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Trustee Mary Farrell (P ’10) helped dedicate Farrell Hall, the new home for the Wake Forest School of Business, on Nov. 1. The daylong event celebrated the fulfillment of the dream she and her late husband, Farrellformer Trustee Mike Farrell (P ’10, LL.D. ’13), began three years ago with a $10 million leadership gift, the largest-ever given to the business school by individuals. Named for Mike’s late father, Michael John Farrell, Farrell Hall honors the legacy of two men whose determination and dream paved the way for the next generation of leaders at Wake Forest. The $55 million building, which opened for classes in July, unites the undergraduate and graduate business programs under one roof and features leading-edge technology, integrated design and environmentally responsible elements. Farrell’s vision and his life have been a role model for all of us, said Dean of Business Steve Reinemund. “It’s leaders like Mike that make business a noble profession.” Full coverage here.

PalmerArnie’s back on campus — permanently! A 1,392-pound bronze statue of legendary golf alumnus Arnold Palmer (’51, LL.D. ‘70) was unveiled on Homecoming Weekend at the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex on campus. A large group of fans, including Palmer’s former coach Jesse Haddock (’52), attended the event on a gorgeous fall afternoon. “You go back to the things that meant the most to you in your life, and Wake Forest meant the most,” Palmer said at the ceremony. Earlier in the day he delivered the 5-millionth meal to a Winston-Salem resident’s house in a golf cart driven by Dan Kinney (’61), longtime Meals on Wheels volunteer. Created by sculptor Bruce Wolfe, the statue stands more than 12 feet tall from base to top of the golf club and was installed so that Palmer faces south to capture the most sunlight on his face throughout the day.

OConnellJames M. O’Connell (’13) is Wake Forest’s newest Rhodes Scholar and the school’s 13th in the last 27 years. O’Connell, from Tampa, Fla., graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in politics and international affairs and plans to complete a masters in public policy. He will study at England’s Oxford University with a specific focus on the strategic use of hard and soft power. “The U.S. shoulders much of the responsibility for securing peace,” O’Connell said. “The next generation of leaders must be prepared to step up and keep the world safe. It will be essential to use ‘smart power’ toward that aim. We’ll need to leverage everything in our toolbox — including diplomacy, development and, at times, military might — as we fight for a more secure world.” O’Connell is completing a year-long position as a full-time staff member in the Office of the President as a Wake Forest Fellow. He was a student member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Honor Council. “Seldom have I met a young person with a more inquisitive mind or wider range of intellectual interests,” said President Nathan O. Hatch.

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Jeanette Wallace Hyde (center)

Jeanette Wallace Hyde (’60, LL.D. ’10), a life trustee who served as U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and areas of the West Indies from 1994-1997, has made a $2 million gift to support student scholarships and financial aid at the Wake Forest School of Divinity. It is the largest commitment to scholarships by an individual in the school’s history. Hyde, who has served on the board of the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute and International Trade Commission, has received civilian awards for her legacy in working for justice. “I love Wake Forest University and am very proud of its accomplishments,” she said. “The divinity school is preparing students for lives of service, and I am pleased by the good work they are doing.” Hyde’s gift makes it possible for more young people to follow her example by leading lives of purpose, said School of Divinity Dean Gail R. O’Day. “She is ever vigilant for the care of the underserved, calling all of us to be our better selves, to live not for ourselves alone, but to share the gifts we have received for the betterment of the whole society.”

TorahA sacred Torah, donated to Wake Forest by Ann, Felice and Richard Brenner, was dedicated last fall on Family Weekend. The ceremony was filled with music, song, prayers, responsive readings and words from Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn from Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem; Andrew Ettin, professor emeritus of English and also a rabbi; and University Chaplain Tim Auman. Following the dedication the group proceeded to the Hillel lounge in Collins Hall, the Torah’s new home.

TeacherAppreciation“You were my role model in a male-dominated field.” “You have taught me that a setback is not the end of the world.” “Thank you for stretching my academic and creative abilities.” These are just three of the hundreds of comments Wake Forest students and alumni submitted to the Teacher Appreciation website created by the Volunteer Service Corps to celebrate Wake Forest’s commitment to undergraduate teaching, which was ranked 11th by U.S. News and World Report. The social media campaign used the hashtag #WFUTaughtMe and posed a new question each day, including: “Courses that changed your way of thinking” and “Most fascinating fun fact learned at Wake.” In addition to using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, students and alumni submitted letters and stories about professors and classes that made a difference in their lives. “Wake Foresters appreciate so many little things that don’t have to do with furthering their careers or improving their grades,” said senior Hannah Rogers, VSC co-president. “My guess is you wouldn’t see this kind of connection between students and professors at a bigger school.”

Fatty grease extracted from sewer waste may one day fuel your car and power your home. Abdou Lachgar, a professor of chemistry, Marcus Wright (Ph.D. ’95), a chemistry lab manager at Wake Forest, and Matt Rohlfing (’12), Jim Lee and Nini Liu, developed a sugar-based compound that makes it cheaper and easier to turn low-quality fats and oils into affordable biodiesel. “Right now, you and I actually pay companies to come and dispose of sewer and used oil waste,” Lachgar said. “What we want to do is to take the fat out of that waste and convert it to energy.”

HitTheBricksMore than 1,000 students, faculty and staff participated in Hit the Bricks, an eight-hour relay race along the brick pathways of Hearn Plaza that honors the memory of Brian Piccolo (’65, P ’87, ’89), a Wake Forest All-American football player who passed away at age 26 from cancer during his career with the Chicago Bears. Eighty-nine teams raised more than $28,000 and ran nearly 23,000 laps to support the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Elizabeth Jay, a senior and co-chair of the event, said, “Hit the Bricks directly reaches and touches a lot of us. My mom passed away from cancer, so it means a lot to me to see everyone out on the Quad together supporting the same cause and fighting for a cure for cancer.”

Dave Clawson left his head coaching job at Bowling Green State University to become the 32nd head football coach in Wake Forest University history. “This is a great opportunity at a special institution. Succeeding a man with the integrity and character of Jim Grobe is a great honor and responsibility that I do not take lightly,” he said. Grobe resigned on Dec. 2 after 13 seasons. Calling Grobe “one of the finest people I have ever met,” Director of Athletics Ron Wellman said, “Jim and his staff have lifted our program to great heights. Every Demon Deacon fan will be forever grateful for the 2006 ACC Championship and the trip to the Orange Bowl.”

Can you tell whether the first note in a catchy new tune is an A flat or a B flat? If yes, then congratulations! You have the exceedingly rare gift of perfect pitch — the ability to identify a musical note without any reference. The odds are estimated to be one in 10,000 in the United States, and Jamie Floyd (’14) wants to make it easier. ATQ_1A math major and a lifelong musician, he is working with Professor of Computer Science Jennifer Burg to develop a comprehensive ear training system using technology — an Xbox Kinect sensor that tracks motion and a visual programming language called Max for his platform. The Xbox Kinect sensor uses an infrared projector and receiver to get information on a person’s position and movement. The Max programming language makes it possible to associate specific movements of the body, the raising of a hand for instance, with different musical notes. “If you wave, the Xbox Kinect will record the movement,” Floyd said. “When Max is incorporated, I am able to program it so that when you wave it will generate a musical note.” The computer will generate a single pitch and the user will be asked to produce the matching hand position, the name of the note or both. “We are trying to come up with a more intuitive way for people to learn pitch by having them associate different sounds with different positions of the hands, a process called kinesthetic learning,” Burg said.

ATQ_2Ken Bennett, Wake Forest University photographer since 1997, received the Master of the Profession Award from the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA), a group of college and university photographers. “Wake Forest is incredibly fortunate to have such a talented photographer on staff. But rest assured, it is not only Ken’s talented photographic skills that earned him this award,” said UPAA president Glenn Carpenter. “Ken’s willingness to share his knowledge with others is a shining example of the qualities we look for in those honored with the Master of the Profession award.” Bennett also won several awards for individual photos including second place for people and portraits, third place for campus environment and third place for news photography. His current work can be seen at Focus on the Forest, the University’s photo blog on Tumblr.

For better or worse, your spouse’s opinion about your job matters more than you might realize, according to a study headed by Julie Holliday Wayne, associate professor in the School of Business. ATQ_3When employers provide family friendly policies and a supportive work environment, it not only makes the employee feel better about the company, but the spouse also feels better. And having the spouse support for the organization can mean more employee satisfaction and less turnover. “The big takeaway here is that the spouse’s attitudes toward the employee’s firm matter,” says Wayne. “Our findings show that when the spouse isn’t happy with or loyal to the organization, it causes the employee to be unhappy or less loyal.”

