Macroeconomics conference to be held here in August

Sandeep Mazumder

The 14th Annual Conference of Macroeconomists from Liberal Arts Colleges will be held at Wake Forest on Aug. 7 and 8.

At the conference, macroeconomists from liberal arts schools nationwide will gather to present their research to one another in an effort to promote high-quality research and collaboration, according to Sandeep Mazumder, associate professor of economics and chair of the Department of Economics.  Mazumder is the conference’s lead organizer.

He added that the conference is also aimed at helping junior faculty members and faculty members from under-represented groups.

Some of the colleges and universities represented will include Pomona College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Davidson College, Vassar College and the University of Richmond.

Last year’s conference was held at Davidson College.

For more information, visit the conference’s website.

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WFDD selected as Greater Public's Benchmarks Station of Year

This is a guest post from radio station 88.5 WFDD:

On July 12 at the national Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC), 88.5 WFDD was awarded the Benchmarks Station of the Year Award from Greater Public, the development and marketing organization for public media.

Greater Public’s Benchmarks for Public Radio Fundraising tracks fundraising performance across the public radio system. The metrics are designed to allow Greater Public, and stations, to make apples-to-apples comparisons of public radio stations’ fundraising effectiveness.

Fundraising metrics considered by Greater Public included net membership revenue, which increased by 81 percent; major giving growth of 167 percent; underwriting revenue growth of 36 percent; increase of underwriting sponsors of 52 percent. Only two other top-50 market public radio stations have converted more listening to revenue than 88.5 WFDD.

Judges for this distinguished award were impressed not just with 88.5 WFDD’s significant fundraising growth over the past five years, but also with the station’s “consistent commitment to better serve its audience and community,” Greater Public said.

Molly Davis, 88.5 WFDD Assistant General Manager, was at the PMDMC in Chicago to accept the award on behalf of the station.

“This award reflects several years of hard work by the many talented individuals who make up the 88.5 WFDD team,” Davis said. “Five years ago, we devoted ourselves not only to serving our listeners better, but to fundraising more effectively and efficiently, to support that increased and more robust service. We’re deeply honored to be recognized by our colleagues at Greater Public, an industry organization that understands the challenges facing the entire public media system today.”

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HELPS TLC starting new group soon; registration open

This is a guest post from the HELPS TLC program:

What is the HELPS TLC?

HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change” program designed to develop a healthy and active lifestyle utilizing exercise and education programs.

Our next group is starting soon, sign up today by emailing:!

What will I receive?

  • Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up. Entry physical activity levels are evaluated with exercise testing and computerized accelerometers. This information is used to determine and define the amount of physical activity you need to foster a healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Entry dietary intake is assessed through computer analyzed food records. Specific calorie, nutrient and food group changes are identified.
  • Supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility. Located close to campus next to BB&T Field in the Health & Exercise Science Clinical Research Center.
  • Weekly small group sessions, held on campus in Worrell Professional Center.

These group sessions meet weekly here on campus in Worrell 1162 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and teach behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating. Cognitive (what and how much?) teaching is combined with psychological approaches to take the participant beyond the limits of “will power.” Personal journals are used as a basis for program development, strategy monitoring and evaluation.

HELPS TLC Cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest University.

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Faculty books: June 2018

Knox, John H., & Ramin Pejan, Eds. (Law). The Human Right to a Healthy Environment. Cambridge University Press. June 2018.

Scholl, Mark B., & James T. Hansen, Eds. (Counseling). Postmodern Perspectives on Contemporary Counseling Issues: Approaches Across Diverse Settings. Oxford. June 2018.

Young, Julian. (Philosophy). German Philosophy in the Twentieth Century: Weber to Heidegger. Routledge. June 2018.

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WFDD receives national awards from public radio organization

Mankaprr Conteh (left), former WFDD intern, and WFDD reporter Keri Brown accepted five awards at the PRNDI Awards Banquet June 23.

88.5 WFDD was honored recently with 5 national awards by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).

WFDD won a first place award in the News Feature category for David Ford’s story “Business 40 Changing Lanes: A Painful Legacy.” The station also received second place honors in the Enterprise/Investigative, Arts, and Series categories. Additionally, the work of former WFDD intern and Wake Forest student Mankaprr Conteh was recognized for her story “Carolina Curious: How Field Trips Level The Playing Field.”

“There has been a lot of growth in WFDD’s news department over the past several years, with more staff and more training, allowing us to really tell stories in a whole new way,” says News Director Emily McCord. “That’s why it’s especially exciting to have our work acknowledged by our peers in the public media industry.”

The PRNDI awards celebrate the work of reporting, editing, anchoring and producing at local public media radio stations across the U.S.

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