"Department of Biology" Archive

Proposals funded: Comstock-Ferguson, Fernandez, Williams

Congratulations to Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Mechanisms and Biological Functions of SPOUT methyltransferases” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) The Ohio State University.

Congratulations to Luis Fernandez, assistant research professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Rapid Environmental Assessment of Mercury Release, Fate and Transport” has been funded by the Research Foundation of SUNY.

Congratulations to Richard Williams, adjunct professor of physics research, whose proposal entitled “Improvement of Scintillators mainly Experimental WFU subcontract from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) the University of California.

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Proposals funded: Anderson, Floge, Rejeski

Congratulations to T. Michael Anderson, associate professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Fire, Fear and Foraging: Understanding Multi-trophic Interactions in a Savanna Foodweb” has been funded by National Geographic.

Congratulations to Sheri Floge, assistant professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: Viral Induced Chemotaxis Mediating Cross-Trophic Microbial Interactions and Carbon Flux” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Wake Forest Translational Research Alcohol Center (WFTRAC)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

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Proposals funded: Alexander, Cordy, Jurchescu, Rejeski

Congratulations to Rebecca Alexander, professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Role of tRNA base modifications in genetic code accuracy and bacterial fitness” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Intervening on sedentary behavior to prevent weight regain in older adults” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Oana Jurchescu, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Engineering efficient contacts for organic electronic devices” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Regina Cordy, assistant professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “A systems biology investigation of the interplay between gut microbes and blood metabolites in the development of malarial anemia” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Proposals funded: Silman, Soriano, Canzona

Congratulations to Miles Silman, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Professor of Conservation Biology, whose proposal entitled “MAP-Resilience has been funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Woods Hole Research Center.

Congratulations to Christina Soriano, associate professor of theatre and dance, whose proposal “A Randomized Trial of Dance on 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 Mollie Canzona, assistant professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Optimizing health related quality of life measurement in adolescent and young adult oncology: A PROMISing solution” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

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New Presidential Chairs named in College, School of Law

Wake Forest University has named its two newest Presidential Chairs: Alan Palmiter as the William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law and Koleman Strumpf as the Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy.

Alan Palmiter

Palmiter has an international reputation as a teacher and scholar in business law, including corporate law, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, sustainable corporations, energy law and legal valuation. Since joining the School of Law faculty in 1986, he has held dozens of leadership roles on campus, such as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law; Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) advisory board member; and Wake Forest Law Review faculty advisor. Frequently cited in national media, Palmiter recently has been in the midst of the scholarly debate of the corporation from private entity to government substitute, with a current focus on the moral obligations of the shift in roles.

“How delighted we all are to recognize Alan’s singular contributions as participant in the debates on business and society, as devoted community, university and law school servant, and as teacher par excellence,” said Dean of Law Suzanne Reynolds.

Koleman Strumpf

Strumpf joined the Department of Economics earlier this month, having come to Wake Forest most recently from the University of Kansas School of Business. Strumpf’s most recent work focuses on file sharing (the economic impact on the entertainment industries), prediction markets (election futures, corporate applications), and industrial organization (formal evidence of first degree price discrimination in the real world). His research has received extensive media coverage in major news outlets such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times and The Atlantic.

“I am pleased to welcome Koleman to Wake Forest because he embodies the teacher-scholar ideal we value so much. His outstanding scholarship in applied microeconomics is a terrific complement to the excellent body of work already underway in our Department of Economics,” said Dean of the College Michele Gillespie.

So far, the Wake Will Lead campaign has raised more than $70 million to recruit and retain best-in-class faculty, including the creation of 10 Presidential chairs for faculty who are exceptional researchers in their field as well as dedicated teachers.

Palmiter and Strumpf’s respective appointments to the Wilson and Burchfield Presidential Chairs mean six of the 10 have been named, including:

  • The Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History – established by Mike (MALS ’13) and Debbie (MAEd ’83, MALS ’05) Rubin of Winston-Salem. Debbie, a University Trustee, has worked as a counselor in the University Counseling Center for several years; held by Professor Barry Trachtenberg, Department of History.
  • The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation Presidential Chair in Conservation Biology – established through the family foundation of Wake Forest parent Andrew Sabin (P ‘17) to support environmental programs around the world; held by Professor Miles Silman, Department of Biology.
  • The Thomas W. Smith Foundation Presidential Chair in Business Ethics – supports a faculty member committed to the exploration of the relationship between business, government and society; held by Jim Otteson, Department of Economics.
  • The Inmar Presidential Chair of Analytics at the School of Business – established by the Winston-Salem-based company that is known for operating intelligent commerce networks; held by Jeffrey Camm, School of Business.

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