January 31st, 2011 | Academics, Faculty News
The Costs of Doing Business in the U.S.: “Small businesses are among our worst regulation scofflaws,” said Sidney A. Shapiro, university chair in law at Wake Forest University, and a member scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform, which is planning a report evaluating the SBA numbers. “They are often among our most dangerous businesses.”
January 27th, 2011 | Faculty News
Brain Training: The 11 Best Foods for Your Brain, #1: Beets “Nosh on this root vegetable to boost brain power. Scientists at Wake Forest University determined that natural nitrates in beets can increase blood flow to the brain, thereby improving mental performance.”
January 24th, 2011 | Faculty News
Investors Want a Right to Know About CEO Health: Apple Inc.’s limited disclosure about its ailing chief executive is stirring debate about whether corporate boards should be forced to tell investors more about CEO succession plans. An Apple succession plan “will get a lot of support,” says Charu G. Raheja, assistant professor of finance at the Schools of Business. “Directors should be forthcoming about their [succession] plan.”
January 20th, 2011 | Academics
What’s the real agenda behind opposing shared custody?: Data, particularly that supplied by Wake Forest professor Dr. Linda Nielsen, support the premise that shared custody is best for most children of divorced parents, especially as it applies to non-custodial fathers. She has well-documented research (http://bit.ly/i7Nwtb) that indicates children want to spend more time with their dad, children who live with each parent after a divorce prefer this to living with one parent, and children with a dad actively involved are less likely to encounter problems later in life.
January 4th, 2011 | Faculty News
Top five movie trends and surprises of 2010: “It has been a better-than-average year for documentary features,” says Mary Dalton, co-director of the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University. “This is part of a longer trend that started to build after the commercial success of ‘Bowling for Columbine’ in theatrical release and the blockbuster status of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’ Docs are usually independently produced and have a lower budget than narrative features,” she adds, noting that they are often seen as a cheap way to fill out programming schedules.
January 4th, 2011 | Faculty News
Father’s App Lets Disabled Son ‘Speak’ Thru iPad: Victor Pauca will have plenty of presents to unwrap on Christmas, but the 5-year-old Winston-Salem boy has already received the best gift he’ll get this year: the ability to communicate. Victor has a rare genetic disorder that delays development of a number of skills, including speech. To help him and others with disabilities, his father, Paul, and some of his students at Wake Forest University have created an application for the iPhone and iPad that turns their touch screens into communications tools. The VerbalVictor app allows parents and caregivers to take pictures and record phrases to go with them. These become “buttons” on the screen that Victor touches when he wants to communicate. A picture of the backyard, for example, can be accompanied by a recording of a sentence like “I want to go outside and play.” When Victor touches it, his parents or teachers know what he wants to do.