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Proposals funded: Mason, Comstock-Ferguson, Anderson

Congratulations to T. Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Fire, Fear and Foraging: Understanding Multi-trophic Interactions in a Savanna Foodweb” has been funded by the National Geographic Society.

Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “RNA Modification and Antibiotic Resistance” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Emory University.

Congratulations to Jed Macosko, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Cellular Interactions of VSV Nucleocapsids” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Sarah Mason, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, whose proposal entitled “Conference in Formal Power Series and Agebraic Combinatorics” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Freddie Salsbury, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Biosciences Support” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Peter M. Siavelis, professor of politics and international affairs, whose proposal entitled “Leadership, Social Justice, and Citizenship in the United States” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State and by (subaward/subcontract from) Universidad Diego Portales.

Comings and goings for May 2017

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2007:

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Faculty books: May 2017 report

Note: Some of these books were published in May.  Others were published earlier, but their publication became known to Z. Smith Reynolds Library, recently.

Gladding, Samuel T., & Deborah W. Newsome (Counseling). Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings, 5th ed. Pearson. May 2017.

Holdridge, Jefferson. (English). The Sound Thereof. Graft Poetry. March 2017.

Howard, Joanna, & Joanna Ruocco. (English). Field Glass. Sidebrow Books. April 2017.

Nickles, Steve H., & Mary Beth Matthews. (Law). Payments Law (Black Letter Outlines series), 2nd ed. West Academic. April 2017.

Palmiter, Alan R. (Law). Securities Regulation (Examples & Explanations series), 7th ed. Wolters Kluwer. May 2017.

Perdue, Abigail. (Law). The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking. West Academic. April 2017.

Solomon, Jeff. (English). So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous Potency of Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein. University of Minnesota Press, May 2017.

Christina Soriano appointed inaugural Administrative Fellow

This is a guest post from the Office of the Provost:

Christina Soriano

Christina Soriano, director of dance and associate professor of dance, has been appointed as the inaugural Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Provost.

As Administrative Fellow, Soriano will work with colleagues across the university to enhance visibility of the arts at and beyond Wake Forest, and help forge interdisciplinary connections across the arts and other Wake Forest schools and departments.  “Professor Soriano is an ideal choice as our first Administrative Fellow,” said Provost Rogan Kersh, “given her laudable work with faculty and staff across Wake Forest, as well as her extensive following among students.  She has also originated pathbreaking programs integrating dance and health in the Winston-Salem community, epitomizing our expanding engagement with our surrounding communities.”

“I am looking forward to working with the Provost’s team to help boost the profile of the arts at Wake Forest,” Soriano notes, “as well as on projects to enhance intellectual culture at the university more generally.  I am also eager to serve as a liaison for faculty colleagues with the Provost’s Office.”

Soriano’s interdisciplinary work includes collaborations with faculty across arts departments, biochemistry, and the School of Medicine. She is co-organizing a third university-wide conference on “Aging Re-Imagined,” and last month was awarded a substantial NIH grant for research carried out jointly with Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt of the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Additional Administrative Fellows, drawn from across Wake Forest’s faculty, are expected to be appointed in future years, both in the Provost’s Office and those of other administrative leaders.  Much as our decade-old Wake Forest Fellows program brings the perspective and dedication of outstanding recent graduates to university administration, the Administrative Fellows program will engage faculty members for a year in leadership councils, new and existing academic initiatives, and other core aspects of advancing our mission and priorities.

June 2017 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones for June 2017:

1 Year

Alice Eng; Electronic Resources Librarian; Library – ZSR

10 Years

Benjamin Terry King; Professor of the Practice; WFUSB-Instruction

25 Years

Richard Schneider; Professor; Law: Instruction

Simon receives award from American Sociological Association

Robin Simon

An article written by Professor of Sociology Robin Simon and two other researchers has been selected for the 2017 Award for Best Article, Family Section of the American Sociological Association. The award will be presented to them in August at the 2017 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.

The title of the article is “Parenthood and Happiness: Effects of Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in 22 OECD Countries.” It was published in the American Journal of Sociology.  Her fellow researchers included lead author Jennifer Glass of the University of Texas at Austin and Matthew Andersson of Baylor University.  The collaborative project received a National Science Foundation grant.

Last year, the Communications and External Relations Office published a story about the project.  CER staff member Cheryl Walker wrote that the researchers looked at adults with and without children in the United States and other countries to better understand why American parents report lower levels of happiness than non-parents.

“The researchers found that the ‘happiness penalty’ for parents varies substantially from country to country and is not found in places with parent-friendly policies,” Walker wrote.

In a briefing summarizing the findings last year, Simon and her colleagues wrote that “The negative effects of parenthood on happiness were entirely explained by the presence or absence of social policies allowing parents to better combine paid work with family obligations.”

The research attracted substantial attention from national news media last year, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post.  North Carolina coverage included a story by UNC-TV.  It is also included in research snapshots on the newly designed wfu.edu homepage.

Gladding named president of marriage/family counselors group

Professor of Counseling Sam Gladding has been elected president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). The presidency is a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Gladding becomes president elect July 1, 2017.

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)

IAMFC promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by:

  • Creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products, e.g., an international journal in family counseling, The Family Journal;
  • Providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues –including an annual workshop in England
  •  Offering a national/international family counseling & therapy certification through the National Credentialing Academy (NCA);  and
  • Providing a professional set of ethical standards for working with couples and families.

Gladding is a past president of the American Counseling Association and a past chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wake Forest, in addition to receiving a master’s degree at Yale University and a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1990 and has also served in administrative positions, including associate provost and assistant to the president for special projects.

McCauley named assistant director for STEM initiatives

This is a guest post from Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

Anita McCauley has been named Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

McCauley graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in neurobiology. She started her career as the director of microscopy, a position she held for 10 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on the Reynolda and Medical Center campuses since 1998.

McCauley will work with faculty across the campus to enhance teaching and learning in STEM classes.

Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 6 at BB&T Field

The 2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held June 6 at BB&T Field.  Called “Tailgate at McCreary Tower,” the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Staff Appreciation Picnic 2016

The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing invite all staff members to attend.

On the menu will be: burgers, hot dogs, wings, pulled pork, veggie burgers, salads, desserts and more.

A number of games, including lawn games, are planned.

In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, the Staff Advisory Council is also sponsoring a book drive on behalf of Mineral Springs Elementary School.  New or gently used children’s books are requested.

Shuttles will run from Reynolda Campus, Graylyn and the University Corporate Center to BB&T Field for those wanting to catch a ride.  Shuttle stops include the following:

–In front of Benson University Center
–Bus shelter at Lot W1 (at corner of Wake Forest Road and Carroll Weathers Drive)
–Behind Graylyn Center
–In front of University Corporate Center.

Parking will be available in the Gold Lot at BB&T Field.

Proposals funded: Clark, Chapman, Thonhauser

Congratulations to Sherri Lawson Clark, assistant professor of anthropology, whose proposal has been funded by Family Services Inc.  The proposal is entitled “PROJECT EVALUATOR FOR THE FAMILY SUCCESS COLLABORATIVE And Ethnographic Application of the Poverty of Resources Model.”

Congratulations to Eric Chapman, manager of instructional resources in the Department of Physics, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

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