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Media Report for Sept. 4-8, 2017

September 12, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 4-8, 2017 is now available online.

Twin City innovators

September 11, 2017   |  Winston-Salem Monthly

What makes Winston-Salem a city of innovation? And who are the locals helping lead the charge?

Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh grew up lower-income in the North Carolina mountains, and he’s seen poverty up close. That’s one reason he welcomed the opportunity to serve as chairman of the city’s Poverty Thought Force team.

“The challenge is not getting people to realize we have neighbors in need; it’s coordinating the many existing anti-poverty programs, helping direct resources to where they’re most useful, and harnessing our community’s immense reservoir of goodwill in ways that genuinely matter,” Kersh said.

A sea of health and environmental hazards in Houston’s floodwaters

September 11, 2017   |  The New York Times

Flooded sewers are stoking fears of cholera, typhoid and other infectious diseases. Runoff from the city’s sprawling petroleum and chemicals complex contains any number of hazardous compounds. Stan Meiburg, a former acting deputy director of the E.P.A. and now director of graduate programs in sustainability at Wake Forest, said one hope was that there was just so much water that it might dilute pollutants and fecal matter in the water.

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Removing the barriers of institutional racism

September 11, 2017   |  The Huffington Post Blog

Professor Christine Nero Coughlin and Adam Messenlehner co-authored the following blog post: “Last week tragedy struck in Charlottesville when white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to the streets of this idyllic town, brandishing Confederate flags, swastikas, and anti-Semitic banners. The protest resulted in the tragic death of thirty-two year old counter-protester Heather Heyer, whose last Facebook post poignantly stated, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’

On Women’s Equality Day, let’s talk business

September 11, 2017   |  Fox News

Women in leadership is good for business and firms with more women in senior positions are, on the whole, more profitable. Recent research from Wake Forest University School of Business demonstrated that female CEOs, chief financial officers and board members serve as an effective bulwark against accounting scandals, fraud and other Securities and Exchange Commission violations.

Media Report for Aug. 26 - Sept. 4, 2017

September 11, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Aug. 26- Sept. 4, 2017 is now available online.

Not enough women in STEM? How WFU's new engineering program is breaking the mold

August 28, 2017   |  Triad Business Journal

The number of students enrolled in Wake Forest University’s new engineering program isn’t finalized yet, but so far at least 40 percent of those signed up are women. Faculty of the engineering department said more female students started enrolling in the program once faculty members were announced. Three of the four faculty members are women.

“It speaks to once you put in front of them role models they can relate,” said Olga Pierrakos, chair of the Department of Engineering. “It also sends the message that, ‘Hey, maybe I can do this too.’”

In recruiting and hiring the engineering department’s faculty, Pierrakos said she specifically looked for diversity, including in ages, education and level of experience.

E.M.B.A.s under pressure

August 28, 2017   |  Inside Higher Ed

The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business announced plans to phase out its full-time M.B.A. so that its final cohort will graduate in May 2019. In doing so, it joins other major institutions, like Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech, which in recent years have ended traditional full-time M.B.A. programs amid enrollment pressures and a desire to be more flexible for students.

See Also: The Daily IowanIowa City Press Citizen

A Galapagos seabird's population expected to shrink with ocean warming

August 28, 2017   |  Phys.org

Within the next century, rising ocean temperatures around the Galápagos Islands are expected to make the water too warm for a key prey species, sardines, to tolerate. A new study by Wake Forest University biologists, published in PLOS ONE Aug. 23, uses decades of data on the diet and breeding of a tropical seabird, the Nazca booby, to understand how the future absence of sardines may affect the booby population.

Krispy Kreme campaign with Panthers puts focus on points, not wins

August 28, 2017   |  SC Now

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is kicking off its fifth marketing promotion campaign with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. This time, the emphasis is on how many points the Panthers score rather than individual wins.  The shift to a digital app and reward points system “reflects an important strategic shift for the company,” said Roger Beahm, executive director of the Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University School of Business.

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