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Proposals funded: Bonin, Jones, Marsh

Keith Bonin


Congratulations to Keith Bonin, department chair and professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Real-Time Dopamine Signaling and Ethanol Drinking Behavior” 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 Amanda Jones, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Mechanism as a Driving Force in Gold (l) Catalyzed Alkyne Functionalizations” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).





Congratulations to Tony Marsh, professor health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Physical Exercise to Prevent Disability Pilot Study – LIFE Field Center” 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 Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Trial of Vitamin D Supplementation and Neuromuscular Function in Older Adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford to speak Oct. 20

reckford.200x275Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), will speak on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall at Scales Fine Arts Center.  HFHI is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped more than five million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes in more than 70 countries.

The event is free and open to the public. The speech will also be livestreamed.

Reckford is coming to Wake Forest for participation in The Leadership Project. This initiative is designed to celebrate the many ways leadership development is taught and inspired at Wake Forest and to engage members of our community with compelling personal leadership stories from a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

Reckford, the author of “Habitat for Humanity: No Hands but Yours,” was appointed CEO of HFHI in 2005. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business before spending much of his career in the for-profit sector.

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Locklair’s “Requiem” to be performed at St. Paul’s Church

The world premiere of Dan Locklair’s “Requiem,” for SATB chorus, soloists, string orchestra and organ will be given on Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. as a part of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.  Locklair is professor of music at Wake Forest.

Performers will include the St. Paul’s Choir, guest soloists and string orchestra members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Cummins, organist/choirmaster of St. Paul’s.

“Begun in 2012, ‘Requiem’ was completed on April 3, 2015 (Good Friday) and is dedicated to the memory of my parents,” Locklair said. “In nine movements and approximately 40 minutes in length, the texts for Requiem are all in English and are drawn from both the traditional Requiem Mass as well as from The Book of Psalms.”

This event is free and open to the public. Directions to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at For more program information, call 336-723-4391, Ext. 1401.



ACE Fellows announced for 2015-16

Twelve Wake Forest faculty members have been named to the University’s 2015-2016 class of Academic Community Engagement (ACE) Fellows.

In its 17th year, the ACE Fellowship program provides support for selected faculty members interested in integrating some form of community engagement into classes. Each year, up to 12 fellows are selected by the faculty director of the ACE Fellows Program, the ACE Advisory Council, the director of the Teaching and Learning Center and the Dean of the College.

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Panhellenic Council offers babysitting on Oct. 9

In appreciation of Wake Forest faculty and staff, the University’s Panhellenic Council is hosting a babysitting night for their children.  It will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Benson University Center, Room 401.

Children ages four to 12 are eligible for participation.  The Panhellenic Council has scheduled a night of games, movies and more for the children.

Click here to register for the babysitting night out.

Beavers receives prestigious NIH award

Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, has been awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award. It’s the first K01 awarded to a junior research faculty member on the Wake Forest campus.

Wake Forest new faculty headshots, Thursday, August 14, 2014. Kristen Beavers.

K01 awards are designed to promote the career development of the recipient based on their past training and career stage. The award provides support and protected time for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences – ultimately leading to research independence.

Beavers’ K01 award is in the amount of $473,549 for four years and requires a 75 percent research commitment. Broadly, her areas of study and research interest include nutrition and exercise as they relate to the prevention of disease and disability in older adults. During the K01 award, her research will specifically focus on bone health of older adults. To do so, she has developed an ancillary study to the Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Program II (CLIP II), an ongoing 18-month randomized clinical trial evaluating the effect of exercise modality during weight loss on muscle function and strength in 249 obese older adults with cardiovascular disease or metabolic syndrome.

Beavers will be studying how weight loss affects bone health in a subset of these older adults by collecting baseline and 18-month computed tomography scans to look at changes in bone thickness, density and strength.

Prior to joining the Wake Forest faculty two years ago, Beavers was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and worked on several research studies involving weight loss in older adults and its effect on muscle and fat.

“By focusing this research project on the effect of weight loss on bone health, this opportunity will help me round out my prior experience and knowledge of the clinical effects of weight loss on body composition in older adults,” said Beavers.

Beavers’ primary mentor is Stephen Kritchevsky, principal investigator of the Wake Forest Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, one of 13 such centers supported by the National Institute on Aging. He is an epidemiologist specializing in nutrition, chronic disease and physical function in older adults and has led many multi-center observational studies and clinical trials focused on the functional health of older adults. Her mentoring team also includes W. Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science at Wake Forest who is the principal investigator of the CLIP II trial. He is an NIH investigator on more than 10 randomized clinical trials, studying aspects of health weight loss and physical activity in older adults.

“Bone health is a strategic priority for our Aging Center and was specifically identified by our external advisory board as an area for development,”Kritchevsky wrote in a letter of support for the award. “I couldn’t be more pleased that a scientist of Kristen’s caliber is taking it on.”

Beavers has received numerous grants, published in multiple journals, and has contributed to a textbook on nutritional supplements in sports and exercise.  She is also a registered dietician and is certified as a personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.

Important details released regarding Brad Paisley show

This message was distributed by e-mail to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 2 by Communications and External Relations:

Country music performer Brad Paisley will perform free for the Wake Forest community on Manchester Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 10, prompting temporary changes regarding parking, traffic flow, campus access and building access to accommodate the event. Those changes will begin taking effect at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.  Most remain in place until Sunday morning, Oct. 11.

The concert, which will also include country music performer Eric Paslay, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at approximately 10 p.m.  It is a rain or shine event.

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Free flu vaccine offered to faculty, staff and more

Wake Forest will offer free flu vaccine to faculty, staff, retirees and others in October at various University locations.

Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield may obtain the free flu vaccine, too.  An insurance card is required for them.

Dates for the flu vaccine clinic are Oct. 5, 6, 8, 12, 13 and 14.  For details and to register, click here.

Anyone with questions may email or call 758-4700.

Tedford explains how library supports student research


Rosalind (Roz) Tedford, director of research and instruction at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, was interviewed, recently, by SAGE Connection about how the library supports the student research process.

The piece is titled, “Connecting with the Community: Roz Tedford on Librarians’ support of the Research Process.”

President to present State of the University Address

President Nathan Hatch will deliver his annual State of the University Address, at the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President Wilson Parker, on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall.  The Senate invites all faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the past decade, speaks about Wake Forest today, and anticipates opportunities and challenges ahead.

A reception will immediately follow in the lobby of Brendle Recital Hall, to which all are invited.