Madison Scholarly News — September 2008
Dr. Florian P. Buchholz (Assistant Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. David H. Bernstein (Professor, Computer Science) received $141,583 from the U.S. Department of Justice to develop a file carving framework for computer forensics.
Dr. Harold M. Butner (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $50,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for "Disc Emission via a Bias-free Reconnaissance in the Infrared/Sub-millimetre" to contribute to the DEBRIS survey with analysis of the Herschel data, to follow up new sources with ground-based observations and to provide modeling.
Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Interim Head, Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) and Dr. Joseph D. Enedy (Professor Emeritus, Geographic Science) received two grants from the Virginia Geographic Alliance – $5,000 to support the co-coordinators responsibilities associated with producing newsletters, traveling for alliance business at agencies and offices and alliance meetings and $5,000 to tour through the five physical regions of Virginia teaching the physical, human, economic and historical geography of the state.
Dr. Dan C. Halling (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $12,000 from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind to provide a graduate assistant at the school.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $73,342 from the Department of Defense to obtain a scholarship in order to increase the number of qualified students entering the field of information technology for war fighting and the security of its infrastructure.
Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $207,375 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,476,668 from the National Science Foundation for "Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Majors" to develop and implement a research design for monitoring STEP implementation among the four partners and to design and conduct an impact evaluation plan to collect data, track progress and evaluate student outcomes.
Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $275,484 from the National Science Foundation to identify and describe important ion-protein interactions that are involved in nucleotide binding and the salt induced stabilization of alternate RecA conformations.
Dr. Jason W. Martin (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. Roger J. Thelwell (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. James S. Sochacki (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Charles D. Pruett (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $50,000 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a single 16-core server and associated peripheral equipment.
Dr. Lisa M. Maynard (Assistant Professor, Music) received $825 from the National String Project Consortium to create assistantships for undergraduate string music education majors from JMU to gain teaching experience while offering string instrument lessons to school-age students from the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $19,500 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for Tangier Island Wind and Wind Outreach to examine regulatory and jurisdictional issues, identify a permitting framework and support continued collection of wind data. Miles received $10,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission for the Virginia Wind Energy Workshop to help local officials to consider advancements in wind power technology, potential impacts and benefits from development and challenges in both the site and permit process.
Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $1,800 from DuPont Crop Protection to synthesize biologically relevant natural products and related structures for testing and evaluation of properties useful for agricultural and horticultural crop protection agents.
Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy), Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Kevin Giovanetti (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $264,063 from the National Science Foundation to construct PCAL, a large calorimeter for the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility at the Jefferson Lab.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $6,099 from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to participate in the research and development of the MINERvA Detector.
Christopher B. Nye (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $80,369 from the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse to establish and administer a local system of early intervention services.
Dr. Olga Pierrakos (Assistant Professor, Engineering), Dr. Robin D. Anderson (Associate Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies; Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Director and Professor, Engineering), Dr. Eric C. Pappas (Associate Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Robert J. Prins (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $150,000 from the National Science Foundation to expose engineering students to a broad range of problem-based learning environments, evaluate and assess students' learning outcomes, disseminate PBL practices and findings to the engineering community and establish science, technology, engineering and mathematics partners.
Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $5,000 from Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center of Loudoun County Inc. to establish a scholarship for a graduate speech-language pathology student in the Externship Semester of the Masters Program.
Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $15,000 from Verizon for the HEF Thinkfinity Academy to increase literacy and educational achievement in Harrisonburg by supporting public school teachers in their use of the Thinkfinity.org Web site. Swayne received $10,000 from Dominion Foundation for the 2008 FIRST LEGO League Challenge: Climate Connections: Building a Global Game Plan to operate regional and state tournaments for the Virginia FIRST LEGO league.
Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $50,704 from the National Science Foundation to integrate new research in 3-D and 4-D geobrowser visualizations with undergraduate education in geoscience courses.
Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey for a Shenandoah River Watershed Land Cover History Workshop to convene experts to share and ascertain current knowledge regarding land use and land cover changes and their biophysical impacts in the watershed.
William R. (Randy) Poag (Retired Alternative Fuel Vehicle Laboratory Manager, Facilities Management) was inducted into the Nashville Auto-Diesel College Alumni Hall of Fame, in part for his leadership in biodiesel fuels adoption at JMU. Poag served as Facilities Management's liaison with academic departments at JMU, working with faculty and students on electric and compressed natural gas vehicle projects. Since retiring in 2005, he has continued to share his expertise with JMU.
The 2008 conference on Dynamic Modeling in Economics and Finance was held Sept. 25-27 in honor of Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration). The conference at the University of Urbino in Italy was the first such event held to honor a JMU professor.
