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Wake Forest's motto, Pro Humanitate (for humanity), is at the heart of the University's identity and reflects a dedication to making a difference in the world.


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WFU statement supporting peaceful protests

Wake Forest University joins dozens of colleges and universities in assuring all those applicants who choose to participate in peaceful protest in response to the tragic events that transpired in Parkland, Florida. The post WFU statement supporting…

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Wake Forest University to host N.C. Science Olympiad tournament

This weekend, nearly 500 Olympians will go for gold at Wake Forest University - but not in hockey, figure skating or curling. Middle and high school students from across the Piedmont Triad will flex their intellectual muscles in engineering,…

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Peace Corps recognizes Wake Forest

The Peace Corps ranks Wake Forest among the 2018 Top 25 Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities. This year, Wake Forest is ranked 16th among small colleges and universities. The post Peace Corps recognizes Wake Forest appeared…

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WFU expert available to comment on Billy Graham’s life

Wake Forest University Divinity School Professor Bill Leonard said the Rev. Billy Graham was "the most enduring and perhaps the most beloved preacher in American religious history.” Leonard is available to talk about the impact Graham has had on…

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Founders’ Day program honors faculty and students

The Wake Forest community commemorated 184 years since the University’s founding at Founders’ Day Convocation in Wait Chapel on Feb. 15. The celebration recognizes student leaders and honors faculty for teaching, research and…

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Coping with tragedy: Counselor offers strategies after Florida shooting

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Florida, Wake Forest Counseling Professor Samuel Gladding offers suggestions for how to cope with tragedy. The post Coping with tragedy: Counselor offers strategies after Florida shooting appeared first on…

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Want to help your partner stress less? Listen from the heart

When we feel supported, we feel less stress. But sometimes we think we are being supportive of a romantic partner and we're not. Who hasn't experienced the self-satisfaction of feeling like we're 'helping' only to find…

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‘The Broken Box’ to be the focus of TEDxWakeForestU

Wake Forest University will host TEDxWakeForestU, an independently organized event licensed by TED, on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The post ‘The Broken Box’ to be the focus of TEDxWakeForestU appeared first on…

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Wake Will Lead campaign reaches $800 million milestone

Wake Forest University has raised more than $800 million in gifts and commitments to support students, faculty and capital projects as part of the Wake Will Lead campaign, as of Dec. 31, 2017. The post Wake Will Lead campaign reaches $800 million…

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Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan plan for health care consolidation

Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan announced plans yesterday to combine forces to manage employees' health care, with a claim that they will develop technological solutions for simplified, high-quality healthcare. These companies…

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Diabetes prevention goes digital

Wake Forest University has begun a digital diabetes prevention clinical trial that features a virtual interactive program that provides personalized guidance and weekly interactive lessons to encourage healthy habits. It is the largest-ever…

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Students named to WFU’s fall 2017 Dean’s List

The following Wake Forest University students have been named to the University's Dean's List for the 2017 fall semester. Students who achieve a 3.4 grade average and no grade below a C were named to the list. The post Students named to…

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On-campus shooting information

The following is a collection of the latest updates provided to the campus community. The post On-campus shooting information appeared first on Wake…

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WFU awards and recognitions briefs

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. The post WFU awards and recognitions briefs appeared first on Wake…

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Free passports help make study abroad possible for WFU students

Wake Forest University and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) are hosting a one-day "Passport Caravan" event offering nearly 100 free passports to encourage students to study abroad. Obtaining a passport usually costs…

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Jan. 24 WSPD update: Arrest made in the on-campus shooting investigation

On Jan. 24, the Winston-Salem Police Department announced that it has made an arrest in the investigation into the Jan. 20 on-campus shooting. The post Jan. 24 WSPD update: Arrest made in the on-campus shooting investigation appeared first on Wake…

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Update about on-campus shooting investigation

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch just sent the following message to students, faculty and staff. The post Update about on-campus shooting investigation appeared first on Wake…

