Throughout 1999-2000, Wake Forest is celebrating “Science & Technology: The Next Millennium” with a series of public events devoted to scientific inquiry. Events during the spring semester will cover topics such as computer security, artificial intelligence, women in science, the state of the environment, astrophysics and more. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Web site at www.wfu.edu/yost.
Author George Dyson will discuss the movement of computers toward large-scale, self-organizing systems during his talk “There’s Plenty of Room at the Top” on Jan. 18 from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. During his talk, Dyson will draw upon material from his book, “Darwin Among the Machines,” which examines the evolution of computers and suggests links to the scientific writings of Charles Darwin. In anticipation of Dyson’s lecture, a public discussion of his book is planned for Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to noon in Calloway Hall, Room 310. Dyson’s talk and the book discussion are part of a series of “Science & Technology” events addressing the topic, “Living in a Networked World: Community, Security and Privacy.” The events are free and open to the public.
For most students, winter break is a time to relax with family and friends before returning for the spring semester. For 10 Wake Forest students, it was a time to volunteer in the impoverished Agalta Valley of Honduras. Through the Honduras Outreach Project and Exchange (H.O.P.E.), the students helped villagers dig latrines, build additions to houses, repair roads and complete other projects. The students will return on Jan. 10.
Students are returning from winter break this weekend and classes will resume on Jan. 12.
For facts about Wake Forest and the history of the university, visit the “What’s WFU” section of the News Service homepage found at www.wfu.edu/wfunews. “What’s WFU” features basic statistics about the university, such as enrollment and percentage of in-state students. Also featured is the university’s history dating back to its founding as Wake Forest Institute in 1834. An extensive description of the campus today is also available with links to related sites and photos.
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