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Provost’s office spring grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:

  • Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
  • Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:

  • Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:

  • John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
  • Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
  • Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.

For more information, please visit http://provost.wfu.edu/current-faculty/faculty-resources/grants-and-funding/

Faculty development award

Rais1M. Raisur Rahman of the history department has been selected as the next recipient of the Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize for Academic Excellence. Rahman will spend a week at the Summer Research Institute conducted by Harris Manchester at Oxford University to work on his research proposal, “Bombay Muslims: A History of Diversity and Cosmopolitanism in Modern India.”

Previous recipients of the Nathan and Julie Hatch Prize include Sam Gladding (CNS), Thomas Frank (HST) and Kendall Tarte (ROM).

April 2015 faculty publications

Ekstrand, Eric. (English). Laodicea. Omnidawn. April 2015. Winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize

Miller, Marc L., & Ronald F. Wright. (Law). Criminal Procedures: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials, 5th ed. (Aspen Casebook Series). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. January 2015.

Miller, Marc L., & Ronald F. Wright. (Law). Criminal Procedures: The Police: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials, 5th ed. (Aspen Casebook Series). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. February 2015.

Miller, Marc L., & Ronald F. Wright. (Law). Criminal Procedures: Prosecution and Adjudication: Cases, Statutes, and Executive Materials, 5th ed. (Aspen Casebook Series). Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. February 2015.

Mulcahy, C.M., D.E. Mulcahy, and D.G. Mulcahy. (Education). Pedagogy, Praxis and Purpose in Education (Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics series). Routledge. January 2015.

Palmiter, Alan R. (Business). Corporations: Examples & Explanations, 8th ed. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. February 2015.

Proposals funded: King, Rouse, Waugh

Angela KingCongratulations to Angela King, associate teaching professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Summer Program in Chemistry” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

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Congratulations to Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “REU Site: Number Theory hosted by Wake Forest University” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Congratulations to Christian Waugh, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Investigating the neural systems that support the beneficial effects of positive emotion on stress regulation” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R15MH106928-01.

Roniger delivers keynote speech at the MACLAS Conference

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Luis Roniger, Reynolds Professor of Latin American Studies in Wake Forest’s Department of Politics and International Affairs delivered the keynote speech at the 36th Annual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) held April 17-18.

His address followed the recognition of his co-authored book La política del destierro y exilio en América Latina, which earned the 2014 Arthur P. Whitaker Prize for the best book published by a MACLAS member.

Roniger’s talk dealt with political exile in Latin America, its historical roots and development, and its national and transnational impact. His complete MACLAS Whitacker Price Lecture can be viewed here.

Retiring faculty and staff members

A message from President Nathan Hatch

As we prepare to celebrate Commencement and the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also pause to recognize and honor the outstanding careers of our retiring faculty and staff members.

Please join me in thanking this distinguished group of leaders, colleagues, mentors and friends and congratulating them on more than 500 years of combined service to Wake Forest University:

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Proposals funded: Dos Santos, Von Burg, Williams

Patricia Dos SantosCongratulations to Patricia Dos Santos, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Target specificity of cysteine desulfurase in Bacillus subtilis” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

Ron Von BurgCongratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

 

richard.williams.150x150Congratulations to Richard Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (WFU funding agency).

Proposals funded: Guthold, Marsh, Rejeski

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Tony Marsh

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Martin Guthold

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Congratulations to Martin Guthold, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant: Fall 2014” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.

Congratulations to Walter Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.

Miller and Jayawickreme address the topic “Why be Good? for Slate.com

Christian Miller

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For a project sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to address big life questions, professor of philosophy Christian Miller and assistant professor of psychology Eranda Jayawickreme were among eight professors from around the world invited to write essays addressing the topic, “Why be Good?” for a special feature on Slate.com.

In his essay, “Answering ‘Why be Good?’ for a Three-Year-Old,” Miller recounts a conversation with his three-year old son that leads to this question, “Why should I be a good boy?”  Miller explores several possible answers including: God wants us to be good people, having a good character typically makes the world a much better place, having a good character can be personally rewarding, and having a good character is its own reward.

Eranda Jayawickreme

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In his essay on “Can Adversity Be Good?” Jayawickreme explores current research and says “we should be open to the possibility that significant adversity can potentially build our character.”

Miller led the Character Project to foster new advances in the study of character and Jayawickreme currently leads the Growth Initiative, which seeks to understand how adverse life events can lead to positive behavioral and cognitive changes.

March 2015 faculty publications

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Aull, Laura. (English). First-Year University Writing: A Corpus-Based Study with Implications for Pedagogy. Palgrave Macmillan. March 2015.

Judy, Tiffany, & Silvia Perpiñán, Eds. (Romanace Languages). The Acquisition of Spanish in Understudied Language Pairings. John Benjamins Publishing. March 2015.