Baylor in the News – April 9-15, 2023

April 16, 2023
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WACO, Texas (April 16, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on how ancient environments influenced the evolution of early apes in eastern Africa, how food is used in grieving rituals and how worship music is influenced by church organizations.

April 10, 2023

The Brookings (S.D.) Register: Jennifer Anderson earns CSCA Federation Prize

Kaitlin E. Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication at Baylor, joined two colleagues as recipients of the Federation Prize from the Central States Communication Association. The Federation Prize promotes intellectual development and communication scholarship by awarding a $5,000 cash prize to selected research proposals that will advance the communication discipline.

The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication: How servant leadership and caring are practiced in public relations

Marlene Neill, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor, and her research partner studied 32 PR leaders to find out what it means to practice servant leadership and to genuinely care for employees. They applied the moral philosophy of ethics of care to their analysis.

April 11, 2023

Religion News Service: There’s a reason every hit worship song sounds the same

Shannan Baker, a postdoctoral research fellow at Baylor, is quoted on a new study that found megachurches have cornered the market on worship music in recent years.

Campus Rec: Episode 12: Kim Scott of Baylor University

AUDIO: Kim Scott, Ph.D., director of campus recreation at Baylor, is interviewed about ithe campus recreation industry, building a department from scratch and learning that relationships and a business mindset are essential for the director role.

Contemporary Pediatrics: Theoretical input on eating behaviors could transform data into clinical guidance

Jessica Peck, DNP, clinical professor at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and a pediatric nurse practitioner, is quoted regarding research on developing a more holistic approach to assessing, preventing and treating eating behaviors in children.

IFLScience: How Different Types Of Prayer Interact With Daily Life And Sense Of Wellbeing

According to recent polls from the Pew Research Centre and the Baylor Religion Survey, between 44% and 55% of Americans conduct daily prayers. Even those who do not affiliate themselves with any specific religion, a growing number of people across the Western world still pray from time-to-time.

April 12, 2023

The Presbyterian Outlet: Bonhoeffer and the structure of belonging

Dustin Benac, Th.D., professor and director and co-founder of the Program for the Future Church at Truett Seminary, explores Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s question: where do I belong?

North Dallas Gazette: Baylor University dedicates statues of first Black graduates on historic day

Before a celebratory crowd in front of the iconic Tidwell Bible Building, Baylor University unveiled and dedicated statues honoring the University’s first Black graduates, the late Rev. Robert L. Gilbert, B.A. ’67, and Barbara A. Walker, B.A. ’67.

Broadway World: Ars Lyrica Houston Presents A Celebratory Season Finale On May 13

Mark Diamond, D.M.A.., assistant professor of voice in the Baylor School of Music, is a featured performer with Grammy-nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston on May 13 in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

April 13, 2023

EurekAlert!: Decade-long project by Baylor researcher and collaborators pushes back the prehistoric timeline in Africa by more than 10 million years

Since 2013, Daniel Peppe, Ph.D., associate professor of geosciences at Baylor, and an international team of researchers have focused their research on understanding how locally abundant C4 grasses in eastern Africa and open habitats influenced early ape evolution. This research also was covered by The Conversation, Discover, New Scientist and Innovation Origins.

KWBU (NPR/Waco): Baylor University Journalism Partnership - BearAid Brings Relief After Natural Disasters

AUDIO: After beginning during the COVID-19 pandemic, BearAid began delivering meals and supplies to Baylor students who were quarantined. Now they have transitioned to traveling and helping with disaster relief in Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi.

April 14, 2023

Baylor Connections: Jared Alcantara

AUDIO: Preparing the next generation of pastors is central to Jared Alcantara’s work at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and his research advances understanding of cultural engagement, race and ethnicity in preaching. In this Baylor Connections, Alcantara shares more about his role as The Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching, highlights figures whose work animates his research and examines qualities he hopes to nurture in future ministers.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Portrait of the Presidency

Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about the declining average tenure of a college president as the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing political polarization in higher education took a toll on presidents.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio: Corpse Cakes and Funeral Pie: A Short History of Eating Grief

AUDIO: Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion at Baylor’s Honors College who researches grief and memorialization in the contemporary world, was interviewed regarding how food is used in grieving rituals around the world, from ancient Roman funeral tubes to shiva bagels.

Baptist News Global: Contemporary Christian fiction? An excerpt from Bastille Day

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., Episcopal writer and English professor, shares an exclusive excerpt from his new novel, Bastille Day.


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