On behalf of the JMU Department of Psychology, Dr. Michael Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) accepted the American Psychological Association Departmental Award for Culture of Service at an APA leadership meeting Oct. 4 in Tempe, Ariz. The award honors departments who stand out among their national peers in service to professional organizations, their university and their community and includes $5,000 to fund departmental activities.
Dr. Andreas Broscheid (Assistant Professor, Political Science) presented a poster, "Is the 9th Circuit More Liberal Than Other Circuits?” at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston.
Dr. Chris Koski (Assistant Professor, Political Science), with two co-authors, presented "Something’s Got to Give: The Political Economy of State Budget Trade-off" at the August 2008 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association. Koski also presented "Greening America’s Skylines" at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.
Dr. Kelli Moore (Assistant Professor, Political Science) presented a paper, "Whither to Celebrate Whiteness? Bonding and the Inclusion of 'White' as Ethnic," at a conference on Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View from Abroad at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom in June.
Dr. Robin Teske (Professor, Political Science) presented a paper, "Environmental Politics: Thinking About the Relationship Between the Local and the Global," at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago.
Dr. Melinda Adams (Assistant Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Jon Keller (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published "Rhetoric vs. Reality: U.S. Foreign Assistance to Africa under Bush 41 and Bush 43" in White House Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2.
Dr. Melinda Adams (Assistant Professor, Political Science) wrote an article, "Women's Executive Leadership in Africa: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Broader Patterns of Change," which was published in Politics & Gender, Vol. 4, No. 3.
Dr. Marty Cohen (Assistant Professor, Political Science) is the co-author of a book, "The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform," which was published by the University of Chicago Press.
Dr. Anthony Eksterowicz (Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Glenn Hastedt (Professor and Director, Justice Studies) co-edited a book, "The Presidencies of George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush: Like Father Like Son?" with NOVA Publishers. The book formed the basis of the Byrd Symposium on the two presidents at JMU in the spring of 2008.
Dr. Kathleen Ferraiolo (Assistant Professor, Political Science) wrote an article, "State Policy Innovation and the Federalism Implications of Direct Democracy," which was published in the 2008 Annual Review issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 38: 3, pp. 488-514.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote a review of "Realism Reconsidered: The Legacy of Hans Morgenthau in International Relations," edited by Michael C. Williams, which was published in American Foreign Policy Interests, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2008.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) wrote "Dynamic Discontinuities in Ecologic-Economic Systems," which was published as Chapter 10 in "Discontinuities in Ecosystems and Other Complex Systems," edited by Craig R. Allen and C.S. Holling, Columbia University Press, 2008, pp. 179-192.
Dr. John Scherpereel (Assistant Professor, Political Science) wrote a book, "Governing the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Between State Socialism and the European Union," which was published by FirstForum Press, a division of Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Dr. B. Douglas Skelley (Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt (Professor and Director, Justice Studies) published "Intelligence in a turbulent world: Insights from organization theory" in Peter Gill, Stephen Marrin and Mark Phythian’s edited volume, "Intelligence Theory: Key Questions and Debates," London: Routledge, 2008.
Dr. B. Douglas Skelley (Professor, Political Science) published "The Persistence of the Politics-Administration Dichotomy: An Additional Explanation" in Public Administration Quarterly.
Dr. Stanley L. Ulanski (Professor, Geology) wrote "The Gulf Stream: Tiny Plankton, Giant Bluefin, and the Amazing Story of the Powerful River in the Atlantic," which was published Sept. 8 by the University of North Carolina Press.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) participated as an invited expert in the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on "Africa’s development needs: state implementation of various commitments, challenges and the way forward." The Sept. 22 meeting was called last year by the 62nd General Assembly, which decided by resolution that the summit would be held at the highest possible political level, with the participation of heads of state or government, ministers, special representatives and other representatives to better focus efforts on the African continent’s challenges.
Ann Albrecht was the third-place winner in the national Air and Waste Management Association undergraduate research poster/paper competition for "Verification of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's PM2.5 Forecast for the Shenandoah Valley." Albrecht received the award at the association's 101st Annual Conference and Exhibition, held June 24-27 in Portland, Ore.
Deena Hannoun received the 2008 Janet L. Anderson Prize for Undergraduate Research in Mathematical or Computational Biology from the Mathematical Association of America. She was recognized for her project, "An Optimal Energy Allocation Strategy for Multiple Constrained Resources." Hannoun received the award at the MAA’s MathFest 2008, July 31-Aug. 2 in Madison, Wis.
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