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Madison Scholarly News - 2014

Year Month Type Name Description month
2014 January Grant Banu

Dr. L. Adriana Banu (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $10,000 from The Jeffress Memorial Trust to study the experimentally unknown cross section of the 22Mg (alpha,p) 25AI reaction at astrophysical relevant energies by measuring the time-inverse reaction 25AI (p,alpha) 22Mg in inverse kinematics.

 

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2014 January Grant Bloss

Dr. Timothy A. Bloss (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from The Jeffress Memorial Trust to characterize the role of the nascent polypeptide-associated complex (NAC) as a chaperone to gain insights into how the loss of the NAC may lead to inappropriate cell death and contribute to diseases related to these deaths, particularly neurodegeneration.

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2014 January Grant Carpenter

Michael C. Carpenter (Assistant Athletics Director for Tickets and Customer Relations, Ticket Office) received $50,000 from the Colonial Athletic Association to fund CAA basketball enhancements.

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2014 January Grant Eck

Dr. Beth A. Eck (Head, Sociology and Anthropology; Associate Professor, Sociology) received three grants from Carmeuse Lime and Stone – $57,801 for the Wesley Merritt Cavalry Camp project to conduct additional testing and to continue with research and a project report; $6,518 for the Nieswander and Calvary Merritt sites to continue with research and a project report; and $13,871 to create a manuscript which will summarize the historical archaeological research conducted at the Northern Reserve, Middle Woods and Middle Marsh Run parcels of land owned by Carmeuse Lime and Stone in Frederick County, Va.

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2014 January Grant Harris, Bletz

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) and Molly C. Bletz (Graduate Assistant, Biology) received $5,002 from the Chester Zoo for “Mitigating the potential extinction crisis of Malagasy frog communities from chytridiomycosis: Selection of probiotics that inhibit Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.” The project plans to implement probiotic conservation strategies to mitigate chytridiomycosis in Malagasy amphibians.

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2014 January Grant Lamb

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $6,006 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a fiscal year 2013 community service grant for public radio.

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2014 January Grant Ludlow

Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $80,602 from the National Institutes of Health for the “Dystonia Coalition: Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic Methods and Measures of Spasmodic Dysphonia – Year 5.” The project will develop and validate tools to diagnose spasmodic dysphonia, measure severity and determine the impact of SD on disability and quality of life via a multicenter clinical study. Ludlow also received $1,000 from Purdue University for evaluation of the SpeechVive device effects on speech functioning in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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2014 January Grant Pavelko

Dr. Stacey L. Pavelko (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $6,354 from the Virginia Department of Education for Evidence-Bases Practices in Assessment. The grant will help to respond to the need to make clinicians aware of current research with respect to standardized assessments and teach clinicians to use current research to guide choices in standardized assessments.

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2014 January Grant Scarel

Dr. Giovanna Scarel (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $10,000 from The Jeffress Memorial trust for “Role of polarization of broadband infrared radiation in the heat recovery mechanism involved in the excitation of radiative polaritons in thin oxide films.” The project aims to understand the interaction between polarized and non-polarized infrared radiation with a device called bi-junction power generator.

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2014 January Grant Whitmeyer

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $9,998 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for support of geologic mapping and stratigraphic analyses of the northeastern quarter of the Rileyville 7.5’ Quadrangle, Virginia, in support of the DGMR I-81 Project.

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2014 January Grant Wright

Dr. Nathan T. Wright (Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $10,000 from The Jeffress Memorial Trust for “Structural Characterization of protein domains important for Obscurin-Titin interactions in muscle cells.” The project will use high-resolution structural techniques to explore the molecular and biophysical basis of the obscuring-titin interactions.

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2014 January Grant Wunderlich

Dr. Roshna E. Wunderlich (Associate Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from The Jeffress Memorial Trust for “Ontogeny of locomotion in leaping primates.” The project will focus on the fitness throughout the life cycle in order to examine life history evolution in primates.

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2014 January Grant Wyngaard, Walton

Dr. Grace A. Wyngaard (Professor, Biology) and Dr. Brian Walton (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $365,517 from the National Institutes of Health for “Transposable elements and genome size divergence between germline and soma.” The project will aim to understand how chromatin diminution, the programmed excision of DNA from the genome of somatic cells, acts as a mechanism of genome defense against transposable elements.

