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Wake Forest University Press, the major publisher of Irish poetry in North
America, hosted a “coming of age” party on March 18 to celebrate its twenty-first
anniversary. Casa Artom celebrated twenty-five years of welcoming students to Ven-
ice for study. Z. Smith Reynolds Library won the Information Management Award
of the North Carolina Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (NC/SLA). Library
Director Rhoda K. Channing accepted the award for its “support of libraries and
information science and the information needs of its community.”
Many faculty were recognized for their achievements during the academic
year. Jack Rejeski (Health and Exercise Science) was among the experts who con-
tributed to the newly released Surgeon General’s report on physical fitness and health.
The report stressed that such activities as walking and gardening helped to prevent
disease and to improve mental health. In his work for the report, Rejeski focused on
the link between exercise and quality of life.
Leah McCoy (Education) and Beth Boyd (Academic Computing Specialist)
developed “telementoring” workshops to connect students from Paisley Math and
Science Academy with prominent women scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and
computer scientists. The Internet, primarily e-mail, was used to encourage seventh-
and eighth-grade girls to consider careers in math and science. The workshops were
made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Association for Educational Com-
munications and Technology.
In other faculty news, Charles Longino Jr. (Sociology) was named a master
teacher by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Jennifer Burg
(Mathematics and Computer Science) became the first Director of the Computer-
Enhanced Learning Initiative (CELI) to help faculty find innovative and effective
ways to use computer technology in teaching. Randy Rogan (Communication),
an expert in hostage negotiations, was consulted by Winston-Salem law enforce-
ment when a man took a hostage at a day-care center. Gary Shoesmith (Babcock
Graduate School of Management), director of the Center for Economic Studies,
published articles in the school’s periodical Quarterly Review that gained notice in
In addition, retired Mathematics Professor Ivey Gentry received the University’s
highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, while J. Kline Harrison (Calloway School)
received the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Contributions to Student Life, and Glo-
ria Muday (Biology) was given the Award for Excellence in Research. Helga Welsh
(Political Science) received the Excellence in Teaching Award.
David Anderson (Biology), in research supported by the National Science
Foundation, found a curious irony in the lives of masked boobies, a seabird on Isla
Espanola, the most southeastern island in the Galapagos. If the first egg hatches, the
parents encourage the killing of the second offspring because to thrive, they could
only raise one chick. Unlike many birds, the masked boobies have a poor hatching
rate and lay two eggs in the hopes one will survive.
Christy Buchanan (Psychology) published a book with colleagues at Stanford,
Adolescents after Divorce. It studied 365 post-divorce families to discover what factors
predict better or worse adjustment for children following a divorce.