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‘Building the Dream’ award winners named at joint MLK celebration

For 18 years, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University have collaborated to host events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year as part of the joint celebration, author, speaker and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric…

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Joint message from WFU president and WSSU chancellor

The following is a joint message from Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. The post Joint message from WFU president and WSSU chancellor appeared first on Wake…

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WFU statement about troubling video on social media

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch sent the following message to students, faculty and staff tonight. The post WFU statement about troubling video on social media appeared first on Wake…

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Scientists study mercury poisoning in Peruvian forest on pope’s itinerary

Pope Francis’ visit to Peru on Jan. 15-22 takes him to the epicenter of the country’s informal and often illegal gold mining industry – the subject of groundbreaking environmental research by Wake Forest University scientists. The…

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‘Hidden Figures’ author Margot Shetterly to speak at Wake Forest

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” will speak at Wake Forest University on Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The…

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MLK Day: Michael Eric Dyson to speak at Wake Forest University

On Monday, Jan. 22, Michael Eric Dyson will present the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speech at 7 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The post MLK Day: Michael Eric Dyson to speak at Wake Forest University appeared first on Wake…

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Women can (and should) seek male mentors in the post-#MeToo workplace

In the post-#MeToo workplace, women may feel reluctant or uncomfortable about initiating a mentoring relationship with a male colleague. The post Women can (and should) seek male mentors in the post-#MeToo workplace appeared first on Wake…

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Wake Forest a top value among private schools

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Wake Forest University 25th on its 2018 list of the 100 best values in private universities. The post Wake Forest a top value among private schools appeared first on Wake…

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Why the Y: Older adults need support for healthy weight loss in 2018

u’re trying to drop a few pounds in 2018, forget the fancy gym memberships and the home-delivered diets. Researchers at Wake Forest University say seniors whose New Year’s resolution is to lose weight succeed with a much cheaper and more…

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New Year’s resolution for older adults: Lose weight the right way

If shedding some of those extra pounds is your goal for the new year, are you sure you’re losing the right kind of weight? The post New Year’s resolution for older adults: Lose weight the right way appeared first on Wake…

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WFU awards and recognitions briefs

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. The post WFU awards and recognitions briefs appeared first on Wake…

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Can Wake Forest engineering students build a better city?

How does an engineer make a difference in the real world? By stepping out of the office and talking to the people affected by engineering challenges and their proposed solutions. The post Can Wake Forest engineering students build a better city?…

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Statement on executive compensation

On Dec. 10, The Chronicle of Higher Education published its annual database of executive compensation packages of private college presidents. The post Statement on executive compensation appeared first on Wake…

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WFU supporting high-achieving low- and moderate-income students

Wake Forest University has set ambitious new goals for supporting high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students socially, academically and financially from before they arrive on campus to graduation. The plans were highlighted in today’s…

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WFU student-athletes read to elementary school students

In collaboration with the Skip Prosser Literacy Program, Wake Forest University students and student-athletes in education professor Alan Brown’s “Issues and Trends in Education” class will read to second graders at Old Town…

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Are we as good as we think? WFU professor says ‘no” in new book

Outside of the comic book world, people aren’t superheroes or arch villains. So just how good are we as people? It turns out most of us are a messy blend of good and bad. The post Are we as good as we think? WFU professor says ‘no”…

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U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse to speak at Wake Forest on Dec. 4

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) will speak at Wake Forest University’s Broyhill Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. The post U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse to speak at Wake Forest on Dec. 4 appeared first on Wake…

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Wake Forest University Lovefeasts will be held Dec. 3

Wake Forest University will hold Lovefeast services in Wait Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is the second year the University has offered two services. The post Wake Forest University Lovefeasts will be held Dec. 3 appeared…

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WFU awards and recognitions briefs

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. The post WFU awards and recognitions briefs appeared first on Wake…