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2014 January Honor Bernstein, Whitemeyer

Dr. David H. Bernstein (Professor, Computer Science) was one of two JMU faculty, the other being Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), to be honored as a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Awards presented annually by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Coming from a corporate background, Bernstein has successfully integrated his research and business experience into the classroom, advocating for students to complete “real world” assignments and have hands-on experience. Bernstein’s area of expertise has been focused on computational models and algorithms related to transportation, with a specialty in the area of navigation and information systems. He wrote the first and only textbook on digital multimedia that is appropriate for students in computer science and software engineering programs, “The Design and Implementation of Multimedia Software.” SCHEV announced the finalists in January 2014.

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2014 January Honor Werner

Gregory Werner (Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning, Intercollegiate Athletics) has been added to the National Strength and Conditioning Association registry of distinguished coaches. The registry is a list of coaching professionals who demonstrate a higher level of improving sport performance and safety and have 20-plus years of strength and conditioning coaching experience. The NSCA is a nonprofit educational association dedicated to developing and presenting the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning, injury prevention and research findings.

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2014 January Honor Whitmeyer, Bernetein

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) was one of two JMU faculty, the other being Dr. David H. Bernstein (Professor, Computer Science), to be honored as a finalist for the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Awards presented annually by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Whitmeyer, a recognized leader in geoscience field education, is an advocate for student research projects and field work. He is the director of the JMU Geology Field Course in Ireland and has mentored many students in research projects and theses. Whitmeyer has integrated Google Earth-based visualizations, exercises and learning modules into all facets of his teaching, including developing a mapping game for students to remotely collaborate in a virtual field environment. SCHEV announced their finalists in January 2014.

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2014 January Publication Guo

Dr. Chenqgi “John” Guo (Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics) and J.P. Shim (Georgia State University), Sasha Dekleva (DuPaul University) and Aaron M. French (The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) published an article, “Social Networking and Social Media in the United States, South Korea, and China” in the journal Communications of the Association for Information Systems. The article summarizes a panel of four experts on social media, including Guo, which not only examined the status quo of social networking but also predicted the future of some of those networks. The article is on the list of “Most Popular Papers” for CAIS, a prominent journal that fosters the free flow of ideas within the IS community, with an emphasis on originality, importance and cogency of ideas.

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2014 January Publication Harrison

Dr. Douglas R. Harrison (Associate Professor, English; Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Innovation) published a book chapter, “Grace to Catch a Falling Soul: Country, Gospel, and Evangelical Populism in the Music of Dottie Rambo” in the scholarly book “Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture.” The book was published by Lexington Press in November 2013.

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2014 January Service Pyle

Dr. Eric Pyle (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Science Teachers Association as the director of the Preservice Teacher Preparation Division. The NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives and others involved in and committed to science education.

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2014 February Grant Griscom

Dr. Heather Griscom (Associate Professor, Biology) received $1,500 from The American Chestnut Foundation for “Habitat Preferences of American Chestnut in an Appalachian Cove Forest.” This project will help to determine whether chestnut performs better in Appalachian cove forest habitat than in the oak-hickory forest habitat of the Ridge and Valley province and within larger gaps rather than within smaller gaps.

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2014 February Grant Hartzler-Weakley

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $164,010 from the Virginia Department of Education  for Migrant Education 2013-2014. Hartzler-Weakley also received a supplement of $16,941 from the Virginia Department of Education for the same project. These grants will help provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students.

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2014 February Grant Hocke-Mirzashvili

Dr. Tatjana M. Hocke-Mirzashvili (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) received $550 from Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare for “Pregnancy sense-making and prenatal healthcare decisions” to address some of the perceived shortcomings of prenatal care within the medical model.

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2014 February Grant Swayne

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education; Interim Director, Education Support Center; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received grants of $7,200 and $2,300 from Virginia city and county donors for the Virginia/DC FIRST LEGO League to provide sponsorship of the robotics teams.