C.J. Harris (’13) was named the Arnold Palmer Award winner, and Katie Stengel (’14) was named the Marge Crisp Award winner, as Wake Forest honored its athletes of the year for 2012-13. ATQ_4_1Harris earned All-ACC basketball honors for the second straight season after leading the Demon Deacons in scoring with 15.4 points per game. ATQ_4He ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring and also led the league in free-throw shooting at 84.7 percent (138-of-163). Stengel, a junior on the women’s soccer team in 2012-13, was named to the 2012 NSCAA All-America Second Team, becoming Wake Forest’s first three-time women’s soccer All-American. She missed the first half of the season while winning the FIFA Under-20 World Cup as a member of the U.S. team but returned to lead the Demon Deacons with nine goals and 22 points in 15 games. Stengel was voted to the All-ACC first team for the third time after helping Wake Forest to a second-place finish in the conference.

Katharine Brooks joined Wake Forest July 1 as executive director for Personal and Career Development. A nationally recognized career specialist with more than 20 years experience in higher education, Brooks was the liberal arts career services director at The University of Texas at Austin. ATQ_5“As a liberal arts grad myself, with undergraduate degrees in sociology and anthropology, I believe in the value of viewing workplace challenges from the many perspectives that a liberal arts education provides,” said Brooks. “In my new role, I look forward to working in partnership with faculty, staff and students and building on Wake Forest’s nationally recognized leadership in the area of college-to-career counseling.” Brooks is the author of “You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career” (Viking Press, 2009). She created the “Career Coaching Intensive” training program for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and is a blogger for Psychology Today. Author of numerous articles related to career coaching, counseling and marketing liberal arts, she has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in educational psychology from West Virginia University.

ATQ_6Wake Forest Magazine won a Silver Award for Excellence in the Publications/Print and/or Digital category of the 2013 CASE District III awards. “Boundary Hopping,” a profile of adjunct faculty member Jan Detter written by magazine editor Maria Henson (’82), won a Special Merit award in the Feature Writing category. The article appeared in the Spring 2012 issue. CASE District III advances and supports educational institutions in the southeastern United States.

For the 140 new MA in Management students, their first classes at Wake Forest University School of Business will always be memorable — not only for collaborative problem-solving and critical thinking, but also for being the first group of students to attend classes in Farrell Hall. ATQ_7The $55 million building began with a $10 million gift from Mike and Mary Farrell (P ’10) in 2010, and it is designed with flexible classrooms, open-concept office spaces, an 8,500 square-foot “living room” and technology to foster collaboration between students and faculty. The MA students began classes in Farrell Hall July 15. “I’m only 10 days into this program, but I already know I’m making friends for life,” Simone Watson (MAM ’15) said. “The students and faculty here are incredibly kind and supportive of each other.”

More than 100 high school students from China, Denmark, Guatemala, Uganda and a dozen other countries attended a five-day International Baccalaureate World Student Conference on campus last summer. Wake Forest was the first American university chosen to host a conference and the theme was “Social Justice: Contemplating the Past, Confronting the Future.” Students participated in a Generation Y World Café led by Provost Rogan Kersh (’86); toured the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, N.C.; watched the film, “The Trials of Darryl Hunt;” and participated in a discussion with Hunt and Innocence and Justice Clinic Director Mark Rabil, associate professor of law and an assistant capital defender in Forsyth County whose advocacy led to the release and exoneration of Hunt after 19 years of incarceration. The IB program is a rigorous course of study that presents a liberal arts curriculum from a global perspective, university-level work, and required examinations that are developed and marked on an international standard. Wake Forest has partnered with local IB schools since 2008.

Penny Rue will become the new vice president for campus life. Rue, who joins Wake Forest mid-July, is vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of California, San Diego and is nationally known for her creative leadership in strengthening campus communities. Penny Rue, vice president for campus lifeRue will oversee most facets of student life with broad responsibility for the well-being and safety of students and their engagement outside the classroom. “I have a passion for creating a compelling student experience,” said Rue, who succeeds Ken Zick (P ’01, ’03) who will return to teaching after a year’s sabbatical. “At Wake Forest, the high degree of student contact, the teacher-scholar model, the focus on service and the common good, the emphasis on student well-being — all of these are appealing elements. I’ve never seen such collective dedication to providing a truly enriching educational experience.”

Chris Paul ('07), retirement of No. 3 jerseyYou can hang your hat on the numbers and the memories. Sometimes, you hang a jersey on something more. Such is the case for Chris Paul (’07), who made sure his contributions to his alma mater and his community were only beginning when he headed to the NBA. In recognition of Paul’s excellence on and off the court, Wake retired his No. 3 jersey to the rafters of Joel Coliseum on March 2. In 2003-04 and 2004-05, Paul became the definitive player of coach Skip Prosser’s six seasons. He averaged 6.3 assists a game and shot 47 percent from the 3-point line while running a fast-paced attack that sold out the building and included the Deacs’ first No. 1 national ranking. Upon turning pro after his sophomore season, Paul said he didn’t want to be remembered for what he had done. He envisioned a wide-ranging legacy in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. “It’s very important for me to give back,” he said. “People will say to me, ‘It must be tough (to go home.) You have to do all these things.’ I don’t have to do anything. This is what I want to do.”

Jeffrey Katula, research project - Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent DiabetesWhen Jeffrey Katula and his research colleagues set out to determine if they could help prevent patients from developing diabetes using group-based problem solving, he didn’t expect such drastic results. At the end of the two-year project, called the Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) Study, the participants had lost about the same amount of weight and produced similar low fasting blood-sugar levels as participants in an earlier benchmark study — which cost nearly three times as much. The results of the research appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The project was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and included a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Wake Forest University, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, led by principal investigator Mara Vitolins of the medical school.

Ricky Van Veen ('03), TED talk at TEDx Wake ForestRicky Van Veen (’03), an entrepreneur who combined his love for comedy and technology to create the highly successful website College Humor in his Wake Forest dorm room, gave the first TED talk at TEDx Wake Forest in February. His subject: “You Are What You Tweet — How Media Changes in a Social World.” Van Veen said people share content on social media to create their identities. Whereas five years ago new media was more personal (unshareable), now it’s all about being social (shareable). People prefer to get content recommended to them by friends instead of clicking on misleading links. “People love to share nostalgia,” he said. “Tempting to share has become the new tempting to click.” You can watch Van Veen’s TED talk on YouTube.

The Institute for Public Engagement has a new Public Engagement Fellows program to bolster support for students interested in pursuing careers in public service, public policy or public administration. Institute for Public Engagement has a new Public Engagement Fellows programThe inaugural class of 15 fellows will explore career paths in public sector work and receive guidance and mentoring as they develop individual plans to integrate their academic learning with relevant, real-world experiences. Steven Virgil, professor of law, says the Public Engagement Fellows program is an extension of the University’s academic, research and service missions to anchor Wake Forest in the community. “We have a unique responsibility to our students who are looking forward to using their education as a force for good, whether that be as advocates for social equity, health and well-being or the environment.” Fellows are Blair Bryce, Le’Ron Byrd, Jana Fritz, Brian Gordon, Sarah Hoyle, Nicole Kus, Matthew Mancuso, Aishwarya Nagar, Harsh Patolia, Jonna Rautsola, Hannah Sheffield, Alexis Shklar, Gurdeep Singh, Logan Healy-Tuke and Kelly Watson.

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, who has led the School of Divinity’s Center for Religion and Public Affairs since 2004, has been named director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. “The context she has given our students in D.C. has been invaluable,” said Gail O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity. “Every year, they get to meet with the ‘A’ list of movers and shakers in D.C., and it has had a lasting impact on our students. They are much more sophisticated about the ways religious leadership and politics intersect.”

Piedmont Triad Research Park has been renamed Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said the new name is one of several business developments related to its commercialization enterprise, Wake Forest Innovations, which markets unique and broad-based scientific services.

The Museum of Anthropology turned 50 in March with a birthday party and family dayThe Museum of Anthropology turned 50 in March with a birthday party and family day that included Chinese lion dancers, games and multicultural dress-up. Founded as the Museum of Man in 1963 by the late Professor E. Pendleton Banks, then chair of the Department of Anthropology, the museum was renamed in 1987 and moved to its current location near Kentner Stadium. The museum focuses on broadening learning opportunities for Wake Forest students as well as education programs to benefit the general public and local school systems.

Alec Christian ('13) received the Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipAlec Christian (’13) of Salem, Conn., is one of 271 math, science and engineering students from around the country to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year. The award recognizes outstanding young scholars pursuing careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. “It is a huge honor to receive such an award,” said Christian, “and it exemplifies how well my professors in the chemistry department have prepared me to be a creative, independent and well-rounded scientist.” Originally planning on attending medical school, he changed his mind after completing an organic chemistry course and becoming involved with research. “I knew graduate school and a future in research would be a better path for me,” said Christian, who now plans to become a professor. His research advisers and chemistry professors, Paul Jones and Dilip Kondepudi, inspired his desire to teach. “Their love and passion for science as well as their dedication to their students and teaching exemplify the type of professor I would like to become.” Christian was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and a Wake Forest Scholar. He served as vice president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates and as a student adviser. He received the 2013 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award. This summer he is interning at Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

Wake Forest has a new center to support projects combining performing arts with other academic disciplines. Cindy Gendrich, professor of theatre and director of the new Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center, or IPLACe, says the Center was created “to inspire new ideas and new connections between the performing arts and other departments at the University through interdisciplinary collaborations.” While other arts centers exist around the country, Gendrich says IPLACe Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center, or IPLACeis unusual in its focus on interdisciplinary performance work within a traditional, liberal arts context. IPLACe sponsors guest artist visits, classroom projects and master classes, salons (small group conversations about interdisciplinary topics), post- and pre-performance talks, student initiatives, traditional scholarly work revolving around performance and an end of the year “think-tank.” Collaboration between the arts and other disciplines on campus is nothing new at Wake Forest, said Gendrich. “What is new is that IPLACe brings all these activities together — building on the already high quality work going on in different areas. The Center will draw students, scholars, artists and audience members together and provide the time, the place and the reason for people to talk about the things we care about through the intensity of live performance.”

