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Proposals funded: Anderson, Kim-Shapiro, Miller

Paul Anderson


Congratulations to Paul Anderson, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Quantum effects for black holes and analog black holes and the validity of the semiclassical approximation when quantum effects are large” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).






Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Effects of nitric oxide in sickle cell blood” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).





Congratulations to Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Policy & environmental supports for healthy eating & exercise on college campuses” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Gramercy Research Group (WFU funding agency).

Department Chairs and administrative assistants for 2015-16

Please find below a list of academic department chairs and their administrative assistants for 2015-2016, as of July 1, 2015:

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June 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in June 2015:

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July 2015 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones for July 2015:

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Proposals funded: Messier, Mitra, Thonhauser

Stephen Messier


Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pain Management in Osteoarthritis: Clinical Benefits and Cost Effectiveness” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Brigham and Women’s Hospital (WFU funding agency).


Ananda Mitra



Congratulations to Ananda Mitra, professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Hospice needs Assessment” has been funded by the Hospice of the Piedmont.



Timo Thonhauser


Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Kinetics and Reactivity in Metal Organic Framework Materials” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Texas-Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Catanoso reports on Pope’s encyclical from Latin America

Journalism program director Justin Catanoso is spending two weeks in Latin America on assignment from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to assess the potential impact of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on climate change in the Catholic leader’s home region.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, Peru, an expert in environmental policy.  Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, his guide and interpreter while in Peru. Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso

Catanoso left for Peru July 10 and will remain until July 23, spending time in the capital of Lima, as well as the region of Arequipa. The encyclical is the Vatican’s first-ever teaching document on a secular issue as controversial as climate change. Catanoso said he chose Peru because in many ways the country is Ground Zero in the battle over global warming, where mining, deforestation, rapid development and environmental protection come in conflict in the Amazon and along the Pacific coast. Catanoso has reported from Peru twice before, most recently during last December’s 20th U.N. Climate Summit held in Lima.

“Among the biggest stories in the world in recent weeks has been Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, or teaching document, on climate change,” said Catanoso, an expert in Catholicism who was in Rome for the release, and attended the two-hour Vatican press conference. “The Pope left no room for doubt on where he stands on this issue, and those he sees linked – poverty, water quality, jobs, biodiversity, run-amok consumerism and too much short-term thinking among business leaders.”

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Faculty publications: June updates

Mary Dalton



Dalton, Mary M., Rebecca Steiner, & Candis Tate, Eds. (Communication). Critical Media Studies: Student Essays on THE WIRE. Library Partners Press. May 2015.



Wake Forest English professor Judith Madera, Thursday, July 19, 2012.



Madera, Judith. (English). Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature. Duke University Press. June 2015.






Zhang, Qiong. (History). Making the New World Their Own: Chinese Encounters With Jesuit Science in the Age of Discovery (Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions series, Book 15). Brill Academic. June 2015.


TLC’s Teaching Renewal Retreat continues to grow

20150610_tlc_graylyn_004A guest post by Catherine Ross, director of Wake Forest’s Teaching and Learning Center:

When assistant professors begin their careers, most colleges and universities have a process in place for mentoring and supporting these newest teachers and researchers. Only a very few college teaching and learning centers offer programming for mid and advanced career faculty dealing with issues and concerns such as: how to teach and connect with increasingly diverse students, how to get and keep students engaged in learning, and how to keep ourselves engaged in teaching year after year!

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Library offers ZSR 101

ZSR LibraryRecently, the Professional Development Center asked the Z. Smith Reynolds Library to lead a “ZSR 101″ workshop for staff as part of the CORE program.

Here is the blog post about the class, provided by library staff member Hu Womack.

James Dunn: Invested in the Next Generation

This story written by C. Mark Batten was originally posted on the School of Divinity website.

Wake Forest Divinity School professor Rev. Dr. James Dunn. ©2004 Wake Forest University Office of Creative Services. Photo by Ken Bennett. All Rights Reserved. Contact: 336-758-5379.

Wake Forest Divinity School professor Rev. Dr. James Dunn. 

James Dunn, who was a champion of religious liberty and the separation of church and state, passed away on July 4 at the age of 83. For Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Dunn was a teacher and mentor with an inspirational ingenuity and comedic wit.

Dunn served as resident professor of Christianity and public policy from 1999 until his retirement in 2014. He taught courses on Christian Ethics and electives on the Church and State in America, Christianity and Public Policy, and God and the New York Times.

Many of Dunn’s courses involved travel to Washington, D.C., giving Divinity students the opportunity to meet with national, political religious leaders, many with whom Dunn had developed lasting relationships when he served as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (1981-1999). These courses have given lasting memories to students of James Dunn and the role of religion in the public sphere.

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