Baylor in the News – July 2-8, 2023

July 9, 2023
Baylor School of Education students pose with lined up sleeping bags and a world record sign

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WACO, Texas (July 9, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about a Guinness World Record attempt at Baylor helping homeless veterans across Texas, what historians are discussing ahead of the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding and amid crumbling faith in U.S. institutions, and the impact of workday breaks on both productivity and health.

July 2, 2023

Fortune: A.I. hype could signal the start of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’—or it could be investor ‘FOMO’ warping the market with trillions at stake

Robert Marks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the rise of generative A.I. technology as the start of the “fourth industrial revolution” squaring the hype with A.I.’s long-term potential.

Columbia (KY) Magazine: Baptist Heritage Lecture - shy member of Trinity

Doug Weaver, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Religion and professor of Baptist studies at Baylor, explored Baptists’ "shy" member of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit – during the spring semester's annual Baptist Heritage Lecture at Campbellsville University.

July 3, 2023

The Washington Times: Scholars hesitate to say where crumbling faith in institutions will lead

Elesha Coffman, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor who specialized in American religion and intellectual history, is quoted in the article about the decline in trust in U.S. institutions, such as science and organized religion, government and media, public education and law enforcement.

July 4, 2023

Ben Franklin’s World: Episode 361: Fourth of July in 2026

AUDIO: Ronald Angelo Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor and The Ralph and Bessie Mae Lynn Chair of History at Baylor, is a guest on Ben Franklin’s World, a podcast about early American history, in which Dr. Johnson and fellow historians look ahead to July 4, 2026, and what they are discussing when it comes to the 250th anniversary of the United States’ founding.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor alumnus attempts to break world record for most lined up sleeping bags

VIDEO: Baylor School of Education students and faculty spent their Fourth of July trying to break a world record by lining up 1,203 sleeping bags at McLane Stadium, part of Dr. Mar Magnusen’s “Athletic Fundraising and Development Class.” The sleeping bags will go to Veteran’s One Stop, who will give them to the Texas Veterans Commission for distribution to homeless veterans across the state. KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco) also covered the story.

July 5, 2023

Bloomberg Tax: Generative AI Obstacles Slow Down Tax, Accounting Transformation

Gia Chevis, Ph.D., director of Innovation in accounting data and analytics and clinical professor of accounting and business law at Baylor, is quoted in this article about how tax and accounting firms are increasingly embracing generative artificial intelligence for some of their operations, but regulatory and ethical hurdles are slowing adoption.

Big 12 Conference: Big 12 Announces Board of Directors and Athletics Directors Executive Committee Appointments

Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark announces the Conference’s Board of Directors executive committee appointments, which included Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., as chairperson of the Big 12 Board of Directors through the 2024-25 season.

July 6, 2023

KRLD-AM (CBS Radio/Dallas-Fort Worth): Texas Wants to Know: When will construction on Interstate 35 be done?

AUDIO: This story about ongoing I-35 construction throughout the state includes now Waco and Baylor were impacted during the Waco 4B project and the communications partnership that helped keep constituents updated throughout the four-year project.

July 7, 2023

Baylor Connections: Cindy Wu and Emily Hunter

AUDIO: What constitutes a good workday break, and how can breaks impact both productivity and health? Cindy Wu and Emily Hunter from Baylor’s Department of Management studied these topics, and their research broke new ground and shattered a few long-held myths. In this Baylor Connections, Wu and Hunter help listeners consider their own workday breaks and how to effectively utilize them for benefits on and off the job.


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