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2012 July

New York Times

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Relief for Joints Besieged by Arthritis: Stephen Messier, a professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest University, has shown in a trial among 450 men and women with osteoarthritis that a weight-loss diet combined with a well-designed exercise program can significantly reduce knee pain.

NPR

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Women’s Field Hockey Aims to End Olympic Drought: Claire Laubach (’09), Michelle Kasold (’09), and Lauren Crandall (’07), three former Wake Forest University field hockey players, head to London later this month with the U.S. women’s national field hockey team to compete in the Olympics.

Below is an excerpt from an NPR story on the U.S. field hockey team’s training and preparation for the event:

Laubach says that while training with the Navy SEALs wasn’t necessarily fun, it provided a sense of unity.

“It’s just interesting to see how everyone deals with the stress that they’re under,” she says. “You will see some people rise to it, and some people will fall to it. But you will see the people who rise to it don’t just go on without the other teammate, they help them along. I think it is interesting to see the dynamics that come out of it.”

Laubach and Kasold are both graduates of Wake Forest University. So, too, is the captain of the team, Lauren Crandall. That gives the small private school in Winston-Salem, N.C., more ties to the 16-woman team than any other school.

Wake Forest coach Jen Averill calls her former players’ accomplishments “ridiculous — it’s just unbelievable pride.”

When Crandall, Laubach and Kasold played for Averill at Wake Forest, they won three Division I national titles. Now they’re taking aim at an Olympic medal — a goal the American team hasn’t reached since 1984, three years before Kasold was born.

“I think about each day individually, but visualize what it would be like,” Kasold says. “I see us standing on the podium because I know that we’re good enough, we’re capable of doing it. So I see it as the final product, the end, the goal.”

Best Colleges Online

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20 Colleges With the Best Career Services: Wake Forest University is listed fifth out of 20 colleges offering the best career services support for students on www.bestcollegesonline.com.

“Wake Forest University is another school hoping to help liberal arts students learn a bit more about their potential career paths, but in a pretty interesting way. Andy Chan, who runs the school’s career services department, is working directly with professors, asking them to bring students into the career services offices to take part in webinars with successful alumni. The school’s career services department has been a leader in helping to build practical professional skills and career knowledge in students and even hosted a conference called “Rethinking Success: From the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century.” One look at the career services website will show you that the school takes its mission seriously, offering loads of advice and programs for mentoring, internships, entrepreneurship, and job hunting.”

Huffington Post

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Zombies: Why are we so obsessed?: “The Internet remains abuzz over the undead,” writes English professor Eric Wilson in a recent Huffington Post piece about why people are drawn to fictionalized monsters. “Maybe our obsession with zombies is a reflection of our fear of a pandemic virus that will transform us into flesh-starved corpses. Or perhaps we are afraid of a global financial collapse that would result in cannibalistic hordes haunting burned-out cities. Or possibly portents of nuclear terrorism scare us into nightmares of ubiquitous death.…”

Wilson is the author of many books, including, most recently, “Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away,” an exploration of the origins and uses of morbid curiosity.