Stories this week at WFU

WHEN CAN A DOCTOR SHARE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION? — The confidential information you tell your doctor may not be as confidential as you think. When—and should—a doctor share personal information about a patient? “There are exceptions to the confidentiality rule,” says Terrance McConnell, an expert in biomedical ethics and the first speaker in Wake Forest’s bioethics series, “Curing and Caring: The Present State and Future of Bioethics in America.” McConnell, a philosophy professor at UNC-G, will discuss confidentiality issues in medicine today at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium. “As a society, we must decide what is reasonable to expect from our health care providers in areas of confidentiality,” says McConnell. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange coverage of the event, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

WFU HELPS ‘LITTLE’ BROTHERS GET CONNECTED—WinstonNet, an information network affiliated with Wake Forest, is donating used desktop computers to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Forsyth County. The computers will be distributed to 10 “little brothers” today at 6 p.m. during an Internet training session at Wake Forest. The children will also be given an e-mail account and Internet access will be installed in their homes. To arrange coverage, contact Sarah Mansell or Rachel Cook at 336-758-5237.

WFU PROF KEEPS LATIN LANGUAGE ALIVE— A recent Associated Press story reported that after centuries of decline and declarations of being dead, Latin as a spoken language is making a comeback. Wake Forest’s Professor of Classical Languages Robert Ulery is doing his part to see that it does. Ulery is teaching Roman Lyric Poetry and Intensive Elementary Latin this fall and is using a method often employed by more modern languages like French and Spanish—he asks his students to speak the language aloud in class. Ulery is one of only a handful of professors around the country using the method. In class, students learn to read and interpret using Latin instead of English. To discuss readings, he asks questions and expects students to answer in Latin. Ulery, who often greets students he sees outside of class with Latin phrases, has twice participated in a 10-day intensive workshop for scholars and instructors in Kentucky, where participants may speak only Latin. For more information or to arrange an interview with Ulery, contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

RUN WITH THE DEACS FOR BRIAN PICCOLO—“Run with the Deacs,” the annual 5K fun run and race in memory of the Wake Forest graduate and former Chicago Bear who died of cancer, will be held Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. on Wake Forest’s campus. Wake Forest men’s basketball coach Skip Prosser, his staff and players will lead participants on the 5K run/one-mile walk on the university’s cross country course. The entry fee for participants is $15. All the proceeds will be donated to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive. In the past 23 years, $572,000 has been raised through the event to support the research and treatment of cancer at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest. The general public is welcome to attend as runners, walkers or spectators. Day-of-event registration will be at the Water Tower Field at 3 p.m. To arrange coverage contact Sarah Mansell at or 336-758-5237.

CONVOCATION FEATURES LEADER IN HUMAN GENOMICS— J. Craig Venter will be the featured speaker at Wake Forest’s Opening Convocation on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Venter is recognized internationally as a leader in the race to decode the human genome. His address is titled “Sequencing the Human Genome: Gateway to a New Era in Science and Medicine.” This year’s convocation is part of the university’s Year of Health and Medicine, in which the Centennial of the Wake Forest School of Medicine is being celebrated. For more information, contact Kevin Cox at or 336-758-5237.

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