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August 2015 faculty milestones

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July 2015 comings and goings

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Innovative solution for WFU blind student leads to journal article

Michael Shuman and Robert Erhardt recently published an article in the Journal of Statistics Education, “Assistive Technologies for Second-Year Statistics Students who are Blind.” The article written by Shuman, interim director of Wake Forest’s Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and Erhardt, assistant professor of mathematics, focuses on the technology they developed to assist Kathryn Webster, an aspiring mathematician who also happens to be blind.

Michael Shuman, associate director of the Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center, poses in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Thursday, August 18, 2011.

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Kathryn, a junior from Greenwich, Conn., enrolled in a course in statistics covering topics requiring her to both interpret and produce three sets of materials: mathematical writing, computer programming, and visual displays of data. While some resources for blind students taking mathematics courses or introductory statistics courses were available, none were adequate to assist Kathryn.

New Wake Forest faculty members pose for headshots during their orientation on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.  Robert Erhardt, Mathematics.

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In addition to providing academic support to all Wake Forest students through coaching and peer tutoring, the LAC exists to enable students with disabilities to experience equal access to the academic, social, and recreational activities and programs at the University.

Though Wake Forest is a smaller institution than other similar private schools, the University still has a number of undergraduates with disabilities who request accommodations. Though Kathryn brought some of her own assistive technology with her to campus, Shuman was struggling with a novel way of representing visual data for her related to her math courses.

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July 2015 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for July 2015. (The wrong list was posted earlier, briefly.)

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June 2015 comings and goings

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July 2015 faculty milestones

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Proposals funded: King, Rouse, Waugh

Angela KingCongratulations to Angela King, associate teaching professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Summer Program in Chemistry” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

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Congratulations to Jeremy Rouse, assistant professor of mathematics, whose proposal entitled “REU Site: Number Theory hosted by Wake Forest University” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Congratulations to Christian Waugh, assistant professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Investigating the neural systems that support the beneficial effects of positive emotion on stress regulation” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R15MH106928-01.

Faculty Fellowships and promotions

Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty who have been awarded fellowships and recieved promotions.

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The Wake Forest Faculty Fellowship is a program of financial support designed to honor our best teacher-scholars. Recipients are:
Rebecca Alexander (CHM), The F.M. Kirby Family Faculty Fellowship<
Laura Aull (ENG), The Dunn-Riley Faculty Fund Fellowship
Christa Colyer (CHM), The Robert & Debra Lee Faculty Fellowship
Mary Dalton (COM), The Reinsch/Pierce Family Fellowship
Katy Harriger (POL), The Tatum Family Fund Faculty Fellowship
Omaar Hena (ENG), The Young Family Faculty Fellowship
Peter Kairoff (MUS), The Denton Family Faculty Fellowship
John Pickel (ART), The Hoak Family Faculty Fellowship
Albert Rives (CHM), The Gale Family Faculty Fellowship
Michael Sloan (CLA), The Kenyon Family Faculty Fellowship
Eric Stottlemyer (ENG), The Bitove Family Fund Faculty Fellowship
Robert Whaples (ECN), The Hough Family Faculty Fellowship
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January 2015 comings

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Rouse awarded NSF grant to fund summer research program

jeremey.rouse.300x175Assistant professor of mathematics Jeremy Rouse has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant in the amount of $258,354 to begin a summer research program for undergraduates interested in number theory research.

The program will be operated in conjunction with Davidson College. Rouse, who has a particular interest in elliptic curves and modular forms, will run the program with Katherine Thompson, a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Davidson whose research interest is in quadratic forms.

The program is titled WADE INTO Research – Wake/Davidson Experience in Number Theory Research – and will give undergraduate participants the opportunity to conduct original mathematical research.

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