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Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Katula and Williams



Jeff Katula




Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Infra Red(IR) Spectroscopy for Electronic Structure Determination of Future Electronic Devices” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Katula, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “HELP PD II” 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 Richard Williams, professor physics, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: ARI-MA: Realizing high performance inorganic scintillators at low cost” has been funded by US Department of Homeland Security.

Davis honored with ‘Special Award of Distinguished Service’

20101202davis3530David Davis, a certified grounds manager at Wake Forest, received the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) Special Award of Distinguished Service during ceremonies at the Society’s 2014 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO held in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 24.

The award recognizes outstanding service from a board or committee member.

Davis was honored for organizing a community service event at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, a landmark in Winston-Salem, N.C., that had fallen into disrepair. More than 200 local residents, PGMS members and students from area colleges donated their time to help clean up much of the 13-acre site.

Read more the cemetery clean up project here.

Founded in 1911, PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development.

‘State of the University Address’ scheduled for Nov. 11

Presidents addressPresident Nathan O. Hatch will present his annual State of the University Address, sponsored by the Faculty Senate, on Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.

The Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend as President Hatch reflects on the year that has passed and anticipates the opportunities that are ahead.

Faculty & staff discount at Shorty’s and Bistro ’34 in November

November is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Month at Aramark, which means a 10 percent discount a Shorty’s and Bistro ’34. A Wake Forest University ID is required to take advantage of deal.

As a reminder, faculty and staff­ can add a meal plan to their Deacon One Card for use at a variety of campus dining locations. Visit the dining office at Reynolda Hall, Room 12 or for more information.

Cox and Lanier named employees of the year

DSC_0368Kevin Cox (MA ’81), director of crisis communications and community relations in University Advancement, and Patty Lanier, administrative coordinator for the Department of Communication, were named Employees of the Year at the Staff Rewards & Recognition Luncheon on Nov. 4.

Cox, who has held a number of leadership roles in the Office of Communications and External Relations, joined Wake Forest as a staff member in 1990. He was recognized for his calm and careful communication style, particularly in difficult situations; his ability to build strong and trusting relationships; his dedication to mentoring staff of all experience levels; and his commitment to preserving and improving the Wake Forest community. Cox currently represents Wake Forest and University Advancement on many committees and councils, including the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Council, Staff Advisory Council and University Area Neighborhood Association.

Lanier has been at Wake Forest since 1998 and was called the “heartbeat” of her department. She was recognized for taking a proactive, solutions-oriented approach to helping students, faculty and staff in the department; exercising consistently good judgment in routine activities and challenging circumstances; anticipating and planning for upcoming needs; and maintaining a smile and sense of tranquility, while keeping others on deadline.

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School of Divinity receives grant from the AAAS

ironarchThe School of Divinity has received one of ten grants awarded to theological schools by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s “Science for Seminaries” program.

The project, “Moving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education,” will enhance the school’s leading interdisciplinary Master of Divinity curriculum by integrating science into biblical studies, historical studies and theological studies.

Several courses in the Master of Divinity curriculum will undergo revision to raise awareness of the relevance of science and increase the competency of future religious leaders who can integrate knowledge and understanding of science into the public discourse of the faith communities they will lead.

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for the School of Divinity to make the most of its location at a great university like Wake Forest,” said Gail R. O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity. “Our students will be even more creative and effective religious leaders because they will be informed and articulate about the scientific perspective and contributions to the issues of our day. And it is so fitting that through this grant we can carry on the deep commitments of President Poteat and the strong history of the University in this area.”

Read more on the School of Divinity website.

Learn more about collaborative technologies

Wake Forest offers the following collaborative tools to all faculty, staff and students. 

To learn more about any of these topics, check out the Professional Development Center (PDC) for classes and webinars. If you have any questions about collaborative technologies at WFU, let us know. Visit us at The Bridge, or contact us at or 336-758-4357.

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University hires first full-time Title IX coordinator

Tanya Jachimiak has been named Wake Forest’s first full-time Title IX coordinator. Jachimiak, who most recently served as executive associate director and Title IX coordinator for the University of Illinois at Chicago, will assume her duties on Nov. 3.

Her primary responsibilities at Wake Forest will be the coordination and implementation of the University’s Title IX compliance efforts, and helping to strengthen a culture that supports a safe and respectful learning, working and living environment.

Jachimiak holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a JD from DePaul University. In her early career, she practiced employment law, including class action litigation, for more than 10 years in the private sector. She then spent six years at her undergraduate alma mater as the Title IX coordinator.

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Wake Forest featured on CBS’ ‘Innovation Nation’

carroll.300x175Physics professor Dave Carroll, director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, was featured recently on CBS’ Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation for his research team’s development of Power Felt. Power Felt is a promising new thermoelectric device that converts body heat into an electrical current.

Watch the segment here.

Comprised of tiny carbon nanotubes locked up in flexible plastic fibers and made to feel like fabric, Power Felt uses temperature differences – room temperature versus body temperature, for instance – to create a charge.

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