Baylor in the News – June 11-17, 2023

June 18, 2023
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WACO, Texas (June 18, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about ordaining women ministers, changing your metabolism, and historical buildings in Waco.

June 11, 2023

The Washington Post: An evangelical star takes on Southern Baptists over ordaining women

Barry Hankins, Ph.D., professor of history, who studies evangelical history, is quoted in this article detailing the issues between megachurch Saddleback and the SBC concerning ordaining women in the church.

June 12, 2023

BBC: How Steven Spielberg felt that Jurassic Park was 'Jaws on land'

James Kendrick, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media at Baylor and an expert on horror films, is quoted in an article about Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster film Jurassic Park.

June 13, 2023

Southwest Media: Southwest Airlines Welcomes Four Universities into Destination 225° Partnership

Southwest Airlines recently welcomed four new universities, including Baylor, into the Southwest Family as partners in Destination 225°, the airline's development and recruitment program that creates a pathway for qualified aviators to a First Officer position at Southwest.

June 14, 2023

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Baylor among most trusted universities

President Linda A. Livingstone was quoted in this article touting Baylor University as being named among the nation’s Top 10 Most Trusted Universities for the second year in a row.

Scientific American: Can You Change Your Metabolism?

This article draws upon the research of Samuel Urlacher, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of anthropology, who explains how metabolism can differ between body types and things people can do to boost their metabolism slightly.

Wall Street Journal: Southern Baptists Resoundingly Reject Women Pastors

Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., The James Vardaman Endowed Professor of History and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood,” is quoted in this article on the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent reaffirmation prohibiting women from serving as pastors.

June 15, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: History of landmark Waco buildings detailed in new book

VIDEO: Kenneth Hafertepe, Ph.D., professor and department chair in Museum Studies, has recently published a book, “Historic Buildings of Waco, Texas.” The article features highlights from the book and an interview with Hafertepe.

June 16, 2023

Baylor Connections: Paul Putz

AUDIO: The intersection of faith and sports is where Paul Putz’s research and teaching resides. As Assistant Director of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, he works with both current and future leaders in sports, and his research examines topics ranging from Christian sports organizations to social issues, sports and religion. In this Baylor Connections, Putz considers these topics and more, and shares how his work on James Naismith’s faith led to a connection with the family of the inventor of basketball.

Market Scale: Technological Leap and Transforming Campus Connectivity

VIDEO: Bob Hartland, associate vice president, and Scott Day, director of network and physical security technology, both of IT Infrastructure at Baylor, are interviewed about the challenges of meeting students’ expectations for high-quality connectivity. This involves providing network services across diverse environments, from classrooms and research labs to residence halls and sporting venues.


Baylor's Office of Media and Public Relations (M&PR) supports the University's Illuminate strategic plan as a top Christian research university by focusing on faculty research and expert opinions, innovative teaching, major awards and recognition, and community involvement. Through its media training workshops, the Baylor M&PR team develops faculty experts to effectively communicate the impact of their research or speak as subject-matter experts into national trends and conversations with media outlets, through Hot Topics and on the Baylor Connections podcast. Our faculty expert directory is available on the M&PR website.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.