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​​Wake Forest public art class to host ‘Walking Tour of Works’

Wake Forest University's Public Art class is hosting a 'Walking Tour of Works' on Thursday, Nov. 16. The tour will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Scales Fine Arts Center lobby. The post ​​Wake Forest public art class to host ‘Walking Tour of…

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​​WFU ranks seventh in percentage of students studying abroad

Wake Forest University ranks seventh among doctoral U.S. colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad, according to the Open Doors report published today by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The post…

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​​Turkeypalooza​ brings Thanksgiving meals to hungry in Winston-Salem

Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff will prepare and deliver more than 350 Thanksgiving meals to food-insecure Winston-Salem residents during Turkeypalooza. This annual event, hosted by The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest, will be held…

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WFU to honor veterans with ceremonies

Wake Forest University will honor veterans in the week leading up to Veterans Day with several ceremonies and events. The post WFU to honor veterans with ceremonies appeared first on Wake…

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Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus to speak at Wake Forest

Muhammad Yunus, an economist who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the global microfinance movement, will discuss his life’s work and his vision for “A World of Zero Poverty” at Wake Forest University on Dec. 6. The post…

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WFU experts to lead discussion on ACA and health insurance

Wake Forest University's Center for Bioethics, Health & Society is sponsoring a panel discussion on the Affordable Care Act and the importance of health insurance in communities. The post WFU experts to lead discussion on ACA and health…

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History professor to testify on Capitol Hill about antisemitism

Wake Forest University Professor Barry Trachtenberg, a nationally recognized expert in Jewish history, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary next week. The post History professor to testify on Capitol Hill about antisemitism…

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WFU awards and recognitions briefs

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. The post WFU awards and recognitions briefs appeared first on Wake…

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WFU students to teach ‘kitchen chemistry’ to kids at Kaleideum North

Lemon volcanoes, floating marshmallows and dancing popcorn – these are just some of the treats awaiting children who visiting Kaleideum North on Friday, Nov. 3. The post WFU students to teach ‘kitchen chemistry’ to kids at…

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Changes and uncertainty in ACA likely to impact enrollment

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Democracy in the age of Trump and Putin

Author and journalist Masha Gessen will speak at Wake Forest University on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in Porter Byrum Welcome Center. The post Democracy in the age of Trump and Putin appeared first on Wake…

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Lose fat, preserve muscle: Weight training beats cardio for older adults

Weight training or cardio? For older adults trying to slim down, pumping iron might be the way to go. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University suggests combining weight training with a low-calorie diet preserves much needed lean muscle…

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Undergraduate Research Day 2017 showcases student creativity

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and family members stopped by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library atrium on Oct. 27 to explore Undergraduate Research Day, a hallmark event at Wake Forest University. The post Undergraduate Research Day 2017 showcases…

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Recent WFU grad awarded top national physics prize

The American Physical Society awarded Angela Harper the 2017 LeRoy Apker Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in physics by undergraduate students, and provides encouragement to young physicists who have demonstrated great potential for…

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WFU leads the way in Rethinking Community

Wake Forest has never been more committed to being a place that celebrates free speech and encourages open and direct dialogue, thoughtful and challenging conversation, and above all, the mutual respect that each individual deserves. The post WFU…

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Wake Forest to host 800 children for ‘Project Pumpkin’ on Oct. 25

Wake Forest students will host approximately 800 children from local schools and agencies for ‘Project Pumpkin’ on Wednesday, October 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. on Hearn Plaza. The post Wake Forest to host 800 children for ‘Project…

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Comfortable with conflict: WFU faculty help students navigate political divisions

Americans are more divided along party lines than ever, according to a new Pew Research Center study. It’s no wonder college campuses across the country are at the center of so much political unrest. At Wake Forest, faculty are making…

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Wake Washington Center: New hub for D.C. Deacs

