WFU in the news: March 28-April 3

Selected news clips courtesy of Wake Forest University News & Communications


Dave and Catherine Clawson give $250,000 for scholarship fund
By Brett Eaton and Cheryl Walker | Wake Forest News

Dave and Catherine Clawson will make it possible for even more students to benefit from the transformational opportunity to attend Wake Forest with a $250,000 gift to create a new scholarship. The donation establishes the Dave and Catherine Clawson Scholarship to benefit any undergraduate student with a preference for those who help Wake Forest achieve and sustain the diversity of the student body, first-generation students, and students from the Piedmont Triad. – 3/28/2022


Covid-19 safety doesn’t have to be all or nothing
By Rachel Miller | Vox
Math and statistics professor Lucy D’Agostino McGowan is featured in this piece on how to think about COVD-19 going forward. “If you engage in something riskier and then you’re going to go into an environment where you don’t know the risk status of everybody, you could take a rapid test before going,” she said. – 3/30/2022

Five teenagers. Recanted confessions. Convicted. Sound familiar?
By Phoebe Zerwick | Washington Post Opinions
Phoebe Zerwick is the author of “Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt” and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest. She writes about five teenagers – suspects in a brutal attack who confessed then tried to recant — and the risk of false confession when detectives lie to juveniles. – 3/31/2022

For red and blue America, a glaring divide in COVID-19 death rates persists 2 years later
By Arielle Mitropoulos | ABC News
Political partisanship influenced pandemic-related health decisions, beliefs and behavior, including that “one’s attitude towards public health measures — like masking — became a signifier of political and cultural identity,” said philosophy professor Adrian Bardon. – 3/28/2022


US News & World Report grad school rankings 2023
By Kate Murphy | The Charlotte Observer
For part-time MBA programs, Wake Forest University’s School of Business ranked the highest in the state. U.S. News ranks schools based on surveys of programs, academic experts and professionals in their respective fields. – 3/29/2022

Crowning jewel Charlotte’s innovation district gets a name
Charlotte Business Journal
Nestled in the heart of Midtown near Pearl Street Park, it seems only fitting the innovation district will be known as “The Pearl.” Leaders from Atrium Health and the community announced the name during a virtual event. The Pearl innovation district – featuring the Queen City’s first four-year medical school, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte – will sit where the city’s old Brooklyn neighborhood once stood. – 4/01/2022

Which South Florida companies are hoarding cash?
Columbus Business First
Finance professor Ajay Patel said there are costs that come with leaving all that cash abroad. “If I am an investor, I don’t necessarily want a company to pay the federal government a huge amount of money for repatriating that cash.” – 4/01/2022

Should the UN establish a right to a healthy environment?
By Amanda Robert | ABA Journal
“To a remarkable degree, rights-based approaches are being litigated and enforced. It’s important for lawyers working in both the environmental space and human rights space to be aware of these developments because increasingly, they are one of the most important ways that environmental protection is being reconceived,” said law professor John Knox. – 3/29/2022


Will gas prices drop with release of strategic reserve? Not in the long run
By Lauren Coleman | WFMY-TV (Greensboro, NC)
“Anytime you can have a little increase in supply, prices are going to fall. It’s going to help households become a little more comfortable with their budgets, but at the end of the day we just need more petroleum out there, and given the bottleneck we see from the conflict in Ukraine it’s not going to happen,” said economics professor Todd McFall. – 4/01/2022

Wake Forest part-time MBA program gains a national ranking
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
The part-time Master of Business Administration program at Wake Forest University School of Business has been ranked 19th nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Graduate Schools list. Wake Forest is ranked first among part-time MBA programs in North Carolina – a position it has held for the past 13 U.S. News rankings. – 3/29/2022


High Performance Computing: Collaborations power research & learning
By Kim McGrath and Chris Amaral (’23) | Wake Forest News
For researchers, what makes high performance computing powerful is, in part, its ability to split data into partitions and accelerate the collection of data by running more than one variation of code at a time. Adam Carlson, a senior HPC systems administrator in IS, compares HPC to checking out at the grocery store on a busy day. “If there is only one line open, the process takes a long time. But once multiple lanes open and carts can be scanned simultaneously rather than one at a time. You’re done quickly.” – 3/31/2022

Wake Forest celebrates entrepreneurship with ‘Entrepalooza’, April 7
By Kim McGrath | Wake Forest News
Startup pitches include a service that strives to create a positive dating culture for and build relationships on college campuses through personalized and low-pressure double-dates, while raising money to support the nonprofit OneSight. Senior business and management major Ted Middleton, who developed the service with senior communication major Anna Lummus, is legally blind. – 3/31/2022

International art advisor Sandy Heller to speak at Wake Forest, April 6
By Kim McGrath | Wake Forest News
This talk, the inaugural Acquavella Distinguished Lecture in Arts Management, will cover a range of topics, including the global nature of today’s art market, how to build an art collection and the intersection of art and business, from expertise in art history and the art market to client relations and investment strategy. – 3/30/2022

Garden Party celebrates the birthday of Maya Angelou
By Laurie D. Willis | Wake Forest News
Wake Forest University hosted the annual Maya Angelou Garden Party Sunday, April 3, from 2-4 p.m. in Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter. The event celebrates Angelou’s April 4 birthday, is always held on the Sunday closest to it and is free and open to the public. – 3/31/2022

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