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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Transportation and Parking Services announces new van service for faculty and staff

This is a guest post from Transportation and Parking Services:

Transportation and Parking Services is pleased to announce an enhanced transportation service for faculty and staff for the new academic year.

Beginning Monday, August 26, the daytime Gray Line Route (fixed route service) is being replaced with an On-Call Demand Van Service, which will be more flexible. This service will offer expanded transportation services to several WFU satellite locations. Below is a non-inclusive list of locations that will be served by the On-Call Demand Van Service:

  • Bridger Field House
  • Davis House
  • Graylyn
  • HR House
  • LJVM Coliseum
  • Reynolda House
  • Reynolda Village
  • University Corporate Center

This service is available Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You can request a ride by using the Transloc App ( or calling 336-829-8238.

The On-Call Demand Service does not offer transportation to Wake Downtown or Brookwood, as there is currently a fixed shuttle route for these locations. For more information on WFU transportation services, visit

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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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Health, safety enhancements planned for BB&T Field, LJVM Coliseum

In an effort to proactively foster a safer environment for fans, coaches and student-athletes at events hosted at BB&T Field and LJVM Coliseum, Wake Forest Athletics will begin a metal detector program at those two facilities. The program will be implemented beginning with Wake Forest’s football season-opener against Utah State University on Aug. 30.

In addition to safety enhancements, Wake Forest has upgraded misting stations and added water bottle refill stations at BB&T Field.

More details here.

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