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Proposals funded: King, Carroll, Salsbury

Bruce KingCongratulations to Stephen Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “New Reagents for Tracking Protein Oxidation in Cells by MS and Imaging Methods” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R33CA177461-01 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

David CarrollCongratulations to David Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advance Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the North Carolina State University (WFU funding agency).

Freddie SalsburyCongratulations to Freddie Salsbury, associate professor physics, whose proposal entitled “Targeted Approach to overcoming treatment resistance in advance prostate cancer” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Georgia Southern University (WFU funding agency).

External support for WFU research remains strong

The following letter is adapted from director of Research and Sponsored Programs Lori Messer’s introduction to the October issue of Research News:

Reynolda Campus research had an excellent year. For fiscal year 2013, total external support for projects exceeded $9.8 million, the second-highest amount in campus history, and that was not including five fellowships for scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The total is even more remarkable when you consider that $8.4 million, about 86 percent, comes from federal sources limited by sequestration budget cuts.

FY13 saw 22 departments and centers receive sponsored research funding, and nearly all increased its total over FY12. Health and exercise science received the most, with physics running a close second.

Faculty and staff in 32 departments and centers submitted 152 external proposals, requesting more than $38 million. Chemistry submitted the most proposals and requested the most funding.

We would like to recognize two of our former CRADLE program participants, Oana Jurchescu and Timo Thonhauser, both in physics, who received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. WFU has received five such awards, with Patricia Dos Santos and Rebecca Alexander in chemistry and Dave Anderson in biology already gaining that distinction.

CRADLE (Creative Research Activities Development and Enrichment) is a two-year program that helps Wake Foresters develop competitive external funding proposals.

The NSF CAREER Award is a $400,000 award given to the nation’s top junior faculty members and is meant to support their research, encourage excellent teaching, mentorship and community outreach.

Another graduate of the CRADLE program, assistant professor of chemistry Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, received her first independent federal funding. The following faculty and staff also received their first individual external grants at WFU:

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Proposals funded: King, Kim-Shapiro, Whittington

Bruce King

Congratulations to Stephen Bruce King, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “New Reagents for Tracking Protein Oxidation in Cells by MS and Imaging Methods” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R33CA177461-01 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Daniel Kim-ShapiroCongratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Storage lesion in banked blood due to disruption of nitric oxide homeostasis” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 2R01HL098032-05 and the University of Pittsburgh (WFU funding agency).

Stephen WhittingtonCongratulations to Stephen Whittington, anthropology director, whose proposal entitled “Creating: Quilts and Crafts of the Lakota, exhibits and speakers” has been funded by the NC Arts Council.

Students, professors showcase engineering research

Bruce King

King

From developing innovative solar technologies to coming up with new ways to sequester carbon, Wake Forest researchers are helping drive the future of advanced manufacturing in North Carolina.

Wake Forest students and professors will showcase their engineering research during a prestigious two-day conference hosted by Duke University and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), “The New Engineering Frontier: Manufacturing for the Grand Challenges,” on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Cary, N.C.

David Carroll

Carroll

The event will bring leading researchers from across the state, manufacturing moguls and government officials together to discuss how North Carolina will help realize the 14 grand challenges in engineering set forth by the NAE.

“Today, the field of engineering encompasses a lot more than it did a decade ago,” says Bruce King, the associate provost of research. “At Wake Forest, we are engineering new ways to produce clean energy, clean our air of carbon and enhance our security needs, to name only a few projects.”

Members of Wake Forest’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) will showcase several new initiatives focused on making energy production cleaner and more affordable both here at home and abroad in developing countries.

David Carroll, the director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, and his students will present on an innovative new solar technology that utilizes both solar and thermal energy and a novel method to spray organic electronics on surfaces, to name only a few of the many projects currently under development at the Center.

October 2013 staff milestones

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Faculty, staff hit the bricks

Bill Kane listens to some helpful hints from the Deacon.

Bill Kane listens to some helpful hints from the Deacon.

Faculty and staff helped the Wake Forest community “Hit the Bricks” hard this year, joining with students to run nearly 23,000 laps around Hearn Plaza and to raise close to $30,000 for cancer research and the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund.

Overall, 17 faculty and staff teams participated this year. Click to view a photo gallery »

The top five teams in the faculty/staff division were:

  1. Crusaders (504 laps): Charlene Buckley, James Buckley, Kevin Cox, Ryan Scholl, Brett Eaton, Sean Daly, Rob McNamara, Phil May, Michael Shuman, James Torrible
  2. The Committee (Undergraduate Admissions, 417 laps): Dawn Calhoun, Paul Gauthier, Frank Brown, Lori Pilon, Brett Kaiser, Victoria Hill, Jennie Harris, Megan Massey, Ethan Groce
  3. Alumni Haul (Undergraduate Advancement, 378 laps): Paul Wingate, Mark Anderson, Mike Haggas, Stuart Tucker, Sarah Boerkircher, Megan Donovan, Pamela Bunten, Liz White, Curtis Bloomer, Sandy Saulpaugh
  4. Chemistry Department (378 laps): Megan Rudock, Rebecca Alexander, Mark Welker, David Wren, Amanda Jones, Kathryn Riley, Craig Clodfelter, Sarah Bergman, Lindsay Macnamara, Justin Piedad
  5. ZSR Library (290 laps): Barry Davis (captain), Susan Smith, Rebecca Petersen, Joy Gambill, Peter Romanov, Patrick Ferrell, Craig Fansler, Bill Kane, Chelcie Rowell, Lauren Suffoletto, Rosalind Tedford, Tanya Zanish-Belcher (for more from ZSR, see their blog, Flickr)

“Hit the Bricks” is part of a series of student-run events and activities to honor the former Chicago Bears running back, Brian Piccolo, who attended Wake Forest in the 1960s. The 1971 film, “Brian’s Song,” was based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers he is dying of cancer at the age of 26.

September 2013 staff milestones

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WFU soliciting Commencement speaker nominations

Dear Wake Forest community:

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the university community in the selection process of our 2014 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2014.

Please submit your suggestions to CSAC@wfu.edu by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.  Submissions must include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Two to three paragraphs answering the following question: “Why do you think this person would be an exceptional Commencement speaker at Wake Forest University?”
  • Any contact name(s) for your nomination (if possible) and/or any connection to Wake Forest.

We are especially interested in hearing from graduating students. Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff.

As you can imagine, persons of this caliber are in high demand. While we hope to host a speaker from suggestions we receive, we cannot guarantee that our invitations will be accepted.  Your thoughts will be vital to informing our approach and to selecting a speaker.

This committee is dedicated to the transparency of this process, but please understand that the actual invitation process must remain confidential. Announcement of the Class of 2014’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.

We look forward to reviewing your nominations.

Sincerely,
The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

Rogan Kersh, Provost, Chair
Francie Fisher, Wake Forest Fellow, Provost’s Office
Mary Foskett, Professor, Religion
Jim O’Connell, Wake Forest Fellow, President’s Office
Samantha Perrotta, Event and Project Manager, Provost’s Office
Aubrey Peterson, President, Student Union
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Jennifer Richwine, Assistant Vice President, University Events
Jay Sehgal, Student Trustee
Jacqueline Sutherland, Student Government President
Mark Welker, Professor, Chemistry

August 2013 faculty milestones

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June 2013 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in June 2013: Continue reading »