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Wahl elected NCSA council member



Ana-Maria Wahl, associate professor of sociology, was elected a council member of the North Carolina Sociological Association (NCSA) at the joint annual meeting of the NCSA and Southern Sociological Society held in Charlotte on April 2-5. Wahl will serve a three-year term.

As a council member, she will provide policy guidance for the organization as well as serve on the planning committee for the annual meeting.

Other sociology faculty who have served the NCSA include Steven Gunkel, who served as a council member, and Ian Taplin, who served as the NCSA president. Catherine Harris has served twice as NCSA president.

The NCSA promotes the discipline of sociology throughout the state and also publishes Sociation Today.

Faculty publications: March updates



Blee, Lisa. (History). Framing Chief Leschi: Narratives and the Politics of Historical Justice. The University of North Carolina Press. March 2014.

Duke, Steven T. (Center for Global Programs and Studies). Forwards by Steven S. Reinemund (School of Business) & Ken Bouyer. Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures. Stylus Publishing. February 2014.



Escott, Paul D. (History). Uncommonly Savage: Civil War and Remembrance in Spain and the United States. University Press of Florida. March 2014.

Garrison, Ray H., Eric W. Noreen, & Peter C. Brewer. (School of Business). Managerial Accounting, 15th ed. McGraw-Hill. January 2014.



Johnston, Lucas F., & Whitney Bauman, Eds. (Religion). Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities. Routledge. February 2014.

Miller, Christian B. (Philosophy). Character and Moral Psychology. Oxford University Press. March 2014.

Newsome, Deborah W., & Samuel T. Gladding (Counseling). Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community and Agency Settings, 4th ed. Pearson. July 2013.

Yamane, David. (Sociology). Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape. Oxford University Press. February 2014.

Rowell named Institute for Research Design in Librarianship scholar

KEN22852Chelcie Rowell, digital initiatives librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been selected as a scholar to the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL). The IRDL is an intensive nine-day residential program designed to provide training and support to a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated to conduct research. The Institute will take place at Loyola Marymount University in June.

Korzen to argue appeal in U.S. Supreme Court

korzenjjProfessor John Korzen  (’81 BA, ’91 JD) will argue one of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic appeals, CTS Corporation v. Waldburger, in the Supreme Court of the United States on April 23.

Korzen is the director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. “All 10 of  the Clinic’s current students have been helping with the research, briefing, and the oral argument preparation, and they will all attend the argument, too,” Korzen said. “Since 2007, we have gone every year to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court, and this year’s visit coincides perfectly with one of our own appeals.”

The Appellate Advocacy Clinic is a two-semester course for 3Ls.

“Having a case at the Supreme Court is simply the most challenging and most rewarding experience one can have in the practice of law,” Korzen said.

Read more on the law school’s news and events page.

Sociology department winter highlights















Saylor Breckenridge is completing his two-year rotation as the director of the National Science Foundation’s sociology program, where he manages the program’s approximately $10 million annual budget. He recently presented on “big data” research at the “The Big (Data) Bang: Prospects and Challenges for the Future” session as part of The Dupont Summit, in Washington D.C.

In March, Hana Brown and her co-researcher from the University of Notre Dame, Jennifer Jones, were awarded $22,954 by the Russell Sage Foundation to research the determinants of state immigration policy in new immigration destinations.

Throughout March, Joseph Soares participated in the discussions of both the first national study of test-optional colleges and the upcoming reforms to the SAT in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and The New York Times Magazine.

In January, Ian Taplin gave the annual Global Futures Lecture at The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design & Media, University of Southampton, England. In February, he was one of the keynote speakers at the N.C. Wine Growers annual meeting in Winston-Salem.

In February David Yamane published, “Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape” (Oxford University Press) — the first book-length study of Roman Catholic converts in contemporary America.

Wake Forest Innovations is soliciting proposals

731EDCBD-2CB3-4D63-83D6-A35EB76212D3Wake Forest Innovations is soliciting proposals for a new round of Commercialization Pathway Awards. Applications are encouraged from researchers whose work holds innovative promise. The deadline for proposals is April 11.

Wake Forest Innovations seeks milestone-driven projects that can lead to proprietary products and technologies having significant revenue-creating potential. Projects should be designed to advance translation and commercialization of innovative proprietary ideas and products in areas relevant to the mission of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Two categories of awards are offered:

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Wake Forest awarded $250,000 for e-textbook development


Dan Johnson (left) and Jed Makosco

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded Wake Forest University $250,000 for further development of Biobook, a new kind of e-textbook created by Teaching Associate Professor of Biology Dan Johnson and Associate Professor of Physics Jed Macosko.

Biobook offers content in an unconventional way. Unlike the traditional heavy and expensive textbooks of old, the $30 Biobook is accessible by smart-phone, tablet or computer. It breaks down complex and lengthy topics into small, manageable chunks of knowledge that can be changed and updated as educators see fit.

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Iltis, Silman

20090421anderson3235Congratulations to David J. Anderson, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Evoluntionary ecology of seabird reproductive life histories” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Congratulations to Ana Iltis, associate professor of philosophy, whose proposal entitled“Center for Bioethics, Health and Social Visiting Scholar” has been funded by the Center for Ethics, Culture and the Environment.

Miles Silman

Congratulations to Miles R. Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Lidar and Radar Interferometry Combined Model to Quantify Variations of Forest Structure and Biomass Along Altitudinal Gradients in the Tropical Montane Forests” has been funded by the NASA and the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) (WFU funding agency).

Denlinger an ‘Emerging Leader’ and ‘Mover & Shaker’

IMG_6444Congratulations to Z. Smith Reynolds’ eLearning librarian Kyle Denlinger on being named a Class of 2014 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker (People Shaping the Future of Libraries). Kyle is ZSR’s fourth Emerging Leader and second Mover & Shaker.

In his first job out of library school, Denlinger helped build WFU’s information literacy MOOC, “ZSRx: The Cure for the Common Web,” designed to provide easy answers to common questions about online research.

He describes himself as “a teacher first and a technology guy second,” who knows “just enough HTML to be dangerous.”

Read more in the Library Journal.

Faculty Publications: February updates













Catanzano, Amy. (English). “Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella.” Noemi Press. January 2014.

Gillespie, Michele, & Sally G. McMillen, Eds. (History). “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times.” (Southern Women: Their Lives and Times, Book 1). University of Georgia Press. February 2014.

Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). “Counseling Theories for Human Services Practitioners: Essential Concepts and Applications.” (Standards for Excellence series). Pearson. January 2014.

Shapiro, Sidney A., & Joseph P. Tomain. (School of Law). “Achieving Democracy: The Future of Progressive Regulation.” Oxford University Press. February 2014.