Wake in the News

Media report for Nov. 9-15, 2019

November 20, 2019   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Nov. 9-15, 2019 is now available online.

In NC, legal actions could have a big impact in the upcoming 2020 election

November 15, 2019   |  ABC News

In North Carolina, a closely-watched swing state that for years has had lawsuits winding through the courts amid partisan claims of voter disenfranchisement, a new series of legal actions could have a big impact in the upcoming 2020 election. According to John Dinan, a professor in American politics at Wake Forest. “You have a very competitive state in North Carolina. And so you had a Republican legislature that kind of was able to redraw the maps after the 2010 census and also make some changes to voting rules. It’s no surprise that [Democratic] groups have said, ‘Look, let’s see what we can do to push back against this and see if we can win some more seats in North Carolina.’”

Do we actually grow from adversity

November 15, 2019   |  The Conversation

Wake Forest psychology professor Eranda Jayawickremeco-authored an article about research into post-traumatic growth. “People can indeed grow from adversity. They can become stronger, improve the quality of their relationships and increase their self-esteem. But it probably doesn’t happen nearly as often as most people and some researchers believe. “What’s more, not everyone will grow in the same way and at the same speed. People will continue to need the help and social support of their families, friends and communities in the wake of a traumatic event.”

Do you give employees a reason to feel proud of what they do

November 13, 2019   |  Harvard Business Review

Wake Forest’s “From the Ground Up” project features prominently in this piece by Bill Tayor, co-founder and editor of Fast Company Magazine. The article highlights the collaboration with Forklift Danceworks as one that built pride among our facilities team as they had an opportunity to showcase the contributions they make to the University through the work they do each day. “For three nights, nearly 70 custodians, landscapers, electricians, and construction crews performed in the school’s main Quad, where thousands of students, faculty, alumni, and neighbors roared their approval. The show was as colorful as it was unusual: Folks who do some of the least glamorous work (and least visible) on campus showcased their skills, creativity, and humor to the delight of the community.

Saving the blue-footed booby, one pair of socks at a time

November 13, 2019   |  The Christian Science Monitor

In 2016, Will Gladstone, now a high school freshman, started raising money for research and conservation to protect the blue-footed booby – a species of bird in the Galápagos. Will and his brother have raised about $90,000 which has helped fund, among other things, a 2017 population survey of the birds. The researchers report that while they are still analyzing results, they did see many more juvenile birds than in their previous study in 2012, says David Anderson, a biology professor at Wake Forest and the project’s lead researcher. Professor Anderson says his research, as well as that of others, is dependent on external grants, so The Blue Feet Foundation filled a funding gap. “The problem is everybody is chasing a very limited amount of conservation money.”

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