Opened in 1961, Babcock Residence Hall is one of several standing tributes to the generosity and impact of the Reynolds family. It is named for Mary Reynolds Babcock, wife of Charles Henry Babcock and daughter of Richard Joshua Reynolds. With her husband, Mrs. Babcock donated more than 300 acres that became the modern campus of Wake Forest University. In 1959, six years after her death, the foundation created in her memory donated $50,000 that went toward the dorm’s construction costs. The bee and flower icons on the dorm’s seal are emblematic of Mrs. Babcock’s devotion to gardening.
My name is Al Claiborne, and I am a Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Wake Forest School of Medicine. I served as a tenured Professor for over twenty years, during which my research program focused on the structural enzymology of oxidative metabolism in a number of bacterial pathogens. I was Principal Investigator on an NIH research grant for twenty-two years, and I published ninety-five peer-reviewed articles. I believe that my research experience in biochemistry will synergize with student interest at Wake Forest in the biomedical sciences program recently initiated through Wake Downtown, and my three decades of experience in international research collaborations—in Japan and eleven European countries—will add to my interactions with Wake Forest undergraduates and their own Study Abroad opportunities. My recent collaborative efforts with humanities faculty at Wake Forest make it possible to engage students across an even broader spectrum of interests. I look forward to the coming year as a Faculty Fellow in Babcock and to meeting—and being challenged by—the Wake Forest community.
University Scholar in Residence
Welcome to Babcock! My name is Michael Lamb, and I am a University Scholar in Residence and Fellow in the Office of Personal and Career Development. I teach ethics and political theory and am currently helping develop programs in leadership and character. I grew up on a small family farm in Tennessee and have been at Wake Forest for only a year, so like you, I'm relatively new. But I already feel at home here and want to help make you feel at home, too. I love Wake Forest and look forward to getting to know you this year!
Associate Professor, English
If our lives are like stories, you're about to start a new chapter of yours. As someone who loves a good story, I'm excited for you--and I'm looking forward to being a small part of it as your Faculty Fellow. As a member of the English Department, I teach first-year writing, introductory literature, and upper-level African American literature courses. I'm always interested in thinking and talking about what makes for a great story, whether on the page or in the "real" world, and I'm eager to do that with you as you discover--and write--your own plot-line. Here's to a great adventure...and comedy...and drama...and romance...whatever kind of story you're living!