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Madison Scholarly News — November 2005


Dr. Donna S. Amenta (Head and Professor, Chemistry) was one of five recipients of Alumnae/i Achievement Awards bestowed by Wheaton College at the institution’s Alumnae/i Association Fall Celebration Oct. 22. Amenta earned a bachelor of arts degree at the Norton, Mass., college.

 Dr. Ari Kohen (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) won an international essay competition sponsored by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation, the Social Science Research Center and Humboldt University. Kohen’s essay was one of 154 papers submitted from 62 countries. His prize is a three-month research fellowship in Berlin with an office at the Social Science Research Center and an affiliation with Humboldt University in summer 2006.

 Dale Hulvey (Assistant Vice President, Information Technology) and Darlene Quackenbush (Planning/Information Security Officer, Information Technology) accepted an award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions at the Oct. 18-21 Educause national conference in Orlando, Fla., on behalf of the work of many JMU people collaborating with the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking. Educause, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology, cited security practitioners at JMU, George Mason University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech and security researchers in JMU’s Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance, GMU’s Center for Secure Information Systems and the joint GMU/JMU Critical Infrastructure Protection Project. VASCAN was established to strengthen security programs across Virginia higher education by integrating and making available field-proven tools, best practices and people from VASCAN partner institutions and to establish links to security research, instruction and federal and state government initiatives to enhance security.


Two articles by Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt (Head and Professor, Center for Liberal and Applied Social Science) were recently published in separate journals. “Public Intelligence: Leaks as Policy Instruments — The Case of the Iraq War” was published in the September issue of Intelligence and National Security, vol. 20, no. 3. “Estimating Intentions in an Age of Terrorism: Garthoff Revisited” was published in Defense Intelligence Journal.

 An article by Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) was published in the October issues of American Foreign Policy Interests. “From Normalization to Partnership: An Overview of Relations Between the United States and Vietnam” is in vol. 27, no. 4 of the journal.


Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) received $73,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for “Partnership for Preparation of Highly Qualified and Collaborative Middle/High School General and Special Education” to address the complex service delivery and academic improvement challenges faced by middle- and high-school youth with disabilities.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $3,412 from Belle Grove Inc. for “Phase II Archaeological Testing of the Overseer’s Quarter and the Clearing and Archaeological Mapping of the Last Mill Related Features Meadow Brook” at Belle Grove Plantation.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for “Better Beginnings” to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and to help sustain lower rates.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $19,687 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the provision and support of a community service grant to public radio.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $191,625 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for “Tangier Island Wind and Wind Outreach” to conduct outreach to communities potentially affected by offshore wind development, to develop relationships and affiliations and to conduct wind resource and environmental assessments.

Dr. Cynthia R. O’Donoghue (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $30,958 from the Virginia Department of Education to conduct seminars discussing the challenges and possible approaches for speech-language pathologists evaluating and treating dysphagia in a school setting.

Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (Professor, History) received a $5,000 contribution for the JMU Ghana Summer Abroad Program scholarship fund from Dr. William King of Philadelphia. More than 30 JMU students have received various amounts of support in the past seven years to participate in the Ghana program from the William King Charitable Trust scholarship at JMU that is dedicated to providing diversity in the West Africa study abroad program.

Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $5,000 from the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center of Loudoun County Inc. to establish a scholarship for a graduate speech-language pathology student in the externship semester of the master’s program.

Dr. Wayne S. Teel (Associate 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 collected rainfall.


Dr. L. Scott Eaton (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) presented “The role of debris flows in long-term denudation and landscape evolution in the central Appalachians” at the First General Assembly and the Fourth Session of the Board of Representatives of the International Consortium on Landslides Oct. 14. Eaton was invited to present his paper at the consortium held at the Keck Center of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. The meeting was organized by the International Consortium on Landslides, U.S. Geological Survey and National Research Council of the National Academies of Science.

Dr. Elisabeth C. Gumnior (Associate Professor, Writing) presented four lectures relating to the theme “Making Muggel Magic: The World of Harry Potter” at the Smithsonian Institution Oct. 15 as a participant in the Resident Associate Program, which sponsors over 1,500 educational and cultural programs each year. Gumnior presented “Pottermania and Potter Fan Culture,” “Harry Potter and the Literary Tradition of Fantasy Fiction,” “Harry Potter and the Archetypal Hero” and “Harry Potter and Moral Development.”

Dr. William J. Hawk (Head, Philosophy and Religion; Associate Professor, Philosophy) presented a response to “From Neurons to Politics — Without a Soul,” a lecture given by Dr. Nancey Murphy of Fuller Theological Seminary Oct. 27 at Eastern Mennonite University.

Richard D. Hilliard (Instructor, Art and Art History) was the featured speaker at the Keystone State Reading Conference in Hershey, Pa., Oct. 18. Hilliard, the illustrator and author of “Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon,” a book for children ages 9 to 12 published in April 2005, presented “An Artist’s Journey” at the conference.

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