Wake in the News

Nightly News' annual commencement tradition

May 30, 2019   |  NBC Nightly News

NBC Nightly News’ annual commencement roundup video saluted the class of 2019 with the great advice they’ve received from some very famous faces. Wake Forest’s commencement was featured at the 3:22 mark.

Wake Forest grads urged to seek truth, find time for reflection

May 20, 2019   |  Newsweek

During Wake Forest’s graduation festivities, Fred Ryan, the CEO and publisher of The Washington Post, acknowledged that fake news wasn’t entirely new to America’s landscape, but said the issue was more threatening in present times than it was in the past. Ryan put the “search for truth” at the heart of a Wake Forest experience that taught them to not settle for the “obvious answer or follow the easiest path.” He credited a Wake Forest education with being special, in part because it encouraged students to “relentlessly seek and discover.”

A small bird is pushing the limits of muscle performance

May 17, 2019   |  Inside Higher Ed

Matthew Fuxjager, assistant professor of biology at Wake Forest, explores how one bird helps itself with faster muscle movements. “To find a mate, a male manakin has to dance with a number of acrobatic maneuvers. Our research team studies one of these movements, called the roll-snap. It’s produced by clapping the wings together at high speed— nearly 60 times per second, much faster than most bird muscles,” said Fuxjager. “We wondered if courtship helped the species diverge, because mating dances act like a secret code: if a male doesn’t produce the right moves, he won’t pass on his genes.”

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