Wake in the News

Can b-school rankings be reformed?

June 5, 2017   |  Inside Higher Ed

Rankings have become a central part of many colleges’ admissions strategies – even as many experts have questioned their validity and whether they help anyone except those organizations that produce them. Jeremiah Nelson, director of enrollment management for the Charlotte program of the Wake Forest University business school said, “Ultimately, rankings are only a starting place for researching schools in the early stages of the exploration process. Most savvy b-school candidates are not making their decisions on ranking alone.”

Media Report for May 20 - June 2, 2017

June 5, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for May 20 – June 2, 2017 is now available online.

Wake Forest graduation speaker urges students to 'look up from those screens' and embrace tolerance

May 22, 2017   |  Winston-Salem Journal

With the quad decked out with all the trimmings, the graduates received advice from President Nathan Hatch and Jon Meacham. Hatch urged the graduates to look up from their screens and embrace eye contact.

“I challenge you to lift your eyes and don’t take for granted the power of deep, human conversation,” Hatch said.

Meacham encouraged the graduates to take naps outside in the summer, go to movies, subscribe to newspapers and magazines and “look up from those screens.” He also addressed national political tensions.

“The great fact of America today is pervasive partisanship,” he said. “The point of America is not to always agree.… Be open to the very real possibility that you might be wrong from time to time. There’s no shame in this.”

This story was also covered by The Winston-Salem Chronicle, WXII, WFMY and Spectrum News Triad. WFMY interviewed graduate Dwayne Peterkin and his mother for a story that aired on Mother’s Day/Commencement weekend.

Benefits of beetroot juice

May 22, 2017   |  BYU Radio

“Unbeetable” is what Wake Forest physics professor Daniel Kim-Shapiro calls the beet juice drink he’s developed. Preliminary research shows it is not only tasty, but has particular health benefits for people over 55. Kim-Shapiro was interviewed for a segment on “Top of Mind with Julia Rose.”

The psychology of the to-do-list - why your brain loves ordered tasks

May 22, 2017   |  theguardian.com

A study by Wake Forest psychology professor E.J. Masicampo and Florida State University’s Roy F. Baumeister was referenced in this article on productivity. While tasks we haven’t done distract us, just making a plan to get them done can free us from this anxiety.

This story was also covered by Konbini.

History of independent special prosecutor

May 22, 2017   |  TIME.com

Time writer Lily Rothman wrote: With the news this week that former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed to a special counsel position, to investigate whether there were any ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, I thought it was worth revisiting this article from a few months ago about the history of that independent prosecutorial position.

“A lot of people say that Watergate shows that the system works, and I would argue that that’s a plausible interpretation,” Wake Forest professor Katy Harriger, an expert in the subject, told me. “It’s not that the checks and balances keep things from happening, it’s that when they happen, are they investigated?”

Media Report for May 6-19, 2017

May 22, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for May 6-19, 2017 is now available online.

How a WFU researcher is using nanomaterials to develop more efficient power sources

May 8, 2017   |  Triad Business Journal

Wake Forest chemistry professor Michael Gross has won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program Award. The prize, which comes from the foundation’s Directorate for Engineering, will provide $500,000 over a five year period.

Six Triad educational institutions join forces to offer funding for startups

May 8, 2017   |  Triad Business Journal

Six universities and colleges in Winston-Salem will partner on a program to support entrepreneurship in the city by offering grants to startups created by their students or alumni. The grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year for a three-year period depending on the school. The universities and colleges involved in the program are Wake Forest University, Salem College, Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts, Piedmont International University and Forsyth Tech.

The story also appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal and on WUNC.

US job growth bounces back

May 8, 2017   |  The New York Times

As for students graduating from college this season, they are facing their best job and wage prospects since the recession. (Younger workers traditionally are at a disadvantage when times are tough, because they are competing with more experienced applicants at a time when fewer jobs are available.)

At Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Mike Summers, director of employer relations, said the number of employers recruiting on campus this year increased by 22 percent. “We are starting to see employers engaging with our students earlier in the recruiting cycle,” he said.

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