Baylor in the News – April 30-May 6, 2023

May 7, 2023
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WACO, Texas (May 7, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the relationship between anxiety and autonomic blood pressure regulation, expanding SNAP benefits for online purchases and a new exhibit at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art, featuring selections from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection.

April 30, 2023

PsyPost: Anxiety is linked to heightened blood pressure and sympathetic nerve activity in otherwise healthy adults

Anxious individuals tend to have heightened blood pressure and sympathetic nerve activity, according to new research published in the American Journal of Physiology, that provides evidence of an important relationship between anxiety and autonomic blood pressure regulation. The study was led by Jason R. Carter, Ph.D., dean and professor at the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences at Baylor University.

The Guardian: Should I worry about how much sleep I’m getting?

Jason Carter, Ph.D., dean of Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, is quoted regarding adequate amounts of sleep.

May 1, 2023

The Wacoan: Cultivating Change: Fledgling initiative look to change Waco Environmental and food security culture through community collaboration

Two Baylor faculty members are among those involved in Waco’s Sustainable Community and Regenerative Agriculture Project (SCRAP) Collective: Joshua King, Ph.D., professor of English, who helped create the environmental humanities minor with an “engaged learning” requirement where students are involved in community-based grassroots environmental education and action, and Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., associate professor of church and community ministries at Truett Seminary, who serves as the group’s equity consultant and also coordinates with schools and congregations looking to engage in gardening and composting.

The Waco Tribune-Herald: Robert Darden leaves Black gospel preservation legacy as he leaves Baylor

Professor Robert Darden is retiring from Baylor after a long and successful career as an author, award-winning educator and Black gospel expert. Darden is also leaving to Baylor a lasting legacy: the Black Gospel Music Preservation Project, the most complete and publicly accessible collection of its kind, housed at Moody Memorial Library.

May 2, 2023

The Presbyterian Outlook: Christianity’s shifting structure

Dustin Benac, Th.D., professor and director and co-founder of the Program for the Future Church at Truett Seminary, writes about Christianity’s shifting structure "for our children on the other side: that is, an American Christianity that is decoupled from Christendom."

May 3, 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 a California bill to provide some compensation to athletes in more lucrative sports — predominantly football and men’s basketball – and other developments suggest that a future of direct compensation may not be far off.

Houston Chronicle: Houston, Dallas become first cities to get online SNAP payments at Kroger

Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., the Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and a professor of economics at Baylor whose research focuses on food assistance programs, is quoted in this article about SNAP recipients being able to shop for groceries online. Gunderson said this is a win for accessibility and autonomy.

The Dallas Morning News: McKinney, Texas has a large food desert in a wealthy county. Could a grocery store work?

Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, is quoted regarding the Jubilee Food Market and food deserts.

Baptist News Global: Broken covenant: An interview with Vann Newkirk II about ‘Holy Week,’ MLK and white supremacy

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Chair of Literature and Culture at Baylor, interviews Vann Newkirk II, senior editor of The Atlantic and writer on race, politics and culture, about racism in America.

Above the Law: The Best Law Schools For Practical Training (2023)

Baylor Law School is No. 3 in the latest ranking by The National Jurist’s preLaw Magazine of the best law schools for practical training. The ranking highlights the schools that are readying their students for their future careers as lawyers.

SPIE: Innovation by government and industry continues as major theme of SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

Alan X. Wang, Ph.D., The Mearse Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering at Baylor, gave the plenary talk during day three of SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (DCS) conference. Wang detailed some of his group’s efforts to use the unique properties of diatoms, abundant microalgae, as photonic crystals.

Chicago Reader: Food, glorious food!

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 regarding rising food prices.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): Baylor researchers explore effect of Instagram, TikTok

Baylor smartphone researchers looking into the effect of Instagram and TikTok on psychological well-being have found that immersion in a world created by social media does bring about addiction and leads to changes in behavior online. The research is led by Meredith E. David, Ph.D. associate professor of marketing, and James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing. DBusiness Daily Update

David Jack, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted regarding the SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Expo team announcing its call for papers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees for their 23rd annual event.

May 4, 2023

Religion News Service: New books spotlight women’s leadership in New Testament

Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., The James Vardaman Professor of History at Baylor and author of the 2022 book “The Making of Biblical Womanhood,” is quoted in this article about new books that take a fresh look at the roles of women in Jesus’ ministry and in the early church.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Fear Based Marketing

AUDIO: Meredith David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at Baylor, shares when fear-based marketing can be an effective messing tool.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): NFL Player Partakes in Mexia Food Drive

VIDEO: NFL veteran Kelvin Beachum is interviewed about a food drive in his hometown of Mexia and the upcoming exhibit at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art that features selections from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection.

PR Newswire: New Study from Feeding America Shows One in Three People Facing Hunger are Unlikely to Qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Craig Gundersen, The Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and a professor of economics at Baylor, is the lead researcher of Map the Meal Gap, which found that 1 in 3 individuals experiencing food insecurity may not be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), after accounting for state-specific gross income limits.

May 5, 2023

Baylor Connections: Jessica Beachum and Allison Chew

AUDIO: Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity is the newest exhibit at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art, featuring pieces from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection. The exhibit brings together 21 works of art from 19 artists across the globe, with a focus on human experiences, discovery and expression of oneself. Jessica Beachum, a 2011 who shared her family’s collection with the University, and Allison Chew, Martin Museum of Art director, take listeners inside the collection on this Baylor Connections.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity comes to Baylor's Martin Museum of Art

AUDIO: A new exhibit at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art - Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity - features an assortment of artwork from the Jessica and Kelvin Beachum Family Collection. The exhibit features a variety of international artists with a focus on history, Black identity and more.

May 6, 2023

CNN: Lulu who? A cult brand takes on the booming culture of ‘dupes’

Baylor consumer behavior expert James Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, is quoted in the article about “dupes,” or cheaper alternatives to household names or luxury brands that have racked up billions of views on social media. Roberts says impulse buying has become a chronic way to spend time, exacerbated by constant access to cheaper goods.

The Dallas Morning News: Review: Former music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts a Fort Worth Symphony concert

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, the Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies and music director of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, returned to conduct the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, which he led for 20 years. While with the FWSO, he expanded the core orchestra, hired excellent new musicians and did ambitious programming, revealed new subtleties and elegance.


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