Baylor Connections

Fridays at 11:00am

Baylor Connections introduces the Waco community to the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education, and provides additional information and context to issues facing the University and higher education.

Baylor Connections - Emily Smith

Jan 8, 2021

To over 50,000 Facebook followers, she’s known as “Your Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist,” sharing accessible and actionable insights into the COVID-19 pandemic. Those followers, however, may not know that the Baylor professor behind that account is a leader in global health and an advocate for access to surgical care for children around the world. In this Baylor Connections, Emily Smith, assistant professor of epidemiology, shares the story behind her highly-regarded social media outreach and takes listeners around the globe and into the halls of the United Nations to understand the need for increased access to life-changing surgical care for children and their families.

Baylor Connections - Benjamin Ryan

Jan 1, 2021

An expert in environmental health and disease, Benjamin Ryan, clinical associate professor of environmental science at Baylor, has been called on by organizations like the United Nations, World Health Organization and more to address disasters and disease. In this Baylor Connections, he shares what it means for communities to be resilient in the face of such challenges and explains a program he and other colleagues developed which has helped over 4,000 communities around the world equip and prepare.

Baylor Connections - Perry Glanzer

Dec 18, 2020

What does it mean to help students discover meaning and build a moral foundation during their time in college? In this Baylor Connections, Perry Glanzer, professor of educational foundations in the Baylor School of Education, shares insights from research into religion and higher education and examines the role of a Christian university both now and in the future.

Baylor Connections - Dr. William Bellinger

Dec 11, 2020

The season of Advent provides a time to think, reflect and prepare our hearts for Christmas. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. William Bellinger, the W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible and Professor of Hebrew/Old Testament, shares thoughts on maintaining a faithful hope amidst the trials of the year. An expert on the Psalms and worship texts of the Old Testament, he examines stories of hope and the bonds of community that resonate today.

Baylor Connections - President Linda Livingstone

Dec 4, 2020

As the semester draws to a close, President Livingstone reflects on the factors that led to a successful in-person semester. In this Baylor Connections, she shares how the fall experience will impact the spring semester, and examines new programs like the Hord Scholarship Challenge and Trailblazer Scholars Program, which will open the Baylor experience to greater numbers of future students. 

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Baylor Connections - Michael Muehlenbein

Nov 27, 2020

From working on COVID-19 task forces with Baylor University and McLennan County, to partnering with Waco’s Family Health Center to survey the spread of the virus, Michael Muehlenbein’s work has provided insights into the local behavior of a global pandemic. In this Baylor Connections, Muehlenbein, chair and Professor of anthropology at Baylor, analyzes ways we can better understand and slow the spread of COVID-19 and shares why safety measures remain vital heading into the winter.

Baylor Connections - Robin Wallace

Nov 20, 2020

Few Beethoven scholars have as meaningful a connection to the impact of deafness on the composer’s works as Robin Wallace, Baylor professor of musicology. Wallace’s late wife, Barbara, suffered from profound hearing loss, providing insights into the impact of the disability both relationally and creatively. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and on this Baylor Connections, Wallace celebrates his legacy by examining the ways Beethoven, as well as Barbara, found wholeness and expression amidst deep physical challenges.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Leigh Greathouse

Nov 13, 2020

As a 24-year old, Leigh Greathouse developed a rare form of cancer, an experience that would shape her path into the study of diet and disease. Dr. Greathouse, assistant professor in human sciences & design at Baylor, is a leading researcher into the relationship between diet, the microbiome, disease and health. On this Baylor Connections, she shares her personal story, breaks down key research projects in her field and provides a framework for listeners to think about the relationship between diet and health in their own life.

Baylor Connections - Sutton Houser

Nov 12, 2020

There’s a lot on the plate of a Baylor University Student Body President, particularly in 2020. On this Baylor Connections, meet this year’s president, Sutton Houser. He shares details about the duties and responsibilities of student body presidents, what it means to be a voice for students, and takes listeners inside his work with Baylor leadership, local churches, campus initiatives and more.

Baylor Connections - Dr. David Corey

Oct 30, 2020

How can we model charitable discourse that bridges political, ideological and theological divides? Dr. David Corey serves as director of the Baylor in Washington program and professor of political science in Baylor’s Honors Program. In this Baylor Connections, he analyzes the current political climate and tone, examines into how Christians can forge a different path in the midst of the current tenor, and shares how the Baylor in Washington program builds leaders as it promotes opportunities for students to work in the nation’s capital.

Baylor Connections - Kenny Befus

Oct 16, 2020

What can volcanoes, gemstones and minerals tell us about the geological forces that physically shape the world around us? Dr. Kenny Befus, assistant professor of geosciences, is a volcanologist who studies clues found in magma flows, gemstones and more that shed light on past and future events. In this Baylor Connections, he shares insights into how these forces interplay with one another, and unpacks an award-winning research project aimed at a new method of studying imperfections in gemstones to uncover geological data.



Baylor Connections - Kelly Ylitalo

Oct 9, 2020

Kelly Ylitalo combines high-level, data-driven research with practical community partnerships that address upstream health issues. Dr. Ylitalo, assistant professor of epidemiology in Baylor’s Department of Public Health, focuses her research on physical functioning, obesity and healthy behaviors and their impact on aging trajectories. In this Baylor Connections, she takes listeners inside her partnerships with Waco’s Family Health Center and World Hunger Relief to study the effectiveness of innovative health approaches.

Get to know Shanna Hagan-Burke, the new Dean of Baylor’s School of Education. She came to Baylor this summer after university roles at Texas A&M University, the University of Oregon and University of Georgia, and taught children with behavioral challenges for many years in her native Florida.  In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Hagan-Burke tells about a unique parental introduction to the University that helped draw her to Baylor, shares experiences that shaped the ways she approaches higher education leadership, examines the School of Education’s contributions to Tier 1 research and more.

In over three decades at the Gallup organization as editor-in-chief and, now, senior scientist, Frank Newport has spent his career studying objective data about American attitudes on religion, politics, social issues and more. Newport, a Baylor graduate, is co-host of the podcast Objective Religion, launched earlier this year by Baylor’s Institute for the Studies of Religion. In this Baylor Connections, Newport and Byron Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and Baylor ISR Founding Director, discuss religion’s impact on America today and analyze topics at the intersection of faith and data-driven social science.

Baylor Connections - Mark Rountree

Sep 18, 2020

As Chair of the Baylor University Board of Regents, Mark Rountree works closely with President Livingstone and Baylor leadership. This year, he assumed the role as Chair as the University navigated a global pandemic and addressed important social issues. In this Baylor Connections, Rountree examines leadership amidst rapidly-changing conditions, sharing how the university worked towards an in-person semester and is responding to issues of injustice and racial inequality.