Baylor in the News – March 26-April 1, 2023

April 2, 2023

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WACO, Texas (April 2, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories as they shared their thoughts and expertise on the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, human flourishing and its real-world applications for well-being, and Graduate Student Appreciation Week, which shines a light on how graduate students impact teaching, research and scholarship.

March 26, 2023

NPR: To help new students adapt, some colleges are eliminating grades

Baylor is mentioned in this article on “un-grading,” a growing movement to stop assigning conventional A through F letter grades to first-year college students and others.

San Antonio Current: Texas is home to some of the nation's happiest college campuses, study says

Baylor was named among the nation's happiest campuses, according to a new study by resume writing service, who analyzed smiling faces on Instagram.

Reporting Texas: Trump Doubles Down on Explosive, Insult-laden Rhetoric During Rally in Waco

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, is quoted regarding former President Trump’s recent political rally in Waco.   

March 27, 2023

MarketScale: After the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse, Financial Experts Say ‘Fear’ and Bank Monopolization Could Be The Worst Ripple Effects

VIDEO: Joshua Wilson, lecturer of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation and founder of United Ethos Wealth Partners, was interviewed regarding the Silicon Valley Bank collapse and what it means for the future of banking regulation and the banking industry. 

March 28, 2023

Psychology Today: Human Flourishing in Unprecedented Times

Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., research associate and director of the Human Flourishing Program’s Flourishing Network at Harvard and professor of the social sciences and humanities at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, was quoted on understanding human flourishing and its real-world applications for well-being.

Baptist Standard: Baylor FM72 prayer revival brings healing of all kinds

FM72 prayer event at Baylor resulted in more than 20 baptisms, a variety of public commitments to Christ and even reports of healing. Charles Ramsey, Ph.D., associate chaplain and director of campus ministries and church connections at Baylor, and freshman Noah Rosenberg were quoted.

March 29, 2023

Upworthy: Professor graciously holds doctoral candidate's foster baby during class so she can take notes

Education doctoral candidate Traniece Brown-Warrens,  shares how during a course on “School Business Management and Finance,” lecturer Bobby Ott, Ed.D., kindly offered to hold her infant foster child, allowing her to participate fully in the course. Angela Urick, Ed.D., associate professor of educational leadership, also helped watch the infant during class time.

March 30, 2023

Texas Standard: Millions of Texans could be dropped from Medicaid coverage in April. Here’s what you need to know.

AUDIO: Pat Souter, J.D., professor of health care studies at Baylor Law, was interviewed on the Texas Standard regarding Texas removing those who no longer qualify for Medicaid from the program for the first time since 2020. 

Baptist News Global: Preying preachers: Confronting clergy sexual abuse

A study by the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University, which conducted the first national survey of adult survivors of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse, is referenced in this article on clergy abuse. David Pooler, Ph.D., professor of social work, directed the study.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Tickets for sale Friday for April 2024 solar eclipse watch party as tourism plans grow

Ticket sales begin Friday for the watch party the city of Waco is throwing for the total solar eclipse in April 2024, which will include telescopes and astronomers from Lowell and Baylor at the event at Touchdown Alley to help people view the eclipse safely, enjoy it and learn.

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Baylor University celebrates National Social Work month

VIDEO: March is National Social Worker month, and Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work is celebrating over 50 years of providing its program. Social Work Dean Jon E. Singletary, Ph.D., says social workers are vital in society and he is grateful for such a successful program at Baylor.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Oh, Baby Baby

AUDIO: Workplace discrimination makes for a stressful environment. Kaylee Hackney, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, studied pregnancy workplace discrimination and discovered how workplace stress can affect the mother.

March 31, 2023

Baylor Connections: Sara Dolan

AUDIO: National Graduate Student Appreciation Week runs April 3-7 this year, affording the perfect time to celebrate the more than 5,000 graduate students who daily enrich the Baylor campus community. In this Baylor Connections, Sara Dolan, Ph.D., associate dean for professional development in the Graduate School and longtime psychology professor and researcher, shares how graduate students impact teaching, research and scholarship at Baylor, and examines their impact long after their last class at Baylor.

WebMD: Song Stuck in Your Head? What Earworms Reveal About Health

Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory at Baylor, was quoted regarding earworms, a bit of music you can’t shake from your brain.

April 1, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mayborn exhibit depicts richness and diversity of Waco's houses of worship

The oversized birds-eye-view map of 1886 Waco at the front of the Mayborn Museum’s new “Waco’s Historic Houses of Worship” exhibit communicates two of the exhibit’s themes: Churches and synagogues have long been a part of Waco’s history and religious diversity a long-running thread in that history. Mayborn exhibits manager Trey Crumpton and museum staff collaborated with Kenneth Hafertepe, Ph.D., chair and professor of museum studies, on this project.

New Books Network: He Will Save You from the Deadly Pestilence

AUDIO: Baylor history professor Philip Jenkins, Ph.D., is interviewed about how the evolving uses of Psalm 91 map developing ideas about religion and the supernatural in his work, “He Will Save You from the Deadly Pestilence: The Many Lives of Psalm 91.”


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