Send news about appointments, awards, exhibitions, honors, performances, presentations, publications and service to Eric Gorton (gortonej@jmu.edu) or through our online form. News about grants is provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs.


Awards

Paul Rittenhouse (Instructor, Geographic Science; Geospatial Projects Coordinator) received an Outstanding Support for Geographic Education Award from The National Council for Geographic Education. This award is for outstanding contributions to geography education outside the formal classroom. The National Council for Geographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that works to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of geography teaching and learning.


Grants (awarded in May 2018)

Dr. Keston H. Fulcher (Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies; Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $4,000 from Educational Testing Service for assessment and measurement consultant for the Engaged Teacher-Scholar program.

Alleyn S. Harned (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities) received $4,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide technical assistance and outreach, to participate in program meetings and to track and report critical program and performance metrics related to deployment of clean energy.

Dr. Vesna Hart (Director, International Cooperation), Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, Center for Global Engagement; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Jason L. Good (Director, Center for Global Engagement) received $40,000 from the Colonial Academic Alliance to provide graduates entering the workforce with greater awareness, knowledge and competencies related to economic, social and civic global diversity.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $120,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for the Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic.

Dr. John T. Haynes (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $13,527 from the U.S. Geological Survey to support bedrock mapping in Highland County.

Dr. Nusrat Jahan (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $6,924 from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to identify differentially expressed genes responsible for phenotype variations.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Dean, Integrated Science and Engineering) received $47,117 from the National Science Foundation to test whether modifying a curriculum strengthens the representation of a concept in the brain and changes a neural approach to reasoning.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Dean, Integrated Science and Engineering) received $169,376 from the National Science Foundation to adapt and implement the successful Geospatial Semester in a new context, namely the Chicago Public Schools.

Michael A. Maurice (Director, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $31,215 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to expand the Gus Bus into new neighborhood locations, reaching additional children and acquainting elementary-aged children who do not have access to high-quality literature.

Dr. Steven L. Purcell (Assistant Dean, College of Education; Associate Professor of Education) received $99,045 from the Virginia Department of Education to fund the Content Teaching Academy.

Dr. Steven L. Purcell (Assistant Dean, College of Education; Associate Professor of Education) received $236,450 from the Virginia Department of Education to host two three-day professional development academies for K-12 teachers, providing hands-on learning experiences and evidence-based teaching practices to enhance student outcomes in the classroom.

Dr. Trevor F. Stokes (Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $19,000 from Virginia Autism Spectrum Services for student internships.

Dr. Brett C. Tjaden (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $16,650 from New College Institute to offer a Cyber Defense Boot Camp for high school teachers at and in partnership with the New College Institute.


Presentations

Dr. Julie Sanford (Professor and Head, School of Nursing) testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at a hearing titled, "The Health Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care." Dr. Sanford addressed the impact that the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs have in disadvantaged and underserved communities, where there is a critical need for quality health care.


Publications

Dr. David A. Stringham (Associate Professor, Music; Coordinator, Music and Human Services Minor) published, "Hard Pressed: Instrumental Music Teachers’ Prioritization of Creativity, Repertoire, and Outcomes," in Visions of Research in Music Education, co-authored with Dr. Alden H. Snell, II, from University of Rochester.

Dr. David A. Stringham (Associate Professor, Music; Coordinator, Music and Human Services Minor) co-authored a book chapter, "Assessing Music Learning Among Adults with Special Needs," with Dr. Kelly A. Parkes, Associate Professor of Music at Teachers College, Columbia University. The chapter was based on research funded by 4-V and published in Selected Papers from the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, edited by Timothy S. Brophy and Martin Fautley, and published by GIA Publications.




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