5 reasons why Trump-Christie political marriage works

Securing Gov. Chris Christie’s endorsement Friday was a major coup for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, and at precisely the right time, with Super Tuesday approaching and challenger Marco Rubio gaining steam.

“There is geographic loyalty – and a certain stylistic similarity between Christie and Trump, which may be the foundation of the governor’s admiration,” added Rogan Kersh, provost and political science professor.

Colleges that produce the most members of Congress

With the nation’s most important decisions hanging in the balance, it’s important that Capitol Hill be filled with the best and brightest America has to offer. A look at the current breakdown of Congress shows the country’s top-tier colleges well represented.

Using data from Vote Smart, a research organization that collects data on elected officials and candidates for public office, StartClass found the colleges that have produced the most active members of Congress.

Wake Forest was tied at number 21 with three active members of Congress.

News Center Media Report for Feb. 27 – March 4

The WFU News Center Media Report for Feb. 27 – March 4 is now available online.

Wake Forest hosts hundreds at TEDx talk

For the fifth year, Wake Forest hosted its TEDxWakeForestU event in Wait Chapel. More than 1,300 people filled the chapel to hear eight speakers discuss security.

Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle Corp., talked about data, how it’s threatened and how it’s secured. Other speakers at the event included Errin Fulp, professor of computer science who researches security within computer networks.

LSAT’s grip on law-school admissions loosens

Law schools are toying with a new way to boost shrinking applicant pools: dropping the Law School Admission Test requirement (LSAT). University of Arizona College of Law began accepting Graduate Record Examination scores in lieu of LSAT as an option for applicants this month, and other schools say they are weighing the same move.

Already, two other schools – University of Hawaii School of Law and Wake Forest University School of Law – are in the process of conducting similar validity studies.

Why we love virtue

Philosophy professor Christian Miller is referenced in this article as being part of a interdisciplinary research team that is applying Aristotle’s insights to psychological and social problems.

The team has begun a two-year project entitled “Virtues as Properly Motivated, Self-Integrated Traits.” This research has been funded by the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project, which, in turn, was funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

News Center Media Report for Feb. 20-26

The WFU News Center Media Report for Feb. 20-26 is now available online.

Proving Einstein right

For this interview on the program, “The State of Things,” Wake Forest physics professor Greg Cook explained how gravitational waves work and what they mean for future research in astrophysics. Scientists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory recently announced that they had detected elusive gravitational waves.

The phenomenon was predicted by Albert Einstein in his infamous theory of relativity, but was never proven until now. The breakthrough findings prove that space and time are indeed interconnected, and opens up a new way of observing the universe and its origins.

The best colleges for people with entrepreneurial leanings

They’re the people the Myers Briggs Personality test calls “smart, perceptive, energetic, bold and original.” With a knack for taking risks and pushing boundaries, entrepreneur-like students, called ESTP personality types, require universities that promote learning by doing.

The list of best colleges for ESTP personality types is based on overall cost of attendance, inclusion on notable lists, ranking by U.S. News and World Report, number of ESTP degree or major options, and accreditations.

Wake Forest was listed at number nine of 20.

Justice Scalia, Queen Anne, and the pragmatics of interpretation

Wake Forest law professor Harold Lloyd writes: “Pragmatics recognizes that speaker meaning can differ from (and even contradict) linguistic meaning, including the literal meaning of text. In its proper context, for example, “Bob is indeed a good lawyer” can ironically mean just the opposite. Pragmatics also recognizes that relevant text is not a thing-in-itself that is simply given.

Instead we have to consider such things as purpose and cohesion when determining whether we have a text and we must also agree on just what is included in such text. For example, does the text of a letter include the writing on the envelope as well? The stamp? The postmark? Justice Scalia’s originalism of course fumbles at both these levels. Speaker meaning can differ from any literal “original meaning” and, as just noted, we don’t simply start with a text. We must first agree on just what is the text.”