Baylor in the News – Sept. 18-24, 2022

September 25, 2022

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 25, 2022) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the brain nets of dolphins and whales, the significant role of research administrators in helping elevate Baylor’s research enterprise and prayers in public settings.

Sept. 19, 2022

Save the Children: Save the Children Launches Rural Child Hunger Research and Innovation Lab to Cultivate, Amplify Inventive Solutions for Lasting Change in Food Access for Kids
Save the Children is seeking innovative ideas from rural community organizations that can help achieve lasting change for children across rural America, ensuring they have regular access to nourishing food. The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty will evaluate the initial implementation of the chosen solutions.

Baptist News Global: Baptist Scholars Roundtable considers the future of training church leaders
The Baptist Scholars International Roundtable took on a typically hefty theme during its August meeting in Oxford, England, what and how seminaries should be teaching future church leaders. Roundtable co-director and fellow and Baylor social work professor T. Laine Scales, Ph.D., said there was another, arguably wider effort to continue building a global network of scholars interested in researching and writing about all things Baptist.

Sept. 21, 2022

Waco Tribune-Herald: Joy of life, love drive Waco's fall musicals
Two Waco stages hope to start their audiences off this fall with smiles and songs, both from musicals fueled by joy, love and a touch of Europe. Baylor Theatre has contemporary Paris as the backdrop to its musical “Amélie,” a 2015 collaboration by Daniel Messe and Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas.

Church Leaders: Charlie Dates: Why Your Church Needs to Identify and Raise Up Young Preachers
AUDIO: Rev. Dr. Charlie Dates, senior pastor at Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago in 2011 and affiliate professor with Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is a guest on the Great Communicators Series. He also teaches preaching at Wheaton College and also is affiliated with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Sept. 22, 2022

Scientific American: The Purpose of Dolphins’ Mysterious Brain Net May Finally Be Understood
Baylor biologist Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about new research that shows that dolphins and whales experience a lot of pressure while swimming, and a “wonderful net” of blood vessels may protect their brain.

Religion Unplugged: The Last Rites For Elizabeth II
David Lyle Jeffrey, Ph.D., distinguished senior fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted about the events closing Queen Elizabeth’s historic 70-year reign as an appropriate time to explore the “essence of her admirable Christian character.” Jeffrey wrote a poem after her death — “Regina Exemplaris (An exemplary queen)” — saluting her steady, consistent faith. Researchers map streamflow alterations to gauge human impact on ecosystems
Ryan McManamay, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science at Baylor, led a study that has mapped streamflow alterations across the continental U.S., providing a wealth of data for determining societal impacts on ecosystems.

Patheos: Towards 2070: Is The Future None?
Baylor historian Philip Jenkins with the Institute for Studies of Religion analyzes the Pew Research Center’s report projecting U.S. religious groups’ population shares by 2070.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - "Super Heroes"
AUDIO: People regard entrepreneurs as fearless individuals who are inspirational. Gabriela Cacciotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Baylor, shares her research findings that shed light on what entrepreneurs really think.

Sept. 23, 2022

Baylor Connections: Kevin Chambliss and Susan Stearsman
AUDIO: Goals as big as R1 require a team effort to accomplish. Baylor’s research administrators in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) play a significant role in advancing Baylor research as they support faculty throughout the grant process. In this Baylor Connections, Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D., Baylor’s vice provost for research, and Susan Stearsman, associate vice provost for research, share how OVPR administrators help elevate Baylor’s research enterprise.

Baptist News Global: Ready for some Friday night football and prayer?
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith and Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is quoted in this column about prayers in public settings. About a recent Supreme Court decision about a coach praying at a football game, Putz said, “I also hope the ruling leads to more reflection by Christians on our public prayers and how we pray when we’re in positions of influence.”


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