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Madison Scholarly News — September 2004


Dr. Karim Altaii (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) published three articles: "Modeling of a Hybrid Renewable Energy System 'HyRES,'" 2004, with A. Bradway and A.M. Al-Jumaily, HT-FED2004-56712, Proceedings of HT-FED2004, 2004, ASME Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference, Charlotte, N.C.; and "Ultraviolet Solar Radiation over the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico," with R.L. Rivera, ISEC2004-65158, and "Solar Radiation over the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico," 2004, with R.L. Rivera, ISEC2004-65159, both in Proceedings of 2004 Solar Conference, Portland, Ore., July 11-14.

Dr. J. Brian O'Roark (Lecturer, Economics) and Dr. William C. Wood (Professor, Economics) co-wrote "Safety at the Racetrack: Results of Restrictor Plates in Superspeedway Competition," published in the Southern Economic Journal, July; and O'Roark co-wrote, with Mark Crain of George Mason University, "The Impact of Performance-Based Budgeting on State Fiscal Performance," published in Economics of Governance, Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2004.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics), Kirby L. Kramer Jr. (Professor of Business Administration) and Dr. Marina Vcherashnaya Rosser (Professor, Economics) published a paper, "Complex Dynamics of Macroeconomic Collapse and Its Aftermath in Transition Economies," in the Eastern Economic Journal, Spring 2004, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 207-221.


Dr. Joseph R. Blandino (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $79,999 from NASA Langley Research Center to contribute to the development of a low-mass optical diagnostic system for solar sails leading to a measurement protocol for obtaining accurate temperatures from a metalized sail membrane using thermal imaging and a protocol for using photogrammetry for determining the sail shape and dynamic behavior.

Dr. Corey L. Cleland (Associate Professor, Biology) received $86,088 from the National Science Foundation to improve understanding of the principles by which the nervous system coordinates muscles across joints and solves the "degrees of freedom" problem in motor control.

Christopher S. Coverstone (Lieutenant, Public Safety) received $7,500 from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the fourth year of "ABC Operation Undergrad," a program to decrease high-risk behavior and criminal activity associated with the use of alcohol and to reduce manufacture, possession and use of fake identification and other fictitious documents on the campus of JMU and in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Associate Professor, Psychology) received $240,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to reduce smoking behavior of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder youth population.

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) received $21,000 from the National Park Service for "Integrating Virtual Reality Gateways with Natural and Cultural Resource Digital Knowledge Centers" to further the work of the Synthesis Support Center.

Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin (Director, Honors Program; Professor, English) received two grants to support "Furious Flower: Regenerating the Black Poetic Tradition," a conference at JMU drawing established and emerging poets: The Virginia Commission for the Arts contributed $8,000 to fund community outreach programs and the Arts Council of the Valley contributed $4,500 to help fund the conference.

Dr. Tammy D. Gilligan (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $20,000 from New London City Schools, $18,000 from Essex County Schools and $24,000 from Alexandria City Public Schools for School of Psychology internship agreements.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received $41,500 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to publish the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) received $360,000 from the National Science Foundation to investigate the role of beneficial bacteria in protecting salamanders and their egg masses from fungal pathogens.

Dr. Mohammad H. Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $10,000 from the National Security Agency to manage the conference travel funds for the New Security Paradigms Workshop.

Dr. Charles D. Jaynes (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $36,158 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board to assess changes in chronic wound fluid proteins during healing and to identify and quantify those proteins.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM/Valley Voice) received $121,270 from the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board to provide community broadcast services.

Dr. Reid J. Linn (Associate Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Programs; Professor, Special Education) received $2,191,123 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Virginia Special Education Training and Technical Assistance Center to enhance service effectiveness for personnel in superintendents' Region 5 who serve children and youth with disabilities.

Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $416,912 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement a new master's of science in nursing program designed to provide graduates with eligibility for adult nurse practitioner or gerontological nurse practitioner certification and $84,488 from the Virginia Department for the Aging to develop holistic approaches to improving care options for persons with Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs for Research and Public Service) received $143,927 from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to provide support to the SVP.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs for Research and Public Service), Dr. Malcolm G. Lane (Head and Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,292,993 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to continue to design and implement prototype versions of the Network Security Risk Assessment Model and the Portable Network Security Analysis Tool to evaluate anticipated network/system failure modes and to analyze and quantify the effects of network security risks.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs for Research and Public Service) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council) received $31,258 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council to cover the salaries of a part-time coordinator/director and two student assistants and operational expenses of the SVTC.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received six grants: $92,040 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic to provide volunteer outpatient health services to the uninsured; $75,112 from the Virginia Department of Health to build and train a network of community health workers for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program; $18,306 from Virginia Commonwealth University to train people in providing interpretation in health and medical care encounters; $12,500 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital to assist the Blue Ridge AHEC in efforts to reduce language and cultural barriers to health care for immigrant populations in the Shenandoah Valley; $8,000 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board to provide interpretation services to non-English-speaking clients; and $4,441 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for "AIDS Services Group: External Evaluation Services" to complete meta-data management and evaluation activities.

Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $38,000 from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Virginia to continue support of the JMU-Scottish Rite Language Disorders Clinic and to support a doctoral student in speech-language pathology.

Dr. Robert D. Reid (Dean, Business) received $178,000 from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers to maintain the organization's national headquarters on the JMU campus.

Dr. Barbara A. Reisner (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $16,011 from the National Science Foundation to foster understanding of chemistry through more metacognitive instruction at JMU.

Dr. Rosa E. Rivera-Hainaj (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $140,625 from the National Science Foundation to purchase a Chiro-Optical Spectrophotometer for chemistry research and student training.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Kirby L. Kramer Chair of Business Administration; Professor, Economics) received $11,250 from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization to provide editorial services for publication of the journal.

Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Speech Pathology) received $5,000 from Rockingham County Public Schools to supervise four graduate students from the speech-language pathology program in an intensive summer intervention program with at least 10 to 12 children from Rockingham County who have a diagnosis of autism or Pervasive Development Disorder.

Dr. Wayne S. Teel (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $5,542 from the Environmental Protection Agency to provide information, data and water samples to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program on the pH levels and ammonia content of rainfall collected at the JMU site.

Dr. Louise M. Temple (Head and Associate Professor, Biology) received $214,500 from the National Institutes of Health to define and explore the constellation of virulence factors of Bordetella pertussis and to develop tissue and/or organ culture models for studying toxicity of Bordetella avium.

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah (Special Assistant to the President; Professor, Biology) received $169,812 from the National Institutes of Health to continue the "Bridges to Baccalaureate" program at JMU.

Dr. Judith A. Wubah (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $29,274 from the National Institutes of Health to gain insight into the region-specific differentiation of the mouse prostate, which may increase understanding of human prostate differentiation and regional susceptibility to disease.


Dr. George H. Baker (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Associate Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) and Joseph Rudmin (Electronics Tech, CISAT Laboratory Operations) presented a paper, "An Undergraduate High Power Electromagnetic Effects Research Project," at the European Electromagnetics Symposium at the Otto Von Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany, July 15. Co-authors included ISAT students Joseph Darragh and Nathan Olive.

Dr. Toni S. Whitfield (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) presented the paper, "What Business Communication Means from Inside the Communication Major: A Report on the Current Status of Business Communication Course Textbooks and Needs Identified by Former Students and Employers," at the 54th annual International Communication Association conference, New Orleans, May 29.


Dr. David R. Fordham (PBGH Faculty Fellow; Associate Professor of Accounting) served as training conference chair of the AIS (Accounting Information Systems) Educators Association annual conference in Denver, Colo., June 25-28.

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