Arts and Culture

Latest Faculty Accomplishments

by Eric Gorton

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SUMMARY: A monthly list highlighting awards, honors, grants, publications, service and other faculty and staff accomplishments.


Lisa Tubach (Associate Professor, Art) exhibited her artwork in the Craddock-Terry Gallery at Riverviews Artspace in historic downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, from May 6 to June 17. The project, “Ode to Eleuthera,” explores the fluidity of ecological spaces and their inhabitants, particularly in terms of strength, vulnerability and adaptability.

GRANTS (Awarded in May 2016)

Dr. Chris R. Colocousis (Assistant Professor, Sociology) received $53,506 from The Ohio State University to analyze the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and patterns of social, economic and environmental change in communities affected by economic shocks.

Dr. Kenneth L. Critchfield II (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $5,000 from the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy to code data from a study of interpersonal reconstructive therapy in order to further analyze its effectiveness.

Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin (Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center; Director Emeritus, Honors Program; Professor, English) received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for “Literature: To support ‘Throw Your Head Back & Sing’: A Tribute to Maya Angelou.”

Alleyn S. Harned (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities) received $49,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support education and outreach activities for clean energy.

Dr. Krisztina V. Jakobsen (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $2,548 from the Association for Psychological Science for “Team-Based Learning for Teaching Psychological Science” to equip high-school teachers with the tools they need to flip their psychological science classes.

Patricia A. Kennedy (Coordinator of Community Grants and Institute Publications, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $222,790 from the Valley AIDS Network to provide university and administrative services.

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $1,465 from Fenix Insight Ltd. to support two interns who will provide research and database assistance as directed by Fenix staff.

Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies; Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $1,518 from the Alzheimer’s Association to host the association on campus.


Econospeak, a blog founded by Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Chair of Business Administration; Professor, Economics), is featured in the Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2016 as compiled by Intelligent Economist. The multi-author blog, self-described as “annals of the economically incorrect,” analyzes daily news from an economic perspective.


Dr. Carole L. Nash (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) has been appointed by the Society for American Archaeology to serve on the newly formed Climate Change Strategies and Archaeological Resources Committee. The purpose of the committee, which is composed of members from a variety of countries and international organizations, is to address the multiple challenges posed by climate change to the archaeological record. As part of her work for CCSAR, Nash is creating the “Climate Change Response Network for Mid-Atlantic Cultural Heritage Resources” to develop an online clearinghouse of research and salvage projects, public education activities, policy initiatives and publications.

Published: Friday, June 17, 2016

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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