Baylor in the News – Dec. 3-9, 2023

December 10, 2023
Baylor chemist Bryan Shaw works with students who have blindness or low vision to participate fully in a chemistry lab

On Dec. 8, 2023, NBC News Now featured Baylor University chemistry/biochemistry professor Bryan Shaw and his graduate students who developed tactile tools to make chemistry - and its labs - accessible for students who have blindness or low vision. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 10, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about Baylor chemists making their labs accessible for students who are visually impaired, why a malaria-carrying mosquito that thrives in urban environments is posing a major threat to urban populations in Africa and how taking a workday break at the right time can limit burnout.

Dec. 4, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mike Copeland: Graphic Packaging permit; Baylor CFO; Holiday shopping; Growing greenhouse scene

Curtis Reynolds, the University of Florida's vice president of business affairs, will start March 1 as Baylor University's vice president of business and finance and chief financial officer. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education and Baptist Standard were among the media outlets that reported on Reynolds’ appointment.

Asian News International: SGT University's Centre for Cosmology and Science Popularization Concludes Successful 2nd Annual International Conference

The highlight of SGT University's Centre for Cosmology and Science Popularization conference in India was the keynote lecture by renowned cosmology and relativist Anzhong Wang, Ph.D., professor of physics at Baylor, who explored the application of Quantum mechanics in Cosmology and its impact on Gravitational Waves.

Dec. 5, 2023

EurekAlert: Building boom boosts malaria-carrying, invasive mosquito in Ethiopia, evidence shows

Elizabeth Waymire, Ph.D. candidate in biology, and Tamar Carter, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology and tropical disease biologist at Baylor, are among the co-authors of new research published in Lancet Planetary Health, which found that a malaria-carrying mosquito that thrives in urban environments is posing a major threat to urban populations in Africa, because of a boom in construction.

The Wall Street Journal: Gen Z Flirts With Socialism

In this WSJ Future View column, university students across the country, including Baylor management major Icewarya Loganathan, discuss the American economy and why many of their peers seem so keen to turn away from free markets.

Study International: 3 business schools empowering tomorrow’s leaders

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business is among the three business schools cited in this article that mold students into dynamic leaders in their own unique ways. The business school is lauded for its mission to cultivate principled leaders and serve the global marketplace through transformative learning and impactful scholarship in a culture of innovation guided by Christian values.

Dec. 6, 2023

Associated Press: Proposal to create new tier for big-money college sports is just a start, NCAA president says

Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., chair of the NCAA Board of Governors, is quoted in this article about a new vision laid out by NCAA President Charlie Baker that would create a new subdivision for schools with the most athletic resources, offer unlimited educational benefits, enter into name, image and likeness partnerships with athletes and compensate them through a trust fund. President Livingstone also was quoted on the topic in an article by Yahoo Sports.

PR Newswire: Celebrating 20 Years of ECCO: Gale-ASECS Fellows Forge New Paths in Eighteenth-Century Studies with Digital Humanities

Daniel Watkins, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor, is among five scholars of the Gale-ASECS Non-Residential Fellowship program who used the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Gale Digital Scholar Lab to advance their research. Watkins traced the transmission of an influential set of published missionary letters to provide a better understanding of how missionary accounts influenced European descriptions of societies and cultures in Africa, Asia, the Americas and beyond.

Religion Unplugged: Confucianism And The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

In this essay pegged to the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the most widely agreed upon global standard for protecting rights and dignity, Paul Marshall, Ph.D., The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor, writes about how Confucian ideas have helped shape understandings of human dignity in the international arena. Endless Scrolling on Social Media May Disrupt Your Mental Health

This article highlights recent social media research by Baylor marketing professors, who found that immersive experiences – referred to as "telepresence" – are associated with mental health complications such as anxiety and depression/

Dec. 7, 2023

NBC News: College in Texas helps visually impaired students study chemistry in lab

VIDEO: Making chemistry labs accessible for students who are visually impaired, Baylor chemistry professor Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., and his graduate students developed tactile tools that are accessible to sighted and visually impaired students, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Waco ISD training Baylor interns to respond to individuals experiencing suicidal ideations

VIDEO: Waco ISD is getting some local Baylor students in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work prepared to help respond to individuals experiencing suicidal ideations.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco marks Pearl Harbor Day at Doris Miller Memorial

Baylor Emeritus Professor of Law Gerald Powell was one of the speakers at a ceremony remembering Waco war hero Doris Miller and Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, at the Doris Miller Memorial in Waco. Powell read from the citation for Miller’s Navy Cross.

PsyPost: Sacred meaning in motion: How spiritual body movements affect our emotions, according to recent study

The way people move their bodies and the sacred meanings they attach to these movements can significantly affect their emotions, according to new research pubished in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. The study was conducted at Baylor’s Science of Virtues Lab, which was established at the University by leading virtues researcher Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D. 

Dec. 8, 2023

Baylor Connections: Alison Prahl

AUDIO: Individuals with intellectual disabilities and disorders (IDD) have a friend in Alison Prahl, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, whose research uncovers pathways to literacy. Prahl, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Baylor, leads Baylor’s Language Impairment and Down Syndrome Lab, and her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health. In this Baylor Connections, she discusses common misconceptions about literacy and disability, unpacks research designed to improve literacy and shares more about the opportunity to meet with families with IDD to address their needs.

The New York Times: You Should Take More Breaks During Work. Here’s How to Make Time for Yourself.

This article about how to build better workday breaks including Baylor business research, which found that people felt refreshed after taking a handful of longer breaks or several mini breaks—especially when doing something they enjoy. Thus, taking frequent breaks before your brain feels like mush makes that mental recovery time faster.

The Miami Student: Thriving through finals: Five tips for a successful finals season

This article about five essential steps for success during this finals season includes a Baylor sleep study finding that students who averaged eight hours of sleep during finals week scored higher on exams than those who got minimal sleep or pulled all-nighters.


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