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Amazon Gold wins in Paris

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Amazon Gold, a nationally acclaimed documentary made with the help of Wake Forest faculty and students, is the recipient of the International Environmental Film Festival’s first annual Green Film Network Award.

Sarah DuPont (P ’05), the film’s producer and a member of the College Board of Visitors, and director Reuben Aaronson received the award and a prize of 5,000 euros on Feb. 4 at the opening ceremony of the festival in Paris, France.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold depicts the devastating effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon forests of South America. Wake Forest faculty and students affiliated with the Sustainability Clinic at the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) consulted on the film for scientific content and performed on the ground scouting of locations in Peru.

The film was nominated for the award at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. It was one of 11 films nominated by major environmental film festivals around the world to represent the best of environmental documentary filmmaking from each country. An international jury of film professionals selected Amazon Gold as the winner.

Professor of biology and CEES Director Miles Silman, who has spent his career conducting research in the Peruvian rainforest and was a scientific advisor and promoter for the film, said stopping the effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon is an integral part of slowing the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

“The film has catalyzed a huge change in the politics of gold mining in Peru and internationally,” Silman said. “It is both interesting and hard to overstate its impact.”

Annual crime and safety documents available

The Annual Crime and Fire Safety Compliance documents are available on the Police website at: http://police.wfu.edu/information/annual-crime-reports/

These documents contain information regarding campus security and personal safety. They also contain information about crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Crime statistics are for occurrences on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wake Forest; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Fire statistics are for on-campus residence halls.

Information on drug or alcohol-abuse programs required by section 102(a) through (d) of HEA can be found at:
http://hr.wfu.edu/files/2011/10/WFU-Section-VI-4-Substance-Abuse-Prevention.pdf

If you are unable to access the website and would like a printed copy, please contact police records at ext. 4566.

Bahnson featured in the Journal

Fred Bahnson, who is the director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest’s School of Divinity, was featured in the Winston-Salem Journal. Bahnson will be at the Bookmarks book festival this weekend.

Read the story in the Winston-Salem Journal »

Volunteer this summer in the Campus Garden, Campus Kitchen

James Sims

Jamie Sims

Though summer may be a quiet season on much of the Reynolda Campus, the 18,000 square feet behind 1141 Polo Road comes alive May through August.  On May 19, the gates of the Campus Garden will open for a new crop of summer volunteers.

During weekly volunteer hours (Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m.), volunteers participate in the entire gardening process: planting, cultivating, harvesting, and, most important, bringing fresh produce home to eat. Staff and faculty are welcome in the garden year round and are especially appreciated during the summer months, when student gardeners are not available.

Jamie Sims, the Campus Garden intern and Master of Divinity candidate, invites gardeners with all levels of experience to join him this summer. Sims, whose academic and practical concentrations are on food and faith, said, “As the Campus Garden enters its most productive and fruitful season, all are welcome to join in and experience the simple pleasures of dirty fingernails and fresh produce. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn plenty of new skills or brush up on old ones.”

Families are always welcome in the garden and more experienced gardeners may take ownership of small projects. No advanced sign-up is necessary to participate during garden volunteer hours. Find more information about the Campus Garden here on the Office of Sustainability’s webpage. Email campusgarden@wfu.edu with questions.

If you’d like to keep your extracurriculars indoors this summer, the Campus Kitchen is also seeking Wake Forest faculty, staff, and family members to volunteer for their full calendar of summer shifts. Volunteers may prepare meals, make deliveries, or pick up rescued food from the Fresh Market. Shifts run in the afternoons and evenings every day except on Saturdays. Find out more about Campus Kitchen here and contact Brittany Forniotis at fornbn11@wfu.edu to volunteer.

Proposals funded: Miller, Jurchescu

Gary MillerCongratulations to Gary D. Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Dietary Nitrate to Augment Exercise Benefits” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under subaward number 203-2819 and the Duke University (WFU funding agency).

 

Oana JurchescuCongratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Career: Fundamental Limits of Charge Transport in Organic Semiconductors” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Retired archivist Woodard featured in Journal

John Woodard

Woodard in 2001

John Woodard (’61), who retired as the archivist at Wake Forest in 2001, was recently featured in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Woodard, who lives in Germanton, has been working on a list of people related to Wake Forest who served in the Civil War. So far, his list has 333 names.

Wake Forest suspended operation in 1862 because all but five students were subject to military duty. Part of the Old Campus was used as a hospital.

Read more about Woodard and his Civil War research in the Journal »

Early closing scheduled for holidays

Dear Colleagues: The Reynolda Campus will be closed for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and Winter Recess.  We are pleased to announce that offices will close early, at 3 p.m. the day before each holiday break, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Dec. 23.  Best wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season.

Hof Milam, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration

Mark Welker, Interim Provost

Locklair’s In Memory to be performed

Composer Dan Locklair’s “In Memory – H.H.L.” for string orchestra will be performed by the Fulton County Honors Orchestra, with guest conductor Dr. Mark A. Laycock, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga.

“In Memory – H.H.L.” was written in 2005 by Locklair, the composer-in-residence and professor of Music at Wake Forest. Maestro Kirk Trevor wrote this about the piece in 2006, “After the first read-through of ‘In Memory – H.H.L.’ I realized we had found a worthy successor to the Barber Adagio. Here was a gorgeously crafted Adagio for Strings that had a new voice, but with the same hauntingly lush harmonies and intensity that makes the string orchestra such a beautiful vehicle in the concert hall. After recording it, I was even more convinced that ‘In Memory H.H.L.’ has a real place in the standard string orchestra literature. As a conductor we are often looking for that five minute adagio to fit into our programming, and now we have a second option to the Barber from a wonderful living American composer.”

The work is part of Naxos’ Symphony of Seasons and other orchestral works CD (8.559337), performed by Maestro Trevor and the Slovak Radio Orchestra. More about the piece, including a sound sample, at http://www.locklair.com/wp/compositions/orchestra.

Other works on the program are Purcell/Britten Chacony in G Minor and David Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra.

More information about the Nov. 15 concert »

Service set for professor emerita Dolly McPherson

A memorial service for Professor Emerita of English Dolly A. McPherson will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. in Wait Chapel. A reception will follow in the Benson University Center. McPherson, who was 82, died Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

McPherson was the first full-time African-American female faculty member at Wake Forest when she was hired in the 1970s. For 27 years, from 1974 until retiring in 2001, she was a lively presence in the English department and in her classroom. Continue reading »

Meet Todd Crumley, Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Todd Crumley

Todd Crumley has one of the most interesting jobs at Wake Forest: Preserving the history of Reynolda House. As director of Archives and Library for Reynolda House Museum of American Art, he’s the keeper of the estate’s historic records. His career path to Reynolda House included managing a country-rock band. On the side, he preserves comic books and admits he’d rather play baseball than go bowling in the Reynolds’ bowling alley. Continue reading »