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Faculty highlighted in Music Carolina SummerFest

Wake Forest arts faculty will be highlighted in the 2017 Music Carolina SummerFest, which includes several programs on the University’s campus and is co-directed by Jacqui Carrasco, professor of music.

The festival starts Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with Carrasco and music faculty members Peter Kairoff and Evan Richey performing youthful works of Beethoven in the Byrum Welcome Center.

On Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Music Carolina SummerFest continues in Brendle Hall with “The Patsy Project” directed by dance faculty members Christina Soriano and Jessie Laurita-Spanglet. The work will feature live performances of the music of Patsy Cline and an intergenerational cast of professional and community dancers, including adults with Parkinson’s disease and children from Wake Forest’s community ballet program.

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Proposals funded: Rejeski, Brubaker, Holzwarth, Soriano, Good

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAHEAD-E (Action for Health in Diabetes Biostatistics Research Center Continuation/Extension)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Peter Brubaker, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Transition from risk factors to early HF; Prevalence, pathogenesis, and phenomics (MESA 6)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Natalie Holzwarth, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Computational Studies of Solid Electrolytes” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Christina Soriano, director of dance and associate professor of dance, whose proposal entitled “A Randomized Trial of Dance on Mood, Balance and Brain in Alzheimer’s Disease” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Mary Good, assistant professor of anthropology, whose proposal entitled “Learning ‘Entrepreneurship’ but Preserving ‘Tradition:’ Tongan Youth Moving in Employment” has been funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Christina Soriano appointed inaugural Administrative Fellow

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

Christina Soriano

Christina Soriano, director of dance and associate professor of dance, has been appointed as the inaugural Administrative Fellow in the Office of the Provost.

As Administrative Fellow, Soriano will work with colleagues across the university to enhance visibility of the arts at and beyond Wake Forest, and help forge interdisciplinary connections across the arts and other Wake Forest schools and departments.  “Professor Soriano is an ideal choice as our first Administrative Fellow,” said Provost Rogan Kersh, “given her laudable work with faculty and staff across Wake Forest, as well as her extensive following among students.  She has also originated pathbreaking programs integrating dance and health in the Winston-Salem community, epitomizing our expanding engagement with our surrounding communities.”

“I am looking forward to working with the Provost’s team to help boost the profile of the arts at Wake Forest,” Soriano notes, “as well as on projects to enhance intellectual culture at the university more generally.  I am also eager to serve as a liaison for faculty colleagues with the Provost’s Office.”

Soriano’s interdisciplinary work includes collaborations with faculty across arts departments, biochemistry, and the School of Medicine. She is co-organizing a third university-wide conference on “Aging Re-Imagined,” and last month was awarded a substantial NIH grant for research carried out jointly with Dr. Christina Hugenschmidt of the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Additional Administrative Fellows, drawn from across Wake Forest’s faculty, are expected to be appointed in future years, both in the Provost’s Office and those of other administrative leaders.  Much as our decade-old Wake Forest Fellows program brings the perspective and dedication of outstanding recent graduates to university administration, the Administrative Fellows program will engage faculty members for a year in leadership councils, new and existing academic initiatives, and other core aspects of advancing our mission and priorities.

August 2016 faculty milestones

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Aging Re-Imagined symposium begins March 17

The symposium “Aging Re-Imagined” brings leading scholars, artists, medical professionals and researchers together at Wake Forest who will share insights on four key ideas that inform how we age, and how we think and feel about aging: Mobility, Mind (including memory), Mortality, and Meaning.

The symposium begins March 17 at 4 p.m. with a presentation by and Q&A with Liz Lerman, a famed choreographer known for her work with multi-generational ensembles to dispel the idea that dance is only for youth.

Following the keynote by Jay Olshansky at 6 p.m., the aging symposium resumes on March 18 at Bridger Field House with a full schedule of speakers and presentations. More information can be found here.

“Aging Re-Imagined” came about because of associate professor of dance Christina Soriano and her work teaching dance to people living with Parkinson’s Disease. As a member of Wake Forest’s Translational Science Center (TSC), she is one of many faculty from the biochemical, physiological, psychological, behavioral disciplines and the arts whose goal is to improve functional health in aging through research and academic training programs. Read more