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Proposals funded: Cordy, Curtis, Miller, Rejeski, Sizemore

This is part two of seven highlighting proposals funded during the fall of 2020.

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.

Congratulations to Mark Curtis, associate professor of economics, whose proposal entitled “How Does Capital Investment Affect Workers?” has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and by (subaward/subcontract from) Duke University.

Congratulations to Christian Miller, professor of philosophy, whose proposal entitled “The Honesty Project” has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation.

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, research professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and Coordinating Center: Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract) from WFU Health Sciences.

Congratulations to Shelley Sizemore, director of community partnerships in the Office of Civic & Community Engagement, whose proposal entitled “Forsyth County Youth Service Zone: Building capacity for youth leadership & service” has been funded by the Youth Service America.

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Macroeconomics conference to be held here in August

Sandeep Mazumder

The 14th Annual Conference of Macroeconomists from Liberal Arts Colleges will be held at Wake Forest on Aug. 7 and 8.

At the conference, macroeconomists from liberal arts schools nationwide will gather to present their research to one another in an effort to promote high-quality research and collaboration, according to Sandeep Mazumder, associate professor of economics and chair of the Department of Economics.  Mazumder is the conference’s lead organizer.

He added that the conference is also aimed at helping junior faculty members and faculty members from under-represented groups.

Some of the colleges and universities represented will include Pomona College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Davidson College, Vassar College and the University of Richmond.

Last year’s conference was held at Davidson College.

For more information, visit the conference’s website.

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Categories: Faculty NewsInside WFU

Nobel Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus to speak in Wait Chapel

Muhammad Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the global microfinance movement, will discuss his vision for “A World of Zero Poverty” in Wait Chapel on Dec. 6.

Yunus will present the inaugural Noesis Lecture at 4 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

He is often called the “banker of the poor” and the father of social business.  Yunus founded Grameen Bank as a non-profit in Bangladesh to provide small, collateral-free loans to the poor, most women, to start their own businesses.

The lecture is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Eudaimonia Institute: the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society; the School of Business; the Graduate Programs in Sustainability; the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; and the Department of Economics.

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Faculty books: July 2017 report

Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). The Counseling Dictionary, 4th ed. American Counseling Association. July 2017.

Leonard, Bill. (Divinity). The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers (Homebrewed Christianity series). Fortress Press. July 2017.

Whaples, Robert M., Ed. (Economics). Pope Francis and the Caring Society. Independent Institute. September 2017 (made available in July).

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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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