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Learn about what’s new in Sakai 10

On July 27, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.

Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, infrastructure improvements, approximately 50 security fixes, performance improvements and a number of new features including new functionality added to Assignments, Test & Quizzes and the Gradebook.

Find tips and how-to information on the Sakai page in, or contact your instructional technologist or technology support staff member for additional assistance.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Walldorf

David Carroll


Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation Graphenated-Carbon Nanotube (g-CNT) Composites for a Miniature, Fiber-Integrated Spectroscopy Light Source” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman



Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Biochar production for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.




Congratulations to Will Walldorf, associate professor of political science, whose proposal entitled “To Shape Our World for Good: Master Narratives and Patterns of Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011” has been funded by the New City Commons Foundation.

Free program supports healthy lifestyle changes for faculty, staff

Walking-picA guest post from the University’s HELPS program:

Fall is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes that will carry you through into next year. By making changes now, you will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. With the changing of the seasons and the start of the school year comes a renewed mindset. Maybe your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day. Whatever your goal, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help you reach it.

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help individuals develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Kim-Shapiro, Miller

Paul Anderson


Congratulations to Paul Anderson, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Quantum effects for black holes and analog black holes and the validity of the semiclassical approximation when quantum effects are large” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).






Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Effects of nitric oxide in sickle cell blood” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).





Congratulations to Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Policy & environmental supports for healthy eating & exercise on college campuses” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Gramercy Research Group (WFU funding agency).

Wake Forest Magazine wins two top awards

unnamedWake Forest Magazine won two top awards in the 2015 Circle of Excellence global competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The publication received a Gold Award in Periodical Staff Writing for a collection of five stories: “Out of This Art World” and “An Artful Friendship” by Editor Maria Henson (’82); “Oh, Those Lilting Banshees: Where Are They (Funny) Now?” and “Ted Gellar-Goad and the Secret of the Sphinx” by Managing Editor Cherin C. Poovey (P ’08); and “The Thing He Carried” by Senior Editor Kerry M. King (’85).

“Wake Forest submitted a diverse and thoroughly entertaining set of stories. From painting buddies in Winston-Salem to art on the Texas prairie, each entry delivered a strong, unique voice and command of the material,” wrote the judges. “Writing was crisp and informative. Even more importantly, the committee could delineate a direct connection between the subject matter and the mission of Wake Forest.”

The magazine staff, including Deputy Editor Janet Williamson (P ’00, ’03), also received a Bronze Award for General Interest Magazines over 75,000 circulation.

July 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for July 2015. (The wrong list was posted earlier, briefly.)

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Department Chairs and administrative assistants for 2015-16

Please find below a list of academic department chairs and their administrative assistants for 2015-2016, as of July 1, 2015:

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June 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in June 2015:

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88.5 WFDD receives national award for spot news

WFDD logo88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won another national award for excellence in broadcasting. The station received a first place award for Best Spot News in a Small Newsroom from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories.

The award was given for a story by Kathryn Mobley entitled Downtown School Adjusts To The Loss Of Library Access During Renovations. Mobley interviewed students and teachers at Winston-Salem’s Downtown School, which does not have its own library and relied on the Central Library for supplemental classroom materials, about the challenges the closure of the Central Library would bring.

88.5 WFDD’s news director, Emily McCord, said, “WFDD has been investing in its news department over the past year to bring more stories from our community in a way that’s unique to public radio. Every year, the PRNDI awards highlight the best in our industry. It’s truly an honor that WFDD was recognized among that group, and it demonstrates that our investment is beginning to show results.” Continue reading »

July 2015 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones for July 2015:

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