In the morning, Wake Forest University sophomore Jay Sherrill rides the D.C. metro to Capitol Hill to work on trade policy briefs for a subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. In the evening, he shares his first-hand experience with…

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$900K NSF grant helps WFU researchers look for the big picture in big data

Thanks to a $900,000 award from the National Science Foundation, Wake Forest University researchers are examining how plant hormone ethylene affects growth and development of the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana, which is a genetic model used to…

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WFU panel to address race, sports & politics

On Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., Wake Forest University will convene a timely panel of professional athletes, sports writers and activists to rethink the role of sports in community and address related tensions head-on. The post WFU panel to address…

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WFU awards and recognitions briefs

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. The post WFU awards and recognitions briefs appeared first on Wake…

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New ‘molecular trap’ cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods

A new method for capturing radioactive waste from nuclear power plants is cheaper and more effective than current methods, a potential boon for the energy industry, according to new research published in the journal Nature Communications. The post…

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Coping with tragedy: Counselor offers strategies after Las Vegas shooting

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Wake Forest Counseling Professor Samuel Gladding offers suggestions for how to cope with tragedy. The post Coping with tragedy: Counselor offers strategies after Las Vegas shooting appeared first…

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WFU to host prayer walk on Oct. 4

Wake Forest University’s Office of the Chaplain will host "The Prayers of the People: Praying with Our Feet” in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and other unsettling…

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Porter Byrum makes final $70+ million gift to Wake Forest University

In a concluding act of extraordinary generosity that will make college more affordable and accessible for generations of students, Porter B. Byrum (JD ’42) has donated more than $70 million to Wake Forest University for scholarships. The post…

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WFU junior to attend world’s largest gathering of women technologists

Wake Forest junior Smiti Kaul, a double major in computer science and mathematics, has received the Grace Hopper Conference scholarship and will be attending the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. The post WFU junior to attend…

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WFU gathering national leaders to ‘Rethink Community’ Oct. 19-21

Wake Forest University is convening a group of national thought-leaders across the ideological spectrum to explore what it means to live in a society that is more diverse, polarized, global and virtual than ever before. The post WFU gathering…

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WFU expert explains special counsel Mueller’s speed and tactics

Katy Harriger, author of “The Special Prosecutor in American Politics,” says Congressional investigations are influencing the speed and aggressiveness of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Harriger is professor of…

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NSF grant supports biochemistry research and mentoring outreach

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $680,000 grant to Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Chemistry Patricia Dos Santos. In addition to funding research that helps scientists better understand life on earth, the grant also…

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Smithsonian to display WFU research addressing global challenges

Wake Forest University has participated in a yearlong process with the Atlantic Coast Conference, partner ACC universities, and the Smithsonian Institution to create the first “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation…

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‘Hit the Bricks’ relay race raises money for cancer research

Hundreds of Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and friends of the University will run laps around Hearn Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 28, for ‘Hit the Bricks.’ The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The post ‘Hit the…

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Bestselling author Emily Giffin to speak at Wake Forest

Bestselling author and Wake Forest alumna Emily Giffin will speak on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Brendle Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The post Bestselling author Emily Giffin to speak at Wake Forest appeared first on Wake…

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NBA superstar Chris Paul – a leader by example

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Automated feedback: The new science of grading STEM papers

Science educators at Wake Forest University are testing how automated feedback combined with new one-on-one teaching methods can improve scientific writing from STEM undergraduates – and result in better explanation of research to the…

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U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest among top-30 national universities

U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges guide ranked Wake Forest University 27th overall among 311 national universities and 12th for its commitment to undergraduate teaching. The post U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest among…

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Hidden Inca treasure: Remarkable new tree discovered in the Andes

Hidden in plain sight – that’s how researchers describe their discovery of a new genus of large forest tree commonly found, yet previously scientifically unknown, in the tropical Andes. Researchers from the Smithsonian and Wake Forest…

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Former EPA official: Harvey polluted floodwaters pose challenges

