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Bioethics Semester Online course show & tell

Spring 2014 marked the launch of Wake Forest’s first Semester Online course, “Introduction to Bioethics.” Biology professor Carole Browne, the instructor for the online class offered to qualified college students from anywhere in the world, will walk alumni, faculty, students and staff through her lesson plan and share her experiences teaching in this environment on Monday, March 3 from 12-1 p.m.

“Introduction to Bioethics” explores contemporary issues in bioethics, including responsible conduct in research, implications of technological advances in biology, environmental issues and controversies in health care and medical practices. Browne is currently running two sections of the course, one fully online for Semester Online students and one blended for Wake Forest students.

The event will take place in Reynolda 301. Faculty may bring a lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP via this link http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/p7586VB4V6n/.

Wake Forest joined the Semester Online Consortium in September 2013. The first-of-its-kind program offers for-credit undergraduate courses through a consortium of top-tier universities.

Semester Online’s roster of nationally renowned colleges and universities includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis in addition to Wake Forest.

The full news release announcing the new initiative is posted on the Wake Forest news site.

 

Google email delays for faculty and staff

Information Systems is working with Google to resolve a problem with the delivery of email messages to faculty and staff today. A fraction of email messages are not being delivered promptly but are being held for delayed delivery. At this time, there is no estimated time of resolution.

Please check the Information Systems status line at 336-758-4357, option 1, for regular updates about this issue.

180th Founders’ Day Celebration

20140220convocation2873On Feb. 20, the Wake Forest community gathered together in Wait Chapel to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the founding of the University at Founders’ Day Convocation. The annual event recognizes student leaders and honors faculty for teaching, research and service.

Read more about the award winners »

Upcoming GateKeepers Workshop

Would you like to participate in an upcoming GateKeepers workshop? The GateKeepers Workshop Series was developed to equip each member of our community with the intercultural skills that are necessary for working in a diverse and inclusive environment. To date, more than 1,200 faculty, staff and students have participated in the program.  Click here to learn about some of their experiences.

Registration for GateKeepers 1, 2 and 3 is now available, and we welcome you to sign up today. If you have already completed the workshop series, please share this email with others and/or register for a refresher.

GateKeepers 1: Enhancing Our Community Through Inclusion

(Lunch & Learn)

March 27 | Reynolda Hall 301, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Register at https://pdc.wfu.edu/event/7590/

GateKeepers 2: Cross-Cultural Conflict & Dialogue

February 27 | Benson University Center 401, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

April 11 | Benson University Center 401, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Register at http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/769/

GateKeepers 3: Contact Theory & Dialogue

(Lunch & Learn)

April 21 | Reynolda Hall 301, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Register at http://pdc.wfu.edu/event/7591/

Reynolda Village invites all faculty, staff to Wake the Village

WTV LogoReynolda Village invites all faculty and staff to Wake the Village on Saturday, March 1. Shop, dine, and explore while enjoying exclusive discounts upon showing a Deacon Onecard:

  • 15% Off at Village Tavern (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • 15% Off Dinner at Silo (excluding alcoholic beverages)
  • 10% Off Breakfast & Lunch/15% Off Dinner at Pane e Vino
  • 15% Off & FREE Truffle with Purchase at Black Mountain Chocolate
  • 10% Off at Gourmet Olive Branch
  • 10% Off Selected Artwork & Accessories at Village Smith Galleries
  • $25 Off a Purchase of $100 or more at J.McLaughlin
  • 20% Off at Monkee’s of the Village
  • 10% Off at The Little General
  • 50% Off Any One Service at European Touch Day Spa (Coupon to be used anytime)
  • 20% Off at K-9 Doggie Bakery & Boutique (excluding Dog & Cat Food)
  • 20% Off a Painting or Pottery Session at Uncorked Masterpiece
  • 20% Off Any Full Price Item at McCall’s
  • 15% Off at M. Christopher

Book signing by historian Anthony Parent

20110214mesda2254History professor Anthony Parent will sign copies of his book, Foul Means; The Formation of a Slave Society in Virginia, 1660-1740 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Old Salem Visitor Center.

The book signing will be part of Heritage Festival, a day of storytelling, historic tours, crafts, music and more in Old Salem to celebrate Black History month. Officially started at Kent State University in February 1970, Black History month highlights the history, art and culture of African Americans.

Parent’s book, originally published in 2003 and now available in an e-book format for the Kindle, is an account of Virginia’s small but powerful planter class that intentionally brought racial slavery to the colony during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Parent will be signing copies starting at 11 a.m.

