Baylor in the News – July 16-22, 2023

July 23, 2023
Scene from the Barbie movie of Barbie looking over her world


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WACO, Texas (July 23, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about how the evolution of Barbie reflects changing roles and perceptions about gender and  American culture, the role of Quakers in the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S., and how the Baylor University Career Center plays an important role helping students build a successful approach to their careers.

July 16, 2023

CNBC: Food deserts aren’t what’s causing hunger in the U.S. — It’s wages, inequality and inflation

VIDEO: Food deserts, where access to affordable and healthy foods is limited, have also been widely blamed as a major cause of hunger in the U.S., but experts argue that access isn’t the issue. Craig Gundersen, Ph.D., The Snee Family Endowed Chair at the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty and professor of economics, contends that “it’s food prices that matter, not food access.”

July 17, 2023

Fortune: Best Online Master’s in Computer Science Degrees in 2023

The online Master of Computer Science within Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, is ranked No. 11 in the latest rankings from Forbes Education.

Post Perspective: Color Pipeline: Virtual Roundtable

This article about evolving color workflows for films and shows includes a new display technology developed by 6P Color, with research conducted at Baylor University. It effectively introduces three more primaries to the existing three and adapts modern LED display technology with additional LEDs to cover more gamut than current RGB-only displays.

July 18, 2023

The Conversation: 175 years ago, the Seneca Falls Convention kicked off the fight for women’s suffrage – an iconic moment deeply shaped by Quaker beliefs on gender and equality

Julie L. Holcomb, Ph.D., associate professor of museum studies at Baylor whose research interests include Quakers, abolition and the Civil War, writes about the Seneca Falls Convention, a meeting that marked the beginning of the movement for women’s suffrage, which would be granted 70 years later by the ratification of the 19th Amendment. And it likely wouldn’t have happened without Quakers, Holcomb writes.

Study International: 4 universities bettering the world through dynamic business degrees

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business is spotlighted among four outstanding business schools that offer exceptional degree programs to help students make a difference in the world.

Waco Tribune-Herald: British consul gets taste of Waco — and Dr Pepper — on Texas road trip

British Consul General Richard Hyde visited Waco during an economic development tour of Texas and said he’s also interested in looking at how to foster better academic collaborations between U.K. and Texas universities, naming Baylor and Texas Tech University along his route.

July 19, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: ‘Alleluia’ conference at Baylor offers alleluia moments

Baylor’s annual Alleluia Conference, hosted by BU’s Dunn Center for Christian Music Studies, will host around 300 church music and worship leaders for workshops in various aspects of church worship music plus one-day intensive sessions in children’s music, handbells and youth choirs. Baylor music professor Randall Bradley, D.M.A., director of the church music program and the Dunn Center, was interviewed for the article.

FOX News: America Reports: Texas volunteers attempt world record for longest line of sleeping bags for homeless veterans

In a massive effort to bring awareness to the plight of homeless veterans, a team from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, lined up 1,203 sleeping bags — stretching a quarter mile long — to provide comfort and hopefully break a Guinness World Record (GWR).

Waco Tribune-Herald: 18 students celebrate MAC scholarships through Waco Foundation

McLennan Community College graduates Janie Mercado and Nicolas Saucedo received the MAC College Money Program’s two full-ride scholarships to Baylor University this year. Mercado will study accounting and Saucedo will continue his mechanical engineering degree.

July 21, 2023

Baylor Connections: Ken Buckley

AUDIO: Baylor students are attaining jobs and grad school positions at an elite rate. The University’s most recent placement rate is 92 percent, and the Baylor University Career Center has played an important role in helping students build a successful approach to their career. In this Baylor Connections, Ken Buckley, assistant vice provost in the Career Center. he shares how the Career Center partners with students and adds value to their Baylor education.

Health Tech Zone: 6 Ways Mobile Apps are Used in the Healthcare Sector

This article about the growing global mobile app market highlights the impact of technology on nursing practice, especially regarding the usage of mobile apps in healthcare. According to insights from Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, nurses are now able to triage patients much more quickly through virtual platforms.

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Baylor athletes hosting special event for Early Learners Academy

Young students at Baylor's Mathematics for Early Learners Academy will get a special surprise on Monday, July 24: a visit from some of Baylor Bear student-athletes, who will help organize some fun math games for the children. Sandi Cooper, Ph.D., professor of mathematics education at Baylor and director of the MELA program, is quoted in the article.

July 22, 2023

The 19th: Barbie is the classic material girl. Scholars say she represents much more — for better or worse.

J. Lenore Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies at Baylor and author of “Athena to Barbie: Bodies, Archetypes, and Women’s Search for Self,” is among the experts interviewed for this article about how the evolution of Barbie, despite her looks and accessories, reflects changing roles and perceptions about gender and American culture.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mike Copeland: Baylor rakes in $179M; Waco Surf gets Texas Monthly spread; news on Dog Haus, J.Crew

Baylor University announced it had the second-highest fundraising year in school history during fiscal 2023, with more than $179 million given by alumni, parents and friends. Additional coverage appeared on KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco).

Pepperdine: Pepperdine Center for Faith and the Common Good Publishes Research on the Impact of Religiosity on the Incarcerated

In a new study, Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor and executive director of Pepperdine’s Center for Faith and the Common Good, and Grant Duwe, director of research and evaluation for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, explore how the religion of an incarcerated person can affect how they respond to correctional programming.


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