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Faculty publications: November 2015 updates

Amoureux, Jack L. (Politics & International Affairs). A Practice of Ethics for Global Politics: Ethical Reflexivity. Routledge. October 2015.


DeVotta, Neil, Ed. (Politics & International Affairs). An Introduction to South Asian Politics. Routledge. November 2015.


Wilson, Eric G. (English). How to Make a Soul: The Wisdom of John Keats. Northwestern University Press. November 2015.

New Unbroken Circle CD brings holiday cheer & supports local nonprofits

61xM+cRK+hL._SS280The Unbroken Circle, Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band has released its debut bluegrass and old-time music album, “Songs from the Hearth.” The CD is available for $10 through Piano vs. Poverty, and the music is also available on iTunes.

Songs include bluegrass favorites like “Ridin’ That Midnight Train,” familiar folk tunes like “Shady Grove” and “The Erie Canal,” and gospel standards like “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Also featured on the album is a recitation of W.B. Yeats’ poem, “The Fiddler of Dooney,” by Wake Forest legend Ed Wilson.

Piano vs. Poverty will distribute one hundred percent of the proceeds it receives from the sale of the CD to charitable agencies working to alleviate the effects of poverty.

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Rowell named as ALA Emerging Leader

New faculty headshots during orientation, Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Chelcie Rowell, ZSR Library.

Chelcie Rowell, digital initiatives librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, has been named to the American Libraries Association (ALA) Emerging Leader class of 2016.

This program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers.

She is being sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).

Proposals funded: Kirkman, Messier, Mihalko

Congratulations to Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “A Study of Undergraduate Programs in the Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in the United States and the Publications of the Results” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] American Mathematical Society (AMS) (WFU funding agency).


Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Strength Training and Arthritis Trial (START)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01AR059105-05.


Congratulations to Shannon Mihalko, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Predicting CV Injury and Events After Adjuvant and Neo-adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01CA199167-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Faculty publications: October updates

Amoureux, Jack L., & Brent J. Steele, Eds. (Politics & International Affairs). Reflexivity and International Relations: Positionality, Critique, and Practice (New International Relations series). Routledge. October 2015.


Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present, 2nd ed. Bloomsbury Academic. October 2015.


Miller, Christian B., R. Michael Furr, Angela Knobel, & William Fleeson, Eds. (Philosophy, Psychology, Psychology). Character: New Directions from Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology. Oxford University Press. October 2015.


Rahman, M. Raisur. (History). Locale, Everyday Islam, and Modernity: Qasbah Towns and Muslim Life in Colonial India. Oxford University Press. October 2015.

WGS service-learning class helps secure grant for El Buen Pastor

Wake Forest faculty headshots, Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Angela Kocze, Sociology.

Thanks in part to professor Angéla Kóczé’s service learning course, “Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility,” El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services was recently awarded a grant for $24,500 from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

As part of the course, Kóczé’s students generate social change through entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, she and her students developed a grant proposal to help women in the El Buen Pastor community start their own businesses. The funds awarded by The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will provide support for training, workshops, networking, seed funding and hands-on experiences to an initial group of 10 women entrepreneurs.

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Proposals funded: Lachgar, Rejeski, Williams

Wake Forest chemistry professor Abdou Lachgar.


Congratulations to Abdessadek Lachgar, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Empowering Pakistani Women through Scientific Research, Technology Development, and Entrepreneurship: Waste-to-Energy Technology Development” has been funded by the USAID and by [subaward/subcontract from] National Academy of Sciences (WFU funding agency).



Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” 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, Reynolds Professor of Physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research:ARI-MA: Realizing High Performance Inorganic Scintillators at Low Cost” has been funded by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Proposals funded: Griffith, Jayawickreme, Jurchescu, Rice-Jalloh

Wake Forest economics professor Amanda Griffith, Thursday, August 9, 2012.


Congratulations to Amanda Griffith, associate professor of economics, whose proposal entitled “An Engineer Like Me: How perceived Similarity and Peer Effects Influence Major Choice” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Purdue University (WFU funding agency).


Eranda Jayawickreme


Congratulations to Eranda Jayawickreme, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Promoting Intellectual Humility Among Middle-School Students: Developing and Educational Film & Preliminary Intervention Strategy” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation.




Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite FETs for Electronically-Injected Laser Action” has been funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).



K. Monet Rice


Congratulations to Kellee Rice-Jalloh, associate university chaplain, whose proposal entitled “Recruitment for Ministry” has been funded by the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE).


Rallings chairs foreign language conference

Yasuko Takata Rallings, Wright Family Faculty Fellow and associate professor of the practice in Japanese in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures, chaired the 49th Annual Fall Conference of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina in late October in Durham.

Approximately 700 world language educators from across the state were in attendance. Among the presenters were Wake Forest faculty members Mary Lynn Redmond, professor and chair of education; Mary Pendergraft, professor of classical languages; T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, assistant professor of classical languages; Alyssa Howards, associate professor of German & Russian; and Claudia Vestal, visiting assistant professor of Romance Langues. (Romance Languages).

Faculty members take leadership roles in language education

A number of Wake Forest professors are taking leadership roles in the field of language education.

Mary Pendergraft, professor of classical languages, is chair of the National Committee for Latin and Greek; Claudia Vestal, visiting assistant professor of Romance languages, is the incoming president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; and Yasuko Rallings, associate professor of the practice in East Asian Languages & Cultures, is the president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.

Mary Lynn Redmond, chair and professor of education, is past president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.