Baylor in the News – May 12-18, 2024

May 19, 2024
Christie Sayes

Christie Sayes, Ph.D., professor of environmental science at Baylor who specializes in toxicology speakes on the safety of laundry detergents (Baylor Photography/Matthew Minard). 

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WACO, Texas (May 19, 2024) – Baylor University researchers and faculty experts were featured in national and local media stories about the unique potency of young people in promoting social change, a new survey that explores women’s and young adult leadership in Asian American congregations and Baylor’s rise to become a Fulbright Top Producing Institution.

May 12, 2024

USA TODAY: What is the safest laundry detergent? A guide to eco-friendly, non-toxic washing

Christie Sayes, Ph.D., professor of environmental science at Baylor who specializes in toxicology, is quoted in this article about the chemicals that are necessary – and those that aren't – in laundry detergent.

May 14, 2024

USA TODAY: These jeans that make you look like you wet yourself cost $800 – and sold out. Why?

Lorynn Divita, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel design and merchandising at Baylor and author of the textbook Fashion Forecasting, is quoted in this article about the controversy over the latest jeans from a high-end fashion brand that have a “wet stain” on the front.

KWTX-TV (CBS/Waco): Baylor University starts education internship program with Robinson Independent School District

The Baylor School of Education has partnered with Robinson Independent School District to pair Baylor student teachers with RISD teachers for a year-long internship with pay through a TEA Strategic Staffing grant. Kylah Clark-Goff, Ph.D., director of clinical experiences and school-based partnerships at Baylor SOE, was interviewed about the impact of this opportunity on Baylor teacher-candidates.

May 15, 2024

RavePubs: DetaiLED Joins Forces With Electrosonic as a Technology Partner, Illuminating the Future of Visual Experiences

This article highlights one of the noteworthy collaborations between DetaiLED and Electrosonic at Baylor’s Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center, which fuses architectural brilliance and cutting-edge technology, including DetaiLED’s expertise in LED display solutions that brought the vision for the Hurd Welcome Center to life.

May 16, 2024

Presbyterian Mission: Report: Asian American women have fewer church leadership opportunities

Jerry Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor and an affiliate fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, is among the researchers with the first-of-its kind National Survey of Asian American Congregational Practices conducted by the Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity. The survey explored women’s and young adult leadership in Asian American congregations, church conflict and church involvement in the Stop AAPI Hate movement. Park’s research interests include the sociological study of religion, race, identity, culture and civic participation.

NASA: NASA Recognizes 5 Early Career Planetary Scientists

Peter B. James, Ph.D., is among five early-career scientists selected by NASA for its 2023 Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA) based on demonstrated leadership, involvement in the planetary science community and potential for future impact. James’ project tasks address the creation and evolution of porosity in the crusts of rocky planets and includes the development of a cratering workshop for undergraduates at the University of Texas Permian Basin in Odessa and outreach talks through the Mayborn Museum in central Texas.

May 17, 2024

Baylor Connections: Baylor Fulbright Recipients

AUDIO: On the heels of recognition as a Fulbright Top Producing Institution, Baylor University celebrates a school-record 17 students and recent alumni who have been selected for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants. In this Baylor Connections, Fulbright recipients Madelene Do and Jacey Jamison, who won the Fulbright ETA to teach English in Vietnam and South Korea respectively. Baylor Fulbright advisor Andy Hogue, Ph.D., associate dean for engaged learning, further shares how Baylor supports students in pursuit of these prestigious honors.

May 18, 2024

Waco Tribune-Herald: Luke Winslow: Children turned tide in ’60s civil rights tumult

In this column, Luke Winslow, Ph.D., associate professor of communication at Baylor and co-author with Eli Mangold of the new book “Children as Rhetorical Advocates in Social Movements,”  writes about how young people’s role in social movements – particularly the thousands of Black school children in 1963 who marched alongside civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama – demonstrates the unique potency of young people in promoting social change.


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