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2014 February Grant Utter, Mahler, Slykhuis

Dr. Brian C. Utter (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy), Joseph Mahler (Teacher in Residence, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. David A. Slykhuis (Associate Professor; Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education) received $235,819 from the Virginia Department of Education for “Enhancing Student Achievement Across Virginia Through Modeling Instruction.” This project will provide summer professional development to 166 Virginia science teachers in Introductory and Advanced Modeling Academics in physics, chemistry, biology and physical sciences at the 2014 Content Teaching Academy.

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2014 February Grant Williams

Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $54,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for The 2014 Health and Physical Activity Institute. The grant will fund high-quality health and physical education content and teaching at the institute, and will fund the Health Education, Physical Education and Driver Education Standards of Learning review team meeting.

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2014 February Honor Merritt

Daisha M. Merritt (Doctoral Student, Strategic Leadership Studies) has been selected to participate in the 2014 Academy of Management’s Doctoral Student Professional Development Consortium of the Public and Nonprofit Division. Merritt will be working with top faculty in the field on her governance study and networking with other doctoral students from around the country. Her proposal involves an endeavor to digitize IRS 990 forms of Human Service Public Charities and understand different structural measures of governance. The Academy of Management is a professional association for scholars of management and organizations.

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2014 February Honor Rutherford

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Human Security Award presented by the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California at Irvine. The Human Security Award recognizes the remarkable efforts of individuals and groups working to empower and protect the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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2014 February Honor Zingarelli-Sweet

Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet (Business Librarian, Carrier Library) received the Business Expert Press Award for Academic Business Librarians from the Reference and User Services Association. Zingarelli-Sweet was selected for her outstanding efforts in collaboration with business faculty, students, community partners, library instruction and business reference research at JMU. The RUSE Achievement Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held in June at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

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2014 February Publication Gallagher

The late Dr. Paul E. Bierly III (Professor Emeritus, Management), Dr. Scott R. Gallagher (Head and Professor, Management; Professor, International Business) and J.-C. Spender of the Leeds University Business School wrote “Innovation decision making in high-risk organizations: A comparison of the US and Soviet attack submarine programs,” which was published in Industrial and Corporate Change by Oxford University Press in January 2014.

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2014 February Publication Owusu-Ansah

Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (Professor, History; Special Assistant to the President for Faculty Diversity) wrote “Historical Dictionary of Ghana, 4th Edition,” which was  published by Scarecrow Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield, in February 2014. This dictionary attempts to outline the complex course of Ghana's history since the probable human habitation at Jiman, on the Oti River.

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2014 February Publication Rosser

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser (Professor, Economics) wrote a chapter in the recently published book, “Secrets of Economics Editors.” His chapter is titled “Tales from the Editors Crypt: Dealing with True, Uncertain, and False Accusations of Plagiarism.” In this book, past and present editors of economics journals discuss navigating the world of academic journals. The book was published in January 2014 by The MIT Press.

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2014 February Publication Sloan

Dr. Margaret F. Sloan (Assistant Professor, Strategic Leadership Studies) wrote “The Substance of Things Hoped For: Federal Funding of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives,” which was published in Nonprofit Policy Forum. Sloan also wrote, with Wie Yusaf, “Effectual Processes in Non-profit Start-ups: Another Way to Understand Decision Making,” which was published in The American Review of Public Administration.

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2014 February Service Lamourerux, Loveland

Nicole Lamoureux (Graduate student, Master’s of Occupational Therapy) has been elected vice-chairperson to the Assembly of Student Delegates of the American Occupational Therapy Association. According to program adviser, Dr. Jeffrey Loveland, Lamoureux is the JMU MOT program’s first student to run and be elected to national office. She will travel to Baltimore in April for the ASD annual meeting during the AOTA Annual Conference and Exposition. The AOTA is the national professional association to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services. The ASD provides a mechanism for the expression of student concerns, and offers a means whereby students can have effective input into AOTA affairs. The ASD also encourages the development of student’s leadership skills and political awareness.

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2014 March Grant Coffman

Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, Office of International Programs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $13,678 from the International Association of Universities for the “James Madison University and the University of Dar es Salaam: Building Research Capacity with a Focus on Semi-arid Regions” to establish a partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam to access resources and expertise related to water issues in Africa.

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2014 March Grant Eck

Dr. Beth A. Eck (Head, Sociology and Anthropology; Associate Professor, Sociology) received $40,521 from Carmeuse Lime and Stone for the Nieswander Project Extension. The grant will help to complete the archaeological fieldwork at the Nieswander’s Fort Site and all remaining Phase III work for the Middle Marsh Run parcel.

