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Department Chairs and administrative assistants for 2015-16

Please find below a list of academic department chairs and their administrative assistants for 2015-2016, as of July 1, 2015:

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June 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in June 2015:

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88.5 WFDD receives national award for spot news

WFDD logo88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won another national award for excellence in broadcasting. The station received a first place award for Best Spot News in a Small Newsroom from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), an organization committed to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence, which recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories.

The award was given for a story by Kathryn Mobley entitled Downtown School Adjusts To The Loss Of Library Access During Renovations. Mobley interviewed students and teachers at Winston-Salem’s Downtown School, which does not have its own library and relied on the Central Library for supplemental classroom materials, about the challenges the closure of the Central Library would bring.

88.5 WFDD’s news director, Emily McCord, said, “WFDD has been investing in its news department over the past year to bring more stories from our community in a way that’s unique to public radio. Every year, the PRNDI awards highlight the best in our industry. It’s truly an honor that WFDD was recognized among that group, and it demonstrates that our investment is beginning to show results.” Continue reading »

July 2015 faculty milestones

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Police training exercise set for Poteat Residence Hall July 17

Starting in the morning on July 17, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a joint training session in the Hearn Plaza area on responding to an “active shooter” report on campus.

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

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

The exercise is intended to prepare police officers for how to respond most effectively to a situation in which an armed person has been firing a weapon on campus. While officers will be armed, no weapons will be fired at any time.

Anyone with questions in advance of the exercise may call August Vernon at 758-3377. During the exercise, calls may be made to the University Police Department at 758-5591.

A similar training exercise is scheduled to take place at Taylor Residence Hall on July 24.

Proposals funded: Messier, Mitra, Thonhauser

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) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Brigham and Women’s Hospital (WFU funding agency).

 

Ananda Mitra

Mitra

 

Congratulations to Ananda Mitra, professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Hospice needs Assessment” has been funded by the Hospice of the Piedmont.

 

 

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Kinetics and Reactivity in Metal Organic Framework Materials” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Texas-Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Catanoso reports on Pope’s encyclical from Latin America

Journalism program director Justin Catanoso is spending two weeks in Latin America on assignment from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to assess the potential impact of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on climate change in the Catholic leader’s home region.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, Peru, an expert in environmental policy.  Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso.

Justin Catanoso, left, with Enrique Ortiz of Lima, his guide and interpreter while in Peru. Photo by Emilia Rose Catanoso

Catanoso left for Peru July 10 and will remain until July 23, spending time in the capital of Lima, as well as the region of Arequipa. The encyclical is the Vatican’s first-ever teaching document on a secular issue as controversial as climate change. Catanoso said he chose Peru because in many ways the country is Ground Zero in the battle over global warming, where mining, deforestation, rapid development and environmental protection come in conflict in the Amazon and along the Pacific coast. Catanoso has reported from Peru twice before, most recently during last December’s 20th U.N. Climate Summit held in Lima.

“Among the biggest stories in the world in recent weeks has been Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical, or teaching document, on climate change,” said Catanoso, an expert in Catholicism who was in Rome for the release, and attended the two-hour Vatican press conference. “The Pope left no room for doubt on where he stands on this issue, and those he sees linked – poverty, water quality, jobs, biodiversity, run-amok consumerism and too much short-term thinking among business leaders.”

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Mark Woodard receives certification

Mark Woodard, Wake Forest University Department of Health and Exercise Science.

Mark Woodard, business manager in the health and exercise science department, recently passed the certified research administrator exam. He is the first person outside of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to do so, reports the health and exercise science department.

More information about the certification is on the Research Administrators Certification Council website.

Faculty publications: June updates

Mary Dalton

Dalton

 

Dalton, Mary M., Rebecca Steiner, & Candis Tate, Eds. (Communication). Critical Media Studies: Student Essays on THE WIRE. Library Partners Press. May 2015.

 

 

Wake Forest English professor Judith Madera, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Madera

 

Madera, Judith. (English). Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature. Duke University Press. June 2015.

 

 

Zhang

Zhang

 

Zhang, Qiong. (History). Making the New World Their Own: Chinese Encounters With Jesuit Science in the Age of Discovery (Scientific and Learned Cultures and Their Institutions series, Book 15). Brill Academic. June 2015.

 

University, city police plan training exercises for campus in July

On July 17 and 24, the University Police Department and the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct a joint training session in the Hearn Plaza area on responding to an “active shooter” report on campus.

Uniformed, armed police officers will participate in the training exercise that will take place at Poteat Residence Hall on July 17 and Taylor Residence Hall on July 24.

On each occasion, the training will not interfere with normal campus activities on Hearn Plaza or elsewhere, although those residence halls will be reserved entirely for the exercise.

“We expect about 30 law enforcement officers to participate in the training on each date,” said University emergency manager August Vernon, “The exercise is intended to prepare them for how to respond most effectively to a situation in which an armed person has been firing a weapon on campus.”

While officers will be armed, no weapons will be fired at any time, said Vernon, who is helping organize the exercise.

He expects the officers to be training inside the buildings, primarily, but they will be outside on occasion.

Police vehicles will be parked nearby.

On each date, the training exercise will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone with questions in advance of the exercise may call August Vernon at 758-3377. During the exercise, calls may be made to the University Police Department at 758-5591.