Baylor in the News – March 10-16, 2024

March 17, 2024
Baylor theater students rehearse to perform the musical "An American Eclipse"

Baylor Theater will perform “American Eclipse,” alongside Broadway professionals in celebration of the total solar eclipse over Waco (Photo credit: Baylor Theater) 

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WACO, Texas (March 17, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about how the pandemic altered our perception of time, Baylor theatre students working with Broadway professionals on an eclipse-themed musical and what might happen if the popular social media app TikTok is banned.

March 10, 2024

KBTX-TV (CBS/Bryan-College Station): Brazos Valley & Central Texas agencies to benefit from latest round of federal appropriations 

Two Baylor research projects, the Artic Acclimatization & Sleep Optimization Research Center and the Material Science Laboratory, secured a combined $2.75 million through Congressman Pete Sessions as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024. 

March 11, 2024

Deseret News: Interfaith academic conference about ‘The Chosen’ set to take place at BYU 

During a conference at Brigham Young University, Robert K. Garcia, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Baylor, will present “Counting Sheep with Jesus: The Significance of the Individual in The Chosen” – a television series about Jesus’ life and ministry. 

Preaching Today: Crossroads to the Cross

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 ideas for a sermon series for the weeks surrounding Resurrection Sunday that focuses on the crucial crossroads in the Gospel of Luke. 

NBC News: Latino evangelical support for Christian nationalism rises as Trump courts religious vote 

Samuel Perry, Ph.D., associate professor of communication in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and director of the Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies, is quoted in this article about the definition of American Christian nationalism. 

March 12, 2024

Texas Standard: The pandemic altered our perception of time. Here’s how. 

AUDIO: In this interview, Paul Froese, Ph.D., professor of sociology, director of Baylor Religion Surveys, and Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, talk about their research on the multifaceted nature of time disorientation as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Broadway meets Baylor! Students prep for eclipse-themed musical 

VIDEO: Baylor Theatre will perform “American Eclipse,” a musical based on a non-fiction book about how an eclipse inspired 19th-century progress, alongside Broadway professionals in celebration of the total solar eclipse over Waco. 

March 13, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco commission scraps ranking system for historical update 

AUDIO: Stephen Sloan, Ph.D., professor of history, director of the Institute for Oral History and Waco Historic Landmark Preservation Commission member, is quoted in this article about the process for a historical marker submission. 

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): $133K presented for plane building program at Midway HS 

Baylor University’s Institute for Air Science, in collaboration with Blackhawk Aerospace, TSTC Foundation, Haggard & Stocking and Col. Joe McKethan, donated $19,000 to support the Tango Flight program at Midway High School in Waco.

WCIA-TV (CBS/Central Illinois): Remarkable Women: Kirsten’s dedication to her career 

VIDEO: Kirsten Davin, OTD, clinical assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator for Baylor's Doctor of Occupational Therapy program, is featured in this segment for her unique work as assistant fire chief, expert court witness and occupational therapist. 

March 14, 2024

Fort Worth Report: Is Taylor Sheridan buying iconic Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant?

Shaun Limbers, MBA, director of the Institute for Family Business at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, is quoted about the reasons why families may sell their longtime businesses in this article about a Fort Worth family putting a nearly 90-year-old restaurant up for sale.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): Robinson High Senior selected in prestigious Baylor Law Scholar program 

VIDEO: Kaden Slider, a Robinson High School senior, was chosen for the Baylor2Baylor Law Program where he will receive a $40,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at Baylor and a full-tuition scholarship toward a Baylor Law School degree. Jenny Branson, J.D., assistant dean of admissions at Baylor Law, is interviewed about the characteristics of a Baylor2Baylor scholar. 

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Central Texas businesses and media experts weigh in on TikTok ban 

VIDEO: Mia Moody-Ramirez, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media at Baylor, is quoted about the future of TikTok’s algorithm in the event of a sale. 

March 15, 2024

Baylor Connections: Curtis Reynolds

AUDIO: Curtis Reynolds officially joined the Baylor Family this month as Vice President of Business and Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He comes to Baylor from the University of Florida, where he served as Vice President for Business Affairs. Get to know Reynolds in this Baylor Connections, where he discusses topics ranging from his family and path to Baylor to current challenges and opportunities in higher education.

Radio Kerry (96-98 FM/County Kerry, Ireland): Who Exactly Was St Patrick? 

AUDIO: On this Irish radio show, Michael P. Foley, Ph.D., professor of patristics in Baylor’s Honors College, dispels common myths and establishes the historical truth surrounding St. Patrick. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: Salvation Army turns to public to finish $20M campaign for new Waco center

This article about a $20 million campaign by the Salvation Army to build a new center to consolidate and expand services to people experiencing housing insecurity cites a joint study conducted in 2019 with Baylor University. The study focused on identifying the growing needs of the area’s homeless population, including temporary housing for families and all-day accommodations.


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