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November 7, 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. today 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

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 Forest student) plays “taps.”

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or 336-758-4393

STUDENT TEACHERS USE ‘SMARTPHONES’ IN CLASSROOM— Twelve student teachers at Wake Forest University are pioneering the use of “smartphones,” pocket-sized devices that combine the features of a computer with the functions of a cell phone, in elementary school classrooms this fall.   The first of its kind in the country, the program puts the devices in the hands of student teachers to find out how they can be used to track the performance of students and improve the quality of teaching. The mobile computing devices, nicknamed Mobis, provide an unobtrusive way to evaluate students during a lesson and find out which students may need some additional help, said Kristin Bennett, assistant professor of education at Wake Forest who is coordinating the program.  To arrange interviews with Bennett and the student teachers, contact the News Service.

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

FINDING THE GOOD (OR THE BEST) IN DISASTERS – From hurricanes to a flu pandemic, a group of first-year seminar students at Wake Forest are learning about the complexity of 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.  Quintana Clinard of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health will discuss local plans in the event of a pandemic on Nov. 15.  The course is taught by Professor of Religion Kenneth Hoglund.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-4393

COLLEGE DEBATE TEAMS TO COMPETE AT WAKE FOREST— The 2007 Franklin R. Shirley Classic Debate Tournament will bring 150 college debate teams to Wake Forest Nov. 10-12.  All debates are free and open to the public.  Wake Forest has hosted the Shirley Classic tournament for 51 years, beginning in 1956.  For details about times and locations, contact Ross Smith at (336) 758-5268.  Smith is the director of debate at Wake Forest.

Contact:  Cheryl Walker, or (336) 758-6073

PROFESSOR CAN DISCUSS WINSTON-SALEM HISTORICAL DOCUMENT— A set of seven survey maps of Western North Carolina, which led to the first Moravian settlement at Wachovia known as Bethabara, were auctioned Oct. 31 by Bloomsbury Auctions of New York.  Craig Atwood, John Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies at the Wake Forest Divinity School, is available to explain the significance of these manuscripts and the challenges faced by Bishop Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg as he sought the perfect home for the new Moravian community.  Atwood has written about Spangenberg’s experience in America in an article to be published in the spring of 2008.  Atwood also serves as theologian in residence at Home Moravian Church.

Contact:  Audrey Fannin, or (336) 758-4393

RESEARCHERS DISCOVER HEMOGLOBIN FUNCTION — A team of researchers from Wake Forest, the National Institutes of Health and other institutions has discovered a previously undetected chemical process within the oxygen-carrying molecule hemoglobin that could have far-reaching implications for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.    The research by senior authors Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics at Wake Forest, and Mark Gladwin, chief of the Vascular Medicine Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH, was published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology Nov. 4.

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

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