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Kimball to deliver Mitchell Interfaith Lecture Sept. 22

Charles Kimball, former professor at Wake Forest and now Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will deliver the Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Lecture entitled, “Understanding Religious Extremism among the Children of Abraham,” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The lecture, sponsored by Interfaith Winston-Salem, is free and open to the public.

Kimball will explore the ideological and historical roots of religious extremism within and between the three monotheistic traditions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – that trace their heritage to the prophet Abraham. He will then offer strategies for countering such extremism in our modern globalized world.

Kimball served as chair of the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University from 1996 to 2008, when he accepted the position of Presidential Professor and director of religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of five books, including “When Religion Becomes Lethal: The Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Kimball has worked closely on interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims for more than three decades, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.

The Carlton Mitchell Interfaith Series honors Carlton T. Mitchell (WFU ’43), who taught in the Department of Religion at Wake Forest. Mitchell, who died in 2013, was a leader in building interfaith cooperation and understanding. Interfaith Winston Salem sponsors the series to honor Mitchell’s pioneering efforts by offering lectures, concerts and other activities that help people of Winston Salem better understand the religious differences of their neighbors.

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Department for the Study of Religions, and other community partners are co-sponsoring the September 22 lecture.

Wellbeing Office celebrates Dimensions by the Month and more

This is a guest post from the University’s Office of Wellbeing:

The month of September kicks off another series of Dimensions by the Month!  Throughout the academic year, the Office of Wellbeing will partner with campus and community groups to provide skills-focused workshops and engaging programs to create a wellbeing experience. Through Thrive, Wake Forest’s comprehensive approach to wellbeing, these workshops and community programs will engage students, faculty, and staff in a holistic definition of what it means to be well, as well as bring people together from across the Wake Forest community. The themes of each month are:

September “Social” Wellbeing

October “Emotional” Wellbeing

November “Intellectual” Wellbeing

December “Occupational” Wellbeing

January “Physical” Wellbeing

February “Spiritual” Wellbeing

March “Environmental” Wellbeing

April “Financial” Wellbeing

Look out for these events coming up this Fall!


Arrive and Thrive 

September 22 from 4-6 pm on the Lower Quad

“Arrive and Thrive” will feature dozens of fun and thought-provoking activities designed to inform and inspire the campus community about how to lead healthier, more balanced lives! Open to all Students, Faculty, and Staff! Check out the video from last year!

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Online learning resource Lynda.com available to all

This is a guest post from Mur Muchane, associate vice president for information technology and CIO. It was e-mailed to students, faculty and staff Sept. 19:

Information Systems is pleased to announce that, beginning today, September 19th, all Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff have access to the leading online creative and professional skills provider, Lynda.com.

The over 4,000 self-paced courses, ranging from Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, SPSS and MATLAB to Mobile App Development, 3D Animation and Presentation Skills, are:

  • organized in modular, easy to use and manage, 5 to 15 minute segments
  • searchable, so you can identify specific topics without watching an entire course (for example, Create Pivot Tables in Excel or Remove Red-Eye in a Photo)
  • downloadable for offline use via mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, AppleTV and Roku.

Three different ways to access the entire Lynda.com library:

–Sign into WFU Google Mail with your Wake Forest email address (your_username@nullwfu.edu) and password. Click the App Launcher (box of dots, top right of inbox), scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Lynda icon.

OR

–Go directly to lynda.wfu.edu and, if prompted, enter your WFU email address and password. Bookmark this page for future reference.

OR

–Download a mobile app. To log into the app, enter wfu.edu as your organization.

In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our favorite tips and courses via Twitter and Facebook. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP).

Wilkinson receives Best Book Award

Betina Wilkinson, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, was presented with the Best Book Award for Inter-Race Relations at the Sept. 2 annual meeting of the Racial and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Wilkinson’s book is entitled, “Partner or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century.” It was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2015.

Her research has been published in several political science and multidisciplinary journals.  She joined the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.

