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GRANTS (awarded May 2013)
Dr. Timothy Ball (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. S. Jeanne Horst (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology; Assistant Assessment Specialist, Center for Assessment and Research Studies) were awarded a $5,050 summer grant from the JMU General Education Program to create critical thinking analogs in Cluster One courses.
Dr. Dabney Bankert (Professor, English) received $50,400 from the National Endowment for the Arts for a fellowship for study of “British Writer Joseph Bosworth’s Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language (1838) and the Development of Anglo-Saxon Studies.” The award supports the completion of Bankert’s monograph, the first to study the origins, compilation and influence of Bosworth’s seminal work.
Kimberley A. Foreman (Associate Dean, College of Business; Lecturer, Accounting) received $313,967 from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers to maintain the organization’s national headquarters on the JMU campus.
Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) and Molly C. Bletz (Master’s Graduate) received $24,971 from the Mohamed bin Zayed Foundation for “Mitigating the potential extinction crisis of Malagasy frog communities from chytridiomycosis: Selection of probiotics that inhibit Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.” Harris and Bletz received $944 from the Tree Walkers International Amphibian Conservation Partnership Fund to investigate the transmission and maintenance of anti-Bd bacteria on amphibians and the importance of environmental reservoirs for probiotic conservation strategies and to address biosafety concerns of bioaugmentation.
Dr. Justin J. Henriques (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $34,362 from the Joint Global Change Research Institute to support infrastructure vulnerability assessments being conducted at several military installations in the mid-Atlantic region, initially focusing on the U.S. Naval Academy.
Dr. Manal A. Jamal (Assistant Professor, Political Science) received $10,000 from Georgetown University for “The ‘Other Arab’ and Gulf Citizens: The Facade of Mutual Accommodation in Historical Context” to stimulate the collection of reliable data and the production of sound analysis on the subject of Arab migrant communities in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
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 $45,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for “Transition Slide Guide – I’m Determined Application” to enable students to identify and adequately communicate areas of need and to empower teachers through garnering a feedback learning loop on how best to cater to students’ needs.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $41,000 from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to support the offshore wind Jobs and Economic Development Impacts analysis for the southeast.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. S. Keith Holland (Assistant Professor, Engineering), Remy Pangle (Associate Director, Virginia Center for Wind Energy) and Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to formalize the Wind Applications Center at JMU and to employ a novel Wind for Schools facilitation scheme for kindergarten through 12th grade schools in Virginia.
Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) received $112,318 from the National Science Foundation for “RUI: Beta-amylases and transitory starch metabolism in Arabidopsis leaves” to characterize the physiological functions of five plastid-targeted Beta-amylases in Arabidopsis.
Dr. Robert L. Nagel (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $30,982 from General Motors Co. to understand and provide the methodology for using customer perception of failure and function as indicators to actual system failures, to focus on scalability of the approach, applying the methodology to a vehicle sub-system as well as developing the framework for the service technician product diagnostic tool.
Dr. Stacey L. Pavelko (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Carol C. Dudding (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $9,471 from the Virginia Department of Education for “The Impact of High-Quality Professional Development for Public School Speech-Language Pathologists.”
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $263,100 from the U.S. Department of State to improve the lives and well being of Syrian refugees residing in Jordan by carrying out a theatrical program that combines messages addressing issues relevant to daily life as refugees with explosive remnants of war and land mine awareness messages. Rutherford received $34,446 from Fibertek Inc. to enhance the Unexploded Ordinance Center of Excellence database with information on the needs of and latest developments in the humanitarian demining community, including academics, foreign governments, nongovernmental organizations and commercial entities. He received $19,993 from the World Bank to provide data covering calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012 to the World Bank land mine/explosive remnants of war database and to make mine action experts available to provide overall guidance for the project.
Dr. James M. Shaeffer (Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement) and Donald R. Sullenberger (Chief Executive Officer, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $266,283 from the partnership to provide economic development support services for its regional members, prospects, existing businesses and the partnership.
Dr. James M. Shaeffer (Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement) received $2,000 from the Verizon Foundation for the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Gala/Tech Nite 13.
