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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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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).

February 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones in February 2015.

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January 2015 comings

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Ebola symposium sheds light, shares faculty expertise

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The symposium, Ebola: At Home and Abroad, held Feb. 12-13 demonstrated the importance of a liberal arts education. Even though Ebola is a virus, attendees learned that to effectively respond to the outbreak requires knowledge of history, economics, law, bioethics, as well as biology, medicine and other disciplines. Prior to the symposium, associate teaching professor Pat Lord’s virology students studied the Ebola virus to prepare background knowledge and a quiz made available online.

On the first night of the symposium, with more than 125 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, professors, staff, and community members present, Assistant Professor of History Nate Plageman began by challenging everyone to stop thinking of Africa as “one-dimensional.” He highlighted assumptions about race that permeated Ebola news coverage.

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January 2015 faculty milestones

Richard WilliamsRichard Williams is celebrating 30 years as a physics professor at Wake Forest. Below is a list of other faculty milestones in January 2015.

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Jeffrey Eller; Head of Acquistions & Descript; Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Jayashree Gokhale; Professor of Practice, Law; Law: School Adm Expense
Kathleen Lotterhos; Assistant Professor; Biology
Mark Scholl; Associate Prof. of Counseling; Counseling
Claudia Vestal; Visiting Assistant Professor; Romance Languages

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Proposals funded: Muday and Rejeski

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Congratulations to members of the research laboratory of Gloria Muday, professor of biology, whose graduate and post-doctoral research proposals were recently funded. Sheena Gayomba, Post-doctoral researcher project “Hormonal Regulation of Tomato Root Architecture During Iron Deficiency” has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture. In addition, Justin Watkin’s PhD student’s proposal entitled “The Regulation of Reactive Oxygen Species by Flavonols in Tomato Guard Cells” has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture.

Jack Rejeski

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Congratulations to Walter Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAhead Extension” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5U01DK057136-16 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Wake Foresters attend international climate change conference

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Justin Catanoso

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An important international conference on climate change is taking place in Lima, Peru and Wake Forest University has three distinguished voices in attendance.

The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 20) is taking place Dec. 1-12.

Justin Catanoso, director of Wake Forest’s journalism program, is a freelance journalist who covers environmental and climate change issues. His reporting is sponsored in part by the Wake Forest Center on Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. He is producing stories for WFDD, National Geographic NewsWatch, BusinessInsider.com and the Pulitzer Center.

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October 2014 faculty and staff milestones

Keith M. Wise, superintendent in Facilities & Campus Services, is celebrating 40 years at Wake Forest.

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September 2014 comings and goings

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