Baylor in the News – March 24-30, 2024

March 31, 2024

FM72 is a 72-hour worship and prayer event held on Baylor’s campus annually (Baylor Photography: Robbie Rogers).

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WACO, Texas (March 31, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about research on the romantic relationships known as “situationships,” studying the phenomena of emotional responses to the April 8 total eclipse and delving into the first results of the Global Flourishing Study, which found links between religiosity and people’s satisfaction with their lives.

March 25, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Mike Copeland: George's on a Sunday; Phoji 3.0; Curb program at Baylor; $5.28 trillion in sales

In recognition of entertainment executive Mike Curb’s $1 million in financial support since 2006, Baylor University has created the Curb Sales Strategy in Sports and Entertainment (S3E) program in the Hankamer School of Business. 

Psychology Today: What It Means to Be in a Situationship

Mickey Langlais, Ph.D., CFLE, assistant professor of child and family studies at Baylor, is interviewed about his research on “situationships” – a term used for an undefined relationship – and how individuals understand and experience these types of relationships. 

March 26, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Eclipse memories can last a lifetime, so can eye damage: Waco optometrist offers safety tips

Barbara Castanheira-Endl, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the damage to eyes if looking at the total solar eclipse improperly, the importance of wearing legitimate solar eclipse glasses and advice for viewing the eclipse with children. 

Baptist Standard: FM72 leaders call back to Waco Youth Revivals

Since 2018, FM72 has been a 72-hour worship and prayer event on Baylor’s campus. The event is reminiscent of a 90-day revival movement led by Baylor students in 1945. Charles Ramsey, Ph.D., Baylor’s director for campus ministries and church connection is quoted in this story. 

Dallas Morning News: Musical inspired by 1878 total eclipse coming to Waco

Baylor Theatre will perform “American Eclipse,” alongside Broadway actors in celebration of the total solar eclipse over Waco. The musical focuses on how a 19th century total solar eclipse over the U.S. inspired a wave of scientific achievement. This performance also was covered by Texas Public Radio and the Waco Tribune-Herald

March 28, 2024

Texas Monthly: A Baylor Scientist Transforms Education for the Blind  

This feature shares how Bryan F. Shaw, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Baylor, was inspired by his son’s blindness to develop tactile tools to create opportunities for blind students to study chemistry, including his recent contribution of using lithophanes to enable blind students to visualize images at the same resolution as their sighted peers. 

Religion News Service: New Human Flourishing Survey Links Frequent Religious Practice to Life Satisfaction 

A joint research project between Harvard, Baylor, Gallup and the Center for Open Science has found that attending religious services regularly positively affects “human flourishing,” measures of happiness, character and virtue as well as social relationships. Byron R. Johnson, Ph.D.,  director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion, is quoted about the research results.

This story was also covered by Baptist StandardGood Faith Media and Gallup

Success: 9 Steps to Start a Business as an Ex-Convict Entrepreneur 

The Texas-based Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) focuses on assisting formerly incarcerated individuals in taking the first steps toward building businesses. PEP graduates receive a certificate of entrepreneurship at a ceremony hosted at Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business

March 29, 2024

Baylor Connections: Sara Dolan and Joe Taube

AUDIO: Baylor celebrates Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 1-5, presenting an opportunity to recognize the nearly 5,500 Baylor graduate students who advance research, teaching and more throughout the University. In this Baylor Connections, Sara Dolan, Ph.D.,  Associate Dean for Professional Development in the Graduate School, and Joe Taube, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology and Graduate Program Director, share more about the importance of graduate education and how they’ve both have partnered with graduate students to advance high-level research.

KXXV-TV (ABC/Waco): Supply chain issues from larger cities impacting Central Texas businesses

Pedro Reyes, Ph.D., associate professor in the Hankamer School of Business, is quoted in this article about the cause of current supply chain issues in Central Texas. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco’s ‘Eclipse Over Texas’ festival to bookend totality with demos, talks from astronomers 

Discovery Inc., Lowell Observatory, Waco and Baylor will host “Eclipse Over Texas: Live from Waco” in Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium. Barbara Castanheira-Endl, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, is quoted about her science talk at the event on the fate of the Earth’s solar system. 

MedCentral: Chronic Disease Makes Vulnerable Populations Even More Vulnerable 

Gabriel A. Benavidez, Ph.D., assistant professor of public health at Baylor, and his team of researchers examined chronic diseases such as diabetes, as a function of socioeconomic and environmental barriers and discussed policy changes needed to serve vulnerable populations.

March 30, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco and Central Texas to serve as laboratories during April 8 solar eclipse 

Baylor psychologists and psychology students, led by Wade Rowatt, Ph.D., professor and interim chair of the department of psychology and neuroscience, will study the phenomena of emotional responses of people who witness the total eclipse over Waco.


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