Stan Meiburg, a former acting deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who is now Wake Forest University’s director of graduate programs in sustainability, can discuss environmental challenges in the aftermath of…

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WFU awards and recognitions briefs

The WFU Awards and Recognitions briefs celebrate milestones of faculty, staff and students at Wake Forest. The post WFU awards and recognitions briefs appeared first on Wake…

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WFU to host panel discussion: ‘The Case of Charlottesville’

The Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University will host a panel discussion on race, politics and the South called “The Case of Charlottesville: Why Charlottesville Happened and What It Means for the Rest of Us” on Thursday,…

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Chris Paul to participate in conversation on leadership at WFU

Chris Paul (’07), Demon Deacon standout, NBA superstar, Houston Rockets point guard, businessman and philanthropist, will join members of the Wake Forest community in Wait Chapel on Wednesday, September 13, at 5 p.m. for a conversation about…

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WFU speaker: Black-Jewish relations more important than ever

When neo-Nazis and white supremacists recently marched alongside each other in Charlottesville, Va., it shone a national spotlight on the shared history of racial oppression of African Americans and Jews in the U.S. The post WFU speaker:…

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WFU to host candlelight vigil for Charlottesville Aug. 28

Tonight, following the first day of classes, Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff will gather for a candlelight vigil to acknowledge and reflect on the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. The post WFU to host candlelight vigil for…

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A Galápagos seabird’s population expected to shrink with ocean warming

Within the next century, rising ocean temperatures around the Galápagos Islands are expected to make the water too warm for a key prey species, sardines, to tolerate. A new study by Wake Forest University biologists, published in PLOS One…

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‘This is perfect’: WFU launches engineering program enriched by liberal arts

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Statement from WFU President Hatch on Charlottesville

Today Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch issued the following statement: “There is no place for the bigotry, racism and violence we witnessed in Charlottesville. Wake Forest University extends our condolences to the families and…

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13-million-year old fossil skull sheds light on ape ancestry

Wake Forest University professor of anthropology Ellen Miller is working with an international team of researchers who discovered a 13-million-year-old fossil ape skull in Kenya that sheds light on ape ancestry. The post 13-million-year old fossil…

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WFU welcomes the Class of 2021

More than 1,350 first-year students will move into Wake Forest residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 23. This class was admitted from an applicant pool of more than 13,000. Seventy-seven percent of the class of 2021 were in the top 10 percent of their…

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Schooling Google? WFU among universities creating a culture to support women, minorities in STEM

Gender, racial, socioeconomic and other equity gaps in STEM-related careers are more than a “pipeline problem.” That being said, what are colleges and universities like Wake Forest doing to help close these gaps? The post Schooling…

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Wake Forest student gains hands-on research experience at NIH

Emma Butturini, a junior biology major at Wake Forest University has been working at the National Institute of Health this summer as an Amgen Scholar, conducting research under world-renowned faculty mentors. The post Wake Forest student gains…

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Want to win at sports? Take a cue from these mighty mice

As student athletes hit training fields this summer to gain the competitive edge, a new study shows how the experiences of a tiny mouse can put them on the path to winning. Scientists examined how surges of testosterone both before and after…

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WFU researchers studying effects of watching videos of police violence on young black people

Viral video footage showing the deaths of black people following encounters with police have sparked outrage, protests and media attention across the country in recent years. Now researchers affiliated with the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake…

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WFU campaign reaches $700 million mark

Wake Forest University received more than $112 million in gifts and commitments between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. This is the third time Wake Forest has surpassed the $100 million fundraising mark in a single fiscal year since beginning the…

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A big step? Trial will test improvisational dance as dementia therapy

Depending on what generation you belong to, the term “improvisational dance” may conjure up images of beatniks grooving to the beat of bongos in a darkened coffeehouse or the black-clad Dieter gyrating to techno pop in a Sprockets sketch…

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