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October 2015 faculty and staff milestones

See a list of staff and faculty milestones for October 2015:

1 year

Erin G Angel; Coordinator of Assignments; Residence Life & Housing

Thomas Blain Brown; Director, Account Mgmt. & Plan; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations

Erika Lynn Carrubba; Asst Dir, Athletic Communicati; Athletics: Media Relations

Adina Dabu; Research Assistant Professor; WFUSB-Instruction

Chelsea Ivana Hosch; Business Mgr, Comm & Ext Rel; Advncmt:Comm. & External Relations

Taeg hyun Kang; Visiting Assistant Professor; Computer Science

Amelia Mabel Knight; User Tech Support Coord, Assoc; IS: Knowledge & Service Support

Matthew McKay Nelkin; Sr. Developer/Asst. Dir of IT; Law: Computing Support

Malika Dawn Roman Isler; Director of Well-Being; Wellbeing

Sarah J Tooley; Asst Dean of Students,Case Mgr; Office of Dean of Students

5 years

Ann Boardman Bell; Operations Manager; Graduate School: Documentary Film

Christopher Lee Holt; Police Officer; University Police

George Anderson Roland; Asst Coach, Women’s Tennis; Athletics: Tennis – Women

10 years

Christopher Todd Hairston; Assoc Athl Director Compliance; Athletics: Compliance Office

15 years

Ann Setien Gibbs; Assoc Dean, Admin&Student Svcs; Law: School Adm Expense

William Norman Giroux; Maintenance Technician; Graylyn: Maintenance

20 years

Ellen Anna Daugman; Librarian, Research & Instruct; Library – ZSR

Kimberly K. Flowers; Exec Asst to AVP, Advancement; Advancement: VP Office

25 years

Antonio A. Broome; Custodian; 3rd Shift; Facilities & Campus Services

30 years

Lynne G. Heflin; Administrative Assistant; Athletics: Basketball – Men

Proposals funded: King, Messier, Silman

Bruce King


Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “New Reagents for Tracking Protein Oxidation in Cells by MS and Imaging Methods” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).



Stephen Messier


Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (WE-CAN)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1U01AR068658-01.



Miles 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).

Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Kirkman, Welker



Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Large-area, low-cost organic thin-film transistors by laser printing” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).



Ellen Kirkman


Congratulations to Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “Invariant Theory of Artin-Schelter Regular Algebras” has been funded by the Simons Foundation.



Members of the Wake Forest community have their portraits made in a photo booth at the Constant and True donor club event at Graylyn on Friday, September 9, 2011. Interim Provost Mark Welker.


Congratulations to Mark Welker, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “MRI: Acquisition of an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer for interdisciplinary application in science and technology” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Proposals funded: Folmar, Holzwarth, King

Steven Folmar


Congratulations to Steven Folmar, associate professor of anthropology, whose proposal entitled “Psychological and Social Resilience in Post-Earthquakes Nepal” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Natalie Holzwarth



Congratulations to Natalie Holzwarth, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Studies of Solid Electrolytes” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Bruce King


Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry and associate provost for research, whose proposal entitled “New Oxidation-Sensing Probes to Evaluate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Lung Injury” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

University’s news team launches broadcast television studio

 on a television broadcast in the new studio in ZSR.

Faculty experts and campus newsmakers who work with the University’s News and Communications office have a new resource available to them when it comes to media interviews.

The news office now operates a fully equipped, professional television studio that is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality HD video to broadcast news media organizations around the world. Now when media seek commentary on timely news topics, faculty and other experts can share their expertise for live and pre-recorded interviews in high-definition with the latest technology right here on campus.

“We are excited to have this resource as part of our media relations arsenal, especially for breaking news,” said Katie Neal, Executive Director, News and Communications. “The studio now makes it possible for us to broadly promote Wake Forest’s range of expertise while quickly and easily meeting the needs of 24-hour news networks and broadcast media outlets.”

The television studio is conveniently located in the heart of campus in Z. Smith Reynolds Library, behind The Bridge.

While the news staff members serve as the main point of contact for media outlets, reporters and producers often reach out directly to individuals. If this happens, the news office asks that those individuals please promptly direct them to a member of the news team to facilitate the request in a timely manner. The entire team can be reached at or (336) 758-5237.

The studio was made possible as part of a generous donation from the Clark Family Foundation, as part of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

An open house for faculty and staff will be held in the studio from 3 – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Additional information about the studio is available here.