Memorial service for Professor Heard on Sept. 18

A memorial service celebrating the life of Professor of Music Richard Heard will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall (Scales Fine Arts Center).

Professor Heard died last May in Winston-Salem after a long illness.

Proposals funded: Beavers, Bonin, Carroll, Rejeski

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Beavers

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “MediFast for Seniors Study” has been funded by (a private sponsor).

 

 

Keith Bonin

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Congratulations to Keith Bonin, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Predicting therapy-induced leukemia in breast cancer patients [Cayuse 16-0040]” has been funded by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

 

 

David Carroll

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Congratulations for David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Sustainable Water Purification” has been funded by the NASA and by [subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).

 

 

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (CLIP-OA)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01AG050725-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Ohio State University (WFU funding agency).

 

 

‘Symposium on Narrative in Medicine’ to be held Oct. 1

Wake Forest’s Humanities Institute is sponsoring a symposium called “Story, Health, and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine.”  It will be held Oct. 1 in Benson University Center.

The opening keynote address, “Cultural Competence: Poetry and the Importance of Voice in Diverse Illness Experience,” will be given by Rafael Campo, renowned American poet, doctor and author from Medical School. The closing keynote, “Art and Soul,” will be given by Linda Friedlaender, pioneer of “The Observational Skills Workshop” and senior curator of education of the British Art Center at Yale University.

A description of the event, the full schedule, and descriptions of the break-out sessions can be found here: http://humanitiesinstitute.wfu.edu/shhsym

Proposals funded: Anderson, Brubaker, Messier

T. Michael Anderson

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Congratulations to Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Fire, Fear and Foraging: Understanding Multi-trophic Interactions in a Savanna Foodweb” has been funded by the National Geographic Society.

 

 

Peter Brubaker

Brubaker

Congratulations to Pete Brubaker, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to early HF: Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics (MESA 6)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

 

Stephen Messier

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Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina (WE-CAN)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5U01AR068658-02.

Faculty publications: August 2016 update

Bennett, Arnold, Author, & Saloman, Randi, Ed. (English). Grand Babylon Hotel: A Fantasia on Modern Times (Broadview Editions series). Broadview Press. August 2016.

 

Voss Roberts, Michelle, Ed. (Divinity). Comparing Faithfully: Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection (Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions series). Fordham University Press. August 2016.

 

Whaples, Robert M., Christopher J. Coyne, & Michael C. Munger, Eds. (Economics). Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity? Independent Institute. August 2016.

New details on Chelsea Clinton event at Wake Forest Sept. 13

This message was emailed by the University to students, faculty and staff on Sept. 12:

A Women in Leadership panel discussion featuring Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, will be held from 12:15 p.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Reynolda Hall. The event will take place in the Green Room, located on the first floor.

The event is organized and presented by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The panel discussion has reached capacity for attendance and is no longer accepting additional reservations to attend.  However, an overflow area will be provided for people on the Magnolia patio outside the Green Room.  Speakers will be set up on the patio so that the panel discussion can be heard there.  Access to the patio will be from two sets of outdoor stairs from the sidewalk below the patio, near The Pit.

It is expected that the event will have minimal impact on University operations and activities other than the area immediately surrounding the Green Room.  Reynolda Hall offices will be open as usual, along with the dining areas in the building.

Anyone with reservations to attend the event in the Green Room or with plans to listen from the patio will not be permitted to bring book bags or large bags into those areas.

People not attending the panel discussion are discouraged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from using the main entrance to Reynolda Hall from Hearn Plaza.

Three parking lots will be closed for the event.

–Parking Lot N, between Kitchin and Poteat residence halls, closed at 5 p.m. today.
–Parking Lot M, on the east side of Reynolda Hall, will close at midnight tonight.
–Parking Lot C, on the west side of Reynolda Hall, will close at midnight tonight.

The lots will reopen at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Wake Forest Office of Communications and External Relations