Madison Scholarly News — August 2006
Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry) received the 2006 Ronald T. Pflaum Outstanding Chapter Adviser Award from Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity, the national professional chemistry fraternity, during the national conclave held at the University of California at Los Angeles. The award, which was instituted in 1992, is presented each biennium to a chapter adviser in recognition of ongoing contributions to the success of a chapter and continuing service to the interest of the fraternity.
Carole Nash (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology) was appointed by Gov. Timothy Kaine to the Virginia Council on Indians, the advisory board to the governor and General Assembly on Indian issues; she is the first archaeologits appointed to the council.
Dr. Anthony J. Eksterowicz (Professor, Political Science) and Robert P. Watson of Florida Atlantic University have published the second edition of “The Presidential Companion: Readings on the First Ladies,” a book they edited for the University of South Carolina Press. The updated edition of the 2003 book includes new chapters on the first ladyship of Laura Bush and on analyzing public perceptions of Bush and Hillary Clinton.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Assistant Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies; Research Fellow, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) wrote an invited review of Gabriel Kolko’s “The Age of War: The United States Confronts the World,” which was published in American Foreign Policy Interests 28, no. 4, August 2006.
Dr. John D. Stone (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) wrote “Public Relations Management: From Philosophy to Practice,” a book published in August by Custom Publishing.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $65,140 from the U.S. Department of State to collect relevant materials and information on casualty data and mine action planning to use to develop lessons learned, best practices and case studies for a guidebook.
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 Educators.”
Sgt. Margaret A. Campbell (Crime Prevention and Special Events Coordinator, Police and Safety) received $7,500 from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the fifth year of ABC Operation Undergrad, a program to decrease high-risk behavior and criminal activity associated with the use of alcohol.
Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $277,212 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide services to children with special healthcare needs.
Thomas E. DuVal (General Manager, WMRA-FM) received $20,191 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide a radio community service grant.
Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $122,087 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation for “The Development and Implementation Assessment of a Tobacco Use Prevention Model for Youth with Psychiatric Disorders.”
Dr. Mark L. Gabriele (Assistant Professor, Biology), Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology), Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Benjamin A. DeGraff (Professor Emeritus, Chemistry) received $358,005 from the National Science Foundation to establish an interdisciplinary, multi-user facility in innovative confocal microscopy at JMU.
Dr. Tammy D. Gilligan (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $15,000 from Norfolk Public Schools and $1,000 from Anne Arundel County Public Schools for school psychology internships.
Dr. Dan C. Halling (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $9,000 from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for a graduate assistantship.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Kenneth D. Bahn (Director, College of Business MBA Program; Professor, Marketing) received $1,050 from the National Security Agency to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary to better protect information technology infrastructure.
Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $45,466 from the Virginia Department of Education to develop a statewide network in the Earth Sciences, specialized Earth Science courses, an increased pool of endorsed teachers and increased student achievement on the Earth Science SOL test.
Dr. Ronald W. Raab (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $17,500 from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases to use Bacillus anthracis gene CapD DNA as starting material to either subclone the gene 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 $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. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Kirby L. Cramer Chair of Business Administration; Professor, Economics) received $1,036 from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization to provide editorial services for the professional journal.
Dr. Karen E. Santos (Professor, Exceptional Education) received $10,000 from the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development to enhance learning outcomes for all students by increasing active co-planning and effective co-teaching by general and special education teachers in Staunton City Schools.
Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $11,711 from Rockingham County Public Schools for a graduate assistantship.
Dr. Sushil Mittal (Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion; Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence) presented “Hinduism and Peace” at the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture at Uzanbazar, India, in June. During the conference, Mittal represented JMU in the signing of an agreement between the university and Gauhati University for joint research, collaboration and exchange of scholars and students.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Assistant Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies; Research Fellow, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) presented “No Longer Optional: Terrorism and Africa’s Significance to U.S. Security” at a plenary session of the First International Conference on Combating and Preventing Terrorism in Africa, which met Aug. 29-31 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, the first of its kind to be held in Africa, brought together diplomats, parliamentarian, military officers and other government officials from African, European and North American countries as well as academics and representatives of non-governmental organizations from the three continents to discuss past and present counter terrorism efforts in Africa.
Carole Nash (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) has been appointed to the Virginia Council on Indians by Gov. Tim Kaine. Nash is the first archaeologist to be appointed to the council, an advisory board to the governor and the General Assembly.
Dr. Karyn Z. Sproles (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Professor, English) has been elected to serve on the Association of General and Liberal Studies Executive Council for 2006-08. AGLS is a national organization dedicated to promoting the quality and centrality of general and liberal education in the United States and abroad.