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July 2014 staff milestones

See a list of faculty and staff milestones for July 2014.

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Proposals funded: Dan Johnson, Erik Johnson, Gary Miller

Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson

Gary Miller

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Congratulations to Dan Johnson, associate teacher professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH” has been funded by the North Carolina AHEC.

Congratulations to Erik Johnson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Dissection of Signaling Networks Maintaining Metabolic Homeostasis” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Exercise in the workplace: Effect of an exercise desk in an office setting on workers’ physical & mental health” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Proposals funded: Fahrbach, Jennings, Rejeski

Susan Fahrbach

Fahrbach

Congratulations to Reynolds Professor of Biology Susan Fahrbach, whose proposal entitled “Allatrotropic actions on insulin in honey bees” has been funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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Jennings

Congratulations to Janine Jennings, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “LIFE DMAQC” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LIFE DMAQC (Data Management, Analysis and Quality Control Center)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences.

 

Professor Gloria Muday receives Outstanding Alumni Award

Gloria MudayGloria Muday, the director for the Center for Molecular Communication and Signaling and professor in the department of biology at Wake Forest University, has received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the department of biochemistry at Virginia Tech.

Each year the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honors one alum from each department who graduated more than 10 years ago for achievements since graduation. Muday received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1984.

Professor Emeritus Ralph D. Amen dies at 86

ralph.amen.150x150Professor Emeritus Ralph D. Amen, who taught in the biology department from 1962 until 1993, died May 29 in Winston-Salem. He was 86.

A memorial service will be held Monday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. The family will receive guests after the service.

Amen is survived by his wife, Shirley (’67), and three children, duWayne (’81), Christine and Katherine. He was pre-deceased by one son, Eric (’81).

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Proposals funded: King, Silman, Von Burg

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King

Miles Silman

Silman

Von Burg

Von Burg

Congratulations to Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Ca093389 – Targeted nanoparticles for Kidney Cancer Therapy” has been funded by the Department of Defense and the UNCONN (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of Mountains, Landscape and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Lord and Tingen win Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award

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Lord

Pat Lord, associate teaching professor in biology and Jolie Tingen, instructor technology analyst in music, have been selected as winners of the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) for 2014 in the Portfolio category.

The Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) is a project of the Sakai Teaching and Learning Community. Now in its seventh year, the award honors “innovation and excellence in technology-supported teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement,” and it’s open to educators using the Sakai CLE or Apereo OAE.

The award will be presented at the Apereo Conference in Miami, Florida in June 2014.

Wake Forest awarded $250,000 for e-textbook development

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Dan Johnson (left) and Jed Makosco

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations have awarded Wake Forest University $250,000 for further development of Biobook, a new kind of e-textbook created by Teaching Associate Professor of Biology Dan Johnson and Associate Professor of Physics Jed Macosko.

Biobook offers content in an unconventional way. Unlike the traditional heavy and expensive textbooks of old, the $30 Biobook is accessible by smart-phone, tablet or computer. It breaks down complex and lengthy topics into small, manageable chunks of knowledge that can be changed and updated as educators see fit.

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Iltis, Silman

20090421anderson3235Congratulations to David J. Anderson, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Evoluntionary ecology of seabird reproductive life histories” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Congratulations to Ana Iltis, associate professor of philosophy, whose proposal entitled“Center for Bioethics, Health and Social Visiting Scholar” has been funded by the Center for Ethics, Culture and the Environment.

Miles Silman

Congratulations to Miles R. Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Lidar and Radar Interferometry Combined Model to Quantify Variations of Forest Structure and Biomass Along Altitudinal Gradients in the Tropical Montane Forests” has been funded by the NASA and the California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) (WFU funding agency).

Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Williams

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to the following professors for proposals funded:

Physics professor David Carroll, whose proposal entitled “DragonSkin Development” has been funded by the International ThermoDyne, LLC.

Biology professor Miles R. Silman, whose proposal entitled “Biocharproduction for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.

Miles Silman

Silman

Richard Williams

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Physics professor Richard T. Williams, whose proposal entitled “Quantifying recombination dynamics in Srl2:Eu2+ with material variations: mechanisms and scintillator optimization” has been funded by the US Department of Energy and the Fisk University (WFU funding agency).