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Holiday concerts to include compositions by Locklair

Professor and Wake Forest’s Composer-in-Residence Dan Locklair’s “Canzona for the Music Makers” for 15 players will be performed by the University Orchestra with David Hagy conducting tonight, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Locklair’s “O Magnum Mysterium” (from his Three Christmas Motets), will be performed by the University Concert Choir, led by Brian Gorelick, on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

“Canzona for the Music Makers” was commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony as part of the orchestra’s educational partnership with the school. More about the music and the project is available here.

Three Christmas Motets, which were recorded and broadcast (BBC Radio 3) by the BBC Singers last December, is one of Locklair’s most popular choral works. The piece was originally composed for and has been dedicated to the Wake Forest Concert Choir and Brian Gorelick.

Both performances will be held in Brendle Recital Hall and the events are free and open to the public.

5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad’s most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Thonhauser to lead program at SciWorks on alternative fuels

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, will conduct an interactive outreach program at SciWorks science museum Friday, Nov. 21 from 9 -10 a.m. to teach school children about using alternative fuels like hydrogen. One of the highlights is a hydrogen fuel cell car that allows students to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen to form a gas that will power the car across the floor. Students from local and regional schools will be in attendance.

Thonhauser is a condensed matter theorist whose research is supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which recognizes a select few junior faculty nationwide who excel as teacher-scholars.

Roniger serves on international academic committee

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Roniger

Luis Roniger served on the international academic committee of the University of the Republic (Uruguay) and the National University of La Plata (Argentina) organizing the Second International Congress on Southern Cone Exile, held in Montevideo on Nov. 5-7.

He was also invited by the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to participate in a central panel on the politics of memory and human rights at the IX Meetings of the ABCP held on Aug. 4-7 in Brasilia.

Roniger has published the book Destierro y exilio en América Latina. Nuevos estudios y avances teóricos (University Press of Buenos Aires – EUDEBA, September 2014) and co-authored “Tres estudios sobre el exilio. Condición humana, experiencia histórica y significación política (Madrid: EDAF and Mexico: Universidad de Puebla, September 2014).

Proposals funded: Carroll, Colyer

David Carroll

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Christa Colyer

Colyer

Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Organic Thermoelectrics: the matrix composite approach” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Texas A & M Engineering Experiment Station (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Christa Colyer, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Ameritox-Wake Forest University Department of Chemistry Research Partnership” has been funded by the Ameritox.

October faculty publication announcements

Ilesanmi, Simeon O. (Religion), Win-Chiat Lee (Philosophy), & J. Wilson Parker (Law), Eds. The Rule of Law and the Rule of God. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

McFall, Todd A. (Economics). The (Peculiar) Economics of NCAA Basketball. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). Digital DNA: Social Networking and You. Rupa Publications. September 2014.

Otteson, James R. (Business). The End of Socialism. Cambridge University Press. October 2014.

Wood, John H. (Economics). Central Banking in a Democracy: The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives (Routledge Explorations in Economic History series). Routledge. October 2014.

Proposals funded: Beavers, Carroll, Marsh

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Beavers

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Research Career Development Core Award: Effects of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health 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).

David Carroll

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Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Power Generating Coverings” has been funded by NASA and by {subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).

Tony Marsh

Marsh

Congratulations to Anthony Marsh, professor of 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).

Kóczé and El Buen Pastor work to support women

Angela KoczeAngéla Kóczé, a visiting faculty member with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, invited women from El Buen Pastor to participate in an entrepreneurship project. Utilizing a framework from one of her classes, Kóczé and her students worked together to help each participant to identify future career possibilities, evaluate personal assets and challenges and to find a best path forward.

Read more in the El Buen Pastor newsletter.

Kóczé recently won the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for her human rights work with the Roma people of Hungary,

Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Katula and Williams

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Jeff Katula

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Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Infra Red(IR) Spectroscopy for Electronic Structure Determination of Future Electronic Devices” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “HELP PD II” 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 Richard Williams, professor physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: ARI-MA: Realizing high performance inorganic scintillators at low cost” has been funded by US Department of Homeland Security.

Wake Forest featured on CBS’ ‘Innovation Nation’

carroll.300x175Physics professor Dave Carroll, director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, was featured recently on CBS’ Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation for his research team’s development of Power Felt. Power Felt is a promising new thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current.

Watch the segment here.

Comprised of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature differences – room temperature versus body temperature, for instance – to create a charge.

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