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News Center Media Report for July 23 - Aug. 5

August 8, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for July 23 – Aug. 5 is now available online.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presides over Shylock’s appeal

August 4, 2016   |  New York Times

The court was not unanimous in what to do with Portia. The judges ruled that because Portia was “an impostor,” a “hypocrite” and “a trickster,” she would be sanctioned by having to attend law school at the University of Padua, where one of the judges, Laura Picchio Forlati, taught. Then she would have to pursue a master of laws degree at Wake Forest University, where another of the judges, Richard Schneider, is a professor and dean.

North Carolina: Transformation through Innovation

July 25, 2016   |  Newsweek

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch talks about innovative teaching to train leaders for the common good in this 35-page report highlighting North Carolina efforts, which includes Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on page 27.

“I am proud of the programs we are launching through Wake Downtown; they present huge opportunities as well as risk and innovation. Now, we have to deliver on our promise to educate the whole person, and we are continually aiming to do that better,” Hatch said. “Modern problems need to be solved by blending science and the liberal arts.”

NBA free agents sign deals as high as some nations’ GDPs: How the league got that rich

July 25, 2016   |  Yahoo! Finance

Kevin Durant is one of the NBA’s best players and a recent league MVP. So while his decision to leave Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors may have come as a surprise, the fact that he signed a contract in which he will make the maximum permissible next year under league rules was par for the course.

But when Mike Conley, a good player but no all-star, also received a maximum contract with the Memphis Grizzlies for an average of more than $30 million over the next five years, it raised many eyebrows.

Todd McFall, who researches sports and economics at Wake Forest, even said the cap on top salaries has led to a competitive imbalance as top players “compensate themselves by finding super teams” in place of taking larger contracts.

“These guys can’t find contracts because there’s no optioning process … commensurate to their value,” McFall said. “It seems to me like it’s going to lessen the churn at the top of the NBA totem poll.”

Does television have a teacher problem?

July 25, 2016   |  The Washington Post

Teachers have one of the hardest jobs out there, but you wouldn’t know it by watching television. Three new comedies this year portray teachers as inept, inappropriate or some unfortunate mix of both.

It wasn’t always this way, according to Mary M. Dalton, media scholar and communication professor. Earlier portrayals of teachers on television, starting with the 1950s NBC sitcom “Mister Peepers,” tended to be overwhelmingly respectful of the teaching profession.

“Now, it’s like we’ve turned a corner and it’s disheartening,” says Dalton, who co-authored the 2008 book “Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television.”

The Sentinel & Enterprise and the Bend Bulletin also covered this story.

What classics professors can teach the rest of us

July 25, 2016   |  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Talented youngsters take humanities courses in the summer, too, but professors don’t usually teach them. In fact, humanities professors rarely have anything to do with high-school students at all – or with their teachers. That indifference has a long history.

Mary Pendergraft, a professor of classical languages, worries that the collaboration between high-school and college teachers in the field is endangered by the increasing tenure requirements facing junior faculty. “If outreach activities or pedagogical research ‘don’t count’ for tenure,” she said, “it’s risky to devote precious time to them.”

News Center Media Report for July 9-22

July 25, 2016   |  WFU News & Communications

The WFU News Center Media Report for July 9-22 is now available online.

How to channel anxiety when the headlines turn tough

July 11, 2016   |  WFDD

By many measures, this has been a tough week for the U.S., with violence dominating the headlines. And many Americans are now feeling a tension the nation hasn’t experienced in a long time.

WFDD talked to Dr. Sam Gladding, who says even for those far away from Dallas or Baton Rouge, the pain can be real.

“There’s such a thing as post-secondary trauma. And I think I’m feeling that. I think a lot of people are feeling that,” Gladding said. “It comes with watching violence that has occurred that you know is real. And we become much more anxious, we become much more aware, we feel much less safe than we felt before.”

How to make sure your most outspoken employee doesn’t hog the spotlight

July 11, 2016   |  Fast Company

Outspoken employees can be a great asset, as they often make leaders aware of concerns or issues, and suggest solutions that others might not be comfortable expressing, says Amy Wallis, professor of organizational behavior at Wake Forest School of Business.

“They can also become allies in generating commitment to new ideas by rallying others and creating buzz about organizational initiatives,” she says. “However, to leverage these benefits, leaders must partner with their more outspoken workers, and create an environment in which that individual understands the impact they are having on others.”

Did early land animals get a leg up by using their tails?

July 11, 2016   |  Christian Science Monitor

Some 385 to 360 million years ago, fish came out of the water and began to colonize the land. But how could an aquatic animal, accustomed to swimming, learn to walk on land? To help answer that question, some scientists have turned to a living fish that can do just that: the mudskipper. And it turns out, those strange fish use their tails to navigate difficult terrain, according to new research published in the journal Science.

Miriam Ashley-Ross, a biologist studying functional morphology at Wake Forest who was not part of this study, says it would be a mistake to read this paper and assume that all early tetrapods moved like a mudskipper.

Other research teams have previously found that limbs began to evolve on fish before the move to land, Ashley-Ross says. So the first land-dwelling vertebrates were likely already well on their way to being tetrapods, she says, and their tails may not have functioned like modern mudskippers’ do.

“What this study does is show that limbs aren’t the whole story for moving on to land – that the tail, which had widely been considered more of a hindrance than anything else for the early tetrapods, might have made it easier for them to move on land,” she says.

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