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

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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: Carroll, Silman, Williams

David Carroll

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

Silman

Richard Williams

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).

February 2014 milestones

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December 2013 comings and goings

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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.

November 2013 staff milestones

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October 2013 comings & goings

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Comings

Ackley, Emily Reed; Water Fitness Instructor; Campus Recreation

Bartnikowski, Vicki S.; Group Fitness Instructor; Fitness Center

Beverly, Randall Lee; Service Technician I; Facilities & Campus Services

Bittle, Emily Geraldine; Postdoctoral Research Assoc; Physics

Brasfield, Jon-Michael; Adjunct; Counseling

Chandler, David Oliver; Asst Athletic Trainer; Athletics

DeLisle, Timothy Paul; Tutor; Athletics

Deppen, Katelyn; Turf Technician I; Athletics

Earl, Donte M.; Security Officer; University Police

Hamilton, Joanna Kate; Administrative Assistant; Economics

Hathaway, Stephanie Renee; Research Technician; Biology

Henderson, Diana Lynn; Communications Officer; University Police

Jones, Roslyn Lynnelle; Event Manager; School of Business

Kirkland, Latoya Nicole; Lobby Attendant (Part-Time); Graylyn

Maher, Meghan Elizabeth; Assistant Collections Manager; Reynolda House

McHenry, Whitney Taylar; Server (Part-Time); Graylyn

McNett, Elyse; Asst Dir, Employer Development; School of Business

Messenkopf, Peggy Lantz; Accounting Assistant; Athletics

Newman, George Bryant; Operations & Engineering Mgr; WFDD Radio

Nolan, Elizabeth Burnette; Director, Faculty Affairs; School of Business

O’Brien, Carrie Elizabeth; Intl Std Advisor-Immigration; Int’l Students & Scholars

Pardy, Patrick Paul; Community Liaison/Prog. Coord.; Romance Languages

Scheidt, Joy Truluck; Assist Dir of Law Development; Advancement

Sides, Christian Vaughn; Laundry Attendant; Graylyn

Slater, Kourtney Desiree; Administrative Assistant; University Pky/Polo Road

Sloop, Eric Shane; Service Technician Level 1; Facilities & Campus Services

Smith, John W; Security Officer; University Police

Sparrow, Dane Brian; Videographer, Women’s Basketball; Athletics

Spreng, Richard Alan; Adjunct; School of Business

Terry, Joshua Obrian; Warehouse Assistant; ZSR Library

Thomasson, Darin Kent; Service Technician Level II; Facilities & Campus Services

Thompson, Katie Potts; Adjunct; Counseling

Wang, Yucheng; LL.M Teaching Assistant; School of Law

White, John G.; Director Enroll Mgmt MBA Prog; School of Business

Wilcox, Ashley May; Program Assistant; Graduate School

Young, Craig Alan; Service Technician II; Facilities & Campus Services

Goings

Adams, Ruth Ella; Facilities & Campus Services

Arnette, Gail Elizabeth; Financial & Accounting Service

Brown, Kristy Lauren; Campus Recreation

Buck, Brittany Nicole; Athletics: Administration

Chen, Yonghua; Physics

Jones, Jennifer; Advancement

Smith, Baylee Dawn; Procurement Services

Tindel, Amy Renee; School of Business

VanSice, Joanne; Economics

Vientos, John Graham; Information Systems

White, Edmund Taylor; School of Law

Proposals funded: Kim-Shapiro, Mulder

Daniel Kim-ShapiroCongratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Role of nitrite reduction to NO by hemoglobin in control of fetal vascular tone” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number R01 HL095973 and LLU Banner No. 600360-2973 and the Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (WFU funding agency).

Megan MulderCongratulations to Megan Mulder, special collections librarian, whose proposal entitled “Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection” has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) and the Duke University (WFU funding agency).