2010 November

United Press International

20091201gladding5358-460x260Many more thankful when times are tougher: “I think many families will be staying home this holiday season — some with anxiety, others with hope, but the majority with gratitude for what they have,” says Samuel T. Gladding, professor of counseling. “We are not so different in 2010 from 1930 during the Great Depression.”

Huffington Post

Can Less Mean More in College Application Race?: In 2008, Wake Forest made fundamental changes in how it screens applicants. It made SAT scores optional, beefed up its essay questions and asked students to interview face-to-face or online… “We began saying to anyone who would listen that the number of applications do not really denote the quality of the school,” Director of Admissions Allman said. “We want serious applications.”

Parenting Magazine

Preventing Tween Behavior Problems: The key: building a close relationship. “That way, you’ll have more resources to draw upon later, especially during conflicts,” says Christy M. Buchanan, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Wake Forest University and the mom of teens.

Research even bears it out [that teenagers will live up to parental expectations]. A study by Buchanan published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence surveyed 250 sixth- and seventh-graders and their moms and found that the moms who expected their kids to take risks and test limits later on tended to get what they bargained for. And while parental expectations are just one of many influences on a teenager’s behavior, Buchanan says raising yours can make a difference.

The New York Times

FDA Expected to Act on Alcoholic Energy Drinks: Phusion Projects, which makes Four Loko, has said that drinking premixed alcohol and caffeine is no different from drinking a few glasses of wine with dinner and having coffee afterward. But Dr. Mary Claire O’Brien, a professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest University, warned the FDA last year that the combination was dangerous. Dr. O’Brien said that ingesting both substances at the same time had a much more potent effect than either one by itself.

The New York Times: Fashion & Style

A Change in Season and Regimen: In the winter, exfoliating may help ward off itch as well. Research has shown that in cold the cells of the upper epidermis (or corneocytes) accumulate, said Dr. Gil Yosipovitch, a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. With slower cell turnover, water evaporates more easily from these upper layers of skin, and nearby nerve fibers send a warning message to the body that all is not well (otherwise known as itch).

USA Today

Methodists Seek Better Pastors, Vital Churches to Fight Shrinking Rolls: Some critics say the focus on growing membership at local churches goes too far. Thomas E. Frank, professor of religious leadership at Wake Forest University, said developing better Christians, not more churchgoers, should be the goal. “I am concerned about a creeping theology that says what’s important is to get people into the church,” he said.

The Huffington Post

11 Colleges That Do Not Require SAT Test Scores for Admission: More and more top universities have stopped requiring incoming students to submit SAT scores, according to Newsweek. Some institutions, like Wake Forest University, found that dropping the SAT requirement increased their student body’s diversity — the percentage of undergraduate minority students rose from 18 to 23 percent once Wake Forest joined the ranks of SAT-free schools.

WebMD: Beet juice good for brain

Drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain in older people, a finding that suggests the dark red vegetable may fight the progression of dementia, a new study shows. “There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion, or blood flow, to the brain,” Daniel Kim-Shapiro, PhD, director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University, says in a news release.

WXII12.com: political science professor John Dinan

Political science professor John Dinan said in an interview with WXII12 that the midterm-election takeover of the North Carolina House and Senate is connected to a national wave of Republican support but is also part of a long-term trend. “There is a long-term realignment in southern states,” Dinan said, adding that voters have switched from supporting Democrats in statewide races to supporting Republicans.

WXII12.com

Political analyst discusses voter turnout:

John Dinan, associate professor of political science, discusses election turnout. “We’re seeing voters becoming more comfortable with early voting. They like it. They feel comfortable about it. What we don’t yet know is whether they’ll turn out to vote to a greater extent overall. Usually about 60 percent of the people turn out in presidential election years, only 40 percent, at most, turn out in midterm years. We don’t yet know whether that 40 percent number will actually be any higher or lower this year.