The Honesty Project, which launched in 2020 with a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, has awarded grants to 16 projects exploring the science of honesty and philosophical questions related to the virtue.
The Project’s funding competitions drew hundreds of proposals from researchers worldwide who are investigating what determines honesty, how honest people are, and the consequences of honesty for relationships, groups and institutions. The winning studies focus on a range of topics from honesty in public health communications to understanding culturally-endorsed parental lies.
“We are thrilled to be able to support these 16 teams researching the philosophy and the science of honesty,” said Christian B. Miller, project director and A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest. “The study of honesty has been surprisingly neglected in academic research, but these highly innovative and exciting projects will help to change that. I can’t wait to see the discoveries about honesty they will produce in the coming years.”
Read the full story and view the research award winners on the Wake Forest News website.
Categories: Faculty News
Congratulations to Wake Forest University faculty from the Reynolda Campus who reported publishing books in August 2021:
- Dos Santos, Patricia C. (Chemistry). Fe-S Proteins: Methods and Protocols. Humana Press. 2021.
- Gala, Candelas. (Spanish, Emerita). Clara Janés. La poesía cuántica o la física de la poesía [Clara Janés. Quantum Poetics or the Physics of Poetry]. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. 2021.
- Gladding, Samuel T. (Counseling). Theories of Counseling, 3rd ed. Rowman & Littlefield. 2021.
- Infurna, Frank J., & Eranda Jayawickreme. (Psychology). Redesigning Research on Post-Traumatic Growth. Oxford University Press. 2021.
- Petrocelli, John V. (Psychology). The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit. St. Martin’s Press. 2021.
Eranda Jayawickreme, associate professor of psychology, has been named Harold W. Tribble Professor of Psychology.
“I’m grateful to receive this endowed professorship, as well as for the opportunity to work at Wake Forest for the past 12 years,” said Jayawickreme. “Wake Forest is one of the leading research hubs for the study of morality and character, and I feel lucky to be at a university that truly lives up to the teacher-scholar model.”
Jayawickreme received the endowed professorship, one of the highest honors the College can award a faculty member, for his significant contributions to teaching, student mentorship, and interdisciplinary scholarship on the intersection of psychology and philosophy involving post-traumatic growth, well-being, moral character, and integrative theories of personality.
Read more on the College of Arts and Sciences website.
Congratulations to Philip Clarke, associate professor of counseling, whose proposal entitled “COVID-Wellness Longitudinal Study” has been funded by the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society.
Congratulations to Dale Dagenbach, professor of psychology, whose proposal entitled “Analytical Tools for Complex Brain Networks: Fusing Novel Statistical Methods and Network Science to Understand Brain Function” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and by (subaward/subcontract from) WFU Health Sciences.
Congratulations to Michael Gross, associate professor of engineering and faculty director for the Center for Entrepreneurship, whose proposal entitled “Template-Directed Electrode Nanostructure Engineering” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) Oak Ridge Associated University.
Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science and director of the J.B. Snow Biomechanics Laboratory, whose proposal entitled “Preventing Incident Knee Osteoarthritis: The Osteoarthritis Prevention Study (TOPS)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.
A guest post from the College
This is the final post in a five-part series honoring College faculty who have retired in 2021 and 2020.
The College honors those who retired at the end of the 2020 academic year. Due to the abbreviated virtual conferring of degrees in 2020, these tremendous teacher-scholars and directors were recognized during this year’s Commencement ceremonies. Enjoy the linked profiles capturing their lasting legacies.
- John E.R. Friedenberg, Professor of Theatre and Dance
- Brian Gorelick, Associate Professor and Director of Choral Ensembles
- Judy Kem, Professor of French Studies
- G.E. “Rick” Matthews, Professor of Physics
- Tom Phillips, Director of the Wake Forest Scholars Program
- Catherine E. Seta, Professor of Psychology
- Kathy B. Smith, Professor of Politics and International Affairs
- Alan Williams, Professor of History