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October 4, 2006

GROUP TO RECYCLE FUNNEL-CAKE OIL INTO BIODIESEL A group of Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff interested in making and promoting biologically-based fuels, is collecting used French-fry, funnel-cake and other waste oil from the Dixie Classic Fair before the fairgrounds open Oct. 5-6. The group collected about 1,000 gallons during the 2005 Dixie Classic Fair and expects to collect as much or more this year. The Dixie Classic Fair management agreed again to give the used oil to the group, whose mission is to research the production of fuel based on materials such as vegetable oil instead of petroleum and to teach the public about the uses, benefits and opportunities of bio-fuels. Wake Forest seniors Sarah Maveety and Jennifer Lubbeck will be among those working with David Anderson, professor of biology at Wake Forest, to collect the oil each morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m. The group will process the oil into bio-diesel fuel and give some of it back to the fairgrounds to use in their off-road vehicles.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.


FISHERIES LINKED TO DECLINE OF GALAPAGOS ALBATROSS Fishermen caught and killed about 1 percent of the world’s waved albatrosses in a year, according to a new study by Wake Forest biologists. “If that happens every year, that is not sustainable,” said Jill Awkerman, a Wake Forest graduate student who is the lead author of a study published online Sept. 26 in the journal Biological Conservation. “In a matter of decades, you could be talking about extinction.” Awkerman’s research shows the waved albatrosses are unintentionally killed when caught in fishing nets or on fishing hooks, but are also intentionally harvested for human consumption. Awkerman worked with David Anderson, professor of biology at Wake Forest, on the study of the large seabirds. Since 1999, Anderson and his research team have studied survival rates of waved albatrosses on Española Island in the Galapagos Islands, located off the coast of Ecuador. Española is a small island where almost all of the waved albatrosses in the world nest and breed.

Contact: Cheryl V. Walker, or (336) 758-5237.


ONE OF EBONY’S ‘OUTSTANDING AFRICAN-AMERICAN PREACHERS’ TO DELIVER SERMON AT WFU – The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., senior pastor of the Riverside Church in New York, N.Y., will deliver a sermon in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel at 8 p.m. Oct. 8. The event is free and open to the public. Forbes, the Harry Emerson Fosdick Adjunct Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York, is an ordained minister in both the Original United Holy Church of America and the American Baptist Churches in the USA. He is an internationally-known preacher, and a frequent commentator on American faith and life. Forbes holds degrees from Howard University, Union Theological Seminary and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. In 1984 and 1993, Ebony magazine named him one of the outstanding African-American preachers in the nation. The event is the second of the university’s “Worship in Wait” series, a monthly program that brings distinguished preachers from diverse religious traditions to the university’s most recognizable landmark, Wait Chapel. In addition, Forbes appearance at Wake Forest is also offered as a part of the university’s new “Voices of Our Time” events, which bring renowned experts to campus to explore timely issues.

Contact: Jacob McConnico, or (336) 758-5237.



Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood will discuss “The Origins of American Constitutionalism” at noon Oct. 10 in the Wake Forest School of Law’s auditorium, Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. Wood is Alva O. Way Professor and professor of history at Brown University and has written several books, including “The Radicalism of the American Revolution” and “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different.” He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

Contact: Wake Forest News Service at (336) 758-5237.


COLUMNIST, AUTHOR LEONARD PITTS TO SPEAK AT CONVOCATION Leonard Pitts Jr., Pulitzer Prize winner, syndicated columnist and author, will deliver Wake Forest’s Fall Convocation address at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 in the university’s Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Pitts’ appearance is part of the university’s new “Voices of Our Time” guest speaker series, which brings renowned experts to campus to discuss timely issues. Since 1994, Pitts has written a nationally-syndicated column about pop culture, social issues and family life. Twice weekly, Pitts’ column is read by millions of newspaper readers across the country. He is recognized as a writer who connects with his audience on a personal level. This connection was demonstrated in the response to his column about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment.” The column generated more than 30,000 e-mails and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, read on television by Regis Philbin and quoted by former U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt as part of the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address. In 2004, Pitts received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He has been recognized by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others. Pitts is author of the book “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.”

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.


DEDICATION OF HEARN PLAZA SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 12 – Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch and the university’s Board of Trustees will participate in a dedication ceremony for the university’s Thomas K. Hearn Jr. Plaza (main Quad) at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The ceremony will take place under the new archway on the west side of the Quad.

Contact: Wake Forest News Service at (336) 758-5237.


PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR WAKE FOREST STUDY Adults who are 60 or older, overweight and suffering with pain in one or both knees are needed for a new study on knee osteoarthritis (OA). Participation is free and limited transportation is available. Anyone interested in participating in the study should call the toll-free recruitment telephone line at 1-877-238-4825 (1-877-BE-VITAL). The study, IDEA (Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis), is backed by more than $3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is the first study to determine whether intensive weight loss, either alone or combined with exercise, can slow the progression of knee OA. The study is a collaboration of Wake Forest’s health and exercise science department on the university’s Reynolda Campus and the Wake Forest School of Medicine on the university’s Bowman Gray Campus. Stephen Messier, a professor of health and exercise science on the Reynolda Campus, is the study’s lead researcher. During the five-year study, 450 patients will be randomly divided into three groups: intensive dietary restriction and exercise; exercise only; and intensive dietary restriction only. Each group will engage in the prescribed behaviors for 18 months. “Being overweight is the most modifiable risk factor for knee OA,” said Messier. “This study could make intensive weight loss the standard-of-care for overweight adults with the knee osteoarthritis.”

Contact: Maggie Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.


GOOD GRIEF! IT’S CHARLIE BROWN – “Peanuts” lovers will have the rare opportunity to see more than 46 original drawings from Charles M. Schulz and dozens of other “Peanuts” memorabilia at Wake Forest’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery Oct. 7 - Nov. 15. The exhibit, “Charles M. Schulz: His World in Art and Objects,” will kick off with a history of “Peanuts” given by author and Schulz historian Derrick Bang at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in Scales Fine Arts Center Art Department, Room 102. At 7 p.m., the gallery reception will feature live music and an appearance by Snoopy performed by Judy Sladky. Other exhibit events will include “Comic Art vs. Fine Art,” a lecture with artist Tom Everhart at noon Oct. 18, “A Conversation with Jeannie Schulz” at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 by Rheta Grimsley, author of “Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz”. The museum will offer extended hours during the exhibit and can arrange a limited number of school field trips. For museum hours, contact (336) 758-5585.

Contact: Pam Barrett, or (336) 758-5237.

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