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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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Miller and Jayawickreme address the topic “Why be Good? for Slate.com

Christian Miller

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For a project sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to address big life questions, professor of philosophy Christian Miller and assistant professor of psychology Eranda Jayawickreme were among eight professors from around the world invited to write essays addressing the topic, “Why be Good?” for a special feature on Slate.com.

In his essay, “Answering ‘Why be Good?’ for a Three-Year-Old,” Miller recounts a conversation with his three-year old son that leads to this question, “Why should I be a good boy?”  Miller explores several possible answers including: God wants us to be good people, having a good character typically makes the world a much better place, having a good character can be personally rewarding, and having a good character is its own reward.

Eranda Jayawickreme

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In his essay on “Can Adversity Be Good?” Jayawickreme explores current research and says “we should be open to the possibility that significant adversity can potentially build our character.”

Miller led the Character Project to foster new advances in the study of character and Jayawickreme currently leads the Growth Initiative, which seeks to understand how adverse life events can lead to positive behavioral and cognitive changes.

March 2015 faculty and staff comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in March 2015:

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2015-16 Faculty Fellows Announced

south.300x175Wake Forest prioritizes engagement inside and outside of the classroom. With an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and national recognition, like the U.S. News #11 ranking for undergraduate teaching, the Faculty Fellows program is an extension of the University’s teacher-scholar model.

The Faculty Fellows program increases faculty-student engagement by promoting informal, regular interactions between students and faculty in the residence halls for first-year students. The program fosters exceptional faculty-student engagement and helps to educate the whole person through enriching the intellectual, cultural, and social lives of the first-year students.

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Proposals funded: Jurchescu, Kiang, Silman and Villalba

Jurchescu

Jurchescu

Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Spintronics for Novel Device Application and Metrology Advancement” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Lisa Kiang

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Congratulations to Lisa Kiang, associate professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Gratitude, Well-being, and the Decline of Materialism: A Cross-cultural Study of Character Formation in Children and Adolescents” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation and by [subaward/subcontract from] UNC-Greensboro (WFU funding agency).

Miles Silman

Silman

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of mountains, landscape, and Climate in the Distribution and Generation of Biodiversity in the Amazon/Andean Forest” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

Villalba

Villalba

Congratulations to Jose Villalba, associate dean for faculty recruitment, diversity and inclusion, whose proposal entitled “Latino Parents Learning about College (LaP-LAC) program” has been funded by the Katie B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

September 2014 faculty milestones

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August 2014 comings and goings

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July 2014 comings and goings

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Faculty milestones for August 2014

See a list of faculty milestones for August 2014.

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