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Madison Scholarly News — April 2005


Sally L. Chappel (Secondary/Transition Coordinator, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $3,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the second annual Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership Conference.

Dr. W. Dean Cocking (Associate Professor, Biology) received $22,598 from DuPont for “Support for Fisheries Survey (Creel census) along the South River in Augusta County, Virginia,” to provide field and laboratory technical support for study of fishing activity in association with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Christopher S. Coverstone (Lieutenant, Public Safety), Dr. Jeanne M. Martino-McAllister (Associate Professor, Health Sciences) and H. Cecilia Van Zyl (Counselor and Substance Abuse Specialist, Counseling and Student Development Center) received $1,000 from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office to support Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students and CHOICES training as a statewide event through Operation Undergrad.

Dr. Michael L. Deaton (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $85,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to assist local governments in Virginia in developing a decision support system for hazardous materials incidents.

Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $84,360 from the National Science Foundation to provide research experiences for undergraduates in a 10-week session that includes opportunities in the sub-disciplines of materials science, biochemistry, synthesis, environmental chemistry and spectroscopy.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center) received $179,642 from the National Institutes of Health for “Developing School-Based Treatment of ADHD Adolescents” to complete a small controlled clinical trial to obtain the necessary pilot data to potentially support a larger scale evaluation and to develop treatment fidelity measures.

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) received $9,000 from the National Park Service to develop graphical and multimedia components for the Ecology Views module and to gather field data to support the project.

Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics) received $81,356 from the National Science Foundation to characterize the low-lying three quark bound and resonant systems in terms of Quantum Chromodynamics.

Jane Hubbell (Director, Office on Children and Youth) received $25,000 from the Office on Children and Youth for the Reading Road Show to continue to provide a book-bag exchange program and intergenerational storytelling activities to low-income families and to increase the number of Spanish-speaking families being served. Hubbell also received $1,979 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students.

Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $434,776 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 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.

Dr. Joseph P. Meyer (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology, Center for Assessment and Research Studies) received $64,145 from the Institute of Education Sciences/U.S. Department of Education to conduct secondary analyses of the nationally representative achievement data collected by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $5,000 from the Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program to provide a summer undergraduate stipend to allow a student to develop a novel cyclization pathway for the synthesis of two nitrogen-containing heterocycles, piperdines and azepines.

Kenneth Newbold (Associate Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) and Darlene H. Quackenbush (Information Security Officer, Information Technology) received $892 from the University of Virginia to provide travel and general support for the outreach, consulting and training activities of the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking to improve information security programs in educational organizations.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Assistant Professor, Education) and Elizabeth B. Knight (President, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council) received $1,500 from the Verizon Foundation to support the Shenandoah Valley Technology Gala.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) and Jane Hubbell (Director, Office on Children and Youth) received $508,064 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide administrative and planning services for the HIV Consortium to improve the quality, availability and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV disease in the northwest region.

Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $125,000 from the National Institutes of Health to clarify the developmental progression of the anatomy and function on the inner ear of two strains of canary with normal hearing and with hearing loss.

Dr. Kristen E. St. John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $5,000 from Joint Oceanographic Institutions Inc. to determine the abundance and composition of ice-rafted terrigenous sand in the glaciomarine sedimentary sequence from the Lomonosov Ridge, Arctic Basin.

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics) received $33,000 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research that centers on the use of photonuclear reactions to investigate the properties of the nucleon through the production of mesons and nucleon resonances.


Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) has been named a 2005-06 academic fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a nonpartisan policy institute based in Washington, D.C. Pham will travel to Tel Aviv University in Israel in May to participate in a 10-day course in terrorism studies focusing on how democracies confront the phenomenon of global terrorism. In addition to lectures by academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, the program provides academic fellows with hands-on experience through visits to police, customs and immigration facilities, military bases and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.


Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) has been elected secretary of the American Society of International Law and designated editor of the organization’s new journal on international law and mass violence in Africa. The ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950 to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice.

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