William L. Simmons (Patrol Officer, Public Safety and Police) received $1,000 from Walmart to purchase equipment that will help educate the JMU Police Cadets with workforce readiness training and job-related skills.
Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Associate Provost, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, International Programs), Dr. Brillian Muhonja (Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures), Robert E. Pettit (Head and Professor, Military Science), Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, International Programs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Giuliana Fazzion (Head and Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received $60,310 from the Institute of International Education Inc. for “Project GO” to recruit ROTC students to learn Swahili and cultures of East Africa.
Nick D. Swayne (Interim Director, Education Support Center; Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $800 from Virginia city and county donors to provide sponsorship of robotics teams.
Michael Grundmann (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) was one of 25 finalists in a national Great Ideas for Teaching competition held by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Dr. M. Joseph Hinshaw (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) won an Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards for the series of videos he produced for the Forbes Center, “A Day in the Life of the Forbes Center.” This international award honors marketing and communications work. The competition, run by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, drew approximately 6,000 entries.
Shelly L. Hokanson (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) won several awards in national exhibitions for images from her “Dichotomy of Self” body of work, including second place overall for the image “Curiouser and Curiouser” in the national juried mixed-media exhibit “Mad World” at Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Ill., and the Top Juror’s Choice Award for the image “We’re All Mad Here” in the Academy of Fine Arts National Juried Photography Exhibition in Lynchburg, Va. She also earned an Honorable Mention for “We’re All Mad Here” in the Petersburg Regional Art Center’s National Juried All-Media Exhibition in Petersburg, Va.
Paige Normand (Instructor, Media Arts and Design) was the instructor for the SMAD 231 class in which four students created a national award-winning concept called “Backstory” to combat human trafficking. The interactive concept design went live on mtvU’s website in January.
Kevin J. Reynolds (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) received an Award of Excellence in the narrative short film category of the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts for his short film “The Gone Friend.”
Dr. Steven D. Anderson (Director and Professor, Media Arts and Design) moderated and presented on a panel called “Successful Models for Faculty Involvement in International Education” at the Broadcast Education Association annual convention in Las Vegas in April. His presentation, “Teaching and Program Review at a Host Institution: MISR University, Egypt,” outlined his involvement in teaching and program review at MIU in the fall.
Dr. Timothy Ball (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) presented “Developing a measure of students’ attitudes towards communication” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association’s Basic Course Conference in Pittsburgh in April.
Dr. Alison A. Bodkin (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) presented and received a top paper award for “An ethnographic study of communication center pedagogy” at the National Association for Communication Centers in Greensboro, N.C., in March.
Dr. Heather J. Carmack (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) and co-author Dr. Sarah Heiss of the University of Vermont presented the Top-Paper in the Interpretation and Performance Studies Division, “Performing with food: Relationships between food, women’s performance of ‘good mother,’ and childhood health outcomes,” at the 2013 Annual Meeting Eastern Communication Association in Pittsburgh in April. Carmack and co-authors Shireen Bedi of George Mason University and Sarah N. Heiss of the University of Vermont presented “Socializing international students to U.S. health: Memorable health messages and university health clinics” at the same meeting. Carmack and co-author Dr. Matthew Vorell of St. Cloud State University presented “Healing the healer: Stress and coping strategies in the field of temporary medical work” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association in Kansas City, Mo., in April.
Dr. Eric M. Fife (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. C. Leigh Nelson (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) presented “Not All College Students Are the Same: Teaching Students about Stereotypes Using Multiple Colleges as the Example” at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association in Pittsburgh in April.
Dr. Dolores L. Flamiano (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented a paper, “‘A Special Provocation’: Harlem and Photojournalism, 1938-1940,” at the October 2012 annual conference of the American Journalism Historians Association in Raleigh, N.C.
Rustin P. Greene (Professor, Media Arts and Design) participated as a lecturer at MISR International University in Cairo for two weeks in October 2012. This was his second visit to MIU, where he taught screenplay writing and directing, as well as conducting program review. In April, he attended the annual convention of the Broadcast Education Association and moderated a panel called “Opportunities and Challenges Producing Student Movies With DSLR Technology.” He also presented on two other panels, “How DSLRs Expand And Enrich Directors’ Vision” and “Wherever You Go In The World, It’s Still Your University: Teaching Abroad With Your Own University.”