For information on all the Heritage Festival activities at Old Salem open the link below.

http://www.oldsalem.org/heritage-fest.html

Amazon Gold wins in Paris

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Wake Forest biology professor Miles Silman

Amazon Gold, a nationally acclaimed documentary made with the help of Wake Forest faculty and students, is the recipient of the International Environmental Film Festival’s first annual Green Film Network Award.

Sarah DuPont (P ’05), the film’s producer and a member of the College Board of Visitors, and director Reuben Aaronson received the award and a prize of 5,000 euros on Feb. 4 at the opening ceremony of the festival in Paris, France.

Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold depicts the devastating effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon forests of South America. Wake Forest faculty and students affiliated with the Sustainability Clinic at the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) consulted on the film for scientific content and performed on the ground scouting of locations in Peru.

The film was nominated for the award at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C. It was one of 11 films nominated by major environmental film festivals around the world to represent the best of environmental documentary filmmaking from each country. An international jury of film professionals selected Amazon Gold as the winner.

Professor of biology and CEES Director Miles Silman, who has spent his career conducting research in the Peruvian rainforest and was a scientific advisor and promoter for the film, said stopping the effects of illegal gold mining in the Amazon is an integral part of slowing the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

“The film has catalyzed a huge change in the politics of gold mining in Peru and internationally,” Silman said. “It is both interesting and hard to overstate its impact.”

Wake Forest to Host TEDx: Daring to Endeavor

Wake Forest is hosting TEDx, an independently organized event licensed by TED, on Feb. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The event will feature nine thought leaders ranging from the CEO of the Wall Street Journal’s 2013 startup of the year to the founder of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. Presenters, who will each give a talk lasting no longer than 18-minutes, include:

  • Dr. Eric Tomlinson, President of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and Chief Innovation Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
  • Vic Howie, founder of the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., whose mission is to create the “perfect playground for both children and adults.”
  • Greg Merril, Founder and CEO of Brain Sentry, a company that builds helmet-mounted sensors to detect concussions and was named The Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year in 2013.
  • Kevin Novak, the Data Modeling & Analysis Lead at Uber, one of the fastest growing private companies in America.

A complete list of speakers is available on the TEDxWakeForestU website.

The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

“TEDx is part of a global movement to explore the unknown, discover a passion, take action, and better our community,” said senior Yana Klein, a student TEDx organizer. “It’s an honor for Wake Forest to host this engaging and progressive event. We want to encourage local and regional community members to join us. Our goal is to fill all 2,000 available seats in Wait Chapel.”

“The talks at a TEDx event are inspirational,” said Polly Black, professor of practice and director of Wake Forest’s Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. “Each one on its own is an ‘idea worth spreading.’ Together, the talks can inspire the audience to combine ideas in new ways.”

Registration and tickets for Wake Forest’s TEDx event are available online here. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for non-WFU students, and free for Wake Forest University students, faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Registration for TedX is required for entry. 

EAP’s Lib Edwards to speak at SAC meeting

Lib.Edwards.150x150Lib Edwards, director of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), will speak at the Feb. 25 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). Open to all staff, the meeting is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 C/D.

Edwards will discuss how the EAP, with its trained counselors, provides professional assessment, referral and follow up services for personal/emotional concerns on such matters as:

— Family and marital problems
— Emotional distress such as anxiety, grief and depression
— Alcohol and other drugs
— Stress at work or home
— Problems with children and teenagers

For more information about the Staff Advisory Council and to sign up for the SAC newsletter, visit http://sac.wfu.edu.

Wake Forest  is committed to assisting faculty and staff members with their wellness goals. There are several programs offered to benefit eligible faculty and staff members to help save time, reduce stress and stay healthy. Find out more on HR’s Wellbeing and Work-Life website.

Celebrate Chopin’s Birthday at BioTech Place

chopin.150x150Pamela Howland, part-time instructor in music, will perform “Night Music, Part Two” on Feb. 28 to kick off the Chopin Birthday Festival: From Warsaw to Winston-Salem, which begins March 1.

The festival will be held in BioTech Place from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Musicians from schools in the Winston-Salem area will perform Chopin’s piano music. There will also be dancing, a film screening and a birthday toast in honor of Chopin.

“My goal for the Chopin Festival is to present a unique, colorful, fun and engaging celebration for Winston-Salem,” said Howland.

For more information about Chopin’s Birthday Festival, read the Winston-Salem Monthly.