"Research" Archive

Faculty and staff proposals funded

University seal viewed through ironwork WFCongratulations to the following Wake Forest faculty and staff members who have had proposals funded.

Natalie Aho, program manager School of Divinity, whose proposal “Reflective Practices for Project Sustainability Grant, has been funded by the Lilly Endowment and Duke University.

Miriam Ashley-Ross, professor of biology, whose proposal “Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Assignment” has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Faculty proposals funded

University seal viewed through ironwork WFCongratulations to the following Wake Forest faculty and staff members who have had proposals funded.

Patricia Clayton, associate professor of engineering, whose proposal “Empowering Engineering Scholar-Activists through Community-driven Research Experience” has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin.

Sarah Esstman, associate professor of biology, whose proposal “Rotavirus Genome Replication and Virion Assembly” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Physics grad student excels in science competition

Huang is third from the right.

Wenxiao Huang, a graduate student in physics professor David Carroll’s research lab, was part of the team that won the final four in the BASF 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition.

Huang teamed up with University of Connecticut collaborators to come up with innovative, lightweight solutions to tackle challenges of a sustainable future.

Overall, this science competition encourages ideas from young researchers who recently joined or will soon become a part of the creative workforce. BASF invited Ph.D. students and young researchers to submit their innovative and game-changing ideas that address global challenges in three areas: Food, Smart Energy and Urban Living.

Huang and his team proposed “Reinforced cellulose for sustainable structures” as a green construction and transportation materials to resolve the future environmental impact of a growing urban population. As a finalist team, they entered the “proof of concept” stage of the competition and presented their project at BASF North America headquarters at Florham Park, N.J., on June 5. BASF is the largest chemical producer in the world and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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External support for WFU research remains strong

The following letter is adapted from director of Research and Sponsored Programs Lori Messer’s introduction to the October issue of Research News:

Reynolda Campus research had an excellent year. For fiscal year 2013, total external support for projects exceeded $9.8 million, the second-highest amount in campus history, and that was not including five fellowships for scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The total is even more remarkable when you consider that $8.4 million, about 86 percent, comes from federal sources limited by sequestration budget cuts.

FY13 saw 22 departments and centers receive sponsored research funding, and nearly all increased its total over FY12. Health and exercise science received the most, with physics running a close second.

Faculty and staff in 32 departments and centers submitted 152 external proposals, requesting more than $38 million. Chemistry submitted the most proposals and requested the most funding.

We would like to recognize two of our former CRADLE program participants, Oana Jurchescu and Timo Thonhauser, both in physics, who received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. WFU has received five such awards, with Patricia Dos Santos and Rebecca Alexander in chemistry and Dave Anderson in biology already gaining that distinction.

CRADLE (Creative Research Activities Development and Enrichment) is a two-year program that helps Wake Foresters develop competitive external funding proposals.

The NSF CAREER Award is a $400,000 award given to the nation’s top junior faculty members and is meant to support their research, encourage excellent teaching, mentorship and community outreach.

Another graduate of the CRADLE program, assistant professor of chemistry Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, received her first independent federal funding. The following faculty and staff also received their first individual external grants at WFU:

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Kairoff receives NEH research grant

Claudia KairoffProfessor of English Claudia Kairoff and a research colleague have received a second major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to edit the works of the early 18th century British poet Anne Finch. Read more

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