September 2015 faculty publications

Barbour, Sally; David Howard; Thomas Lacroix; & Judith Misrahi-Barak, Eds. (Romance Languages). Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 2: Diaspora, Memory and Intimacy. Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée. May 2015.

Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). Capitalism: The Basics. Routledge. September 2015.

 Senior, John. (Divinity). A Theology of Political Vocation: Christian Life and Public Office. Baylor University Press. September 2015.

Proposals funded: Bonin, Jones, Marsh

Keith Bonin


Congratulations to Keith Bonin, department chair and professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Real-Time Dopamine Signaling and Ethanol Drinking Behavior” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).




Congratulations to Amanda Jones, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Mechanism as a Driving Force in Gold (l) Catalyzed Alkyne Functionalizations” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).





Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Physical Exercise to Prevent Disability Pilot Study – LIFE Field Center” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation and Neuromuscular Function in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Locklair’s “Requiem” to be performed at St. Paul’s Church

The world premiere of Dan Locklair’s “Requiem,” for SATB chorus, soloists, string orchestra and organ will be given on Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. as a part of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.  Locklair is professor of music at Wake Forest.

Performers will include the St. Paul’s Choir, guest soloists and string orchestra members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Cummins, organist/choirmaster of St. Paul’s.

“Begun in 2012, ‘Requiem’ was completed on April 3, 2015 (Good Friday) and is dedicated to the memory of my parents,” Locklair said. “In nine movements and approximately 40 minutes in length, the texts for Requiem are all in English and are drawn from both the traditional Requiem Mass as well as from The Book of Psalms.”

This event is free and open to the public. Directions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at For more program information, call 336-723-4391, Ext. 1401.



ACE Fellows announced for 2015-16

Twelve Wake Forest faculty members have been named to the University’s 2015-2016 class of Academic Community Engagement (ACE) Fellows.

In its 17th year, the ACE Fellowship program provides support for selected faculty members interested in integrating some form of community engagement into classes. Each year, up to 12 fellows are selected by the faculty director of the ACE Fellows Program, the ACE Advisory Council, the director of the Teaching and Learning Center and the Dean of the College.

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Beavers receives prestigious NIH award

Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, has been awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award. It’s the first K01 awarded to a junior research faculty member on the Wake Forest campus.

Wake Forest new faculty headshots, Thursday, August 14, 2014. Kristen Beavers.

K01 awards are designed to promote the career development of the recipient based on their past training and career stage. The award provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences – ultimately leading to research independence.

Beavers’ K01 award is in the amount of $473,549 for four years and requires a 75 percent research commitment. Broadly, her areas of study and research interest include nutrition and exercise as they relate to the prevention of disease and disability in older adults. During the K01 award, her research will specifically focus on bone health of older adults. To do so, she has developed an ancillary study to the Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program II (CLIP II), an ongoing 18-month randomized clinical trial evaluating the effect of exercise modality during weight loss on muscle function and strength in 249 obese older adults with cardiovascular disease or metabolic syndrome.

Beavers will be studying how weight loss affects bone health in a subset of these older adults by collecting baseline and 18-month computed tomography scans to look at changes in bone thickness, density and strength.

Prior to joining the Wake Forest faculty two years ago, Beavers was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and worked on several research studies involving weight loss in older adults and its effect on muscle and fat.

“By focusing this research project on the effect of weight loss on bone health, this opportunity will help me round out my prior experience and knowledge of the clinical effects of weight loss on body composition in older adults,” said Beavers.

Beavers’ primary mentor is Stephen Kritchevsky, principal investigator of the Wake Forest Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, one of 13 such centers supported by the National Institute on Aging. He is an epidemiologist specializing in nutrition, chronic disease and physical function in older adults and has led many multi-center observational studies and clinical trials focused on the functional health of older adults. Her mentoring team also includes W. Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest who is the principal investigator of the CLIP II trial. He is an NIH investigator on more than 10 randomized clinical trials, studying aspects of health weight loss and physical activity in older adults.

“Bone health is a strategic priority for our Aging Center and was specifically identified by our external advisory board as an area for development,”Kritchevsky wrote in a letter of support for the award. “I couldn’t be more pleased that a scientist of Kristen’s caliber is taking it on.”

Beavers has received numerous grants, published in multiple journals, and has contributed to a textbook on nutritional supplements in sports and exercise.  She is also a registered dietician and is certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.