2012 August

CNN International

Fabric turns body heat into electricity: Physics professor David Carroll has developed a fabric-like material (Power Felt) that uses normally wasted energy to generate electricity. (Video)

U.S. News and World Report

Studies Show Roommates Can Affect Students’ Collegiate Success:

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How Roommates Can Influence Students

A recent study by Wake Forest University [economics professor Amanda Griffith] indicates that if men are assigned a smart roommate, their grades tend to rise, especially if they attend a small, liberal arts school. These results suggest that male students pick up on their roommate’s motivation and study skills, which can, in turn, help boost their grades. The same, however, cannot be said about women, as there was no noticeable grade increase when women were paired with high-performing students.

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mcgalliard.donnaTips for Getting Along with a New Roommate

If students find they have a less-than-perfect relationship with their new roommates, they should not worry. There are certain tips they can follow to build a better bond with their classmate, ultimately turning cohabitation into friendship.

Donna McGalliard, dean of residence life and housing at Wake Forest University, recently said in a press release that students should start the school year off on the right foot by calling or Skyping their new roommate, rather than just looking through their Facebook profile.

Additionally, McGalliard believes creating a roommate contract is crucial. While this does not need to be a complex document, it should outline what each student thinks is important. This gives both parties a chance to be honest about what they want and do not want and find a middle ground.

Typically, McGalliard sees students argue about inviting guests into the room, using games or the TV, keeping the room clean and borrowing personal items. Therefore, individuals should be sure to establish clear guidelines when it comes to these important issues.

Huffington Post

Wake Forest University School of Law’s Tanya D. Marsh wrote a piece for the Huffington Post titled Rethinking Laws Permitting the Sales of Human Remains.

20100813marsh2297 Etsy, the online marketplace for handcrafted items, updated its “prohibited items” policy last week to ban the listing of human remains or body parts, including skulls, bones, articulated skeletons, bodily fluids, preserved tissues and organs. (Hair and teeth are still allowed to be sold on Etsy.) A few online news outlets picked up the story, and the resulting chatter focused on several questions. “You can buy human remains on the Internet?” And even more fundamentally: “You can buy human remains?”

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Marsh joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2010, after a career practicing real estate and corporate law in Indiana. She teaches real estate transactions and property.