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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 smithjl@jmu.edu or online via our online form at http://www.jmu.edu/madisonscholar/scholarly-news/submit/index.shtml.

Year Month Type Name Description month
2016 March Grant Benzing

Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $59,804 from DuPont to collect information on fishing pressure, fish species preference, harvest and catch rates, fish consumption, knowledge of advisories and economic expenditures by interviewing river users from Waynesboro to Front Royal, Virginia.

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2016 March Grant Bethune

Dr. Keri S. Bethune (Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities) received $664 from the Virginia Department of Education to maintain and implement a statewide program to meet the initial and continuing education needs for teachers of students with visual impairments in Virginia. Bethune received $2,520 from the Virginia Department of Education to maintain and implement a statewide program to meet the initial and continuing education needs for teachers of students with severe disabilities in Virginia.

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2016 March Grant Harned

Alleyn S. Harned (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities) received $5,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to continue to update the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Inventory biannually and collect and report on information relating to alternative fuel production.

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2016 March Grant Hartzler-Weakley

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $390 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County to design and implement a three-hour workshop to train adults to provide knowledgeable and approachable support for youth to think about their futures and make healthy sexuality and relationship choices.

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2016 March Grant May

Dr. Christine L. May (Associate Professor, Biology) received $12,315 from the Shenandoah National Park Trust to study acid neutralizing capacity of streams in the Shenandoah National Park and assess any correlation with increase in fish species richness.

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2016 March Grant McCoy

Meghann N. McCoy (Business Manager, WMRA) received $30,860 from the Commonwealth of Virginia to support radio reading services for persons who are unable to independently read print material due to vision impairment or disability.

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2016 March Grant Rutherford

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) and Dr. Suzanne L. Fiederlein (Associate Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $306,000 from the U.S. Department of State to enhance regional security by reducing at-risk, illicitly proliferated or indiscriminately used conventional weapons of war, increase civilian security by protecting lives and property and to promote U.S. foreign policy issues.

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2016 March Grant Swayne

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator, 4VA; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $5,000 from Newport News Shipbuilding for support of the FIRST LEGO League. Swayne received $2,000 from Showbest Fixture Corp. to support robotics programs in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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2016 March Honor Benton

Dr. Morgan C. Benton (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received the $5,000 Grand Prize at the 2016 Caring for the Caregiver Intercollegiate Hack competition, hosted by SeniorNavigator’s Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving in Richmond, Virginia. The students developed the app “My Time,” which encouraged and reminded family caregivers to make time for leisure during the midst of the caregiver’s busy day. The app also incorporated a transitional aide to assist the caregiver with grief if their loved one passes.

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2016 March Honor Ott

Dr. John W. Ott (Professor, Art History) received a Summer Stipends award for $6,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the project, “Mixed Media: The Visual Culture of Racial Integration, 1931-1954.” The project investigates black and white artists’ efforts toward racial integration, both in terms of imagery and within art institutions, during the decades just before the civil rights movement.

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2016 March Honor Rebhorn

Dr. Matthew E. Rebhorn (Associate Professor, English) received a Summer Stipends award for $6,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue working on his book on the mind-body relationship in 19th century America. “Minding the Body: The Animate Body in Antebellum American Literature” concentrates on an important set of antebellum American literary texts that take up the notion of the “animate body.” These texts focus on a body that is, in some measure, independent of the mind and seems to have a life of its own.

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2016 March Honor Striebig

Dr. Bradley A. Striebig (Professor, Engineering), Dr. Adebayo A Ogundipe (Assistant Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received the 2016 Most Promising New Textbook award through the Textbook and Academic Authors Association for their textbook, “Engineering Applications in Sustainable Design and Development.”

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2016 March Presentation Ball

Dr. Timothy C. Ball (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) presented “Capitalizing on Different Course Format” at the 2016 Basic Course Directors’ Conference in Chantilly, Virginia.

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2016 March Presentation Borg

Dr. Kevin L. Borg (Associate Professor, History) and Bradley A. Andrick (GIS Coordinator, Facilities Management) presented “Using Spatial History to Challenge the Exclusive Past” at the National Council for Public History conference. Borg and Andrick’s project shows how spatial analysis can be within the reach of local historical societies and community groups.

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2016 March Presentation Campbell

Kristen Campbell (Graduate Student, Psychological Sciences) received a grant from The Graduate School to present “A Comparison of Restorable and Unrestorable Defendants” at the American Psychology – Law Society in Atlanta, Georgia.

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2016 March Presentation Holzman

Madison Holzman (Graduate Student, Assessment and Measurement Program) received a grant from The Graduate School to present “Enhancing Student Learning: A Multi-year Implementation Fidelity Assessment of Orientation” at the American College Personal Association in Canada.

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2016 March Presentation Stringham

Dr. David A. Stringham (Assistant Professor, Music) presented “Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts: Authoring and Publishing Mixed Methods Researching in Music Education” at the National Association for Music Education Research and Teacher Education conference in Atlanta, Georgia. His co-presenters are from University of Michigan and University of Illinois.

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2016 March Publication Baragona

Dr. Alan Baragona (Visiting Assistant Professor, English) co-authored the book “Shakespeare’s Prop Room: An Inventory” through McFarland Press. His co-author is a visiting assistant professor from Washington and Lee University.

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2016 March Publication Stringham

Dr. David A. Stringham (Assistant Professor, Music) published “Creating Compositional Community in Your Classroom” in Music Educators Journal.

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