WFU in the news: September 25-Oct. 1st 2023

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The United States should change course in West Africa to avoid loss of life
By Will Walldorf | Opinion from the Chicago Tribune
After a brief hiatus following the coup in late July, the United States has resumed military operations in Niger. Drones and piloted aircraft are back to work. U.S. defense officials and training will also resume soon. None of this is good news. Thirty years ago, 18 American soldiers died and were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu in what is known as the Black Hawk Down incident, writes Will Walldorf, professor of politics and international affairs. – 01/10/2023


No more ranking madness
By Holden Thorp | Scientific journal
“Science” editor Holden Thorp praised Wake Forest’s response to its fall in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. “When I read the email from President Susan Wente, it was very calm and said, ‘This is why this happened for those of you who are interested. Wake Forest is still doing the same things as before. I thought it was reasonable. Wake Forest had “a very level-headed statement.” – 09/30/2023

Following the ban on affirmative action, can early decision survive?
By Mark J. Drozdowski | Best Colleges
So far, colleges offering early decision have not denounced the practice, although Brown’s internal investigations could conclude as much. Could the university adopt a more lenient early action policy and, in doing so, persuade other early decision schools to follow suit? Perhaps these colleges should instead follow Wake Forest University’s lead and institute an early action program for first-generation students to encourage low-income and underrepresented students to apply. – 09/26/2023

Closure will not freeze work on climate law
E&E News
The climate law, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, received multi-year funding from Congress, so it is not subject to the same spending limits as other government programs funded on an annual basis. “These funds under these pieces of legislation are treated differently than normal appropriations,” said Stan Meiburg, executive director of the Andrew Sabin Family Center for Environment and Sustainability. “The authorization does not expire at the end of the financial year.” – 09/26/2023

Congress for Jewish Culture Celebrates Diamond Jubilee with Website Launch
By Chloé Rabinowitz |
The new Congress for Jewish Culture website will launch a colossal literary and technical project aimed at providing previously unavailable functionality for a new Library and Leksikon section of the site. “The Leksikon is an indispensable guide for students and specialists of modern Yiddish culture. A digital version of this work – which remains the most comprehensive guide to the world of Yiddish literature and scholarship – would not only make this work accessible to future generations of scholars, but would also open new avenues of research and make possible new initiatives in the field of digital humanities. Yiddish,” said history professor Barry Trachtenberg. – 09/26/2023

UK researchers lead multidisciplinary project on next-generation organic semiconductors
By Jake Kratzenberg | The track report
A multi-institutional collaboration led by University of Kentucky researchers was one of 37 teams to receive funding from the National Science Foundation through that organization’s Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future program. The four-year, $1.8 million award engages research collaborators from Wake Forest University and Princeton University and will coordinate with researchers at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. – 09/28/2023


WFU Receives $5 Million Donation to Advance Environmental and Sustainability Efforts
Triad Business Journal
The donation will support research, education and awareness. It will also create new opportunities for faculty and students to develop new methods, technologies and results and move them from academic to public spaces. Wake Forest’s Center for Environment, Energy and Sustainability will also be renamed the Andrew Sabin Family Center for Environment and Sustainability. The University is seeking additional support for the center, with the goal of creating a $10 million endowment. – 09/26/2023

Work begins a year late on Phase II of Winston-Salem’s Innovation District, but with 1 million additional square feet
Triad Business Journal
Construction on the second phase of the Winston-Salem Innovation District began a year later than originally planned, but the project will also be much larger than originally planned. When announced in 2021, Phase II called for ten buildings, 2.7 million gross square feet and 450 residential units. But IQ announced today that the second phase will include an additional million square feet of clinical, laboratory and office space. – 09/28/2023

$5 million gift will support environmental and sustainability efforts at Wake Forest University
By Neal Charnoff | WFDD-FM (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Wake Forest University has received a $5 million donation to strengthen its work on environmental and sustainability issues. The investment comes from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation. The goal is to support environmental research, education and awareness through collaborations both on campus and with global partners. – 09/26/2023


Alton Pollard III to return to faculty at Wake Forest University School of Divinity
By John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal
Alton B. Pollard III will join the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity and work as a professor of African American studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, the university said. Pollard will take office on July 1, 2024. – 09/29/2023

Winston-Salem receives $35 million from the state budget for new parking and other improvements near the Coliseum and Wake Forest sites
By Wes Young, Wesley young | Winston-Salem Journal
Paul McCartney’s live concert in Winston-Salem in 2022 taught the city a thing or two about the need for more parking in the area near the fairgrounds, Joel Coliseum and the stadium where University teams Wake Forest are playing football, Mayor Allen Joines said Friday. Joines and NC Rep. Donny Lambeth jointly announced this week that a $35 million appropriation in the recently approved state budget would fund improvements in the area. Wake Forest President Susan R. Wente said the university is “proud to be a partner in these important commitments to the collective well-being of our community and to be one of the many reasons why people come to visit and fall in love with Winston-Salem. – 01/10/2023

“World-Changing Impact”: $5 million grant to expand WFU’s climate and environmental reach
By John Deem | Winston-Salem Journal
Andrew Sabin, CEO of New York-based Sabin Metal Corp., is the parent of two Wake Forest graduates and the grandparent of a current student. The family foundation supports environmental programs internationally. The Sabin Center will focus on issues such as the impact of rising global temperatures, biodiversity loss, environmental contamination, drought and water scarcity, resource depletion and deforestation . – 09/25/2023

How important is NC heading into the 2024 presidential election?
By Kara Peters | WXII-TV (Winston Salem, North Carolina)
“Presidential candidates are starting to think about which states will give them a long-term boost. Michael Beschloss, guest at the Face to Face Speaker Forum and presidential historian for NBC News, said, “I think it’s hard to argue that there’s no way to get into the White House unless you win not North Carolina. » Politics professor John Dinan commented on North Carolina’s new district maps. “Okay, here we go again; we’re redrawing the maps mid-decade. Maps will be redrawn for the State House, State Senate and 14 congressional districts. – 09/28/2023

Lawyers ask judge to overturn convictions in death of Chris Paul’s grandfather
By John Hinton | Winston-Salem Journal
Lawyers for two Winston-Salem men who served lengthy prison sentences for the 2002 murder of NBA star Chris Paul’s grandfather are asking a judge to overturn their clients’ convictions. “The five young men who were wrongly charged and convicted are the victims of a long pattern of injustices in cases in Winston-Salem,” said law professor Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest. – 09/30/2023


Wake Forest celebrates undergraduate research and creative work
By Keri Brown | Wake Forest News
Inside the Sutton Center’s lower gymnasium, posters lined several rows as students prepared to talk about their research projects. The URECA student research day takes place every year in the fall during family weekend. This year, 140 undergraduate students and more than 120 faculty mentors participated in the event. – 09/26/2023

$5 million gift from Andrew Sabin Family Foundation advances environmental and sustainability efforts
By Cheryl V. Walker | Wake Forest News
Thanks to a leadership gift from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Wake Forest University will significantly expand its work to address the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability questions. Wake Forest’s Center for Environment, Energy and Sustainability (CEES) will become the Andrew Sabin Family Center for Environment and Sustainability. The $5 million gift will support research, education and outreach through collaboration within the University and with partners around the world. – 09/25/2023

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