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5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad’s most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Search for Z. Smith Reynolds Library Dean is underway

ZSR libraryA message from Provost Rogan Kersh

I write to you with an update on the start of the ZSR dean search. A search of this magnitude requires a prompt start to the committee’s work.  The Committee members are listed below; I know you all join me in thanking this group of colleagues for their dedicated labors. Our engagement is now getting underway.

We will soon announce a time for an open forum for University-wide discussion of opportunities and challenges facing the next Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as of the qualities we seek in that person. As with all other senior academic leadership (and faculty) searches at Wake Forest in recent years, we are conducting a national search for this vital position.

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Open access: What is it? Why do we need it?

molly.keener.300x175By Sara Hendricks, Wake Forest News Office intern

Access to scholarship has traditionally been reserved for those who subscribe to academic journals or those who attend or work at an institution with subscriptions. A personal subscription can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Library subscriptions run much higher, with ZSR’s most expensive journals costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what if academic research could become more accessible, more immediate and less impenetrable? This is the goal of the open access movement, which aims to provide “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment,” according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Learn more about open access

In 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Librarians’ Assembly adopted an open access policy. However, it applies only to library faculty scholarship, not all faculty scholarship, so there’s room to grow.

Misperceptions that publishing in an open access journal is less prestigious than publishing in a traditional journal abound, but Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener says some of the most respected journals are published open access.

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Attracting and keeping young talent in Winston-Salem

winston-salem.skyline.300x175Attracting young talent to Winston-Salem businesses and retaining that talent will be addressed in a panel discussion Nov. 18 presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Moderated by Maria Henson, associate vice president and editor-at-large of Wake Forest Magazine, the event will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Milton Rhodes Center, Reynolds Place, 251 Spruce Street. Paid parking is available at the center or on the street.

Registration is requested.

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WFU to host conference for diversity & inclusion professionals

On Nov. 21, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve as host to the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners (NCDIP) Annual Fall Conference. Convened by Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, this year’s conference will explore the meanings and manifestations of implicit bias in everyday professional life.

NCDIP is a consortium of diversity and inclusion, equity, human resources and multicultural affairs professionals from public and private institutions of higher education across the state. Member institutions include Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington and Craven Community College.

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Mary Robinson to speak at spring ‘Voices of Our Time’ event

mary.robinson.300x175Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which recently featured acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.

Robinson’s address is being presented in conjunction with a two-day interdisciplinary symposium, “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality,” jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Human Rights and Global Justice research group, an affiliate of the Humanities Institute. The symposium will be held at Wake Forest on March 26 and 27.

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Celebrate fall

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Provost Kersh invites you to a faculty and staff happy hour in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall on Thursday, Nov. 13, 4-5:30 p.m.

Please plan to join colleagues from across campus to enjoy fall at Wake Forest!

Submit 2015 Commencement speaker nominations by Nov. 19

graduation.300x175A message from the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the University community in the selection process of our 2015 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2015.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@wfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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School of Divinity receives grant from the AAAS

ironarchThe School of Divinity has received one of ten grants awarded to theological schools by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s “Science for Seminaries” program.

The project, “Moving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education,” will enhance the school’s leading interdisciplinary Master of Divinity curriculum by integrating science into biblical studies, historical studies and theological studies.

Several courses in the Master of Divinity curriculum will undergo revision to raise awareness of the relevance of science and increase the competency of future religious leaders who can integrate knowledge and understanding of science into the public discourse of the faith communities they will lead.

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for the School of Divinity to make the most of its location at a great university like Wake Forest,” said Gail R. O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity. “Our students will be even more creative and effective religious leaders because they will be informed and articulate about the scientific perspective and contributions to the issues of our day. And it is so fitting that through this grant we can carry on the deep commitments of President Poteat and the strong history of the University in this area.”

Read more on the School of Divinity website.

Faculty and staff: Join the service milestones celebration today

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