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Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Lee, Rejeski

Kim-Shapiro

Kim-Shapiro

Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Antidote for inhaled CO poisoning based on mutationally engineered neuroglobin” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01HL125886-02 and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

 

 

Wake Forest political science professor Wei-chin Lee in his Tribble Hall office on Monday, March 21, 2011.

Lee

Congratulations to Wei-chin Lee, professor of politics and international affairs, whose proposal entitled “International Conference and Associated Programs [Cayuse 16-0041]” has been funded by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office.

 

 

Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAhead Extension” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Applications available to faculty and staff for summer institute

This is a guest post from Jose’ Villalba, associate dean of the College:

Please consider joining your colleagues for the first Summer Institute for Intercultural Professional Development and Pedagogy, June 15 and 16, at the Graylyn International Conference Center. This 2-day retreat, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is intended for faculty and staff across the Reynolda campus who are interested in better understanding campus climate concerns, diversity and inclusion practices, and connecting with a broad range of colleagues. The retreat will provide the space and time necessary to deliberately explore pedagogical ideas, philosophical differences, and personal accounts related to issues of diversity and inclusion in collegiate settings, including but not limited to student experiences, the cultural context of student-faculty-staff relationships, and the experiences of those who play crucial (and sometimes forgotten) roles in shaping our campus and greater community.

Attendees will need to commit to spending 2 days and 1 night in this retreat-like setting at the Graylyn International Conference Center. The intent behind this requirement rests in the strong belief that an uninterrupted opportunity to “sit” with these complex issues will help clarify paths to move forward as we all strive to make Wake Forest University the type of community that values the different voices, experiences, and perspectives that make up our extended community.

All food and single-occupancy lodging expenses for participants will be covered by the Provost’s office; however, funding is only available for 20 participants. Consequently an application (see link below) needs to be completed in order to be considered for this opportunity. And all interested individuals must complete their application by April 30th, 2016. You will be notified of your application status no later than May 15th. And please understand that once you have accepted an invitation to participate in the Institute, you will be expected to attend.

If you have any questions about the Institute, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Thanks again for all that you do for our greater campus community.
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Cassidy named executive director for campus fitness, recreation

Joe Cassidy has been named as the inaugural executive director for campus fitness and recreation.  He joins the University’s staff April 11.joe cassidy

“The position was created, in part, to provide leadership to make the renovated Reynolds Gym a world-class recreation center and hub for wellbeing on campus,” announced Penny Rue, vice president for campus life.

As executive director, Cassidy’s responsibilities include providing visionary leadership, supervision and management of campus recreation facilities and programs, including intramural sports, club sports, outdoor programs and aquatics.  He will play a central role in developing creative, state-of-the-art programs and services that benefit the campus community.

As an executive director, he will serve as a member of the Campus Life leadership team.

Most recently, Cassidy served for five years as director of the Rensselaer Union at Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, where his responsibilities included the supervision of recreation.

“He served for 10 years in progressive, student-centered leadership positions at Dartmouth University, where he also led the oldest and most extensive outdoor education program in the country,” Rue said.

Earlier, Cassidy served for 13 years as director of the LaFortune Center and student activities at the University of Notre Dame.  He also held positions at Lehigh and Eastern Illinois universities.

Cassidy received a Bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine University, a Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois and a MBA degree at Notre Dame.

Staff Advisory meeting April 13

Three speakers are scheduled for the April 13 meeting of the Staff Advisory Council.

Speakers will include Andrea Ellis, assistant vice president for innovation; Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design; and a representative of Human Resources.

All staff are invited to the meeting, which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Benson University Center, Room 401 B/D.

Suicide prevention training blitz begins April 11

This is a guest post from the Wake Forest University Counseling Center:

From April 11 to April 15, the Wake Forest University Counseling Center will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Training each day in hopes of training over 250 people during the week.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come learn how to identify and help members of our community who are most in need of mental health services.

Wake Forest University Counseling Center (UCC) staff are trained in suicide prevention and utilize the evidence-based CampusConnect:  A Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers from Syracuse University. UCC staff train members of the WFU community (faculty, staff, & students) to recognize and respond to individuals who may be struggling with mental health concerns and suicidal thoughts/behaviors. This training will equip you to understand signs of depression and possible suicidality and have preliminary conversations with a person about what you observe while managing your own anxiety and discomfort with the topic, culminating with skills on making a referral to appropriate professionals.