Jason Gagliano’s dream has become a reality. The biology graduate student works in a Wake Forest lab with leading researchers using the latest technology to develop a scientific breakthrough. Gagliano is part of the physics department team developing Next-Gen Lab-on-Bead, a tool that uses next-generation genetic sequencing to make the drug development process thousands of times faster, much like a Google search. Jason Gagliano - Next-Gen Lab-on-BeadThe National Institutes of Health awarded the Wake Forest team a $700,000 grant through its Small Business Innovation Research program, and the University will share the funds with partner NanoMedica, a Winston-Salem company. Next-Gen Lab-on-Bead uses a roughly one-inch-square chip, much like a computer chip. A football-shaped area in the middle of the chip is filled with millions of wells. Each well contains a bead, to which the researchers attach a potential drug molecule. “We have an application for this technology that, as far as we know, no one else has thought of, which makes it exciting to explore,” said Gagliano. The research team, led by physicists Keith Bonin, Jed Macosko and Martin Guthold, also received a two-year, $160,000 Collaborative Funding Grant from the North Carolina Biotech Center to refine Next-Gen Lab-on-Bead for commercial use.

Arnold Palmer ('51, LL.D. '70)Wake Forest golf icon Arnold Palmer (’51, LL.D ’70) received the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol last September. It is the highest civilian award in the United States, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which Palmer received in 2004. He is only the sixth athlete in history to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. “I’m particularly proud of anything that the House and Senate agree on,” Palmer joked. “I am very humbled.” Palmer’s career includes 62 PGA Tour wins and seven major championship titles. His commitment to children, philanthropy and fans helped him elevate the sport. Last year, Wake Forest named its newly renovated golf complex in honor of Palmer. He paved the way for future generations of Wake Forest golfers, including fellow U.S. Open winners Curtis Strange (’77) in the 1980s and Webb Simpson (’08) last year. “When it comes to golf, the Demon Deacons have one of the best traditions in all of college athletics, thanks largely to the legendary Arnold Palmer,” said President Nathan Hatch.

When Linda Tuttle was diagnosed with breast cancer, she never imagined her experience would inspire her colleagues in the Department of Chemistry to design new treatments to tackle the disease. A staff assistant, Tuttle was accustomed to talking to faculty and staff about meetings and course loads — not doctors’ appointments and treatment plans. But after her 2009 diagnosis, Tuttle’s use of tamoxifen, a drug commonly used to treat breast cancer, inspired medicinal chemist Uli Bierbach and research colleagues Song Ding and Xin Qiao to develop a targeted therapy that delivers a sneak attack to the disease — similar to a Trojan Horse. Colleagues in Department of ChemistryBuilding upon more than a decade’s work in platinum-based drug research, Bierbach’s team now designs synthetic hybrid molecules that more effectively tackle otherwise chemo-resistant cancers, including breast cancer. Results of this work, funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, appeared last fall in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Results also have led to tumor-seeking magic bullets that attach platinum to endoxifen, a close relative of tamoxifen, and quietly hitch a ride to the diseased cells, as if hidden in a Trojan Horse. In partnership with Greg Kucera (’87) of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, initial preclinical studies have proven Bierbach’s army of molecules to be effective. “Wake Forest’s motto is Pro Humanitate, which means ‘for humanity,’ and it motivates our research group daily,” Bierbach said. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and there’s a pressing need for more effective and less toxic chemotherapies. It’s a fulfilling job, but it’s even more rewarding to help someone you know.”

Professor of Law Michael D. GreenProfessor of Law Michael D. Green was a co-winner of the 2012 John G. Fleming Memorial Prize for Torts Scholarship and co-delivered the Second Fleming Lecture at Berkeley Law last fall. He received the international award in part for his outstanding work as an American Law Institute co-reporter for two core portions of the new Restatement (Third) of Torts. Green holds the Bess and Walter Williams Distinguished Chair at Wake Forest and is a graduate of Penn Law School.

‘Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey’

In April 1977, at New York’s Cordier & Ekstrom gallery, the American modernist and Charlotte native Romare Bearden (1911–1988) installed 20 vibrant, richly composed collages under the title “Odysseus.” The series was based on characters and episodes in Homer’s Greek epic “The Odyssey” — one of the foundational works of Western literature. A traveling Smithsonian exhibition reunites the 1977 series while expanding the scope of the original exhibition with watercolors and other relevant pieces from the artist’s work. “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey,” kicked off its national tour at Reynolda House Museum of American Art last October and concluded in January.

Romare Bearden, Poseidon, The Sea God, 1977, Collage

Romare Bearden, Poseidon, The Sea God, 1977, Collage

To stress the universality of Homer’s epic, Bearden made all of the Homeric gods, mortals, heroes and villains black. This choice asserts that all viewers can relate to the central themes of the story — themes of longing, struggle and perseverance.

The exhibit inspired collaboration between Wake Forest, Winston-Salem and Reynolda House on programs including Faces of Courage, an event honoring the University’s 50th anniversary of integration. Several classes attended gallery lectures, and the Humanities Institute sponsored an interdisciplinary academic symposium focused on odyssey in the context of diaspora. The Office of Residence Life and Housing provided training to residence advisers on using works of art in the exhibition — and elsewhere on campus — to facilitate conversations with residents.

The Forsyth County Public Library selected “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson for the countywide On the Same Page book program. More than 250 guests filled the museum to hear her speak.

“This fall was an ideal time for us to explore together, University and Museum, the themes that connect all of humanity — struggle, journey, longing for home — the same themes that Bearden depicts in his work,” said Allison Perkins, Reynolda House executive director.

Wake Forest Magazine won the Silver Medal for Magazine Publishing Improvement in the 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).National Accolades for Wake Forest Magazine in the 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards sponsored by CASE

Judges complimented the magazine on its 2011 redesign, its stories by alumni about alumni and the new paper as “a great accent to the dynamic content” in the issues. “In particular, the judges felt that Wake Forest Magazine offered a nice mix of voices and intriguing stories.” Ohio University received the gold medal, Oberlin College the bronze.

The national award came on the heels of two CASE District III awards for Wake Forest Magazine earlier in the year: the Grand Award for Publishing Improvement and Grand Award for Alumni Magazines in its enrollment category. The district covers the Southeast.

The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has elected President Nathan O. Hatch as chair of the board for a two-year term. “This is truly a transformative time in college athletics and Division I sports,” said Hatch.Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch “The NCAA has taken up the challenge to raise academic standards, streamline its enforcement process, and ensure the well-being of student athletes. I am honored to be selected chair of this important body as we seek to address these important issues and work to uphold the ideals of collegiate athletics.” Hatch has represented the Atlantic Coast Conference on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors since April 2010 and has served on the Executive Committee since August 2010.

"The Last Flight of Petr Ginz," a film by the Wake Forest Documentary Film ProgramThe Last Flight of Petr Ginz,” a film by the Wake Forest Documentary Film Program, won the Avner Shalev Award for Cinematic Excellence at the Jerusalem International Film Festival and will be screened on campus Nov. 11. Sandy Dickson, co-director of the program, said the film has been screened in at least 41 countries. A Wake Forest theatre class is developing performance pieces based on the film, which tells the story of Petr Ginz, who wrote five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague by the age of 14.

What makes someone brave or honest or compassionate or encourages any of the other virtues we tend to admire in fictional characters and real people? Christian Miller, associate professor of philosophy and director of The Character ProjectChristian Miller, associate professor of philosophy and director of The Character Project, explores the beliefs that help us act more virtuously for the re-launch of the high profile website developed by The John Templeton Foundation called Big Questions Online. “This project is important because it encourages us to engage with the deepest questions in life about moral virtue, free will, good and bad, and ultimate meaning,” Miller said. “I hope readers will take advantage of the opportunity to think deeply about the different topics raised and also apply their own personal reflections practically in their lives.”

The School of Law has added a Master of Studies in Law (MSL), a one-year program for students seeking to pursue or enhance a law-related career. The MSL program embraces the intersection of law with such areas as accounting, business, corporate compliance, criminal justice, education, health care, human relations, intellectual property, international trade, journalism, finance, nonprofits, politics, public health, regulatory, sustainability and university administration. MSL graduates do not practice law, but they bring an understanding and awareness of legal concepts to their various careers and professions, having been exposed to these concepts as applied to the specialty of their choice.

