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Wake Forest featured on CBS’ ‘Innovation Nation’

carroll.300x175Physics professor Dave Carroll, director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, was featured recently on CBS’ Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation for his research team’s development of Power Felt. Power Felt is a promising new thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current.

Watch the segment here.

Comprised of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature differences – room temperature versus body temperature, for instance – to create a charge.

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November tech classes and webinars

Google logoMultiple learning opportunities are available here and there and everywhere from the Information Systems Learning Team. Classes are available at various locations to accommodate busy schedules. Webinars make learning easy and convenient, and IS is offering several 15-minute online classes this month.

The IS Learning Team updates their class offerings regularly. Use the IS Learning Calendar for an at-a-glance look at educational opportunities or visit the Professional Development Center. If you have a question, email

Below are the classes offered in November.

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Law library specialist leaves her mark on the walls of Worrell

swenson.mural.300x175Law library specialist Holly Swenson is a designer and artist who, in addition to her other responsibilities, also helps produce the law school’s alumni magazine, The Jurist.

When construction began in the basement of the Worrell Professional Center, Swenson saw the opportunity to use one of the walls as a canvas to practice painting a mural. The result is a modern take on a portion of Michaelangelo’s “Creation of Adam.”

Read more about the mural in a Q&A with Swenson written by School of Law Communications student intern, Rachel Wallen (’17)

Visit the law school library’s service desk for help in finding the mural, which will be available for viewing through the fall semester.

Campus-wide community dialogue to be held Nov. 3

Wake Forest students, faculty and staff are invited to join campus life on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel for  a campus-wide dialogue to discuss issues that face the Wake Forest community. 

What does it mean to be a member of a community?
What does it mean for all of us when some members of our community feel marginalized?
How should we proceed together? 

These important questions will be addressed within a spirit of open dialogue, collegiality and generous listening.

Please register here and read the linked ‘Issue Guide’ in preparation for the dialogue. The perspectives outlined in the issue guide will form the foundation for the conversation.

Siavelis delivers keynote at Chilean Political Science Association

141016 inauguracion congreso CP 2Peter Siavelis, professor of politics and international affairs and director of the Latin American and Latino studies program, delivered the keynote inaugural speech of the bi-annual meeting of the Chilean Political Science Association in Santiago, Chile, on Oct 15.

Following introductory remarks by Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and the President of the Chilean Political Science Association Claudia Heiss, Siavelis presented a talk entitled “25 Años De Democracia y 30 Años De Ciencia Política En Chile: Una Mirada Hacia El Futuro” (25 Years of Democracy and 30 Years of Political Science in Chile: Looking towards the Future).

October 2014 faculty and staff milestones

Keith M. Wise, superintendent in Facilities & Campus Services, is celebrating 40 years at Wake Forest.

See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for October 2014:

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Parking lot closures for ‘Project Pumpkin’

Project Pumpkin will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29. In order to accommodate buses that will be loading/unloading children from the community, closing of partial parking lots is required. Whenever parking lots are closed for event parking, carpooling is a smart option to consider as it saves gas and time looking for a parking space.

Parking Lot Closures/Restrictions: The inner perimeter (parking spaces closest to the sidewalk) of parking Lot P will be closed. School buses will be loading/unloading in this area. Please use caution.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options: Parking Lot J, located behind Collins and South Residence Halls, is available for faculty, staff and general parking. This lot is the least utilized on campus and should provide parking throughout the day. Parking Lots A, Q and Wake Forest Rd. in front of the Chapel have routine openings on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

Call for 2015 ‘Building the Dream’ nominations

MLK.300x175On Jan. 19, the nation will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year, representatives from Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State Universities form a joint Martin Luther King Jr. programming committee and present the “Building the Dream” award.

The award is traditionally presented to a student and a professor or administrator from both Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) who exemplify King’s qualities and promote diversity within the community.

Last year, one student and three campus leaders were recognized at Wake Forest. Read “Voices for Justice” to learn about the 2014 “Building the Dream” award-winners.

If you would like to nominate a student or faculty/staff member for the “Building the Dream” award, complete and submit the brief nomination form. Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Award-winners will be announced at the ceremonial banquet in January at Wake Forest University.

September 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in September 2014:

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Inaugural ‘Lifelong Learning’ event: Q & A with David Lubin

David Lubin

A guest post by Madeline Stone, Wake Forest News and Communication Intern

World War I marked the beginning of a period when a soldier could be severely injured in battle and still survive. In his research on art and World War War I, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art David Lubin discovered the work of Anna Coleman Ladd, an American sculptor who began creating prosthetic facial masks for disfigured soldiers.

Ladd’s work became the inspiration for “Flags and Faces: The Visual Culture of America’s First World War,” Lubin’s upcoming book. His findings have been featured in recent weeks in the Washington Post and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

On Oct. 27, Lubin will present “Behind the Mask: World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution,” the inaugural Lifelong Learning lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Byrum Center Auditorium. The lecture will address facial disfigurement, and the subsequent transformation in beauty standards for women, as evidenced by movie star photography, the growth of the makeup industry, and the advent of beauty pageants such as Miss America.

This event is free and open to the public.

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