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Creative teaching in biology class includes a ‘pool quiz’

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUsually, taking a quiz requires paper and pencil. For biology course 311 and 312, snorkels and bathing suits were also in order.

Graduate student Ben Perlman, who co-teaches the sections on Ecology and Conservation of Coral Reefs with biology professors Miriam Ashley-Ross and Miles Silman, has been giving the “pool quiz” the past three years to prepare students for an annual spring break study trip to Belize and the lighthouse reef atoll located off its coast.

“I do this to help get my students prepared for all the different fishes and corals we’re going to see in the wild,” he said. “It’s a really fun activity just to get them used to their snorkel gear, and, for some students, it’s their first time snorkeling so it gives them practice.”

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Faculty & staff ‘happy hour’ Monday

unnamedCome celebrate the arrival of spring at the first faculty and staff happy hour of the semester!

Monday, March 23, 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Zick’s!

Please join colleagues from across campus, and make sure to be there for a special announcement from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County.

IF Labs: Inventing Futures – A maker festival

iflabs.300x175Organized by Lynn Book and students in her entrepreneurship and social enterprise class and as part of the 10 Year Celebration of ICE, IF LABs is a week-long festival from March 24-27 designed to shine a light on acts of making – and even what making itself means – here, now and into the next.

True to form, this boundary expanding event reflects the rigor and inventive energy that ICE and Wake Forest has become known for, and invites the campus and community to experience a fresh palette of creativity and innovation towards inventing futures shaped with imagination and purpose.

Any and all creative explorers can sign up for micro labs and hands-on workshops, to see performances, and to join stimulating discussions about 21st century creativity with a diverse mix of students, faculty, community members, staff and featured national and international guest ‘provocateurs’.

In one, two and three hour time slots, participants will have the opportunity to design and build, improvise and perform, make a scene and make a plan. Local leaders and global visionaries will engage methods and techniques from ancient to contemporary, digital to experiential, improbable to entrepreneurial. You will also encounter performances, artist talks and demonstrations that are sure to inspire.

The Wake Forest, Winston-Salem and larger communities are welcome! Click here for more information. Register for workshops here. A complete schedule with workshop locations is available here.

Inspiring stories: U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes at WFU

roadshow.300x175Elana Meyers Taylor, U.S. bobsled olympian, and Rico Roman, U.S. sled hockey paralympian, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 24 in Wait Chapel from 6-7 p.m. as part of the Deloitte Team USA Road Show event. The event is free and open to Wake Forest faculty, staff and students.

As a proud sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Deloitte is collaborating with the USOC to give the Wake Forest community a unique glimpse into the lives and triumphs of Team USA, whose commitment and sheer hard work has taken them to the top of their game.

Deloitte employees nominate colleges and universities to host their traveling Team USA Road Show. Wake Forest was one of 10 schools selected. Other schools hosting the Team USA Road Show are Baylor University, Bentley University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Michigan State University, New York University, University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Illinois.

Watch this brief video to learn more about the experience

Register to attend by emailing Liz Hannah at

Wake ‘N Shake’s 10th Anniversary, faculty & staff needed!

wakenshake.300x175Wake ‘N Shake, Wake Forest’s 12-hour dance marathon benefiting the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund, brings the campus community together to support those affected by cancer. The tenth annual Wake ‘N Shake will be held on March 21 from noon-midnight in Reynolds Gym.

This year Wake ‘N Shake is bringing the cause back to its roots by celebrating its last decade of success, and more than 1,100 students have registered.

The event is open to the entire campus community — faculty, staff and students. It’s an occasion to fight a disease that has touched each of us in some way. Please consider the following options to join and make a difference in the fight against cancer:

  • Register to participate on March 21 (more details available here)
  • Support a student participant by donating to him/her
  • Donate to the cause in general though the regular donation portal
  • Download the App for updates on the day’s progression (more details available here)

If you have any questions about faculty and staff involvement at Wake ‘N Shake, please email for information. Be sure to visit the Wake ‘N Shake website, like Wake ‘N Shake on Facebook and follow Wake ‘N Shake on Twitter and Instagram @wfuWakeNShake

BCBSNC seed grants support health, wellness research across campus

Wake Forest University’s associate provost of research has announced the faculty recipients of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) seed grants to support research on health and wellbeing.