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2014 March Grant Hartzler-Weakley

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $32,794 from the Virginia Department of Health for a Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, which will aim to improve campus-based suicide prevention and intervention at Virginia institutions of higher education.

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2014 March Grant Lamb

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $7,427 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a fiscal year 2014 community service grant for public radio.

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2014 March Grant Linn, Henderon, McNaught

Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, Graduate School), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Coordinator, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $230,200 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Self-Determination: Youth Outreach and Technology Project budget. The grant will help to support state-directed activities of the Virginia Department of Education and the Training/Technical Assistance Centers.

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2014 March Grant Miles

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $73,311from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for general and core services for the Center for Wind Energy. The grant will help to conduct a continual, intensive and comprehensive self-assessment and business planning exercise in order to identify the services that are most appropriate and useful to the university and to the commonwealth.

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2014 March Grant Monroe

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $73,311from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for general and core services for the Center for Wind Energy. The grant will help to conduct a continual, intensive and comprehensive self-assessment and business planning exercise in order to identify the services that are most appropriate and useful to the university and to the commonwealth.

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2014 March Publication Poulson

Dr. Stephen C. Poulson (Associate Professor, Sociology) and former JMU undergraduate students Cory Caswell and Latasha Gray recently wrote and published “Institutional Parochialism and the Study of Social Movements,” in Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest.

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2014 March Publication Poulson

Dr. Stephen C. Poulson (Associate Professor, Sociology), Thomas Ratliff of Tennessee Tech University and former JMU undergraduate student Emily Dollieslager recently wrote and published “You Have to Fight! For Your Right! To Party! Structure, Culture and Mobilization in a University Party Riot” in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change.

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2014 March Presentation Reich Dr. Steven A. Reich (Professor, History) discussed his book, “A Working People: A History of African American Workers since Emancipation,” during a panel discussion titled “African American Stories of Work, Change and Dispossession” at the 20th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book. Reich’s book tells the story of African Americans’ enduring struggle to realize the full promise of racial and economic justice. The Virginia Festival of the Book is the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ annual five-day celebration of books, authors and reading. The festival took place March 19-23 in venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County; the panel discussion was held on March 22 in Charlottesville at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. 03
2014 March Service Silberman

Rebecca Silberman (Associate Professor, Art) has been selected as the juror for the 30th annual Suffolk Juried Photography Exhibit. This exhibit, the largest in its area, features more than 200 original photographic exhibits submitted by 80 photographers. Silberman selected the show’s top works and award winners at its opening reception. The exhibit runs from March 7-April 18, 2014, at the Suffolk Art Gallery.

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2014 March Service Tongen

Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) has been named as an assistant director of Project NExT, the largest professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s in the mathematical sciences. The program assists its fellows in improving the teaching and learning of mathematics, engaging in research and scholarship, and participating in professional activities. Tongen is a Project NExT Fellow. Project NExT is a program of the Mathematical Association of America, the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessibility at the undergraduate level.

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2014 April Exhibition Silberman

Rebecca Silberman (Associate Professor, Art) exhibited “12x12” at the Darrin-McHone Gallery at the Arts Council of the Valley in Harrisonburg Va., April 4-26.

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2014 April Grant Harris, Bletz Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) and Molly C. Bletz (Graduate Assistant, Biology) received $15,000 from Global Wildlife Conservation for support to determine which bacterial species from the skins of Malagasy frogs can act as skin probiotics. 04
2014 April Grant Hartzler-Weakley

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $79,506 from the Virginia Department of Health for the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia to improve campus-based suicide prevention and intervention at Virginia institutions of higher education.

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2014 April Grant Hoge

Elizabeth A. Hoge (Business Adviser, Shenandoah Small Business Development Center) received $7,500 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in the form of a Building Entrepreneurial Economics Planning grant. The grant will help to develop a regional conference focused on businesses, provide access to technical assistance to business owners and host a “pitch” session for entrepreneurs and regional tradeshow focusing on “Made in Virginia” food items.

