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Power outage on Reynolda Campus

A Duke Energy power outage has affected part of the western side of the Reynolda Campus and nearby neighborhoods today. Duke Energy is estimating electricity will be restored to the affected areas between 2-4 p.m. today.

The outage is also affecting some nearby traffic lights, including the one at the Polo Road entrance to campus.

On campus, buildings known to be affected include North Campus Apartments, the Porter Byrum Welcome Center and Starling Hall.  Also without electricity are many University-owned residences on and near Polo and Reynolda Roads, as well as on University Parkway near campus. The Human Resources office at Polo and Reynolda Roads is also without electricity.

Duke Energy reports that numerous private residences, as well as University-owned houses, are affected in the area near campus. An initial estimate was that up to 5,000 Duke Energy customers might be without electricity.

The power outage occurred late in the morning today, shortly before noon.

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Call for nominations: Faculty director, Pro Humanitate Institute

seal.300x150The following is a message from Provost Rogan Kersh:

I’m pleased to issue this call for nominations of our faculty director for the new Pro Humanitate Institute.

As described previously on Inside WFU, the Institute consolidates Wake Forest’s various community engagement efforts, including the former Institute for Public Engagement, which sponsored engaged teaching and research along with local community outreach, as well as the former Office of Service and Social Action, which facilitated opportunities for students to connect with the community, serve others and explore social-justice issues.

A terrific staff team, helmed by co-directors Norma-May Isakow and Mary Gerardy, will work closely with the faculty director in advancing various Pro Humanitate programs, initiatives and research/creative collaboration across campus and beyond.

Nominations (of oneself or another Reynolda Campus faculty member) may be submitted to Kimberly Quick, Fellow in the Office of the Provost, at quickr0@wfu.edu. They should include a current CV, and be received by October 24.

Questions may be addressed to Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost, at suttonls@wfu.edu.

Proposals funded: Jones, King, Nixon

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Congratulations to Eric Jones, assistant professor of anthropology, whose proposal entitled “A Settlement Ecology Analysis of the Ecological Factors Influencing the Spatial Distribution of Middle-Range Communities in the North Carolina Piedmont, AD 1000-1600” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Bruce King

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Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “New Reagents for Tracking Protein Oxidation in Cells by MS and Imaging Methods” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Pat Nixon

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Congratulations to Patricia Nixon, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pre-natal Events, Post-natal Consequences II (Competitive Renewal)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

 

WFU research awards increase by $1 million

microscope.300x175Despite a government shut down and more competition for limited funds, Wake Forest researchers increased awards by one million dollars over last year, according to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (OSRP).

OSRP has published its annual report for FY14. Externally sponsored awards increased by one million to $10,839,255. This total does not include fellowship support for scholarship in the social sciences and humanities.

“This total represents the second best in WFU history,” said Lori Messer, OSRP director. “FY14 was an exciting year for research and scholarly activity at the university.”

The number of departments, centers and colleges receiving externally sponsored awards increased 18 percent over last year and more than half of those that received funding received more than last year. Researchers submitted 139 proposals overall.

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September faculty publications

Aguirre, Arturo, Antolín Sánchez Cuervo, & Luis Roniger. (Politics & International Affairs). Tres estudios sobre el exilio: Condición humana, experiencia histórica y significación política. EDAF and the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. September 2014.

Dovico, Adam. (Education). Inside the Trenches: An Educator’s Guide for What You CAN Do in the Classroom. Self-published. September 2014.

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Redmond receives ‘Teacher of the Year Award’

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Education professor Mary Lynn Redmond received the Teacher of the Year Award, Higher Education, Friday, Oct. 3, at the annual conference of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC).

Each year, FLANC honors a teacher in grades K-12 and in higher education for excellence in teaching. The FLANC conference was held Oct. 2-4, 2014 in Winston-Salem, N.C. and was attended by more than 500 foreign language educators. Redmond served the organization as president in 1995-1997 and is a frequent presenter on topics related to best practices in instruction and on research in the field of world language education.

During this year’s conference, Redmond co-presented two sessions with alumni of Wake Forest’s MAEd program who are French and Spanish teachers, and she was a keynote speaker at the Saturday morning opening session.

Mary Lynn currently serves as President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Coan named law school’s asst. dean for academic engagement

14742621531_82d85c3b6e_zWake Forest law professor Tracey Banks Coan has been named the law school’s first assistant dean for academic engagement.

“Professor Coan stays on top of the literature about the best teaching and best learning techniques in legal education,” says Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77). “This new position helps insure that her insights will shape what faculty and students experience at Wake Forest Law.”

Coan teaches commercial law courses and directs the Academic Engagement Program (AEP).  The AEP enhances law students’ academic performance through skills workshops, study groups, specialized courses and individual mentoring.

“Over the years, Tracey has optimally led our academic achievement efforts and garnered huge dividends for our students and the law school,” says former Dean Blake D. Morant, who appointed Coan. “During these challenging times in legal education, Wake Forest Law has, and will continue to benefit, from Tracey’s adroit guidance and efforts.”

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WakeUnited: Live United John Champlin

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John Champlin, manager of recruitment and organizational development for human resources, volunteers for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, a partner agency of United Way of Forsyth County.

“There are so many individuals who go hungry in our community, and it is a privilege to work with institutions that help to provide food to those most in need,” says Champlin. “Most recently, I enjoyed serving on the WFU Pro Humanitate Day with alumni from the area at the food bank.”

Champlin is entering his second year on the WakeUnited Campaign Cabinet, and he co-chairs the Wake Forest Young Leaders United (YLU) group with Brooke Brown, an Alumni Giving Fellow in University advancement.

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Proposals funded: Marsh, Rejeski and Thomas

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Jack Rejeski

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Congratulations to Tony Marsh and Jack Rejeski, professors of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Stan Thomas, associate professor of computer science, whose proposal entitled “NSF/TCPP CDER Center Early Adopter Award” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Georgia State University (WFU funding agency).