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2015 January

Reynolda House to raise $5 million as part of ‘Wake Will’ Campaign

Reynolda to Raise $5 Million in Capital Campaign: On Thursday night – between opera arias and Champagne toasts – officials at Reynolda House Museum of American Art kicked off the museum’s first capital campaign, which aims to raise $5 million, since it became affiliated with Wake Forest University in 2002.

Professor of political economy channels Adam Smith on the financial crisis

Bringing Dead Economists Back to Life: Adam Smith on the Financial Crisis: Can Adam Smith provide answers to the challenges of the modern economy? To help answer this question, The Economist featured Wake Forest’s James Otteson, a professor of political economy and the editor of a new book, “What Adam Smith Knew, Moral Lessons on Capitalism from its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents.” The article highlights Otteson’s expertise and references remarks he delivered at a lecture at the Harvard Club of New York on Jan. 21.

NCAA’s top conferences to allow additional aid for athletes, strengthen scholarships

NCAA’s Top Conferences to Allow Additional Aid for Athletes: The wealthiest college-sports conferences, responding to pressure to provide additional benefits to players, approved new rules on Saturday strengthening the value of scholarships. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Brad Wolverton writes, “The most significant change allows Division I colleges to cover their athletes’ full cost of attendance, which could put thousands of dollars more per year into players’ pockets. Colleges also backed a measure protecting students from losing their scholarships if they fail to meet coaches’ athletic expectations. New rules also give players the ability to borrow against potential future earnings by purchasing loss-of-value insurance.”

Brothers with ties to WFU create fantasy stock market game

Brothers with ties to Wake Forest University create stock market competition: A student at Wake Forest University and his investment banker brother say they are bringing fantasy gaming to the finance industry. Lee Lowden, a Wake Forest senior, and William Lowden, who is a graduate of WFU, have co-founded Stock Battle, a pay-to-play fantasy stock market-competition platform at www.stockbattle.com.

Bat signal for blind is an example of campus innovations

Bat signal for blind example of campus innovations: Put together a professor who knows how bats fly in the dark, a computer scientist with a special-needs child looking for technologies that help people with disabilities adapt and students looking for real-world experience and you have one example of the inventions pouring out of American universities.