Bits and Pieces

It’s a rainy Wednesday on campus, Deac families.  Today is only supposed to get to 68 degrees, which is practically unheard of for June.  For our students in summer school, I predict trips to Starbucks today to try and de-gloom.

Here’s a few nuggets of interest from campus:

More on our Pro Humanitate Days efforts. There is a nice video on YouTube of some of the activities, and you can hear from the participants about why the idea of serving humanity matters to them.

WFU invention rated #1 to change our lives. The New York Times rated recent inventions, and this came up as #1 from WFU’s own Dr. David Carroll of the Physics Department and Center for Nanotechnology: “Physicists at Wake Forest University have developed a fabric that doubles as a spare 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. According to the fabric’s creator, David Carroll, a cellphone case lined with the material could boost the phone’s battery charge by 10 to 15 percent over eight hours, using the heat absorbed from your pants pocket.”

More on the SATs: Several years ago, Wake Forest was among the first top-50 ranked universities to go SAT-optional.  Dr. Joseph Soares of WFU, who did a great deal of research on the SATs leading up to this decision, was recently quoted in the Washington Post about a special issuing of the SAT that is only open to ‘gifted and talented’ students who are able to attend an expensive SAT prep camp.

The Wake Forest Magazine: the new issue, entitled The Writing Issue, was just printed, and should reach your mailboxes soon.  I am especially fond of the segment on “Flash Fiction,” where faculty on campus were challenged to write a very, very short story – 25 words total, and one of the words had to be: Quad, Pit, magnolia, tunnel, or proud.  There are great stories on writing, profiles of our new Writers Hall of Fame, and much more.  Read it, and share your copy with someone who doesn’t know Wake Forest (a prospective student, or family with high school aged children).  And if you can’t wait to receive your physical copy, you can go online and read more.

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