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Proposals funded in CNS, CSC, HES, HST, and PHY



Congratulations to Philip Clarke, assistant professor of counseling, whose proposal entitled “Care Train Project” has been funded by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences.



Congratulations to Robert Hellyer, associate professor of history, whose proposal entitled “The Civil Wars of Japan’s Meiji Restoration and National Reconciliation Global Historical Perspectives” has been funded by the Japan Foundation.



Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor 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 1R01HL125886-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

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Wake Forest hosts professional development conference

champlin.conference.300x175Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center welcomed attendees for the 5th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference held March 8-10. The event was an opportunity for colleagues to network, share best practices, and collaborate on various professional and organizational topics.

What began as a small gathering of colleagues in 2011 has grown to a nationally-recognized conference, drawing learning and organizational development professionals from 28 higher education institutions from the U.S. and Canada.

The event began with “The PDC Story,” an opportunity for attendees to learn more about WFU’s Professional Development Center and its programs. The group then moved to Zick’s for a welcome reception on one of the first beautiful spring evenings of the year. After dining and conversing on the patio overlooking Hearn Plaza, the conference case study was introduced, and participants were given time to discuss the case with their diverse groups.

Click here to learn more about the conference and here to view conference photos.

88.5 WFDD launches new fundraising strategy

WFDD.logo.forinside88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, begins its spring pledge drive on April 6, but is attempting to reach its goal of $280,000 without the traditional interruptions to programming. The station is calling this effort a “Warp Drive,” and will be sharing fundraising messages in short on-air spots, live mentions during regular station breaks, via emails to its mailing list, and on social media.

Sara Chisesi, Membership Coordinator at 88.5 WFDD, said that the Warp Drive plan was inspired by other stations around the country that have found success with this type of effort. “We know that our listeners love the programming—that’s what they tune in to hear—so we always want to provide it with as few interruptions as possible. In the past several years, we’ve made a concerted effort to reduce the number of on-air pledge drives days we have, routinely coming in under the national average. But when we learned of other stations having success with a drive that didn’t interrupt programming at all, we knew we had to give it a try.”

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Faculty and staff data protection

Beginning April 1, the University will begin managing encryption with Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) on University desktop computers and laptop computers used by faculty and staff.

MBAM protects sensitive computer data in the event that a computer is lost or stolen and improves compliance with FERPA and other security best practices. At this time, MBAM will only manage Microsoft Windows computers. Apple products will not be managed by this system.

You will notice no change on computers already encrypted with BitLocker. If your computer is not yet encrypted, your computer will automatically encrypt as part of this transition and you may see a dialog box titled BitLocker Drive Encryption. Learn more about the use of MBAM on the MBAM Bitlocker Key Recovery Web page.

If you do not create a backup of your data on a regular basis, Information Systems suggest that you do so before April 1. Use our Backup Options webpage to assist you.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact Information Systems at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Reminder: Nominate a ‘Champion of Change’

unnamedWake Forest’s Office of Sustainability is now accepting nominations for Champions of Change.

Have you facilitated a change to a sustainable practice on campus? Are you teaching a sustainability-focused course or leading a research effort with sustainability-centered outcomes?

On April 22 Wake Forest will host its second annual Champions of Change award ceremony. Complete this form by March 27 to nominate yourself or someone else as a Champion of Change for campus sustainability.

Categories include: Resource Conservation; Academics; Service and Social Action and Bright Ideas.

Click here for a list of last year’s winners.

Provost Kersh to address Faculty Senate

Rogan KershAt the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University on Monday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium.

The Faculty Senate enthusiastically invites all Wake Forest faculty and staff to attend. Provost Kersh will speak about priorities, and the challenges and opportunities that face our academic mission and programs. The Senate is soliciting questions to ask Provost Kersh.

Please email your questions to Gale Sigal at or send your question anonymously to Gale Sigal in the English department via interoffice mail.

Faculty & staff ‘happy hour’ Monday

unnamedCome celebrate the arrival of spring at the first faculty and staff happy hour of the semester!

Monday, March 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Zick’s!

Please join colleagues from across campus, and make sure to be there for a special announcement from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

IF Labs: Inventing Futures – A maker festival

iflabs.300x175Organized by Lynn Book and students in her entrepreneurship and social enterprise class and as part of the 10 Year Celebration of ICE, IF LABs is a week-long festival from March 24-27 designed to shine a light on acts of making – and even what making itself means – here, now and into the next.

True to form, this boundary expanding event reflects the rigor and inventive energy that ICE and Wake Forest has become known for, and invites the campus and community to experience a fresh palette of creativity and innovation towards inventing futures shaped with imagination and purpose.

Any and all creative explorers can sign up for micro labs and hands-on workshops, to see performances, and to join stimulating discussions about 21st century creativity with a diverse mix of students, faculty, community members, staff and featured national and international guest ‘provocateurs’.

In one, two and three hour time slots, participants will have the opportunity to design and build, improvise and perform, make a scene and make a plan. Local leaders and global visionaries will engage methods and techniques from ancient to contemporary, digital to experiential, improbable to entrepreneurial. You will also encounter performances, artist talks and demonstrations that are sure to inspire.

The Wake Forest, Winston-Salem and larger communities are welcome! Click here for more information. Register for workshops here. A complete schedule with workshop locations is available here.

Inspiring stories: U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes at WFU

roadshow.300x175Elana Meyers Taylor, U.S. bobsled olympian, and Rico Roman, U.S. sled hockey paralympian, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 24 in Wait Chapel from 6-7 p.m. as part of the Deloitte Team USA Road Show event. The event is free and open to Wake Forest faculty, staff and students.

As a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Deloitte is collaborating with the USOC to give the Wake Forest community a unique glimpse into the lives and triumphs of Team USA, whose commitment and sheer hard work has taken them to the top of their game.

Deloitte employees nominate colleges and universities to host their traveling Team USA Road Show. Wake Forest was one of 10 schools selected. Other schools hosting the Team USA Road Show are Baylor University, Bentley University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Michigan State University, New York University, University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Illinois.

Watch this brief video to learn more about the experience

Register to attend by emailing Liz Hannah at

HELPS TLC accepting applications for April health program

Walking-picA message from the HELPS TLC team

Spring cleaning is a great time to replace the old with the new, but spring doesn’t have to be just about cleaning and reorganizing! Spring is also a great time to think about healthy habits and consider replacing the old “bad” habits with new “healthy” ones.

What 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; weekly small group sessions will be held on campus in Reynolds Gym 210.

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 April.

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