Wake in the News

Higher ed is rethinking how to help college students find jobs

September 30, 2013   |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Career Centers Stretch to Fill New RolesIn a story about the new model for career centers and how colleges must help students learn to apply what they learn in the real world, Andy Chan, vice president of the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University, describes the new approach to career development as a “movement.” “This is something everyone is trying to figure out and do it well,” he says, “and I think we’ll see lots of innovation in the years ahead.”

Professor says young voters aren't paying much attention to issues

September 29, 2013   |  The Boston Globe

No-show millennials: An engaged generation that doesn’t show up at the voting boothBoston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss asks why  millennials tend to be interested in talking and tweeting about the big picture, but they don’t get involved in what’s happening on the next block. Katy Harriger, a political science professor at Wake Forest who studies millennials and voting, says young voters “will challenge something as big as the whole capitalist system and do the international stuff that they’re concerned about.” But locally, “they’re just not paying that much attention to what the issues are.”

Climate change is causing Andean tree migration, according to biologist Miles Silman

September 16, 2013   |  National Geographic

Rain Forest plants race to outrun global warmingA story written by Justin Catanoso, lecturer and director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, features research by Wake Forest tropical biologist Miles Silman showing that Andean tree species are migrating upslope roughly 8 to 12 vertical feet (2.5 to 3.5 meters) a year on average—the arboreal equivalent of a dash. “We are looking at what entire populations of these species are doing in response to climate change,” Silman said. “It’s fairly spectacular and quick. But it might not be quick enough.”

Recruiting Talent in Higher Ed

May 22, 2013   |  Inside Higher Ed

hatch.nathanRecruiting Talent in Higher Ed: In a recent career advice piece for Inside Higher Ed, Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch offers ten tenets for recruiting exceptional talent. The first principle he shares with college and university administrators is to live by the conviction that no transformative change takes place in higher education without a transformative leader. Institutions will not see effective change without leaders of rare vision, unbounded courage and political skill.Read the other nine tenets at Inside Higher Ed.

What Does a Target Reveal About a Terrorist?

April 22, 2013   |  Discovery News

What Does a Target Reveal About a Terrorist?: In an interview with Emily Sohn for Discovery News, communications professor Randy Rogan answers questions about how the bombing site itself offers clues about a terrorist attack — and whether the target is a hard target (highly patrolled and often symbolic) or a soft target (unprotected and easier to access). “”When you attack a soft target, you’re saying, ‘You as civilians are not safe anywhere,'” Rogan said. “You are vulnerable at any given point in time.”

How 'High-Performance Clothing' Will Power Your Phone And Monitor Your Health

April 18, 2013   |  Business Insider

How ‘High-Performance Clothing’ Will Power Your Phone and Monitor Your Health: Robert Ferris with Business Insider interviewed Wake Forest nanotechnologist David Carroll about Power Felt, an inexpensive fabric that collects power from body heat. “We have some really interesting applications for high-performance clothing,” said Carroll. “And that high-performance clothing will not only be useful for collecting power…the bigger story is that we are also going to be using it for health monitoring.”>> Read more about Power Felt on the Wake Forest News Center.

Taking the sting out of tuition

April 9, 2013   |  Marketplace

Taking the sting out of tuition: “The suspense is over for many college-bound kids, as nearly all the acceptance letters have gone out. Now it’s decision time — not only which school to attend in the fall, but how to pay for it,” writes Marketplace reporter Gigi Douban. Wake Forest University economist Amanda Griffith commented on how colleges want to attract a variety of students, including those whose parents earn too much to be eligible for financial aid. “Offering a merit-based scholarship where maybe that student is not eligible for need-based financial aid could entice them to come to your school  instead of a different institution where they’d have to pay the full sticker price,” she said.

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