Baylor in the News – Oct. 1-7, 2023

October 8, 2023
A child with Down Syndrome looks heavenward as she folds her hands in prayer

Erik Carter, Ph.D., The Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities at Baylor, believes the church needs the gifts people with disabilities bring to the body of Christ as much as those individuals need the church. (Credit: DenKuvaiev via iStock / Getty Images Plus)

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 8, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about treating pediatric respiratory infections, help churches welcome and embrace persons with disabilities and how oral history helps “democratize the historical record” by collecting information from people underrepresented in traditional archives.

Oct. 1, 2023

Contemporary Pediatrics: Stay away from one-size-fits-all treatments for pediatric respiratory infections

Shared-decision making with a trusted provider using patient-specific health factors is the best strategy for approaching most conditions in pediatric practice, said Jessica Peck, DNP, past president of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, clinical professor of nursing at Baylor, and a published speaker and author on pediatric health topics.

Oct. 2, 2023

Baptist Standard: Churches benefit from the gifts of people with disabilities

Erik Carter, Ph.D., The Luther Sweet Endowed Chair in Disabilities at Baylor, believes the church needs the gifts people with disabilities bring to the body of Christ as much as those individuals need the church. Carter directs the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities and leads Baylor’s new interdisciplinary Disability, Faith and Flourishing Initiative within the School of Education. “It’s my passion to help churches welcome and embrace persons with disabilities,” he said.

Nutritional Outlook: Show me the opportunities: How to get the next generation of students to pursue nutrition as a career

April Stull, Ph.D., associate professor of nutrition sciences at Baylor, said during a recent Women in Nutraceuticals panel that, “Nutrition as a career option needs to be introduced early on to kids, and it also needs to be introduced as a science, because a lot of students are still connecting nutrition to home economics...I love home economics, but they need to know that nutrition is a science, and you can do so much more with nutrition.”

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse to be visible in North America for first time since 2012

Baylor astrophysicist Barbara Castanheira Endl, Ph.D., is quoted in this article about the annular solar eclipse, which will be visible in North America for the first time since 2012. Unlike a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse means that the outer corona of the sun will be visible, producing a beautiful “Ring of Fire.” 

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Story of Survival: Baylor student recovering after shooting at H-E-B parking lot

VIDEO: Baylor acrobatics and tumbling student-athlete Payton Washington is interviewed about her miraculous recovery from gunshot wounds and her positive spirit that allowed her to graduate high school and pursue her collegiate career at Baylor, where she’s been able to focus on her faith and find a new fellowship among her teammates.

Oct. 3, 2023

NREL: Announcing Participating Schools in Solar District Cup Class of 2023–2024

A Baylor student team will participate in the Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition (Solar District Cup), an innovative competition challenges students to design and model solar-plus-storage systems for real mixed-use districts. The competition also provides new career opportunities, industry-relevant skills, engagement with the professional marketplace, and preparation to become leaders in the distributed solar energy space.

Pittwire: Pitt researchers are key to NASA’s next space telescope

University of Pittsburgh professors are part of a multi-institutional team co-led by researchers at NASA, the University of Hawai’i, Baylor University and Duke University that has been awarded $11 million to prepare the Nancy Roman Grace Telescope to better observe and analyze type Ia (one-A) supernovae, exploding stars with known intrinsic brightness that allows researchers to work out how far away they are by measuring how brightly they appear.

Waco Tribune-Herald: At Baylor talk, historian encourages empathy, even for political rivals

Doris Kearns Goodwin encouraged empathy even for political enemies while reflecting on her Pulitzer Prize-winning, 50-year career as a presidential historian as she gave the annual Beall-Russell Lecture in the Humanities. Goodwin’s lecture at Baylor also was covered by the Baylor Lariat.

Oct. 4, 2023

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Baylor site of Collegiate Day of Prayer

This news round-up leads with Baylor University’s serving as the originating site for the 2024 Collegiate Day of Prayer broadcast on Feb. 29, 2024. In addition, the Baptist Standard highlights Baylor and TCU Student Government organizations formalizing their decades-long rivalry, which is the most-played college football rivalry series in the state.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Experts: Texas Prop 3 would ward off unlikely specter of 'wealth tax'

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, is quoted in this article about Proposition 3, an amendment to the Texas Constitution on the Nov. 7 ballot that would prohibit the imposition of an individual wealth or net worth tax.

Texas Monthly: Come for the Dr Pepper Float, Stay for the Civil Rights History

Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., professor of history and director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor, is quoted in this article about Waco’s Dr Pepper Museum and its insightful exhibit on the 1960s lunch counter protests that helped desegregate Texas. Sloan conducted interviews with several former activists, saying that oral history helps “democratize the historical record” by collecting information from people underrepresented in traditional archives. Professor helps accounting research catch up with a fast-changing economy

Paul Mason, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and business law at Baylor, is a co-author on a new paper "Understanding Private Equity Funds: A Guide to Private Equity Research in Accounting" in the Journal of Financial Reporting that is intended to guide scholars through the institutional features that set private equity apart from other asset classes, and the novel research opportunities that arise from those differences.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Authors find common ground in truth on facing racism, to speak at Baylor

Baylor English professor Greg Garrett and Public Religion Research Institute President Robert Jones, two authors who have addressed racism and white supremacy among white Christian evangelicals, will discuss the common ground of the late author and essayist James Baldwin between their latest books Thursday at Baylor.

PRNewswire: Gale and AAS Award Fellowships to Five Scholars to Support Asian Studies

Gale, part of Cengage Group, in partnership with the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), has awarded Gale-AAS Non-Residential Fellowships to five researchers, including Daniel Barish, Ph.D., an early career scholar and associate professor of history at Baylor. The fellowships support research or teaching projects that rely on Gale Primary Sources and the use digital humanities (DH) methodologies. Barish’s project focuses on research for his book, “The Imperial Politics of Life and Death in Modern China, 1861–1929.”

Oct. 5, 2023

MSU News Service: Montana State psychology professor awarded $3.37 million to continue research in partnership with the Blackfeet community

Annie Ginty, Ph.D., an expert in physiological responses to stress and challenge and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, is the co-principal investigator on a new phase of NIH-funded research into the link between trauma, social connectedness and health in the Blackfeet community in northwestern Montana.

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): What you need to know to prepare for the 'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse

VIDEO: An annular solar eclipse is expected to be visible in North America Oct. 14 for the first time since 2012. 6 News spoke with Baylor astrophysicist Barbara Castanheira Endl, Ph.D., who explains how this eclipse happens and how you can see it safely.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Super Heros

AUDIO: Entrepreneurs are often regarded as heroes…fearless individuals in control of their own destiny. Through research, Gabriella Cacciotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Baylor, discovered the psychological consequences of being an entrepreneur.

Oct. 6, 2023

Baylor Connections: Craig Gunderson

AUDIO: Craig Gundersen is an agricultural economist whose game-changing research examines the causes and effects of food insecurity. Gundersen, Ph.D., who serves as The Jim and Tammy Snee Family Chair in Food Security, has developed metrics used by food banks nationwide, and provided research yielding greater understanding of the SNAP program’s impact. In this Baylor Connections, he examines approaches to the fight against food insecurity and shares the path that brought him to Baylor.

Baptist News Global: Black Gospel Music Preservation Program: Securing the legacy of Black Gospel music

Already the largest resource of its type in the world, the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor University will continue to build its collection of rare recordings while seeking new ways to share the archive with the public, said Stephen Newby, the program’s new leader and The Lev H. Prichard III Chair in the Study of Black Worship at Baylor.


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