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World premiere of ‘Living in the Overlap’

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Living in the Overlap“ is the story of two girls who grew up in Brooklyn in the 1940s, fell in love in the Midwest and made a life together in North Carolina. Lennie Gerber, a retired attorney, and Pearl Berlin, a retired professor, still have an indelible spark after 47 years.

Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill tell the couple’s love story in the documentary film, “Living in the Overlap” produced by Dalton and Hill with collaboration from Wake Forest filmmakers Sandra Dickson, Peter Gilbert and Cara Pilson.

“Living in the Overlap” will make its world premiere on Saturday, May 24 at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. premiere will be at Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBT film festival, on Sunday, June 22.

Proposals funded: King, Silman, Von Burg

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Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Ca093389 – Targeted nanoparticles for Kidney Cancer Therapy” has been funded by the Department of Defense and the UNCONN (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 Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Locklair’s music to be performed at Old Salem

Professor and composer-in-residence Dan Locklair’s “Salem Sonata” for organ will be performed by world-renowned organist Marilyn Keiser on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center. The concert celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Old Salem’s 1800 Tannenberg Organ.

For more information, click here

Locklair’s music 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.

More information about him, including a bio, list of works and discography at http://www.locklair.com.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Rejeski, Marsh

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Physics professor Dave Carroll’s proposal, “Organic Thermoelectrics: The Matrix Composite Approach,” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (WFU funding agency).

In health and exercise science, a proposal submitted by professors Tony Marsh and Jack Rejeski, “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II),” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Locklair’s ‘Canzona for the Music Makers’ premiers in Charlotte

Locklairandstudents.300x175The world premiere of Professor and Composer in Residence Dan Locklair’s, “Canzona for the Music Makers” was held at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte on Sunday, May 4.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” for chamber ensemble was commissioned in 2013 by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the Northwest School of the Arts. The new piece was supported by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council.

Locklair worked closely with the students in preparing the piece, which has a secret stamp on the six-minute work — the school’s initials are used for a four-note theme that recurs throughout.

The premiere was covered in the Charlotte Observer, “A world premiere for Northwest School of the Arts,” and Subito Music Corporation, “Locklair: Learning from a composer.”

Carolina Impact was on-site covering Locklair working with the students. Watch the video here.

Listen to a preview of the piece on WDAV Public Radio.

Gillespie featured on CSPAN’s BookTV

gillespie.300x175Gillespie, author of “Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” was interviewed for CSPAN’s BookTV about her biography of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and his wife, Katharine.

The program will air:

  • Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Gillespie talks about the couple’s influence on progressive movements in the South during the early 20th century and Katharine Reynold’s philanthropic pursuits following her husband’s death.

She is Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History at Wake Forest. Her books include “Free Labor in an Unfree World” and “Southern Society and its Transformations.”

Click here to read more about the book.

Hatch elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

nathan.hatch.300x175The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University, among its newest members.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s board of directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”

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Wahl elected NCSA council member

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.