Can you become more honest, courageous or kind by reading a book? Christian Miller, director of The Character Project, recommends six new books and three essays that reveal surprising truths about character and how to improve it.
Developed by WFU researchers, BioBook turns lengthy, complex topics into small, manageable chunks of knowledge that can be changed as educators see fit. Within three years, BioBook (about $30) is expected to replace paper textbooks ($200+) for students taking general biology at Wake Forest and Forsyth Technical Community College.
Wake Forest’s Sean Hannah and a team of researchers have found measuring activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain can help assess that person’s potential for leadership — which could have a big impact on how future leaders are tested and trained.
In Ted Gellar-Goad’s class, each student chooses a character from Graeco-Roman myth, writes spells, maps dungeons and earns experience points to gain levels while they learn to write Latin. It’s all part of a semester-long journey based on game theory.
Medical advances in biotechnology seem to be coming faster than the public can understand them or even discuss how society should handle ethical, legal and moral considerations. To spark the national conversation, Wake Forest has partnered with Baylor to host “After the Genome: The Language of our Biotechnological Future” April 12-13.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but this might not be the case for a honeybee. Just ask David Hale (’15), a sophomore biology major. Hale has been studying the relationship between brain structure and cognitive function in honeybees since his freshman year.
Winston-Salem has become a hot spot for North Carolina’s thriving film industry. And from a student-run film festival to a graduate program in documentary film to an undergraduate film studies program, Wake Forest is part of the “action.”
As Congress considers comprehensive immigration reform, new research by sociologist Hana Brown shows language used in the immigration debates can be as important as the legislation. Junior Le ‘Ron Byrd works with Brown on the next phases of her research.
Junior physics major Maggie Payne is part of a team studying the relation between the physical structure and electrical properties of organic semiconductor crystals. Led by physicist Oana Jurchescu and supported by the National Science Foundation, the team is contributing to advances in organic semiconductor technology that could lead to video screens that bend like paper and electronics sewn into clothing.
A new study by health and exercise science professor Jeff Katula, economist Michael Lawlor and a team of Wake Forest researchers shows promise for effective lower-cost diabetes prevention programs. The results appear online in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.