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Proposals funded: Johnson, Rejeski, Thonhauser

Dan Johnson

Johnson

Congratulations to Dan Johnson, associate teaching professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy: 2015: has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Low intensity exercise intervention in perpheral artery disease” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL122846-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Northwestern University (WFU funding agency).

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor physics, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Improving Hydrogen Storage with van der Waals Density Functional Theory” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

 

Professors attend Open Thinking showcase

Pauca

Pauca

Carroll

Carroll

The showcase was held May 21 at Wake Forest Biotech Place and featured seven cutting-edge health care inventions and discoveries developed through Wake Forest Innovations. They represented a wide range of disciplines across Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University. The inventions and discoveries included:

  • Tissue-engineered internal anal sphincter for fecal incontinence
  • Drug development for the treatment of resistant acute leukemia
  • Nanoparticle-facilitated hyperthermia for cancer treatment (Carroll)
  • Drug development for the treatment of kidney stones
  • Clinical training device for ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Endotracheal tube exchanger
  • Wearable technology for assistive communication in ALS patients (Pauca)

May 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Congratulations to Kathy J. Hines for 30 years of service to the University. Hines is assistant to the dean at Wake Forest University School of Law. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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President Hatch receives Chief Executive HR Champion Award

nathan.hatch.300x175President Nathan Hatch has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 Chief Executive HR Champion Award. Recognizing that what makes an institution great are its people, this award honors a president or chancellor of a higher education institution or system who has demonstrated significant support for the institution’s human resources function.

CUPA-HR selected Hatch as the recipient because of Wake Forest’s strategic investments in the areas of employee wellbeing, leadership development, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement. CUPA-HR recognized that, in his 10 years at the helm of Wake Forest, Hatch has prioritized the resources and support necessary for the University’s human resources team to put plans into action.

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Wake Forest in ‘Class of 2016’ for reaffirmation of accreditation

The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards including those areas pictured in this slide.

The University is evaluated on nearly 100 standards, including the areas above.

Wake Forest is in the process of completing a reaffirmation of the University’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

Phil Handwerk, director of institutional research describes the process as an opportunity for self-examination that touches the entire University.

“The reaffirmation process allows us to look at how well we are doing at sustaining and supporting our institution and to determine what things we would like to improve to help us better meet our educational objectives and support the University’s mission,” says Handwerk.

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Space available for upcoming Safe Zone training sessions

Safe-Zone-Sticker-FINAL3-791x1024Space is available for Safe Zone training sessions on Thursday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 24. The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it.

Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone.

Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

Register for either class at the PDC website.

April 2015 comings and goings

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

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CER raises the bar for Commencement 2015

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 7.05.21 AMFor Wake Forest Communications and External Relations (CER), commencement planning begins early. All of CER — events, creative, digital, news and photography — begin laying the groundwork for graduation months in advance.

This year, University events, in addition to handling the distribution of 13,788 commencement tickets and managing a production schedule around campus renovation work, the team was responsible for overseeing a new commencement experience for graduates and their guests. Geni Greiner, who joined Wake Forest in February 2015, managed Commencement with her new team for the first time this year.

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Provost’s office spring grants

The Provost’s Office awarded the following grants for spring 2015:

Provost’s Fund for a Vibrant Campus:

  • Amanda Gengler and David Yamane, Health Inequalities: Social Foundations and Social Consequences, $3,360.00
  • Ulrike Wiethaus, Margaret Bender, Ross Griffith, A Cherokee Celebration and Commemoration: President James Ralph Scales and the Cherokee Heritage of Wake Forest University, $5,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Excellence:

  • Angela Mazaris, Wake Forest LGBTQ Alumni Conference, $10,000.

Provost’s Fund for Academic Innovation:

  • John Pickel, Art Department Trip to Washington, DC, $6,403.
  • Neil Walls, Muslim-Christian Dialogues: An Egyptian Pilgrimage, $12,000.
  • Kyle Denlinger, ZSRx WakeHistory: A Massive Online Learning Event for Connecting with and Contributing to our Institution’s Story, $20,000.

For more information, please visit http://provost.wfu.edu/current-faculty/faculty-resources/grants-and-funding/

Staff appreciation ‘Luau by the Falls’ scheduled for June 24

unnamedEat, listen to music, play games and bask in the sun. Come join your fellow staff members for some tropical fun!

The Staff Advisory Council and THRIVE invites all staff members to the 2015 Wake Forest Staff Appreciation Event on Wednesday, June 24.

Drop by any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Waterfall Field located in lower Reynolda Village and enjoy:

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