Baylor in the News – Jan. 7-13, 2024

January 14, 2024
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, The Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies and music director of Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Campus Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Campus Orchestra, will conduct the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s in an upcoming performance.

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 14, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about supplying local educators with teaching material for the upcoming total solar eclipse, the excitement and success surrounding the opening of the Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion and a Baylor faculty member who will conduct an upcoming performance by the Waco Symphony Orchestra. 

Jan. 8, 2024

Orange County Register: California weighs law to protect adults from clergy abuse

David Pooler, Ph.D., professor of social work at Baylor who researches adult sexual abuse by clergy, was interviewed for this article about proposed legislation in California to expand existing laws to include clergy members from engaging in sexual acts with parishioners.

WalletHub: Best & Worst States to Raise a Family (2024)

Michelle Kiefer, director of Piper Center for Family Studies and Child Development at Baylor, provides insight on specific factors that affect child and family well-being such as quality early care and education, support for parents who stay home to raise children and finding appropriate and accessible medical providers.

NutraIngredients: Study explores best omega-3 for muscle recovery

A recent study led by a group of Baylor health, human performance and nutrition researchers explored the importance of Omega-3s for muscle recovery. Results published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise show that supplementation with EPA or DHA omega-3 fatty acids improves some aspects of muscle recovery, but the combination of both supplements was inconclusive. 

Anabaptist World: MC USA BIPOC leaders gathering in February 

Felipe Hinojosa, Ph.D., The Jackson Family Endowed Chair for Baylor in Latin America and professor of history, will speak at the Mennonite Church USA’s Hope for the Future conference on how leaders from various racial and ethnic backgrounds have shaped the Mennonite church. 

Episcopal News Service: Baylor University to Host Third Conference Confronting Racism in the Church Feb. 15-17

Baylor University will host Time to Wake Up: Racism in the World Church, the third of a three-year sequence of programs that will focus on confronting racism in the church and seeking God’s justice. The event will feature a wide range of speakers and guest appearances, curated by Greg Garrett, Ph.D., The Carole Ann McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture at Baylor.

Jan. 10, 2024

EurekAlert!: Tactile lithophane development makes hard scientific data available to students with blindness

A first-of-its-kind tactile learning device developed by Baylor University chemistry professors, led by Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., to make science accessible to students with blindness or low vision has opened the possibility of the transfer of any scientific data or images for sighted students into functional, thorough formats for students with blindness. The study was published as the cover story in the journal Science Advances.

CBS Sports: The Court Report: Why programs should follow Baylor, downsize arenas for better college basketball experience 

The opening of Foster Pavilion marks the beginning of a new era of Baylor basketball. This opinion piece highlights the new facility and argues that more programs should follow Baylor’s lead. Men’s basketball coach Scott Drew is quoted about the importance and atmosphere of the new arena. 

Jan. 11, 2024

Baptist Standard: Voices: Developing a sense of calling matters for the church 

Baylor faculty members Darin Davis, Ph.D., clinical professor of moral philosophy in the Honors Program and principal investigator of the Soundings Project, and Nathan Hays, Ph.D., program manager of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning and the Soundings Project, write about how vocation Christians work together in divided times. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco Symphony, pianist tackle challenging works in January concert 

Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, The Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies and music director of Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Campus Orchestra, will conduct the Waco Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance “Extraordinary Feats.” The performance includes a collaboration with renowned Russian pianist Anna Geniushene.

Jan. 12, 2024

Baylor Connections: Jen Stephenson - Baylor Opera Theater

AUDIO: Baylor Opera Theatre has spent the last year earning numerous national awards as they annually present multiple performances to campus. This spring, Baylor Opera delivers Luisa Fernanda, their first opera entirely in Spanish. In this Baylor Connections, Jen Stephenson, D.M.A., director of Baylor Opera Theater and assistant clinical professor in the Baylor School of Music, takes listeners inside the world of opera and shares what goes into delivering award-winning performances.

Jan. 13, 2024

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Waco educators prepare for upcoming solar eclipse: 

Baylor physics faculty were among the presenters at a Saturday workshop for local Waco educators to learn more about the math and physics behind April’s total solar eclipse. Barbara Castanheira-Endl, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, was interviewed about the importance of equipping educators with resources and enhancing student experience through activities and experiments. Additional media coverage of the workshop was featured on KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco) and KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco).


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