Baylor in the News – Feb. 4-10, 2024

February 11, 2024
Annular Solar Eclipse

Annular Solar Eclipse (Photo Credit: Matthew Minard, Baylor Photography)

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 11, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about religion and criminal justice, common solar eclipse questions and the origins of pre-Lent traditions. 

Feb. 6, 2024

Christianity Today: Conversations on Faith, Mission, and Black Leadership 

In honor of Black History Month, Daniel Lee Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of Christian theology at Baylor’s Truett Seminary, will take part in a free online seminar featuring Black evangelical leaders who will explore conversations of the blessings and challenges of being a ministry leader. 

Finding Genius Podcast: Examining the Intersection of Criminology and Religion with Byron Johnson 

AUDIO: In this conversation, Byron Johnson, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, sits down with host Richard Jacobs to discuss his research that explores religion and criminal justice. 

The Daily Texan: UT geosciences professor receives prestigious Cherry Award 

Baylor University awarded its Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching to Jay L. Banner, Ph.D., F. M. Bullard Professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. The award recognizes excellent teachers and connects them with Baylor students. This story was also covered by The Baylor Lariat

The Wall Street Journal: Is America Too Weak or Too Interventionist? 

In this Future View student opinion piece, Baylor senior management major Lauren Dunham shares her thoughts on the state of U.S. foreign policy. 

Feb. 7, 2024

Newswise: The Days Blur Together: Study Shows How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Perceptions of Time...and Our Mental Well-being 

A recent study by Baylor sociologists Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., and Paul Froese, Ph.D., focuses on how perceptions of time can vary dramatically during times of high stress and uncertainty, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baptist News Global: Hope for divided churches glimmers at the Grammys 

Mallory Herridge, assistant director of the Center from Church and Community Impact at Baylor’s Diana Garland School of Social Work, writes about the emotional impact that a recent duet at the Grammys had on her and the potential for Christian unity amid division. 

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Verify | Can you reuse old solar eclipse glasses? 

VIDEO: Barbara Castanheira Endl, Ph.D., an astrophysicist and assistant professor of physics at Baylor, was interviewed for this story about proper eclipse eyewear and also provides guidance about the reuse of glasses from previous eclipses. 

Finding Genius Podcast: Unpacking Philosophy & Religion | How to Seek The Truth & Cultivate Faith

AUDIO: In this conversation, Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor, sits down with host Richard Jacobs to talk about philosophy, how worldviews are shaped and the importance of listening to people you disagree with. 

Feb. 8, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: PBS ‘Gospel’ series features Baylor professors 

‘Gospel’, a four-part TV series produced by author and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., features interviews with Baylor faculty Jared Alcántara, Ph.D., director of Truett Seminary’s Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching and associate professor of preaching at Baylor, and Robert Darden, a founder of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Preservation Program. This story was also covered by Patheos.

Green Matters: St. Patrick’s Day and the Holy Trinity: What’s the Spiritual Meaning Behind This Holiday? 

Baylor professor of patristics Michael P. Foley, Ph.D., is cited in this article about debunking common misconceptions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day. 

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): LightSound device provides an eclipse experience for people with visual impairments

AUDIO: Barbara Castanheira Endl, Ph.D., astrophysicist and assistant professor of physics at Baylor, talks about the LightSound device which will allow blind or visually impaired individuals the opportunity to hear the total solar eclipse in April 2024.

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Baylor University School of Education hosts training on how to teach about the eclipse

The Baylor School of Education hosted an exclusive training event to help educators, faculty and staff prepare material to teach others, especially children, about the upcoming solar eclipse. Suzanne Nesmith, Ph.D., associate professor in science education and associate dean for undergraduate education, was interviewed about the exciting educational opportunity. This story was also covered by KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco).  

Feb. 9, 2024

Baylor Connections: Cheryl Gochis

AUDIO: Baylor has long been recognized as a “Great College to Work For,” earning honor roll status on this competitive list for 12 of the last 13 years. In this Baylor Connections, Cheryl Gochis, vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer, shares how Baylor Human Resources serves Baylor faculty and staff through initiatives that promote wellness, increased benefits offerings, employee resource groups and more.

Feb. 10, 2024

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor Law School hosted annual ‘The People’s Law School’ 

VIDEO: Baylor Law School professors, local attorneys and experts held 20 different public sessions addressing a range of legal topics to simplify the law and make it more accessible to individuals. 

Finding Genius Podcast: Examining The Historical Significance Of Religion In The American South With Robert Elder

AUDIO: Robert Elder, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor, joins host Richard Jacobs to discuss the history of culture and religion in the southern United States. 

Catholic News Agency: How Christians used to ‘pre-game’ their Lent

Baylor professor of patristics Michael P. Foley, Ph.D., is cited in this article about the strange-sounding days – Septuagesima-tide, or Carnival (typically the name for more worldly celebrations during this time), or Shrove-Tide – that once marked a period of pre-Lenten preparation and feasting.


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