Dr. Frank B. Kalupa (Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. Chang Wan “Isaac” Woo (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) presented a paper co-authored with S. Gorpe, “Professional perspectives: An international study of professionalism, ethics, and the social value of public relations,” at the 11th International Symposium, “Communication in Millennium,” in St. Cloud, Minn., in May.
Thomas J. McHardy (Professor, Media Arts and Design) gave a presentation on “Preparing Students for DSLR Production of Short Films” at the 2013 convention of the Broadcast Education Association.
Dr. C. Leigh Nelson (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. Eric M. Fife (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) presented “Is He or She My Best Potential Partner?: A Social Exchange Theory Exercise for the Interpersonal Unit” at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association in Pittsburgh in April.
Paige Normand (Instructor, Media Arts and Design) presented on a panel, “Avenues for New Media Consultations,” at the 20th Anniversary Symposium for the Undergraduate Writing Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin J. Reynolds (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented “DSLR Story Design & Production Concerns” on a panel at the Broadcast Education Association convention in April in Las Vegas.
Dr. Jennifer A. Taylor (Assistant Professor, Political Science) presented the Blue Star Families Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey to the House and Senate Military Family Caucus at the Capitol on May 16. The full report can be downloaded at http://www.bluestarfam.org/policy.
Shaun Wright (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) produced a feature-length documentary film, “Higher Power,” which was screened at the 2012 Kansas International Film Festival. The film examines the issue of electrical pollution. Wright presented “DSLR Video Post-Production: Workflow Challenges and Color Correction Strategies” at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas in April.
Dr. Timothy Ball (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. Rozanne Leppington (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) published “Community-building learning groups in an online course: A study of functional moves” in The Northwest Journal of Communication, 41(1), 137-160.
Dr. M. Joseph Hinshaw (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design), along with co-author Ron Osgood, published the second edition of his textbook, “Visual Storytelling: Videography and Post Production in the Digital Age.” In addition, they converted the DVD that accompanied the first edition of the book into a website for the second edition. Both Yvette Shen (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Shelly L. Hokanson (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) contributed work on the website.
Dr. George C. Johnson (Professor, Media Arts and Design) completed an edited BluRay version of “An Artist’s Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes: The Photography of Gary Freeburg.” The video was exhibited at the University of Alaska-Kenai campus on Sept. 9, 2012.
Dr. Alexander S. Leidholdt (Professor, Media Arts and Design) wrote an article, “Showdown on Mr. Jefferson’s Lawn: Contesting Jim Crow during the University of Virginia’s Protodesegregation,” which was accepted for publication in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.
Dr. Jon M. Thompson (Professor, Health Sciences; Director, Health Services Administration) co-wrote an article, “A Profile of Hospitals with Leadership Development Programs,” which was published in The Health Care Manager, 32(2): 179-188, April-June 2013.
Dr. Alexandra M. Vilela (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) has co-written, with colleagues at other universities, two book chapters and one encyclopedia “chapter.” The works are “Now starring brand x: Product placement as local, global, and glocal branding communication tool” in The Handbook of International Advertising Research (Wiley-Blackwell); “Bic for her and crisps for him: Contemporary gendered targeting and representation in advertising around the world” in “Media (Dis)parity: Battle of the Sexes” (Lexington Books); and “Gender-role portrayal in TV advertising” in the Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research (Springer). The three pieces discuss gender and advertising in the international media context.
Dr. David H. Wendelken (Professor, Media Arts and Design) continued to produce natural history images that are featured on a flickr photo blog that generated about 70,000 views of the images this year. Two of his images will appear in academic book on the history of ornithology since Darwin. This book will be published this year by Princeton University Press and is co-authored by Tim Birkhead and Jo Wimpenny at the University of Sheffield. Another image was published in a text by National Geographic Learning/ Cenagage Learning. Other images have appeared in sources including he Native Plants Journal and an electronic text on coral reefs.