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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

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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).

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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

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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.

News from the Department of Politics and International Affairs

IMG_6607Sara Dahill-Brown, assistant professor, has been named an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  The program brings up-and-coming scholars to Washington, D.C., to meet with education-policy experts and to share and brainstorm exciting new directions for K-12 education research. The program focuses on three over-arching goals:

  1. To foster an opportunity for talented, promising scholars to connect with other scholars in their field, as well as to introduce them to key players in the education-policy arena;
  2. To expand the pool of talent and ideas from which the education-policy arena currently draws; and
  3. To increase understanding of how the worlds of policy and practice intersect with scholarly research in education and related fields.

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February 2014 comings and goings

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

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March 2014 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones in March 2014:

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Roniger receives recognition for Latin American Studies research

luis.roniger.300x175Reynolds Professor of Political Science Luis Roniger received two awards recognizing his work at the 35th annual conference of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies held at Rutgers University.

Roniger won the Harold Eugene Davis Prize for the best article on Latin America published in the previous two years. The article on the Sacralization of National Consensus and the Struggle over Historical Memory in Post-Dictatorial Uruguay was published in Spanish in 2012 in the academic journal América Latina Hoy of the University of Salamanca.

The Davis Prize committee, in recognizing Roniger’s work writes:

    Roniger’s article offers a deeply informed theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich, far-reaching analysis of contemporary struggles over national memory and the legacy of military impunity in Uruguay. The argument follows multiple threads while maintaining a tight focus on the contradictions, transformations, and dynamics of collective struggles among and between the military and civil society in the years following the transition to democracy in the mid-1980s. The analysis is rigorous, subtle, nuanced, multilayer and complex, and based on extensive research undertaken over more than a decade. It also has significant comparative implications for other nation-states emerging from the impunity and brutality of military dictatorship, and offers a kind of model for examining the ways that civil society and the state interact in struggles over how nations remember and narrate the collective trauma of military dictatorship. As one of our committee members noted, “Those of us familiar with global Cold War history understand how complex these processes can be,” and Luis Roniger does an exemplary job of teasing out the core dynamics and key elements in these larger struggles among and between different groups of actors over historical memory, military impunity and state accountability in Uruguay from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Roniger was also awarded the Arthur Whitaker Prize for the best book in Latin American Studies, La política del destierro y el exilio en América Latina (i.e. The Politics of Banishment and Exile in Latin America)co-authored with Mario Sznajder of Hebrew University and published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica in Mexico (December 2013).

Locklair’s chorus performed by WFU Concert Choir in Ireland

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Dan Locklair’s “The Cloths of Heaven” was performed by the Wake Forest University Concert Choir on tour in Ireland. Associate Professor of Music Brian Gorelick conducted the a cappella piece.

Performances were held  at Galway Cathedral, the city’s Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral, and St. Ann’s Church of Ireland, also in Dublin.

“‘The Cloths of Heaven’ piece was completed in September 2013 and was composed for, and is dedicated to, the Wake Forest University Concert Choir in celebration of the Choir’s 2014 tour of Ireland,” said Locklair. “This approximately three-minute composition is a setting of Irish poet William Butler Yeats’s well-known love poem originally entitled, ‘Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.’ First published in 1899 as a part of his third volume of poetry, Yeats’s expressive and provocative poem reflects through dream and reality his adoration toward the woman he loves.”

The score will be published by Subito Music.