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Media report for Nov. 14, 2020 - Jan. 8, 2021

January 20, 2021   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Nov. 14, 2020 to Jan. 8, 2021 is now available online.

After a summer of protest, Americans voted for policing and criminal justice reform

November 14, 2020   |  The Washington Post

“It was a pretty good day for meaningful change in criminal justice reform,” said Ronald Wright, a law professor at Wake Forest and criminal justice expert. “The priorities I was watching didn’t win everywhere, but they won a lot more than they lost.” While some of these overhaul measures and candidates fell short, the overall outcomes across the country suggested a greater openness to other approaches toward criminal justice and law enforcement than the long-typical tough-on-crime stance, said Wright.

Hate crime murders surged to record high in 2019, FBI data show

November 16, 2020   |  CBS News

The proliferation of white supremacist ideology online combined with a culture of gun violence in the U.S. has resulted in some perpetrators of mass shootings targeting victims for their race, religion, or other protected characteristic, said Kami Chavis, professor of law and director of the criminal justice program at Wake Forest. “There is an inextricable link between armed white supremacists and the increase in hate crimes, particularly deadly ones.”

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru's Amazon

November 27, 2020   |  ScienceDaily

Luis Fernandez of Wake Forest’s Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation in Peru co-authored a new study, which found that the proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru’s Amazon has dramatically altered the landscape and increased the risk of mercury exposure for indigenous communities and wildlife.

3 campus groups that especially need support

November 17, 2020   |  Inside Higher Ed

Vice president of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer José Villalba writes: The results of the 2020 election will bring little solace and comfort to three particular groups on our campuses: 1) undocumented and international students, 2) members of the LGBTQ+ community and 3) professional staff members, writes , in this piece for Inside Higher Ed. “As college administrators, tenured faculty members and others with certain levels of financial and educational privilege, we must understand that the short-term and long-term future for these individuals is murky at best and debilitating at worst.

Elizabeth A. Clendinning interview

November 15, 2020   |  Music Journalism Insider

Thanks to music professor and expert gamelan player Elizabeth Clendinning, Wake Forest is the owner of a rare, custom designed, hand-carved, hand-painted gamelan commissioned by the University and made in Bali – the most famous of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. The University owns two types of gamelan, together consisting of approximately 45 instruments including gongs, keyed percussion instruments, drums and flutes. About 20-25 people can play at once. Both gamelan are portable and can be moved to accommodate indoor or outdoor concerts.

Science says you need to plan some things to look forward to

December 29, 2020   |  Vice

Humans are extremely future-oriented, psychology professor Christian Waugh told VICE. From making weekend plans to plotting a five-year career path, humans have the unique ability to set goals and envision how to get there and how it’ll feel when they do. “When we are optimistic, what that’s telling us is we’re on the right path to accomplishing goals we care about. It gives us a sense of meaning, it gives us a sense of purpose—and a sense of purpose is, by itself, motivating.”

How to protect yourself and others from spreading COVID-19 at Thanksgiving dinner

November 25, 2020   |  USA Today

Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, assistant professor of statistics at Wake Forest University affirmed the risks of gathering for the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic and shared advice about ways to reduce the risk for families who choose to gather. “If you do get together, a little planning and creativity can go a long way to making the celebration as safe as possible,” said McGowan.

Employment in a pandemic

October 30, 2020   |  

As plans were upended and priorities changed, the career development team at Wake Forest wrote messages of care and concern to students and soon-to-be 2020 grads. The job search took a back seat to self-care and the sudden, unexpected shift from one of the best economies in the U.S. to one of the most unpredictable. Nex came action. Virtual career fairs and networking attracted a record number of student participants at Wake Forest. OPCD’s Career Treks expanded this fall and instead of visiting one city over several days, 17 job- and internship-seeking students zoomed to three cities for three 30-minute virtual networking experiences.

Wake Forest students give Thanksgiving meals away for Turkeypalooza

November 21, 2020   |  WXII

Besides attending class, studying and writing papers, about 50 Wake Forest University students baked turkeys and made stuffing and other trimmings as they prepared 200 Thanksgiving meals. Brad Shugoll, associate director of service and leadership in the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, said despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, the University is just as committed this year to providing meals for families that need them as it has been since 2006.

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