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madison scholar coverAugustine Lands Fulbright To Teach Nanotechnology in South Africa
Brian Augustine, associate professor of Chemistry, will be heading to South Africa in January to teach and research nanotechnology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Augustine will combine lectures and laboratory experiments from a class he helped pioneer at JMU called "The Science of the Small: An Introduction to Nanotechnology."


Published July 2008

madison scholar cover The Past, Present and Future of Undergraduate Research
The practice of undergraduate research at JMU has been an evolutionary process that can be traced to the university's beginning.


Published March 2008
madison scholar coverPhysics Projects Seek To Advance Particle Experiments
The task is somewhat like trying to improve on an award-winning chili recipe, but in this case, the results won't be a matter of taste. The success of this recipe will be determined by aiming gamma rays at the creation, plastic disks doped with a special compound so they can be polarized and serve as both targets and detectors in particle acceleration experiments.

Published February 2008

madison scholar cover A Mold For Teaching
JMU rapid prototype lab will make an educator's vision come to life.


Published June 2007
madison scholar coverAlgae Oil Seen as Vaible Alternative to Petroleum
Years of research by the federal government, other universities and even private companies has proven algae to be a good source of oil, oil that can be used to produce biodiesel, a clean-burning alternative to petroleum diesel. Chris Bachmann and his students research ways to find the best algae for producing oil and the best ways to grow it.


Published December 2006
madison scholar cover A White Lab Coat and a Small Crustacean
Dr. Grace Wyngaard studies microscopic copepods that genetically adapt as their environment dictates. The tiny crustaceans answer — and pose — questions on the evolution of species.


Published August 2006
madison scholar coverLike Sand Through An Hourglass
Sitting there in glass vials on a laboratory shelf, the specimens look rather ordinary—no different, in fact, than the sand that takes you six months to clean out of your car after a trip to the beach. Ah, but there's so much more to sand than that, especially the sand shelved in the lab of JMU geology Associate Professor Kristen St. John.


Published April 2006
madison scholar cover The Point Is ... A Puzzlement
A mapping project at James Madison University’s first archaeological field school in the American Southwest yielded an out-of-place artifact that has left Director Julie Solometo and other anthropologists puzzled.


Published January 2006
madison scholar coverJust What the Doctor Ordered
Dr. David Jaynes might just be on the path to easing a dilemma for both doctors and the millions of patients who suffer from chronic wounds. For the past five years, Jaynes and his students have been working on a procedure that involves observing proteins collected from such wounds to determine treatment effectiveness.


Published September 2005
madison scholar cover Where The Wind Blows
A whistling wind whips the flags straight out, adding a biting chill to an already cool spring day. It seems to be a typical condition atop the hill that is home to James Madison University's East Campus, but wind surveys paint a different picture.


Published August 2005
madison scholar coverNASCAR Nation
What's in a name? If it's the name of a product brand plastered across the hood, sides and trunk of the winning car on a NASCAR track, there's a lot in it -- a name that fans are likely to know and a brand they are likely to buy.

Published July 2005

madison scholar cover Is It Rape?
A study by Dr. Arnie Kahn explains why more than half of all women who are sexually assaulted don't report it to law enforcement officials

Published June 2005

madison scholar cover Ducts Out of Water
The waiting rooms of eye doctors throughout the United States are filled with patients seeking relief from one of the most common and irksome of ailments: dry-eye syndrome. Finally, research is under way that may give sufferers real, lasting relief and JMU is at the forefront of those efforts.

Published May 2005

madison scholar cover The Physics of Dance
As one sits quietly in an audience at a dance concert and watches, transfixed by dancers' seamless movements, notions of how science, more specifically physics, plays a role in such an inherently free and beautiful scene are far off. Except if you're Dr. Christopher Hughes. This is the story of one JMU professor who is dedicated to teaching students that the physics of dance is free yet bound by laws.