Baylor in the News – Sept. 17-23, 2023

September 24, 2023
Computers and screens that makes up the Central Texas Cyber Range

EdScoop, the leading media brand in the higher education IT market, reported on the partnership between Baylor University and McLennan Community College that created the Central Texas Cyber Range, which aims to address cybersecurity training and education for all skill levels. (Robert Rogers/Baylor University)

Baylor in the News – Sept. 17-23, 2023

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 24, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the new Central Texas Cyber Range to address U.S. cybersecurity needs, healthy aging and the role of daughters as invisible labor.

Sept. 17, 2023

Eurasia Review: Why Philosophy? Reflections On Fides Et Ratio – OpEd

Sarah Negri, a Baylor graduate student in philosophy, writes about the importance of philosophy in the search for truth in theology using Fides et Ratio, Latin for ‘Faith and Reason,’ an encyclical written by Pope John Paul II.

Sept. 18, 2023

Christianity Today: All About That Tenor: Why Men Don’t Sing in Worship

Baylor church music professor Randall Bradley, D.M.A., director of the church music program and the Dunn Center for Christian Music Studies, is quoted in this article about a lack of men in worship and the importance of guiding men, despite negative experiences, to use their voice. Carson Hooker, a Baylor senior and president of the Baylor Men’s Choir, also is quoted in about the importance of choir in strengthening men’s sense of community.

EdScoop: New cybersecurity research and training facility opens in Texas

A partnership between Baylor University and McLennan Community College created the Central Texas Cyber Range, which aims to address cybersecurity training and education for all skill levels. Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., is quoted about the importance of Central Texas in its ability to develop a skilled workforce in cybersecurity training and research. 

Sept. 19, 2023

The Columbian: In Our View: Aging-friendly community good for everyone

Kelly Ylitalo, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology in Baylor’s Department of Public Health, is quoted in this article about the importance of researching healthy aging from a life-course perspective to generate a healthy community through neighborhood design changes.

Episcopal News Service: Episcopal Theologian Greg Garrett offers new book on the wisdom of James Baldwin

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor, has written a new book, The Gospel According to James Baldwin, about the importance of the noted American writer in both his personal life and professional career.

Newswise: The Invisible Labor of Adult Daughters: Baylor Expert Highlights the Valuable Role of Adult ‘Daughtering’

Allison Alford, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of business communication at Baylor and co-host of the weekly podcast “Hello Mother, Hello Daughter,” researches adult daughters and the expectation of maintaining unity within a family. She stresses the importance of the “invisible labor” that daughters do and the ways in which parents can acknowledge their adult daughters. This story also was reported in ReportWire.

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities: CCCU Awards $68,000 in Faculty Research Grants

Baylor faculty Stephanie Boddie, Ph.D., associate professor of church and community ministries, and Gaynor Yancey, D.S.W, professor of social work and director of the Center for Church and Community Impact, are two of the recipients of the 2023 Planning Grants for chaplains and spiritual care in community-based services by the CCCU. The grants fund research projects that are significantly informed by Christian practices, perspectives and purposes.

Sept. 20, 2023

The Arthur W. Page Center: New senior research fellow Marlene Neill seeks to identify gaps in professional ethics training

Marlene Neill, Ph.D., associate professor of journalism, public relations and new media at Baylor, shares her journey through research, her educational background and her current interest in addressing issues within ethics training. Neill explains the importance of her calling to identify such issues and her ideas of how research can help solve them.

Sept. 21, 2023

National Science Foundation: Civic Innovation Challenge awards $19M for climate change resilience and community-driven innovation

Baylor University is one of 19 teams to receive a $1 million award as part of the Civic Innovation Challenge from the NSF in partnership with the Department of Energy that invites civic leaders to identify priorities ripe for innovation and then partners with universities to develop community-driven solutions. Baylor’s project with Waco will pilot a climate-smart, waste-to-energy multi-fuel combustor on a local landfill to help reduce methane and key air pollutants.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Symbolic Sway

AUDIO: Brand logos dominate our landscape, yet the effects on consumers remain largely unexplored. Ashley Otto, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at Baylor, uncovers an unexpected link between brand exposure and decision-making, illuminating the covert sway of these crafted symbols.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Musical favorites open mainstage seasons for Waco theaters

Lisa Denman, M.F.A., undergraduate program director of Baylor Theatre, is quoted in this article about her excitement for the department’s presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as Baylor Theatre opens its Fall mainstage season.

Your Health Magazine:   Navigate the Nursing Profession: Tips for New Graduates

Offering guidance for nursing graduates as they begin their careers, this article references Baylor University’s research that top leadership positions within nursing gain advantages through doctoral-level education.

Sept. 22, 2023

Baylor Connections: Daniel Pack

AUDIO: Daniel Pack, Ph.D., was appointed dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor University after a successful tenure as dean at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Get to know Dr. Pack and learn more about his insights into the school’s research, teaching and future growth in this Baylor Connections,

Sept. 23, 2023

Interfaith Alliance, State of Belief: The Gospel According to James Baldwin with Author Greg Garrett

AUDIO: Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Chair of Literature and Culture at Baylor, is interviewed on this podcast on the importance of James Baldwin and Garrett’s new book, The Gospel According to James Baldwin. Garrett highlights who Baldwin was and the significance of his ideas on humanity.

Anglican Ink: ACNA Hymnal Commission Inaugurated  

The Rev. Jonathan Kanary, Ph.D., lecturer in the Great Texts program within Baylor’s Honors College, was named and confirmed a member of the 2030 Hymnal Commission, which will prepare an official hymnal for the Anglican Church of North America.


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