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2012 June

BBC

a779e66b-b851-4636-b52f-6ad4c3689dc7Printing a Human Kidney: Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the W.H. Boyce Professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center appeared on the homepage of BBC.com for his TED talk related to experiments in 3D organ printing.

Wall Street Journal

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How to Collaborate on a New Product: Pat Dickson, an entrepreneurship professor at Wake Forest University, says that “over past few years it’s become difficult for small businesses to get loans so they’ve had to find other ways to access the resources they need to grow.” In 2004, a survey he worked on found that 64% of 761 U.S. small businesses had “formed an alliance” with another business within the prior three years, most frequently in product development.…

U.S. News Education

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Stay Connected While Your Student Is Abroad: …daily communication is a lot to expect of a student trying to soak up all that a new country has to offer in just a few short months. So forgo making a set schedule of when you will talk, and instead just settle on how you will keep in touch, advises Samantha Radell, a recent Wake Forest University graduate who spent a summer studying in Spain. “It’s hectic and difficult to plan in advance for things, and it makes communication with your family seem like a chore,” says Radell, who talked to her family via Skype or BlackBerry messenger nearly every day. She admits this was more frequent than most of her peers. “I was abroad with my boyfriend and some of his best friends, and they thought it was bizarre how often I spoke with my family,” she says. “They would get in touch with [their family] maybe once a week.”

The Huffington Post Culture

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The Father’s Day Gift Guide Dad Wants You to Read: It’s almost Father’s Day. Across America, millions of people are struggling with the annual question of what to buy. Many of us find it harder to buy for Dad than for Mom. It seems like there’s always something that Mom needs, and it also seems like there’s a broader range of possibilities. That’s not your imagination. American culture and the people who embody it encourage a certain amount of difference. If your dad seems “old-fashioned” or is just an “average Joe,” this should help you come up with a gift he’ll think is special.…

The New York Times

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32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow: #1 Electric ClothesPhysicists at Wake Forest University have developed a fabric that doubles as a spare outlet. When used to line your shirt — or even your pillowcase or office chair — it converts subtle differences in temperature across the span of the clothing (say, from your cuff to your armpit) into electricity. And because the different parts of your shirt can vary by about 10 degrees, you could power up your MP3 player just by sitting still. According to the fabric’s creator, David Carroll, a cellphone case lined with the material could boost the phone’s battery charge by 10 to 15 percent over eight hours, using the heat absorbed from your pants pocket.

The Washington Post

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The SAT: The College Board blunders: Many thousands of students around the country are taking the SAT today, the last time the college entrance exam is being given in the 2011-12 school year. But get this: A special August test date has been set for “gifted and talented” kids who enroll in an expensive summer college prep program. Everybody else has to wait until October for the next opportunity to take the test.…

Joseph Soares is a Wake Forest University sociology professor and the author of “SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions.” He has argued that the SAT is a poor predictor of achievement and is discriminatory, favoring the affluent who can afford test prep. His research on the subject led his school, along with nearly 850 other schools, to stop requiring applicants to provide college admissions test scores.

Soares released this statement about the August SAT date that pretty much says it all:

“The University Prep partnership between the College Board and a National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) exposes the hypocrisy of the College Board’s rhetoric about the SAT being a fair way to democratize and expand access to higher education.

“In reality, this exclusive and unprecedented arrangement – open only to students whose families can pay $4,500 for a fast-lane test prep course in the comfort of an Amherst College summer camp – grants privilege to a small, test-score aristocracy.

“While summer camps on college campuses for “gifted” students are nothing new, students in this program can buy exclusive access to the SAT, which never has been offered outside the school year. This is a very expensive test-prep camp that is open only to students who, in many if not most cases, were pre-selected for gifted and talented programs by standardized tests such as the ETS’s ERB exams (which, like the SAT, correlate highly with family incomes).

“Participation in this program sends the message to these youths – and the entire nation – that they are special and deserve exclusive treatment in the form of an additional opportunity to take the SAT. These students are flying first class to the land of elite universities in August, while everyone else must fly economy in October.

“How this program makes for a level playing field for a fair measure of one’s academic merit is a mystery.”