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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

David Carroll

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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.

Mary Robinson to speak at spring ‘Voices of Our Time’ event

mary.robinson.300x175Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will speak at Wake Forest University at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 in Wait Chapel as part of the University’s Voices of Our Time speaker series, which recently featured acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar Michelle Alexander.

Robinson’s address is being presented in conjunction with a two-day interdisciplinary symposium, “The Human Face of Environmental Inequality,” jointly sponsored by the Wake Forest University Humanities Institute, the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Human Rights and Global Justice research group, an affiliate of the Humanities Institute. The symposium will be held at Wake Forest on March 26 and 27.

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New year, new You! Join Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC)

walkingMake plans now to support your New Year’s Resolution of a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether your goal is to eat a healthier diet, stop smoking, lose weight or walk three miles a day, the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) program can help!

What is HELPS TLC? HELPS TLC is a medically directed, professionally supervised program designed to help WFU employees develop a healthy and active lifestyle using exercise and education.

What is the cost? The cost will be covered by Wake Forest.

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Proposals funded: Beavers, Carroll, Marsh

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Beavers

Congratulations to Kristen Beavers, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Research Career Development Core Award: Effects of Exercise Modality During Weight Loss on Bone Health 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).

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Power Generating Coverings” has been funded by NASA and by {subaward/subcontract from] Streamline Automation (WFU funding agency).

Tony Marsh

Marsh

Congratulations to Anthony Marsh, professor of 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).