October 22nd, 2015 | Student Life
Wake Forest University is part of a national trend of universities taking a closer look at mental health. Malika Roman Isler ’99, director of Wellbeing, helped develop a multi-dimensional approach called THRIVE. It includes all kinds of ways to keep students emotionally healthy.
Watch WGHP’s story about THRIVE here.
October 20th, 2015 | Academics
Chris Webber, five-time NBA all-star, sports analyst, businessman and film producer has been named a Professor of Practice for the two-year program housed within Wake Forest University’s award-winning Documentary Film Program. Webber will teach a course on sports, race and society.
Read more about Webber’s new career in The Washington Post here.
October 19th, 2015
The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 10-16 is now available online.
October 13th, 2015
The WFU News Center Media Report for Oct. 3-9 is now available online.
October 13th, 2015 | Student Life, University Events
Laverne Cox is proud to be a black transgender women, even though she said transgender people face violence and bigotry every day.
“Transgender people can use justice and love today,” Cox said in a speech to about 2,200 people in Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University. “People of color can use some justice and love today.”
Cox, 31, who is best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix television series “Orange is the New Black,” talked about her life and how she copes with being one of the most visible transgender women in the U.S. “I have often carried tremendous amounts of shame about various aspects of who I am,” Cox said.
Read the entire Winston-Salem Journal story here.
October 13th, 2015 | Academics, Student Life
Harsh Patolia, a Wake Forest senior, was one of nine current students or recent graduates to share the factors that helped them pick the right school.
“It took only one visit for me to fall in love with Wake Forest. As a researcher at the school’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, I have worked in a lab to process 3-D images of organs, which allowed me to see some of the cutting-edge advances that technology is bringing to medicine. I am a biophysics major but have thrived by taking advantage of the diverse experiences Wake offers. Two of my favorite classes have included one on Latin American literature and a survey of Slavic literature.
Wake Forest also encourages students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. It is this combination of classroom, research and service experience that has prepared me well for a medical career and developed my interest in public policy.”
Read the full U.S. News and World Report story here.
October 13th, 2015 | Faculty News
The next CEO needs to become the surgeon who starts by removing the tumor – the culprits who perpetrated the fraud of adding software to 11 million diesel cars to have them meet emissions standards on the test stand, but not in the real world. That means a purge from the lowliest technician to the highest executive.
“This was blatantly unethical, and they knew it was unethical,” says Sean Hannah, executive director of the Center for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University School of Business.
Read the full USA Today story here.
October 13th, 2015 | Faculty News
After weeks of anticipation, Pope Francis finally arrived to the United States on Wednesday. The Leader of the Catholic Church wasted no time delivering his message to those in attendance and President Barack Obama, speaking directly about air pollution and climate change.
Lucas Johnston, associate professor of religion and environment, said it was an important moment and a timely one for the Pope whose message may reach more people than in previous years. He said the Pope’s humanity and humility has shined a new light on the Catholic Church. “I think it’s refreshing to a lot of people,” said Johnston. “His popularity in the U.S., even among non-Catholics, is quite high.”
See the story from Time Warner Cable News here.
October 13th, 2015 | Academics, Faculty News
Wake Forest University has received a $6 million grant, the largest ever awarded to the University, from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of exercise and dietary measures related to knee osteoarthritis.
The grant was awarded to Steve Messier, professor of Health and Exercise Science, and his team, which includes associate professors Gary Miller, a nutrition expert, and Shannon Mihalko, a health psychologist. Messier said he hopes his team can develop a “turn-key” community-based health and exercise program that can be implemented in such locations as church fellowship halls, recreation centers, workout gyms and other community facilities where doctors can send their patients.
“I know we can do this,” Messier said. “It’s not going to be easy.”
Read The Winston-Salem Journal’s story on the $6 million grant here.
October 13th, 2015 | Academics
Wake Forest University will have a presence within Innovation Quarter in former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. space now being renovated.
The University announced that it will lease space to accommodate programs catering to a student population of up to 350 within the research park, with the first students beginning class work and research in the building in 2017.
“Our interest in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter allows us to explore fully the intersection of arts and science, scholarship and entrepreneurship, and tradition and innovation,” said Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch.
Read the entire story from the Triad Business Journal here.