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LiveSafe presents Community Connections Award to WFU Police

Regina Lawson LiveSafe

Wake Forest Police Chief Regina Lawson (third from left)

On behalf of the Wake Forest University Police Department, Police Chief Regina Lawson received the Community Connections Award from LiveSafe, which produces an app for mobile devices intended to help colleges and universities, school systems and corporations bolster security efforts.  Wake Forest began using the LiveSafe app last fall and has encouraged students, faculty and staff to download it as part of the University’s comprehensive safety and security measures.

The award was presented, recently, during the national convention of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in Phoenix.  The University Police Department was recognized, in part, for its longstanding success in establishing strong connections with the Winston-Salem community, including local organizations.

Lawson, who joined the University Police Department in 1989, has served as police chief since 1993.

July 2016 faculty milestones

See a list of faculty milestones in July 2016: Continue reading »

Information Systems update: major overhaul of software@wfu

Information Systems distributed this message to students, faculty and staff on July 11:

Information Systems is pleased to announce a major overhaul of software @ WFU to improve the availability and usability of software to the WFU community. In addition to a new look and feel, the updated site offers on-demand, self-service access to available Information Systems-managed campus software for use in the classroom or office. We are also excited about the expanded software offerings, including the addition of Adobe Creative Cloud for faculty, staff and students.

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance with software @ WFU, please contact us at or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Information Systems Service Desk

Proposals funded: Beavers, Comstock-Ferguson, Thonhauser



Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Effect of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5K01AG047921-02.


Lindsay Rae Comstock-Ferguson


Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “RNA modification and antibiotic resistance” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Emory University (WFU funding agency).


Timo Thonhauser


Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “van der Waals interactions in DFT: Theory and Applications [Cayuse 16-0015]” has been funded by the Simons Foundation.

University holding gathering July 8 in Davis Chapel

Wake Forest is holding a gathering at 2 p.m. today, July 8, in Davis Chapel (Wingate Hall) to engage in dialogue regarding the violence and resulting grief that continues to impact both our community and many others.  All Wake Forest students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

If you’re wondering how hot it is, just check WF weather stations

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– and–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 »

Faculty Fellowships awarded for new year

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who are newly-selected recipients of Wake Forest Faculty Fellowships, effective July 2016.  The Wake Forest Faculty Fellowship program is a program of financial support designed to honor the University’s best teacher-scholars.

New recipients are:

–Uli Bierbach, professor of chemistry, Levison Faculty Fellowship
–Rob Erhardt, assistant professor of mathematics & statistics, Sterge Faculty Fellowship
–Tiffany Judy, assistant professor of Romance Languages, Baker Family Fund Faculty Fellowship
–Claudia Kairoff, professor of English, MacDonough Family Faculty Fellowship
–Frank Moore, assistant professor of mathematics & statistics, Sterge Faculty Fellowship
–Raisur Rahman, associate professor of history, Henry S. Stroupe History Faculty Fund Fellowship

Faculty promotions announced

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who have received promotions, recently.

Promoted to full professor:

Miriam Ashley-Ross (Biology)
Michaelle Browers (Politics and International Affairs)
Judy Kem (Romance Languages)
Stephen Murphy (Romance Languages)

Promoted to associate professor:

Michael Anderson (Biology)
R. Jarrod Atchison (Communication)
Tina Boyer (German and Russian)
Hana Brown (Sociology)
Samuel Cho (Physics and Computer Science)
John Dalton (Economics)
Susan Harlan (English)
Sarah Mason (Mathematics and Statistics)
Gregory Parks (Law)
John Ruddiman (History)
Michael Sloan (Classical Languages)
Joel Tauber (Art)
Andrew Verstein (Law)
Christian Waugh (Psychology)
Heiko Wiggers (German and Russian)

Promoted to associate librarian:

Kyle Denlinger
Jeffrey M. Eller

Proposals funded: Carroll, Muday, Rejeski

David Carroll


Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Ultra High Performance Light Sources Based on Organic Field Activated Devices (FADs) has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Gloria Muday


Congratulations to Gloria Muday, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Flavonoid Regulations of Root Architecture in Tomato” has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture.


Jack Rejeski


Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Intervening on sedentary behavior to prevent weight gain in older adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01AG051624-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

WFU Student Union Art Collection on exhibit at SECCA

art.exhibition.imageThe Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is hosting “With Open Eyes,” an exhibition featuring nearly 60 works selected from Wake Forest University’s Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run through Oct. 2. Admission is free.

Works on display are from among the more than 160 pieces purchased by students during University sponsored student art-buying trips that have taken place every four years since 1963.

The buying program, where students are given the opportunity to make the final decisions about which works of art will be added to the University’s collection, is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. The goal is for the students to use the available funds to purchase works that reflect the current times. From Picasso’s L’Ecuyere (1960) to Jasper Johns’ Flags (1967-68) to Alex Katz’s Vincent with Open Mouth (1970), to Keith Haring’s Untitled (1982), to Christian Marclay’s Memento (Hearing is Believing) (2008) the collection include paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photography.

During the 2013 trip, students purchased three photographic works: “Grazing Incidence Spectrometer” by Thomas Struth; “Lightning Fields 143” by Hiroshi Sugimoto; and Andrew Moore’s “Courtyard, Cass Tech High.”

Students participating in the trip are selected through a competitive application process. After much study, research and debate, the group hones in on artists whose work they like. They write to galleries asking to see what works are currently on the market by these artists. During the trip, they view the top choices, negotiate with gallery owners and decide as a group which works will become the newest additions to the collection.

“Over the course of their experience, students learn not only about choosing and purchasing contemporary art, they learn about themselves,” says art professor Jay Curley. “When they start the process of preparing for the trip, they are overwhelmed and slightly intimidated by the New York gallery world. By the end, they are on their mobile phones walking through Chelsea bargaining with these same galleries.”

Curley and associate teaching professor Leigh Ann Hallberg will be leading the 2017 trip next spring.

Mark Reece (’49), who was dean of men and College Union adviser, developed the idea for the trip before the University even had an art department. In 1963, Reece, and then faculty members Ed Wilson (’43) and J. Allen Easley and two students drove to New York City, explored the contemporary art galleries there, and came back with a dozen works of art for the University.

Learn more about the Wake Forest University art-buying trip by watching this three-minute excerpt from the exhibition video.

SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive off Reynolda Rd., just five minutes from Wake Forest.