Baylor in the News – Sept. 3-9, 2023

September 10, 2023
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 10, 2023) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about a DNA enzyme complex linked to infertility and some cancers, the important role of the board professional in higher education and the opening of new Central Texas Cyber Range designed to meet current and future national cybersecurity needs.

Sept. 4, 2023

The Dallas Morning News: The enduring songs of Labor Day

Baylor Professor Emeritus of Journalism Robert F. Darden writes about the powerful connection of spirituals, freedom songs and the American labor movement.

CBS News: 3 ways to minimize taxes on your Social Security

William Reichenstein,Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Investments at Baylor, is quoted about marginal tax rates and the “torpedo tax” in this article on three ways to minimize social security taxes.

Biotechniques: Structure of an enzyme complex linked to infertility has been uncovered

This article features recent research from Michael Trakselis, Ph.D., professor of at Baylor, that used cryo-EM to capture the structure of the DNA enzyme complex linked to infertility and several cancers, including ovarian cancer, testicular cancer and colon cancer.

Waco Tribune-Herald: New book examines 1890s sex scandal that roiled Baylor, Waco

AUDIO: A new book, Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy, written by Baylor professors, João Chaves, Ph.D., assistant professor in the religion of the Americas, and Mikeal Parsons, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor and Kidd L. and Buna Hitchcock Macon Professor of Religion.

Sept. 5, 2023

KBXT: New digital media afterschool program debuts in Hearne and Calvert ISD

The Texas ACE afterschool program and Hearne ISD Fine Arts are adding a new STE(A)M and career development program for fifth and sixth graders, where students will be able to focus on photography, art, coding, digital media and career readiness. This program is a partnership with Baylor University and The Links Inc.

The Dallas Morning News: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment trial a web of connections, conflicts

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science, is quoted in this article about the impeachment trial of Texas’ Attorney General.

Sept. 6, 2023

Texas Standard: Texas public school districts make the move to a four-day school week

Education expert Bill Sterrett, Ph.D., chair of educational leadership at Baylor, was interviewed for this story about some Texas schools districts moving to a four-day school week, saying the issue needs to be closely examined to determine if it is the best thing for students.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Tourists to flock to Waco for solar eclipse viewing in April

Baylor University, The Lowell Observatory of Flagstaff, Arizona, the city of Waco and Discovery Inc. are partnering on the "Eclipse over Texas: Live from Waco" festival April 8, 2024, at McLane Stadium on April 8, 2024. Tourists are expected to come from near and far to witness the event.

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Community Literacy Program to focus on women, children literacy in Waco

VIDEO: In this article about a community literacy program, Kelly Johnston, Ed.D., assistant professor of literacy at Baylor, is quoted about the processes important for literacy that go beyond reading to include writing, speaking, listening and then thinking.

Sept. 7, 2023

Baptist Standard: Baylor professor finds gospel truth in Baldwin’s writings

Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor and author of a new book The Gospel According to James Baldwin, provides insight into the lessons learned from Baldwin and how he offered cultural insights as well as theological depth through his essays, novels, short stories and plays.

EurekAlert: With automated treatment, affordable water from nontraditional sources can flow to underserved communities

Baylor University has partnered with the city of Aurora, Colorado, and several software vendors to work on a project that uses reverse osmosis to remove salt from water. The project will aid water treatment plants in producing affordable drinking water for small, parched communities without high-quality water supplies.

Episcopal News Service: Episcopalians, ecumenical partners form hunger reduction coalition in Texas

Episcopalians from the Diocese of Texas, ecumenical partners and food pantries have teamed up with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty to form a data-based coalition to reduce hunger in Bryan, the county seat of Brazos County, northwest of Houston.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Coping Through Commerce

AUDIO: Through her research, Ann Mirabito, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at Baylor, challenges previous assumptions about the marketplace and its role in mental health.

Sept. 8, 2023

Baylor Connections: President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

AUDIO: At the start of a new year, President Livingstone examines a variety of topics in this Baylor Connections. The Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center, research momentum, Big 12 expansion, a new strategic plan and the addition of Indy and Belle to the Baylor campus are all on the agenda in this week’s conversation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The ‘Linchpin’ Job That Sits Between the President and the Board

This article about the role of the board professional in higher education who advises both the board and the administration centers on Baylor’s experience with this critical position that arose out of a governance task force. Interviewed are Kristy J. Orr, J.D., board professional at Baylor, former Chair of the Board of Regents Mark Rountree, B.B.A. ’86, M.T.A. ’87, and President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

Waco Tribune-Herald; Baylor boots up $3.5M cybersecurity lab in partnership with MCC

Baylor University introduced a $3.5 million state-of-the-art cybersecurity research center it has created with McLennan Community College, designed to meet current and future cybersecurity needs and address a nationwide lack of cybersecurity experts.. The Central Texas Cyber Range, located in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative, received additional coverage by the Baylor Lariat. KWTX-TV, KCEN-TV and KWKT-TV.


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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.