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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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November tech classes and webinars

Google logoMultiple learning opportunities are available here and there and everywhere from the Information Systems Learning Team. Classes are available at various locations to accommodate busy schedules. Webinars make learning easy and convenient, and IS is offering several 15-minute online classes this month.

The IS Learning Team updates their class offerings regularly. Use the IS Learning Calendar for an at-a-glance look at educational opportunities or visit the Professional Development Center. If you have a question, email is-learning@wfu.edu.

Below are the classes offered in November.

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Mur Muchane named Assoc. VP for Information Technology & CIO

Mur.Muchane.300x175Wake Forest has named Mur Muchane Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will assume his duties in January.

Muchane, who currently serves as CIO and Executive Director of Information Technology (IT) Services at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., is known for his creative leadership in exploring opportunities for managing campus needs through advances in technology.

In addition to improving transparency, service levels and responsiveness in IT Services, Muchane re-shaped the IT landscape at Davidson and expanded the sense of what to expect from this field. He led the effort to upgrade the campus to a fiber optic network, providing the capacity and performance necessary to meet Davidson’s rapidly growing needs of voice, video, data, high-end research and collaboration. He also helped forge Davidson’s partnership with edX — joining universities such as Harvard, University of Chicago, MIT and Georgetown — to produce a series of online courses and high school Advanced Placement online modules.

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Law library specialist leaves her mark on the walls of Worrell

swenson.mural.300x175Law library specialist Holly Swenson is a designer and artist who, in addition to her other responsibilities, also helps produce the law school’s alumni magazine, The Jurist.

When construction began in the basement of the Worrell Professional Center, Swenson saw the opportunity to use one of the walls as a canvas to practice painting a mural. The result is a modern take on a portion of Michaelangelo’s “Creation of Adam.”

Read more about the mural in a Q&A with Swenson written by School of Law Communications student intern, Rachel Wallen (’17)

Visit the law school library’s service desk for help in finding the mural, which will be available for viewing through the fall semester.

Campus-wide community dialogue to be held Nov. 3

Wake Forest students, faculty and staff are invited to join campus life on Monday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel for  a campus-wide dialogue to discuss issues that face the Wake Forest community. 

What does it mean to be a member of a community?
What does it mean for all of us when some members of our community feel marginalized?
How should we proceed together? 

These important questions will be addressed within a spirit of open dialogue, collegiality and generous listening.

Please register here and read the linked ‘Issue Guide’ in preparation for the dialogue. The perspectives outlined in the issue guide will form the foundation for the conversation.

Siavelis delivers keynote at Chilean Political Science Association

141016 inauguracion congreso CP 2Peter Siavelis, professor of politics and international affairs and director of the Latin American and Latino studies program, delivered the keynote inaugural speech of the bi-annual meeting of the Chilean Political Science Association in Santiago, Chile, on Oct 15.

Following introductory remarks by Chile’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz and the President of the Chilean Political Science Association Claudia Heiss, Siavelis presented a talk entitled “25 Años De Democracia y 30 Años De Ciencia Política En Chile: Una Mirada Hacia El Futuro” (25 Years of Democracy and 30 Years of Political Science in Chile: Looking towards the Future).

October 2014 faculty and staff milestones

Keith M. Wise, superintendent in Facilities & Campus Services, is celebrating 40 years at Wake Forest.

See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for October 2014:

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Parking lot closures for ‘Project Pumpkin’

Project Pumpkin will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29. In order to accommodate buses that will be loading/unloading children from the community, closing of partial parking lots is required. Whenever parking lots are closed for event parking, carpooling is a smart option to consider as it saves gas and time looking for a parking space.

Parking Lot Closures/Restrictions: The inner perimeter (parking spaces closest to the sidewalk) of parking Lot P will be closed. School buses will be loading/unloading in this area. Please use caution.

Faculty/Staff Parking Options: Parking Lot J, located behind Collins and South Residence Halls, is available for faculty, staff and general parking. This lot is the least utilized on campus and should provide parking throughout the day. Parking Lots A, Q and Wake Forest Rd. in front of the Chapel have routine openings on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Crist at 336-758-2558.

Message about WFU preparedness regarding Ebola

At a time when Ebola is a subject of considerable international attention, Wake Forest officials have learned that the risk of the disease’s transmission to the campus community is low. Still, the University is taking all appropriate actions to support the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and faculty.

University officials monitor the Ebola situation regularly and with great care. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a statement titled, “Advice for College, Universities and Students about Ebola in West Africa,” and updates it as needed. The University is following all recommendations issued by the CDC and will continue to do so.

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LGBTQ community forum scheduled for Oct. 30

The President’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs has organized a community forum to be held Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m. in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall.

The entire Wake Forest community is invited to attend and share their experiences as LGBTQ people or allies. An informal reception will follow the forum and provide an opportunity for the community to speak with members of the Commission and one another.

The Commission, which follows the 2011 establishment of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ Center and ongoing Safe Zone Training, is made up of faculty, staff and students who have been charged with evaluating the status of campus life, climate, and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning members of the Wake Forest community.