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Friederic awarded Campbell Fellowship

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Friederic

Karin Friederic, assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the Campbell Fellowship for Transformative Research on Women in the Developing World — a 6-month residential fellowship for the 2015-16 year to be carried out at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

A cultural anthropologist, Friederic specializes in global health, human rights, development, gender, sexuality and violence.

The fellowship recognizes a female scholar whose research both documents the circumstances of women in the developing world and offers paths to concrete, practical strategies for improving their health, prosperity and general well-being.

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WFU historian featured on TLC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

JRuddiman-59-Print (1)Wake Forest University Assistant Professor of History Jake Ruddiman analyzed historical documents and provided on-air commentary for the April 19 episode of the TLC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” featuring actor Bill Paxton.

The show helps celebrities research their family history. In this episode, Paxton researched his ancestors’ participation in the American Revolution — reading firsthand accounts of the battles and visiting a battlefield.

Producers invited  Ruddiman to participate on the show based on his expertise on Revolutionary War history and his recently published book, “Becoming Men of Consequence: Youth and Military Service in the Revolutionary War.”

Ruddiman shared a few details about his experience:

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Parking Lot Closures this week

Parking and Transportation shares the following parking closure information and provides these parking recommendations/options for faculty and staff for Thursday and Friday, April 16 and 17.

Whenever parking lots are closed, we recommend alternative modes of transportation such as carpooling, bicycles or mass transit to reduce the demand for parking during these times.

Parking Lot Closures:

  • Thursday, April 16 – Parking Lot B and C will closed for event parking all day.
  • Friday, April 17 – Parking Lot B will be closed for event parking until 1:30 p.m.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options:
During these two days, we recommend using parking lots A, J, Q and there frequently are angled parking spaces available on Wake Forest Rd. as well.

Here is a link to the parking map for reference to parking locations: http://facilities.wfu.edu/uploads/2014/05/WFU_4C_MAP_0514_Parking.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at X-2558.

Harriger awarded one week residency to work on new book

Katy HarrigerPolitical science professor Katy Harriger has been awarded a one week residency at the Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, N.C.

The Wildacres Residency program supports writers and artists. Harriger will be using the week to work on a book project she is pursuing while on sabbatical this year. She will take the residency in the first week of May.

Leonard presents lecture at Harvard divinity school

Bill LeonardBill Leonard, Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Church History in the School of Divinity presented the William James Lecture on Religious Experience at Harvard Divinity School, March 30.

Entitled “William James and the Protestant Conversion Crisis,” the lecture dealt with James’ approach to religious conversion as a guide for interpreting Protestant conversion processes and practices, past and present.

Atchison wins debate honor

Jarrod.Atchison.300x175Jarrod Atchison, assistant professor of communication and director of debate at Wake Forest, has been awarded the George Ziegelmueller Award, which is presented annually to a faculty member who has distinguished himself or herself in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the National Debate Tournament. Previous Wake Forest winners include Allan Louden (2000) and Ross Smith (2009).

In other debate news, Wake Forest is hosting the revival of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Debate Championship April 11 -12, which brings together debate teams from member schools. The proposition to be debated: Student athletes should receive monetary compensation for participating in athletic competitions.

Atchison said that when the ACC signed its new television deal the agreement included financial support for a non-athletic competition. Provosts from across the ACC submitted proposals and Wake Forest’s proposal to revive the debate championship was selected as the winner. “It’s very exciting that our proposal was selected, and we’re happy to be bringing debate back to the ACC as an official event,” said Atchinson.

Silman, Otteson named to new endowed Presidential Chairs

Five new Presidential Chairs to recruit, retain and reward outstanding faculty who embody the teacher-scholar ideal have been announced by Wake Forest University and two faculty members have been named.

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The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology has been awarded to professor Miles Silman, a conservation biologist who has been a leader in the sustainability movement since beginning his doctoral research more than 20 years ago.

His work centers on understanding species distributions, biodiversity, and the response of forest ecosystems to climate and land use changes over time. Silman, who joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1998, is co-founder of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group and is also founding director of the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES).

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Otteson

James Otteson has been named The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics. Otteson joined the faculty in 2013 as executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism and Teaching Professor of Political Economy.

His scholarship focuses on political economy, political philosophy, history and philosophy of economics, and eighteenth-century moral and political thought. He is an expert on Adam Smith, on eighteenth-century political and moral philosophy, on the moral foundations of capitalism, and on the comparative evaluation of competing systems of political economy.

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WFU leaders attend Dr. Maya Angelou’s stamp dedication ceremony

Melissa Harris-Perry and Maya stampWake Forest University faculty, staff and alumni were among those present for the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Apr. 7. They included Melissa Harris-Perry (’94), who served as the master of ceremonies; Barbee Myers Oakes (’80); Wade Stokes (’83); and Robby Gregg (’83).

Angelou was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies for more than 30 years until her death in 2014 at the age of 86.

Harris-Perry shared personal memories about her teacher, friend and mentor at the star-studded event, which also included remarks from First Lady Michelle Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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Research presented at applied linguistics conference

AAAL-2015-Aull_Bandarage_RichardsonThanks to URECA and the WFU Humanities Institute, Assistant Professor of English Laura Aull and two Wake Forest URECA fellows, Dineth Bandarage and Meredith Richardson, who presented their research at the international American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) conference in Toronto, Canada.

The title of their presentation was “Argumentative Scope in First-Year Writing: A Corpus Linguistic Analysis and Recommendations for Instruction.”

Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Kiang, Silman and Villalba

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Jurchescu

Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Spintronics for Novel Device Application and Metrology Advancement” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Lisa Kiang

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Congratulations to Lisa Kiang, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Gratitude, Well-being, and the Decline of Materialism: A Cross-cultural Study of Character Formation in Children and Adolescents” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] UNC-Greensboro (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman

Silman

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).

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Villalba

Congratulations to Jose Villalba, associate dean for faculty recruitment, diversity and inclusion, whose proposal entitled “Latino Parents Learning about College (LaP-LAC) program” has been funded by the Katie B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.