Baylor in the News – July 30-Aug. 5, 2023

August 6, 2023
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WACO, Texas (Aug. 6, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the critical need for data literacy in math classrooms, divert food waste from university dining halls into compost and the rising number of seniors in solo households, which has been fueled by the rise in divorce rates among adults over 50.

July 31, 2023

Education Week: Are Students Getting All the Math They Need to Succeed?

Trena Wilkerson, Ph.D., professor of math education at Baylor and a past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is quoted in this article about declines in students’ understanding of statistics and geometry that began long before COVID-19 just as workforce needs for data analysis and graphics skills ramp up.

CGTN America: The Heat: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

VIDEO: Sergio Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, is among the panelists discussing the conflict in Ukraine, which continues on Day 523 with no end in sight.

Baptist News Global: White reflections on racism: An interview with Frederick Allen

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor, interviews journalist Frederick Allen about his new book, “Reckoning with Race: An Unfinished Journey,” who reflects on his own journey from white privilege to greater awareness across 50 years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as chief political analyst at CNN and.

Aug. 1, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor, Waco ISD hold emergency response drills

About 150 public safety personnel from 19 local and federal agencies descended on Baylor for a full-scale active threat simulation that involved multiple emergency vehicles, as well as helicopters and boats. Mark Childers, Baylor associate vice president for public safety and security, was interviewed. The annual emergency exercise also was covered by KXXV-TV, Baylor Lariat, KCEN-TV and KWKT-TV

Baptist Standard: Commentary: Finding common ground with different poles

Todd D. Still, Ph.D., The Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and The William M. Hinson Chair of Christian Scriptures at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, offers some suggestions about how Christ-followers who have decidedly different views on various matters might relate and cooperate with one another constructively.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor University teams up with compost company to divert food waste from Waco’s landfill

VIDEO: Baylor University is teaming up with Texas-based compost company, Moonshot Compost, to help divert food waste from piling into Waco’s almost-packed landfill, transforming the waste into compost, a nutrient-rich type of soil.

Aug. 3, 2023

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Baylor University hosts annual iEngage Summer Civics Institute

VIDEO: About 70 students from across the Waco area have spent their week at Baylor's iEngage Civics Summer Institute to learn about community issues, politics and what it takes to make a good U.S. citizen. "Being a good citizen really means more than just recycling or picking up trash, it means being an informed citizen," said iEngage co-founder, Karen LeCompte, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Baylor.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Baylor Nursing School sponsors camp

Thirty 9th grade and 10th grade students from local schools recently participated in the CompassRN Student Nurse Summer Camp, hosted by Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Also included in this news roundup is a report on Baylor’s second-highest fundraising year in its history, with more than $179 million given by alumni, parents and friends during the 2023 fiscal year.

Aug. 4, 2023

Baylor Connections: Benjamin Rose

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.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco welcomes 36 newly minted U.S. citizens; Federal judge plans more ceremonies

Liang Dong, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor, celebrated his father, Xue Li Dong, who was among 36 newly sworn U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony before a federal judge in Waco.

Your Tango: The One Thing You Do Every Single Day That Will Destroy Your Relationship

This article cites about Baylor business research about how ignoring your partner in favor of your phone – otherwise known as partner phone snubbing or “p-phubbing” – could ruin your relationship. Marketing professor James A. Roberts, Ph.D., is quoted in the article about how p-phubbing creates conflict and leads to lower levels of reported relationship satisfaction.

Aug. 5, 2023

CNN: More Baby Boomers are living alone. One reason why: ‘gray divorce’

Markus Schafer, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor who studies aging and health, is quoted in this article about the rising number of seniors in solo households, which has been fueled by the rise in divorce rates among adults over 50. Schafer calls it a “two-sided phenomenon,” where people living alone enjoy the autonomy but struggle with the higher levels of loneliness more pronounced later in life.


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