Baylor in the News – Jan. 14-20, 2024

January 21, 2024
Charles Baylis

Charles Baylis, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor and SMART Hub director, leads the effort to develop technology and policy that will solve the problems of a crowded communications spectrum. 

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 21, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the launch of SMART Hub in partnership with the Department of Defense to conduct multifaceted spectrum research, new exhibitions at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art and impacts of energy consumption and adoption of renewable energy sources. 

Jan. 14, 2024

The Washington Post: ‘Ordained by God’: Trump’s legal problems galvanize Iowa evangelicals 

Barry Hankins, Ph.D., retired professor of history and an expert on Protestant fundamentalism and evangelicalism, is quoted in this article about evangelicals’ unwavering dedication to former President Donald Trump. 

Jan. 15, 2024

Advanced Science News: 19th century art breaks down barriers for visually impaired scientists 

Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor, discusses his research that translates 2D images into 3D tactile lithophanes. This innovation is making chemistry accessible to students with blindness or low vision.

Good Faith Media: Look Back | The Spiritual Discipline of Martin Luther King Jr. 

Doug Weaver, Ph.D., The Barbara Jo Beard Driskell Professor of Historical Studies and chair of the Department of Religion, writes about the importance of Christianity to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s view of the Civil Rights Movement as a social gospel.

Jan. 17, 2024

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): Baylor University hosts MLK Luncheon 

VIDEO: Baylor University held its MLK Luncheon at the Hurd Welcome Center to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Geoffrey Griggs, Ed.D., director of Multicultural Affairs at Baylor, is interviewed about the importance of holding events that inspire togetherness.

Faculty Focus: The Components of the Imagination: Practical Applications of an Innovative but Underused Tool

Micah Mitchell, Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education Studies and Leadership, writes about encouraging students to use their imagination to better apply knowledge. Mitchell argues that invoking imagination could result in stronger classroom engagement through memory recall, reframing, empathizing and the perception of possibilities. 

KJZZ-FM (91.5/NPR Phoenix): Where did the connection between flags and identity come from? 

AUDIO: In this segment, Leslie Hahner, Ph.D., professor and graduate program director in the Department of Communication at Baylor, talks about how flags take on meaning and the ways that this meaning can change over time. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor professor leads team to solve cluttered communication spectrum

Baylor University officially launched SMART Hub, a multidisciplinary team of 29 researchers at 17 institutions in collaboration with the Defense of Department, to develop technology and policy that will solve the problems of a crowded communications spectrum. SMART Hub director, Charles Baylis, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor, leads the effort. SMART Hub’s official launch also was covered by Waco TV stations KWTX-TV and KXXV-TV and partner institution University of Houston.

Jan. 18, 2024

Christianity Today: Holly Oxhandler: The Soul of the Helper

AUDIO: Holly Oxhandler, Ph.D., associate dean for research and faculty development and associate professor at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, is featured in this podcast to encourage caregivers and caretakers to recognize burnout and seek spiritual renewal. 

EurekAlert!: When energy doesn’t add up: 200 US cities will fall short of sustainable energy goals despite pledging to transition to renewable sources by 2050 

Kayla Garrett, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow in environmental science at Baylor, is lead author of a new study that focuses on the impacts of energy consumption and the adoption of renewable energy sources. Results show that future plans for renewable energy cannot provide sufficient energy output. This story was also covered by

Waco Tribune-Herald: Martin Museum art shows highlight women photographers, faculty

This article highlights two new exhibits at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art: “In Pursuit of Light,” which highlights nine women photographers who focus on the different roles women play in art as subject, object and creator, and a biennial exhibit of works by 13 Baylor art faculty members and historians. 

Jan. 19, 2024

Baylor Connections: Jon Eckert – Baylor Center for School Leadership

AUDIO: The growing Baylor Center for School Leadership has served teachers around the world in the five years since its founding through research, networking, events and more. Jon Eckert, Ed.D., came to Baylor in 2019 as The Lynda and Robert Copple Endowed Chair for Christians in School Leadership. In this Baylor Connections, Eckert takes listeners inside Baylor’s efforts to serve and equip teachers and to encourage them for excellence as they teach the next generation.

Creators Syndicate: The Reason for Exercise

This article about continuing to exercise although it’s the foods we choose daily that determine our weight cites research by Samuel Urlacher, Ph.D., assistant professor of anthropology at Baylor. Urlacher conducted an in-depth study on children in Ecuador that compared the lifestyles, diets and body compositions of children who live in rural areas to other children living in towns, finding that how much children eat influences their body weight more than how much they move.

Jan. 20, 2024

Vail Daily: Leonard: The mountains are calling (but not really)

This column by Scott Leonard, B.S. ’99, about how experiences in the mountains can be spiritual moments but “are meant to point us to the next step on our spiritual journey,” cites Baylor sociology research, which found that good weather and beautiful scenery dramatically lower church worship service attendance.


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