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April 2014

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Latest Faculty Accomplishments

Submit scholarly news—publications, paper presentations and professional awards and service (appointment to boards, etc.)—to Janet Smith in Public Affairs at smithjl@jmu.edu or 568-8008. Or use our online form.

 

GRANTS (awarded March 2014)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) received $130,000 from the National Science Foundation for “RUI: Beta-amylases and transitory starch metabolism in Arabidopsis leaves, Year 3” to characterize the physiological functions of five plastid-targeted Beta-amylases in Arabidopsis.

 

PUBLICATIONS

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.

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.

 

PRESENTATIONS

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.

 

SERVICE

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.

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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