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


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).


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


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


Richard Williams


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).

Faculty publications: December updates

esch.100x100Goater, Timothy M., Cameron P. Goater, & Gerald W. Esch. (Biology). Parasitism: The Diversity and Ecology of Animal Parasites, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press. December 2013.

Morosini, Roberta, & [Charmaine] Lee, Eds. (Romance Languages). Sindbad mediterraneo. Per una topografia della memoria da Oriente a Occidente. Pensa Multimedia. September 2013.

pinter.100x100Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics: Data Driven Decision Making. Café Press [self-published]. January 2014.

Pinder, Jonathan P. (Business). Introduction to Business Analytics for MBAs: Data Driven Decision Making. Café Press [self-published]. August 2013.

west.100x100West, G. Page. (Business). Strategic Management: Value Creation, Sustainability, and Performance, 2nd ed. Riderwood Publishing/Amazon Digital Services [self-published]. November 2013.

January 2014 staff milestones

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Catanoso at the forefront of climate change reporting

Justin CatanosoJustin Catanoso’s reporting has established him as an expert in fraud in the tobacco industry, the business economy in North Carolina, and the process of becoming a saint. Now Catanoso, a veteran journalist and director of the journalism program, is shifting his focus to raising awareness about global climate change.

Catanoso traveled with a team of climate researchers from the biology department to the remote Peruvian cloud forest this summer to witness firsthand the impacts of 21st century warming on this vital ecosystem.

He said that the experience working with Miles Silman, biology professor and director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, and many of the world’s leading tropical biologists, who like Silman are part of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group, helped him recognize the monumental importance of inspiring the current generation of world leaders to act on this issue now.

“The next generation could look back and say, ‘What did you do?’” Catanoso said on WFDD. “And if you didn’t do enough, was it just because you were so focused on short-term gains and your own wealth that you didn’t see that this planet was baking and baking too fast to be healthy for us in the future?”

Catanoso’s subsequent climate change coverage, supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, has appeared in prominent news outlets like National GeographicBusiness InsiderWUNC, and in a five-part series on WFDD.

Proposals funded: Smith, Rejeski, Marsh

William K. SmithCongratulations to William K. Smith, professor of biology and Charles H. Babcock chair of botany, whose proposal entitled “The Impact of Saltwater Incursion on Bold Cypress (Taxodium distichum) in a Coastal Freshwater Wetland” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and North Carolina State University (WFU funding agency).

Jack Rejeski


Tony Marsh


Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, and Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Silman to speak at Technology Council event

Miles Silman


Wake Forest biologist Miles Silman will speak on “Real-World Sustainability in Winston-Salem: Solving today’s Environmental and Energy Challenges” at a Dec. 10 event at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Free and open to the public, the event will be presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.  Online registration is requested.

Silman is professor of biology and director of the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. He will offer an overview of the Center, discuss how it is generating novel technologies in the areas of sustainability and explain how it is taking them out of the lab and into applications in the real world.

The event will start at 9 a.m. Following Silman’s presentation, there will be a 15-minute period for attendees to ask questions. The program will be held in the auditorium. At 10 a.m., there will be free coffee, light snacks and a networking opportunity in the atrium.

Silman’s talk is part of the Tech Council’s Speaker Series, which features discussions on topics related to Winston-Salem’s innovation-based economy.  In part, the events are intended to offer opportunities to meet people involved and interested in developing Winston-Salem’s future.

Wake Forest Biotech Place is at 575 N. Patterson Avenue in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Parking is available in the lot directly north of Biotech Place.

The Tech Council’s Speaker Series is sponsored by Cook Medical, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Proposals funded: Nixon, Silman

Pat NixonCongratulations to Patricia Nixon, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pre-natal Events, Post-natal Consequences II (Competitive Renewal)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5P01HD047584-08 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

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


November 2013 staff milestones

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