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Proposals funded: Lachgar, Mihalko, Silman, Williams

Congratulations to Abdessadek Lachgar, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Empowering Pakistani Women through Scientific Research, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship: Waste-to-Energy Technology Development” has been funded by the USAID and by [subaward/subcontract from] National Academy of Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Shannon Mihalko, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Understanding and Predicting Fatigue, CV Decline and Events After Breast Cancer Treatment” 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 Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscape, and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: ARI-MA: Realizing High Performance Inorganic Scintillators at Low Cost” has been funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Faculty publications: September 2016 updates

Chapman, Gary, & Shannon Warden. (Counseling). Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Became Parents. Northfield Publishing. September 2016.

Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics Using Simulation. Academic Press. September 2016.

Voss Roberts, Michelle, Ed. (Divinity). Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection. Fordham University Press. September 2016.

Wake Forest Magazine’s Maria Henson speaks at Pulitzer event

Wake Forest University opens the Words Awake! conference, in which alumni writers return to campus to talk about their craft, with a reception at the Byrum Welcome Center on Friday, March 23, 2012. Magazine editor Maria Henson.

Wake Forest Magazine editor-at-large, journalism lecturer and associate vice president Maria Henson (’82) recently spoke at the Pulitzer Centennial Celebration at Harvard University (video).

Henson is Wake Forest’s only Pulitzer Prize winner. She won in 1992 for a series of investigative editorials on domestic violence while at the Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.). In 2005, she edited a series on Yosemite National Park in The Sacramento Bee (Ca.) that won for editorial writing. In 1993-94, Henson was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.

In a powerful 11-minute speech before more than 1,000 people, she recalled the impact of “To Have and to Harm,” a yearlong series of 30 editorials that made recommendations for improved response and protections for battered women in Kentucky. In 1992, the Kentucky state legislature passed every aspect of domestic violence reform the Lexington Herald-Leader editorial board recommended and the courts changed their practices as well.

“All these years later, at a time of such discouragement and disenchantment over our public life, I look back and remember the power of the press and ordinary citizens to effect change – both of them out of a love of community and a passion for fairness. And all these years later, I have not given up on what is possible,” Henson said.

Henson was inducted into the Wake Forest University Writers Hall of Fame this year, in conjunction with Words Awake 2! Read an Inside WFU interview with her commemorating that occasion.

Hall appointed at the Brookings Institution

Wake Forest School of Law professor Mark Hall poses in the law library on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

This is a guest post from the School of Law:

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Hall, the director of the law school’s Health Law and Policy Program, has been appointed as the only Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution, part of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank’s Economic Studies research program.

“At great law schools, faculty work to solve some of society’s most vexing problems. The Brookings Institution has recognized Mark Hall as a major contributor in his fields of expertise,” Professor Hall’s appointment letter states.

The Brookings Institution is the No. 1 think tank in the U.S in the annual think tank index published by Foreign Policy and No. 1 in the world in the Global Go To Think Tank.

Of the 200 most prominent think tanks in the U.S., the Brookings Institution’s research is the most widely cited by the media, Hall says.

One of Washington’s oldest think tanks, Brookings conducts research and education in the social sciences, primarily in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, and global economy and development, according to its website. Its stated mission is to “provide innovative and practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and secure a more open, safe, prosperous, and cooperative international system.”

Brookings has five research programs at its Washington, D.C., campus (Economic Studies, Foreign Policy, Governance Studies, Global Economy and Development and Metropolitan Policy)as well as three international centers based in Doha, Qatar (Brookings Doha Center), Beijing, China (Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy) and New Delhi, India (Brookings India).

Wilkinson receives Best Book Award

Betina Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, was presented with the Best Book Award for Inter-Race Relations at the Sept. 2 annual meeting of the Racial and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Wilkinson’s book is entitled, “Partner or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century.” It was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015.

Her research has been published in several political science and multidisciplinary journals.  She joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.

Proposals funded: Beavers, Bonin, Carroll, Rejeski



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “MediFast for Seniors Study” has been funded by (a private sponsor).



Keith Bonin


Congratulations to Keith Bonin, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Predicting therapy-induced leukemia in breast cancer patients [Cayuse 16-0040]” has been funded by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences.



David Carroll


Congratulations for David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Sustainable Water Purification” has been funded by the NASA and by [subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).



Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (CLIP-OA)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01AG050725-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Ohio State University (WFU funding agency).



Proposals funded: Anderson, Brubaker, Messier

T. Michael Anderson


Congratulations to 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.



Peter Brubaker


Congratulations to Pete Brubaker, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to early HF: Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics (MESA 6)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Stephen Messier


Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (WE-CAN)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5U01AR068658-02.

Faculty publications: August 2016 update

Bennett, Arnold, Author, & Saloman, Randi, Ed. (English). Grand Babylon Hotel: A Fantasia on Modern Times (Broadview Editions series). Broadview Press. August 2016.


Voss Roberts, Michelle, Ed. (Divinity). Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection (Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions series). Fordham University Press. August 2016.


Whaples, Robert M., Christopher J. Coyne, & Michael C. Munger, Eds. (Economics). Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? Independent Institute. August 2016.

Locklair’s ‘Gloria’ CD released, available on campus, too

Dan Locklair

Dan Locklair

Wake Forest Professor of Music Dan Locklair’s “Gloria (Sacred Choral Works)” CD is now available worldwide.  At Wake Forest, the newly-released CD is sold at the University’s Bookstore.  It is also easily available online through various sources for recordings.

Available from England’s Convivium Records, the CD was recorded in the U.K. and features performances by Sospiri, Winchester College Chapel Choir and The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir, with conductors Christopher Watson and Malcolm Archer.

“This CD brings together pieces composed with texts that come from across the liturgical year,” according to an official announcement for the recording.

Locklair, who is also composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, has composed music that is widely performed throughout the U.S. and around the world.  His catalog includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral compositions.

Other recent choral CDs include “Requiem,” recorded by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem with members of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and “Tapestries, Choral Music of Dan Locklair.”

Montague wins American Accounting Association award


This is a guest post from the School of Business:

Norma Montague, assistant professor of accounting in Wake Forest’s School of Business, received the Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award at the AAA annual meeting in New York City on August 10. Montague, at the far left in the photo, co-authored “Witnessing Your Own Cognitive Bias: A Compendium of Classroom Exercises” with Rebecca G. Fay of East Carolina University. The award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year.

The case contains a collection of exercises that enables faculty members to teach students how to identify bias in their own judgements. It highlights five frequently occurring biases that may cloud business judgements, using psychology literature to spark student interest.

AAA is an organization of more than 7,000 members around the world and is celebrating its centennial year.