WFU in the news: Sept. 20-26

Selected news clips courtesy of Wake Forest University News & Communications


Wake Forest School of Divinity’s new director of music speaks through Gospel music
By Jessica Ruf | Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
“Everyone should have the right to worship in the language of their heart,” said Grammy- and Oscar-nominated composer and vocalist Joshuah Brian Campbell. Still in his 20s, the South Carolina native has recently been nabbed by Wake Forest University to serve as its director of music and arts at the School of Divinity.  9/23/2021


How to be more optimistic
By Jenny Splitter | Everyday Health
Psychology professor Eranda Jayawickreme, who researches positive change after adversity, said it’s important to acknowledge reality, even when reality isn’t so great. “Take a step back and say, ‘Okay, this is where I am. I accept the challenges I’m faced with. I’m not going to minimize them.” – 9/24/2021

Challenges to public-health mandates escalate
By Matthew Chayes | Newsday
Supreme Court jurisprudence has broadened to establish greater rights to bodily autonomy and privacy, according to law professor Mark Hall. – 9/26/2021

Six things to understand about the pandemic now
By Ed Yong, Sarah Zhang, Katherine J. Wu | The Atlantic
“The better the vaccine uptake, the scarier this number will seem,” wrote Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, a statistician at Wake Forest. “If you’re trying to decide on getting vaccinated, you don’t want to look at the percentage of sick people who were vaccinated. You want to look at the percentage of people who were vaccinated and got sick.” – 9/20/2021

The Ahmaud Arbery case: Lessons to prevent prosecutor conflicts
By Alissa Marque Heydari and Ronald Wright | Bloomberg Law News
Law professor Ronald Wright, a co-author of this piece, previously served as a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, prosecuting white-collar criminal cases. – 9/22/2021

Thinking of claiming a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine? It’s not always easy
By Russ Bowen | WNCN-TV (Raleigh, NC)
“I don’t believe the 1964 Civil Rights Act wanted employers to end up being the judge of religious exemptions but that’s what the law of the land is,” said Don Vaughan, an attorney, Wake Forest law professor, and former North Carolina state senator. – 9/23/2021

Kaplan launches first shared career services offering in partnership With Wake Forest
Yahoo Finance
“Wake Forest is proud to have become a recognized leader in career development,” said Andy Chan, vice president, innovation and career development. “We are delighted to partner with Kaplan to design this innovative offering for Wake and for every other institution that wants all of their students to be truly career and life ready.” – 9/21/2021

John Shelby Spong’s bold stances helped lay the groundwork for Richmond today
By Michael Paul Williams | Richmond Times-Dispatch
“He was a guiding light for me, particularly in seminary,” said Corey D.B. Walker, a humanities professor at Wake Forest. Walker lauded Bishop Spong’s commitment to inclusivity and his recognition of the worth and dignity of all people. – 9/21/2021

Suffer from knee osteoarthritis? Stay away from this common exercise
By Jenna Cartusciello | Woman’s World
Health and exercise science professor Stephen Messier’s recent clinical trial is featured in this article about knee osteoarthritis. The study looked at high-intensity strength training, low-intensity strength training, or no training at all and the effect on knee pain. – 9/21/2021


Clinical trials that pay participants are not unethical
By Damian McNamara | Medscape
“Payments to research participants are notoriously controversial. Many people oppose payments altogether or insist on minimal payments out of concern that people might be unduly influenced to participate,” said Ana S. Iltis, director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society and professor of philosophy at Wake Forest. – 9/23/2021


Free outdoor festival to offer live music and more Oct. 2 in downtown Winston-Salem
By Fran Daniel | Winston-Salem Journal
Musical performances, interactive exhibits and panel discussions will be featured Oct. 2 in the IdeasCityWS Marketplace of Ideas festival in downtown Winston-Salem as Wake Forest, New Museum and dozens of local community partners celebrate the culmination of a year of creative collaborations. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Bailey Park in the Innovation Quarter. – 9/25/2021


Wake Forest students paying it forward with virtual tutoring
By Laurie Willis |
The University’s program, for children in the Winston-Salem area in grades K-12, is sponsored by the Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) and requires students to spend an hour a week with the kids with whom they’re paired. It was established in early 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced classroom doors to close and children to begin learning at home. – 9/23/2021

What does a low carbon economy mean for U.S. workers?
By Kim McGrath |
A Q&A with Wake Forest economics professor Mark Curtis, who researches the balance between green jobs and lost jobs – looking at the implications for U.S. workers in a low carbon economy. He recently received a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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