Sam Cho, an assistant professor of physics and computer science, and students, including Anqi Zou ('12)Anqi Zou (’12) never thought she would thank video gamers for showing her the way to exciting discoveries in molecular biology. But here she is, acknowledging that the technology she uses to show the inner workings of cells was originally perfected to create realistic images on gaming screens worldwide. Sam Cho and his students are using graphics processing units — also called GPUs or graphics cards — to explore the biomolecular processes in the cell and take on challenges, including a cure for cancer. “We have hijacked the same technology that creates the detailed gaming scenes on your computer screen to perform molecular-dynamic simulations,” said Cho, an assistant professor of physics and computer science who simulated the folding and unfolding of a critical RNA molecule component of the human telomerase enzyme. This enzyme is what makes tumors continue to grow. Knowing how human telomerase works could lead to cancer therapies that essentially obliterate tumors, Cho said.

Golfer Lee Bedford (’12) was named the 2011-12 Arnold Palmer Award winner and women’s soccer forward Katie Stengel (’13) received the Marge Crisp Award given annually to the top student-athletes at Wake Forest University. Cross country/track athlete Paul Loeser (’12) and volleyball’s Andrea Beck (’13) received the Edwin G. Wilson Award.

Paúl Pauca (’94, MS ’96), associate professor of computer science who spearheaded the development of a smartphone and iPad application to help his own speech-disabled son and others like him, has started a company to commercialize the program. Pauca co-founded Apps for the Greater Good to commercialize Verbal Victor app and develop new products. He is working with law student Scott Graber (’10), president of the new company, and lead software developer Tommy Guy (MA ’09, MS ’10) and William Turkett, assistant professor 
of computer science, who are both vice presidents.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgU.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a guest lecturer during the School of Law’s Venice and Vienna study abroad programs last summer. She lectured in several classes and gave a public lecture titled “A Decent Respect to the Opinion of [Human]kind: the Value of a Comparative Perspective in Constitutional Adjudication.”

For many of the estimated 67 million people who will report physician–diagnosed arthritis by the year 2030, strength training may help reduce pain and improve function. Building on the results of short-term studies showing the benefits of strength training on knee osteoarthritis (OA), Professor of Health and Exercise Science Stephen Messier (P ’04) will lead a five-year study to learn what level of strength training will help older adults the most. For the study, called Strength Training for ARthritis Trial (START), Messier is recruiting 372 adults age 55 or older with knee OA. The study is funded by a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Aaron Corcoran (Ph.D. '13)For four years, graduate student Aaron Corcoran (Ph.D. ’13) has studied how tiger moths use sonar-jamming to evade bats in the Arizona desert. With Corcoran’s help, the evolutionary arms race between bat and moth has been captured on camera for the new National Geographic Television mini-series “Untamed Americas.” The program aired this past summer. Corcoran was asked to be a scientific consultant for the “Desert” segment of the series because of his extensive field research. “I was basically the bat whisperer,” he said.

Power Felt creates a charge

When The New York Times went looking for “32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow,” it zoomed in on groundbreaking research by physicists in the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest, who have developed a fabric that doubles as a spare electrical outlet.

“When used to line your shirt — or even your pillowcase or office chair — it converts subtle differences in temperature across the span of the clothing (say, from your cuff to your armpit) into electricity. And because the different parts of your shirt can vary by about 10 degrees, you could power up your MP3 player just by sitting still,” says the NYT in its June 1 edition. “According to the fabric’s creator, David Carroll, a cellphone case lined with Power Felt could boost the phone’s battery charge by 10 to 15 percent over eight hours, using the heat absorbed from your pants pocket.”

Says Carroll, director of the center and head of the research team, “Imagine it in an emergency kit, wrapped around a flashlight, powering a weather radio, charging a prepaid cell phone. Literally, just by sitting on your phone, Power Felt could provide relief during power outages or accidents.”

Corey Hewitt (Ph.D. '13)When graduate student Corey Hewitt (Ph.D. ’13), right, touches a two-inch square of black fabric, a meter goes berserk. Simply by touching a small piece of Power Felt, a thermoelectric device, he has converted his body heat into an electrical current. Composed of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature difference — room temperature versus body temperature, for instance — to create a charge.

“We waste a lot of energy in the form of heat. For example, recapturing a car’s energy waste could help improve fuel mileage and power the radio, air conditioning or navigation system,” Hewitt says. “Generally thermoelectrics are an underdeveloped technology for harvesting energy, yet there is so much opportunity.”

Potential uses for Power Felt include lining automobile seats to boost battery power and service electrical needs, insulating pipes or collecting heat under roof tiles to lower gas or electric bills, lining clothing or sports equipment to monitor performance, or wrapping IV or wound sites to better track patients’ medical needs. Researchers say that although there’s more work to do before Power Felt is ready for market, eventually it might power an iPod, which would be great for distance runners.

American colleges and universities are “centers of creativity and innovation” and the “idea factories for our country and world,” former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said at Wait Chapel in April. Now a professor and senior fellow at Stanford University, Rice delivered the keynote address at a national conference at Wake Forest, “Rethinking Success: From the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century,” examining the value of a liberal arts education to the workforce today. Colleges and universities must impart not only knowledge in fields such as history and economics, but also practical skills — such as the ability to write clearly and to make convincing oral arguments, Rice stressed. She encouraged students to challenge themselves and to pursue something they’re passionate about, not just a job or career. “People who are educated, people who have a chance to engage the whole wealth of human knowledge and human history, are better capable and better able to navigate the changing world, and more importantly, more capable and more able to help that changing world toward a more peaceful and prosperous direction.” (See Vice President for Personal and Career Development Andy Chan’s blog entries and more stories about Rethinking Success events.)

A high-tech, idea-exchange forum called TEDx and organized by Wake Forest students drew 1,600 people to Wait Chapel this spring. Created in the spirit of TED, an international organization devoted to talking about technology, entertainment and design ideas worth spreading, the Wake Forest event focused on technological innovation, social impact and entrepreneurial ventures. Anthony Atala, who runs the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Piedmont Triad Research Park, explained how the institute seeks to help people who have damaged organs and blood vessels. Don deBethizy, president and chief executive of Targacept, talked about research using nicotine to treat people with schizophrenia. Paúl Pauca (’94, MS ’96), associate professor of computer science, discussed technology that can improve life for people with disabilities. The developer of the Verbal Victor app, named for his son who was born with developmental challenges, Pauca and his students created technology to assist people with limited communication skills. Carol Strohecker, director of the Center for Design Innovation, said the center’s goal is to help Northwest North Carolina develop new jobs to replace those eliminated in manufacturing, textiles and tobacco. The Center recently broke ground in Piedmont Triad Research Park for an $8 million facility.

Rogan Kersh (’86) officially becomes Wake Forest’s provost on July 1. Kersh, who was appointed in January as chief academic officer, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest as well as two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at Yale and Syracuse universities and is currently associate dean of academic affairs and professor of public policy at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Look for a conversation with the new provost in the fall issue of Wake Forest Magazine.

Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Barbee Myers Oakes (’80, MA ’81) received national recognition for her personal interest in and steadfast commitment to initiatives that promote pluralism and foster community. Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a magazine that focuses on access and opportunity, named Oakes one of the “25 Women Making a Difference.” Oakes was director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs for more than a decade before becoming assistant provost in 2009. “At Wake Forest, our mission to educate the whole person proved to be a critical factor in achieving graduation rates that earned recognition in the external community,” said Oakes.

Wake Forest Magazine won two top awards in the 2011-12 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III competition. The magazine won the Grand Award for Publishing Improvement and the Grand Award for Alumni Magazines in its enrollment category. CASE District III covers the Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

It was a historic February at Piedmont Triad Research Park when the $100 million Wake Forest BioTech Place made its debut. The facility houses lab space for about 350 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers and scientists; it will eventually be home to Carolina Liquid Chemistries and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. “The opening of this modern, high-tech research and innovation center represents a major milestone in Wake Forest Baptist’s development and growth of a new biotechnology-based economy in Winston-Salem for the 21st century,” said John McConnell, the medical center’s CEO.

Associate Professor of Psychology Eric Stone is collaborating with Applied Research Associates and six other universities on a project to develop and test new methods for collecting and combining opinions of widely dispersed individuals to increase the predictive accuracy of global events. The research, funded by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Aggregative Contingent Estimation System (ACES) program, may enable decision makers to make more informed decisions based on these forecasts. “In order to test our methods, the ACES project is engaging members of the general public to participate in forecasting events in which they are interested,” says Stone. “The ACES team is seeking a broad range of volunteers with highly diverse backgrounds in academic and professional education and experience who have interests in areas such as politics, military, economics, science and technology, and social affairs.” Volunteers may sign up and make as many or as few forecasts as they desire. Researchers provide feedback and other relevant information designed to make the forecasting both educational and enjoyable.

Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 16 honored the University’s past, including its founding in 1834; its present, celebrating faculty excellence in teaching, research and service; and its future, as graduating seniors reflected on their journey. Seniors Jean Chen, Amy Gardin and Brandon Turner were selected to deliver orations reflecting how their four years at Wake Forest have changed them. L. Glenn Orr Jr. (P ’98) received the Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest award for service, in gratitude for his service as a member, vice chair and chair of the Board of Trustees, his friendship and counsel to three University presidents and his commitment in service to the high ideal of Pro Humanitate. Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages Robert Ulery received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching. Assistant Professor of Psychology Wayne Pratt received the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Associate Professor Michael Furr’s work in the areas of social and personality psychology earned him the Award for Excellence in Research, which is presented to an outstanding young scholar in the College. Professor of Biology Herman Eure (Ph.D. ’74), an advocate for the biology department since he joined the faculty in 1974, received the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service. The Kulynych Family ODK Award went to Thomas O. Phillips (’74, MA ’78), director of the Wake Forest Scholars program; he works tirelessly to help students craft and submit applications for postgraduate study and scholarships.  Laura Barclay, a 2008 alumna of the School of Divinity, is this year’s recipient of the Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award. Steve Virgil, director of the Community Law and Business Clinic and associate clinical professor of law, received the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award. He has created opportunities for law students to make a difference in the community and fostered interprofessional development, joining divinity, medical and law students for weeklong courses in Nicaragua.

Bringing together people to form a bridge from religious intolerance and misunderstanding to a new reality where a diversity of faith is celebrated is critically important, said Eboo Patel in a Voices of Our Time speech in March. Patel, president and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, said the frame of debate must change from arguments over which faith is better toward a discussion between those who accept the plurality of religious practices and those who seek to impose their belief as the singularly acceptable choice. “The faith line cannot be a Christian-Muslim line,” said Patel, author of the award-winning book “Acts of Faith.” “The faith line divides those who believe in plurality and those who believe in religious totalitarianism. By advocating for and building an interfaith community on college campuses, we create ecologies that will foster a new era of interfaith cooperation.”

The research center for brain tumors at Wake Forest School of Medicine has been named after the University’s former president, Thomas K. Hearn Jr., who died from the disease in August 2008. Hearn, president from 1983 to 2005, played a major fundraising role in the effort to defeat the disease both before and during his illness. “There was enthusiastic support for honoring Dr. Hearn, who was such an inspiration and so highly regarded by our medical center and our community,” said Dr. John McConnell, chief executive of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “We remain deeply grateful for his leadership in overseeing the significant expansion of research awards on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses during his tenure.” Hearn and his wife, Laura, were founding members of the National Cancer Advisory Board for Wake Forest Baptist’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Tom had a powerful sense of vision and was always anticipating what could be accomplished in the future,” Laura Hearn said. “The Brain Tumor Research Center aligns strongly with his philosophies about medical research and care, and the role that medical science can play in improving people’s health and saving lives.” The center, founded in 2003, is part of the expansion of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. It will be the first “free-standing” cancer hospital in the region when completed in early 2014.

Wake Forest named its newly renovated golf complex in honor of Demon Deacon legend Arnold Palmer (’51) during a ceremony in October. “Arnold Palmer started the great golf tradition at Wake Forest,” said Athletic Director Ron Wellman. “Naming the facility that he designed the Arnold Palmer Golf Complex is the perfect way to honor him and all that he has done for our golf program, athletic department and University.” Palmer and his design team finished renovation of the golf complex in May 2010. The almost 18-acre facility also houses the Jesse Haddock Center and the new Dianne Dailey Learning Center. Palmer has served the University in many ways. After the death of close friend Marvin “Buddy” Worsham, he established the first scholarship for golfers in honor of his dear friend. He served as one of three chairs for the University’s fundraising efforts in the 1990s and on the Board of Trustees from 1983-1997, and he is a life member of the board. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1962 and an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1970. Also in 1970, he was enshrined in the Athletics Hall of Fame. Palmer Residence Hall was named in his honor in 1982, and in 2006 he was honorary team captain at the Orange Bowl.

Brandon Turner, a senior who studies biophysics and plays rugby, has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Turner, who is from Fontana, Calif., conducts research on the molecular structure of proteins. He is the 12th Wake Forest student to be named a Rhodes Scholar in the past 25 years. Turner is majoring in biophysics with a minor in sociology. “Receiving this honor has been an amazing experience,” he said. “I truly believe that this is as much a testament to the support and mentoring I’ve received at Wake Forest, and my family, as anything else.” He is among 32 Americans chosen by the Rhodes Trust to study at England’s Oxford University in 2012. At Oxford, he plans to pursue a master of science degree in global health science and then a master’s degree in public health.

At a “Voices of Our Time” lecture in October, Mark Kennedy Shriver commended Wake Forest on having more than 200 students, faculty and alumni serve in the Peace Corps since the program’s inception in 1961. (See the Fall 2011 issue of Wake Forest Magazine.) Shriver, senior vice president of U.S. programs of Save the Children, discussed the Peace Corps on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The iconic humanitarian service organization was founded by his father, the late Sargent Shriver, under a charge from then-President John F. Kennedy. Shriver called the Peace Corps the most enduring legacy of the Kennedy presidency, but also referenced a time that the program faced adversity. The Wall Street Journal once called the idea “nonsensical,” and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower labeled it a “juvenile experiment.” Urging the audience to consider the importance of service, Shriver said, “Compassion in service can shatter barriers. If they mean to have peace, let it begin here. It will be the servants that save us all.”

Who knew a fish out of water could be so coordinated? Associate Professor of Biology Miriam Ashley-Ross is on a team of researchers who discovered several species of fish that can flip in the air to move more than 10 times their body length in one leap from the ground. “The findings are significant because these are fish that are not specialized in any anatomical way for moving about on land, yet they are able to make these coordinated leaps rather than just floundering around,” Ashley-Ross says. The on-land flipping talents of these acrobatic fish shed light on the evolutionary changes that helped fish make the transition from water to land about 350 million years ago. “It is possible we could be looking at another vertebrate land invasion,” she says.

Inventors Digest magazine named computer science graduate student Michael Crouse (BS ’10, MS ’12) one of the “Nation’s Top New Inventors.” Featured on the cover of the October issue, Crouse is just one of six “stand-out college students doing ground-breaking, innovative research-and-development in the areas of science, technology and engineering,” wrote editor Mike Drummond. Crouse has been an integral member of a Wake Forest team training an arm of “digital ants” to be turned loose into the nation’s power grid and seek out computer viruses trying to wreak havoc on the system. Last summer, he joined Associate Professor of Computer Science Errin Fulp, scientists from the University of California at Davis, and researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in evaluating how the digital ants would actually work once deployed to protect something as large and complex as the nation’s power grid. “As the co-developer of an evolutionary method for computer configurations, Michael is simply amazing in his abilities, from doing the critical fundamental research to the actual development,” says Fulp, who nominated Crouse for the honor.

In an era teeming with political brinksmanship and hyperpartisan rhetoric, former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman believes she has the solution. Speaking on campus last semester, Whitman said, “People can’t let cynicism trump their civic responsibility.” She cited low voter turnout and the increasing volatility of national elections as signs that the American people are disillusioned with politics as usual. The speech was co-sponsored by the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, the School of Law and the Schools of Business. “The electorate is seeking someone to address problems,” as opposed to perpetuating divisive politics, said Whitman, who was promoting the recently formed Americans Elect, a bipartisan effort that has paid off for the American people in the form of a healthier environment. She encouraged her audience to be engaged in the process, saying, “People can’t get fed up and wash their hands of politics. It all has to start at the grassroots level.”

The Salgo Trust for Education has donated its world-class collection of saddles and saddle rugs to Wake Forest’s Museum of Anthropology. Nicolas Salgo, who died in 2005, was ambassador to Hungary and ambassador-at-large during the Reagan administration. A discerning collector, he amassed a collection of saddle rugs, many originating in the Middle East, Central and East Asia, dating from the 17th through 20th centuries. The museum will exhibit some pieces for the first time this spring. For information, visit their website or call 336.758.5282.

Three years ago when Wake Forest elected to make the SAT optional for undergraduate applicants, among those cheering was Associate Professor of Sociology Joseph Soares. His recently released book, “SAT Wars,” reflects enthusiasm for the policy change through his own essays and those of contributors. “The SAT and the ACT are fundamentally discriminatory,” says Soares, adding that the tests tend to favor white, male, upper-income students with the means to prepare for them. Dean of Admissions Martha Allman (’82, MBA ’92), one of the book’s contributors, expresses confidence in Wake Forest’s decision. “The first cohort are now juniors, and we’ve seen our applicant pool change. We have greater diversity and better students. The proof is in the pudding.”

Growing human organs instead of just transplanting them? Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and chair of the Department of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, is doing just that. Atala and his research team created a biodegradable scaffold of a human urethra, seeded it with a patient’s own bladder cells, then watched them grow. When the man-made organ was transferred into the patient, it worked remarkably well. Time magazine recognized Atala’s research as one of the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs in 2011.

