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Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Kiang, Silman and Villalba



Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Spintronics for Novel Device Application and Metrology Advancement” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Lisa Kiang


Congratulations to Lisa Kiang, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Gratitude, Well-being, and the Decline of Materialism: A Cross-cultural Study of Character Formation in Children and Adolescents” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] UNC-Greensboro (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman


Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of mountains, landscape, and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).



Congratulations to Jose Villalba, associate dean for faculty recruitment, diversity and inclusion, whose proposal entitled “Latino Parents Learning about College (LaP-LAC) program” has been funded by the Katie B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

Magnolias Project: Applications due April 15

top_image1The Office of Sustainability and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES) invite you to enhance your teaching and engagement with sustainability issues by participating in the Magnolias Project May 12-13 on the Wake Forest campus. No prior experience with sustainability-related issues in the classroom or in research is necessary, and faculty at all ranks and career stages are welcome.

This innovative approach to curricular change, modeled on the nationally renowned Piedmont Project (Emory University) and Ponderosa Project (Northern Arizona University), provides faculty with an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience to pool their expertise. Faculty who would like to develop a new course module or an entirely new course that engages issues of sustainability and the environment are encouraged to apply.

Detailed information is available on the project’s webpage. Applications are due April 15. Participants will earn a $500 stipend.

WakeUnited: Live United Ryan Janvion

Janvion.Ryan.300x175Ryan Janvion, a business enterprise management major from Miami, Fla., is deeply involved at Wake Forest because he wants to make a difference.

Janvion, a member of the Wake Forest football team, is active in Athletes in Action and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which often participates in community service events.

“Some of my activities include speaking at different schools around Winston-Salem to encourage students to chase their dreams and rise up to the challenges they will face throughout their journeys,” says Janvion. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the United Way and believe what it does for the community really has an impact on many lives for the better.”

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March 2015 staff milestones

Congratulations to James Reid Morgan, senior vice president and general counsel, for 35 years of service to Wake Forest! Below is a complete list of March 2015 staff milestones.

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Chief of police one of 25 to meet with Congress on campus safety

Regina Lawson, Wake Forest University, Chief of Police and Vickie Weaver, Immediate Past President of IACLEA enroute to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

WFU Chief of Police Regina Lawson and Vickie Weaver, immediate past president of IACLEA, head out to meet with U. S. Senator Richard Burr.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) 8th annual Capitol Hill Day was held on March 26, Washington, DC. Each year, IACLEA has selected a delegation of representatives to participate in the event. This year, Wake Forest Chief of University Police Regina Lawson was selected.

Twenty-five IACLEA members and colleagues from the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) from 16 states and the District of Columbia participated in about 70 meetings with members of Congress or their staffers to discuss current trends and challenges in campus law enforcement. Topics of discussion included:

  • Regulatory Reform – The Clery Act was passed almost 25 years ago to provide crime statistics on college and university campuses so that prospective and current students would know about safety on campus. The Act grew to include requirements for emergency drills and other related issues. The law is less than 10 pages yet the regulations implementing the law and the associated handbook require more than 600 pages.
  • Gender Violence on Campus – Gender violence and harassment are unacceptable crimes. Estimates are that four of five incidents go unreported and that means campus public safety has no way to investigate and, when warranted, proceed to bring the alleged perpetrator to court or an administrative body for justice.
  • National Center for Campus Public Safety – As a resource for college and university first responders, this new center will conduct research, create an information clearinghouse and provide training to support campus law enforcement.
  • The Sean Collier Bill – If passed, the law would provide equity in death benefits to the families of sworn officers who are employed at private institutions. Sean Collier was the MIT campus police officer killed in the line of duty during the search for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. IACLEA President David Perry presented the 2015 Congressional Champion Award to U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York in recognition for his strong support for campus public safety and, in particular, the Sean Collier Bill.

“It was an honor to be selected as a delegate to attend the IACLEA conference and to discuss with lawmakers important issues that affect campus safety both nationally and locally at Wake Forest University,” said Lawson.

