News in brief: WU professor wins fellowship, Teaching Center director search

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University faculty member wins Sloan Fellowship

Dr. Timothy Wencewicz, assistant professor in the chemistry department, was awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship Feb. 15. The two-year fellowship, granted to 126 researchers across the county, is awarded “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.”
The fellowship is meant to honor young members of the academic community who have a strong future in scientific research.
Wencewicz, who studies infectious diseases and antibodies, is the 34th faculty member of the University to receive this fellowship.

Global Health Week to take place Feb. 26

Global Health Week programs start Monday, Feb. 26 and will continue until Thursday, March 1.
The week’s programming will feature a panel organized by Washington University’s Global Health Student Advisory Committee focusing on a range of healthcare issues.

The event is sponsored by the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the Global Health Center at the University’s Institute for Public Health. Specific topics that will be discussed include nutrition and food security, gender and HIV transmission and treatment of disparities and global health careers.

The week is also co-sponsored by the Brown School of Social Work, School of Medicine, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Olin Business School and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The events throughout the week will all be free and open to the public.

Teaching Center search committee for new director

Provost Holden Thorp formed a search committee to appoint a new executive director for the Washington University Teaching Center, a resource for faculties of all departments that aims to improve teaching through classroom design and learning technology.
The Teaching Center also offers training in effective teaching for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The executive director will manage the center’s budget, personnel, programs, facilities and communications. The position will be three-year term, with the possibility of a renewed term.

The directorship application is open to all tenured faculty at Washington University. The committee is looking for candidates who have a passion for teaching, working with different academic fields, previous experience with innovative teaching and an interest in research.
Vice Provost and Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law Marion Crain will serve as chair of the committee. Other members of the committee include faculty from the Teaching Center, Olin Library, the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering & Applied Science. The deadline to apply is March 19.

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