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Madison Scholarly News — November 2004


Dr. James O. Benedict (Professor, Psychology) co-wrote "Applying the Just-in-Time Teaching Approach to Teaching Statistics," in Teaching of Psychology, 31, 197-199.

Dr. Young B. Choi (Assistant Professor, Information Technology and Management Science) published Telecommunications Service Management: Issues and Industry-Academia Cooperation Initiative, 2004 U.S.-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (UKC-2004), ICTS04 Track, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Aug. 12-14; and Mobile Telecommunications Service Management: Key Issues and Market Trends, The International Association of Computer Information Systems Conference, Cancun, Mexico, Oct. 6-9, Vol. V, No. 2, pp. 414-419 (co-authors: Jason Kelske, Rakesh Patel, and Ritual Walia). Choi was appointed associate technical editor of the IEEE Communications Society magazine, 2004-05; and a member of the ETRI Journal Editorial Committee, September 2004-August 2006.

Dr. Christine E. DeMars (Assistant Assessment Specialist, Center for Assessment and Research Studies) wrote the article, "Detection of item parameter drift over multiple test administrations," published in Applied Measurement in Education, 17, 265-300, 2004.

Dr. Nikitah Imani (Associate Professor, Sociology) published an article, "Navigating Perceptions of 'Otherness' in the Classroom: One Experience," in the Journal of Radical Pedagogy, summer, Vol. 6, No. 1, and two books, Kinzoni: Towards Afrikan Intracommunal Dispute Resolution in the U.S. and Mbongi: Towards Africentric Political Formations in the U.S., both published by the Reapalife Press, Harrisonburg, 2004. Imani also participated in the Center for Spatially-Integrated Social Science Workshop at Ohio State University, June 28-July 2. Imani was a reviewer for the spatial dynamics panel of the National Science Foundation's Social and Human Dynamics grant program in Washington, D.C., June 21-22.

Dr. Cynthia R. O'Donoghue (Associate Professor, Communications Sciences and Disorders) co-wrote a research paper, "Mirror Writing Following Left Hemisphere Infarction: A Case Study," published in The Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, Vol. 12 (3), September. O'Donoghue was elected to a three-year term as the Virginia representative to Legislative Council for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) published several articles in September and October: "The Perils of 'Consensus': Hans Kelsen and the Legal Philosophy of the United Nations," in the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, vol. 14, no. 3; "Law, Human Rights, Realism and the 'War on Terror,'" in Human Rights & Human Welfare, vol. 4; "Taking Terrorists at Their Word," in In the National Interest, vol. 3, no. 35; and "A Nation Long Forlorn: Liberia's Journey from Civil War toward Civil Society," in the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, vol. 6, no. 4. Pham's 2004 book, Liberia: Portrait of a Failed State, published by Reed Press, was favorably reviewed in the September/October 2004 issues of Foreign Affairs, Worldview and The Wilson Quarterly.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics and Kirby L. Kramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published a paper co-written with Honggang Li of Beijing Normal University, "Market Dynamics and Stock Price Volatility," in The European Physical Journal B, June 1, 2004, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 409-413.


Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $52,120 from the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies to produce and distribute a body of literature describing the current initiatives related to humanitarian mine action technology.

Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $8,480 from DuPont to use nonnative freshwater clams, Corbicula fluminea, as a biomonitor for mercury in the South River, building on previous studies.

Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, Science and Mathematics; Professor, Biology and Geology and Environmental Science) received $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to conduct studies on fragmentation of aquatic ecosystems in eastern National Forests.

Dr. Christie J. Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and CarollynS. Oglesby (Scholar in Residence, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program and Synthesis Regional Support Center) received $14,815 from the National Park Service to develop a biodiesel-hybrid all-terrain vehicle for use by Shenandoah National Park and to study applicability of a fuel-cell system for auxiliary power at the park's air-quality monitoring station.

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) received $15,000 from the National Park Service to digitize and organize documentation on the Green Springs region by using the Synthesis information management system.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $45,000 from the National Park Service for "Archaeological Overview and Assessment of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove" to cooperate in conducting archaeological, historical, cultural and scientific research, monitoring and interpretive activities related to the protection and management of cultural and natural resources of the National Park system.

Dr. Ralph F. Grove (Associate Professor, Computer Science) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Director, Economic Development and Partnership Programs) received $1,000 from Merck and Co. Inc. for "First Lego League Regional Competition," a robotics contest.

Dr. Mohammad H. Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Kenneth D. Bahn (Professor, Marketing; Director, MBA Program) received $52,820 from the National Security Agency to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary to better protect information technology infrastructure.

Jane Hubbell (Director, Office on Children and Youth) received $269,031 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide services that help adolescents acquire knowledge and skills that will instill healthy attitudes to encourage and support abstinence from sexual activity.

Dr. Raymond M. Hyser (Professor, History) received two grants from the U.S. Department of Education: $20,357 for "ALIVE American History" to conduct nationally significant programs to improve the quality of education and to assist all students to meet challenging state content standards, and $14,449 for "Virginia, History is Elementary" to provide workshop support for Rockbridge County Public Schools for teaching of American history.

Dr. Solange A. Lopes-Murphy (Associate Professor, Secondary Education) received $147,334 from the U.S. Department of Education for the fourth year of a five-year project, "Enhancing Effective Teaching of Limited English Proficient Students," to provide professional development in English-as-a-Second-Language education to non-ESL secondary education teachers, administrators and college faculty.

Carole L. Nash (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology) received $6,338 from the National Park Service for "Archaeological Assessment of Browntown and Gimlet Ridge Overlooks" to investigate the original construction techniques of overlooks and stone walls.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received numerous grants to provide assistance in the organization of an annual, regionally focused international festival: $1,000 from R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., $500 from Marshall's, $500 from First Presbyterian Church, $250 from Merck and Co. Inc., $250 from House of Oak and Sofas, $100 from Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists, $100 from Virginia Cellular LLC, $100 from Carlos Madrid, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, $100 from Carlos Madrid, Church of the Nazarene, $50 from Macondo's LLC, $50 from Engdawork G. Arefaine, Blue Nile Ethiopian Food and $50 from All Saints Special Needs Fund, Russian Orthodox Church.

Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Speech Pathology) received $32,064 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Student Sampler for Sign-to-Voice Interpreting" to create and field test an instructional CD on deaf students for sign-to-voice interpreting and $10,718 from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for a graduate assistantship in aural habilitation.


Rebecca S. Feind (Associate Professor, Reference Librarian) presented "The Travel Writing of Clara Laughlin" as part of a panel on Women Travel Writers at the fourth biennial meeting of the International Society for Travel Writing, held in Milwaukee, Oct. 23.

Dr. Charles M. Harris (Professor, Psychology) copresented "Workshop for creating an online introductory statistics course" and "Team teaching an introductory statistics course"; Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. James O. Benedict (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology) co-presented "Alternative approaches to teaching research methods"; and Dr. Kevin J. Apple (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Suzanne Baker (Associate Professor, Psychology) co-presented "Getting students engaged in research methods across the curriculum"; all presented at the Best Practices in Teaching Research Methods and Statistics Conference in Atlanta, Oct. 1-2.

S. Maggie Maloney (Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy) presented "Utilization of the new AOTA Fieldwork Evaluation Form" at the annual Virginia Occupational Therapy Association conference in Richmond, Oct. 8-9.

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