Baylor in the News – June 18-24, 2023

June 25, 2023
Baylor Sciences Building along Waco Creek at Sunset

Baylor Sciences Building

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WACO, Texas (June 25, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the first-ever challenge of elemental analysis validity that has sparked conversations among journal editors and chemists, the relationship between church and state in America and the Ukraine counteroffensive to regain territories.

June 18, 2023

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): $1.5 million dollar gift to Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing

VIDEO: Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing received a groundbreaking $1.5 million gift from the family of the School’s namesake, which established the first endowed chair position at LHSON, focusing on mental and behavioral health research. Interviewed is LHSON Dean Linda Plank, Ph.D. The gift also was covered by the Baptist Standard.

June 19, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: With almost 30 years in Waco, Common Grounds to open another location

This article about a new location of local coffee shop Common Grounds quotes Matt Burchett, Ph.D., director of student activities at Baylor, about Common Grounds’ popular location inside Baylor’s SUB.

June 20, 2023

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Baylor University professor explains impeachment trial process for suspended Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton

VIDEO: Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, was interviewed for this story about the impeachment process in Texas.

Chemistry World: First publisher abandons impractical elemental analysis standard as journals eye next move

Following an eye-opening study published last year by a research team led by Caleb Martin, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor, journals published by Wiley have abandoned the ±0.4% accuracy standard for elemental analysis, with the Royal Society of Chemistry in the process of updating author guidelines on this issue.

Slate: They Pledged to Stop Sex Abuse. Instead, They Targeted Women.

AUDIO: Interview with Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., The James Vardaman Professor of History at Baylor and author of “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth,” about the recent SBC annual meeting that tightened the reins on what women can, and can’t, do in the church.

June 21, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor author pens novel for middle graders

Baylor creative writing senior lecturer Maura Jortner tells a story of a scrappy girl living on her own in an amusement park in her middle grade novel "102 Days of Lying About Lauren," developed when the pandemic shut down the world.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Moms take center stage in Baylor Theatre's ‘Cry It Out’

Baylor Theatre will present Molly Metzler’s play “Cry It Out,” which follows three Long Island neighbors as they work through their feelings in the weeks and months after having a baby. The production is directed by Alex Stahl for her graduate degree in directing at Baylor.

The Dallas Morning News: Dallas Chamber Symphony names winners of new violin competition

Baylor associate professor of violin Patricia Shih was one of the jurors of the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s first Dallas International Violin Competition.

Baptist Standard: Voices: Positively navigating church conflict

In this column, Bobby Mosier, a resident chaplain at Baylor and second-year theology student at Truett Seminary, writes about how the church can be at the forefront of conflict resolution.

June 22, 2023

Finding Genius Podcast: Have Politics Redefined Christianity? | Unpacking The Relationship Between Church & State

AUDIO: Baylor history professor Barry Hankins, Ph.D., discusses the deep connection between Christianity and American culture. Hankins is an expert in religion and American culture, Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism, and the relationship of church and state in American history.

June 23, 2023

Baylor Connections: Taryn Anderson

AUDIO: Many students and parents have questions about financial aid. One Stop Student Services is Baylor’s resource for financial aid, billing and payment. Earlier this year, they moved to a new location in the Bill Daniel Student Center. In this Baylor Connections, Taryn Anderson, Senior Director for Enrollment Services, shares insights into financial aid, scholarships and more, and invites students and families to utilize One Stop services.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor University organizes STEM+ camp for Central Texas youth

VIDEO: Baylor launched its first STEM+ camp designed for area fifth graders to learn about science, technology, engineering and math. Interviewed is Suzanne Nesmith, Ph.D., associate dean of undergraduate education and associate professor in curriculum and instruction at Baylor.

EurekAlert: Baylor researchers examine relationship between imprisoned mothers and their adolescent children’s risk behaviors

Qianwei Zhao, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work at Baylor, led a team of researchers to study how maternal incarceration can affect adolescents’ sleep patterns, dietary behaviors and physical activity. Since these behaviors can be modified, understanding these health risk behaviors is essential to disease prevention in adulthood. The research also appeared in Newswise and Research team establishes baseline data on cortisol levels on leopard seals, mysterious apex predators in Antarctica

Emily Sperou, a Ph.D. student at Baylor, Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Baylor, and colleagues published the first in-depth study examining the stress physiology of leopard seals. The research also was covered by Newswise.

CGTN America: The Heat: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

VIDEO: Sergiy Kudelia, Ph.D., associate professor of political science at Baylor, is among a panel of experts discussing the Ukraine counteroffensive to regain territories as well as another European Union package of sanctions against Moscow.


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