment as part of Deseret Magazine’s issue on the fate of the religious university, with contributions by presidents and scholars from BYU, Catholic University, George Fox University, Wheaton College and Yeshiva University, among others.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Green Communities event in Waco brings climate risks, solutions into focus
Waco’s first-ever Green Communities Conference was held Wednesday at Baylor's Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) facility. Baylor environmental scientist Sascha Usenko, Ph.D., was one of the 14 session presenters, highlighting the accelerating trends of both carbon dioxide levels and global temperature in the last 50 years.

The Texas Tribune: Key Texas industries could face bottlenecks over railroad labor dispute
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., professor of supply chain management at Baylor, is quoted in this article about a possible U.S. railroad strike. No matter what happens, Reyes said, motorists could see gas prices increase as a result of the dispute because petroleum products are often transported via railroad.

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Baylor University donates more than 100,000 meals to Caritas of Waco
Baylor brought together more than 700 volunteers on Tuesday for their 58:10 project, an annual event helping local organizations fighting food insecurity in McLennan County. Volunteers spent three and a half hours Tuesday night packaging 101,592 meals to donate.

Sept. 15, 2022

KCBS Radio (San Francisco): Why the casting of Disney’s 'Little Mermaid' is sparking racist backlash
AUDIO: Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor and co-author of “From Blackface to Black Twitter: Reflections on Black Humor, Race, Politics, and Gender,” is interviewed about Disney's upcoming live-action reimagined version of The Little Mermaid causing a stir over the casting of a woman of color as the lead.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - “Role of Emotions in Information Security”
AUDIO: Companies are desiring employee engagement and precaution-taking with information security. A.J. Burns, Ph.D., assistant professor of information systems, discusses the adaptive role of emotions and what companies can do to boost engagement.

Sept. 16, 2022

Baylor Connections: Jeremy Vickers and Krista Brinser
AUDIO: Baylor’s Office of External Affairs leads, engages, supports and celebrates the collective impact of Waco and Baylor, engaging in initiatives and relationships for community benefit. Jeremy Vickers serves as associate vice president for external affairs and Krista Brinser serves as director of community relations. In this Baylor Connections, they discuss community growth, describe the strength of Baylor and Waco’s relationship, and share upcoming programs and outreach efforts.

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Mental health numbers up among college students
A nonprofit group at Baylor focuses on young people's mental health and aims to help students on college campuses. Felise Pressler, a Baylor sophomore and leader with the Active Minds student organization, is raising awareness during September more than ever.

Baptist Standard: Baylor prof records stories of Baptist women in ministry
Mandy McMichael, Ph.D., associate director of ministry guidance and The J. David Slover Assistant Professor of Ministry Guidance, has spent the past two years interviewing Baptist women in ministry, asking them to describe their experiences. She hopes to create an oral history collection that can be a resource and tool for young Baptist women moving forward.

Baptist Standard: Food insecurity down nationally but not in Texas
Craig Gunderson, Ph.D., The Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and professor of economics at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the decrease in the percentage of households nationally are food insecure. That’s “good news,” but Gunderson added, the U.S. still has “a long way to go,” noting “33 million food-insecure Americans is still too high.”

Sept. 17, 2022

The Washington Post: The new coupon-cutting: Apps that sell discounted food headed for the trash
Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., The Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and professor of economics at Baylor, is quoted in this article about how apps that sell discounted food could help food-insecure people, and those on the margins, who can use them at grocery stores or to pick up discounted food at restaurants.


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