Baylor in the News – Jan. 1-7, 2023

January 8, 2023
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 8, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the potential for precision nutrition as part of cancer treatment, the close relationship between Christianity and American football, the film history of dolls gone evil and a look back at 2022 at Baylor and what’s on the horizon with President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

Jan. 4, 2023

Cancer Health: Precision Nutrition for Cancer Treatment
Leigh Greathouse, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition sciences at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the potential of designing specific diets tailored to individual genomic profiles to starve tumors.

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Congressman Pete Sessions weighs in on House of Representatives Speaker stalemate
VIDEO: Patrick J. Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, was interviewed for this story about the stalemate over the selection of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Newsmax: Want a Better Life? Start Going to Church
Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D., director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted in this column about the importance of churches to society in many different ways, including volunteering, charitable giving and on the health of individuals.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor University athletic training staff detail preparedness for cardiac arrest mid-game
VIDEO: Kenny Boyd, senior associate athletic director for student athlete health and wellness at Baylor, was interviewed for this story about Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during a game against Cincinnati. Boyd said emergency preparation for a sporting event takes a collaborative multidisciplinary approach.

Jan. 5, 2023

The New York Times: Prayers for Damar Hamlin Show Bond Between Football and Faith
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor and a historian and author focusing on intersection of sports and Christianity, is quoted in this article about the close relationship between Christianity and American football, where the exhortations to prayer are natural.

Leader Live: ASHFoundation Supports Innovative Researchers
Alison Prahl, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders at Baylor, has received a $10,000 New Investigators Research Grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Her research focuses on improving language and literacy outcomes for children with language impairment, including children with primary language impairment and children with Down syndrome.

Chattanooga Times Free Press: UTC engineering dean heading to Baylor University
Daniel Pack, Ph.D., dean of the engineering and computer science college at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for the past seven years, will be leaving at the end of the term to become dean of the Baylor University School of Engineering and Computer Science, effective June 1.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Concerts, variety highlight Waco's spring entertainment calendar
This roundup of local entertainment this spring includes Baylor Opera Theatre’s staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience,” Baylor Theatre’s musical “Once” and Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” and the Mayborn Museum’s in-house “Cardboard Craze” and another cartoon-inspired exhibit, “Scooby-Doo! Mansion Mayhem.”

Jan. 6, 2023

Baylor Connections: President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
AUDIO: As a new year begins, Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., examines growth at the University over the last year and shares what’s on the horizon. From exciting construction projects on both sides of the interstate to continued momentum in faculty hires, national rankings and recognition, President Livingstone examines how the University keeps mission at the core of the pursuit of greater impact and preeminence as a Christian research university.

TIME: How Creepy Dolls Like M3GAN Became a Horror Phenomenon
James Kendrick, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media at Baylor and film historian with expertise on cult and horror films, is quoted in the article about the storied history of dolls gone evil that dates back to film’s early days. The article is pegged to the upcoming horror/comedy film “M3GAN” about an artificial intelligence-powered doll that goes on a murderous rampage.

Jan. 7, 2023

Associated Press: Pray for Damar: Public prayer blitz follows Hamlin collapse
Paul Putz, Ph.D., assistant director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor and a historian and author focusing on intersection of sports and Christianity, is quoted in this article about the public expression of faith after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field. Putz said, “It is new in terms of the scale and the scope. It’s not common to see someone on a national television network who opens in prayer or just issues a prayer during the broadcast. That certainly is something that’s new, but it also does reflect NFL.”

The Health Site: Air Pollution Can Lead To Poor Sleep: 4 Other Things That Can Cause Sleep Deprivation
Baylor sleep researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, is quoted in this article about reasons people have trouble getting a good night's sleep. Scullin’s research found that listening to music near bedtime can lead to earworms (a song or tune stuck in your head), which can cause difficulty falling asleep and nighttime awakenings.


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