Baylor in the News – March 17-23, 2024

March 24, 2024
James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing at Baylor University, stands in the doorway of his office

The New York Times interviewed James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing and consumer behavior expert at Baylor, in its March 21, 2024 article, "How to Have a Healthier Relationship With Your Phone." (Baylor University)

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WACO, Texas (March 24, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the idea of “personhood” as portrayed in the TV series “The Chosen,” having a healthier relationship with your phone and why housework is a topic worthy of study in the K-12 social studies curriculum.

March 18, 2024

Deseret News: Inside the interfaith, academic ‘The Chosen’ conference held at BYU

Baylor philosophy professor Robert Garcia, Ph.D., was one of among the scholars participating in BYU’s interfaith academic conference about the historical drama “The Chosen.” Garcia said he watched “The Chosen” while keeping in mind “personhood.” As a philosopher, Garcia said he’s been studying this issue, especially as it relates to the idea that every person has irreplaceable value, which “The Chosen” portrays.

Greenville University: Ending Racism Is Topic of This Year's Andrews Lecture

Jonathan Tran, Ph.D., associate dean in Baylor’s Honors College and associate professor of theology in Great Texts, delivered the annual Andrews Lecture on Christian Unity at Greenville University about his experiences with the reality of discrimination in America. Tran is author of the book, Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism.

Christianity Today: Why Your Favorite Theologians Are All Talking about Theological Anthropology

This article about theological anthropology, the study of what it means to be human in light of God’s revelation, quotes Daniel Lee Hill, Ph.D., assistant professor of Christian theology at Baylor’s Truett Seminary: “The Christian doctrine of Creation pushes back on ‘me as just an acting thing’—that I receive myself in a certain sense before I become it. … And so, my value then isn’t in what I’m doing; it’s actually in this relationship of reception that I have with God.”

March 19, 2024

The Wall Street Journal: Are NCAA Athletes Amateurs Anymore?

In this Future Views column, Baylor students Honor Moore, a supply chain management major, and Corban Quarles, a finance major, discuss the decision of the Dartmouth men’s basketball team to unionize and what it means for college sports.

March 20, 2024

KCEN-TV (NBC/Waco): Central Texans raise concerns over Texas immigration law, Senate Bill 4

Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., The Bob Bullock Professor of Political Science at Baylor, was interviewed about Senate Bill 4, a Texas immigration law that allows state and local police the authority to arrest anyone suspected to have entered the country illegally.

Southeast Texas Record: Baylor Law Ranks #1 in Practical Training Ranking

Baylor Law has ranked #1 in preLaw Magazine’s influential Best Schools for Practical Training Honor Roll. Among the 59 law schools nationwide recognized, Baylor Law stood out for its unparalleled commitment to creating practice-ready legal professionals through externships, clinics and its unrivaled Practice Court program.

Good Faith Media: Rev. William Barber Shares Insights from Ezekiel, Proposing a ‘Third Reconstruction’ to Baylor University Audience

The Rev. Dr. William Barber II gave Baylor’s Whitten Endowed Lecture Series, which highlights the expression of Christian faith as it intersects with the public square, encouraging those in attendance to follow the lead of the poor and marginalized in the United States in creating a “Third Reconstruction.” Doug Weaver, Ph.D., chair of Baylor’s Department of Religion, said Baylor’s R1 status and its desire to “have a seat at the table on important issues in our culture, the academy and for the church” inspired him to invite Barber to campus.

March 21, 2024

D Magazine: The Excellence in Nursing Awards 2024

Two Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing faculty members – Janice Edmonson, DNP, clinical assistant professor, and Adrianne R. Duvall-Ingram, DNP, The Harris and Anne Clark FastBacc® Endowed Professor, FastBacc® coordinator and clinical assistant professor – have been recognized by D Magazine with its 2024 Excellence in Nursing awards in the Education/Research category.

The New York Times: How to Have a Healthier Relationship With Your Phone

In this article about using your tech in a way that serves you, James A. Roberts, Ph.D., The Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing and an expert on consumer behavior at Baylor, said don’t rely on your willpower alone to keep your screen time down. Instead, tweak your surroundings. Roberts is author of Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?.

Washington Examiner: Wagering on March Madness likely to break record amid sports betting wave

As sports betting becomes legal in more states every year, March Madness will likely beat its previous records with the 2024 men’s and women’s tournaments. Kirk Wakefield, Ph.D., The Edwin W. Streetman Professorship in Retail Marketing and Baylor’s executive director of the Curb Sales Strategy in Sports and Entertainment program, said in general, since the time of the pandemic, overall attention to sports and engagement with fans has been growing.

KWBU-FM (NPR/Waco): Business Review - Stash the Cash

AUDIO: Assistant Professor Brian Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor of finance at Baylor, explores the impact of cash reserves on investment behavior and market dynamics, shedding light on the balance between prudence and potential.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Dark comedies shadow Waco's stages with killers, claustrophobia

Baylor Theatre is presenting the play, “Friends,” where a three-generational family moves into a man’s apartment and gradually takes over his life even though they’re strangers. A scholar of Japanese theater, Baylor theatre professor David Jortner, Ph.D., said Kobo Abe’s absurdist “Friends” speaks to audiences beyond the playwright’s original urban Japanese audience of the 1960s. “It’s a story of individuals versus the collective. It’s something we struggle with in the United States all the time,” he said.

Boston University: Americans from Underrepresented Communities?

Rosalynn Vasquez, Ph.D., assistant professor of journalism, new media and public relations at Baylor, is a coauthor on Boston University-led research that suggests false information festers due to structural dynamics, including historic discrimination.

March 22, 2024

Baylor Connections: Coretta Pittman

AUDIO: Coretta Pittman’s focus as associate professor of English at Baylor is to build strong writers and communicators. In her role as Associate Dean for Diversity and Belonging in the College of Arts & Sciences, she works with fellow faculty to support purposeful work with a diverse student body. In this Baylor Connections, Pittman takes listeners inside those roles and shares tips that she provides her own students to become excellent writers.

EdWeek: Housework Is a Topic Worthy of Study in Our Schools

Alexandra Thrall, a doctoral candidate in curriculum and instruction at Baylor, coauthored this essay on why the study of housework should be included in K-12 social studies curriculum. “Excluding the study…not only reflects the myopia of social studies educators and policymakers but also our broader social devaluation of this traditionally female labor,” Thrall and a coauthor wrote.

Presbyterian Church (USA): 2024 PHS research grants awarded

Elesha Coffman, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Baylor, is among the recipients of Presbyterian Historical Society Research Fellowship grants for 2024. Coffman is writing about "Making Religion News,” an investigation into how religious journalism has changed over time and has been perceived by American media consumers.

KWKT-TV (FOX/Waco): Baylor renames program after big donation

Baylor University has announced the naming of the Hankamer School of Business’s uCrb Sales Strategy in Sports and Entertainment (S3E) program, formerly known as the Sports Strategy and Sales program, in honor of leading music and entertainment executive Mike Curb of Nashville, Tennessee.


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