Wake Forest Schools of Business students recently achieved the No. 1 pass rate in the nation on the Certified Public Accountant Exam among candidates (with and without advanced degrees) from nearly 2,000 colleges and universities. Wake Forest students have earned the top ranking nine times since the school began offering a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) degree in 1997, more than any other university during the same period.

For the past 40 years, finding a cure for cancer has been primarily the quest of biologists and chemists.  Now, physicists are on the front lines seeking new ways to win the war on cancer. The National Science Foundation awarded three Wake Forest physics professors — Keith Bonin, Jed C. Macosko and Martin Guthold — a $400,000 grant to study the physical and mechanical properties of cells and provide insights that have eluded scientists using gene-centered and chemistry-centered approaches. Physicists studying cancer take a quantitative approach to understanding the interactions between systems of a cell and how these interactions are regulated and modified by their mechanical structure and mechanical properties.

The women’s soccer team reached the NCAA College Cup for the first time and ended the year with a program-best 18-4-4 record. The Duke Blue Devils downed the Demon Deacons 4-1 in the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup, ending the most successful season in Wake Forest women’s soccer history. The Deacons broke through as a national power following their first-ever NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2009 and their first-ever ACC Championship in 2010. The prospect of continued success looks bright, given that all 11 starters are expected to return next season. “It’s been a great season for us,” said head coach Tony da Luz. “I’m very proud of our team and how we’ve performed all year long. Our body of work from start to finish has been really incredible.”

A new film, “The Essence of Wake Forest,” marries Professor Edwin G. Wilson’s (’43) eloquent description of the character of Wake Forest with scenes from the old and new campuses. Award-winning cinematographer George Reasner (’90), students and faculty in the Documentary Film Program (DFP) produced the film last summer. “Dr. Wilson is a treasure and everyone should be able to hear him,” says Mary Dalton (’83), associate professor of communication and co-director of the DFP. “It was also a way for the Documentary Film Program to do something for the campus that has embraced us, and at the same time provide training for our students.” Watch the film on the magazine website.

Talking about race can be challenging. Art professor David Finn, with the help of both Wake Forest and local high school students, created a space where people can learn to celebrate their differences. Students from area high schools submitted designs for Finn’s “Big Tent” project. The images express something that each student feels is unique about him or herself. As the artwork arrived on campus, the design outlines were transferred to a 25-foot-diameter canvas that would cover a tent frame — providing both a work of art and a physical area to encourage community discussion. Wake Forest student volunteers filled in the transferred designs paint-by-number style, transforming the plain canvas into a tapestry of color. “Small groups can have a huge impact,” said junior Erin Cassidy, who turned out for a group painting session. “Human communities don’t flourish unless they are unified,” she says. “Many people don’t see it as a problem if we don’t talk about race issues. But we can’t move forward until we can get rid of superficial niceties and really try to understand each other.” Added Finn, “The flowers on the tent represent the character and beauty of each individual. The chains painted around the tent border symbolize the prejudice and bias that holds us back as a society.”

The Wake Forest Chapter of Amnesty International, with help from The Anthropology Club, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Middle East and South Asia Studies Program and the Interfaith Council, sponsored Wake Forest’s first World Cultural Dance-Off in the fall semester. Nearly 400 students and faculty watched diverse performances of tap, hip-hop, Bollywood, Korean pop, Palestinian Dabke, Bhangra and Indian Folk Dance, from six dance teams; Appalachian State University won the competition. Junior Yasmin Bendaas, president of Amnesty International, said the event’s mission was to build cross-cultural understanding. “We live in a highly globalized world today, and although we are more connected than ever, our links have often proved to create misunderstanding and miscommunication between cultural groups,” she said. “This event took one aspect of culture, dance, as a way to promote cross-cultural understanding.” In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, all proceeds went to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Randolph Childress (’95), the All-America guard, who in 1995 willed the Deacons to their first ACC title in more than 30 years, is back at Wake Forest as assistant to the director of athletics, Ron Wellman. He works in compliance, fundraising and mentoring student athletes, especially with the men’s and women’s basketball teams. “For one, it excites me because it brings me back here,’’ Childress said. “And from a mentoring standpoint, it gives me an opportunity to educate these guys on an experience that I’ve done. I’ve accomplished it across the board, so when I talk to these young men and women, I’ve had the ups and downs of the injuries, the success.” Childress, whose 2,208 career points rank second to Dickie Hemric (’55) in Wake Forest history, was playing with a dislocated little finger on his right hand when he scored a career-high 40 points in a first-round comeback victory over Duke, poured in 30 in the semifinals against Virginia and then capped off the weekend by burning North Carolina for 37 in the championship. His final two points were the winning bucket with four seconds left in overtime that lifted the Deacons to their first ACC title since 1962.

Professor of Biology Bill Conner has been named the first David and Lelia Farr Chair of Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The chair was established by David (’77) and Lelia (’77) Farr of St. Louis, Mo., to recognize Conner and his work with the Wake Forest Program in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The $2 million commitment provides support that allows Conner to focus his expertise on the program’s continued development. It is one of the few chairs in entrepreneurship to be housed in an undergraduate liberal arts college rather than a business school. “We are deeply grateful for the Farrs’ support in helping the College recognize Bill Conner’s encouragement for students in every field, from biology to art to history, to use their education to think creatively to make the world a better place,” says Dean of the College Jacque Fetrow. David Farr, chief executive officer of Emerson, was a chemistry major at Wake Forest but has spent his entire career in business. Lelia Farr, an economics major, was most recently the managing director of management consulting services at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company’s Cleveland, Ohio, office. “We recognized early on Wake Forest’s leading edge commitment to inspiring and developing students’ potential for creativity and innovation. The creation of a chair and scholarships to support the University’s interdisciplinary focus on entrepreneurship is critical to the future of our economy and competitiveness,” says Lelia Farr. “We are grateful to Wake Forest for nurturing our potential while we were students, and we know that Dr. Conner will continue the rich tradition of mentoring young leaders.”  Adds David Farr, “Our goal with this gift is to continue the legacy of giving back to Wake Forest in ways that support our vision of educating and mentoring students that enable them to pursue creative opportunities for a rewarding and successful life.” The University recently received a $36,000 Innovation Center planning grant. Combined with the Farr gift, it will support development of the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Minor that help students in any discipline of study think creatively as they seek solutions to challenges facing the community and the world.

New technology developed by Oana Jurchescu has advanced the field of plastic-based flexible electronics. Her research created an extremely large molecule that is stable, possesses excellent electrical properties and is inexpensive to produce. The technology could eventually turn scientific wonders including artificial skin, flexible bandages, wearable electronics and smart windshields into everyday realities. Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics in the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, collaborated with graduate students Katelyn Goetz and Jeremy Ward, as well as colleagues from Stanford, Appalachian State and Kentucky.

The Wake Forest Schools of Business have launched a retail marketing center designed to help businesses thrive through collaboration and the use of data analysis. At the Center for Value Delivery Innovation, manufacturers, retailers and other organizations work with Wake Forest faculty and business students to do research, analyze data, train executives and fund ways to help businesses stay ahead of customer demands. “The center provides a unique combination of knowledge creation, channel partner collaboration and leader cultivation, something not found anywhere else today,” said Steve Reinemund, dean of the business schools.

Angela Mazaris is the director of Wake Forest’s new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Center. Mazaris is responsible for establishing the center as a source of educational programming, support and advocacy for the entire campus community. “Wake Forest values and celebrates diversity in all of its forms,” said Interim Provost Mark Welker. “The University’s mission is dependent upon our ability to provide a safe and supportive living and learning environment for the campus community. I look forward to working with Dr. Mazaris to demonstrate the University’s commitment to a welcoming campus culture.” Mazaris developed agencywide inclusion and diversity initiatives at the Internal Revenue Service and the National Park Service. She has a doctorate from Brown University, where she taught classes on LGBTQ history, served as coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center and served as graduate proctor of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. “We have students here who are going to go out and do great things, be doctors, lawyers, teachers, presidents of multinational corporations,” Mazaris said. “And one thing they will need in this changing world is to have a high level of cultural competency. We want to reach out to different parts of the student population so they can learn how to deal confidently with the LGBTQ community in their professional lives.”

Bamboo in the courtyard of Casa Artom? Yes, and lots of it. Internationally known artists Mike and Doug Starn constructed a major art installation at Wake Forest’s residential study center on the Grand Canal in Venice. Big Bambú, a tower of more than 3,000 bamboo poles spiraling above Casa Artom, was part of the Venice Biennale, an international arts festival. While working on the structure, the Starn brothers stayed at Casa Artom, where undergraduate residents met the artists. “To have an important work by major contemporary artists on Wake Forest’s Venice campus is a rare opportunity,” said Peter Kairoff, professor of music and director of the Venice program, who helped work out the details with the artists, the University and Venetian officials.