“The research being supported with these grants has sustainability potential and will have a great impact on many people’s lives,” said Bruce King, associate provost of research at the university.

Last year, BCBSNC partnered with Wake Forest University to create a model for health and wellbeing that included seed money for faculty research in these areas. Four grants, for $50,000 each, were awarded to Mark Jensen, School of Divinity; Mark Hall, School of Law; Jeff Katula, Health and Exercise Science; and Christine Soriano, Theater and Dance.

Additionally, the initial BCBSNC gift supports the transformation of Reynolds Gym into a comprehensive center for wellbeing, has funded a new director of wellbeing position and will support Wake Forest’s approach to wellbeing across eight dimensions – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, occupational, and environmental – under the Thrive umbrella.

The seed money will support the following research projects:

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HELPS TLC accepting applications for April health program

Walking-picA message from the HELPS TLC team

Spring cleaning is a great time to replace the old with the new, but spring doesn’t have to be just about cleaning and reorganizing! Spring is also a great time to think about healthy habits and consider replacing the old “bad” habits with new “healthy” ones.

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.

What will you receive? Individualized assessments, therapies and follow-up; dietary intake is assessed through computer-analyzed food records; supervised exercise sessions at our conveniently located monitored exercise facility; weekly small group sessions will be held on campus in Reynolds Gym 210.

Who will be helping you? The HELPS TLC staff consists of an exercise physiologist, registered nutritionist and health psychologist who work together to teach you behavioral strategies for the management of physical activity and eating.

We are currently taking applications for the next group which will start in April.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Andrea Cox via email at or by phone at 758-5853. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Proposals funded: Carroll, Messier, Silman, Zanish-Belcher

Congratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Ljus Magna Development” and “Ljus OLEV Development” has been funded by the Ljus, Inc.

Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “The Runner’s and Injury Longitudinal Study (TRAILS): Injury Recover Supplemental” has been funded by the US Department of Defense.

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Ecosystem effects and carbon content of Amazonian bamboo-dominated forests” has been funded by the NASA.

Congratulations to Tanya Zanish-Belcher, director of special collection/archivist, whose proposal entitled “Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions” has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Free babysitting night for children of faculty & staff

beetles.300x175Wake Forest PanHellenic is hosting a faculty and staff babysitting night in Benson University Center, Room 401 on Friday, March 20, from 5-9 p.m.for children ages 4-12. Children will be grouped by age for a fun night of games, movies and activities.

The Panhellenic Council is a board consisting of representatives from nine sororities on campus. Women from all sororities on the council will be coming together to provide a fun “night out” for children 4-12 years old. This event is to show our appreciation for faculty and staff.

There is no charge for the evening. Children must be toilet trained.

Register at:

Contact Arianne McArdle, vice president of civic engagement, with any questions at

Retired administrator James Cook Jr. dies

James B. Cook Jr. (’44), an administrator on the old and new campuses, died Feb. 15, 2015, in Chester, Va. He was 91.

Cook joined the faculty in 1944 as an instructor in chemistry before moving into administrative roles. He served as assistant to the bursar (treasurer) from 1947 to 1958 and assistant treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees from 1960 to 1967.

“He was a very important member of what at that time was a very small administration,” Provost Emeritus Edwin G. Wilson (’43) said. “He retained a deep affection for Wake Forest throughout his life and frequently returned to both Wake Forest campuses for a visit.”

After leaving Wake Forest, Cook was a budget analyst and senior advisor in the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget. He retired in 2004.

A native of LaCrosse, Va., Cook was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Wake Forest and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a master’s degree in chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is survived by a sister, a brother, three nephews and three nieces.

Your can find the full obituary here: