Baylor in the News – July 23-29, 2023

July 30, 2023
Student studying outside of BSB on Baylor Campus

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WACO, Texas (July 30, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about a $2.5 million federal grant for Baylor social work faculty to expand its training in providing mental health services in Waco schools, the importance of respect and dignity of collecting data in the workplace and how Baylor’s 2023 Young Alumna of the Year serves as a role model for students hoping to follow her footsteps into the STEM fields.

July 24, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: $2.5 million grant to expand Baylor social work training at Waco schools

A$2.5 million federal grant will allow Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work to expand its training in providing mental health services in Waco schools. Social work lecturer Carrie Arroyo is leading the program with Mary Zane Nelson and Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., Baylor associate professor of church and community ministries. KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco) also reported on the grant.

Waco Tribune-Herald: PHOTOS: Young math learners meet Baylor athletes

Children in the Baylor School of Education’s Math for Early Learners Academy got to meet Baylor athletes after a monthlong program that taught them basic math skills. Founded and directed by mathematics education professor Sandi Cooper, Ph.D., the program has served 70 children ages 4 to 6 from La Vega, Midway and Waco school districts.

July 25, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor names new leader in study, preservation of Black gospel music

Stephen Newby, D.M.A., recently named as the first holder of Baylor University’s Lev H. Prichard III Chair in the Study of Black Worship, sees the interdisciplinary aspect of the position as a way to pass on the legacy and message of Black gospel music. Dr. Newby’s hire also was covered by Baptist News Global and the Baptist Standard.

July 27, 2023

The Christian Post: Chronic smart phone scrolling linked to less sex, marital dissatisfaction even among churchgoers: study

This article about smartphone addiction among adults that serves as a potential threat to relationships cites the work of Baylor cellphone attachment researchers James A. Roberts, Ph.D., and Meredith E. David, Ph.D., who have studied partner “phubbing” (phone snubbing) and relationship satisfaction among romantic partners.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - A Collection of Data

AUDIO: Baylor Professor pf Information Systems Dorothy Leidner, Ph.D., stresses the importance of respect and dignity of collecting data in the workplace.

July 28, 2023

Baylor Connections: Richa Sirohi

AUDIO: From a childhood in Nebraska, to Baylor, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Richa Sirohi pursued her dreams and is achieving significant goals as an engineer. A 2018 Baylor graduate, Sirohi is Baylor’s 2023 Young Alumna of the Year. In this Baylor Connections, Sirohi takes listeners inside her work and shares what it means to serve as a role model for students hoping to follow her footsteps into the STEM fields.

Forbes: Six Trips To See 2024’s Total Solar Eclipse To Book While You Can

The Discovery Channel will broadcast the 2024 total solar eclipse live from this observing-only event in Waco, Texas. Organized by Arizona’s Lowell Observatory, the Discovery Network and Baylor University, this long-planned event in McLane Stadium will include food trucks, science talks, telescopes, free solar eclipse glasses and guided eclipse viewing by expert solar astronomers.

USA TODAY: 'Sound of Freedom' misleads audiences about the horrible reality of human trafficking

This USA TODAY opinion piece cites a Baylor study from 2011 that found that less than 10% of child trafficking cases involved kidnapping.


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