July 26th, 2013 | Faculty News
Bradley Jones, Ph.D, has been named dean of graduate programs in the arts and sciences, and Dwayne Godwin, Ph.D., has been named dean of graduate programs in biomedical sciences. Both have served as interim deans in their respective positions since July 2012.
Jones is a professor of chemistry and served as assistant dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Godwin is a professor of neurobiology and anatomy.
Godwin and Jones will continue to co-chair the Graduate Council and graduate faculty meetings and foster cross-campus collaborations and joint programs.
April 25th, 2013 | University Announcement
Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,
As the academic year draws to a close, so does year one of the Strategic Resource Initiative (SRI). We are immensely grateful for the efforts of both the SRI Working Group and the Steering Committee to conceive, research, and analyze dozens of potential cost saving and revenue enhancing opportunities. The process has been thoughtful and collaborative, drawing on the expertise and perspective of faculty and staff from across the University. (Indeed, thanks to the many of you who continue to provide specific suggestions for us to consider.) To date, approved SRI initiatives account for $6.1 million in recurring annual operating funds that will help fund student financial aid, faculty and staff compensation, and other University strategic priorities.
Earlier today, we discussed outcomes of our SRI work to date with the audience assembled for Campus Connections. Slides from today’s presentation are available as a PDF. Face-to-face exchanges like this morning’s will be vital to understanding—and collectively advancing—the intent and the benefits of changes made under the SRI umbrella. The following are opportunities to learn more about our SRI work:
• May Faculty Senate Meeting: Monday: Monday, May 6th, 4-5pm, Pugh Auditorium
• May Staff Advisory Council Meeting: Thursday, May 30th, 9:30-10:30am, Benson 401 (Open to everyone) Continue reading »
April 5th, 2013 | Faculty News
Bruce King, the associate provost for research, will be joining a distinguished group of university and private sector researchers on North Carolina’s Board of Science and Technology.
Gov. Pat McCrory appointed King, a professor of chemistry at Wake Forest since 1995, to the position on March 28.
The Board has played an instrumental role helping the governor and state legislature to invest in public and private science initiatives since its formation more than 50 years ago.
An article in Time Magazine described the advisory group’s formation under former governor Terry Sanford in 1961 as “indicative of the state’s pool of more than 2,000 leading scientists and engineers whose services are available to any industry in North Carolina.”
In recent years, the Board continues to support the creation of high-paying jobs in biomedicine, nanotechnology, and other high-tech fields. The scientific advisory group was responsible for the state’s 2006 small business program that supports the commercialization of innovative technologies by North Carolina researchers.
King continues to teach organic chemistry and conducts research on the biological chemistry of nitric oxide. His work with the Translational Science Center and as head of the Synthetic Core Lab of the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center provides him with valuable perspectives to the work of the Board, wrote A. Hope Williams, president of the Association of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, in a letter to the governor’s office recommending King’s appointment.
King will be taking the seat of his friend and colleague Mark Welker, the William L. Poteat Professor of Chemistry.
King said he is honored by the appointment to the distinguished position.
“It is wonderful and important that Wake Forest continues to have a seat at the table that plays an integral role advising state government, and supporting innovative science and technology,” King said.
March 2nd, 2012 | Events
Fifteen Wake Forest students joined University President Nathan O. Hatch in the Reynolda Hall cafeteria, known on campus as “The Pit,” for an informal conversation on February 28. It is the president’s first official Pit sit. (On campus, a “Pit sit” is slang for a lengthy time chatting and socializing with friends in the Pit.)
Students talked with Dr. Hatch about campus construction, tuition and other Wake Forest community-related issues. In particular, students asked about the University’s master plan, which adds two North Campus residence halls to meet increased housing needs related to the three-year on-campus residency requirement. Hatch said, “College works better with more students on campus,” and expects the move to boost student morale.
“I thought the Pit sit was a great atmosphere to start a conversation,” said Nirali Vagadia, a first-year student. “We were able to express our concerns and vent some of our frustrations in an informal setting.”
“I think this is a nice forum, and that it’s really important for students to be heard,” said junior Bo Machayo. “I hope the event will continue and maybe become more frequent.”
While this may be Dr. Hatch’s first Pit sit with students, he is known for keeping his door open to student concerns. “I never turn down a student who makes an appointment to speak with me,” said Hatch.
– by Melissa McKeon (’12), Intern, Communications and External Relations