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January 2014 comings and goings

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Proposals funded: O’Day and Miller

20100607oday4315Congratulations to Gail O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity, whose proposals entitled “Financial Well-Being for Pastoral Leaders” and  “Clergy Making a Place: Early Career Pastors as Generative Community Leaders” have been funded by the Lilly Foundation.

Gary Miller

Congratulations to Gary D. Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Parents &Children Together Preventing Diabetes (PACT PD) (A1 Resubmission)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (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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November 2013 faculty publications

The following faculty had books published:

Antliff, Mark, & Scott W. Klein, Eds. (English). Vorticism: New Perspectives. Oxford University Press. November 2013.

Leonard, Bill J. (Divinity). Can I Get a Witness?: Essays, Sermons, and Reflections. Mercer University Press. November 2013.

Sehnbruch, Kirsten, & Peter M. Siavelis, Eds. (Politics & International Affairs). Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010. Lynne Rienner. November 2013.

Tupper, E. Frank. (Divinity). Scandalous Providence: The Jesus Story of the Compassion of God, 2nd ed. Mercer University Press. May 2013.

Leonard honored by alma mater

Bill LeonardBill Leonard, the Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and a professor of Church History in the School of Divinity, received the Distinguished Alumni Medal from his alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University, at a dinner in Fort Worth, Texas, in October.

Leonard was the founding dean of the School of Divinity. After retiring as dean in 2010, Leonard has continued to teach church history in the divinity school and the religion department.

August 2013 comings and goings

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August 2013 staff milestones

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School of Divinity receives grant for food and faith initiative

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity has received a grant of $35,000 from the Kalliopeia Foundation to support the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative.

In its second year, the Initiative’s mission is to “equip religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to guide congregations and other faith-based organizations into creating more redemptive food systems, where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world.” The grant will enable the Initiative to expand its continuing education and community outreach programs.

Fred Bahnson, director of the Initiative, is planning a series of conferences and workshops for the upcoming academic year, both in Winston-Salem and western North Carolina. These conferences will emphasize the intersection of food, land, health, and justice, and the pivotal role that religious leaders can play in creating
sustainable and life-giving food systems.

“The grant is a real sign of commitment,” Bahnson said.“Most immediately, it gives us the resources necessary to create top notch continuing education events. It’s also encouraging that a large national foundation like Kalliopeia believes in the importance of our work. I’m thrilled and honored.”

Kallopeia Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation based in San Rafael, California, contributes to the evolution of communities and cultures that honor the unity at the heart of life’s astounding diversity.

“We are gratified to have the new support and partnership of Kalliopeia Foundation,” said Gail R. O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity. “This grant positions the School of Divinity at the forefront of a growing national food and faith network of initiatives that will transform the way religious communities work for food justice.”

March 2013 staff milestones

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Professor Emeritus Carlton Mitchell dies

Carlton MitchellLongtime religion professor Carlton T. Mitchell (’43) remained devoted to his alma mater long after he retired in 1991. As president of the University’s Half Century Club — for alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago — he encouraged alumni to remain active and welcomed them back to campus every fall.

Mitchell, who died Jan. 30 in Winston-Salem, is being remembered for his service to the University as a professor, alumnus and volunteer leader. He was 92. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Wait Chapel. He is survived by two daughters, Grace Mitchell and Betty Morgan; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Miriam, died in 2000. He was also predeceased by a son, John Robert Mitchell.

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Mitchell joined the faculty in 1961 and taught American church history, religious education and the psychology of religion. When he retired in 1991, he was recognized as “a great friend whose sound judgment and good humor exemplify the intellectual vitality, compassion and faith that fulfill Wake Forest’s mission.”

He enthusiastically served as president of the Half Century Club until stepping down several years ago for health reasons. Bob Mills (’71, MBA ’80), associate vice president for University Advancement, recalls having Mitchell for classes in Old and New Testament and, years later, his service as a volunteer leader. “That deep, deliberate, precise voice of his still rings in my ears. And in his retirement, if it had been possible for someone to be our eternal president of the Half Century Club, he would have accepted the job happily.”

Professor Emeritus of Religion Fred Horton remembered Mitchell as a great friend and a strong department chair. “He was a very straight-forward guy and a defender of academic freedom.” Continue reading »