Click here to register for the training.

Sullivan to moderate Tech Council panel on internships

Patrick Sullivan will moderate an off-campus panel discussion April 15 on “Creating and Nurturing Internship Programs to Help Your Business Grow.”  Sullivan is an associate director in the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development.

Free and open to the public, the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at SciWorks at 400 W. Hanes Mill Road in Winston-Salem.  Registration is requested.

The panel discussion is part of the Tech Council’s speaker series, which presents a series of speakers or panel discussions throughout each year.  The Tech Council is associated with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists will include Sharon Joyner-Payne of Inmar Inc, Bruce Sherman of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools, Patricia Shugart of Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. and LaMonica Sloan of Winston-Salem State University.

Panelists will offer practical advice on how to start or develop internships at businesses.

Proposals funded: Brubaker, Doorn-Harder, Williams

Peter Brubaker

Brubaker

Congratulations to Peter Brubaker, professor of health & exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to heart failure: Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL127028-01 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

 

Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Doorn-Harder

Congratulations to Nelly van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, whose proposal entitled “Women strengthening pluralist co-existence in contemporary Indonesia: analyzing the role of Komnas Perempuan and the Koalisi Perempuan [Cayuse 16-0079]” has been funded by the University of Notre Dame.

 

 

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Williams

Congratulations to Richard T. Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Research on Scintillator Materials and Mechanisms: LaBr3, CeBr3 and NaI with Co-Doping [Cayuse 16-0051]” has been funded by the Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc.

Gladding writes new volume in history of Wake Forest University

Sam Gladding, Chair, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Sam Gladding

Counseling professor Sam Gladding, whose dozens of books about counseling are read worldwide, is focused now on a topic very close to home and his heart—Wake Forest University and its history.

Recently, he completed a nine-year project to write “The History of Wake Forest University: Volume 6.”  The book tells the story of the University when it was led by Thomas K. Hearn Jr.  From 1983 until his retirement in 2005, Hearn served as Wake Forest’s 12th president.  He also was the University’s second-longest serving president with 22 years at the helm.

“Wake Forest went from a strong regional, Baptist-affiliated university to a top 30 national, independent institution of higher learning,” according to Gladding, a Wake Forest alumnus who returned to the University in 1990 as assistant to the president for special projects and professor of counseling.  He later spent several years as associate provost before focusing all of his efforts at the University on the Department of Counseling.

An opportunity to have the book signed by Gladding is ahead.  On April 9, he will be signing on campus at Words Awake 2, a two-day celebration of Wake Forest-associated writers and writing.  The signing will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Benson University Center, fourth floor.  Also signing books will be Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, author of “The History of Wake Forest University, Volume V,” which focused on the University between 1967-83, when James Ralph Scales was president.

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Interview with WFU Writers Hall of Fame Inductee Maria Henson

20100817henson1616By Intern Elise Dean (’18) and Kim McGrath, Wake Forest News and Communications

On Saturday, April 9, in conjunction with Words Awake 2!, a celebration of writing and writers April 8-9, the University will induct five alumni writers into the Wake Forest University Writers Hall of Fame. Among them is Maria Henson (’82), a journalism lecturer and associate vice president and editor-at-large at Wake Forest Magazine. She is Wake Forest’s only Pulitzer Prize winner.

After graduating from Wake Forest, Henson built a career as a distinguished journalist working as a reporter, Washington correspondent, columnist, editorial writer, investigative editor and editor. In 1992, she won the Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious prize in journalism, for her series in the Lexington Herald-Leader about battered women in Kentucky. She also edited a series on Yosemite National Park in The Sacramento Bee that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. In 1993-94, Henson was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. She has been a Pulitzer Prize juror four times.

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Faculty/Staff Happy Hour to be held April 7 at Reynolda Hall

This is a guest post  from the Office of the Provost:

Please join Provost Kersh and your University colleagues for a faculty and staff happy hour at Reynolda Hall in the Green Room on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Brief remarks about the Wake Forest University Arts Council campaign will be shared. We look forward to seeing you there!