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2014 April Grant Hughes

Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Brian H. Augustine of High Point University received $105,151 from the National Science Foundation for “RUI: Modification and characterization of polymer surfaces with applications in microfluidic neural circuit development – Year 2.” The project aims to use a range of experimental and theoretical tools to predict, design and optimize experimental conditions resulting in polymeric surfaces that stimulate improved metal and cellular adhesion.

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2014 April Grant Krech

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Shenandoah Small Business Development Center) received $1,250 from the City of Buena Vista for support of the Central Region Small Business Development Center for fiscal year 2014.

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2014 April Grant Linn, Henderson, McNaught Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, Graduate School), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Coordinator, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $115,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Region 5 Training and Technical Assistance Center: Section 611 Support to continue to assess needs and services provided to consumers in Region 5 following each consultation and training event provided by the center’s staff. 04
2014 April Grant Ludlow Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $17,834 from the National Institutes of Health for “Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic Methods and Measures of Spasmodic Dysphonia – Supplement.” The project will complete development of the instrument and a training manual for the identification of attributes of spasmodic dysphonia. 04
2014 April Honor Davis Dr. Michael K. Davis (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies; Director, Debate) was honored with the George Zeigelmueller Award by the National Debate Tournament. This award is given annually to a debate coach who demonstrated a long and substantial career of dedication to the profession of student learning in debate and public policy, substantial evidence of long-term influence on the lives and careers of student debaters and substantial evidence of success in debate over that career. 04
2014 April Honor Thompson Dr. Jon M. Thompson (Professor, Health Sciences; Director, Health Services Administration Program) accepted the 2014 Higher Education Network Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives on behalf of JMU’s Health Services Administration Program. The award, given to the undergraduate healthcare management program in the U.S. that demonstrates the highest level of engagement with ACHE, was presented at the Leon I. Gintzig Memorial Lecture and Luncheon at the ACHE Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago on March 26, 2014. 04
2014 April Presentation Brantmeier Dr. Edward J. Brantmeier (Assistant Professor; Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) presented “Spirituality, Gandhi and Critical Peace Education” for the International Conference of Education and Spirituality sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Spiritist Pedagogy and the University of Santa Cecelia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in April. 04
2014 April Presentation Brantmeier Dr. Edward J. Brantmeier co-presented with Professor Jing Lin of the University of Maryland on their co-edited book series on peace education with Information Age Publishing at the peace education special interest group business meeting of the American Educational Research Association. This invited presentation was at the annual AERA conference in Philadelphia in April 2014. 04
2014 April Presentation Brantmeier, Brantmeier Dr. Edward J. Brantmeier (Assistant Professor; Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) and Dr. Noorie Kelsey Brantmeier (Assistant Professor; Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) co-presented a paper, “Qualitative Inquiry, Intersubjectivity and Advaita-Vedanta (Nonduality),” at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Philadelphia in April 2014. 04
2014 April Presentation Wenos

JMU students K. Doss and L. Hamilton, advised by Dr. Jeanne Z. Wenos (Assistant Professor, Health Sciences), presented “Resilience, routines, stability and their impact on the transitional process from foster care to independent living” at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition. They presented on April 3 in Baltimore.

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2014 April Presentation Loveland

JMU students H. Mata and A. Mikkola, advised by Dr. Jeffrey D. Loveland (Professor, Health Sciences), presented “Occupations Pursued by Individuals after Gastric Bypass Surgery” at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition. They presented on April 5 in Baltimore.

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2014 April Presentation Richardson, Wenos

Elizabeth E.  Richardson (Instructor, Health Sciences), Dr. Jeanne Z. Wenos (Assistant Professor, Health Sciences), and JMU students J. Palmer, A. Wilson, T. Mata, K. Chapman, L. Wine and B. D’Alessio presented “Exploring the effectiveness of three occupation-based programs designed to address child and adolescent mental health within a community-based setting” at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition. They presented on April 3 in Baltimore.

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2014 April Presentation Wenos, Richardson

Dr. Jeanne Z. Wenos (Assistant Professor, Health Sciences) and Elizabeth E.  Richardson (Instructor, Health Sciences) presented “Instilling the relevance of healthy lifestyles in occupational therapy students to promote wellness in practice” at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition. They presented on April 3 in Baltimore.

