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Madison Scholarly News — December 2005


Dr. John J. Butt (Professor, History) has been selected as the 2006-07 Carl Harter Distinguished Teacher in JMU’s College of Arts and Letters.

Dr. Shah M. Hanifi (Assistant Professor, History) received a Gutenberg-e Prize from the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press for “Inter-Regional Trade and Colonial State Formation in Nineteenth-Century Afghanistan,” his doctoral dissertation completed in 2001 at the University of Michigan. The award included a $20,000 fellowship for Hanifi to convert the dissertation into an electronic monograph to be published by Columbia University Press. Launched in 1999, the Gutenberg-e prizes are intended to set a high standard for electronic publishing.

Dr. Margaret M. Kyger (Head and Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education) is the Essie Glass Award recipient for 2005-06 in JMU’s College of Education. The award, established by Harold C. Glass in memory of his aunt, who retired as an assistant principal at Parry McClure High School in Buena Vista, recognizes exceptional accomplishment in research and/or teaching.

Dr. LouAnn Lovin (Head and Assistant Professor, Middle, Secondary and Math Education) has been named the JMU College of Education’s Madison Scholar for 2006-07 in recognition of her record of publications, professional presentations and publication review appointments.

Dr. Doris Martin (Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) has been selected to receive the JMU College of Education’s Distinguished Service Award for 2006-07 in recognition of her tremendous service to the university, professional organizations and community, state and national groups.

Dr. Steven L. Purcell (Assistant Professor, Development, Learning and Leadership Education) has been selected as the JMU College of Education’s Distinguished Teacher for 2006-07 for excellence in coaching, advising and motivating students.

Gregory A. Werner (Director, Strength and Conditioning; Instructor, Kinesiology) was one of four coaches inducted into the Coach Practitioner Distinction Program of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The program honors seasoned practitioners and educators responsible for the physical enhancement of individual athletes and athletic teams. To date, 36 coaches from across the country have been recognized. The other three coaches were at Humboldt State University in California, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the California State University, Fresno.


Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and JMU student N. Sanders have had an article, “Effectiveness of the Citizens Police Academy in Changing Attitudes and Behaviors of Citizen Participants,” accepted for publication in American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Dr. H. B. Cavalcanti (Professor, Sociology) published “The case for secular assimilation? The Latino experience in Richmond, Virginia,” in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 44(2005):473-483, (with Debra Schleef). Cavalcanti (with Debra Schleef) published "Human agency in mission work: Missionary styles and their political consequences," Sociology of Religion, 66 (2005):381-398.

Sarah Cheverton (Manager of Faculty Development Services, Center for Instructional Technology) and Christina B. Updike (Visual Resources Specialist, Art and Art History) have written “Strategies for Transitioning to the Age of Digital Media,” a guidebook published by the Visual Resources Association. The special bulletin of the international organization of media consultants is the result of a workshop developed by Cheverton and Updike for presentation at the VRA’s 2004 annual meeting and subsequent Summer Educational Institute.

Dr. Michael D. Gubser (Assistant Professor, History) had his article, “Time and History in Alois Riegl’s Theory of Perception,” published in Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 66, No. 3, July.

Dr. Arnold S. Kahn (Professor, Psychology) had “Intimate Heterosexual Violence: All the Facts,” a review of “Hurting the One You Love: Violence in Relationships” by Irene Frieze published in Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 29, Issue 3, September.

Dr. Richard L. Lippke (Professor, Philosophy) had his article, “Mixed Theories of Punishment and Mixed Offenders: Some Unresolved Tensions,” accepted for publication in The Southern Journal of Philosophy.

Dr. Stephen C. Poulson (Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology) has published the book, "Social Movements in 20th-Century Iran: Culture, Ideology, and Mobilizing Frameworks," Lexington Books: Lanham, Md.

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) had a chapter, “A dash of indolence, a pinch of serendipity: My personal recipe for a career in teaching,” published in “The teaching of psychology in autobiography: Perspectives from exemplary psychology teachers. The work was published on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site,

Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology), JMU student N. Sanders and M. McCarthy published “Profiles of Undergraduate Programs in Psychology” on the American Psychological Association Web site,

Dr. William C. Van Norman (Assistant Professor, History) had his article, “The Process of Cultural Change Among Cuban Bozales During the Nineteenth Century,” published in The Americas, Vol. 62, No. 2, October.

Dr. Andrea Wiley (Professor, Anthropology) published "Does milk make children grow? Relationships between milk consumption and height in NHANES 1999-2002" in the "American Journal of Human Biology," 17(4), 2005: 425-441.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) published “Leading discussions and asking questions” in “The handbook of the teaching of psychology,” 2005.


Dr. Joseph R. Blandino (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $8,563 from the NASA to assess the conceptual design of the James Webb Space Telescope sunshield.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $5,000 from Virginia Commonwealth University to gather information from providers about the prevention of tobacco use in children.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $100,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Blue Ridge ESOL Career Development Academy to expand educational services available to non-native English speakers. Foucar-Szocki also received $100,000 from the Merck Foundation for Virginia’s Workforce Improvement Network to facilitate the Career Development Academy for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area. She also received $55,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for Virginia’s Workforce Improvement Network to oversee content, design and publication of the Vertex journal.

