Baylor in the News – March 31 - April 6, 2024

April 7, 2024
Students watch solar eclipse

Baylor students watch total solar eclipse in Waco, TX (Baylor Photography: Robbie Rogers). 

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WACO, Texas (April 7, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the importance of family recipes in the grieving process, camera safety during the total solar eclipse and sustaining strong sibling relationships. 

April 1, 2024

Inside Higher Ed: Delaying the Inevitable 

Mary Herridge, associate vice president of enrollment management at Baylor, is quoted in this article about the adjustment of the commitment deadline for prospective students from May 1 to June 15 to account for delays and disruptions of the new FAFSA. 

Houston Chronicle: Tuition rates at private Texas colleges are about to get a lot higher. Here’s by how much and when

Several Texas universities have increased tuition rates for the 2024-25 academic year, including Baylor University and other private institutions. While rates increased, the article notes that about 90% of students receive financial aid, and 86% receive merit scholarships.

American Psychological Association: Uncovering the new science of clinical hypnosis 

Gary Elkins, Ph.D., professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Lab at Baylor, is quoted about his research regarding hypnosis and hot flashes in menopausal women, the range of responsivity to hypnosis and how hypnosis can be used in addition to other treatments. 

Psychology Today: How to Hold Onto a Strong Sibling Relationship 

Kaitlin Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor in communication, co-authors this article about the importance of confirming ways of communicating, weathering challenges and specific ways to foster sibling relationships. 

Deseret News: Culinary tradition: Why family memories live in the kitchen 

Candi K. Cann, Ph.D., associate professor of religion in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, is quoted in this article about the effects of family recipes as a means to honor loved ones who have died. She said the psychological and chemical reactions can soothe and sustain someone during their grief and mourning. Cann is the editor of “Dying to Eat: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death, and the Afterlife.” 

April 2, 2024

The Montecito Journal: Talk Explores Racism, Anti-Greed Gospel

Malcolm Foley, Ph.D., special advisor to the president for equity and campus engagement, will speak about understanding race and racism as issues of anti-greed at Westmont College on April 3. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: Beall Poetry Festival welcomes prize-winning poets, authors 

Baylor’s longstanding Beall Poetry Festival will celebrate its 30th year on campus with a three-day literary event that features former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy K. Smith. 

April 3, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Waco photographers stress planning, safety in capturing the magic of the eclipse

Matthew Minard, associate director of photography and video at Baylor, shares his plans to capture the total solar eclipse over Waco on April 8. Photographer and Baylor lecturer Andrew Church, M.A., gives advice on how to capture incredible photos of the solar eclipse while protecting your camera. 

April 4, 2024

Texas Monthly: Lights Down, Curtain Up: A Solar Eclipse Musical Debuts in Waco 

Baylor Theatre will perform “American Eclipse,” alongside six Broadway actors in celebration of the total solar eclipse over Waco. The musical focuses on how the 1878 total solar eclipse over the U.S. inspired a wave of scientific endeavors, particularly by women. Baylor Theatre’s production will be the first public performance of the musical. This story was also covered by Texas Public Radio.

University of Houston: University of Houston Researchers Confirm Ozone & Particulates Are Issues In San Antonio Air 

Baylor environmental science professors Rebecca Sheesley, Ph.D., and Sascha Usenko, Ph.D., collaborated with researchers from the University of Houston and Rice University to understand how the ozone and small particles are contributing to excessive air pollution levels in San Antonio. 

Waco Tribune-Herald: ‘Babble’ art installation mixes images with sounds of Waco, tells stories in many languages

Reeve Hunter, Ph.D., lecturer of mathematics at Baylor, and Austin artist Lucas Greco will present a public art installation at Indian Spring Park in Waco. The sculpture is made from corrugated metal with a speaker that will read poetry in nine different languages. 

April 5, 2024

Baylor Connections: Hankamer School of Business Centennial

AUDIO: Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business is celebrating its centennial throughout the school year. In this Baylor Connections, Hankamer faculty take listeners on a tour of research and education, with insights from Brad Lail, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Law; Patsy Norman, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Business Programs and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation; and Mitchell J. Neubert, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and The Hazel and Harry Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business.

Waco Tribune-Herald: Cellphone providers: No eclipse day disruption expected in Waco 

In preparation for the total solar eclipse over Waco, major cellphone service providers are ensuring Waco that there will be no disruptions to cellular service. Charles Baylis, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of SMART Hub, is quoted about expecting slower connection speeds during the total solar eclipse weekend. 

Southern Living: Beautiful Southern Libraries Worth Visiting

Baylor’s Armstrong Browning Library is featured in this roundup of the most beautiful libraries throughout the South. The library is dedicated to the study of the lives and preservation of the works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 

April 6, 2024

The Dallas Morning News: ‘The Whole of the Moon’ and the cosmic wonder of an eclipse

In this opinion piece, Robert F. Darden, emeritus professor of journalism and co-founder of the Black Gospel Music Preservation Program at Baylor, writes about the wonder of the total solar eclipse through a comparison to the rock song “The Whole of the Moon” by the Waterboys. 


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