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Latest Faculty/Staff Accomplishments

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

Grants (awarded in December 2016) 

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Professor, Psychology) received $50,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to use the strategies, tools and processes of improvement science to rapidly prototype, test and evaluate innovations that foster student agency. 

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support The Reading Road Show, which strives to eliminate transportation barriers, support school readiness, and increase parental involvement and overall health and nutrition for families who are otherwise unable to access these resources. 

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $53,754 from The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation to provide families of children with disabilities an opportunity to take a break from the demands of constant caregiving. 

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $93,499 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Health Department to reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy among 15-17 year olds in Harrisonburg. 

Dr. John T. Haynes (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $10,827 from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to support geologic mapping projects along the Interstate 81 corridor in western Virginia. 

Patricia A. Kennedy (Coordinator of Community Grants and Institute Publications, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $10,000 to provide case management and healthcare services, including dental assessments, to homeless clients in city shelters. 

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $40,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to support the work of the Center for Wind Energy.


Honors

Samar Fitzgerald (lecturer, English) received a MacDowell Fellowship. Founded in 1908 and funded by, among others, Grover Cleveland, Andrew Carnegie and J. Pierpont Morgan, it is the oldest writers’ colony in the USA. Former fellows include Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, Aaron Copland, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Alice Sebold, Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon. The Colony receives over 2500 applications per year and awards about 60 fellowships.








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