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Woodpecker drumming signals wimp or warrior

March 14, 2016   |  Science Codex

Animal behavior researchers at Wake Forest University have found that the highly territorial downy woodpecker interprets drumming intensity from adversaries to figure out who is or isn’t a threat.Instead of a distinctive song, woodpeckers bang on trees with their bills to create a sound called drumming. The birds use it to communicate when they want to attract a mate or defend a territory. Wake Forest assistant professor of biology Matthew Fuxjager and his research team, which consists of graduate student Eric Shupee and several undergraduates, tested how woodpecker pairs perceived the drumming to see how it influenced territorial interaction and coordination of defensive behavior.

News Center Media Report for March 5-11

March 14, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for March 5-11 is now available online.

Beetroot juice and Kim-Shapiro featured on Russian television

March 7, 2016   |  NTV Broadcasting Company

Translational Science Center Director Daniel Kim-Shapiro was interviewed by a Russian broadcast company on the health benefits of beetroot juice.NTV Broadcasting is the biggest non-governmental TV-network in Russia with an audience of 100 million people in countries of the former Soviet Union.The interview was conducted in Wake Forest’s new state-of-the-art television broadcast studio.

5 reasons why Trump-Christie political marriage works

March 7, 2016   |  NJ.com

Securing Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement Friday was a major coup for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and at precisely the right time, with Super Tuesday approaching and challenger Marco Rubio gaining steam.”There is geographic loyalty – and a certain stylistic similarity between Christie and Trump, which may be the foundation of the governor’s admiration,” added Rogan Kersh, provost and political science professor.

Colleges that produce the most members of Congress

March 7, 2016   |  Aol

With the nation’s most important decisions hanging in the balance, it’s important that Capitol Hill be filled with the best and brightest America has to offer. A look at the current breakdown of Congress shows the country’s top-tier colleges well represented.Using data from Vote Smart, a research organization that collects data on elected officials and candidates for public office, StartClass found the colleges that have produced the most active members of Congress.Wake Forest was tied at number 21 with three active members of Congress.

News Center Media Report for Feb. 27 - March 4

March 7, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Feb. 27 – March 4 is now available online.

Wake Forest hosts hundreds at TEDx talk

February 29, 2016   |  The Winston-Salem Journal

For the fifth year, Wake Forest hosted its TEDxWakeForestU event in Wait Chapel. More than 1,300 people filled the chapel to hear eight speakers discuss security.Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle Corp., talked about data, how it’s threatened and how it’s secured. Other speakers at the event included Errin Fulp, professor of computer science who researches security within computer networks.

LSAT’s grip on law-school admissions loosens

February 29, 2016   |  The Wall Street Journal

Law schools are toying with a new way to boost shrinking applicant pools: dropping the Law School Admission Test requirement (LSAT). University of Arizona College of Law began accepting Graduate Record Examination scores in lieu of LSAT as an option for applicants this month, and other schools say they are weighing the same move.Already, two other schools – University of Hawaii School of Law and Wake Forest University School of Law – are in the process of conducting similar validity studies.

Why we love virtue

February 29, 2016   |  Psychology Today

Philosophy professor Christian Miller is referenced in this article as being part of a interdisciplinary research team that is applying Aristotle’s insights to psychological and social problems.The team has begun a two-year project entitled “Virtues as Properly Motivated, Self-Integrated Traits.” This research has been funded by the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project, which, in turn, was funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

News Center Media Report for Feb. 20-26

February 29, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for Feb. 20-26 is now available online.

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