Baylor in the News – May 21-27, 2023

May 28, 2023
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WACO, Texas (May 28, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the Institute for Oral History’s support of the Uvalde memorial project, the new black bears coming to Baylor and a breakthrough toward reducing the energy consumption in supercomputers.

May 21, 2023

San Antonio Report: Uvalde archivist working to preserve a nation’s outpouring of grief and support

Baylor’s Institute for Oral History with be assisting the El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde by recording the personal accounts of survivors and families affected by the massacre at Robb Elementary School. The archiving project will serve as a memorial for the lives lost in the shooting and a way to present the outpouring of support from around the world.

May 22, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor welcomes black bear cubs as new mascots

Judge Indy and Judge Belle are the new furry faces of Baylor University. Baylor announced the two female black bear cubs Monday as its first new live bear mascots in two decades. The news was also covered by the Baylor Lariat, KCEN-TV, KWTX-TV and KWKT-TV.

Religion News Service: Baylor Univ. study affirms Prison Fellowship International in-prison program mission

A new Baylor study provides evidence of the virtuous effects of religion on mental health among prisoners, affirming the mission of Prison Fellowship International’s in-prison program, The Prisoner’s Journey. The study – also covered by K-LOVE Radio and the Christian Broadcasting Network – was led by Sung Joon Jang, Ph.D., and Byron Johnson, Ph.D., of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).

iHeartRadio: These Four Changes Can Help a "Night Owl" Become a "Morning Person"

New research from Baylor sleep researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, and doctoral candidate Blake Barley about the differences between "night owls" and "morning people" – and whether it's possible to become a morning person – was shared on iHeartRadio stations throughout the country.

May 23, 2023

EurekAlert: Breakthrough in computer chip energy efficiency could cut data center electricity use

Researchers at Oregon State and Baylor have made a breakthrough toward reducing the energy consumption of the photonic chips used in data centers and supercomputers, which can consume up to 50 times more energy per square foot of floor space than a typical office building. Alan Wang, Ph.D., The Mearse Chair in Biological and Biomedical Engineering, who joined Baylor from Oregon State in 2022, was one of the authors. His research is in the areas of biological photonic materials, nano-photonics, photonic integrated circuits and optical biosensors.

Baptist Standard: Linda Livingstone: Rest for Your Souls

The Baptists Preaching column highlights President Livingstone’s sermon on the Sabbath while during the annual “Lift Up Your Hearts” faculty and staff worship service. She spoke about the importance of the Sabbath and offered ideas for how educators can “rest their souls.” The sermon script is available here.

May 24, 2023

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Baylor regents approve $902.4 million budget

At their May board meeting, Baylor University regents approved a $902.4 million operating budget for 2023-24, an increase of $39.2 million (4.5 percent) from last year. They also authorized a $24.5 million in facilities renovations, two new degree programs, elected a new chair and three at-large regents.

News4 San Antonio: Uvalde Public Library preserves memorial items to ensure healing and remembrance

VIDEO: El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, Texas, has embarked on archiving the thousands of heartfelt memorials received in the aftermath of the school shooting. Baylor’s Institute for Oral History will provide assistance as the library collects oral histories. The memorial will serve as a source of healing and education.

Business Wire: Aramark Chefs Earn Distinguished CIA ProChef® Certification

Jorge Villarreal, a chef for Baylor Aramark, is among 26 chefs from around the country to have graduated from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America’s ProChef® certification program. Villarreal received the ProChef Level II Certification.

May 25, 2023

KXXV: Baylor prepares to welcome new cubs to campus

Baylor University will be welcoming two new American black bear cubs to campus by the end of the summer. Judge Indy and Judge Belle, 4-month-old cubs, are set to take the place of Judge Joy and Judge Lady in the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat on campus.

KWBU: Business Review - Emotion of Empowerment

AUDIO: Tyra Lindsey-Warren, Ph.D., provides insight into how storytelling is a more effective marketing technique for new generations of consumers.

May 26, 2023

Baylor Connections: Dan Peppe, Ph.D.

AUDIO: Dan Peppe, Ph.D., associate professor of geosciences at Baylor, is part of an international team whose decade-long research project has shifted Africa’s prehistoric timeline by 10 million years. Their revolutionary discoveries were featured in the journal Science and their research funded by the National Science Foundation. In this Baylor Connections, Peppe takes listeners to Eastern Africa, where multi-disciplinary collaboration yielded discoveries that have a major ripple effect throughout the scientific community.

Baptist Standard: Baylor Collaborative awarded $7.2M for program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty $7.2 million to operate its Meals-to-You program for a fifth summer. Children participating in the Meals-to-You program receive shelf-stable meals delivered directly to their home addresses throughout the summer while school is out of session. Jeremy Everett, executive director of the Baylor Collaborative, is quoted.

Presbyterian Mission: ‘A Matter of Faith: A Presby Podcast’ takes up race and racism

Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophical theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion at Baylor, was a guest for Presby Podcast. He speaks on racial capitalism and offers ideas on how to combat racism and become more aware of the issue.

KWBU: Conversations with Creative Waco - Dr Horace J Maxile Jr

AUDIO: Horace J. Maxile Jr., Ph.D., a music theory professor whose musicology work centers on Black composers, talks about historical contributions made by black composers, including Waco's own, Jules Bledsoe.


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