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Media Report for Oct. 6-12, 2018

October 15, 2018   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Oct. 6-12, 2018 is now available online.

Wake Forest to use anonymous $10 million gift to help first-generation college students

October 10, 2018   |  News & Record

An anonymous donor gave a $10 million grant to Wake Forest to benefit first-generation students in the Magnolia Scholars program.  The “Wake Will Lead” campaign has raised $850 million of its $1 billion goal and over one third of that money has supported student scholarships and will continue to benefit future students through an endowment.

Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities 2018

October 10, 2018   |  Reuters

Reuters ranked Wake Forest as one of the top 100 most innovative universities in the world this year. The list  identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies and power new markets and industries. Among other considerations, rankings are based on indicators like patent filings, research paper citations and original research.

Sierra Leone cancels $300 million airport deal with China

October 11, 2018   |  CNN

Sierra Leone abandoned plans to build a $318 million airport using a Chinese building company and large loans from China. The Mamamah International Airport deal had been controversial for years, partly due to the “lack of transparency” about its terms, according to Lina Benabdallah, assistant professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest. “These re-negotiations are an important sign of African agency and rethinking the terms of deals signed between Chinese and African leaders.”

Men have trouble speaking up at work, too

October 9, 2018   |  Quartz at Work

In a recent study 58% of working women and 68% of working men in America said that they believe they can voice an unpopular opinion at work without negative consequences. Being able to disagree with civility is also the only way to cut through the amount of false information or speculation passed off as fact in company conversations, said John Petrocelli, an associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest. When friends get together to work on a project, they’re often too focused on enriching their relationships to question each other. That sets the conditions for bullshit to flourish, he said.

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