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2010 January

Faculty weigh in on Obama’s speech

Communication professor Allan Louden and Worrell Professor David Coates weigh in on the style and substance of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Junior Randy Paris interns at the White House. Professor Kathy Smith on Michelle Obama.

Finn’s public art project dedicated

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The latest public-arts project by Professor of Art and sculptor David Finn, “Sculptural Climbing Wall,” located at a park in Chapel Hill, was dedicated on Thursday.

Zipcar car-sharing program debuts

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A new car-sharing program, Zipcar, is now available for students and others to decrease the need for privately-owned cars on campus. Video: WFU students try to erase the waste, FOX 8. Video: Local college students zip around campus while going green, WMFY.

Coates book examines opposing political views

Worrell Professor David Coates’ latest book, “Answering Back: Liberal’s Responses to Conservative Arguments,” examines opposing viewpoints on today’s most important political issues.

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West Wing: student completes White House internship

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Randy Paris, a junior political science major from Pittsburgh, Pa., has more than a passing interest in the President’s State of the Union address on Wednesday. He spent the fall semester working at the White House through The White House Internship Program and gained a unique perspective into the daily workings of the Obama administration.

‘Energizing the Future’ conference planned

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In recent years, the study of energy use and policy has become increasingly important.  As a key driver in our modern economy, energy is essential to everyday life.  As national and international debates about energy policy and the economy emerge, it is essential that key players engage one another with the goal of furthering public education and finding sustainable energy solutions.

The Wake Forest University Energizing the Future conference is designed to create such dialogue.  On February 10-11, innovative business leaders, leading researchers, and policy makers will discuss energy use and policy in their current and future forms.  The event will include a public lecture by New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman.

Other headline guests include James Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy, and Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy.  Together with a host of academic thinkers, innovative entrepreneurs, and a video appearance by Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Energy Secretary, these guests will guide and frame our discussion.

Michelle Obama surprisingly traditional, says faculty researcher

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Michelle Obama may be the first African-American first lady, but she’s not that different from her predecessors, says political science professor Kathy Smith, who studies first ladies.

Business students capture national title

A team of four undergraduate business students won the national KPMG Global Case Competition in Atlanta on Friday and will represent the U.S. at the international competition in Athens, Greece, in April.

Spike Lee to speak at Reynolda Film Festival

Film Director Spike Lee will highlight the third annual Reynolda Film Festival at Wake Forest on March 26. The award-winning film producer, director and writer will present “Spike Lee: Following Your Dreams” at 7:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

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‘Cell Side Story’ brings biotechnology to life

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High-school students wanting a strong role model would do well to look to DNA Girl. As her official bio says, “she gives all the instructions and everyone follows.” DNA Girl — who grew up in Phosphate, Atoms, and went on to Hydrogen Bonds Arts High School — is one of the stars of Cell Side Story, a three-minute animated movie created by students at Atkins High School in collaboration with the BioBotz program at Wake Forest University and such community partners as Dionysios “Dennis” Nikolaidis of Animusing Productions.

The idea was to create a short that would make biotechnology appealing to other high-school students. After investing hundreds of hours since the project began this past spring, the Atkins students, all seniors, unveiled their creation yesterday at Wake Forest. It was the first time they had seen the finished product.

Introducing Cell Side Story, Jed Macosko, the assistant professor of physics at Wake Forest who directed the project, joked that, as a Bruce Springsteen fan, he had been hoping for something called Born in the DNA. The students decided to go with something more along the lines of High School Musical.