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Proposals funded: Messier, Guthold, King

Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Weight Loss and Exercise for Communities with Arthritis in North Carolina WE-CAN” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Congratulations to Martin Guthold, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Identifying the function of the Fibrin(ogen) alpha-C connector region” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) East Carolina University.

Congratulations to Bruce King, whose proposal entitled “New Oxidation-Sensing Probes to Evaluate Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Lung Injury” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

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Proposals funded: Soriano, Rejeski, Comstock-Ferguson

Congratulations to Christina Soriano, associate provost and associate professor of theatre and dance, whose proposal entitled “A Randomized Trial of Dance of Mood, Balance and Brain in Alzheimer’s Disease” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Promote weight loss in obese PAD patients to prevent mobility loss: The PROVE trial” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Northwestern University.

Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “RNA modification and antibiotic resistance” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Emory University.

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Opportunities available to participate in Wellspaces program

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing:

Did you know that employees spend more than half of their waking hours in the workplace?  What better way to spend that time than feeling well and supported by your leadership while being engaged and productive at work that you value?

Are you interested in promoting wellbeing among the staff in your office?

WellSpaces is a partnership between the Office of Wellbeing and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.  WellSpaces supports offices in creating and sustaining a culture that promotes personal and collective wellbeing. Program participants create meaningful policies and practices that improve morale, camaraderie, productivity, and achieve individual and staff team goals.

Employees of offices who have participated in the WellSpaces program reported increases in the following components of wellbeing:

  • Perception of a positive work environment
  • Sense of connection among staff
  • Sharing a trusted relationship with someone in the office
  • Sense of joy in telling others about my place of work
  • Perception that office leadership provides resources and/or support for staff to connect as a group
  • Leadership demonstrates a commitment to an office culture that promotes wellbeing

As a WellSpace, each office…

  • Designates an office Wellbeing Ambassador
  • Participates in manager training on wellbeing and workplace performance
  • Participates in at least one wellbeing activity as an office each month
  • Adopts three office-level policies or practices that promote team wellbeing such as taking walking meetings, forming an office book club or hosting a group lunch. (Other examples are available on the WellSpaces website.)

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Jennifer Finkel named curator of Wake Forest's art collections

Jennifer Finkel

Jennifer Finkel has been named Wake Forest curator of collections to oversee all aspects of the University’s art collections. The position joins the Office of the Provost’s growing arts initiatives under Christina Soriano, associate provost for the arts and interdisciplinary initiatives.

The University’s art collection presents an exceptional resource for teaching, learning and research. In collaboration with faculty, Finkel will develop interdisciplinary programs that support the curriculum across the college and professional schools.

“My goal is for faculty and students to use the collection in new and innovative ways,” said Finkel. “Many universities have art collections; however, Wake Forest’s collection is superb in quality, and students, faculty and staff live with the art in offices, lobbies, corridors and conference rooms.”

The collection is made up of a range of media including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, drawings, furniture and textiles. The collection has grown from commissions, gifts, bequests and purchases. One of Finkel’s initial goals is to make the collection’s database available online.

Finkel moved to Winston-Salem from Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the curator of Cleveland Clinic’s contemporary art collection, overseeing acquisitions, installations and commissions and helping to grow their collection to more than 7,000 artworks.

“What makes contemporary art especially challenging (in a good way) is that, like the world around us, it has become more diverse and cannot be easily defined. In this way, the art of our times may serve as a catalyst for open discussion and intellectual inquiry about the world today.”

Finkel studied art history at Georgetown University and received her doctorate in Renaissance art at Case Western Reserve University. She has been working in the world of contemporary art for the past 15 years.

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James Michael Everhart

We are saddened to announce that James Michael Everhart, a staff member with Facilities and Campus Services, died Aug. 10.

He had worked at Wake Forest for 16 years.

He was the brother of Professor of Psychology Catherine E. Seta.

We grieve the death of Mr. Everhart and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him.

No public service is planned. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that memorial donations be made to the United Way of Forsyth County or to another charity.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273, the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210.  For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.


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