Baylor in the News – Jan. 22-28, 2023

January 29, 2023
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 29, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on how mobile app design changes influence adoption of app features, what’s ahead for the fourth annual Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival created by a Baylor marketing professor and reflections on the discovery of the Higgs boson, nicknamed the God particle.

Jan. 22, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Pair of Waco-area restaurants recovering after December fires
Tru Jamaica, a popular Waco restaurant whose kitchen and interior burned in a fire Dec. 8, opened a food truck last week at Baylor University, with support from Di Campli’s Italian Ristorante. Until the restaurant can be rebuilt, Baylor will host the food truck operation for the rest of the semester, and longer if needed.

Jan. 23, 2023

Deseret News: Should children under 16 be denied access to social media apps?
In the past decade, anxiety, depression and teen suicide have surged, especially among girls, since the mass adoption of smartphones around 2010, according to University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox, a fellow of the Institute for Family Studies and the American Enterprise Institute, and Riley Peterson, an undergraduate in religion and sociology at Baylor University.

PassW0RD (UK): Living the dream: work in the 21st century will be much more fun
AUDIO: Sara Perry, Ph.D., associate professor of management at Baylor, is a guest on the PassW0rd radio program that focuses on the future of work. A scholar on remote/hybrid work, Perry’s from 23:10-32:43 and again from 34:17-36:49.

Jan. 24, 2023

American Marketing Association: Nudge Nudge Wink Wink: How Choice Architecture Facilitates Consumer Uptake of Mobile Apps
Kellen Mrkva, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Baylor, is a co-author on a new Journal of Marketing study that examines how app design changes influence adoption of app features and explore how managers can facilitate this adoption. Across seven experiments, the research team found several inexpensive techniques that can make users more likely to enable important app features and complete app onboarding.

Baptist News Global: Knowing a church’s history on slavery can be a nudge toward redemption, historians say
Baylor historian Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., presented on her forthcoming book, “Forging a Christian Order: South Carolina Baptists, Race, and Slavery, 1696-1860.” The text documents the collusion of Baptist leaders, churches, associations and seminaries in promoting belief in slavery as a religious and social necessity fully supported by Scripture.

South Florida Reporter: Nine Reasons to Become a Nurse
No matter where you live, there are many options are available for those pursuing a career in nursing, including an online nursing degree for non-nurses like the one Baylor offers that takes takes one year to complete.

Patheos: The Old Faith in a New Nation: A Conversation With Paul Gutacker
Andrea Turpin, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor, interviews colleague Paul Gutacker, about his new book, “The Old Faith in a New Nation: American Protestants and the Christian Past,” which challenges a stereotype of antebellum American Protestants as disinterested in history and tradition.

Jan. 25, 2023

Baptist News Global: ‘What can we forgive?’: An interview with Matthew Ichihashi Potts on Forgiveness
Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English at Baylor, interviews Matthew Ichihashi Potts about his new book, “Forgiveness: An Alternative Account, which employs literature, theology and recent events like the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston to seek answers to essential questions like these: “What would a just and livable forgiveness look like? What if forgiveness allowed for anger and rage and grief?”

MIT Sloan Management Review & Report: Rethinking Hierarchy
This article is adapted from the book, “Why Managers Matter: The Perils of the Bossless Company,” by Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, Ph.D., professor and chair of entrepreneurship at Baylor. In redesigning managerial authority and hierarchy for the 21st century, leaders must realize that they don’t need to know everything, but only just enough, and they need to consider what their employees want and think is fair in designing structures and systems. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: Flourishing in Family & Faith: Waco film fest marks 4th year
Baylor clinical marketing professor Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., already is thinking about the fifth anniversary of the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival, which she founded and produces, but the fourth arrives next week and it’s not one to overlook.

Jan. 26, 2023

Illinois Times: Luring new sports gamblers with freebies
This article about legal sports gambling in Illinois cites a Baylor study that estimated the societal costs of one pathological gambler to exceed $9,000 per year, including employment and business costs, illness and suicide, social services expense, divorce and child neglect, and direct losses from gambling.

Public News Service: $100K Grant Will Fund CA Food-Box Program to Fight Child Hunger
A $100,000 grant from Save the Children's Innovation Lab to the San Diego Hunger Coalition will fund the development of a program that delivers shelf-stable food to the mailboxes of low-income rural families. A team from the San Diego Hunger Coalition is at Baylor University to learn best practices from other communities.

WORLD: Weighing reparations
In this article about reparations, Baylor sociologist George Yancey, Ph.D., sees room for groups to make collaborative decisions and mutually agree that compensation “may be appropriate to remedy what has happened historically… In a post-Christian world, if we show that we can even have this sort of conversation in our churches, that will be a powerful witness.”

Jan. 27, 2023

Baylor Connections: Kevin Dougherty
AUDIO: Baylor’s Faith and Character Study has yielded insights into student spiritual development that have led to greater understanding and tangible changes to better serve students. Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., professor of sociology and co-director of the study, takes listeners inside the study, sharing what factors really make a difference in helping students grow spiritually.

Jan. 28, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor physicist who helped find God particle reflects on its discovery
Jay Dittmann, Ph.D., professor of physics at Baylor who was part of the team that confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson, nicknamed the God particle, recently told the story of the decade-old discovery to a Waco group who regularly gather to indulge their intellectual curiosity. He was one of many scientists who designed, built and maintained the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).


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