WFU in the news: April 11-17

Selected news clips courtesy of Wake Forest University News & Communications


Is Covid More Dangerous Than Driving? How Scientists Are Parsing Covid Risks.
By Benjamin Mueller | The New York Times

The coronavirus remains new enough and its long-term effects unpredictable enough that measuring the threat posed by an infection is a thorny problem. “We’ve never seen flu prevalence — how much of it there is in the community — in the numbers we’ve seen with Covid,” said biostatistician Lucy D’Agostino McGowan. – 4/17/2022


Meet the 2022 Class of Truman Scholars
By Michael T. Nietzel | Forbes
Junior Tal Feldman, who is majoring in economics and mathematics, has been named a 2022 Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship, President Harry Truman’s living memorial designed to support the future of public service in America, is the most competitive national scholarship program for juniors in the country. Out of 705 applications, 58 college students from 53 institutions were selected. “I hope to use my skills in AI and data science to make the government more effective at helping its people,” said Feldman. – 4/14/2022

USC sues YouTubers for inciting ‘panic’ with classroom takeover prank
By Diana Dasrath, Morgan Sung | NBC News
Theatre professor Cynthia Gendrich, who teaches about laughter and sociology, has previously said there is a limit to public tolerance for pranks. “Lots of theorists point at that moment when our hearts [or] empathy engages being the moment when we can’t laugh,” she said. – 4/13/2022

‘Justice prevailed,’ Say families of hostages tortured in Syria
Voice of America (VOA)
Randall Rogan, a terrorism expert and professor of communication described the trial as a “strike for justice.” “It’s great news that the witnesses were able to pull themselves together and be able to testify under such difficult circumstances for themselves and having to revisit the horrors of that time for themselves and for their families. Hopefully, this is a positive note, a strike for justice, that this individual is ultimately being held accountable for the atrocities that he committed.” – 4/14/2022

Democracy in real time: An update on Chile’s new constitution
Democracy Nerd
At a time when global democracy is backsliding into authoritarianism, Chile is currently engaged in the process to draft a new constitution, one that is more representative of indigenous people and other marginalized communities. Noted Latin American experts Peter Siavelis, professor of politics and international affairs, and professor Jennifer Piscopo, from Occidental College, provide first-hand insights into the process of drafting Chile’s constitution. – 4/15/2022

Why so many conservatives are talking about ‘grooming’ all of a sudden
By Kaleigh Rogers | FiveThirtyEight
Law professor Marie-Amélie George, an expert on LGBTQ rights, weighs in on this piece about how “grooming” has become the most recent scare tactic of choice for the right that neatly draws together both modern conspiracy theories and old homophobic stereotypes, while comfortably shielding itself under the guise of protecting children. – 4/13/2022

The power of intellectual humility
By Eranda Jayawickreme | Psychology Today
Both our psychology and our contexts make admitting what we don’t know very hard, writes psychology professor Eranda Jayawickreme. Caring about the truth involves being vulnerable about what we don’t know and inhabiting such a state can be unnerving. However, I think that taking such chances in our daily lives is key to achieving a rich and fulfilling life. – 4/13/2022


Wake Forest University plans collaboration with Univ. of Strasbourg
Triad Business Journal
The beginning of a first-of-its-kind agreement between the University of Strasbourg in France and Wake Forest University took place recently in Winston-Salem at Wake Downtown in Innovation Quarter. This is the first time the University of Strasbourg has participated in this type of academic collaboration with a university in the U.S. since it was established more than 400 years ago in 1621. – 4/14/2022


Community Milestones: Scholarships
Winston-Salem Journal
Wake Forest students Landon Bradshaw and John Billos have been named 2022 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. The two are among 417 college students from across the U.S. to receive the award for the 2022-23 academic year. This is the first time in history that Wake Forest has had consecutive years of multiple winners. And this year, the two chosen are close friends who supported each other’s efforts along the way. – 4/16/2022

Former President George W. Bush to be first in-person speaker at Face to Face Speaker Forum
By John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal
George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will launch the 2022-23 Face to Face Speaker Forum at Wake Forest University. The two will share the stage for an exclusive conversation on the challenges facing our nation in the 21st century and the power of freedom. – 4/12/2022

What U.S. Presidents have visited Greensboro area while in office?
WFMY-TV (Greensboro, NC)
President Harry Truman visited Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem on October 15, 1951, where he spoke at the school’s groundbreaking ceremony. President Jimmy Carter visited Winston-Salem on March 17, 1978. That morning, President Carter addressed a crowd of about 2,200 people on Wake Forest University’s campus. He spoke on the administration’s National Defense Policy. – 4/13/2022

The Winston-Salem Symphony presents a classics concert series
Yes! Weekly
Under the baton of acclaimed guest conductor Simon Carrington—co-founder of The King’s Singers and a master of Classical and Baroque choral tradition—the concert series also includes the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus and Wake Forest University Choirs as well as internationally renowned guest singers. – 4/13/2022


Three Wake Forest faculty win NSF CAREER Awards
By Cheryl V. Walker | Wake Forest News
Three Wake Forest faculty – math and statistics professor Abbey Bourdon, chemistry professor John Lukesh and engineering professor Erin Henslee – have been named National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award winners. Each will receive a five-year grant ranging from $400,000 to $625,000 to support their work. – 4/14/2022

Wake Forest selected for Public Health AmeriCorps
By Laurie D. Willis | Wake Forest News
Beginning in the fall, 15 Wake Forest University community members will get to explore public health in a real-world context by participating in Public Health AmeriCorps, a federally funded program designed to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. – 4/13/2022

Students get Face to Face with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
By Kim McGrath | Wake Forest News
As part of the University’s Face to Face Speaker Forum, neurosurgeon and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta fielded student questions at a special program in Wait Chapel. Scholars from the University’s Program for Leadership and Character, senior health and exercise science major Akshey Suresh and sophomore psychology major Austin Torain, led the moderated session. – 4/13/2022

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