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Summer 2014

Rogan Kersh ('86), provost and professor of political science

Food For Thought

The scene: opening session of POL 210, “Food Politics and Policy,” fall semester 2013. I’d asked my filled-to-capacity class of Wake Forest students to explain briefly why they’d enrolled, and their answers came with gusto. “Everybody’s talking about GM (genetically modified) food labeling.” “I’m concerned about factory-farmed animals.” “I’m planning to be the CEO of […]

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In Pursuit of Greener Pastures

Last summer was a strange one around Winston-Salem, one of the coolest and wettest on record. For most of us, a break from the South’s usual summer swelter is a blessed relief, and only 30 summer days without rain is just an inconvenience, an annoyance that ruins nothing more than beach trips and yard work. […]

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Focus on Pro Humanitate

    About four years ago, when I was living in my first home after completing graduate school, I began trying to emulate my grandmother. Doris Pearce Smith (’55, P ’78, ’80) passed away when I was a student at Wake Forest. At pivotal moments in life — my wedding, both graduations from Wake Forest […]

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Kitchen Chemistry

Bread that doesn’t rise. Gravy that won’t thicken. Scrambled eggs that stick to the pan. Most home cooks have been there. In our quest to determine what went wrong we questioned the recipe, the quality of our ingredients, the oven or even the weather. But often what leads us down the path to burnt cookies […]

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Farm-to-Fork Faith

What I didn’t realize at the time was that the kind of family farm I came from — one using traditional methods like manure spreading and crop rotation — was being crowded out by an industrial production system that I believe has had disastrous consequences: for the livestock mistreated by it, for the land and […]

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Friend, Foe, Fuel

Wayne Silver, Professor of Biology When you say something tastes good, you really mean it “flavors” good. The brain puts together information from taste and olfactory (smell) receptors, along with information about texture and temperature (mouth feel), to produce flavor. Taste receptors only sense things that are salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (Japanese for […]

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A Day in the Pit

Pit sits? Food fights? Flash mobs? Chow downs? To honor those memories and Aramark employees serving our community every day, here are scenes from sunup to sundown on Jan. 14, the first day of classes after winter break, a time when Wake Foresters returned to their second home and perhaps a second helping.

Quick Bites

  GIMME AN ARNOLD PALMER! Hot day? Here’s a cool antidote: “Mr. Palmer (’51, LL.D. ’70) had been privately brewing a mixture of lemonade and iced tea in his home for many years. In the late 1960s, in a bar in Palm Springs, California, Mr. Palmer ordered a mixture of lemonade and iced tea, and […]

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award winners - Norm Kellum, Karen Bruton and Jim Williams

Distinguished alumni reflect the spirit of Wake Forest

A BUSINESSWOMAN WHO MERGED HER WORLDS OF HEAD AND HEART. A LAWYER WHO STEPPED UP FOR HIS COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC SHOOTING. A TRUSTEE RENOWNED FOR HIS LEGAL ACUMEN AND SERVICE THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA.   Karen Bruton (MBA ’84), Norman B. Kellum Jr. (’59, JD ’65, P ’96) and James T. “Jim” Williams (’62, JD […]

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Constant & True

How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used. — Wendell Berry My years at Wake Forest nurtured a boundless curiosity, a love of learning, and a sense of duty toward the future. A couple of major influences stand out. Under the tutelage of literature professor Ed Wilson (’43), “Beauty is […]