February 2015 comings and goings

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


Brown, Amanda Kate; Visitor Experience Specialist; Reynolda House: Store
Dillon, Lawrence M.; Adjunct; Music
Dragoni, Lisa ; Associate Prof., Management; WFUSB-Instruction
Featherstone, Amber Danielle; Dir., International Programs; Law: Admissions
Greiner, Geni H; Executive Dir, University Events; Advancement
Hartzog, Rebecca Glen; Protection Officer; Reynolda House: Security
Magee, Benjamin Ryan; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
McEnany, Michael Patrick; Tutor; Athletics: Student Athletes Svcs
Pate, Mary Kinsey; Coordinator, Athletic Comm; Athletics: Media Relations
Payne, Seth Cornell; Recruiting Assistant; Athletics: Football
Schuyler, Joshua Trey; Technician; Advancement: Information Systems
Shoaf, Edwin Innes; Health Law & Policy Res. Asst.; Law: Instruction
Shriver, Dawn Wagner; Administrative Coodinator; WFUSB-Administration
Wheelock, Jennifer R.; Adjunct; Divinity: Vocational Development
Whicker, Courtney Alexandra; Outreach Coordinator; Bioethics

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Iconic buildings in Winston-Salem to shine light on autism

350px-LightItUpBlue-logoABC of NC Child Development Center in partnership with Autism Speaks, and local corporate and civic partners will “Light It Up Blue” during the month of April in commemoration of Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day on April 2.

Throughout the month of April, many of Winston-Salem’s most iconic buildings (and iconic buildings around the globe) will — literally and figuratively — shine a light on autism by illuminating their facades in blue tones.

April 1 and April 2 Wake Forest University will participate by lighting up Wait Chapel with blue lights.

Follow #LIUB to look for photos of landmarks as they “Light It Up Blue” for Autism Awareness Month.

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Proposals funded in CNS, CSC, HES, HST, and PHY



Congratulations to Philip Clarke, assistant professor of counseling, whose proposal entitled “Care Train Project” has been funded by the Wake Forest University Health Sciences.



Congratulations to Robert Hellyer, associate professor of history, whose proposal entitled “The Civil Wars of Japan’s Meiji Restoration and National Reconciliation Global Historical Perspectives” has been funded by the Japan Foundation.



Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor physics, whose proposal entitled “Antidote for inhaled CO poisoning based on mutationally engineered neuroglobin” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL125886-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

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Historian Ed Hendricks was part of Wake Forest history

20090512.hendricks.495x260By Kerry King, Wake Forest Magazine

Much of J. Edwin Hendricks’ life story can be gleaned from the last four digits of his home telephone number: 1834.

It seems fitting that those four numbers – the year of Wake Forest’s founding – belonged to a historian who loved Wake Forest’s history and who was one of the longest serving professors in the University’s history.

Hendricks, who retired in 2009, died March 27 in Winston-Salem. He was 79.

“He was one of the most gentle, intelligent, considerate people I have ever known,” said Chris Hendricks, one of his three children. “He loved his students and Wake Forest.”

Hendricks’ 48 years on the faculty was second only to psychology professor Bob Beck, who retired the same year. “Over the years, I was frequently asked what I teach at Wake Forest,” Hendricks said in an interview when he retired. “I regret that I resisted the temptation to respond, ‘Why, I teach Wake Forest students.’ They were always what the process was all about.”

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Wake Forest hosts professional development conference

champlin.conference.300x175Wake Forest’s Professional Development Center welcomed attendees for the 5th Annual Professional and Organizational Development Conference held March 8-10. The event was an opportunity for colleagues to network, share best practices, and collaborate on various professional and organizational topics.

What began as a small gathering of colleagues in 2011 has grown to a nationally-recognized conference, drawing learning and organizational development professionals from 28 higher education institutions from the U.S. and Canada.

The event began with “The PDC Story,” an opportunity for attendees to learn more about WFU’s Professional Development Center and its programs. The group then moved to Zick’s for a welcome reception on one of the first beautiful spring evenings of the year. After dining and conversing on the patio overlooking Hearn Plaza, the conference case study was introduced, and participants were given time to discuss the case with their diverse groups.

Click here to learn more about the conference and here to view conference photos.