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Wake Forest appoints new graduate school dean

June 13, 2007

Wake Forest University has appointed Lorna Grindlay Moore as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Moore is professor of anthropology and professor of health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center.

Moore has also been appointed professor of public health sciences at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and professor of anthropology on the university’s Reynolda Campus.

She has taught at the University of Colorado at Denver since 1976, when she joined the anthropology department as an assistant professor.

Moore will be responsible for graduate programs on the university’s Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses.  On the Reynolda Campus, the Graduate School offers doctoral programs in biology, chemistry and physics, as well as master’s degree programs in a range of disciplines.  On the Bowman Gray Campus, the Graduate School offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in the biomedical sciences.

"Wake Forest is an exciting place,” Moore said.  “I think Wake Forest is poised to combine teaching and scholarship in new and even more productive ways and to become a national and international leader known for creating new synergy between the health, natural/physical and social sciences, the humanities and the arts. The strength of the Wake Forest environment, the many accomplishments of its faculty, and enormous capacity of its students convince me that there is little doubt that graduate education can be a key catalyst for enabling the university to move to the next level.”

Moore begins serving as dean July 1.  She succeeds Gordon Melson, who served as dean for 15 years.  Cecilia Solano has served as interim dean since Melson retired in the summer of 2006.

"I look forward to working with Dr. Moore as our new graduate dean,” said Jill Tiefenthaler, Wake Forest’s newly appointed provost.  “We have wonderful opportunities to continue to build our graduate programs and Dr. Moore brings the leadership capacity, experience and collaborative style to make that happen.”

Mark Welker, associate provost for research at Wake Forest, chaired a committee that conducted a nationwide search to fill the dean position.

"Dr. Moore is a nationally and internationally recognized scientist and academic leader,” said William B. Applegate, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine and senior vice president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences.  “In addition, she has had a great track record for attracting funding from the National Institutes of Health over many years.  Dr. Moore will be a great role model for our students and faculty.”

Moore’s research interests center on the health effects of high altitude.  She has authored dozens of journal articles on such topics as the effects of high altitude on low birth weight, high altitude pregnancy and chronic mountain sickness.

At the University of Colorado, she has taught courses in women’s health, biological anthropology, human ecology and other areas.  She served as chair of the anthropology department from 1992-98.   Moore also served on the steering committee for the Center for Women’s Health Research.

Moore earned her doctoral degree in anthropology and human genetics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

She has served as president of the Human Biology Association and vice president of the American Association of Physical Anthropology.

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