Baylor in the News – April 16-22, 2023

April 23, 2023
Waco Hall

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WACO, Texas (April 23, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the emotional and spiritual support provided to the City of West after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion 10 years ago, works by Black composers that span the 17th to 21st centuries and DNA replication and repair and its impact on human health.

April 16, 2023

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): A decade ago: 15 killed, more than a hundred homes destroyed by explosion at West fertilizer plant

Jim Ellor, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, was recognized for the 18 months he spent volunteering emotional and spiritual support for those affected by the explosion at a West fertilizer plant 10 years ago. He served as a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of Waco and later with a group from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

April 18, 2023

University of Richmond: University of Richmond Psychology Professor Kelly Lambert Selected as Finalist for $250,000 Cherry Award for Great Teaching

University of Richmond psychology professor Kelly Lambert, Ph.D., has been named one of three finalists for Baylor University's 2024 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.

April 19, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Black composers concert features Jules Bledsoe songs

“An Afternoon of Song and Chamber Music by Black Composers,” performed by Baylor music faculty and students at Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, will feature works by Black composers spanning the 17th to 21st centuries, including three songs by famed Waco musician Jules Bledsoe. Horace Maxile, Ph.D., associate professor of music theory, was interviewed regarding the event.

April 21, 2023

Baylor Connections: Michael Trakselis

AUDIO: DNA replication and repair is a constant process with implications for health challenges like cancer, infertility and more. Michael Trakselis, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and director of graduate affairs in Baylor Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a leading researcher into this process. In this Baylor Connections, Trakselis helps listeners better understand DNA replication and repair and its impact on human health and examines the impact of graduate program growth on chemistry and biochemistry research.

The New York Times: Charles Stanley, Atlanta Pastor Who Preached to the World, Dies at 90

Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history, is quoted regarding the death of influential Baptist pastor, Rev. Charles Stanley.

The Mercury: Food trucks, music and fun: Linton invites students for lunch

Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., is mentioned in this article about “Lunch with the Lintons,” an event hosted by Kansas State President Richard Linton and his wife for students to have lunch at their home. Dr. Livingstone, who holds similar events for students at Baylor, suggested this as a way to boost student engagement.

American Family Radio: American Family Radio welcomes ‘Dr. Nurse Mama’ podcast to weekly AFR lineup

“Dr. Nurse Mama,” hosted by Jessica Peck, DNP, clinical professor at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and a pediatric nurse practitioner, will join the American Family Radio podcast lineup beginning Monday, April 24.


Baylor's Office of Media and Public Relations (M&PR) supports the University's Illuminate strategic plan as a top Christian research university by focusing on faculty research and expert opinions, innovative teaching, major awards and recognition, and community involvement. Through its media training workshops, the Baylor M&PR team develops faculty experts to effectively communicate the impact of their research or speak as subject-matter experts into national trends and conversations with media outlets, through Hot Topics and on the Baylor Connections podcast. Our faculty expert directory is available on the M&PR website.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.