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Tedford explains how library supports student research


Rosalind (Roz) Tedford, director of research and instruction at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, was interviewed, recently, by SAGE Connection about how the library supports the student research process.

The piece is titled, “Connecting with the Community: Roz Tedford on Librarians’ support of the Research Process.”

MOA welcomes new academic director

Wake Forest new faculty headshots, Thursday, August 13, 2015. Andrew Gurstelle.

Guest post from the Museum of Anthropology:

With the beginning of the fall semester at Wake Forest University, the Museum of Anthropology is very excited to welcome Dr. Andrew Gurstelle as academic director. Andrew is an anthropologist interested in the history and archaeology of West Africa. This interest intersects with museums and heritage in the Atlantic African diaspora, and how African peoples and objects are represented in museums throughout the world. In particular, his research explores how partnerships between international and community museums might be the key to safeguarding African cultural landscapes.

Since 2011, Andrew has been the Director of the Savè Hills Archaeological Research Project—an archaeology and oral-history project investigating the Shabe Yoruba kingdom in the Republic of Benin. Over the course of the project, interest in the research’s findings grew into a collaborative effort between archaeologists, local historians, and school teachers. The project culminated in an exhibition of archaeological findings as part of the 2015 Shabe Cultural Festival. Andrew has also conducted archaeological research in Ghana, Togo, and the Midwest United States.

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September 2015 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in September 2015:

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Fleeson awarded the Carol and Ed Diener Award

Will FleesonThe Society for Personality and Social Psychology has awarded Professor of Psychology Will Fleeson with the Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology. The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the social psychology field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

Fleeson will be honored at the annual convention in San Diego on January 28, 2016.

Wilkinson receives Early Career Award

Wake Forest new faculty orientation photos, Thursday, August 12, 2010. Betina Wilkinson, Political Science.

Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, recently received the inaugural Early Career Award given by the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Latino/a Caucus. She received the award at the MPSA Conference in Chicago.

Wilkinson, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of six, received her doctoral degree from Louisiana State University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, Latino/a politics, race and media, public opinion and immigration policy.

Besides receiving an Early Career Award, Wilkinson is an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow and a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar. She is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters. Her forthcoming book, “Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century,” will be published by University of Virginia Press.

Rahman’s new book formally launched with New Delhi event

A new book by Associate Professor of History Raisur Rahman was formally launched by the Hon’ble Vice President of India Hamid Ansari at a function in New Delhi, India.  The book is titled, “Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India” and published by Oxford University Press.

The book launch was followed by a discussion led by the former chief election commissioner of India and the former president of a New Delhi-based university.

Wake Forest was a co-sponsor of the event, which was well attended and widely covered by national news media in India.

Rogan speaks about terrorism at recent conference

randy.rogan.300x175Randy Rogan, professor of communication and senior associate dean in the College, recently spoke at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, on the topic of individual engagement in violent extremism (lone wolf phenomenon).

The International Institute for Counter Terrorism’s 15th International Conference: World Summit on Counter-Terrorism addressed the terrorism challenges currently faced by the international community.

The conference was held Sept. 7-10. More than 1,000 top decision-makers; defense, intelligence and police officials; prominent academic scholars; and security industry leaders from more than 60 countries took part.

Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Masicampo, Mewhinney

Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Storage lesion in banked blood due to disruption of nitric oxide homeostasis” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01HL098032-07 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to E.J. Masicampo, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal “Complementary Benefits of First- and Third-Person Perspective for Self-Control” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] FSU Research Foundation, Inc. (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Kate Mewhinney, clinical professor at the School of Law: Elder Clinic, whose proposal entitled “Health Rights of LBGT Patients” has been funded by the NC Society of Health Care Attorneys.

Messier receives $6 million research grant

A $6 million federal grant, the largest ever awarded to Wake Forest, will enable health and exercise science researchers to further study knee osteoarthritis and successful treatment measures in community-based settings.

Wake Forest Heath and Exercise Science faculty involved in the IDEA study, Steve Messier (in white), Gary Miller, and Shannon Mihalko, in the Biomechanics laboratory in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Wake Forest Heath and Exercise Science faculty involved in the IDEA study, Steve Messier (in white), Gary Miller, and Shannon Mihalko, in the Biomechanics laboratory in Reynolds Gym on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

Health and exercise science professor Steve Messier and colleagues have spent 26 of the last 34 years at Wake Forest studying the effects of exercise and dietary restriction related to knee osteoarthritis (OA) through clinical trials research. This new grant will fund a study known as WE-CAN – Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina – that will put these years of highly-controlled clinical study results to the test in a real-world setting.

“Knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability in older adults and there are over 250 million people in the world affected,” Messier said. “Our work has looked at effects of walking, strength training and weight loss on function and pain in OA under very controlled settings. We’ve decided to take what we’ve learned before and move it out in the community.”

Armed with the grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), Messier and his team, which includes professor Gary Miller, a nutrition expert, and associate professor and health psychologist Shannon Mihalko, both of the Health and Exercise Science department, are conducting what’s known as a pragmatic clinical trial in which there are very few controls in order to simulate normal clinical conditions.

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Morosini presented award in Italy


Roberta Morosini, professor of Romance languages, received the Luigi De Lise Culture Award for 2015 in a Sept. 6 ceremony in Italy.  She is in Italy this fall for a sabbatical.

The award is named in honor of a playwright from Sarno, Italy, Morosini’s hometown.