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Alessandra Beasley Von Burg
Where Are You From? Project Website and Media Launch
Awarded $2,000 for the period 9/17/12 to 3/31/13
Source: North Carolina Humanities Council
North Carolina is home to one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the country: about 650,000 foreign-born residents, 6.8% of the population (US Census), and ~325,000 illegal immigrants (Raleigh News and Observer), including ~51,000 children. A reasonable and compassionate response is crucial to a sustainable civic society where newcomers and natives participate, communicate, and build communities. Where Are You From? (WAYF) collects interviews, narratives, examples, and experiences of migration and mobility from new immigrants and long-term residents in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Charlotte, NC. It is organizing the first 30 interviews on a multimedia interactive website, searchable by themes and capable of gathering more stories. It can be used for training and pedagogical purposes and will engage the community, educators, policymakers, and nonprofits.
Steven M. Giles
- Promoting Fidelity Using Remote and On-Site Support
Awarded $19,971 for the period 9/1/05 to 8/31/06
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
All Stars is a program that seeks to prevent high-risk behaviors
in adolescents aged 10 to 14. It uses interactive methods to discuss
values, ideals, norms, and personal commitments, involving parents
through homework assignments and an audio CD to improve their parenting
skills. Teachers and community leaders are also trained in All
Stars interactive teaching skills and underlying program concepts.
In collaboration with researchers at the Pacific Institute
for Research and Evaluation, Dr. Giles supervises development
including a protocol for scoring videotaped observations.
He also hires, supervises, and trains coders at WFU, ensuring
that at least
2 qualified coders rate each videotape and maintain consistency.
He attends research team meetings and corresponds with
coaches who assist teachers in improving their implementation
the All Stars
curricula. He also writes reports and publications related
to the fidelity with which All Stars is implemented in
- An Investigation into the Communication of Social Norms Related
to Thinness and Body Image among College Students
Source: WFU Social,
Behavioral, and Economic Science Research Fund
This pilot study aims to determine the ways that parents, dating
partners, and campus organizations may foster unrealistic norms
of ideal body image for college women, enhancing the risk for
eating disorders. It will ask the following questions:
1. In what ways, if any, do female college students feel pressure
to be thin?
2. How is the pressure communicated by those closest (e.g., parents,
dating partners, organizational members)?
3. What is the relationship between attitudes that foster eating
disorders and social networks?
4. How do the pressures to be thin felt by female students change
as they progress through their college careers?
5. How does the prevalence of eating disorders and subthreshold
eating disorder attitudes and behaviors change as female college
students progress through the academic system?
Interview data will inform a template for the design of preventative
- Building Teacher Mastery via an Internet Training System
Awarded $99,132.00 for the period 5/1/05 to 4/30/06
This Phase II STTR project aims to complete development of a
web-based training system called the All Stars Online Community,
designed to improve teachers' delivery of All Stars, an adolescent
substance use prevention program. It will provide training material
tailored to each teacher's current level of curriculum mastery,
from novice to advanced. Teachers will receive continuous, consistent
support and feedback, and a discussion form will allow teachers
to ask questions and to get assistance from master teachers.
During Phase II, web-based content and procedures will be expanded,
especially the content for advanced teachers. A companion DVD
will include examples of teachers delivering All Stars sessions.
A randomized field trial will test whether the online training
improves curriculum implementation and interactive teaching skills.
Effects of training on student outcomes, including changes in
student mediators and substance use, will be assessed.
This project will advance the field of substance use prevention
through technological innovations to improve the poor implementation
associated with reduced outcomes in experimental trials. The project
is consistent with Wake Forest's efforts to use technology to
improve instruction. The funding will defray university costs
by providing computer equipment, stipends for three graduate students,
and indirect costs.
- Benjamin Franklin Trans-Atlantic Fellows Summer Institute
Awarded $250,000 for the period 4/27/12 to 3/31/13
Source: US Department of State (DOS)
- Franklin Institute Embassy Funding
Awarded $46,800 for the period 5/1/12 to 8/31/12
In its seventh season, the Benjamin Franklin Trans-Atlantic Fellows Program hosted 68 high school students from nearly 50 countries. Selected by US Embassies, they represent a variety of interests and share classes, participate in a study trip to Philadelphia and Washington DC, live with US families, and engage in ten days of inquiry and civic engagement. The program is designed to make European and US youth aware of shared values and the principles of freedom and to prepare them for action on the world stage. See bftf.org and FB group, Ben Franklin 2012.
Approximately 60 fellows from over 40 countries will spend a month at Wake Forest University, experiencing home stays and interacting with 10 US fellows and other students. They will study Comparative Constitutionalism, Citizenship and Conflict, Documentary History and Production, and prepare for civic engagement and community service, using Internet applications to study and produce new digital media. They will also enjoy study trips to Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute
Awarded $212,000 for the period 4/14/10 to 4/30/11
Source: US Department of State (DoS)
Approximately 35 fellows from over 30 countries will spend the month of July at Wake Forest, experiencing home stays and multitiered interactions with 10 US fellows and other students. They will study Comparative Constitutionalism, Citizenship and Conflict, Documentary History and Production, and prepare for civic engagement and community service, using Internet applications to study and produce new digital media. They will also enjoy study trips to Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
- BFTI Grant-Embassy Funding
Awarded $5,000 for the period 7/13/09 to 10/31/09
The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative provides two Summer Institutes: the Founders (ages 15-17) and the Diplomats (ages 17-19). The program seeks to create an environment that encourages individual expression, communication, and information-sharing to advance positive relationships among youth of various ethnic and religious groups from Eurasia, Europe, and the United States.
