WFU in the news: May 15-21, 2023

Selected news clips courtesy of the Wake Forest News & Communications team


PTI gains low-fare, non-stop flights from Silver Airways
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
Piedmont Triad International Airport will try its luck with another low-fare carrier serving two familiar Southeast destinations. The airport said that Silver Airways, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will begin on June 30. “There should now be good market potential for an affordable, no-frills airline offering service to these markets from PTI,” said marketing professor Roger Beahm. “Airline travelers are keenly aware that ticket prices have been going up even faster than the rate of inflation this year. While that may suggest improved profitability for the airline industry, it’s creating sticker shock for many travelers.” – 5/17/2023


Which is crazier: living with mass murder or banning guns?
By Kate Woodsome | Washington Post Opinions
“Trauma — caused by a mass shooting or losing someone to suicide or homicide — shatters people’s sense of control, which can be devastating to mental health. In recovery, if they can’t control their environment, it can help to control their reaction to that environment, said psychology professor Eranda Jayawickreme, a leading researcher on post-traumatic growth. “For some, making meaning from a senseless act can be a way to do that.” – 5/19/2023

Tips on boosting productivity: A guide to a fruitful lifestyle
By Daisy Beltran | The Orion
Productivity is an essential aspect of our daily lives, whether we are working or pursuing personal goals. A benefit of being productive is that it can help reduce stress and anxiety. A study by psychology professor E.J. Masicampo showed that, while tasks we haven’t done distract us, just making a plan to get them done can free us from this anxiety.– 5/18/2023

The Supreme Court and the healthcare mandate muddle
By George Will | Washington Post Opinions
Law professor Mark Hall, in an article for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, said there would be constitutional “uncertainty over the mandate in isolation.” But it is “inextricably intertwined” with Obamacare’s “other insurance regulations” — e.g., those pertaining to preexisting conditions — “which indisputably are constitutional,” writes columnist George Will. – 3/11/2011


Familiar battle lines over emissions plan
Energy Central
Duke Energy’s strategy aligns in some ways with the proposed new rules because the new gas-powered plants will also be capable of operating on clean-burning hydrogen, said Stan Meiburg, a former deputy administrator at the EPA who now directs Wake Forest’s graduate program in sustainability. “If you want to take a natural gas approach, this (proposed) standard says you can do that but you have to put in technology to control carbon emissions.” – 5/15/2023

EPA emissions rules add to decarbonization tailwinds
By Chuck Stanley |
A pathway in the proposal to decarbonization based on adoption of clean hydrogen as a fuel source at new and existing gas plants could also be a boon to the nascent clean hydrogen sector, noted Stan Meiburg, director of Wake Forest’s graduate program in sustainability. Given the lengthy development timeline for large-generation projects, Meiburg agreed that developers are likely to embrace the certainty associated with abiding by the rules while taking advantage of IRA incentives to implement the required emissions reduction systems. – 5/16/2023

Trevor Noah, Judy Woodruff among speakers planned for Triad appearances in 2023-24
By Turner Jones | WFDD-FM (Winston-Salem, NC)
Wake Forest University and Guilford College have both announced the line-up for the upcoming 2023-24 seasons of their respective speaker series. Wake Forest’s Face to Face Speaker Forum’s third season kicks off in September and includes speakers such as businessman and star of ABC’s Shark Tank Daymond John and former Wyoming GOP Congresswoman Liz Cheney. – 5/16/2023


Hanes Mall’s newest tenant is creating a stir — only no one can shop there
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
Since January, the Operations hub of Truliant Federal Credit Union has occupied the three-story, 154,000-square-foot former Macy’s store. Marketing professor Roger Beahm said the “presence of hundreds of new people working in what was once Macy’s can be a boost for mall business in the short run — as Truliant employees step into the mall for some of their specialty shopping needs as well. – 5/19/2023

N.C. House could take up medical marijuana bill as early as next week
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
Potential opposition from Moore and House majority leader John Bell IV, R-Johnston, could derail SB3 in the House, said politics professor John Dinan, a national expert on state legislatures. – 5/21/2023


WFU professor Linda Nielsen on myths about fathers
By Keri Brown | Wake Forest News
As Father’s Day nears, families across the country are finding ways to celebrate their dad. It’s also a time to reflect on the importance of these relationships and the impact that they have on a child’s development and well-being. “Kids whose dads are highly involved in their care have better outcomes than kids with less involved dads – emotional, behavior, mental health and academic,” said Linda Nielsen, professor of adolescent and educational psychology. – 5/18/2023

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