Wake Forest in the News (July 26-Aug. 1)

Selected news clips courtesy of Wake Forest University News & Communications


‘Arthur’ on PBS will end after 25 seasons and people are heartbroken
By Rachel Paula Abrahamson | TODAY
Marina Krcmar, a children’s media expert and professor of communication at Wake Forest, said “Arthur” appeals to kids of all ages because it’s not “overly saccharine.” “‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?’ That’s for 4-year-olds. A 10-year-old is not going to want to watch. But ‘Arthur’ covers topics that older children can really relate to, and it does it in a way that really speaks to them.” – 7/28/2021


Tenants prepare for unknown as eviction moratorium ends
Associated Press
“We are on the brink of catastrophic levels of housing displacement across the country that will only increase the immediate threat to public health,” said law professor Emily Benfer, the chair of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Eviction, Housing Stability and Equity. “It’s almost unfathomable. We are on the precipice of a nationwide eviction crisis that is entirely preventable with more time to distribute rental assistance.” – 7/31/2021

A brain drain among government scientists bogs down Biden’s climate ambitions
By Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman, Christopher Flavelle | The New York Times
“My students have told me, I believe in what E.P.A.’s s trying to do, but I’m worried that the outcomes of my work will be dictated by the political leaders and not by what the science actually says,” said Stan Meiburg, who directs graduate studies in sustainability at Wake Forest University. – 8/01/2021

The contradictory musings of a ‘new’ Black Studies
Africa World Now
Corey D.B. Walker, humanities professor and director of Wake Forest’s new African American Studies Program, joins this podcast. – 7/26/2022

How to detect and manage BS at work, according to a professor of psychology
By Sofia Pitt, Shawn M. Carter, Aditi Shrikant | Grow
As more offices shift back to in-person work, Americans will have to fine-tune again their ability to know when other people are trying to deceive, bluff or misdirect them, said psychology professor John V. Petrocelli. “BS is mainly promoting one’s status and preventing negative things. Bosses and employees are going to have a lot of BS going both ways because there are motives for both individuals.” – 7/29/2021

China’s role in re-energizing the South Sudan peace process
By Eric Olander | China Africa Project
Wake Forest professor Lina Benabdallah recently moderated an invite-only workshop among leading Chinese and African scholars, activists, and former diplomats that examined what China can do to help revitalize the South Sudan peace process. – 7/30/2021

Managing privacy, equity, and access in COVID vaccine passports
By Nicol Turner-Lee | Brookings Institution
While digital health certificates may facilitate a safer reopening and faster economic recovery, technological solutions to vaccine verification also raise valid concerns about the privacy of personal health data. Mark Hall, director of the Health Law and Policy Program at Wake Forest’s law school joins this panel discussion. – 7/26/2021


How neuroscience is illuminating the relationship between leadership and fiduciary responsibility
By Don Trone | InvestmentNews
The studies are based on groundbreaking peer-reviewed published research in the new field of neuro-leadership. This work was conducted by Wake Forest business professor Sean Hannah who is also one of the founders of the new Center for Board Certified Fiduciaries. – 7/27/2021


Winston-Salem: Walk of Fame medallions unveiled
By Rachel Ellis | WXII-TV (Winston Salem, NC)
Author, poet, activist and actress Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the 10 honorees. Angelou was Wake Forest University’s first Reynolds Professor of American Studies. She died on May 28, 2014. Each honoree will be recognized with a bronze medallion embedded in the sidewalk outside the Benton Convention Center on the Cherry Street sidewalk. – 7/30/2021

Wake Forest’s summer internship program benefits students, nonprofits alike
By Laurie Willis | Yes! Weekly
Twenty-one Wake Forest students are serving as AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates through the Office of Civic & Community Engagement’s (OCCE) AmeriCorps VISTA project and the Winston-Salem Community Action Coalition. Students have worked since May 24, and when the program ends July 31 they will have served a collective 8,064 hours. – 7/26/2021

Yamas to open two new locations
By Michael Hastings | Winston-Salem Journal
The new locations of Yamas will be on the campus of Wake Forest University, and off Hanes Mall Boulevard, a former location for Famous Toastery. Yamas is a fast-casual concept based on Mediterranean street food that keeps most items under $10. –7/30/2021


Face to Face Speaker Forum announces in-person event dates, series addition
By Kim McGrath | news.wfu.edu
In addition to rescheduling the inaugural season, Wake Forest University’s Face to Face Speaker Forum is presenting a special event. Sanjay Gupta, the Emmy® award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, will be speaking at Wait Chapel on April 12, 2022. – 7/30/2021

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