As the nation’s electrical power grid becomes more interconnected through the Internet — from the nuclear power plant in California to transmission lines in Texas to the microwave in your kitchen — the chances of cyber attacks increase as well. Associate Professor of Computer Science Errin Fulp is training an army of “digital ants” to turn loose into the power grid to seek out computer viruses trying to wreak havoc on the system. Fulp worked this summer with scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Wash., on the next steps in the digital ants technology. The approach is so promising that it was named one of the “ten technologies that have the power to change our lives,” by Scientific American magazine last year.

If intelligence agencies could have accurately predicted the events of 9/11, imagine how world history would have changed. A new model for crowdsourcing predictions called Aggregative Contingent Estimation System (ACES) is transforming the way future events are forecast — combining the collective knowledge of many individual opinions in a unique way that improves accuracy beyond what any one person or small group of experts could provide. Eric Stone, associate professor of psychology who studies judgment and decision making, is part of the team working on this national project to find ways to help experts make more accurate predictions about world events. With the goal of creating a more powerful “prediction engine,” for forecasting everything from the price of gas in the U.S. to the nuclear capabilities of Iran, Stone’s research team is looking for individuals to contribute their knowledge in topic areas such as politics, the military, economics, science and technology, and social affairs.

Barbara Conley of Winston-Salem always has worked in her garden and taken walks in her Homestead Hills neighborhood for seniors. When a new exercise class called CLIMB (Confidence, Longevity, Independence, Mobility and Balance), focusing on toning the lower part of the body, was offered there, she decided to sign up. After the six-week class, including an exercise program led by Wake Forest, she said she has “awakened and toned” the muscles needed to keep her balance and to minimize the likelihood of a fall. The CLIMB exercise program for seniors was inspired by a study conducted by researchers Tony Marsh, Shannon Mihalko (’92) and Jack Rejeski (P ’05, ’08) in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. It won the “Best of the Best” award in the resident health and wellness category from the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Evelyn Williams

Evelyn Williams has been named associate vice president for leadership development and Mercy Eyadiel has been named executive director of employment development in the Office of Personal and Career Development.

Mercy Eyadiel

Both came to Wake Forest from Stanford University, where Williams was director of the Center for Leadership Development and Research Leadership Laboratories and Eyadiel was the director, alumni and Sloan Career Services at the graduate school of business.

The Porter B. Byrum Welcome Center & admissions building received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. “We’re now three for three in terms of new buildings that have set a goal to earn LEED silver and actually achieved a higher level,” said Jim Alty, associate vice president for facilities and campus services. “The University is committed to sustainable design and building practices in all of its future buildings.”

Wake Forest has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community. The University’s motto is Pro Humanitate — “for humanity.” From classes that incorporate service learning to projects outside the classroom, Wake Forest encourages students to cultivate responsibility and civic-mindedness. More than half of undergraduates make volunteerism a priority in their educational experience.

Yvonne Hinson is the new associate dean of the Schools of Business programs in Charlotte. She is a faculty member and director of accountancy programs. Wake Forest moved its two Charlotte-based MBA programs Uptown from South Park in January.

Carmen I. Canales joined Wake Forest as the associate vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer on July 1. She is responsible for recruitment and employment, employee benefits, employee relations, leadership development and talent management, training and development, compensation and classification, human resource information systems, equal opportunity and affirmative action, and human resource policies and procedures. Canales was formerly chief talent officer at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC.

The Wake Forest community remembered Sept. 11, 2001 with several events including an academic panel and a memorial service featuring music from the Concert Choir with personal reflections by faculty, students and staff.  The carillon bells of Wait Chapel rang to coincide with the time the four hijacked planes went down and the two World Trade Center towers fell. “Ten years after the 9/11 terror attacks, people are in different stages of grief and recovery,” said University Chaplain Tim Auman. “Our intent is to create an environment of reflection and a continuance of personal and collective healing.”

Provost and Professor of Economics Jill Tiefenthaler, steps down on June 30 to become the thirteenth president of Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She joined Wake Forest in 2007 as chief academic officer with responsibility for supervising and administering the academic programs and plans of the Reynolda Campus. Among her many accomplishments over the last four years, she led the implementation of the University’s strategic plan and key initiatives, including diversity in admissions and enrollment, as well as new faculty development, recruitment and retention efforts. Under her leadership, the University established the Institute for Public Engagement and the Humanities Institute, as well as a number of research centers, providing new models at Wake Forest for enhanced interdisciplinary research and collaboration. “We are deeply indebted to her for her vision, energy and contagious enthusiasm and will miss her greatly,” said President Nathan Hatch. (For more about Tiefenthaler’s legacy, see our website.)

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the Undergraduate Business program number one in the nation for academic quality and among the top 20 programs overall for the third consecutive year in its “The Best Undergraduate Business Schools” ranking report released this spring. The program ranked 19th overall among 139 eligible programs. With regard to job placement, it was 11th among the top 50 undergraduate business schools, with 92 percent of May 2010 graduates accepting employment within three months of graduation.

The beautiful lakes and mountains in the region offer numerous camping options. But in March some Wake Forest students found a camping spot that was walking distance from campus: the home of President Nathan Hatch. More than 50 students, selected through a registration process to represent each class, set up tents on the president’s lawn for a new event called Pro Humana Tent-a: The President’s Campout. Students had a chance to play games, share meals, watch a movie and talk with the president and his wife, Julie Hatch. “Yet again, the strong sense of community that Wake Forest maintains has prevailed to serve its students,” said David Cox (’11). “I can think of no other University where this sort of event would have worked. Our school’s small size and strong sense of community made the campout successful.”

Wake Forest Schools of Business will move its Charlotte executive education programs into the former International Trade Center downtown. The building will be renamed the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center and will house all current and future Wake Forest Charlotte executive education programs, including its nationally ranked Evening and Saturday MBA degree programs.

Several alumni professors, coaches, athletes, journalists and authors, including basketball great Rodney Rogers (’94) and novelist Emily Giffin (’94), were featured speakers at the Losing to Win conference on race and intercollegiate sports. The April conference was organized by Earl Smith, professor of sociology, and Tim Davis, professor of law. It brought together academics, athletics administrators, journalists, athletes and other professionals to explore issues related to college sports including financial sustainability, the graduation rate gap between African-American and Caucasian student athletes, and recruitment and other improprieties of college coaching staffs.

Meditation produces powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience by Fadel Zeidan, a postdoctoral research fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation, said Zeidan. Research showed meditation produced a greater reduction in pain than morphine or other pain-relieving drugs.

A team of undergraduate students from the Schools of Business earned the world championship title at the KPMG International Case Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 8. Wake Forest, representing the United States, defeated the Czech Republic, Russia and Sweden in the final round of competition. The Wake Forest team is accountancy major Megan Petitt (’11) of Orlando, Fla.; finance majors Tim Rodgers (’12) of Corrigan, Texas, and Swayze Smartt (‘11) of Dallas, Texas; and business and enterprise management major Afton Vechery (’11) of Woodbine, Md. This was the second consecutive year that a Wake Forest team captured the world title.

A polymer solar-thermal device developed by researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials will heat your home and save you money, said David Carroll, the center’s director and professor of physics. “It’s a systems approach to making your home ultra-efficient because the device collects both solar energy and heat,” said Carroll in Science Magazine. “Our solar-thermal device takes better advantage of the broad range of power delivered from the sun each day.”

Researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are the first team in the world to use patients’ own cells to build tailor-made urethras (urinary tubes) and successfully replace damaged tissue. An article first published in The Lancet medical journal said the team, led by Dr. Anthony Atala, replaced damaged segments of urethras in five boys.

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Presentation of three outstanding senior orations, faculty awards and the Medallion of Merit highlighted Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 17. The three senior speakers, whose orations were chosen by faculty committee, were Catherine (Cate) Berenato (’11) of Blacksburg, Va., “Building Bridges at Home and Abroad”; Ashley Gedraitis (’11) of Peru, Ill., “Application for the Class of 2011”; and Ava Petrash (’11) of Kensington, Md., “To Understand the World ….” Life Trustee K. Wayne Smith (’60) received the University’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit. Smith served four terms on the University’s Board of Trustees, including two years as chair, before being named a life trustee in 2010. He has also served on the Medical Center Board of Directors. Smith had a distinguished career in government, as director of program analysis for the National Security Council, and in business, as CEO of World Book, Inc., and Online Computer Library Center. In 1992, he established a scholarship for Wake Forest students, and he has occasionally taught courses in economics, politics and business. Faculty awards were presented to Professor of Political Science Helga Welsh, Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching; Associate Professor of English Jessica Richard, Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Associate Professor of Political Science Michaelle Browers and Associate Professor of Physics Fred Salsbury, Award for Excellence in Research. Professor Emeritus of Political Science Jack Fleer, Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service; Ben King (MBA ’07), professor of practice in the Schools of Business, Kulynych Family Omicron Delta Kappa Award; Assistant Professor of Urban Ministry Douglass Bailey (’60), Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award Pro Fide et Humanitate; and Professor of Law Ahmed Taha, Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Awards were presented to alumnae Amy Talley (MAEd ’06), elementary level, and Melanie F. Huynh-Duc (MAEd ’05), secondary level.

