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February 23, 2018

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

February's highlights: Margot Lee Shetterly's talk, an honor for Mike Ford ('72) and a full moon over Wake Forest.

Photo by Ken Bennett

 

EDITORS' PICKS

Research. Write. Repeat.

Chemistry Professor Rebecca Alexander, director of academic programming at Wake Downtown, led a group of students who chose "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race" as their summer-reading project. The book came to life earlier this month when its author, Margot Lee Shetterly, appeared in Wait Chapel. Alexander told the Winston-Salem Journal she was "excited to have some younger women see their discipline celebrated."

To a packed house, Shetterly said, "'Hidden Figures' has a particular resonance for people who are black, or female or scientists - and particularly black female scientists. But this history is ours, it is all of ours."

She described her painstaking research process to mine the annals of public documents and African-American newspapers to write the book. Even her website's heading, "Research. Write. Repeat.", could serve as a guidepost for our students.

Shetterly is the latest in a long line of eminent speakers throughout Wake Forest's history of welcoming writers, thinkers and orators vital to the national conversation. Read more about her popular visit to Wake Forest.

All best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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