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Taking a break to build communities

This past week, more than 100 Wake Forest students spent their spring break hard at work in the spirit of Pro Humanitate in cities across the country. In the past five years, Wake Alternative Break (WAB) has doubled the number of service trips it offers.

The image shows the flight path of the zone over the coal ash pond.

3D model measures coal ash spill

With a 3D model created using aerial images from an unmanned aircraft, Wake Forest researchers have received widespread national media attention by providing a new look at the extent of coal ash contaminants recently leaked into a North Carolina river.

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Dining by design

For coffee, lunch, dinner or a late-night study session, North Dining Hall is the newest gathering place on campus. The two-story, 21,000 square-foot dining facility opened this week.

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Plotting a green career path

A new masters program created by Wake Forest’s Center for Energy, the Environment & Sustainability (CEES) will give students and early career professionals the diverse skillset they need to carve out a place in the burgeoning global sustainable business market.

Wake Forest sophomore Yinger "Eagle" Jin ('16) demonstrates his wave-powered electric generator in the pool in Reynolds Gym. The system harnesses the wave action as it compresses air inside the tube, which turns a small turbine that generates electricity.

Pool Power

Sophomore Yinger ‘Eagle’ Jin has come up with a way to turn waves in the Reynolds gym pool into electricity. The mathematical formulas he developed could one day be used to help calculate the amount of electricity that could be produced through wave energy off the North Carolina coast.

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From waste to energy

Wake Forest researchers recently developed a sugar-based compound that makes it cheaper and easier to turn low-quality fats and oils into affordable biodiesel.

Le’Ron Byrd received a grant from the Institute for Public Engagement to conduct research on child food insecurity in Winston-Salem.

Hunger, not a game

Rather than putting a Band-Aid on a wound, Wake Forest students, faculty and staff continue to take a proactive approach in preventing and eradicating hunger and bringing about systemic change.

Hanes Middle School students attending the Power Up! summer camp, taught by Wake Forest physics faculty and graduate students, interact with the Hybrid Sterling Energy Generator (HySterE) panel.

The changing shape of solar

The Hybrid Sterling Energy Generator (HySterE) panel is one of the world’s first combined photovoltaic and thermal collection generators. Developed by researchers at Wake Forest, it could transform how we use the sun’s energy.

Senior Brian Shoemaker is working with physics professor Timo Thonhauser on a summer research project to improve fuel cell technology for automobiles.

Engineering at the atomic scale

Senior Brian Shoemaker is helping a national team of scientists answer a million-dollar question: Could a substance that resembles baby powder curb global carbon emissions?

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Counting on sustainability

Math professor Sarah Mason teaches sustainability by the numbers. In her first-year seminar — “Counting on Sustainable Energy: Does it Add Up?” — students gain a greater understanding of alternative energy and learn how to critically evaluate claims about the environmental impact of fuel sources. Read more about Mason and how she combines her love of math with her passion for sustainability.