Baylor in the News – April 23-29, 2023

April 30, 2023
Pat Neff

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WACO, Texas (April 30, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on a paradigm-shifting discovery about prehistoric Africa, what post-COVID demand at food banks says about the economy and how mental health impacts college golf coaches.

April 23, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor scientist makes paradigm-shifting discoveries about Africa

Two teams of researchers, one led by Baylor University geoscientist Dan Peppe, Ph.D., working together in Kenya and Uganda for the past 10 years to study fossils of plants and animals, discovered a prehistoric Africa different than previously envisioned.

Reuters: Return to pandemic hunger levels could signal economic fragility

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 sustained food bank usage at pandemic levels coming as most government pandemic emergency aid ends - notably, temporary COVID-related increases to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

April 25, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Authors cover history of Waco mammoth discovery, site in new book

Bones tell stories and in the case of the Columbian mammoth bones now preserved in the Waco Mammoth National Monument, those stories opened new ground in paleontology and put Waco on its global research map. Books tell stories, too, including the new Baylor University Press book, “A History of the Waco Mammoth Site: In Pursuit of a National Monument.”

April 26, 2023

The Chronicle of Higher Education: A California Bill Might (Again) Allow Athletes to Profit. This Time, the Colleges Would Be Paying.

Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., president of Baylor University and chair of the NCAA’s Board of Governors, is quoted in this article about discussions around the future of direct compensation for student-athletes.

Golf WRX: The coaches are not OK: A study of college golf coaches’ mental health

Laura Upenieks, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and elite golf player, was mentioned for her work on a collaborative effort to study the stress faced by professionals in the golf industry, including their mental health challenges.

American Horse Publications: Horses and Humans Research Foundation Awards $10,000 for Innovative Grant

Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) has awarded $10,000 to Baylor University for their innovative research project “A proof of concept study of functional near infrared spectroscopy to elucidate neurophysiological mechanism of action of equine-assisted services.”  This study will be led by Beth Lanning, Ph.D., professor of public health at Baylor.

April 27, 2023

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Prosocial Balance

AUDIO: Gabriella Cacciotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, shares how social motivation impacts entrepreneurs' overall life satisfaction.

Baptist News Global: Historians Bond and Brekus to headline upcoming BJC events

Adam L. Bond, D.Phil., will be the featured speaker at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Luncheon. Bond serves as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., and will begin serving as associate professor of religion at Baylor Aug. 1. His address will focus on reimagining religious freedom.

April 28, 2023

Baylor Connections: Mitch Neubert

AUDIO: Research within Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business yields insights in business ethics, management, leadership, human behavior and more. Mitch Neubert serves as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business and Professor Management. In this Baylor Connections, he examines the role of business research at Baylor and takes listeners inside the factors that make Hankamer scholarship distinct in higher education.

Vanderbilt News: Brown-Schmidt’s study shows benefits, limits of contemporaneous notetaking on memory for conversation

Christopher B. Jaeger, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of law at Baylor Law School, was part of a research team at Vanderbilt studying how written memoranda of conversations, or memcons, may provide more details and be more accurate than the delayed recall of mutual conversation participants. They also aid the notetaker in retaining more—though not necessarily more accurate—information than the notetaker’s conversational partner.

U.S. News & World Report: 15 Beautiful College Campuses

Baylor University is among the 15 U.S. colleges highlighted by U.S. News that are known for a beautiful campus with attributes such as stunning architecture, a picturesque setting or eye-popping landscaping.


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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.