Dr. Joseph R. Blandino (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $49,662 from NASA to develop methods for using photogammetry to measure strain in balloon structures to obtain full coverage shape measurements and to evaluate the feasibility of strain measurements during ground testing.
Dr. Linda M. Bradley (Associate Professor Emeritus, Education) received $15,540 from the Council for Basic Education to provide support for implementation of JMU’s vision of a Standards-based Teacher Education Program through establishment of a Content Teaching Academy that would cut across colleges and content areas and would ensure parity of content and pedagogy in teacher education.
Dr. Kevin L. Caran (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $35,000 from the Petroleum Research Fund to present the synthesis, characterization and colloidal study of amphiphilic molecules containing mechanical catenane bonds.
Dr. Corey L. Cleland (Associate Professor, Biology) received $91,571 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.
Dr. W. Dean Cocking (Associate Professor, Biology) received $5,269 from DuPont to investigate mercury content of earthworms living at sites which have previously been used for soil sampling.
Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $180,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to reduce smoking behavior of the attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder youth population.
Dr. Tammy D. Gilligan (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $24,000 from Fluvanna County Public Schools, $18,000 from Bristol, Va., Public Schools, $12,000 from Mapleton Public Schools and $4,000 from the JMU Child Development Center for school psychology internship agreements.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received $43,000 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to publish the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter in fiscal year 2005-06.
Mary W. Helmick (Director, Procurement) received $4,921,894 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to administer the Virtual Library of Virginia for fiscal year 2006 through JMU’s procurement division.
Dr. James B. Herrick (Associate Professor, Biology) received $14,779 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a more complete understanding of the occurrence of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes at Michigan beaches.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) 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 through the Shenandoah Valley Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. Hubbell also received $8,500 from the Department of Social Services to help teens improve decision-making skills to make competent decisions about their futures.
Dr. C. David Jaynes (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $40,216 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board to assess changes in chronic wound fluid proteins during healing and to identify and quantify those proteins.
Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Carole Nash (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology) received $4,500 from the Wintergreen Nature Foundation to provide archaeological test models of Native American and historic settlements in the Virginia Blue Ridge, to incorporate the Wintergreen data into regional studies of mountain occupations and to develop a database of known cultural resources.
Dr. Reid J. Linn (Associate Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs; Professor, Special Education) and Laura Ryman (Director, New Program Development, Graduate and Professional Program) received $25,000 from the Virginia Department of Correctional Education to provide staff development and training programs.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $8,253 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of model working relationships and tools between environmental groups and wind energy proponents.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Education), Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Malcolm G. Lane (Head and Professor, Computer Science) received $1,171,987 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to continue work on the Network Security Risk Assessment Model and Portable Network Security Analysis Tool.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Education) and Elizabeth B. Knight (President, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council) received $35,183 from the SVTC to support the SVTC, which serves as an advocate for developing the technological and workforce development infrastructure required to support technology-related industries in the region.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Education) and Don Sullenberger (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $250,662 from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to provide economic development support services for regional members, prospects and existing businesses.
Christopher B. Nye (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $135,063 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic to provide volunteer outpatient health services. Nye also received $49,581 from the Virginia Department of Social Services for “Healthy Families of Page County” to provide a family support worker to first-time parents to promote positive parenting, health and child development, $5,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to coordinate regional collaboration meetings that mirror the state level structure within the northeast region of Virginia and two grants of $718 each from First Presbyterian Church to promote healthy living through health education contacts within local Hispanic communities and to train people in providing interpretation in health and medical care encounters.
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.
Dr. Robert D. Reid (Dean, Business) received $190,000 from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers to maintain the organization’s national headquarters on the JMU campus.
Dr. Judith T. Rocchiccioli (Professor, Nursing) received $9,552 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to increase the numbers and distribution of advanced practice nurses in designated medically underserved and health care provider shortage areas.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Kirby L. Cramer Chair of Business Administration; Professor, Economics) received $11,250 from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization to provide editorial services for the journal.
Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $3,500 from Special Olympics Inc. to determine the extent to which athletes, coaches and immediate family members understand and value hearing screening results.
Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz (Associate Professor, Art and Art Education) received $2,200 from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the 2006 JMU Summer Art Education Program to improve learning in art for students in grades kindergarten through 12 and for art teachers.
Dr. William C. Wood (Professor, Economics) received $98,259 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance. Wood also received $8,200 from the Virginia Council on Economic Education to deliver the statewide programs of the VCEE within the Shenandoah Valley during 2005-06.
Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt (Director, Center for Liberal and Applied Social Sciences) and Dr. Anthony J. Eksterowicz (Professor, Political Science) co-edited a book, “The President and Foreign Policy: Chief Architect or General Contractor,” which was published by NOVA Publishers in July. Hastedt and Eksterowicz co-wrote two essays for the book, “The President and Foreign Policy: Chief Architect or General Contractor?” and “Reluctant Home Remodeler, General Contractor or Chief Architect: Foreign Policy and the Education of George W. Bush.” Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) wrote an essay, “Hesitant Home Repair or Successful Restoration? Foreign Policymaking in the George W. Bush Administration, the Conflict in Liberia and the Case for Humanitarian Non-Intervention.” Another essay, “Public Opinion, Presidential Leadership and Foreign Policy in a Post-9-11 International System,” was co-written by Michael Chambers of Indiana State University and Robert K. Goidel, a 1989 graduate of JMU who currently teaches at Louisiana State University.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) briefed the International Terrorism and Nonproliferation Subcommittee of the House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee on international terrorism in Northeast Africa July 29. Pham, who was invited to brief members of Congress and their staff as well as the permanent professional staff of the House committee, reported on his recent fieldwork in Africa. His summer research was funded by JMU’s Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance through its Critical Infrastructure Protection Program.