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Initiative: Summer Institute for Youth
Awarded $829,676 for the period 6/1/07 to 12/31/09
- BFTI Grant – Embassy Funding
Awarded $35,104 for the period 6/1/07 to 8/31/07
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Initiative – Western
Awarded $31,500 for the period 6/15/06 to 7/30/06
- Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Initiative: Summer Institute
Awarded $171,750 for the period 6/23/06 to 3/31/07
Professor Louden has won the opportunity for Wake Forest to be
the first host of a new national program to promote international
understanding among youth. Over 22 days in July, 35 high-school-aged
students from 32 European and Eurasian countries and 10 of their
counterparts from across the US live together in a residence hall,
participate in three workshops, complete a community service project,
visit the European Studies Center at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, spend a weekend with Winston-Salem area host families,
and take field trips to Williamsburg, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.
Two of the workshops are led by Wake Forest faculty. John Dinan,
the Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Political Science,
leads “Comparative Constitutionalism.” Students
examine the US constitution-making process and compare it
to those within
the European Union and in post-Soviet countries. Ross K.
Smith, Wake Forest debate coach, leads “Media Criticism
in the Age of the Internet” in which students explore
how the Internet and blogs influence the media, public opinion,
and political situations
around the world. The third workshop, “Bridging Differences
though Public Argument” is led by a professor from
the University of Pittsburgh.
- Southeastern Europe Youth Leadership Institute (SEEYLI)
Awarded $137,178 for the period 11/1/04 to 11/15/05, Year 2
Source: Open Society Institute/DoS
Wake Forest is one of two US universities selected to host a 2004
Southeastern Europe Youth Leadership Institute, involving an international
staff and guests from Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro,
Romania, and Serbia. Along with 13 community leaders and teachers
representing the 6 countries, 60 high school students, ranging in
age from 15 to 17, will spend the month of July on the Wake Forest
campus, including 2 weeks with volunteer families in the Winston-Salem
area. Workshops and cultural activities are designed to explore US
politics and culture and to promote interactions among the students
and their hosts, with debate used as a vehicle for exploring civic
Kristen McCauliff, Wake
assistant debate coach, coordinates summer administration.
- Study to Prevent Alcohol-Related Consequences (SPARC)
Awarded $36,375 for the period 8/1/11 to 7/30/12
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The Study to Prevent Alcohol-Related Consequences (SPARC) is a five-year, NIAAA-funded randomized trial to reduce high-risk drinking and alcohol-related consequences among college students. Implementation has moved through assessment, coalition-building, and strategic planning; current work focuses on action and sustainability. Specific aims are to extend the intervention for two years and to evaluate its process and impact.
- Rapid Responses to Problem Drinking on College Campuses
Awarded $15,824 for the period 8/1/07 to 7/31/08
The research team will implement and evaluate a comprehensive intervention to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related problems among college students at schools chosen by NIAAA. The study has three specific aims:
- assist NIAAA and the college in designing and refining an intervention focused on changing both campus and community environments to reduce alcohol abuse;
- provide technical assistance to support implementation with a high degree of intensity and fidelity;
- evaluate the intervention’s impact using a quasi-experimental design with objective measures, students’ self-reports, and dormitory resident advisors’ reports of alcohol use and alcohol-related incidents.
Two or more intervention schools are paired with control schools, and a pilot study with a historically black college or university will be conducted.
- Impacts of the Workplace on Indian Call-Center Workers
Awarded $7,670, Spring 2007
Source: WFU Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science Research
Successful operation of call-centers in India depends on the
cultural competence and morale of the phone operators, who,
in a virtual diaspora,
work outside India while living in it. Their experience is both
new and increasing, but, as yet, no reliable studies have assessed
potentially damaging effects. Evaluation of the acculturation processes
and the morale/quality of life of the workers is needed to formulate
their training and professional development. Focus-group meetings
will be held in India to establish the critical items for a web-based
questionnaire, administered to a statistically significant sample
of call-center employees. The intellectual merit of this study
lies in the use of a novel conceptual framework – diasporic studies – to
compare the effects of call-center work with removal from place
of origin. Through partnership with the Indian Institute of
Research (IIHMR), research-based interventions will be devised
to address the possible negative effects of the techno-diasporic
This pilot study will provide preliminary data for proposals to
Ron Von Burg
Benjamin Franklin Trans-Atlantic Fellows Institute
Awarded $225,000 for the period 4/12/13 to 3/31/14
The Summer Institute fosters relationships among 35 teenagers from ~30 European countries and 10 of the United States, who travel to North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, for four weeks. Themes include civic education, leadership development, and community activism. Workshops, site visits, and interactive activities explore shared values, global concerns, and media literacy.