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BCBSNC seed grants support health, wellness research across campus

Wake Forest University’s associate provost of research has announced the faculty recipients of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) seed grants to support research on health and wellbeing.

“The research being supported with these grants has sustainability potential and will have a great impact on many people’s lives,” said Bruce King, associate provost of research at the university.

Last year, BCBSNC partnered with Wake Forest University to create a model for health and wellbeing that included seed money for faculty research in these areas. Four grants, for $50,000 each, were awarded to Mark Jensen, School of Divinity; Mark Hall, School of Law; Jeff Katula, Health and Exercise Science; and Christine Soriano, Theater and Dance.

Additionally, the initial BCBSNC gift supports the transformation of Reynolds Gym into a comprehensive center for wellbeing, has funded a new director of wellbeing position and will support Wake Forest’s approach to wellbeing across eight dimensions – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, financial, occupational, and environmental – under the Thrive umbrella.

The seed money will support the following research projects:

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January 2015 comings

See a list of employees joining the University in January 2015.

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December 2014 faculty publications

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Coates, David. (Politics & International Affairs). America in the Shadow of Empire. Palgrave Macmillan. December 2014.

Allhoff, Fritz, & Mark Hall. (Law). The Affordable Care Act Decision: Philosphical and Legal Implications. Routledge. February 2014.

Holdridge, Jefferson. (English). Devil’s Den and Other Poems. Split Oak Press. December 2014.

Jung, Kevin. (Divinity). Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality: An Intuitionist Account. Routledge. November 2014.

Kondepudi, Dilip, & Ilya Prigogine. (Physics). Modern Thermodynamics: From Heat Engines to Dissipative Structures, 2nd ed. Wiley. December 2014.

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25 Years Later: President Hatch’s Book on American Christianity

Christianity-Democratization-headerA quarter century after it was published, scholars are still talking about the award-winning book, “The Democratization of American Christianity,” written by Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch.

To mark the book’s 25th anniversary, Wake Forest will host a half-day symposium Feb. 6 featuring seven of the country’s most distinguished scholars of early American religion reflecting on the influence of the book.

The event will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Farrell Hall’s Broyhill Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. A detailed schedule is posted on the symposium website.

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December 2014: Faculty and staff milestones

Annemarie Buwalda, a faculty assistant in the law school, is celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest! See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for December 2014.

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November faculty publications

Cunningham, Patricia M., & James W. Cunningham. (Education). Teaching Common Core English Language Arts Standards: 20 Lesson Frameworks for Elementary Grades. Solution Tree. August 2014.

Leonard, Bill J. (Divinity). A Sense of the Heart: Christian Religious Experience in the United States. Abingdon Press. November 2014.

Wiethaus, Ulrike. (Religion). German Mysticism and the Politics of Culture (American University Studies – Theology and Religion series). Peter Lang. September 2014.

Young, Julian. (Philosophy). The Philosophies of Richard Wagner. Lexington Books. September 2014.

School of Divinity receives grant from the AAAS

ironarchThe School of Divinity has received one of ten grants awarded to theological schools by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)’s “Science for Seminaries” program.

The project, “Moving Science to the Forefront of Theological Education,” will enhance the school’s leading interdisciplinary Master of Divinity curriculum by integrating science into biblical studies, historical studies and theological studies.

Several courses in the Master of Divinity curriculum will undergo revision to raise awareness of the relevance of science and increase the competency of future religious leaders who can integrate knowledge and understanding of science into the public discourse of the faith communities they will lead.

“This grant is a wonderful opportunity for the School of Divinity to make the most of its location at a great university like Wake Forest,” said Gail R. O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity. “Our students will be even more creative and effective religious leaders because they will be informed and articulate about the scientific perspective and contributions to the issues of our day. And it is so fitting that through this grant we can carry on the deep commitments of President Poteat and the strong history of the University in this area.”

Read more on the School of Divinity website.

August 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in August 2014:

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August 2014 staff milestones

See a list of staff milestones for August 2014.

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Faculty milestones for August 2014

See a list of faculty milestones for August 2014.

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