2014 Highlights: Research Archive

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Sonar-assisted human navigation

November 14, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Faculty, Mentoring, Research, Student, Top Stories, Uncategorized

STEM incubator brings students from different classes and disciplines together, fostering horizontal relationships where they learn from each other, but also vertical relationships with their faculty mentors.

Media Advisory: Hungry bats compete for prey by jamming sonar

November 6, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Media Advisory

In their nightly forays, bats hunting for insects compete with as many as one million hungry roost-mates. A study published today in Science shows that Mexican free-tailed bats jam the sonar of competitors to gain advantage in aerial foraging contests. Bats use echolocation, or biological sonar, to find and track insect prey in complete darkness. […]

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Research Day, a hallmark event

October 27, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Events, Faculty, Mentoring, Research, Student, Top Stories

Research Day is a highlight of the academic year, showcasing the personal interaction and intellectual exchange between students and faculty.

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Evening the odds

October 20, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Faculty, Staff, Student, Top Stories

Despite losing her vision three years ago, Kathryn Webster entered Wake Forest last fall with the goal of pursuing a dual degree in mathematics and business. Faculty and staff found a novel suite of technologies to help her see math clearly.

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Fossil has lips like Jagger

September 10, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Faculty, Research, Top Stories

When anthropologist Ellen Miller discovered a fossil for a new species with large, signature lips, it gave her great “satisfaction” to name the creature after Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.

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Tomorrow’s tomatoes look to the past

June 18, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Research, Scholars and Scientists, Student, Students Taking the Lead, Sustainability, Top Stories

The key to developing drought-resistant tomatoes may be hidden in the genes of their ancestors. Rising junior Kathleen DiNapoli is on a hunt to find it.

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Blue-footed boobies’ survival threatened

April 21, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Faculty, International, National, Online, Research, Scholars and Scientists, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Blue-footed boobies are on the decline in the Galápagos. A new study shows a low-sardine diet could be the reason behind the 50 percent drop in population.

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Diving into biodiversity

March 26, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Faculty, International, Mentoring, National, Online, Pro Humanitate, Research, Scholars and Scientists, Student, Students Taking the Lead, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories, Working Together

Lighthouse Reef Atoll is one of the most pristine marine environments in the Caribbean Sea due to its remote location. Students taking an Ecology and Conservation of Coral Reefs class spent their spring break exploring the Atoll’s startling array of biodiversity.

Media Advisory: Wake Forest receives prestigious Beckman Scholars Award for undergraduate research

March 25, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Media Advisory

The prestigious Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation will award five outstanding students at Wake Forest University $130,000 to pursue a meaningful undergraduate research opportunity over the next three years. Established in 1997 by the famed scientific innovator and inventor Arnold O. Beckman, the Beckman Scholars Program provides exceptionally talented scholars at select universities with funding to pursue […]

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The birds and the bees of proteins

February 28, 2014  |   2014 Highlights: Research, Faculty, Research, Scholars and Scientists, Teacher-Scholar, Top Stories

The birth of a protein is one of the most fundamental aspects of life as we know it, yet, surprisingly, there is still a lot that scientists do not know about them. A split-second snapshot of the mysterious process developed by Wake Forest researchers could someday lead to more effective antibiotics.

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