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Madison Scholarly News — December 2004


Dr. Timothy Carter (Professor, Sociology) published "Force Against and by Game Wardens in Citizen Encounters," in Police Quarterly, Vol. 74, pp. 489-508, December.

Dr. Nikitah Imani (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented a keynote address, "Resurrecting the Symbolic Invocative Mode as a Means of Pan-Afrikan Empowerment," at the Sankofa Crusade 3 conference, in Raleigh, N.C., Oct. 2; presented the paper, "Symbolic Social Invisibility: The First Step in the Psychosocial Genocide of Africans in the United States," at the 37th annual International Conference of the African Heritage Studies Association, held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Oct. 7-9; delivered a keynote address, "Building Bridges," at the Virginia Association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages meeting, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Oct. 16; and conducted a symposium, "Afrikan Identity: Being Self, Knowing Self," jointly sponsored by the National Panhellenic Council and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, held at Virginia Tech, Nov. 9.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) published two articles: "Politics and International Justice in a World of States," in Human Rights & Human Welfare, vol. 4, 119-135; and "Lazarus Rising: Civil Society and Sierra Leone's Return from the Grave," in the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, vol. 7, no. 1. Pham wrote a book, Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession, published by Oxford University Press, November.

Dr. Joseph Rumbo (Assistant Professor, Sociology) published "Examining Relationships between Consumption, Nature, and Culture" in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 218-230. Also, Rumbo presented "Mind: The 'Semiotic Struggle' between Marketers and Consumers" at the annual Pacific Sociological Association meeting in San Francisco, April 18.

Dr. Joseph B. Ryan (Assistant Professor, Special Education) published a manuscript, "A review of peer-mediated intervention studies on academic achievement for students with emotional and behavior disorders," in Remedial and Special Education, 25(6), 330-341, November. Also, Ryan co-presented "The Use of Physical Restraint in Schools and Other Child-Care Agencies," at the 2004 International Child and Adolescent Conference, Minneapolis, Oct. 14-16.

Dr. Joe Spear (Assistant Professor, Sociology) published the paper, "Cumulative Change in Scientific Production: Research Technologies and the Structuring of New Knowledge," in Perspectives on Science, Vol. 12, pp. 55-85.

Dr. Jon M. Thompson (Professor, Health Sciences; Director, Health Services Administration Program), with Michael C. Boblitz, a senior planning analyst with Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville and a JMU 2000 HSAP graduate, published an article, "Seven Steps for Evaluating Primary Care Practice Ownership," in Healthcare Financial Management, November. Thompson presented a poster session on "Emergency Preparedness Training Needs of Hospital Safety and Security Officers in Virginia," (co-authors: Dr. H. Richard Travis (Professor Emeritus, Health Sciences) and Suzi Silverstein of the Virginia Department of Health), at the annual Virginia Public Health Association meeting, Oct. 21, in Fairfax.

Dr. Greg Wang (Assistant Professor, Human Resource Development) published a paper, "Toward a Theory of Human Resource Development Learning Participation," in Human Resource Development Review, Vol. 3, No. 4.

Dr. Pavel Zemliansky (Assistant Professor, Writing Program) co-edited a book, with Kirk St. Amant of Texas Tech University, Internet-Based Workplace Communication: Industry and Academic Applications, published by Information Science Publishing, Hershey, Pa., October.


Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $8,100 from the U.S. Department of State for "Humanitarian Mine Action Conference Planning" to assist host nations by producing a strategic planning training course that will enable nations to develop effective mine action plans.

Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $75,049 from Shenandoah Valley Pure Water 2000 Forum for forum staff support.

Sally L. Chappel (Secondary/Transition Coordinator, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $5,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide students with disabilities and their parents the opportunity to learn about issues facing students attending college.

Dr. Laurence A. DeGaris (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) received $10,000 from Gatorade to develop a customized report on the results of NASCAR sponsorship.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $47,325 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide curriculum enhancement to beginner and intermediate English language learners.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) and Carole L. Nash (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology) received $3,096 from Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to conduct an initial archaeological survey of the Downs Parcel in Rockingham County.

Dr. Susan R. Halsell (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $30,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to investigate and identify molecules either controlled by or collaborating with RhoA signal transduction during remodeling of tissues such as the neural tube and during control of the cell cycle and cytokinesis in Drosophila melanogaster.

Dr. James B. Herrick (Associate Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to determine the potential for and evidence of past antibiotic resistance plasmid transfer to and among native populations of stream bacteria and to characterize the plasmids involved.

Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $9,608 from Rockingham Family Physicians to provide patient health services.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $47,059 from the U.S. Department of Energy for "State Wind Energy Support - Tall Towers: Monitoring High Height Winds in the U.S. East Central Region" to support JMU activities to implement the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America program in Virginia.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $69,236 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships.

Dr. Terrie K. Rife (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to further explore the function of exon AK by isolating RNA from rats and to directly test the hypothesis that exon AK helps regulate translation of the Nitric Oxide Synthetase I gene.

Dr. Michael J. Saunders (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) received $8,046 from PacificHealth Labs to research and determine whether a carbohydrate/protein beverage improves exercise performance and muscle recovery when compared to a conventional carbohydrate-only sports beverage.

Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Executive Director, International Program; Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs) received $29,567 from the Fulbright Scholar Program to provide an American Studies Institute in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah (Special Assistant, Office of the President; Professor, Biology) received $80,044 from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of African American, Hispanic and Native American minority graduates in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Dr. Roshna E. Wunderlich (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to address the fundamental mechanical, anatomical and physical constraints of bipedal locomotion by examining the biomechanics of bipedal locomotion in Propithecus verreauxi.

Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) organized the session, "The Aesthetics of Everyday Life in Africa," and presented the paper, "Identification Photography, Postcolonialism and Aesthetic Contemplation in The Gambia," at the African Studies Association annual meeting, in New Orleans, Nov. 10-14.

Kristin Gardner (Peer Programs Coordinator, University Health Center) directed the Reality Educators Advocating Campus Health peers' presentation,"The Duke is Right" program, at the BACCHUS & GAMMA Peer Education Network National Conference in Chicago, Nov. 12; JMU peers won the "2004 Outstanding Network Affiliate Award" for excellence in peer education programs; and presented at the VA-ABC Conference on their alcohol-awareness program.

Dr. Clarence Geier (Professor, Anthropology) gave the paper, "Civil War Archaeology as an Avenue to the Study of Local Culture History," and Carole Nash (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology) presented "Urban Archaeology in the Valley of Virginia: Harrisonburg's Hardesty-Higgins House" at the annual Archeological Society of Virginia meeting in Lexington, Oct. 29.

Sandy Maxfield (Associate Professor, Libraries and Educational Technologies) presented "Teaching with digital images: six years into the revolution," at the State University of New York Conference on Computing in the Disciplines: Beyond the Slide Library, in New York City, Oct. 8.

Dr. Steve Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) presented the paper, "Shi`i Muslim Culture and Social Protest in Iran," to the International Relations Program at Roanoke College, Sept. 22.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics and Kirby L. Kramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented two papers, "The Changing Face of Mainstream Economics" and "Epistemological Implications of Economic Complexity" at the Southern Economic Association meetings in New Orleans, Nov. 2-23.

Dr. Donna L. Sundre (Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies), Dr. Dennison Bhola (Assistant Assessment Specialist, CARS; Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) and student Kara Owens presented workshops at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, October.

Dr. Tom Syre (Associate Professor, Health Sciences) was one of four plenary speakers, presenting "Community services boards: What they are and how they serve the public," and also presented a poster on the Harrisonburg-Rockingham CSB, at the annual Virginia Public Health Association conference in Fairfax, Oct. 21.

Dr. Andrea Wiley (Associate Professor, Anthropology) gave the invited presentation, "Milk consumption and national and global food policy: Does biological variation matter?" in the Culture in Global Affairs lecture series at The Elliott School, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., November. Several members of the School of Art and Art History participated in the Southeastern College Art Conference held Oct. 13-16 in Jacksonville, Fla.: Dr. Kay Arthur (Professor), who serves as the Virginia representative on the SECAC board, presented a paper, "Maria Ormani's Breviary and Self Portrait: Self Definition among Tuscan Augustinian Hermitan Nuns." Dr. Sarah Warren (Assistant Professor) presented a paper, "Painting Beyond Sense: Abstraction and Performance in the Early Russian Avant-Garde." Christina Updike (Visual Resources Curator), who serves as the Visual Resources Association representative on the SECAC board, presented and demonstrated the Madison Digital Image Data-base 2 software system in the session, "This DAM New World: Creating and Managing Digital Assets for the Art History Classroom." Dr. Robert Bersson (Professor Emeritus) presented a paper, "The Introductory Art Appreciation and Art History Courses: Issues, Challenges, Possibilities." Dr. Linda Halpern (Associate Professor; Dean, General Education) was co-chair of two open sessions for undergraduate papers in which JMU undergraduate student Kendall Lyn Barbery presented a paper, "Ana, Asele and Badunka, a triple synthesis: an Analysis of the Work of Uche Okeke."

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