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Scholarly News Database

The scholarly news database contains a record of grants, publications, awards, honors, service and other scholarly work by JMU faculty and staff. News items about grants are provided monthly by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Faculty are responsible for providing the other types of news. Faculty news can be submitted by e-mail to Janet Smith at or online via our online form at

Year Month Type Name Description month
2015 April Grant Barrella

Dr. Elise M. Barrella (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $12,000 from the University of Virginia to conduct a symposium to focus specifically on transportation planning and engineering the best practices that enhance the health of the environment, a key dimension of the sustainability bottom line.

2015 April Grant Coffman, Sternberger 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 $112,893 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. 04
2015 April Grant Cooper

Dr. Idelle A. Cooper (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $132,000 from the National Science Foundation to identify how body color is correlated with abiotic habitat variables across the Hawaiian damselfly radiation, to determine whether sexual selection can explain the habitat/color correlations, to connect color with survivorship in different habitats and to test pigment function as an antioxidant.

2015 April Grant Critchfield II

Dr. Kenneth L. Critchfield II (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $2,000 from the Society for Psychotherapy Research to generate pilot data, test expectations of theory and assess feasibility of a targeted, micro-analytic approach to coding of interpersonal patterns in a large psychotherapy database.

2015 April Grant Hartman

Dr. Christie J. Brodrick Hartman (Executive Director, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,075 and $500 from the Shenandoah Valley Pure Water Forum to create and post educational signage promoting water stewardship behaviors.

2015 April Grant Hughes Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Brian H. Augustine received $95,639 from the National Science Foundation 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. 04
2015 April Grant Kennedy

Patricia A. Kennedy (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $139,336 from the Valley Aids Network to provide university and administrative services.

2015 April Grant Miles

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,000 from the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition to conduct outreach and education to stakeholders and decision makers on wind energy in Virginia and the Southeast.

2015 April Grant Rutherford

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $185,000 from the U.S. Department of State to create, deliver and maintain a custom data collection and analysis system to disseminate maps and other products for Conventional Weapons Destruction programs.

2015 April Grant Slykhuis

Dr. David A. Slykhuis (Associate Professor, Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education) received $25,200 from the Virginia Department of Education to offer a three-day academy for early childhood special education teachers.

2015 April Grant Swayne

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

2015 April Honor McCarter

Rodney McCarter (Police Sergeant, Police and Safety) was honored as the Kiwanis Club of Harrisonburg’s Lawperson of the Year. The award, which began in 1969, recognizes a law enforcement officer each year from the Harrisonburg Police, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police or JMU Police. McCarter was chosen for his service as a mentor through the university’s Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices and his involvement in the Combined Harrisonburg and Rockingham Gang Enforcement Unit.

2015 April Grant Wood Dr. William C. Wood (Director, Center for Economic Education; J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Professor, Economics) received $66,762 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to improve economic literacy in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. 04
2015 April Presentation Brantmeier, Brantmeier Dr. Noorie K. Brantmeier (Assistant Professor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) and Dr. Edward J. Brantmeier (Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Innovation; Associate Professor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) presented “Paradigmatic dialogues, spirituality, inter-subjectivity, and nonduality in qualitative inquiry” at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference in Washington, D.C. N. Brantmeier and E. Brantmeier also presented “From head to hand to global community: Social media, digital diplomacy, and post conflict peacebuilding in Kosovo” at the same conference with Dr. Jayson Richardson and Behar Xharra. 04
2015 April Publication Striebig, Ogundipe, Papadakis Dr. Bradley A. Striebig (Associate Professor, Engineering), Dr. Bayo A. Ogundipe (Assistant Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Maria Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) published the textbook “Engineering Applications in Sustainable Design and Development.”  The book focuses on many methods of sustainability by blending aspects of engineering design, environmental science and the social context of engineering. 04