Dr. Lincoln C. Gray (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $16,319 from the National Institutes of Health to provide a comprehensive evaluation of developing auditory perceptions on an appropriate animal model.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $249,142 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts. Hubbell also received $1,800 from the Children’s Learning Center Foundation for “Reading Road Show — Page County” to expand services of The Gus Bus.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science) received $70,000 from the City of Harrisonburg for the “Harrisonburg Downtown Technology Zone” to integrate information technology by clustering e-commerce, communication, homeland security and information security and assurance companies to foster a high-technology economy for the city.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science) and Dr. Joseph D. Enedy (Professor Emeritus, Geographic Science) received $14,040 from the Virginia Geographic Alliance to provide printing and distribution initiatives.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science) and Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Geographic Science) received $5,362 from the National Park Service to provide archaeological services for site documentation, excavations, artifact recovery and report preparation for Shenandoah National Park.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $5,000 from Beloit College to understand how students’ spatial cognition can be enhanced.

Dr. Kathryn A. Layman (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $38,951 from the Research Corp. to use attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to characterize the surface properties of heterogeneous catalysts in the presence of liquid phase probe molecules.

Dr. Aashir Nasim (Assistant Professor, Psychology) received a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Fellowship Award from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He will receive $62,000 over the next two years. Nasim also received a $750 travel grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Health Disparities Conference, “Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities.”

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $37,500 from Virginia Commonwealth University for recruitment and retention, practice support and training of healthcare professionals in medically underserved areas or with medically underserved populations. Nye also received $12,632 from VCU to provide the Facts and the Fundamentals programs for healthcare learners. He also received $1,670 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board to provide interpretation services to non-English speaking clients.

Dr. Scott A. Paulson (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $41,651 from the Research Corp. to characterize the electrical properties of individual doubled-walled carbon nanotubes grown by chemical vapor deposition.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Kirby L. Cramer Chair of Business Administration; Professor, Economics) received $28,964 from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization to provide editorial services.


Mohammed Askary (Visiting Assistant Professor, Religion), Dr. Ronald S. Kraybill, a professor of conflict studies at Eastern Mennonite University, and Dr. Abraham Davis, a long-time professor of communication and civil rights activist, spoke about “Strategies for Peace” Nov. 16 at the Massanutten Regional Library. The discussion was sponsored by Veterans for Peace.

Dr. James O. Benedict (Professor, Psychology) presented “Just-In-Time Teaching for Science and Humanities Courses” in September for the Center for Faculty Innovation at JMU.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and JMU student N. Sanders presented “Effectiveness of the Citizens Police Academy in Changing Attitudes, Beliefs and Behavior of Citizen Participants” at the annual meeting of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in Scottsdale, Ariz., in October.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology) presented “Good Cop or Bad Cop,” the JMU College of Integrated Science and Technology’s Madison Scholar Lecture, Oct. 7.

Dr. Beth A. Eck (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented the paper, "Men in the Margins: Single men, stigma and success," at the American Sociological Association Meetings, August 16, 2005, Philadelphia.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology), Dr. Zewelanji N. Serpell (Assistant Professor, Psychology), B. Wilde, S. Moore, C. White and L. Buvinger presented “Behaviors leading to social acceptance and rejection in young adolescents with ADHD: Implications for social skills interventions” at the November annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Washington, D.C.

Dr. William F. Evans (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented “Inspiring Leadership: It’s not about the power” at the Educause conference in Orlando, Fla., in October.

Dr. Natalie Kerr (Assistant Professor, Psychology), J. West and A. Adams presented “eInstruction’s Classroom Performance System: Collect Student Input through Handheld Devices in the Classroom” at the JMU Center for Instructional Technology’s third annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference in October.

Dr. Laura Lewis (Associate Professor, Anthropology) led four seminars on "Identities and Mobilities" for graduate students and faculty at CIESAS, the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiories en Antropología Social (Social Anthropology Research Institute) in Mexico City. The September 2005 event was co-sponsored by CIESAS, the Instituto Colombiano de Antropologia e Historia, and the Institut de Recherche pour le dévelopement, with the support of the Mexican Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). Lewis presented the paper, "Memory, Migration and Making it Home: Old and New Dwellings on Mexico's Costa Chica (Guerrero)," on the panel "Mexican Interiors/American Exteriors: New Reflections on the Spaces where Mexico meets the United States" at the American Studies Association Meeting in Washington, D.C., November 2005.

Dr. Sushil Mittal (Associate Professor, Religion) presented the inaugural lecture at the World Religions Day at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. Mittal lectured on “Hinduism and Peacebuilding” at the Nov. 14 event organized by MBC’s philosophy and religion department.

Dr. Aashir Nasim (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented “Developing an after-school program for Harrisonburg adolescents: A concept-mapping approach,” the Mosier Fellowship Lecture at JMU Nov. 17.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) presented “Religion’s Role in Conflict Resolution: Religion and Government Cooperatively Building Peace” Nov. 28 at the opening plenary session of the 2005 meeting of the Interparliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. The Nov. 28-Dec. 1 meeting drew more than 180 legislators from approximately 36 African, Asian, American and European countries and addressed meeting themes of the role of religion in conflicts; educating children to be global actors; religion, law and terrorism; and international poverty and development.

Dr. Joseph Rumbo (Assistant Professor, Sociology) gave the paper, "Therapeutic Marketing and the Pathological Contradictions of Consumer Culture" at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, regular session on Consumers and Consumption, Aug. 12-16, 2005, Philadelphia. Rumbo presented, with Scott A. McAvoy, “Keeping (It) up with the Joneses: Masculinity and the Marketing of Male Sex Performance Remedies" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Aug. 12-14, 2005, Philadelphia.

Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Speech Pathology) was the convention co-chair and Audiology Program Chair and addressed members at the American Association of Speech and Hearing Annual Convention in San Diego, Nov. 18-20.

Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and S. Nida presented “Strategic Planning for Departments of Psychology” at the November annual meeting of the Association of Department Heads of Psychology in Atlanta.


Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) has been invited to serve on the board of directors for the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis for the 2005-08 term.

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