2012 October

Yahoo! News

wilson.eric.150x150Why we love Halloween: It’s more than just a last shot at fun and games before the winter solstice ices us, suggests a Wake Forest University academic. There are deeper reasons for the spending spree and our intense interest in vampires and zombies, said English professor Eric Wilson, author of “Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck: Why We Can’t Look Away” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012). It’s because humans have a natural fascination with the macabre, Wilson said. This story also appeared in as a featured story in BusinessNewsDaily.com and LiveScience.com

USA Today

eric.carlson.150x150What are you doing on 10-11-12?: Thursday is a special day, numerically speaking: It’s 10-11-12. Nice, but how significant? Those who study numbers say, well, not too much. Or perhaps it’s better to say that it’s as significant as you want it to be.…Eric Carlson, a physics professor at Wake Forest University, agrees. “No great significance,” he says. “Just a curiosity. I like number patterns, like many of us. Our lives are dominated by numbers.”

Fox Business


Debate Cheat Sheet: What Each Candidate Must Do To Win: Communication Professor Allan Louden was interviewed by Fox Business on what voters will be looking for during the first Presidential debate. …

“After a debate, if you ask people of their impressions, about a third of comments will be about character — whether they liked the candidate — a third will be content, and a third will be interactional — how they treated and interacted with each other.”…

“[The candidates] have to be aggressive and show leadership and take it to the other person, but in a way that is not demeaning,” warns Louden. “You can be highly critical but respectful. Don’t sigh, don’t roll your eyes,  don’t curse and don’t show disdain.”

The article appeared Oct. 3 and was written by Kathryn Buschman Vasel.