2013 April

What Does a Target Reveal About a Terrorist?

What Does a Target Reveal About a Terrorist?: In an interview with Emily Sohn for Discovery News, communications professor Randy Rogan answers questions about how the bombing site itself offers clues about a terrorist attack — and whether the target is a hard target (highly patrolled and often symbolic) or a soft target (unprotected and easier to access). “”When you attack a soft target, you’re saying, ‘You as civilians are not safe anywhere,'” Rogan said. “You are vulnerable at any given point in time.”

How ‘High-Performance Clothing’ Will Power Your Phone And Monitor Your Health

How ‘High-Performance Clothing’ Will Power Your Phone and Monitor Your Health: Robert Ferris with Business Insider interviewed Wake Forest nanotechnologist David Carroll about Power Felt, an inexpensive fabric that collects power from body heat. “We have some really interesting applications for high-performance clothing,” said Carroll. “And that high-performance clothing will not only be useful for collecting power…the bigger story is that we are also going to be using it for health monitoring.”

>> Read more about Power Felt on the Wake Forest News Center.

Taking the sting out of tuition

Taking the sting out of tuition: “The suspense is over for many college-bound kids, as nearly all the acceptance letters have gone out. Now it’s decision time — not only which school to attend in the fall, but how to pay for it,” writes Marketplace reporter Gigi Douban. Wake Forest University economist Amanda Griffith commented on how colleges want to attract a variety of students, including those whose parents earn too much to be eligible for financial aid. “Offering a merit-based scholarship where maybe that student is not eligible for need-based financial aid could entice them to come to your school  instead of a different institution where they’d have to pay the full sticker price,” she said.

Winston-Salem Journal

$6.5 million gift to Wake Forest will boost Magnolia Scholars: Dr. Steven and Becky Scott have committed $6.5 million to further the education of first-generation college students through Wake Forest’s Magnolia Scholars program. The majority of the gift will fund scholarships for students who are the first in their families to attend college. It is the second largest commitment to scholarships by individuals in Wake Forest’s history. Steven Scott said Wake Forest “has long been a place of opportunity” for students, many of whom have been the first in their families to go to college. “Today, Becky and I are proud to honor that tradition and continue our support of first-generation college students through the Magnolia Scholars program,” Scott said.

Inside Higher Ed

All Work and No Play? No More: “We could all use a friendly game of Ping-Pong to de-stress once in a while, especially when we’re juggling three or four classes, a part-time job, extracurricular activities and media stimulation,” writes Inside Higher Ed reporter Allie Grasgreen.

Her story focuses on ways that Wake Forest is working to educate the “whole person” — not just the mind, but the body and spirt as well — by introducing fun and spontaneous ways for students to relax and enjoy community and fellowship.

“We really are aiming to not transform their lives with a capital T, but in a very unobtrusive way introduce elements [on campus] that aren’t announced, aren’t planned, aren’t programmed, aren’t another thing they have to do,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh.

“We worry about binge drinking and mindless partying and the whole ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality,” Kersh said — not just of Wake Forest, but of colleges generally. “It feels as if our responsibility to these students does not stop at the classroom door, and so this notion of educating the whole person feels pretty necessary.”

Read more at Inside Higher Ed