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Proposals funded: Carroll, Jurchescu, Rejeski

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to David Carroll, professor physics, whose proposal entitled “Exploring topological insulators for flexible/conformal power harvesters” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

 

 

Jurchescu

Jurchescu

Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Carrier Transport in Organometal Halide Perovskite Devices [Cayuse 16-0020]” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

 

Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Intervening on sedentary behavior to prevent weight regain in older adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

 

VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (http://pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai).

Faculty publications: July updates

Coates, Benjamin Allen. (History). Legalist Empire: International Law and American Foreign Relations in the Early Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press. July 2016.

Yamane, David. (Sociology). Handbook of Religion and Society. Springer. June 2016.

Proposals funded: Colyer, Flanagan, Holzwarth, Thonhauser

Christa Colyer

Colyer

Congratulations to Christa Colyer, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “GOALI:Carbon dots and squarylium dyes for sensing, screening, and separations – Beyond medication monitoring with Ameritox and Wake Forest University” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Flanagan

Flanagan

Congratulations to Francis Flanagan, assistant professor of economics, whose proposal entitled “Do Peremptory Challenges Increase Bias on Juries?” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Natalie Holzwarth

Holzwarth

Congratulations to Natalie Holzwarth, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Studies of Solid Electrolytes” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Synthesizing New Metal Organic Frameworks with Tailored Physical and Chemical Properties [Cayuse 16-0016]” has been funded by the US Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Texas-Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Sign-up now for the employee TLC program

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

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

What will you receive? Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up; dietary intake is assessed through computer-analyzed food records; supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility and weekly small group sessions will be held on campus in Worrell Professional Center.

Who will be helping you? The HELPS TLC staff consists of an exercise physiologist, registered nutritionist and health psychologist who work together to teach you behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating.

We are currently taking applications for the next group which will start in September. Here are just a few things former participants are saying about their participation in TLC!

“With the help of the TLC staff, I have made great strides in my journey toward a healthier lifestyle!”

“Enjoyed participating in this program, it has given me the tools and motivation to do it on my own!”

“This program is making a big difference; after losing weight and eating healthier, I am now off my blood pressure medication and feeling great!”

For more information or to sign up, please contact Andrea Cox via email at shuttar@nullwfu.edu or by phone at 758-5853. Space is limited. Sign up today.

WFU research funding reaches new high

Wake Forest had an exceptional year for research funding across the board with externally sponsored awards totaling $16,486,711 for fiscal year 2015-16.

“This total represents the best in Wake Forest history,” said Lori Messer, director of the University’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. “The previous record was $14,336,586 in 2014.”

Researchers from across the Reynolda Campus submitted 118 proposals, overall. Significant awards were received by research teams across different disciplines, including biology, health and exercise science, psychology and physics. This total does not include research funding for the School of Medicine.

“Funding competitiveness is at an all time high and to see Wake Forest faculty continue to excel and build research programs of nationally recognized excellence is rewarding,” said Bruce King, associate provost for research.

A more comprehensive look into the University’s research funding will be available in the fall when the Office of Research publishes its annual report.

McGalliard elected president-elect of of housing officers group

C48F5644Donna McGalliard has been elected president-elect of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO), a regional affiliate of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I). McGalliard is associate vice president for campus life and dean of Residence Life and Housing.

The association represents the dedicated professionals of higher education student housing within the 10-state region. McGalliard will begin her term as president in February 2017 and continue to serve the organization as past president beginning in February 2018.

SEAHO’s mission advances excellence in housing programs and staff by promoting best practices, networking, professional development and involvement opportunities.

McGalliard joined the Wake Forest staff in 2000. She earned a bachelor of arts in communications from North Carolina State University, a master of education in higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Florida State University.

Greek Alumni Advisory Board established

In August 2015, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Division of Campus Life brought together a diverse group of alumni representing various fraternity and sorority organizations to hear about what is happening in Greek life at Wake Forest and across the nation, and to talk about ways that the student experience here can be strengthened. Among the solutions proposed at that gathering was the creation of an advisory board relating to the fraternity and sorority experience at Wake Forest.

Now, the newly established Greek Alumni Advisory Board (GAAB) aims to serve as a bridge between alumni and the University in order to educate alumni about fraternity and sorority life today and to positively influence the student experience. The board also wants to support and strengthen the role of chapter advisors, as the University recognizes chapters with strong advisers tend to make better decisions.

The mission of the GAAB is: “Connecting yesterday’s and today’s Greeks to strengthen the spirit of Pro Humanitate.” Members include:

  • Alfred Adams (’68, JD ’73, P ’01), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Lucy Anderson (’94, MBA ’99), Charlotte, N.C., Alpha Delta Pi
  • Martin Baker (’99), Winston-Salem, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Adrienne Myer Bohannon (’02), Seattle, Wash., Delta Delta Delta
  • Mike Ford (’72), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Camille Wilkerson French* (’93), Lewisville, N.C., Delta Sigma Theta
  • Nate French (’93), Lewisville, N.C., Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Jane Claire Jacobi (’05), Charlotte, N.C., Delta Zeta
  • James Ivory (’85, P ’17), Seven Devils, N.C., Theta Chi
  • Gordon Kammire (’79, MD ’83, P ’18), Lexington, N.C., Kappa Sigma
  • Leslie Danese Kammire (’82, MD ’86, P ’18), Lexington, N.C., SOPH
  • Alicia Lee (’02), Houston, Tex., Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Molly Welles Lineberger* (’82, MA ’15, P ’15), Winston-Salem, N.C., Fideles
  • Shannon Bozoian Mihalko* (’92), Winston-Salem, N.C., Strings and Pi Beta Phi
  • Reid Nickle (’15), Washington, D.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Mike Queen (’68, P ’94), Wilmington, N.C., Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Jeff Richardson (’87), Newport, Ky., Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Kim Boatwright Shirley (’85, P ’13, P ’13, P ’17), Raleigh, N.C., SOPH
  • Lisa Snodgrass (’95), Atlanta, Ga., Thymes and Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Andrew Snorton III (’93), Snellville, Ga., Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Rob Wall* (’98), Winston-Salem, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • David M. Warren (’81, JD ’84, P ’13), Raleigh, N.C., Kappa Alpha
  • Bill Wells (’74), Winston-Salem, N.C., Sigma Chi
  • Tycely Williams* (’97), Alexandria, Va., Delta Delta Delta

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Proposals funded: Ballard, Kim-Shapiro, Rejeski

Congratulations to Grey Ballard, assistant professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “Linear and multiyear techniques for data analysis has been funded by the US Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] Sandia National Laboratories (WFU funding agency).

Daniel Kim-Shapiro

Kim-Shapiro

Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Storage lesion in banked blood due to disruption of nitric oxide homeostasis” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 4R01HL098032-08 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAHEAD-E (Action for Health in Diabetes Biostatistics Research Center Continuation/Extension)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 2U01DK057136-17 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).