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Ebola symposium sheds light, shares faculty expertise

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The symposium, Ebola: At Home and Abroad, held Feb. 12-13 demonstrated the importance of a liberal arts education. Even though Ebola is a virus, attendees learned that to effectively respond to the outbreak requires knowledge of history, economics, law, bioethics, as well as biology, medicine and other disciplines. Prior to the symposium, associate teaching professor Pat Lord’s virology students studied the Ebola virus to prepare background knowledge and a quiz made available online.

On the first night of the symposium, with more than 125 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, professors, staff, and community members present, Assistant Professor of History Nate Plageman began by challenging everyone to stop thinking of Africa as “one-dimensional.” He highlighted assumptions about race that permeated Ebola news coverage.

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History class collaborates with Project Re-entry for art exhibit

blee23“Release: From Stigma to Acceptance,” which opened on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, features the words and art of formerly incarcerated offenders and was a collaboration between Project Re-entry of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and students in Lisa Blee’s public history course.

Project Re-Entry assists former offenders throughout various stages of the criminal justice process — offering programs designed to meet the needs of individuals re-adapting to life following a prison sentence.

The exhibit runs at the Sawtooth School through Feb. 28. It then moves to Wake Forest University from March 20 through May 1 and opens at the Project Re-entry Goodwill Office on May 4.

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Montague recognized for auditing research

MontagueNAssistant Professor of Accounting Norma Montague has received the Best Paper Award from Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory (AJPT).

“I was delighted to learn of this award. Norma Montague epitomizes for me the Wake Forest Teacher-Scholar ideal,” said Jack Wilkerson, senior associate dean of accounting programs and professor of accountancy. “She balances excellent classroom instruction on the one hand with excellent scholarship, as evidenced by this award from the most prestigious auditing journal in the U.S.”

The paper is titled “The Audit of Fair Values and Other Estimates: The Effects of Underlying Environmental, Task and Auditor-Specific Factors” and was co-authored with Brian Batten (University of Kentucky), Lisa Gaynor (University of South Florida), Linda McDaniel (University of Kentucky) and Gregory Sierra (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.)

The Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association established this award to annual recognize a paper published in the AJPT that has had a significant influence on or the potential to significantly influence auditing research or practice. The award was given on January 16, 2015.

Montague’s research primarily focuses on auditing with a behavioral and decision making focus. She’s interested in how auditors makes decisions and judgments as professional standards and reporting requirements evolve.

WakeUnited: Live United Roger Beahm

beahm.250x300After 15 years as a United Way volunteer, Roger Beahm, professor of practice in marketing at the School of Business, is vice chair of the WakeUnited campaign for 2015.

Beahm first became involved by serving as a volunteer on the marketing committee for United Way of Forsyth County, subsequently served on the executive board of United Way of Guilford County and for nine years was a member of the board of directors of United Way of North Carolina.

“I first got involved with United Way because the company where I began my career (Procter & Gamble) believed in the United Way and its mission,” says Beahm. “I feel the most important thing United Way does is bring positive change to people’s lives through programs that touch our community in the three most critical areas: education, financial stability and healthy lives.”

Beahm says people contribute to the United Way for three reasons:

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Rouse awarded NSF grant to fund summer research program

jeremey.rouse.300x175Assistant professor of mathematics Jeremy Rouse has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $258,354 to begin a summer research program for undergraduates interested in number theory research.

The program will be operated in conjunction with Davidson College. Rouse, who has a particular interest in elliptic curves and modular forms, will run the program with Katherine Thompson, a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Davidson whose research interest is in quadratic forms.

The program is titled WADE INTO Research – Wake/Davidson Experience in Number Theory Research – and will give undergraduate participants the opportunity to conduct original mathematical research.

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December 2014 faculty publications

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Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). America in the Shadow of Empire. Palgrave Macmillan. December 2014.

Allhoff, Fritz, & Mark Hall. (Law). The Affordable Care Act Decision: Philosphical and Legal Implications. Routledge. February 2014.

Holdridge, Jefferson. (English). Devil’s Den and Other Poems. Split Oak Press. December 2014.

Jung, Kevin. (Divinity). Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality: An Intuitionist Account. Routledge. November 2014.

Kondepudi, Dilip, & Ilya Prigogine. (Physics). Modern Thermodynamics: From Heat Engines to Dissipative Structures, 2nd ed. Wiley. December 2014.

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January 2015 faculty milestones

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams is celebrating 30 years as a physics professor at Wake Forest. Below is a list of other faculty milestones in January 2015.

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Jeffrey Eller; Head of Acquistions & Descript; Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Jayashree Gokhale; Professor of Practice, Law; Law: School Adm Expense
Kathleen Lotterhos; Assistant Professor; Biology
Mark Scholl; Associate Prof. of Counseling; Counseling
Claudia Vestal; Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

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Green recognized by Association of American Law Schools

michael greenLaw Professor Michael Green was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Torts and Compensation Systems Section on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. The section presented Green with the annual William L. Prosser Award for outstanding contribution in scholarship, teaching and service related to tort law.

In attendance were Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77), Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ron Wright and Associate Dean for Research and Development Jonathan Cardi, who was one of Green’s former law students. Also in attendance were a number of other Wake Forest Law faculty members and staff as well as Green’s three children, his wife, Carol, and his brother and sister.

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December 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in December 2014:

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Carroll receives Innovation Award

Carroll-AwardDavid Carroll has been recognized for his research achievements and contributions in the field of alternative energy with the Innovation Award recently presented by Wake Forest Innovations.

Carroll, professor of physics and director of the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University, leads a research group that has developed such innovations as the Hybrid Sterling Energy Generator solar panel, the Power Felt thermoelectric fabric and field-induced polymer electroluminescent lights.

Carroll started a nanotechnology laboratory at Clemson University in 1997, which he moved to Wake Forest University in 2003. He holds a portfolio of 12 issued patent families and helped found start-up companies to manufacture some of the products developed from his group’s research. His research interests include nanomaterials, light-emitting device technologies, solar device technologies and medical nanosciences. He holds adjunct appointments at Wake Forest School of Medicine in cancer biology and biomedical engineering, and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.