Baylor in the News – April 28-May 4, 2024

May 5, 2024
Larry Lyon

Larry Lyon, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean of the Baylor Graduate School, joined Baylor Connections podcast host Derek Smith for a discussion on how the Graduate School pursues distinction at a Christian Research 1 university. (Robbie Rogers/Baylor Photography)

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WACO, Texas (May 5, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories looking at the impact of schools moving to a four-day week in Texas, the repatriation of migrant workers who died in the Baltimore bridge collapse and the tangible signs of growth in the Baylor Graduate School, including a record number of Ph.D. graduates this spring.

April 29, 2024

Religion News Service: Why faith-based groups are prone to sexual abuse and how they can get ahead of it

AUDIO: David Pooler, Ph.D., professor of social work at Baylor who researches clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse, is quoted in this article about sexual abuse in faith-based groups, offering insight on redefining abuse, establishing support and hiring outside groups to investigate allegations

May 1, 2024

KWBU: Four-day school week is here to stay for many Texas public schools

AUDIO: Bill Sterritt, Ph.D., professor and chair of educational leadership at Baylor, was interviewed about the impact of schools moving to a four-day week, emphasizing the need to continue looking at data to determine how beneficial it has been for students and for districts’ bottom lines. 

May 2, 2024

Baltimore Sun: For immigrant workers who die in US, a body’s journey home is one last struggle

Candi Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core who studies death, dying and grief, was interviewed for this article about how “repatriation” of remains of workers from the Baltimore bridge collapse is a complex, costly process, but for the many immigrants who come to the U.S. out of economic necessity, repatriation is a last “gift” a family can give the deceased.

KWBU: Business Review - Risky Rides

AUDIO: David Dicks, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance at Baylor, discusses embracing new innovation and navigating uncertainty in emerging IPOs.

WalletHub:Best Metal Credit Cards

Eric Swan, D.B.A., clinical assistant professor of marketing at Baylor, provides insight on the advantages and disadvantages of having a credit card made of metal.

U.S. Army: Army Civilian Career Management Activity highlights civilian careers at WSMR

Daniel J. Pack, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Baylor, was among the college deans and Army senior civilian leaders invited to White Sands Missile Range to engage with representatives of Army Civilian Career Management Activity (ACCMA) about Army civilian career opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

May 3, 2024

Baylor Connections: Larry Lyon

AUDIO: Nearly 5,500 graduate students call Baylor home, and a record number of Ph.D. students will receive their degrees this Spring – tangible signs of growth in the Graduate School at Baylor. In this Baylor Connections, Larry Lyon, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, examines how the Graduate School pursues distinction at a Christian research university, highlights growth and unpacks the unique regalia worn at Commencement.

May 3, 2024

Florida News-Times: Social media harms teens’ mental health, mounting evidence shows. What now?
Scott Cunningham, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Economics at Baylor, is cited in this article on the harmful effects of social media on adolescents, stating that more research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms of social media’s influence on minors. 

FOX44: Black Glasses Film Festival returns May 4

Baylor film and digital media students will present their work on the big screen during the 23rd annual Black Glasses Film Festival. The event was originally started by film students in 1999 and has grown into an annual event allowing students to showcase their films.


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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.