Site Content

Inside WFU

Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Learn about what’s new in Sakai 10

On July 27, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.

Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, infrastructure improvements, approximately 50 security fixes, performance improvements and a number of new features including new functionality added to Assignments, Test & Quizzes and the Gradebook.

Find tips and how-to information on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your instructional technologist or technology support staff member for additional assistance.

Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Walldorf

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation Graphenated-Carbon Nanotube (g-CNT) Composites for a Miniature, Fiber-Integrated Spectroscopy Light Source” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman

Silman

 

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Biochar production for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.

 

Walldorf

Walldorf

Congratulations to Will Walldorf, associate professor of political science, whose proposal entitled “To Shape Our World for Good: Master Narratives and Patterns of Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011” has been funded by the New City Commons Foundation.

Free program supports healthy lifestyle changes for faculty, staff

Walking-picA guest post from the University’s HELPS program:

Fall is a great time to make healthy lifestyle changes that will carry you through into next year. By making changes now, you will create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months. With the changing of the seasons and the start of the school year comes a renewed mindset. Maybe your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day. Whatever your goal, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help you reach it.

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help individuals develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

Continue reading »

Winston-Salem Open has special offers for faculty, staff

A guest post from the Athletics Department:

The Winston-Salem Open would like to offer Wake Forest faculty and staff the following:

Free Tickets to the Aug. 22 Qualifying – enjoy Winston-Salem Open tennis by participating in Fill the Food Bank, presented by Lowes Foods! Bring three canned goods items with you to donate and receive free admission to the qualifying session. Donations benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Use the code WFUFS15 and receive 20% off on all tickets, this discount is for Wake Forest University Faculty and Staff only and is good until August 15, 2015.

For more information on the tournament please go to www.winstonsalemopen.com.

Parking Lot E to be closed temporarily for improvements

A guest post from the University’s Parking and Transportation Office:

Improvements to Parking Lot E are scheduled to begin soon, requiring the temporary closing of the lot, which is situated behind Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

The lot closed on July 27 for renovation that will improve safety, access and traffic flow while also adding 26 spaces for staff and faculty.  The number of spaces will increase from 49 to 75. The lot will be re-opened before students arrive in August.

Continue reading »

WakeUnited: Live United Ann Gibbs

Ann Gibbs, associate dean in the School of Law, served as the School of Law liaison for the WakeUnited Campaign last year.  Gibbs has been involved with United Way for a number of years as part of the Leadership Circle and the Women’s Leadership Council.   She decided to get involved with United Way initially because of her passion for strengthening public education.

Wake Forest Law School professor Ann Gibbs.

“I have volunteered in our local public schools for years, and strongly believe in the United Way’s mission to increase our public high school graduation rates.  With the support of United Way, we have seen remarkably positive results in this area,” says Gibbs.  “In addition to strengthening our community’s educational mission, I also like the United Way’s focus on financial stability and health.  With this three-pronged focus on education, financial stability, and health, the United Way continues to assist in making our community more vibrant and healthy for everyone.”

Her enthusiasm for the WakeUnited campaign is contagious. “We are privileged to work on a beautiful campus with the many benefits associated with interacting with fascinating and energetic students, faculty and staff,” says Gibbs.  “As part of the Wake Forest family, I consider it my duty to contribute to WakeUnited in order to have an impact on the larger community beyond the Wake Forest gates.”

Police training exercise planned for Taylor Residence Hall July 24

On July 24, Taylor Residence Hall will be the location for a joint training exercise by the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department. A similar training event occurred recently in Poteat Residence Hall.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the exercise that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Taylor Residence Hall. The officers will be inside Taylor for much of the exercise, but they will be outside at times.

At certain times, a firearm will be used to fire blanks inside the building as part of the training activity. No live ammunition will be used.

The training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere.

Anyone with questions about the exercise may call the University Police Department at 758-5591.

Proposals funded: Anderson, Kim-Shapiro, Miller

Paul Anderson

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).

 

 

Kim-Shapiro

Kim-Shapiro

 

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).

 

 

Miller

Miller

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).

Wake Forest Magazine wins two top awards

unnamedWake Forest Magazine won two top awards in the 2015 Circle of Excellence global competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The publication received a Gold Award in Periodical Staff Writing for a collection of five stories: “Out of This Art World” and “An Artful Friendship” by Editor Maria Henson (’82); “Oh, Those Lilting Banshees: Where Are They (Funny) Now?” and “Ted Gellar-Goad and the Secret of the Sphinx” by Managing Editor Cherin C. Poovey (P ’08); and “The Thing He Carried” by Senior Editor Kerry M. King (’85).

“Wake Forest submitted a diverse and thoroughly entertaining set of stories. From painting buddies in Winston-Salem to art on the Texas prairie, each entry delivered a strong, unique voice and command of the material,” wrote the judges. “Writing was crisp and informative. Even more importantly, the committee could delineate a direct connection between the subject matter and the mission of Wake Forest.”

The magazine staff, including Deputy Editor Janet Williamson (P ’00, ’03), also received a Bronze Award for General Interest Magazines over 75,000 circulation.

July 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for July 2015. (The wrong list was posted earlier, briefly.)

Continue reading »