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Madison Scholarly News — October 2005


Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $637,500 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for "SHENAIR Institute: Applied Meteorological Research" to begin developing a modeling system to test different air quality control strategies and to determine the most significant sources of air pollution in the Shenandoah Valley.

Caroline G. Campbell (Associate Director, Health Promotion, University Health Center) received $6,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to initiate positive tobacco use control policy changes throughout Virginia.

Penelope Critzer (Co-Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $274,790 from the Virginia Department of Health to achieve community-based service systems for children with special health care needs and their families and $81,787 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the clinic.

Dr. Laurence A. DeGaris (Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Recreation Studies) received $15,000 from the Home Depot to develop a customized report on the results of NASCAR sponsorship.

Dr. L. Scott Eaton (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $10,000 from the National Park Service to collect documents and to prepare a text synthesizing the current knowledge of geologic resources of Shenandoah National Park and $4,669 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for "Surficial Geologic Investigation on the Grottoes and Vesuvius 7.5 minute Quadrangles" to investigate or map deposits, including alluvial fans, to support mapping projects.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Professor, Education; Interim Director, Adult Degree Program) received $52,675 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Reel-to-Real" to provide curriculum enhancement to beginner and intermediate English language learners in fiscal year 2006.

Elizabeth Haworth (Interim Assistant Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center) received $250 from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for "Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: A Seminar and Poetry Reading by T.J. Anderson III," a workshop on the influence of music in poetry.

Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Kenneth D. Bahn (Director, MBA Program; Professor, Marketing) received $3,566 from the National Security Agency for a scholarship program to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary to better protect information technology infrastructure.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $15,000 from the Central Shenandoah Health District for "Parents in Prevention - Teen Pregnancy Prevention" to provide oversight and programs to decrease the number of out-of-wedlock births in the area.

Dr. Vida S. Huber (Associate Dean, Integrated Science and Technology) received $93,738 from the Valley AIDS Network to provide specified administrative services. Huber also received $10,000 from the Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter to provide specified administrative services.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $6,056 from Harrisonburg City Schools to provide onsite support for educational technology use for teachers in the four Harrisonburg elementary schools and Thomas Harrison Middle School.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received a $190,623 community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the station.

Dr. Solange A. Lopes-Murphy (Associate Professor, Secondary Education) received $166,421 from the U.S. Department of Education for "Enhancing Effective Teaching of Limited English Proficient Students, Year 5" to provide professional development in English-as-a-Second-Language education to non-ESL secondary education teachers, school administrators and higher education faculty in a geographic area with a rapidly growing Limited English Proficient population.

Jennifer A. McCabe (Health and Human Services Librarian, Libraries and Educational Technologies; Assistant Professor, Health and Human Services) received $158,593 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to produce a series of educational games that help develop health literacy and information literacy skills.

Dr. Conley K. McMullen (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $1,250 from the Virginia Academy of Science to prepare a taxonomic revision of the endemic members of Cordia in the Galapagos Islands.

Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $1,426 from DuPont Crop Protection to synthesize biologically relevant natural products and related structures for testing and evaluation of properties useful for agricultural and horticultural crop protection agents.

Dr. Aashir X. Nasim (Assistant Professor, Psychology) received $15,000 from the American Educational Research Association to use a sociocognitive model of media literacy to examine the effectiveness of a critical viewing skills training program designed to reduce substance use expectancies and behaviors.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Education) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Director, Economic Development and Partnership Programs) received $11,119 from Page County to assist with an economic development project.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $35,854 from the Virginia Health Care Foundation for "Project Connect" to continue outreach and one-to-one children's health insurance enrollment assistance for families.

Dr. Ronald W. Raab (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. George L. Coffman (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received four grants from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases -- two grants totaling $54,700 to use Bacillus anthracis DNA as starting material to either subclone the genes of interest into protein expression vectors or to develop a purification scheme for use with agency-produced expression vector clones, $8,500 to use Versina pestis genes DNA as starting material to either subclone the genes of interest into protein expression vectors or to develop a purification scheme for use with agency-produced expression vector clones and $4,000 to use Bacillus anthracis of CapD DNA as starting material to either subclone the genes of interest into protein expression vectors or to develop a purification scheme for use with agency-produced expression vector clones.

Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $138,135 from the Virginia Department of Education to assist bachelor's degree-level speech-language clinicians employed by public schools in Virginia to obtain master's degrees.

Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) received $4,000 from the Arts Council of the Valley for the JMU Summer Art Education Program to teach students to see, create and understand art and to make informed judgments about works of art.

Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Executive Director, International Programs; Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs) received $14,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the knowledge and tools available to higher education for assessing international learning.

Dr. Stephen H. Stewart (Director of Strategic Alliances and Special Projects, College of Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Health Sciences) received $115,931 from Alpha Epsilon Delta to maintain the premedical honor society national headquarters office.

Dr. Bruce A. Wiggins (Professor, Biology) received $2,770 from the City of Harrisonburg to measure the amount of fecal (bacterial) pollution in Blacks Run.


 Dr. Robert Bersson (Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History) wrote the cover story, "Building the Literature of Art Pedagogy," in CAA News, the newsletter of the College Art Association, September 2005.

Dr. Anthony J. Eksterowicz (Professor, Political Science) and Nancy B. Eksterowicz, an advanced practice nurse affiliated with the University of Virginia Health System, Pain Services, published a chapter, "The Influence of Political Ideology on Pain Care and Stem Cell Research," in "Trends in Stem Cell Research," a book published by Nova Science Publishers Inc.

Dr. William D. Kimsey (Professor, Communication Studies), Dr. Dorothy J. Della Noce (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) and Sallye S. Trobaugh of Mediation Associates LLC Harrisonburg recently published a textbook, "Mediator Communication Competencies: Problem-Solving and Transformative Practices," 5th edition, Pearson Publishing in Boston.

Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (Professor, History; Co-Director of the Africana Studies Program) has published the third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Ghana (Scarecrow Press, Division of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group). The 400-plus-page dictionary is dedicated to the late history Professor Daniel Miles McFarland, who was the original author of the first edition and was also listed as co-author of the 1995 second edition. Dr. Gabrielle Lanier (Associate Professor, History) produced the maps appearing in the dictionary. Additionally, Owusu-Ansah's piece on "Islam in Ashante" is appearing in the latest edition of the Encyclopedia of Islam.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) has had a book, "Child Soldiers, Adult Interests: Global Dimensions of the Sierra Leonean Tragedy," published by Nova Science Publishers Inc. His newest book went on sale Oct. 1.


Dr. Harry L. Reif (Associate Professor, Information Technology & Management Science) was elected to the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County. Reif was also elected to the board of the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association.


Sang Yoon (Professor, Art and Art History) is exhibiting a sampling of her graphic design works at Eastern Mennonite University in the third-floor gallery of Hartzler Library through Oct. 7. Yoon described the exhibition as self-motivated pieces that are expressions of political, social and cultural changes and events. 


Mohammed Askary (Visiting Assistant Professor, Religion) and Dr. Andrew Kohen (Professor, Economics) spoke about the Muslim and Jewish perspectives on peace, respectively, Sept. 1 at the Massanutten Regional Library. Joining Askary and Kohen at the public forum sponsored by Veterans for Peace was Dr. William Abshire, the Anna B. Mow Endowed Professor of Philosophy and Religion and chair of the department at Bridgewater College.

Dr. David C. Carothers (Head and Professor, Mathematics), a 1975 Distinguished Alumnus of Westminster College in Pennsylvania, spoke at his alma mater Sept. 23.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) presented "A Model Undergraduate Curriculum for Renewable Energy" Sept. 19 at a conference on Renewable Energies in Malta and Beyond at the Institute for Energy and Technology at the University of Malta.

Dr. Ann-Janine Morey (Associate Dean, Cross Disciplinary Studies) gave an invited talk, "General Education in the Post-Factual Age," at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for the 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of the University Core Curriculum, Oct. 7. Morey was presented with a plaque inscribed, "in sincere appreciation for implementing an outstanding Core Curriculum Program for  the Students of Southern Illinois University" in recognition of her role as director from 1993-99.  

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