Wake in the News

Waiting for the tsunami: The mediated narrative of COVID-19 in India

May 12, 2020   |  Forbes

Ananda Mitra, professor of communication at Wake Forest, wrote about the troubling way in which certain segments of media choose to represent the impact of COVID-19 on different parts of the World. “The use of language, images, and the representation continues to reproduce narratives that display certain countries from the orientalist perspective,” said Mitra. Western media outlets have continued an “orientalist refrain of unpreparedness and backwardness” when predicting COVID-19 outcomes in India, though rates of infection in the country have remained low.

Nathan O. Hatch: What I told Vice President Mike Pence

May 17, 2020   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch joined a recent conversation with US Vice President Mike Pence and 13 other college and university presidents across the country to discuss what it will take to reopen campuses in the fall. “What will it take to reopen our institutions of higher learning? The same principles that will allow us to reopen our communities, re-energize our economy and keep ourselves and our neighbors safe: adapting to our changing circumstances and adopting recommended practices to keep one another healthy,” Hatch wrote in a guest column for the Winston-Salem Journal. “And so the people of Winston-Salem will ‘wear a mask, love your neighbor, protect yourself, and stop COVID-19.’ We all are part of the solution. When we offer what we have — an idea, a quieted manufacturing operation, a monetary donation, an hour or two delivering masks to neighbors — we slowly become whole.”

Why time feels so weird right now

May 7, 2020   |  Vox

“What we call internal time, or subjective time, is very complex. There’s no such thing as one internal clock that we then compare to an external clock. Our brains are these really complex ad hoc systems that are doing a lot of functions at the same time. They’re constantly integrating information and coordinating action,” said Adrian Bardon, professor of philosophy at Wake Forest. “What we call our internal clock is actually a whole bunch of internal clocks…There’s a lot of stuff going on all at the same time that all have to do with our internal sense of the passage of time. And with all that complexity, it’s no wonder that sometimes our sense of the passage of time can get weird, under weird circumstances, when we’re in a weird mood.”

Media report for April 26 - May 2, 2020

May 7, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for April 26 – May 2, 2020 is now available online.

Leading CEO on coronavirus recovery panel wary of government power grab

April 27, 2020   |  The Daily Signal

“The financial crisis was brought about largely from government policies and regulation, and a number of large companies that took real economic risk,” said John Allison, executive-in-residence at the Wake Forest School of Business and former CEO of BB&T Corp. “This crisis is more intentional – arguably necessarily so – at the state and federal level. The economy was intentionally shut down to stop the spread of coronavirus. This could be used as justification for the government to intervene in a lot of things that have nothing to do with the virus.”

Healing the world through ‘radical listening’: Q&A with Dr. Kinari Webb

April 30, 2020   |  Mongabay

“Amid this global pandemic, the health of the planet is intricately connected to public health around the world,” said Justin Catanoso, professor of journalism at Wake Forest. Catanoso interviewed Kinari Webb, a medical doctor and founder of Health in Harmony, a nonprofit aimed at curbing global warming by protecting rainforests and empowering the human communities that live within them.

Wake Forest University student recreating campus in Minecraft

April 29, 2020   |  Winston-Salem Journal

After learning students would be unable to return to Wake Forest this semester due to the pandemic, freshman Declan Sanders began building a virtual model of campus in Minecraft, a video game in which players create elaborate structures in digital form with blocks. So far, Sanders has created virtual representations of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Hearn Plaza, Reynolda Hall and other familiar landmarks. “While I’m building, there are some places on campus that will make me remember something that happened with my friends… I started doing this because I miss Wake Forest so much. It’s very relaxing to work on.”

The fight against AIDS has shaped how potential covid-19 drugs will reach patients

April 29, 2020   |  The Washington Post

“AIDS was a merciless and lethal disease until the FDA’s new programs made drugs easier to test and more widely available. These changes to FDA policy did not just change the course of the AIDS epidemic, but also will play a role in how covid-19 treatments are tested, and how quickly patients have access to them,” said Marie-Amélie George, legal historian and assistant professor at Wake Forest School of Law, in an article written for the Washington Post. “Like HIV treatment options, the FDA has to balance rigorous scientific testing with the needs of patients.”

Media report for April 19-25, 2020

April 28, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for April 19-25, 2020 is now available online.

Wake Forest in the News (April 2020 publication)

April 28, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

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