Baylor in the News – Feb. 25-March 2, 2024

March 3, 2024
Screenshot of the CNBC-TV business show Halftime Report with the host on the left asking questions of David Morehead and Renee Hanna with the Baylor Office of Investments

 Dave Morehead (center) and Renee Hanna (right) in Baylor’s Office of Investments joined CNBC Fast Money: Halftime Report anchor Scott Wapner to discuss the keys that have allowed Baylor University to outperform the Ivy League in university endowment performance rankings.

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WACO, Texas (March 3, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the benefits of phonetic awareness when taught with letters, the risks and rewards for scientists going to court as an expert witness and how Baylor’s endowment returns beat the Ivies in a discussion on CNBC.

Feb. 25, 2024

Preaching Today: The Marvels of Easter

Scott M. Gibson, D.Phil., professor of preaching, The David E. Garland Chair of Preaching and director of the Ph.D. in preaching program at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, presents an Easter sermon series idea that focuses on wonder, awe and amazement of the Resurrection.

Feb. 26, 2024

The Hechinger Report: PROOF POINTS: Controversies within the science of reading

This article about an important but less understood aspect of learning to read – phonemic awareness – cites Baylor educational psychology research from 2022 that analyzed over 130 studies and found twice the benefits for phonemic awareness when it was taught with letters and not as an oral-only exercise.

New Books in Education: Horace J. Maxile, Jr. and Kristen M. Turner, "Race and Gender in the Western Music History Survey: A Teacher's Guide"

AUDIO: Horace J. Maxile Jr., Ph.D., associate professor of music theory at Baylor whose research focuses on the concert music of Black composers, music semiotics and gospel music, and Kristen M. Turner, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University, are interviewed about their book that helps instructors include women and people of color in the typical music history survey course and the foundational music theory classes.

National Jurist/PreLaw: Pro bono legal services worth more than $104 million donated by 2023 law class

Baylor Law is among 83 law schools that reported contributing pro bono legal services as part of their legal education, noted by an Association of American Law Schools survey measuring how much law schools contribute to the delivery of much-needed legal services through clinics, other experiential courses and pro bono activities of law students. Baylor Law noted its Family Law Clinic.

Feb. 27, 2024

CNBC: Halftime Report: Baylor University outperformed the Ivy League in university endowment performance rankings. Here’s how

VIDEO: Dave Morehead and Renee Hanna in Baylor’s Office of Investments are guests on CNBC’s Halftime Report during which they discussed how Baylor’s annualized endowment return of 10.9% over the past five years outperformed all Ivy League colleges except for Brown. The key to Baylor’s endowment success, Morehead said, is taking advantage of dislocations in the market.

The Wall Street Journal: Gen Z’s Long Road to Financial Independence

In this Future View column, Baylor management major Olivia Stricker is among the students discussing getting support on rent and monthly bills from their parents.

Baptist Standard: Around the State: Baylor groundbreaking for Memorial to Enslaved Persons

The Baylor Board of Regents concluded its regular quarterly meeting on Feb. 23, with a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Memorial to Enslaved Persons that will recognize the enslaved men, women and children who were instrumental in building Baylor’s original campus in Independence.

Newswise: Baylor Mathematicians Create New Math Track at Crossroads of Geometry and Harmonic Analysis

Baylor University mathematicians Dorina Mitrea, Ph.D., and Marius Mitrea, Ph.D., along with Irina Mitrea, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at Temple University, have co-authored an unprecedented five-volume, 5,000-page original research monograph that creates a new track in mathematics.

Feb. 29, 2024


Charles Weaver, Ph.D., associate dean for sciences, professor of psychology and neuroscience and Master Teacher, is quoted in this article about scientists going to court as an expert witness brings risks and rewards. Dr. Weaver is an expert on human memory at Baylor and often takes the stand to explain that the memories of eyewitnesses are fallible. He’s usually the only academic scientist testifying.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Traffic outweighs crowds as main concern as Waco-area leaders plan for eclipse

As the April 8 total solar eclipse approaches, Baylor Law Professor and Constitutional law scholar Brian J. Serr, J.D., L.L.M., is quoted in the article about how some counties, like Bell County, have declared an emergency declaration, which could trigger mass gathering rules for registration, health and safety. Serr is quoted about First Amendment freedom of assembly challenges.

March 1, 2023

Baylor Connections: Nick Madincea

AUDIO: Baylor senior Nick Madincea took a non-traditional path to Baylor and now serves as Student Body President. In this Baylor Connections, he takes listeners inside Student Government—how those involved seek to serve Baylor students, the impact of Student Government on campus and the role of student body president.


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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.