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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.


Exhibitions

"Longing for Eleuthera," a solo exhibition by Lisa Tubach (Professor, Art, Design and Art History), opened Dec. 2, 2016 at Work Program Architects in Norfolk. 

Lisa Tubach (Professor, Art, Design and Art History), had two videos accepted into "Travel Shorts, A Moving-Image Festival in conjunction with Virginia Tech and the annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) conference.


Grants (awarded in November 2016) 

Dr. Emily K. Akerson (Coordinator of Clinical and Interprofessional Initiatives, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $6,275 from Healthy Families Shenandoah County to provide education services and support to at-risk families in henandoah County. 

Dr. Raymond A. Enke (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $100,000 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board for “Molecular and bioinformatics analysis of epigenetic gene regulation in the normal and diseased retina: Characterizing pathways for diagnosing and treating macular degeneration” to characterize molecular mechanisms shaping the onset and progression of age-related macular degeneration in human ocular tissue. 

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $79,079 from the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships. 

Meghann McCoy (Business Manager, WMRA) received $134,155 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide a community service grant for public radio. 

Dr. Sarah E. Newman (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) received $36,667 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research to explore changing perceptions and practices surrounding waste throughout Central America's deep history. 

Remy M. Pangle (Associate Director, Virginia Center for Wind Energy) received $20,000 from the Dominion Foundation to run three regional qualifying KidWind Challenges for Virginia and host a Winner's Review Event at JMU for qualifying teams to prepare for the National KidWind Challenge in 2017. 

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $561,500 from the U.S. Department of State 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. 

Carolyn Schubert (Assistant Professor, Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian) and Christina Lam (Instructor, Nursing) received $2,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association to study the impact of work environments and mobile devices on nursing students' understanding and application of evidence-based practice. 

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator, 4VA; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $10,000 from Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc., to support the Virginia-DC FIRST LEGO League and Robotics programs hosted at JMU. 

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) and Dr. Eric Pyle (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $36,875 from the National Science Foundation to statistically evaluate the accuracy of orientation measurements using digital compasses on mobile devices. 

Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies; Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-director and Instructor, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Co-director and Instructor, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $361,850 from the Virginia Department of Education 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. 

Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies; Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-director and Instructor, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Co-director and Instructor, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $1,783,025 from the Virginia Department of Education to support state directed and regional/local activities for the Virginia Department of Education Training/Technical Assistance Centers.


Honors

Dr. Herb Amato (Interim Department Head and Professor, Health Sciences) and Sherry Summers, JMU's first female athletic trainer, were named to the 2016 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers list by the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association. 

Dr. Paula Maxwell (Associate Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies) received the Bob and Lynn Caruthers Award from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.


Presentations

Dr. Jon M. Thompson (Professor, Health Sciences/Director, Health Services Administration Program) presented “Professional Development of Healthcare Management Students: Findings from a National Survey,” at the 2016 Annual Meeting of The American Public Health Association, October 31, 2016.  His colleagues on this research are Michael R. Meacham, J.D., MPH, of the Medical University of South Carolina, and Randa S. Hall, MSHA, MBA, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Publications

Dr. Julia Wallace Carr (Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management), Dr. Benjamin Carr (Associate Professor, Sport and Recreation Management), and Dr. Joshua R. Pate (Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) published, "An exploration of the sport club presidents experience," in Recreational Sports Journal, 40, 106-119, with former graduate student Megan Flosdorf. 

Dr. Mikihiro Sato (Assistant Professor, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management) published, "A distance-running event and life satisfaction: The mediating roles of involvement," in Sport Management Review, 19, 536-549. His co-authors are from Temple University.








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