WFU in the news: May 13-19, 2024

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‘Go and do good’ – Wake Forest honors class of 2024
By Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal
Wake Forest University conducted Monday graduation ceremonies for its Class of 2024, the first in which undergraduates spent their entire college years living and learning under the COVID-19 pandemic’s shadow. Both Wake Forest president Susan Wente and commencement speaker Dr. Mandy Cohen urged the more than 1,226 undergraduates and nearly 800 graduate students to exit the Reynolda campus being truly intentional on living out the Pro Humanitate (For Humanity) motto. – 5/21/2024

WXII, WFDD, WRAL, WFMY, and Spectrum News also covered commencement.

America’s first student-acquired art collection reflects the times
By John Yau | Hyperallergic
Earlier this year, Wake Forest University celebrated the 60th year of this program — and the 16 trips that have taken place since the program’s inception — with a selection of works obtained by previous generations of students. The exhibition, Of the Times: Sixty Years of Student-Acquired Art at Wake Forest University at the Charlotte & Phillip Hanes Art Gallery, was curated by Jennifer Finkel, who also contributed to the catalog, along with Leigh Ann Hallberg and J. D. Wilson. – 5/14/2024

Big trouble in intern city
By Michael Schaffer | POLITICO
Most of the academic programs that place Washington interns steer students away from virtual internships: “Why would you come to Washington for a semester if you’re going to be working remotely two days a week or more?” said Jennifer Richwine, who runs Wake Forest University’s program in the capital. “If you’re in person, you’re learning just from osmosis of being in an office. They don’t get to do that if you’re working remotely, or if no one’s there.” –  5/17/2024

Retail traders are beating big firms
Morningstar
The earliest form of prediction markets on Wall Street took shape around 1884, with betting on the outcome of presidential elections, according to economics professor Koleman Strumpf. In more recent decades, these markets have occasionally been confronted with ethical dilemmas over the propriety of betting on geopolitical outcomes, and described by some critics as “terrorism betting parlors.” Despite the naysayers, experts said prediction markets can play a vital role in society, are reasonably efficient, and tend to perform well. – 5/15/2024

US troops’ Niger exit should spur better strategy
By William Walldorf | Stars and Stripes
“The U.S. departure from Niger is painful for the U.S. military, but also an opportunity for change. Let’s hope U.S. policymakers can seize that opportunity and move to less force-based approaches better-suited for U.S. interests and good for Africans too,” writes politics and international affairs professor William Walldorf. – 5/14/2024

Latin America advisor
By Gene Kuleta | Inter-American Dialogue
Chile’s government is considering tougher security measures and new antiterrorism laws after armed assailants killed three police officers in the country’s Biobío region. “Chile remains relatively safe – and Santiago is a far safer national capital than most in Latin America,” said politics and international affairs professor Peter Siavelis. “Government statistics show that the rise in violent crime is due mainly to criminal gang activity, often with foreign ties. These connections have prompted Chileans to view rising crime as a problem of illegal immigration.” – 5/14/2024

Krispy Kreme launches Dolly Parton-inspired doughnut flavors
By Richard Craver | Independent Tribune
Marketing professor Roger Beahm said the Parton-themed doughnuts flavors can “create an emotional connection with consumers by offering this new line of limited-edition doughnuts with a likeable persona with strong market appeal.” – 5/17/2024

Embracing 50/50 custody is best for children
By Lauren Hall | Chattanooga Times Free Press
Experts argue that with effective communication and cooperation between parents, challenges can be overcome. Linda Nielsen, a professor of adolescent and educational psychology at Wake Forest, suggests that parents can work together to create consistent routines and rules across households, providing stability for the children. – 5/18/2024

How WFU School of Medicine students are working to enhance global health, equity
Triad Business Journal
Global health refers to the practice that aims to improve health for individuals around the world in an interdisciplinary fashion. The focus of this approach is to understand emerging health challenges – driven by social, cultural, economic and environmental factors – that can contribute to health inequities. – 5/14/2024

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