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SciWorks Radio
6:05 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Early Settlers in the Upper Yadkin River Valley

Credit Dr. Eric Jones

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem. 

Why do we live where we live? Maybe we like the schools or the short drive to our favorite science museum. But why are communities built where they are?

Dr. Eric Jones, Assistant Professor of Archeology at Wake Forest University, is is trying to answer this question about some North Carolinians that once lived in your neighborhood...

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SciWorks Radio
2:52 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Body On A Chip

Hyun-Wook Kang, Ph.D., instructor, oversees the 3-D printer that will be used to print miniature organs for the Body on a Chip system.
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Helath http://www.wakehealth.edu/news/downloads/

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.

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7:20 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Entrepreneurs Join Artists on Crowdfunding Sites

Entrepreneurs are vying with artists to raise capital on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Credit Valor American Home

  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.  

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5:04 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Entrepreneural Immigrants Have Made It in America

A view of Genesis Aviation's shop
Credit Genesis Aviation

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!

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Regional Growth
7:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Downtown University Campus to Anchor Greensboro Development on South Elm

Rendering of the downtown university campus on South Elm Street in Greensboro
Credit Opportunity Greensboro

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.

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6:24 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Maya Angelou Among Those Celebrating WFU's Dignity and Respect Campaign

Wake Forest University campaign for dignity and respect will be celebrated at an event Wednesday afternoon.
Credit OregonDOT via flickr

  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.   

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Craft Breweries
1:30 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Small Breweries = Big Business in the Triad

Craft breweries are big business in the Triad.
Credit Bernt Rostad via flickr

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.

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Regional Growth
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Deere-Hitachi Expands, TIMCO Waits and the Rhino Returns

Deere-Hitachi is is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Kernersville, and starting a $97 million expansion, the largest in its history.
Credit Deere-Hitachi / http://www.dhkernersville.com/

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.  

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6:07 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Healthcare Exchanges Go Into Effect Today

The online exchanges portion of the Affordable Care Act went into effect today.
Credit Tax Credits

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.

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Global Warming
7:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Is Climate Change the Global Challenge for Our Generation?

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.
Credit Ken Feeley

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.

Funding for this series on climate change was made possible in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC. 

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Global Warming
7:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Climate Scientists Offer Ways Global Warming Can Be Controlled

Peruvian PhD biology students, who all assist Wake Forest biologist Miles Silman in his climate-change research in the Amazon basin, prepare to go into the field. From left: Richard Tito, William Farfan Rios and Alex Nina.
Justin Catanoso

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? 

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Climate Change
7:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Tropical Scientists Fear Climate Change Will Cause Loss of Species in Amazon Rainforest

After three days of hiking mostly through dense jungle, we are rewarded with a vista of the Kosnipata Valley in Manu National Park in southern Peru.
Justin Catanoso

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. 

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Climate Change
7:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Biologists Studying Climate Change in Peru Discover Trees on the Move

Wake Forest biology Professor Miles Silman, co-founder of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, hiking downslope through Manu National Park in southern Peru.
Justin Catanoso

  Manu National Park in southern Peru is known as the most biologically diverse place on earth. It’s also a perfect laboratory for scientists to study the impact of global warming on tropical forests. 

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Health Care
12:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Decisions Small Businesses Need to Make as Healthcare Exchanges Begin

Credit Tax Credits

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

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6:49 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Forsyth County Middle School Students Assist WFU Faculty in Solar Panel Research

Hanes Middle School students attend the Power Up! summer camp, taught by Wake Forest physics faculty and graduate students, at the school on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Physics professor David Carroll talks with the students as they work on a problem.
©WFU/Ken Bennett

A group of Winston-Salem middle school students are using their summer camp experience to assist researchers at Wake Forest University. They’re finding a new way of capturing solar energy.

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5:31 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Legal Dispute Between Universities Could Impact Future of Monkey Colony Research in Forsyth County

There are more than 400 vervet monkeys in the colony at the Wake Forest Primate Center. The animals are used for biomedical studies and research projects.
Credit By: Sergey Yeliseev via flickr

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.

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5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

"Returnships" Are a New Twist on Internships

Older workers are finding success landing manufacturing jobs through internships.
Credit WBEZ via flickr Creative Commons

  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. 

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7:31 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Oak Hollow Mall's Future Unclear

High Point University is unable to move forward with its original plans for Oak Hollow Mall. The mall's future is unclear.
Credit Oak Hollow Mall

  Sometimes big projects don't turn out quite as planned. Justin Catanoso, contributing writer with the Business Journal, discusses one such development, Oak Hollow Mall.

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Voting Rights Act
7:05 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

NC Directly Affected by Supreme Ct. Ruling on Voting Rights Act

The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will have a direct effect in North Carolina.
Credit Sean McMenemy via flickr

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.

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10:09 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Universities Seek New Revenue from Research

Microscope in window
Credit ©WFU/Ken Bennett / Wake Forest University

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.

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6:22 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Wake Forest University Graduates Ready for What Lies Ahead

Journalist Gwen Ifill delivered the keynote address at Wake Forest University on Monday, May 20.
Keri Brown

More than 1,700 students have turned the tassel and are now graduates of Wake Forest University. On Monday, the graduation ceremony was held on the campus’ central quad.

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7:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

New Business School at Wake Forest University Set to Open

The glass colloquium in Farrell Hall will give students and staff more academic space and a place to socialize.
Keri Brown

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.

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Healthcare Reform
11:52 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Healthcare Exchanges Set to Begin in October

Healthcare exchanges are intended to an affordable source for health insurance.

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.

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5:16 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

WFU Baseball Team Donate Proceeds to Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

The WFU baseball team has members from the Boston, and N.H. area, so they are donating ticket money from their three-game series with Boston College to survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Members of the Wake Forest University baseball team are reaching out to support the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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5:06 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Film at RiverRun Looks at Triad Native's Impact on Esquire Magazine

Credit Tom Hayes-Smiling Through The Apocalypse

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.

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8:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Citizens Want More Say in Sale of Joel Coliseum & Bowman Gray Stadium

City officials in Winston-Salem recorded public comments about Joel Coliseum and Bowman Gray Stadium at Wednesday's meeting. That information will be delivered to city council.
Keri Brown

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.

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4:22 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Deadline Nearing for Sale of Winston-Salem Coliseum & Stadium

Winston-Salem State University would acquire the city's lease for Racing events at Bowman Gray Stadium, as part of a deal to buy the stadium.
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The city of Winston-Salem wants to divest some of its assets. City leaders are planning public hearings to discuss the potential sale of the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Bowman Gray Stadium .

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5:14 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Women's Center Will Focus on Gender Gaps

WFU Women's Center director Paige Meltzer (right) is working with student Amy Shackelford (left) to help improve wellness and body image for students on campus.
Credit Caroline Potter

A new women’s center at Wake Forest University will focus on issues facing students on campus and in the community.

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Triad Arts
9:17 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: February 1, 2013

Festival Stage performs regularly in Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.
Credit Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem. / Hanesbrands Theatre

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.

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Faces of Courage
3:27 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Be a Superhero: A Wake Forest University Student Learns A New Side Of Courage

Deanna Margius works with a blind camper at See Camp. The Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind operates the camp.
Credit Wake Forest University

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.

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