Academics

NBA all-star Chris Webber named WFU professor of practice

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.

Graduates, students explain what drew them to their colleges

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.

WFU receives $6 million federal grant to study weight loss of osteoarthritis patients

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.

Wake Forest University signs on as tenant in Innovation Quarter

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.

U.S. News ranks WFU 27th

U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest University 27th among 280 national universities. Wake Forest has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category for 20 consecutive years and was also 27th in last year’s guide.

Wake Forest was included in the following rankings as well: 10th among national universities for “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching;” 21st among national universities on the “Most Innovative Schools” list; 27th among national universities on the “High School Counselors’ Top Picks” list; and 30th on the “Best Values” list.

See the full list of National Universities rankings from U.S. News and World report here.

Here’s what happened when these colleges ditched SAT scores

A growing number of schools – about 850 and counting – no longer require applicants to submit their scores. And college officials say that a test-optional policy helps them attract strong applicants that may not have previously applied – including students of color, and those from low-income families.

While the academic research is mixed, some of the schools that implemented the policy early on have seen big changes in their student bodies. Before Wake Forest made its admission process test-optional for freshmen entering in 2009, about 18 percent of the students were non-white. The following year, the number jumped to 23 percent and it now stands at 30 percent.

Read CNN Money’s story about colleges that ditched SAT scores here.

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.

WFU business school ranks #1 in academic quality

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Wake Forest University’s undergraduate business program first in the nation for academic quality for the sixth consecutive year and 11th overall. “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools” ranking report was released on April 4. The Wake Forest University School of Business improved significantly in student satisfaction and recruiter sentiment to drive the ranking up 7 spots from 18th overall in 2013.

“The combination of a rigorous education and hands-on internship experience prepares students to succeed in their new careers,” said Dean of Business Steve Reinemund. “We are very proud to achieve the top academic quality rank for the sixth consecutive year, and applaud our hard-working students and dedicated faculty and staff for this achievement.”

WFU graduate’s documentary film examines food delivery systems in African-American communities

Project examines changes in food systems in African-American communities

“Foodways and Roadways,” a 16-minute documenatry developed and produced by Jessica Pic, a graduate of the Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program, and Margaret Savoca, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine was screened at Wake Forest Biotech Place and gave the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. The documentary looks at how the construction of a highway in Winston-Salem split the community and displaced about 10,000 families. Over time, a great change in nutrition and meal patterns in these neighborhoods occurred.