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Awards

Dr. Louise Temple (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received the Carski Award from the American Society for Microbiology. The award recognizes an educator for outstanding teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement. 


Grants (awarded in August 2018)

Dr. Emily K. Akerson (Clinical Coordinator and Interprofessional Initiatives, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $151,936 from Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital for Healthcare for the Homeless Suitcase Clinic. 

Jolynne Bartley Assistant Director of Children and Youth Services, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Michael A. Maurice (Director, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $184,960 from the Virginia Department of Education for 21st Century Community Learning Center: Stone Spring Elementary School. 

Dr. Dennis B. Blanton (Associate Professor, Anthropology) received $1,848 from Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Birthplace to do an archaeological evaluation of the rear yard of the structure known as the Manse, complete an analysis of artifacts recovered dur9ing summer 2018 field work and prepare a final lab report and field findings. 

Dr. Julia W. Carr (Senior Associate Director, University Recreation; Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) and Dr. Benjamin H. Carr (Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) received $16,822 from Harrisonburg City Parks and Recreation to provide a graduate assistantship at Harrisonburg City Parks and Recreation. 

Dr. Julia W. Carr (Senior Associate Director, University Recreation; Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) and Dr. Benjamin H. Carr (Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) received $51,423 from Bridgewater College to provide a graduate assistantship at Bridgewater College. 

Dr. Raymond A. Enke (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $463,915 from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the molecular and biochemical impact of epigenetically modified DNA in the developing human retina as well as in the diseased retinas of donors affected by age related macular degeneration. 

Alleyn S. Harned (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities) received $85,900 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for Omnibus 12 to provide alternative fuel vehicle inventory, alternative fuel production inventory, alternative fuels transition support, Virginia stakeholder technical assistance and coalition support; and biofuels education and outreach. 

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $480,303 from the Virginia Department of Health for the Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic. 

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $125,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to continue work in reducing drug and alcohol abuse among Latino youth in Harrisonburg and Rockingham and to build capacity among the prevention-oriented community. 

Dr. Krisztina V. Jakobsen (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $1,000 from the American Psychological Association to host the Eastern Teaching of Psychology conference. 

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $3,000 from the city of Buena Vista to support the Small Business Development Center. 

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $1,250 from the City of Waynesboro to support the Small Business Development Center. 

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $12,500 from Rockingham County to support the Small Business Development Center. 

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $2,500 from Page County to support the Small Business Development Center. 

Meghann McCoy (Business Manager, WMRA) received $30,860 from the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to support radio reading services for people who are unable to independently read print material due to vision impairment or disability. 

Dr. Carole L. Nash (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $25,000 from the National Park Service to provide archaeological evaluations and surveys of Shenandoah National Park. 

Dr. Rocky Parker (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $66,218 from the National Park Service for development of hormone manipulated Judas snakes for improved management of Burmese Pythons in Everglades National Park. 

Yasmeen L. Shorish (Associate Professor; Professional Librarian, Libraries and Educational Technologies) and Elizabeth A. Thompson (Assistant Professor; Professional Librarian, Libraries and Educational Technologies) received $89,333 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to convene experts and stakeholders to address key opportunities and challenges in building an open access collection development platform. 

Dr. James S. Sochacki (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $70,717 from the Idaho National Laboratory to increase the relevance of the Applied Visualization Laboratory in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies and to evaluate and enhance the usability and effectiveness of immersive visualization applications and mathematical analytics of datasets. 

Dr. Morgan M. Steffen (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $399,313 from the National Science Foundation for "Dimensions: Collaborative Research: The Cyanobacterial Bloom Microbial Interactome as a Model for Understanding Biogeographical and Seasonal Patterns in Functional Biodiversity." 

Dr. Debbie C. Sturm (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology; Director, Counseling Programs) received $42,641 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to publish and distribute the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter throughout the state. 

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $8,164 from First LEGO League to increase the growth and development of the VA-DC-FIRST LEGO League teams and program in the Virginia/DC area. 

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $10,000 from First LEGO League to continue to grow and develop the VA-DC FIORST LEGO League program. 

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $5,000 from First LEGO League to continue to grow and develop the VA-DC FIORST LEGO League program. 

Gerald R. Weniger (Program Director, Graduate Physician Assistant Program; Assistant Professor, Health Sciences) received $42,457 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand on research addressing specific needs around the training of individuals that deliver and/or support the treatment of opioid use disorder, including the comprehensive services necessary for successful medication-assisted treatments. 


Publications

Dr. Cara Meixner (Executive Director, Center for Faculty Innovation) co-edited a book, "Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement: Exploring Intersections, Frameworks, and Models of Practice," published in August by Stylus. Cara's teaching, work, and research in service-learning pedagogy was inspired by her undergraduate years at James Madison University, during which time she took an intensive service-learning course in Honduras. 

Dr. Sian White (Associate Professor, English) published in article, "The Dramatic Modern Novel: Mimesis and The Poetics of Tragedy in Mrs. Dalloway." Woolf Studies Annual 24 (2018): 101-34.

 




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