WFU in the News: Oct. 17-23

Selected news clips courtesy of Wake Forest University News & Communications


Democrats are having trouble holding onto their coalition
By Thomas Edsall | The New York Times
Political science professor Betina Wilkinson said that her survey and focus group data “reveal that for some Blacks and Latinxs, social, economic and political opportunities are zero-sum since they feel that their sociopolitical power and struggles are comparable to those of the other minoritized group, that there are limited resources and opportunities and thus that the other group poses a threat to them.” – 10/19/2022


Clean Water Act at 50: Environmental gains, challenges unmet
By John Flesher | Associated Press
Stan Meiburg, director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and a former EPA deputy administrator, favors requiring farms and other runoff sources to bear the costs of the environmental damage they cause if a workable system could be found. “But it’s not clear to me that such a thing exists in the real world,” he said. “I find it unlikely that any legislation any time soon is going to impose wide-scale restrictions on how farmers conduct their activities.” – 10/17/2022

Attack on two fronts leads ocean bacteria to require carbon boost
The types of ocean bacteria known to absorb carbon dioxide from the air require more energy – in the form of carbon – and other resources when they’re simultaneously infected by viruses and face attack from nearby predators, new research has found. Biology professor Sheri Floge is co-senior author of the study. – 10/18/2022

Are most people liars?
By Christian Miller | Forbes
Here’s a question – how many lies have you told in the past 24 hours? Got the answer? Now here is a follow-up question. Is your answer higher, lower, or about on par with what you think other people will say about their own lying behavior? – 10/17/2022

The Chinese Communist Party as a model for its South African cousins
By Romain Chanson | The Africa Report
“In the long term, the objective could be to show developing countries in concrete terms how the Chinese model can be more successful for them and more in line with their experiences, as opposed to the IMF or international institution models,” said politics professor Lina Benabdallah.– 10/19/2022

Maine prison debate team beats MIT in historic competition
By Susan Sharon, Maine Public | Bangor Daily News
The newly created National Prison Debate League and students from MIT argued whether term limits should be required for justices of the U.S. Supreme Court in front of a virtual audience. “The decision is a 5-0 for the Maine Department of Corrections. Congratulations on an outstanding debate and thank you so much for the opportunity to judge it,” said Jarrod Atchison, director of Wake Forest’s nationally recognized debate team. – 10/21/2022


Innovation ‘special sauce’ to countering losses like headquarters of Truist, Krispy Kreme
By John Brasier | Triad Business Journal
The growth and vibrancy in downtown Winston-Salem in the past decade is easy to see. Wake Forest University’s Innovation Quarter put former RJR tobacco buildings to use for a slew of educational facilities and cutting-edge businesses, including several involved in medical technology. – 10/21/2022

Fullstack Academy and Wake Forest’s School of Professional Studies partner
IT Security News
Fullstack Academy, a national tech education provider, today announced it has partnered with Wake Forest University School of Professional Studies to bring tech training boot camps specializing in coding, cybersecurity, data analytics, DevOps, and product management to Charlotte, NC and beyond. – 10/22/2022

The 42-year-old donut that will outlast us all
By Jeremy Markovich | North Carolina Rabbit Hole
Leadership and Character Program’s Jeremy Markovich riffs on “The Good Place” writer Michaels Schur’s comments at Wake Forest about the founder of Utilitarianism Jeremy Bentham and his demand that, after his death, his body be preserved and put on display at the institution he helped found: University College London. – 10/20/2022


Corey Walker named interim dean of Wake Forest University School of Divinity
By John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal
Professor Corey Walker has been named the interim dean of Wake Forest’s School of Divinity. Walker will begin his duties Jan. 1. He will continue to serve as professor of humanities and the director of Wake Forest’s African American studies program. “I am deeply honored to serve the School of Divinity and Wake Forest University in this capacity,” Walker said. – 10/18/2022

Forsyth County college students offer free brake light repairs
By Victoria Lucas | WXII-TV (Winston Salem, NC)
The Forsyth Technical Community College is partnering with the Wake Forest’s Pro Bono Law Project to host “Brake Light Night.”The Office of Civic and Community Engagement and Legal Aid of North Carolina is also joined in the effort. Students from Forsyth Tech’s Transporation Technology Center programs are volunteering to fix and replace the tail lights of community members for free. – 10/20/2022

Krispy Kreme, McDonald’s menu partnership may grow into symbiotic national relationship
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
The deal to put Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts on a McDonald’s menu could go beyond a test market to a symbiotic national relationship, according to Roger Beahm, executive director of the Center for Retail Innovation. “Partnering with McDonald’s offers Krispy Kreme a new “go-to-market strategy that seems to offer strong upside potential.” – 10/22/2022

Why did gas prices rise so quickly?
Greensboro News & Record
Business professor Haresh Gurnani explained why gas retailers raised prices so quickly on the heels of the decision by OPEC to cut petroleum production. “Prices at the local pump are affected by two key factors: visibility into global oil prices at the macro level and competition in the immediate neighborhood.” Gurnani researches, among other things, disruptions and restorations in the supply chain.– 10/23/2022

Concerts, exhibits and other events
Winston-Salem Journal
Christopher Gilliam, will present a concert featuring “Requiem,” by Wake Forest University Composer-in-Residence Dan Locklair at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at Wait Chapel. – 10/22/2022


WFU Project Pumpkin celebrates 34 years – bigger and better than ever
By Keri Brown | Wake Forest News
Project Pumpkin, one of Wake Forest University’s much-loved traditions, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25. From 3 to 6 p.m. The student-led Halloween-themed event will bring hundreds of children from participating local schools and after-school organizations to Hearn Plaza on the Reynolda Campus for trick-or-treating, and fun-filled activities and games at multiple booths. – 10/20/2022

‘The Good Place’ creator, Michael Schur, mixes comedy and ethics
By Kim McGrath | Wake Forest News
Michael Schur, television writer, producer and creator of the sitcom “The Good Place,” visited Wake Forest to talk with students, sit in on a philosophy class and participate in an open-to-the-public discussion on character, ethics, his television shows and his new book, How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question. – 10/20/2022

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