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March 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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Communication faculty participating in Great Strides

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This is a guest post from the Department of Communication:

Department of Communication faculty are helping add tomorrows for the thousands of Americans living with cystic fibrosis by joining the department team to walk in the Great Strides Walk on campus Saturday, April 23, at 10 a.m. on Davis Field.

Last year, the team raised $2,500. Department Chairman Allan Louden with his dog, Glacier, as well as Ron Von Burg, Alessandra Von Burg, Ananda Mitra, and other faculty and students will participate in the walk.

The faculty and students are involved to support graduate student Michael White, according to Alessandra Von Burg.

“We are walking for Michael to give even more tomorrows for the moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe,” said Alessandra Von Burg. “Michael is a CF parent who is committed to showing his son that all lives matter and that there are countless people willing to support him and the thousands of others living with cystic fibrosis.”

1. Register to walk with the team at http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/WakeCommunication.

2. Donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in a team member’s name athttp://fightcf.cff.org/goto/WakeCommunication or through a team member’s personal page (i.e.http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/WFUMichaelWhite). Donations are tax-deductible.

To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit www.cff.org.

“This is a great opportunity for us to show support and solidarity with our campus and the broader Winston-Salem community. Please join us in our efforts to fight this devastating genetic disease!”

Sustainability Office offers Magnolias Curriculum Project

This is a guest post from the Office of Sustainability:

Wake Forest faculty are invited to enhance teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Curriculum Project. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome!

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

The workshop will explore how we can meaningfully integrate sustainability—broadly defined—into our classrooms. Although we start by taking a close look at Wake Forest University and the larger Piedmont region, we invite participants to engage in local to global comparisons.

The Magnolia Project kicks off with a two-day workshop in May that offers opportunities to extend research and teaching horizons across disciplines and create new networks with fellow colleagues. Following the workshop, faculty participants prepare discipline-specific course materials on their own over the summer. They reconvene in early August to discuss their insights and experiences. Participants receive a stipend of $500 ($250 upon completion of the workshop; $250 upon completion of a new or revised syllabus).

Applications for the May 2016 workshop will be accepted through April 22, 2016. Click here to apply for the 2016 Magnolias Project: http://sustainability.wfu.edu/academic-research/magnolias-curriculum-project/magnolias-project-apply-to-participate/

Chan to discuss college to career transition on ‘Diane Rehm’

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Andy Chan, vice president of personal and career development, will participate in a live discussion on “The Diane Rehm Show” on navigating the transition from school to the workplace. The show will air Thursday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. Listeners can join the live program on “The Diane Rehm Show” website. The discussion will also be archived and available to listeners after the program.

Local and regional listeners can tune in to the program on 88.5 WFDD, the Public Radio Station for the Piedmont, located on the Wake Forest University campus, at 11 a.m. WFDD is providing studio space and technical support for the interview.

With graduation season just around the corner, students throughout the country are preparing to transition into the workplace. Chan will join a panel of experts who will be looking at the challenges new grads face and how to address them.

Other guests include:

  • Jeffrey Selingo, regular contributor on higher education, the Washington Post; author, “There is Life After College: What Parents And Students Should Know About Navigating School To Prepare For The Jobs Of Tomorrow”
  • Anthony Carnevale, director and research professor, Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
  • Kristen Hamilton, CEO and co-founder, Koru — a company offering immersive training programs to get college graduates job ready

As a national leader in rethinking the college to career experience, Wake Forest has been at the forefront of transforming the traditional, outdated concept of “career services” into a holistic, four-year approach to personal and career development. Ever since Wake Forest convened Rethinking Success, a 2012 conference that highlighted the value of a liberal arts education for 21st Century careers, the University – as well as its career and mentoring experts – have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Today, Money, Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, CNN and USA Today as well as higher education publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

“The Diane Rehm Show” is a National Public Radio call-in-show based in the United States. In October 2007, “The Diane Rehm Show” was named to the Audience Research Analysis list of the top ten most powerful national programs in public radio, the only talk show on the list. The show, produced by WAMU, and hosted by Diane Rehm, is estimated to have more than 2 million listeners.

“Navigating the Transition from School to the Workplace” is archive online on “The Diane Rehm Show” website.

 

Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Lee, Rejeski

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Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Antidote for inhaled CO poisoning based on mutationally engineered neuroglobin” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01HL125886-02 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

 

 

Wake Forest political science professor Wei-chin Lee in his Tribble Hall office on Monday, March 21, 2011.

