2013 September

Higher ed is rethinking how to help college students find jobs

Career Centers Stretch to Fill New Roles

In a story about the new model for career centers and how colleges must help students learn to apply what they learn in the real world, Andy Chan, vice president of the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University, describes the new approach to career development as a “movement.” “This is something everyone is trying to figure out and do it well,” he says, “and I think we’ll see lots of innovation in the years ahead.”

Professor says young voters aren’t paying much attention to issues

No-show millennials: An engaged generation that doesn’t show up at the voting booth

Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss asks why  millennials tend to be interested in talking and tweeting about the big picture, but they don’t get involved in what’s happening on the next block. Katy Harriger, a political science professor at Wake Forest who studies millennials and voting, says young voters “will challenge something as big as the whole capitalist system and do the international stuff that they’re concerned about.” But locally, “they’re just not paying that much attention to what the issues are.”

Climate change is causing Andean tree migration, according to biologist Miles Silman

Rain Forest plants race to outrun global warming

A story written by Justin Catanoso, lecturer and director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, features research by Wake Forest tropical biologist Miles Silman showing that Andean tree species are migrating upslope roughly 8 to 12 vertical feet (2.5 to 3.5 meters) a year on average—the arboreal equivalent of a dash. “We are looking at what entire populations of these species are doing in response to climate change,” Silman said. “It’s fairly spectacular and quick. But it might not be quick enough.”