News Center Media Report for Jan. 9-15

The WFU News Center Media Report for Jan. 9-15 is now available online.

Clinging to guns

The nation’s vaunted “gun culture” is often blamed for the refusal by powerful pro-gun groups to accept any limits on the type of weapons allowed or the people who can have them. But experts say that culture has evolved, and has combined with a hyper-partisan political environment and other social trends to make the gun debate far more absolute than it once was.

“There has always been a gun culture in America,” says David Yamane, a Wake Forest sociology professor and author of the blog Gun Culture 2.0. But it has morphed from a rural, hunting-based one to being focused more on personal protection, he adds. “That’s a major shift that’s been changing in the culture,” Yamane says.

What Consumers Should Know About Dynamic Pricing

You’ve probably noticed it, even if you weren’t aware of its name. You see a shirt at a store. It’s a little pricey, so you decide not to buy it yet. The next day you return, and the shirt’s price has risen $20. Or maybe it’s cheaper. That’s the thing about dynamic pricing. It describes a price that is dynamic and doesn’t remain fixed for very long.

“The most common application is in pricing airline seats, hotel rooms, fashion and seasonal apparel, where supply is limited and demand is uncertain,” says Haresh Gurnani, executive director of the Center for Retail Innovation at Wake Forest University School of Business.

Students at Christian conference raise $785,000 to build Syrian hospital

“The Christian conference Passion announced on Monday that it raised more than $785,000 to fund a hospital for displaced women and children in northwest Syria. The organization says it will house the country’s first intensive care unit for newborns.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have a tangible, lasting impact in Syria,” said Wake Forest sophomore Larisa Hanger, who attended Passion.

The wildly popular, and now global, event – upwards of 40,000 people attended, according to organizers – targets people 18-25. It was held Jan. 2-4 in Houston and two locations in Atlanta. Worship sessions feature Christian rock music and speakers.

News Center Media Report for Jan. 2-8

The WFU News Center Media Report for Jan. 2-8 is now available online.

Matthews, Iltis: Find a new approach to stem cell regulation

Ana Iltis, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, co-authored this article about a new approach to stem cell regulation.

“The central problems with unproven stem cell=based interventions, particularly when delivered abroad, include lack of protection of patients, U.S. liability standards, regulation of clinical sites and clinician licensing. These interventions have insufficient evidence of safety and efficacy,” she wrote.

A guide to a godless morality

This interview, which originated in February 2015, was rebroadcast. Professor of religion Bill Leonard discussed how more Americans are turning away from religion and how to live a moral life without it.

Referendum to decide if Rwanda’s president should serve a third term

Sarah Lischer, professor of political science, said there is concern for Rwandan President Paul Kagame taking another term.

“It’s a bad idea for him to take another term because this electorate has no experience with civil society or free press or any of the other things that would help them make a good decision about the referendum. It would probably increase tensions between people who are afraid to express their opinions about the government. It is extremely dangerous to do so in Rwanda.”

News Center Media Report for Dec. 12, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016

The WFU News Center Media Report for Dec. 12, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016 is now available online.

People urged to continue to shine their light in dark times at Wake Forest’s annual Lovefeast

Wake Forest University’s annual Lovefeast took on special meaning Sunday, as speakers took note of recent tragic events, including last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead, and the terrorist attack in Paris last month that killed at least 130 people.

The Rev. Timothy L. Auman, the university’s chaplain, said that such events can lead people to hopelessness. But Auman reminded those gathered at the 51st annual Lovefeast that there is always light.

“For we know that sadness and resignation will not have the final word,” he said.