Skip to Main Content













Madison Scholar

You are in the main content

Latest Faculty Accomplishments

Submit scholarly news—publications, paper presentations and professional awards and service (appointment to boards, etc.)—to Janet Smith in Public Affairs at or 568-8008. Or use our online form.

GRANTS (Awarded September 2014)

Emily K. Akerson (Clinical Coordinator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $11,388 from the Valley Program for Aging Services Inc. to provide educational and administrative services. Akerson also received $13,772 and $6,901 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families by providing education, resources and support for Page County and Shenandoah County, respectively.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology) received $3,300 from the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology to perform administrative tasks for the society.

Dr. Christie J. Brodrick Hartman (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Abram T. Kaufman (Administrator, Facilities Management) received $20,000 from the Dominion Foundation to create a self-guided campus walking tour where students engage in hands-on sustainability learning opportunities designed around existing facilities and operations.

Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, International Programs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Associate Provost, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, International Programs) received $350,043 from the Institute of International Education Inc. to continue to increase linguistic and cultural understanding among ROTC students at JMU and nationwide by emphasizing intermediate and advanced Kiswahili instruction.

Dr. Steven G. Cresawn (Associate Professor, Biology) received $250,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to expand the Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) to serve more students per year and to enable a rethinking of the user-facing side of the Phamerator software platform. Cresawn also received $10,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to offer the SEA-PHAGES program at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Va.

Michael R. Dalmolin (Sustainability Coordinator, Facilities Management) received $750 from Keep Virginia Beautiful to create a riparian barrier with trees and shrubs to beautify a stream in close proximity to significant pedestrian and vehicular traffic, providing environmental benefits including wildlife habitat, bank stabilization and increased biodiversity to improve the local urban environment.

Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $9,500 from the Academy of Applied Science to conduct the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $10,765 from the National Science Foundation to produce parts, assemble prototypes, assemble production assemblies and perform final testing of the Bias Voltage System at FermiLab.

Dr. Trent A. Hargens (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology) received $22,486 from the ResMed Foundation for studying the effects of obstructive sleep apnea on autonomic and cardiovascular function during steady-state exercise before and after CPAP treatment (the SAFE study).

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 to provide specialized medical, psychological, psychosocial, educational and speech/language/audiology services to children and young adults under the age of 21. Hartzler-Weakley also received $425,604 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families to emphasize both abstinence and contraception and address the adulthood preparation subjects of healthy relationships communication, educational and career success and adolescent development in order to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in the region. Hartzler-Weakley also received $125,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services to address substance abuse in culturally appropriate ways and learn environmental strategies through praxis.

Dr. Erin E. Kamarunas (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $21,984 from Passy-Muir Inc. to assist the company with bringing a product to market.

Dr. Eric H. Maslen (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel (Associate Professor, Engineering) received $86,780 from the National Science Foundation to develop the concept of a hybrid bearing, integrating a fluid film and magnetic bearing into a single component.

Dr. Carole L. Nash (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $25,000 from the National Park Service to review proposed projects that may or could impact archaeological resources. Nash also received $7,700 from the National Park Service for an archaeology survey for the fire program.

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $594,230 from the Department of State for core services to encourage and stimulate the support of programs undertaken by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement by acting as an information clearinghouse: identifying, gathering, managing and distributing information.

Lisa C. Schick (Instructor, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities) received $100,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to offer high quality, affordable, contextualized EL CIVICS services to adult learners in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Dr. Nicholas J. Swartz (Associate Professor, Political Science; Director, Madison Center for Community Development) received $5,000 from the Harrisonburg Educational Foundation to provide analysis to help improve the foundation’s operating functions, competitive advantage and vision and path for the future.

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education; Interim Director, Education Support Center; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $1,905 from Virginia city and county donors and $6,000 from the FIRST LEGO League for the sponsorship of robotics teams. Swayne also received $5,000 from Industrial Medium Software Inc. for the VA-DC FIRST LEGO League State Championships team, the Cellar-Dwellers, in their representation at the North American Open Championship Tournament in Carlsbad, Calif.

Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-director and Instructor, Training and Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Co-director and Instructor, Training and Technical Assistance Center) received $424,057 from the Virginia Department of Education for a Self Determination Project to provide direct instruction, models and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior beginning at the elementary level and continuing through the student’s educational career.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy has been recognized by the American Physical Society as a Department of Distinction for 2014-2017. The honor recognizes the growth of the department over the past 15 years, and the development of a culture of engaging students in the educational process through undergraduate research experience, personalized attention and advising, recruiting and outreach efforts and an ongoing move to research-based pedagogies and assessment.

JMU’s chapter Tau Pi of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) has been recognized as the best chapter in Division V. Dr. Michael J. Galgano (Professor, History) serves as the faculty advisor of Tau Pi.


Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern (Vice Provost, University Programs; Professor, Art History) was a plenary speaker at the 2014 conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies held in Atlanta Sept. 25-27.

Dr. Timothy M. LaPira (Associate Professor, Political Science) spoke on a panel hosted by the Sunlight Foundation in collaboration with ReThink Media and the OpenGov Hub on the changing landscape of money in politics, tracking political influence and proposed solutions.

Dr. Paulo R. Steinberg (Associate Professor, Music) performed in the Mary Baldwin College Sunday Recital Series in September. His performance, which included pieces from composers Beethoven, Scarlatti, Liszt, Villa-Lobos and Steen, worked to evoke the Brazilian jungle and welcomed the contributions of cellphone noise during the show.


D. Lee Beard (Director, Media Services, Libraries and Educational Technologies) completed a documentary film on stained glass windows in the Shenandoah Valley, which premiered as part of First Fridays Downtown: Harrisonburg in Asbury United Methodist Church.

Dr. Ann-Janine Morey (Professor, English; Associate Vice Provost, Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement) wrote a book, “Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs.” In the book, Morey presents a collection of antique photographs of dogs and their owners in order to investigate the meaning associated with the canine body.

Dr. John W. Ott (Professor, Art History) published an essay, “Eruptions in Art and Money,” in Filthy Lucre, the catalog from Skira Rizzoli for painter Darren Waterston’s “Uncertain Beauty” exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dr. Jason D. Rosenhouse (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) was editor for a collection of works by Raymond Smullyan called “Four Lives.” The collection includes excerpts from Smullyan’s published writings, logic puzzles, explorations of mathematical logic and paradoxes, retrograde analysis chess problems, jokes and anecdotes, and meditations on the philosophy of religion. Rosenhouse provided an introduction as well as tributes from former students, friends and others to the book.


Dr. Carol A. Hurney (Professor, Biology; Director, Center for Faculty Innovation), Dr. Kerry O. Cresawn (Assistant Professor, Biology) and Dr. Patrice M. Ludwig (Assistant Professor, Biology) were selected by the American Society for Microbiology along with two others to lead and facilitate the 2014-15 American Society for Microbiology-National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program Assessment Residency. The initiative seeks to improve undergraduate biology education through 260 Scholars gathered to disseminate examples of scholarship in teaching biology.

Scholarly News Archive

Related Sites

  • No Related Sites


  • No Related Stories


  • No Related Videos