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December 2, 2009

What’s the shelf life of blood? - As reported in The Wall Street Journal on Dec. 1, researchers are stepping up efforts to determine if old donated blood heightens the risk of blood clots, heart attacks and other serious complications in some patients receiving blood transfusions. Wake Forest University Professor of Physics Daniel Kim-Shapiro is among those studying why stored blood degrades over time and how to make stored blood safer. He and a collaborator at the University of Pittsburgh have received a $2.8 million, four-year federal grant to quantify the effects of “storage lesion” and investigate the feasibility of additives that could be used to restore nitric oxide function to stored red blood cells.

Contact: Kerry King, or (336) 758-5237.

The Facebook term ‘unfriend’ is not friendly - The Facebook term "unfriend" was recently picked as 2009 Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary. Ananda Mitra, professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Wake Forest University, says new modes of communication such as Facebook invariably bring about new words and influence our social interaction. “The process of friending someone has transcended some of the traditional barriers of interaction. For instance, the notion of geography has been transformed and spatial location is certainly no impediment to maintaining a friendship on Facebook. In fact, that would be considered the strength of Facebook.” He compares unfriending someone to refusing to shake someone’s hand. “Unfriending is more of a deliberate act than simply ignoring someone, it is basically pushing back and ‘deleting’ a relationship via a keystroke.”

Contact: Kerry King, or (336) 758-5237.

Wake Forest ranks fourth in study abroad - Wake Forest University ranks fourth among doctoral universities with the highest percentage of undergraduates studying abroad, according to a recent report published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The 2009 Open Doors report placed Wake Forest fourth on the list, "Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad: Top 40 Doctorate Institutions, 2007-2008." According to IIE's methodology, an estimated 67% of Wake Forest undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2007-2008 academic year. Although many Wake Forest students study in Western Europe, more students are now interested in Asia, Africa and Latin America, says Steven Duke, director of the Center for International Studies at Wake Forest.

Contact: Kerry King, or (336) 758-5237.


45th Annual Christmas Lovefeast, Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Wait Chapel - Every year since 1965, students at Wake Forest University have celebrated what is now the largest single lovefeast in the country.  The traditional Moravian lovefeast features the singing of Christmas carols, coffee and Moravian buns, and a candle lighting. After the service, luminaries will line Hearn Plaza between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. Residence halls along the plaza will be decorated for Christmas, and a large Christmas tree is in front of Reynolda Hall.

Contact: Kerry King, or (336) 758-5237.

Press Contacts:

Kerry King
(336) 758-6084

Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893

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