2011 February


Smartphone apps keep health at your fingertips, from fitness to first aid: An app can show you a healthier alternative to the cookies you just picked up but can’t make you buy a piece of fruit instead, nor can it run five miles for you or make you do so.”They will not change things for us, unless we are willing to have it changed,” said Ananda Mitra, a professor of communication at Wake Forest and author of “Alien Technology: Coping With Modern Mysteries.”

Christian Science Monitor


The real story behind ‘The King’s Speech’: Deeply personal engagement is nearly always the key to successfully transmitting those lessons, says Mary Dalton, co-director of the Documentary Film [program] at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “There is a two-fold reason ‘personal passion projects’ are sometimes particularly memorable. First, the filmmaker’s personal connection to a story can imbue it with indelible authenticity,” she writes in an e-mail. Second, she notes, that same passion can sustain the commitment necessary to get a picture made in an industry where it can take years and years to take a project from concept to completion.



Wake Forest baseball coach donates kidney to player: Coach Tom Walter donated one of his kidneys to Demon Deacon freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan. Dr. Kenneth Newell, lead surgeon on the team that removed Walter’s kidney, said both surgeries went “very well” and both are expected to make full recoveries. The procedure was done at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.



Fla. Court Decision Plunges Federal Health Law Into Limbo: “It’s a great big mess,” said Mark Hall, a law professor at North Carolina’s Wake Forest University. “There’s a lot of open questions.” Hall’s best advice: “The government would be well-advised to get a stay” of the judge’s ruling while pursuing an appeal.

USA Today


Across the USA News from Every State, North Carolina: (Winston-Salem) The Z. Smith Reynolds Library won the 2011 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, which is given each year by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Wake Forest’s library won the award in the association’s category for the largest universities. The award came with a $3,000 cash prize.