Baylor in the News – Feb. 5-11, 2023

February 12, 2023

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 12, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on how employees can strike a better balance when working remotely, Christianity and football and the importance and impact of workplace ethics.

Feb. 6, 2023

The Christian Post: Christians face harassment in more countries than any other religious group, Pew study finds
This article about a recent Pew Research study finding an increase in 45 countries where followers of Christ face social or government abuse or violence cites a 2022 Baylor ISR study that found that many “nones” still attend religious services, pray, meditate, believe in God or a higher power, have religious experiences and believe in Heaven, Hell and miracles.

Feb. 7, 2023

Forbes: It's Important For Remote Work To Maintain Boundaries Between Personal And Professional Lives
This article cites Baylor research that examines how employees can strike a better balance when working remotely. The researchers studied around 400 couples about how they managed remote working and found that taking regular breaks is crucial, which help buffer the negative consequences of the various unintentional interruptions while working at home.

Wacoan: Unfinished Business
This Q&A features Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., assistant professor of church and community ministries at Baylor, where she has amassed a critical body of research work digging into the evolving role of churches – particularly predominantly Black congregations – in community contribution, faith-based initiatives and affecting societal change. She discusses the church’s place in changing social interaction and racial biases through compassionate activism and radical kindness, and how – as in the garden – it all grows together.

NTD: Paul Marshall: ‘China Doesn’t Believe in Religious Freedom’
VIDEO: NTD sat down with Paul Marshall, research professor in the Department of Political Science and The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor,, about how religious freedom fits into the bigger picture of how we understand the world around us.

WalletHub: 2023 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey
For this article on spending for Valentine's Day, Baylor consumer behavior expert James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, discusses how money – and particularly credit – affects relationships.

Baptist Standard: Voices: Four ways the church can respond to trauma
Beth Ann McCormick, a student at Baylor’s Truett Seminary and Diana R. Garland School of Social Work and a social work intern with The Center for Church and Community Impact, writes about how churches can acknowledge what has occurred in the lives of congregants in ways that honor both God and the people he loves.

Live Science: AI is deciphering a 2,000-year-old 'lost book' describing life after Alexander the Great
Jeffrey Fish, Ph.D., a classics professor at Baylor, is quoted in this article about a 2,000-year-old "lost book" discussing the dynasties that succeeded Alexander the Great that might finally be deciphered using machine learning to discern the faint ink on the rolled-up papyrus scroll.

Nisqually Valley News (Yelm, WA): Hope For Heroes to Receive Grant of $70,000 to Help Area Veterans
The Hope for Heroes Equine Therapy center in Yelm is set to receive a much-needed $70,000 grant for its program that uses horse therapy to help veterans with PTSD. The organization participated in Baylor research in 2015, which showed a 50% reduction in PTSD symptoms after just eight weeks of working with a horse.

United States Institute of Peace: The Latest @ USIP: Religious Inclusion in Afghanistan
Charles Ramsey, Ph.D., a resident scholar at Baylor's Institute for the Studies of Religion, discusses the role that other religious actors in Afghanistan can play in shaping the country’s future and how positively engaging with these religious leaders can contribute to building peace.

Feb. 8, 2023

Christianity Today: Super Bowl Fans Don’t Need a Linebacker Jesus
Paul Emory Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, writes about the He Gets Us campaign during the Super Bowl as a Christian marketing effort that aligns with historic efforts while endeavoring to try something new.

Forbes: Middle managers embrace wokeness because it increases their influence and job security, new paper says
A new paper by Nicolai Foss, Ph.D., a strategy professor at Copenhagen Business School, and Peter Klein, Ph.D., professor and chair of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation at Baylor, suggests that middle managers might be using “wokeness” to climb the ladder at work and keep their jobs during tough times.

Feb. 9, 2023

AP News: Super Bowl ads will tout Jesus ‘gets us’ to the masses
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is quoted in this article about Super Bowl ads promoting Christianity, specifically on how football players have been seen as promoters of Jesus.

Religion Unplugged: When Prayer Become Acceptable To The NFL
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, is quoted on the change in prayer in professional football from private to publicly seen during televised games.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Bradley Toben stepping down as dean of Baylor Law School after 31 years
Bradley J. B. Toben, J.D. ’77, is interviewed regarding his stepping down from the role as dean of Baylor Law School and returning to a faculty position.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Oral History, Dr Pepper Museum gain state awards
The Baylor Institute for Oral History was presented with the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for efforts in the preservation of Texas’ prehistoric and historic heritage.
Feb. 10, 2023
Baylor Connections: Matt Quade
AUDIO: What is the impact of a manager focused solely on the bottom line? How do employees respond to different forms of ethical or unethical leadership? Matt Quade, Ph.D., The Kimberly and Aaron P. Graft Professor in Christian Leadership in Business in the Department of Management at Baylor, is a prolific researcher into workplace ethics. He takes listeners inside the importance and impact of workplace ethics in this Baylor Connections.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Students, 2022-23
Baylor University – with 14 students selected for the Fulbright – is among the top-producing institutions with the most Fulbright U.S. scholars in 2022-23 among doctoral institutions.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences: Students With Visual Impairments Empowered to Explore Chemistry Through SEPA Project
This article features the program funded through the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) and led by Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor, which offers opportunities for blind high school students to engage in accessible opportunities in chemistry during a three-day experience.

The Washington Post: When state secrets land in the hands of university librarians
Baylor archivist Mary Goolsby, who chairs the Congressional Papers Section Steering Committee of the Society of American Archivists, is quoted in this article about how college and university archives review collections of papers from elected officials.

Fortune: UNC-Chapel Hill to offer this in-demand online degree program that has six-figure salary potential
Baylor University’s online Ed.D. program is highlighted as one of the top eight schools in this article on the increase in enrollment in doctorate in education (Ed.D.) programs.

Becker’s ASC Review: 5 ways ASCs are keeping costs down
Michael Richards, M.D., Ph.D., graduate program director of health services research at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the ways in which ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) can meet margins amid rising operating costs and inflation.

Feb. 11, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Black history walk takes tour of Waco's past
’s Adrienne Cain, M.L.S., lecturer and assistant director of Baylor’s Institute for Oral History, and Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., associate professor of history and director of the Institute, led a historic walk around downtown Waco in celebration of Black History Month.


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