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19th Annual Women’s Football Camp set for July 28

womens football camp

Whether you are a die-hard football fan or someone who just wants to learn more about the fundamentals of the game, the 19th annual Wake Forest Women’s Football Camp promises to be an event that you won’t want to miss.

Head coach Dave Clawson and his staff cordially invite women to join in the fun on Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m. (registration begins at 5 p.m.)

For more details, visit http://bit.ly/28PYvhj

Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Macosko, Silman, Thonhauser

Kim-Shapiro

Kim-Shapiro

Congratulations to Daniel 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) under award number 4 R37 HL058091-20.

 

Wake Forest physics professor Jed Macosko, Monday, August 16, 2010.

Macosko

Congratulations to Jed Macosko, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Searching for the Function of Centrioles” has been funded by the Discovery Institute.

 

Miles Silman

Silman

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Ecologically informed Reforestation of ASGM Degraded Landscapes in Madre de Dios” has been funded by the World Wildlife Fund.

 

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Improving Hydrogen Storage with van der Waals Density Functional Theory” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Secrest Artists Series 2016-2017

logoWith everything from early music to contemporary classical and small ensembles to a full orchestra, the 2016-2017 season of the Secrest Artists Series features something for everyone performed by the best in the genre.

For more details, please visit Secrest Artists Series 2016-2017 season.

Proposals funded: Messier, Pauca, Silman, Von Burg

Stephen Messier

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) under award number 4R01AR064320-04.

Paul Pauca

Pauca

Congratulations to Paul Pauca, associate professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “2016 Boeing Analytics Research Scholar Program” has been funded by the Boeing Company.

 

Miles Silman

Silman

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Amazonian Center for Environment Research and Sustainability (ACERS) project” has been funded by the USAID.

Von Burg

Von Burg

Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute – 2016” has been funded by the US Department of State.

University to offer class on responding to dangerous situations

In July and August, Wake Forest will be offering a class on how to respond to an active shooter situation.

The class is being offered through the Professional Development Center (PDC).  Registration is through the PDC.

It will be taught by Wake Forest Emergency Manager August Vernon and University Police Sergeant Lesia Finney.

The class is called WFU Active Shooter Response (Run, Hide, Fight) Lunch and Learn.

According to the PDC posting, the program will provide actions people can take in case of a workplace or active assailant incident.  The class will stress awareness, preparation and rehearsal.

For details on dates and locations, visit the PDC web site.

Centers and institutes update

The Office of the Provost has approved a one-year planning grant to establish the Eudaimonia Institute to study human flourishing.

The institute aims to create an interdisciplinary intellectual community of researchers, scholars, and students who will investigate the nature of eudaimonia—Aristotle’s word for “happiness,” “flourishing,” or “wellbeing”—as well as the political and economic institutions, the moral beliefs and attitudes, and the cultural practices that enable and encourage eudaimonia.

James Otteson, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, will serve as Executive Director of the Eudaimonia Institute. He will continue to serve as Executive Director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism.

The Eudaimonia Institute is the third academic institute at Wake Forest. It joins the Humanities Institute, led by Wake Forest Kahle Professor of Religion Mary Foskett, and the Pro Humanitate Institute, led by Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and Professor of Politics and International Affairs Melissa Harris-Perry.

The Provost also recently approved renewals of the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) and the Center for Molecular Signaling (CMS), formerly known as the Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling (CMCS).

Miles Silman, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology, is the director of CEES. Biology professor Gloria Muday directs CMS.

June 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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New Wake Forest weather stations offer weather data for all

WeatherStemInsideWFUNow is the time of the year when many at Wake Forest are asking, “How hot is it?” Two new weather stations installed on campus will answer that question and many others about the weather around the clock.

The WeatherSTEM stations were installed, recently, on top of the Miller Center and the scoreboard at BB&T Field.  They use a combination of weather instruments and sensors to take environmental measurements and offer frequently updated details on temperature, humidity, the heat index, barometric pressure and much more.

Each station includes a sky camera, with one directed toward Kentner Stadium, Farrell Hall and Wait Chapel, while the other camera is directed across BB&T Field.

While the weather stations are useful for anyone interested in weather at and around the University, they offer valuable information to a number of University departments and groups, including the Wake Forest Police Department and the University’s Crisis Management Team.

Anyone with access to the internet can visit the web sites for the weather stations located at the Miller Center and BB&T Field.  Each web site has a link to the other. The links are labeled “WEATHERSTEM UNITS” and can be found at the top right side of the sites. Continue reading »

May 2016 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2016:

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Jones ​reappointed Graduate School Dean

brad.jones.440x220Brad Jones has been reappointed to a second term as Dean of the Graduate Programs in the Arts & Sciences. Jones, a professor of chemistry at Wake Forest since 1989, is also an alumnus, completing his BS degree in chemistry in 1984.

“Dean Jones has proved both a dedicated steward of our wealth of Ph.D. and masters programs on the Reynolda campus, as well as a creative leader during a complex time for graduate education nationally,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “Launching dynamic new programs, enhancing the School’s budget, and securing the striking new Brookstown space in downtown Winston-Salem: all these add up to a time of real innovation across Dean Jones’s tenure to date.”

“Over the past few years the Graduate School has taken some bold steps that are just beginning to pay off.  As we move forward, I hope to establish a sense of place for a school that embraces disparate programs.  I also aim to create a distinctive edge for our students by communicating their magnificent scholarship via digital storytelling techniques.  This is an exciting time to be in the Graduate School.”

Under the joint supervision of Jones and Dwayne Godwin, Dean of the Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences, Wake Forest’s Graduate School now features 30 masters and Ph.D. disciplinary or interdisciplinary programs, and sponsors 12 programs jointly with the schools of Medicine (MD/PhD, MD/MS, MD/MA & MMS/PhD), Business (MBA/PhD), Divinity (MA/MDiv), and College (BS/BA & MA). More than 800 students are enrolled in the graduate school.

In 2015, several Arts & Sciences graduate programs moved all or part of their teaching and research/creative activities to restored mill space at 200 Brookstown Avenue; a number of graduate school administrators moved to Brookstown as well.

Read more about the Graduate School @Brookstown in the news story, “New moves transcend boundaries.”