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Congratulations to Wei-chin Lee, professor of politics and international affairs, whose proposal entitled “International Conference and Associated Programs [Cayuse 16-0041]” has been funded by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.

 

 

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Rejeski

Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAhead Extension” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Applications available to faculty and staff for summer institute

This is a guest post from Jose’ Villalba, associate dean of the College:

Please consider joining your colleagues for the first Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy, June 15 and 16, at the Graylyn International Conference Center. This 2-day retreat, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is intended for faculty and staff across the Reynolda campus who are interested in better understanding campus climate concerns, diversity and inclusion practices, and connecting with a broad range of colleagues. The retreat will provide the space and time necessary to deliberately explore pedagogical ideas, philosophical differences, and personal accounts related to issues of diversity and inclusion in collegiate settings, including but not limited to student experiences, the cultural context of student-faculty-staff relationships, and the experiences of those who play crucial (and sometimes forgotten) roles in shaping our campus and greater community.

Attendees will need to commit to spending 2 days and 1 night in this retreat-like setting at the Graylyn International Conference Center. The intent behind this requirement rests in the strong belief that an uninterrupted opportunity to “sit” with these complex issues will help clarify paths to move forward as we all strive to make Wake Forest University the type of community that values the different voices, experiences, and perspectives that make up our extended community.

All food and single-occupancy lodging expenses for participants will be covered by the Provost’s office; however, funding is only available for 20 participants. Consequently an application (see link below) needs to be completed in order to be considered for this opportunity. And all interested individuals must complete their application by April 30th, 2016. You will be notified of your application status no later than May 15th. And please understand that once you have accepted an invitation to participate in the Institute, you will be expected to attend.

If you have any questions about the Institute, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Thanks again for all that you do for our greater campus community.
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Cassidy named executive director for campus fitness, recreation

Joe Cassidy has been named as the inaugural executive director for campus fitness and recreation.  He joins the University’s staff April 11.joe cassidy

“The position was created, in part, to provide leadership to make the renovated Reynolds Gym a world-class recreation center and hub for wellbeing on campus,” announced Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.

As executive director, Cassidy’s responsibilities include providing visionary leadership, supervision and management of campus recreation facilities and programs, including intramural sports, club sports, outdoor programs and aquatics.  He will play a central role in developing creative, state-of-the-art programs and services that benefit the campus community.

As an executive director, he will serve as a member of the Campus Life leadership team.

Most recently, Cassidy served for five years as director of the Rensselaer Union at Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his responsibilities included the supervision of recreation.

“He served for 10 years in progressive, student-centered leadership positions at Dartmouth University, where he also led the oldest and most extensive outdoor education program in the country,” Rue said.

Earlier, Cassidy served for 13 years as director of the LaFortune Center and student activities at the University of Notre Dame.  He also held positions at Lehigh and Eastern Illinois universities.

Cassidy received a Bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University, a Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois and a MBA degree at Notre Dame.

Suicide prevention training blitz begins April 11

This is a guest post from the Wake Forest University Counseling Center:

From April 11 to April 15, the Wake Forest University Counseling Center will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Training each day in hopes of training over 250 people during the week.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come learn how to identify and help members of our community who are most in need of mental health services.

Wake Forest University Counseling Center (UCC) staff are trained in suicide prevention and utilize the evidence-based CampusConnect:  A Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers from Syracuse University. UCC staff train members of the WFU community (faculty, staff, & students) to recognize and respond to individuals who may be struggling with mental health concerns and suicidal thoughts/behaviors. This training will equip you to understand signs of depression and possible suicidality and have preliminary conversations with a person about what you observe while managing your own anxiety and discomfort with the topic, culminating with skills on making a referral to appropriate professionals.

Click here to register for the training.

Proposals funded: Brubaker, Doorn-Harder, Williams

Peter Brubaker

Brubaker

Congratulations to Peter Brubaker, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to heart failure: Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL127028-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

 

Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Doorn-Harder

Congratulations to Nelly van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, whose proposal entitled “Women strengthening pluralist co-existence in contemporary Indonesia: analyzing the role of Komnas Perempuan and the Koalisi Perempuan [Cayuse 16-0079]” has been funded by the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

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Williams

Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Research on Scintillator Materials and Mechanisms: LaBr3, CeBr3 and NaI with Co-Doping [Cayuse 16-0051]” has been funded by the Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc.