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May 2015 comings and goings

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Physics grad student excels in science competition

Huang is third from the right.

Wenxiao Huang, a graduate student in physics professor David Carroll’s research lab, was part of the team that won the final four in the BASF 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition.

Huang teamed up with University of Connecticut collaborators to come up with innovative, lightweight solutions to tackle challenges of a sustainable future.

Overall, this science competition encourages ideas from young researchers who recently joined or will soon become a part of the creative workforce. BASF invited Ph.D. students and young researchers to submit their innovative and game-changing ideas that address global challenges in three areas: Food, Smart Energy and Urban Living.

Huang and his team proposed “Reinforced cellulose for sustainable structures” as a green construction and transportation materials to resolve the future environmental impact of a growing urban population. As a finalist team, they entered the “proof of concept” stage of the competition and presented their project at BASF North America headquarters at Florham Park, N.J., on June 5. BASF is the largest chemical producer in the world and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Physics grad student named Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

Physics graduate student Jeremy W. Ward, who successfully defended his thesis in April, has been selected as the 2015-2016 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Ward’s thesis, “Enhancing the Electrical Performance of Organic Field-Effect Transistors Through Interface Engineering,” was completed under the direction of assistant professor of physics Oana Jurchescu.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Jeremy and very well deserved. Jeremy was an excellent graduate student and I owe him much of the success of my newly established research program,” Jurchescu said. “In addition, for the last three years of his graduate studies he was supported by a National Science Foundation fellowship, a highly selective honor given to less than 10 percent of the applicants.”

Ward was selected to serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee by The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

He will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C.

“Science, to me, is more than the culmination of facts and equations,” said Ward. “It is the combination of those, with the ability to view a problem from a variety of perspectives and then use those perspectives to generate creative solutions.”

The purpose of the Congressional Fellowships program is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress.

Proposals funded: Johnson, Rejeski, Thonhauser

Dan Johnson

Johnson

Congratulations to Dan Johnson, associate teaching professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy: 2015: has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Low intensity exercise intervention in perpheral artery disease” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL122846-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Northwestern University (WFU funding agency).

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor physics, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Improving Hydrogen Storage with van der Waals Density Functional Theory” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

 

Professors attend Open Thinking showcase

Pauca

Pauca

Carroll

Carroll

The showcase was held May 21 at Wake Forest Biotech Place and featured seven cutting-edge health care inventions and discoveries developed through Wake Forest Innovations. They represented a wide range of disciplines across Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University. The inventions and discoveries included:

  • Tissue-engineered internal anal sphincter for fecal incontinence
  • Drug development for the treatment of resistant acute leukemia
  • Nanoparticle-facilitated hyperthermia for cancer treatment (Carroll)
  • Drug development for the treatment of kidney stones
  • Clinical training device for ultrasound-guided procedures
  • Endotracheal tube exchanger
  • Wearable technology for assistive communication in ALS patients (Pauca)

May 2015 faculty and staff milestones

Congratulations to Kathy J. Hines for 30 years of service to the University. Hines is assistant to the dean at Wake Forest University School of Law. Find out who else is celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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April 2015 comings and goings

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Faculty Fellowships and promotions

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

Wake Forest Faculty Fellowships______________________________

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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Proposals funded: Dos Santos, Von Burg, Williams

Patricia Dos SantosCongratulations to Patricia Dos Santos, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Target specificity of cysteine desulfurase in Bacillus subtilis” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

Ron Von BurgCongratulations to Ron Von Burg, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute” has been funded by the U.S. Department of State.

 

richard.williams.150x150Congratulations to Richard Williams, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (WFU funding agency).

Proposals funded: Guthold, Marsh, Rejeski

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Tony Marsh

Marsh

Martin Guthold

Guthold

Congratulations to Martin Guthold, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant: Fall 2014” 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 Tony Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.

Congratulations to Walter Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-09.