“The economy — and the direction of the economy — always shapes the election,” said Al Hunt (’65, P ’11), executive Washington editor of Bloomberg News. Hunt and his wife, “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor and former White House correspondent Judy Woodruff (P ’11), engaged in a conversation with their audience at an April 13 Voices of Our Time event moderated by President Nathan Hatch. “If the unemployment rate is 9 percent in October (2012), the president is in trouble. If it’s 8 percent, that’s a slight plus. The role of government and spending priorities will also be key issues, and the state of the wars — if Afghanistan escalates, if Iraq goes south, if Gadhafi is still there (in Libya), that’s going to create problems for Obama,” said Hunt, a Wake Forest trustee. They agreed the political environment in Washington is decidedly less civil than 40 years ago and the proliferation of 24/7 cable news shows has fueled the negative atmosphere. “The media has played into that food fight,” Woodruff said. “It makes more drama if you’ve got two sides going at one another.”

Rising senior Cheyenne Woods fired a bogey-free three-under 68 to seal her first ACC individual women’s golf championship on April 17. Woods finished the 54-hole event at 5-under par, seven shots better than Allie White of North Carolina. She becomes just the third player in school history to shoot three under-par rounds at the same tournament. Her five-under par total set a school-record at the ACC Championships.

Harold Pace has been named Assistant Provost for Academic Administration and University Registrar, effective July 1. He succeeds Dot Sugden (MA ’85, P ’93, ’97), who is retiring. Pace has served as University Registrar at Notre Dame since 1991 and was previously registrar at Louisiana Tech University and assistant registrar at Texas A&M University. He has a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University at Commerce) and his BS degree from Southern Arkansas University.

Senior Bo-Shan Xiang, a philosophy major from Charlotte, N.C., on a mission to build American interest in the study of philosophy, has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. Xiang, a Reynolds Scholar, plans to study metaethics at the University of St. Andrews. “The Marshall will allow me to enrich my understanding of metaethical issues and philosophical methodology at one of the best philosophy departments in the UK,” Xiang said. He is Wake Forest’s third Marshall Scholar in the past 10 years.

Wake Forest researchers have shown for the first time that drinking beet juice can increase blood flow to the brain in older adults — a finding that could hold great potential for combating the progression of dementia. “There have been several very high-profile studies showing that drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, but we wanted to show that drinking beet juice also increases perfusion, or blood flow, to the brain,” said Daniel Kim-Shapiro, director of Wake Forest’s Translational Science Center; Fostering Independence in Aging. High concentrations of nitrates are found in beets, as well as in celery, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables like spinach and some lettuce. When you eat high-nitrate foods, good bacteria in the mouth turn nitrate into nitrite. Research has found that nitrites can help open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen. The group’s research findings are available online in Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, the peer-reviewed journal of the Nitric Oxide Society.

B. Hofler Milam (’76, MBA ’91) is Wake Forest’s new senior vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer. He was formerly vice president for finance and treasurer at Duke University and has held leadership positions at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and at QualChoice of North Carolina, a health maintenance organization that was affiliated with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. “I am excited about returning to my alma mater and being part of the Wake Forest community,” he said. “President Hatch’s vision for the education of the whole person is especially compelling.” Milam has extensive ties to Wake Forest. His wife, Kathryn (MALS ’95), and their two daughters, Sarah Milam Streit (’00, MSA ’01) and Margaret Milam (’04), are alumni, as is Sarah’s husband, Nick Streit (’03). Milam and his wife also have one son, Robert. Robert and his wife, Debra, graduated from Furman University. Milam’s father, Bruce, graduated from Wake Forest in 1951, and he met his wife, Ann, when she attended summer school here.

Building on its liberal arts tradition, Wake Forest has established the Humanities Institute to support innovative scholarship and collaboration in the humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Institute a five-year, $500,000 challenge grant, the largest NEH grant Wake Forest has ever received and the only NEH challenge grant awarded to a North Carolina college or university in 2010. David Phillips, associate professor of the program in humanities and project director for the grant, said: “It is huge news that we got this challenge grant on our first try. Very few institutions do this. This will help us enormously to establish an endowment for Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute and make Wake Forest a leading national site for humanities research and education.” With support from the grant, the Institute will foster scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries and explores creative ways to use knowledge to solve real-world problems. Through fundraising and donations, Wake Forest will match the NEH grant threefold, yielding a total of $2 million to endow the Institute to permanently support interdisciplinary programs and scholarship in the humanities.

Cloning. Genetic testing. Stem-cell research. Medical experiments. End-of-life decisions. With new breakthroughs in science and medicine often racing ahead of ethical concerns, Wake Forest’s new Center for Bioethics, Health and Society is addressing some of the most relevant issues at the heart of biotechnology, medical research and health care. Ana Smith Iltis has been named the center’s first director. She was formerly director of the Ph.D. program in the Center for Health Care Ethics at St. Louis University. “Wake Forest has tremendous resources to address bioethics,” said Iltis, who is also an associate professor of philosophy. “Faculty across the University — in medicine, law, divinity, business, the humanities, social sciences and life sciences — are already addressing many of these issues, and the center will bring all these efforts together and build upon them.”

The Schools of Business are among the top 25 graduate entrepreneurship programs in the country, according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. They ranked 23rd in a survey of more than 2,000 programs around the country. The ranking takes into account areas such as the teaching of business fundamentals, the number of successful entrepreneurs among the faculty and experiential opportunities. “It is a tribute to our great faculty and students who have a genuine interest in pursuing the opportunities that an entrepreneurial career can bring, and investing their time and energy to help grow our portfolio of world class entrepreneurial activities,” said Stan Mandel, director of the Angell Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest. “We are proud to be ranked again, as it marks the 10th consecutive year we have been recognized by The Princeton Review.”

Approximately 1.2 tons of food waste accumulates daily on the Reynolda Campus — much of which ends up in the landfill. But a pilot project is evaluating the benefits of a new dehydrator that allows food waste to be reused. Wake Forest is the first in the nation to test this technology on a college campus. The organic waste reduction machine reduces food waste volume by as much as 75 percent and weight by as much as 90 percent. Food scraps go into the machine and a stable and sterile reusable material comes out. The byproduct is being tested in the campus garden.

Three former NFL players, the school’s most decorated track athlete and the winningest tennis coach in school history comprise the 2010 induction class for the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame. The five-member class, inducted last November, includes former NFL players Gerald Huth (’60), Bob Grant (’68) and George Coghill (’92), along with track great Nolan Swanson (’99) and former tennis coach, the late Jim Leighton.

Get your client a fair trial. That was just one of the messages that lawyer and New York Times best-selling author John Grisham wanted School of Law students to take away from a panel about “Innocence and Justice.” “Whatever case you take, especially a serious case, especially a death-penalty case, your job is to fight tooth and nail to get that client a fair trial,” he said. Public trust in the criminal justice system has been shaken after more than 250 people have been cleared through DNA evidence, according to Grisham. Participating on the panel were Blake Morant, dean of the law school; Carol Turowski, co-director of the school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic; and two third-year law students, Jessica Hollenbach and Mimi Kendrick. Hollenbach plans to become a prosecutor while Kendrick intends to pursue a career as a district attorney.

For Wake Forest’s debate team, going paperless means no longer carrying 250,000 pieces of paper tucked in 900 accordion folders to tournaments. When the team traded hard copies for digital files last fall, it also became the first top-tier debate team in the country to go “open source” and share all its evidence and arguments online through a wiki accessible to other debaters. Both changes will make the already nationally competitive teams stronger and shape the future of collegiate debate, says Jarrod Atchison (’01, MA ’03), director of debate. Atchison said the time is right to make the change. He is convinced that the skills that helped Wake Forest win in the past will not be lost as the team shifts to the new computer model. The real benefit to debaters, says Atchison, is “we are training them in skills they’ll need to have when they leave Wake Forest for graduate school or a job … the ability to navigate vast amounts of information using technology.”

Identifying and diagnosing sports concussions quicker is at the heart of a collaborative effort between biomedical researchers at the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics and Toyota Motor Corp. The center has licensed the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) software from Toyota as a new strategy for studying head injuries involving football players. The collaboration has been featured recently in Toyota’s television commercials. “This software offers us the ability to measure and evaluate more elements of the helmet-to-helmet hit that causes the bulk of football-related concussions,” said Joel Stitzel, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and technical director of the center. Toyota invented THUMS to compile data on how the body responds in a vehicle crash.

The No. 5-seed Wake Forest took home the ACC Women’s Soccer Championship for the first time in school history last November, advancing on penalty kicks for the second game in a row to defeat Maryland. The Demon Deacons (12-7-3) became the first team to claim the ACC title by advancing in shootouts in both the semifinals and final game of the tournament.

Poet, author and Reynolds Professor of American Studies Maya Angelou was one of the winners of the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award is to be presented by President Barack Obama early this year. The medal honors people who have made notable contributions to U.S. interests, from cultural achievements to security matters.