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October 31, 2007

SCIENCE FICTION LEGEND TO CHAT VIA TELECONFERENCE –- Sam Weller, author of “The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury,” will be joined by the famed science-fiction writer himself via a teleconference call during a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Tribble Hall’s DeTamble Auditorium on the Wake Forest campus.

Weller is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune Magazine and a frequent literary critic for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. His work has also appeared on National Public Radio.  His book on Bradbury won the 2005 Society of Midland Author’s Award for Best Biography and was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award.

Bradbury, now in his 80s, is the author of numerous science-fiction classics, including “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian Chronicles” and “The Illustrated Man.”

Contact:  Eric Frazier,, (336) 758-5238

FINDING THE GOOD (OR THE BEST) IN DISASTERS – As Tropical Storm Noel approaches Florida, disaster response teams are swinging into action.  Last week the federal government issued its draft pandemic flu response plan titled “Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccine.”  A group of first-year seminar students at Wake Forest are learning about the complexity of such disasters and best practices in responding to them in a course called “Finding the Good (or the Best) in Disasters.” They are examining disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the F5 tornado in Greensburg, Kansas, and taking a look at their own campus emergency plan.  A service-learning component of the course requires the students to be certified as qualified volunteers to respond to a local disaster.  Dr. Christopher Ohl of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will speak to the class about pandemics Nov. 6 and Quintana Clinard of the Forsyth Public Health department will discuss local plans in the event of a pandemic on Nov. 15.  The course is taught by religion professor Kenneth Hoglund, who will also conduct amateur radio license training Nov. 2.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or 336-758-4393

VETERAN’S DAY CEREMONY – Master Sgt. (Retired) Frank Thomas will be the guest speaker at the Wake Forest Veteran’s Day ceremony 11 a.m. Nov. 9, presented by the Army Reserve Officer Training (ROTC) department.  Wake Forest Chaplain Tim Auman will deliver the invocation and benediction at the event in Perritt Plaza beside Reynolda Hall.  Veterans who attend will be recognized for their military service.  A wreath will be laid at the base of the flag pole in honor of veterans who have died in support of freedom, while Eric Marinoff (a Wake student) plays Taps.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or 336-758-4393


physics at Davidson College, will explore the science behind singing at 4 p.m.

Nov. 1 in Olin Physical Laboratory, Room 101, as part of the physics department’s colloquium series.  Boye has performed many roles with the Opera Carolina Company as a bass-baritone.   In his “day job,” he teaches and carries out research in physics.  He will take the audience on a “tour of the singing voice from the singing scientist’s perspective.”  A model of the voice will be built on three basic components: the power supply, the oscillator and the resonator.

Contact:  Eric Frazier,, (336) 758-5238

GREENSBORO TEACHER WINS $20,000 TEACHING AWARD FROM WAKE FOREST— Sally Smith, a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Kernodle Middle School in Greensboro, has won the Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award, presented annually to one primary school teacher and one secondary school teacher who are Wake Forest alumni.  Smith graduated from Wake Forest in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and received a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1997.  Colleagues and parents of her students noted Smith’s creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom, her ability to analyze and address each student’s individual needs, her willingness to work with parents and her leadership on the faculty.  David Waddill of Rye, N.Y., established the award in 1994 to honor his father, Marcellus Waddill of Winston-Salem, who retired in 1997 after teaching mathematics at Wake Forest for 35 years.  The winning high school teacher this year was Jared Rashford, who earned his Master of Arts in Education degree from Wake Forest in 1999 and teaches at Alpharetta High School in Georgia.

Contact:  Eric Frazier,, (336) 758-5238

GALLERY OFFERS TRICKS, TREATS FOR THE EYES AT EXHIBIT – The “Optical Allusions” exhibit will run through Dec. 9 in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest.  The exhibit features artwork with optical illusions and allusions—using objects like 4,000 hand-painted bottle cap eyeballs, live sea monkeys and a 13-foot suspended sculpture of glass and beads.  The exhibit highlights the work of artists Caroline Cox, Richard Klein, Eung Ho Park and Ted Victoria.  “Honk,” an exhibit of the photography of Aaron Fallon, will also be featured in the Mezzanine Gallery.     

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

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