Today we’ll talk about printing body parts. I’m not talking about antics in the copy room. I mean bio-printing three dimensional human organs for medical research.
There are several types of 3D printers, but the generic model for this particular type involves a nozzle that squirts out a building material like an ink. Mounted in a frame, it moves side to side as well as up and down. This allows for travel to any point within the printer’s range; “printing” material layer by layer. The result is an accurate translation of a digital computer file into a solid three dimensional object.
Kickstarter launched in 2009 and quickly created a buzz among artists, musicians and filmmakers looking for alternative ways to fund and distribute their creations. Now traditional entrepreneurs are trying to use such sites to launch their businesses as well. WFDD's Audrey Fannin discusses the new way to raise capital with Justin Catanoso, a contributing writer for the Business Journal and director of Wake Forest University's journalism program.
Immigrants have long come to our country to create the businesses they envisioned and live the American Dream. This week, the Business Journal is profiling some of these very successful entrepreneurs. Business Journal contributing writer Justin Catanoso, who is also director of Wake Forest University's journalism program, visited our studios to discuss these immigrants who have ‘Made it in America' with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.
Correction: Yuni Nguyen, owner of the American Language Academy in Greensboro, was misidentified as male in the report. Our apologies to Ms. Nguyen!
This week, a parcel of land on South Elm Street in Greensboro was identified as the site of the future downtown university campus, which will provide a collaborative space for the city's seven colleges and universities. The broader development goals for the 7.5-acre location are the topic of this weekly discussion on Triad business issues with Business Journal contributing writer - and Wake Forest University journalism program director - Justin Catanoso and WFDD's Audrey Fannin.
Wake Forest University is working to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. For the last month, the school has been using a 'Tip of the Day' to prompt discussions and activities among students, faculty and staff to promote respect for differences. Members of the campus community are also encouraged to take a pledge to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Wednesday afternoon, renowned author Maya Angelou will be among those celebrating the campaign.
Craft breweries are a $10 billion industry in North Carolina, and employ more than a thousand people in the Triad alone. Justin Catanoso, a contributing writer with the Business Journal and director of Wake Forest University's journalism program, discusses the growth of this industry in the Triad with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.
Each Friday WFDD takes a look at business in the Triad. This week instead of focusing on one topic, we'll review three developments in area business with Justin Catanoso, contributing writer for the Business Journal and director of Wake Forest University's journalism program.
A key part of the federal Affordable Care Act went into effect today, as people can begin to sign up for insurance on the health care exchanges.
Mark Hall is a professor of law and public health at Wake Forest University. He's studied health insurance markets and policy for 20 years and in 2010 was tapped to help develop part of what's become known as Obamacare. In this discussion with WFDD's Audrey Fannin, Hall describes his role in in the policy development and what people should expect when they begin looking into the online marketplace for health insurance.
Miles Silman and Justin Catanoso at the southern-most entrance to Manu National Park at an elevation of 13,000 feet. It was taken before they loaded up their packs and headed down into the Amazon basin.
Every few generations, a challenge arises for leaders around the world. In the final part of our series on climate change, Wake Forest biology professor, Miles Silman, and journalism program director, Justin Catanoso, discuss their recent research trip to Peru with WFDD's Audrey Fannin.
Climate scientists paint a grim picture of life on earth in just a few generations given the steady march of global warming. Melting ice caps, rising sea levels and dying tropical forests are a part of that scene. What can be done to slow things down or turn them around?
The impact of global warming on the Arctic poles is well documented and easy to see. But scientists are just now beginning to understand the impact of rising temperatures on tropical forests around the equator.
More than 850-thousand North Carolinians are estimated to either have no health insurance or to be under-insured. That is expected to change as of January 1st, when the main part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, goes into effect. Plan outlines have already been released by health insurance companies so individuals can begin their research, and next month they can begin applying for the plan they prefer. Business Journal contributing writer
Wake Forest University Health Sciences is suing UCLA over a monkey colony that is used for genetics-based research and other medical testing at a Primate Center in Forsyth County. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Thursday.
Completing an internship is a time-honored way for college students to gain both work experience and course credit. But the Business Journal is reporting this week on the growth of so-called "returnships" in the manufacturing sector. Contributing writer Justin Catanoso discusses these new kinds of internships in WFDD's weekly business report. He's also director of Wake Forest University's Journalism program.
North Carolina is among the states affected directly by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The provision struck down Tuesday was based on African American voter registration and discriminatory voting practices such as literacy tests. John Dinan, professor of politics at Wake Forest University, says 40 of the state's 100 counties are currently covered under the voting rights act.
Universities and colleges with a strong focus on research are exploring new revenue opportunities by licensing their discoveries and creating spinoff companies to produce and sell them. Justin Catanoso,
contributing writer with the Business Journal and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University, discusses how Triad institutions are participating in this trend with WFDD’s Audrey Fannin.
Wake Forest University is expanding. Two residence halls and a dining facility are under construction on the North end of campus. A new business school is also in the works. Farrell Hall will welcome undergraduate and graduate business school students in August.
The Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is expected to be in full effect in 2014, but parts of it have already been implemented. Justin Catanoso, contributing writer for the Business Journal and director of the journalism program at Wake Forest University, discusses one major part of health care overhaul that goes into effect this year with WFDD’s Audrey Fannin.
Thousands of people are visiting Winston-Salem this week for the 15th annual River Run International Film Festival. More than 140 films, from 35 different countries are being shown at several venues throughout the city through April 21.
One of the films featured at the event is a documentary called Smiling through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the Sixties. Wake Forest University alumnus Tom Hayes produced and directed the film. WFDD’s Keri Brown talked with Hayes by phone from his home in New York City.
The future of two major venues in Winston-Salem remains uncertain. On Wednesday, the public had its first opportunity to weigh in on the potential sale of Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Bowman Gray Stadium.
Imagine being able to develop a unique performance from the ground up with the mentorship of an internationally acclaimed performance artist. That’s exactly what a group of 17 Wake Forest University students will enjoy over a three-week residency with Tim Miller and their production of VOX. The student ensemble work is based on their own personal stories, experiences, and memories.
50 years ago, Wake Forest University integrated its student body. Now it's commemorating this historic decision with the year-long project Faces of Courage. It honors those who have and continue to enrich Wake Forest's diverse and inclusive community.
In this segment of WFDD's Real People, Real Stories, guest commentator Deanna Margius describes the benefit of going down the path less traveled. She is studying biology and Spanish at Wake Forest to become an interpreter and a healthcare provider.