Baylor in the News – Oct. 22-28, 2023

October 29, 2023
Baylor students volunteers cleaning up the shoreline of Lake Waco

More than 300 Baylor students joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a project to clean up the shoreline of Lake Waco. The project was part of Steppin' Out, Baylor's biannual community service initiative where student volunteers "step out" in service to the Waco community. (Baylor Photography)

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 29, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about Baylor students “Steppin’ Out” to serve the Waco community, how maternal incarceration affects adolescents’ sleep patterns, dietary behaviors and physical activity, and what goes into making sure the operations of Baylor’s men’s and women’s basketball programs run smoothly.

Oct. 22, 2023

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Baylor students 'Steppin' Out' to clean up community

VIDEO: Baylor students have had a commitment to cleaning up the community since 1985, and Saturday students were out in droves all over Waco for the universities bi-annual tradition, “Steppin’ Out.” Several students were interviewed about why there are motivated to serve the local Waco community.

Oct.23, 2023

Baptist News Global: Black gospel music has messages hidden in the grooves

Discovering hidden messages in recorded music has been one of the unexpected surprises of Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Preservation Program. Founder Robert Darden, emeritus professor of journalism at Baylor, and Stephen Newby, Ph.D., the inaugural Lev H. Prichard III Chair in the Study of Black Worship at Baylor, are quoted in this article about this “double-voicedness.”

Oct. 24, 2023

SWHELPER: Baylor Researchers Examine Relationship Between Imprisoned Mothers and Their Adolescent Children’s Risk Behaviors

Qianwei Zhao, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work and co-director of the Baylor IMPACT Lab at Baylor, led a team of researchers to study how maternal incarceration affects adolescents’ sleep patterns, dietary behaviors and physical activity. Because the detrimental effects related to sleep, diet, and exercise can be modified, understanding the prevalence of these health risk behaviors is essential to disease prevention in adulthood.

The Wall Street Journal: The New Rise of Organized Shoplifting

In this WSJ Future View column, students, including Baylor management major Icewarya Loganathan, discuss retail theft, criminal prosecution and low-trust public spaces.

Texas Newsroom (NPR): Congressman Pete Sessions wants to be House speaker. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the vote.

Baylor political science professor Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., was interviewed for this story about Congressman Pete Sessions, R-Waco, who is one of nine Republicans vying to secure the nomination as Speaker of the House.

Oct. 25, 2023

Baptist Standard: Hispanic Higher Education Consortium hosts first college fair

Baylor was among eight Texas Baptist universities at Del Sol Church’s East Campus in El Paso for the first Hispanic Higher Education Consortium College Fair to help address challenges frequently faced by Hispanic students such as access to financial assistance, along with culturally relevant and contextually appropriate information about higher education.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): Local Reaction to House Speaker Mike Johnson

VIDEO: Baylor political science professor Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., is among those interviewed about newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson of Louisiana.

Oct. 26, 2023

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor Homecoming back in town with parade, festivities

Baylor green and gold will flood downtown Waco streets Saturday morning as it has for more than a century with the annual Baylor Homecoming parade, complete with more than two dozen floats and balloons, and other events like Homecoming at the Hurd, Extravaganza, pep rally, bonfire and drone show.

Fitch Ratings: Fitch Affirms Baylor University, TX's IDR and Bonds at 'AA-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the 'AA-' Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and 'AA-' bond rating on approximately $691 million of outstanding bonds issued by Baylor University and by the Waco Education Finance Corporation.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): $2M gift establishes Baylor Medical Humanities Chair

Baylor University has announced a $2 million gift from Scott and Susan Orr of The Woodlands. This will establish the Scott & Susan Orr Family Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities & Christian Faith to support teaching, mentorship and innovative research in the Medical Humanities Program within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Oct. 27, 2023

Baylor Connections: Michael Motta and Luke Simons, Baylor Basketball Operations

AUDIO: Baylor’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both enter a new season ranked among the nation’s top 20 teams, lofty rankings that have become the norm for both. The 2023-24 season brings additional anticipation with the opening of Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion. What goes into making sure the programs run smoothly? Michael Motta, assistant athletic director for basketball operations for women’s basketball, and Luke Simons, director of operations with men’s basketball, know better than anyone. In this Baylor Connections, they take listeners behind the scenes in travel, planning, working alongside coaches Nicki Collen and Scott Drew and more.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mark Osler: Great and good — remembering Allison Dickson

Former Baylor Law professor Mark Osler writes about the “great and good” Baylor Law graduate and philanthropist Allison Dickson, who died Oct. 18 at age 44. Diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy that confined her to a wheelchair, Dickson graduated first in her class, without ever taking a note, and established endowed scholarships at Baylor Law, Southwestern University and Temple High School and supported Baylor Scott & White’s McLane Children’s Hospital.

Waco Tribune-Herald: A. Christian Van Gorder: Confronting the evils of Hamas

In this guest column, A. Christian van Gorder, Ph.D., associate professor of Islamic Studies and World Religions at Baylor, writes that there are no simple or quick solutions to a deeply complex socio-political conflict between Hamas and Israel, however, that “should not blur the fact that bloodthirsty terrorism in any form must always be condemned without condition.”

Fortune: Wall Street is obsessed with AI. From the ‘new electricity’ to the next gold rush, here’s how top analysts see the tech revolution playing out

Robert Marks, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor, is among the experts in this article about the hype over AI and earnings growth who fear that investors on both Wall Street and Main Street are getting a bit too excited over AI’s potential.


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