WFU in the news: Nov. 8-14

Selected news clips courtesy of Wake Forest University News & Communications


In gun debate, Rittenhouse verdict unlikely to be last word
By Sara Burnett | Associated Press
While Rittenhouse’s core supporters believe he did nothing wrong from start to finish, a much larger group of gun owners “are somewhere in between,” said sociology professor David Yamane, who studies American gun culture. While they support Rittenhouse’s right to defend himself in the moment, they also think he had no business being there, and that “two people died and one person was injured for no good reason.” This story ran in hundreds of news outlets nationwide. – 11/14/2021


Best credit cards for price protection
By Alex Breen | WalletHub
Is the price-match guarantee an effective strategy for retailers? “A claim of “lowest price” is substantive, and can attract attention and interest. It can also turn into an increased customer base and higher sales volume,” said marketing and retail expert Roger Beahm. – 11/09/2021


Anti-vaxxers threaten to jam up White House regulatory process
E&E News
“The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has always been an important cog in the machine,” said law professor Sidney Shapiro. “Industry is just better at getting organized and financed to get those meetings. It’s not that they have excluded public interest groups. It’s just an imbalance in opportunity and resources.” – 11/08/2021

Just-in-time and safety stock require a careful balance
By Matt Leonard | Supply Chain Dive
Over the course of the pandemic, inventory has gone up, but so have sales. Are companies rethinking lean or just trying to keep up with demand? Economics professor John Dalton’s research is featured in this article on inventory and supply chains. – 11/10/2021

Business professor cited as one of world’s most influential researchers
By Daniel Finnegan | Triad Business Journal 
Business professor Sean Hannah, who studies the positive effects of exemplary leadership and the building of high-performing teams, was ranked among the top 1% of the most impactful research scientists worldwide. His most recent research utilizes neuroscience to study the brain activity of exemplary leaders. – 11/08/2021


WFU students get face to face with former Secretaries
By Kim McGrath |
As part of the University’s Face to Face Speaker Forum, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel fielded student questions at a special program in Wait Chapel. Scholars from the University’s Program for Leadership and Character led the moderated session. – 11/11/2021

Wildfire on Sauratown Mountain in Stokes County has now burned 25 acres
By John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal
Botany professor William K. Smith said that some of the smoke’s particulate matter could settle in the mountain’s valley and pose a risk to people with pre-existing respiratory problems. Stan Meiburg, the director of graduate studies in sustainability, said a spike in air pollution from the fire is expected. “But it should not last long.” – 11/11/2021

Triad economics professors offer insight into supply chain challenges
By Lee Anne Denyer | WXII-TV (Winston Salem, NC)
According to professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management at Wake Forest University Haresh Gurnani, prices will be high for some time. “I think what we need to probably look for as consumers is to have a bit more patience and hold off any unnecessary purchases because things are at an elevated level and hope for more normalcy within a year or so,” Gurnani said. – 11/11/2021

Rashaun Rucker’s art chosen for exhibit at WFU
By Tevin Stinson | WS Chronicle
Award-winning photographer and artist Rashaun Rucker has had his work shown across the country, at the Smithsonian, celebrities’ homes, colleges and universities, and in countless exhibitions and galleries. His piece, “Tapestry to my Soul” is on display as part of Wake Forest’s Means of Identification exhibition. The work was purchased by students for the University’s Student Union Art Collection during the 2021 spring art-buying experience. – 11/10/2021

Atrium Health plans $1.5 billion innovation district near future Wake Forest medical school
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
At least 11,500 new jobs, including potentially 3,450 to 4,600 that won’t require a four-year college degree, are projected to be created over 15 years within the planned Innovation District and a future medical school campus. – 11/14/2021

RiverRun to present “Theirs is the Kingdom” in virtual theater
By Fran Daniel | Winston-Salem Journal
The documentary, from Chris Zaluski, assistant teaching professor in the Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program, follows the creation of a contemporary fresco mural inside the sanctuary of a small church in Asheville, examining the intersection of poverty and portraiture. – 11/10/2021

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