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2014 April Presentation russell

Dr. Amy Russell Yun (Assistant Professor, Health Sciences) and JMU students M. Valiente and A. Ramdeen presented “To the clinic & beyond: Applying experiential learning to design & implement occupation-centered programs in real life” at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition. They presented in April in Baltimore.

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2014 May Grant Courtier

Dr. Anna M. Courtier (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $70,005 from the National Science Foundation for “Collaborative Research: Investigating the Nature of the Subcontinental Upper Mantel” to understand the relationship between continental lithosphere and the underlying asthenosphere and mantle.

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2014 May Grant Downey

Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $10,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to inventory the water quality of forest streams and to monitor the effects of stream water chemistry of implementing the management as developed in the forest plans.

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2014 May Grant Harned

Alleyn S. Harned (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities) received $10,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to expand activities regarding alternative fuels and renewable energy in the commonwealth.

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2014 May Grant Hooke John W. Hooke (Patrol Officer, Public Safety and Police) received $12,574 from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation to acquire equipment and supplies to protect JMU police officers in potentially volatile situations and to facilitate quick response. 05
2014 May Grant Krech

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $463,319 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support the Central Region Small Business Development Center.

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2014 May Grant Nagel Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $8,535 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide undergraduate students with research experience at the laboratories of the institute. 05
2014 May Grant O'Donoghue, Meixner Dr. Cynthia R. O’Donoghue (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Cara Meixner (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology; Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Innovation) received $119,897 from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services for “Update to Access to Neurobehavior Services in Virginia White Paper” to update the white paper to create an authoritative reference document on statewide needs and costs related to the behavioral health treatment for persons with brain injury, to evaluate systems options and alternatives, to assist policymakers and service providers to clearly understand the issues and to provide a sound basis for decision making related to future policy initiatives. 05
2014 May Grant Rutherford

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $10,958 from Action on Armed Violence for “Burundi Prevention of All Types of Violence in Addition to Other Forms of High-Risk Behavior” to prevent and reduce incidences of armed violence in Burundi by supporting the sustainable social, economic and psycho-social integration of vulnerable victims and survivors of armed violence.

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2014 May Grant Shaeffer

Dr. James M. Shaeffer (Associate Vice Provost, Outreach and Engagement) received $2,000 from the Verizon Foundation to support the annual Shenandoah Valley Technology Council’s awards gala, Tech Nite, at JMU.

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2014 May Grant Wright Dr. Nathan T. Wright (Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $16,895 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide undergraduate students with research experience at the laboratories of the institute. 05
2014 May Honor Bachmann

Dr. Christopher Bachmann (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Laboratory) is the co-recipient, with Dr. Krishna Kodukula of SRI Shenandoah Valley, of the Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council. Bachmann and Kodukula received the award May 7 at the council’s annual Tech Nite 14 for their personal leadership and efforts in the community that have resulted in outstanding benefits to the Shenandoah Valley region.

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2014 May Honor Facilities Management

JMU Facilities Management has been honored by the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services’ Shenandoah Valley field offices for championing disability employment through partnership with DARS. Facilities Management received the honor May 14 with five other champions of disability employment.

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2014 May Honor Sturm Dr. Debbie C. Sturm (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) was honored May 2 by the Central Valley Counselors Association, a chapter of the Virginia Counselors Association, as Community Counselor of the Year. 05
2014 May Presentation Adajian

Dr. Thomas Adajian (Assistant Professor, Philosophy; Co-director, Logic and Reasoning Institute) was one of three critics who made presentations about the book “Beyond Art” by Dominic Lopes at the American Society for Aesthetics Pacific Division meeting. Following the presentations, Lopes responded to each of the three. The meeting was held April 10 in Pacific Grove, Calif.

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2014 May Presentation Adajian

Dr. Thomas Adajian (Assistant Professor, Philosophy; Co-director, Logic and Reasoning Institute) presented “Art and the Arts” at the 2014 annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics on May 25 at Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario.

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2014 May Publication Ulanski

Dr. Stanley L. Ulanski (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) wrote an article, “A River in the Sea,” which was published in Outer Banks Magazine. Written for the general public, the article discussed the nature of the Gulf Stream, an oceanic current, and its potential as a huge untapped energy source.

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