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Thonhauser to lead program at SciWorks on alternative fuels

Timo Thonhauser

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Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, will conduct an interactive outreach program at SciWorks science museum Friday, Nov. 21 from 9 -10 a.m. to teach school children about using alternative fuels like hydrogen. One of the highlights is a hydrogen fuel cell car that allows students to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen to form a gas that will power the car across the floor. Students from local and regional schools will be in attendance.

Thonhauser is a condensed matter theorist whose research is supported by a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which recognizes a select few junior faculty nationwide who excel as teacher-scholars.

Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc

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ZSR’s digital publishing administrator Bill Kane is offering “Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc” through the the PDC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

The course will cover how Digital Publishing @ Wake can turn digital documents into highly accessible, highly consumable, and highly mobile-friendly “listen-able” texts — enhancing teaching, learning, and reading across the classroom, campus and community.

Audio samples are available online: “Talking Text: A Readspeaker + Tizra Test Document Collection.”

For more information, contact Bill Kane at kanewp@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-6181.

Roniger serves on international academic committee

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Roniger

Luis Roniger served on the international academic committee of the University of the Republic (Uruguay) and the National University of La Plata (Argentina) organizing the Second International Congress on Southern Cone Exile, held in Montevideo on Nov. 5-7.

He was also invited by the Brazilian Political Science Association (ABCP) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation to participate in a central panel on the politics of memory and human rights at the IX Meetings of the ABCP held on Aug. 4-7 in Brasilia.

Roniger has published the book Destierro y exilio en América Latina. Nuevos estudios y avances teóricos (University Press of Buenos Aires – EUDEBA, September 2014) and co-authored “Tres estudios sobre el exilio. Condición humana, experiencia histórica y significación política (Madrid: EDAF and Mexico: Universidad de Puebla, September 2014).

Search for Z. Smith Reynolds Library Dean is underway

ZSR libraryA message from Provost Rogan Kersh

I write to you with an update on the start of the ZSR dean search. A search of this magnitude requires a prompt start to the committee’s work.  The Committee members are listed below; I know you all join me in thanking this group of colleagues for their dedicated labors. Our engagement is now getting underway.

We will soon announce a time for an open forum for University-wide discussion of opportunities and challenges facing the next Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as of the qualities we seek in that person. As with all other senior academic leadership (and faculty) searches at Wake Forest in recent years, we are conducting a national search for this vital position.

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Proposals funded: Carroll, Colyer

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Christa Colyer

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Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Organic Thermoelectrics: the matrix composite approach” has been funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Texas A & M Engineering Experiment Station (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Christa Colyer, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Ameritox-Wake Forest University Department of Chemistry Research Partnership” has been funded by the Ameritox.

Open access: What is it? Why do we need it?

molly.keener.300x175By Sara Hendricks, Wake Forest News Office intern

Access to scholarship has traditionally been reserved for those who subscribe to academic journals or those who attend or work at an institution with subscriptions. A personal subscription can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Library subscriptions run much higher, with ZSR’s most expensive journals costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what if academic research could become more accessible, more immediate and less impenetrable? This is the goal of the open access movement, which aims to provide “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment,” according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Learn more about open access

In 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Librarians’ Assembly adopted an open access policy. However, it applies only to library faculty scholarship, not all faculty scholarship, so there’s room to grow.

Misperceptions that publishing in an open access journal is less prestigious than publishing in a traditional journal abound, but Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener says some of the most respected journals are published open access.

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Attracting and keeping young talent in Winston-Salem

winston-salem.skyline.300x175Attracting young talent to Winston-Salem businesses and retaining that talent will be addressed in a panel discussion Nov. 18 presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Moderated by Maria Henson, associate vice president and editor-at-large of Wake Forest Magazine, the event will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. at Milton Rhodes Center, Reynolds Place, 251 Spruce Street. Paid parking is available at the center or on the street.

Registration is requested.

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WFU to host conference for diversity & inclusion professionals

On Nov. 21, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will serve as host to the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners (NCDIP) Annual Fall Conference. Convened by Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, this year’s conference will explore the meanings and manifestations of implicit bias in everyday professional life.

NCDIP is a consortium of diversity and inclusion, equity, human resources and multicultural affairs professionals from public and private institutions of higher education across the state. Member institutions include Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, East Carolina, UNC Charlotte, UNC Wilmington and Craven Community College.

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WakeUnited Live United: Mike Draughn

Mike-Draughn-300x175For the last two years, Mike Draughn, director of maintenance and utilities services, has served as the WakeUnited departmental coordinator for Facilities & Campus Services, but his commitment to United Way goes back a lot farther.

“Since the early ‘80s, my wife and I have made United Way our highest giving priority after our local church,” says Mike.  “It’s an honor to work with and help coordinate the folks within Facilities & Campus Services.  They are truly some of the most dedicated supporters of United Way and givers of their resources and time of any group I have been affiliated with.”

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October faculty publication announcements

Ilesanmi, Simeon O. (Religion), Win-Chiat Lee (Philosophy), & J. Wilson Parker (Law), Eds. The Rule of Law and the Rule of God. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Lanzoni, Rémi Fournier. (Romance Languages). French Comedy on Screen: A Cinematic History. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

McFall, Todd A. (Economics). The (Peculiar) Economics of NCAA Basketball. Palgrave Macmillan. October 2014.

Mitra, Ananda. (Communication). Digital DNA: Social Networking and You. Rupa Publications. September 2014.

Otteson, James R. (Business). The End of Socialism. Cambridge University Press. October 2014.

Wood, John H. (Economics). Central Banking in a Democracy: The Federal Reserve and its Alternatives (Routledge Explorations in Economic History series). Routledge. October 2014.