Madison Scholarly News — February 2006
Dr. Benjamin A. DeGraff (Professor Emeritus, Chemistry) received a $20,000 senior scientist mentor program grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The program supports faculty with emeritus status who maintain active research programs in the chemical sciences and who mentor undergraduate students by guiding their research.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $19,886 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining for Web site support to provide the global mine action community with easy access to the current international mine action standards. Barlow also received $5,574 from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for the Department of State Diplomacy in Action CD Project to develop, produce and deliver a multimedia interactive CD-ROM.
Dr. Les L. Bolt (Associate Professor, Middle, Secondary and Math Education) received $103,600 from the Virginia Department of Education to evaluate the extent to which the Virginia Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant has met stated goals and to recommend best practices to enhance the supply of quality teachers in Virginia.
Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received two grants from the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board — $121,270 to provide community broadcast services and $34,243 to provide radio reading services.
Dr. Jeanne M. Martino-McAllister (Associate Professor, Health Sciences) and Dr. M. Theresa Wessel (Professor, Health Sciences) received $76,185 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to support the delivery of 15, two-day Prevention Basics workshops.
Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $184,475 from the National Science Foundation for “A Cyclopropane Fragmentation Approach to Heterocycle Synthesis” to develop a unified route to the synthesis of heterocycles with different ring size and heteroatom.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) and Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $100,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide administration and planning services for the HIV Consortium for Northwest Region to improve the quality, availability and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV disease in the region.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $66,069 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships, $8,935 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic to provide volunteer outpatient health services and $5,000 from Page County for “Safe and Stable Families” to support Healthy Families in Page County to develop positive parenting skills and to facilitate activities and programs that are consistent with positive child health and development.
Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $3,500 from Gallaudet University to provide a JMU graduate student a research assistantship at the Cochlear Implant Education Center at Gallaudet University.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) participated in a conference, “Security and Stability in Central Asia: Differing Interests and Perspectives,” Jan. 9 and 10 in New York City. The conference, cosponsored by the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, drew academic experts and senior political and military officials for off-the-record discussions.
Greg Werner (Director, Strength and Conditioning; Instructor, Kinesiology) presented “Strength Training for the High School Athlete” and “Applying Concurrent Training Methods for Improving Sports Performance” at the Jan. 7 National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Convention in Philadelphia.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) had a review essay, “The Limits of Intervention — Humanitarian or Otherwise,” published in Human Rights & Human Welfare, a journal published by the Graduate School of International Studies of the University of Denver for the International Human Rights Consortium. His inquiry focuses on two books, “The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism” by David Kennedy and “At the Point of a Gun: Democratic Dreams and Armed Intervention” by David Rieff. Pham serves on the editorial board of the journal. Also, Pham and George Mason Law School Professor Michael I. Krauss published an analysis of the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections, “Terrorists at the Gates: Did we invite them over?” in The National Review. Pham also published “Reinventing Liberia: Civil Society, Governance, and a Nation’s Post-War Recovery” in International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, vol. 8, no. 2, January 2006.