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Dr. Jay Yoo and Dr. Byron Newberry Honored with Funding Projects on Therapeutic Procurement in African-American Breast Cancer Patients, Expanding Engineering Education into the 21st Century

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WACO, Texas (May 4, 2022) – Baylor University faculty members Jay YoPh.D., associate professor of apparel merchandising at Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, and Byron NewberryPh.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, have been selected to receive the 2022 Centennial Professor Awards for Summer Research Projects.

The Centennial Professor Award, created by the Baylor Class of 1945, honors two full professors with a $5,000 Centennial Faculty Development Award for research projects that facilitate their development and contribute to university life of the University. These projects may include study or research trips, the development of innovative teaching materials or other professional development activities.

Yoo teaches courses on fashion and health, social responsibility and environmental issues involving consumer behaviors. Her research focuses on appearance-related behaviors and its implications for individual and social well-being from a consumer perspective. He will use the centennial professor’s funding to understand the body image distress that occurs in African American breast cancer patients and whether therapeutic shopping, negative mood reduction and elevation positive mood boosts – known to alleviate body image distress in women – also produce the same benefits for them. .

“A cancer diagnosis creates significant body image distress when deciding cancer treatments,” Yoo said. “My goal for research is to understand the role of fashion-driven consumption for breast cancer patients and to develop a body image scale to tailor interventions and provide personalized care to particularly vulnerable populations. . A therapeutic shopping trip can be used to improve self-image and positively impact emotional well-being. Especially for patients who have appropriate products to camouflage a patient’s perceived bodily flaws, this can reduce the negative feelings associated with the diagnosis of cancer.

The funding is also another step towards effective health promotion for cancer patients. Yoo plans to conduct a study that will contribute to the long-term survival of breast cancer patients and provide coping strategies and ways for cancer patients to improve their quality of life. Yoo intends to share strategies with appropriate healthcare professionals, enabling them to provide personalized care for appearance-related symptoms and identify ways to improve body image, a stressor important in their ability to fight cancer.

Newberry teaches courses in statics, social and ethical issues in engineering, machine design, engineering design, strength of materials, and sustainable engineering. His research interests include engineering ethics, the philosophy of engineering and technology studies, and the theory and practice of engineering education. With his Centennial Professor funding, Newberry aims to publish his volume of books in the Springer Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (POET) book series, “Framing Conversations between Engineering, Social Sciences, and the Humanities through Picture.” Picture is a German word that expresses a concept of education involving the formation of character, awareness of values ​​and social responsibility.

“One of my goals, both in teaching and in research, has been to forge links between engineering and other disciplines, especially the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences,” said Newberry. “From a pedagogical perspective, it helps my engineering students better understand the role that engineering and technology play around the world, and some of the challenges and ethical responsibilities that come with it. From a research perspective, I am interested in exploring the philosophical and sociological aspects of engineering and technology, which requires working with scholars from other disciplines.

The Centenary Professor funding will allow Newberry to travel to the Netherlands to meet with a team of academics in engineering, philosophy, sociology and education from universities in the United States, Ireland, Denmark and France. The researchers aim to produce their book, which explores the ways in which Picture is present in engineering education today, and how its presence could or should be strengthened. Newberry said they also plan to showcase their work internationally.

“Even though the average person probably rarely, if ever, thinks about an engineering education, it’s still important to that person. We all constantly rely on technology in our daily lives, including entrusting our safety and well-being to the technical systems around us,” Newberry said. “Having engineers who are not only technically competent, but who have a strong sense of purpose and responsibility, is important. We hope our book will provide new insights into how engineering education can be imbued with such characteristics.

The selection for the 2022 Centennial Faculty Awards was made by the Centennial Faculty Development Review Committee, chaired by Joaquin N. Lugo, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the Department of psychology and neuroscience.


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