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Madison Scholarly News — January 2006


Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Co-director, Alternative Fuels Program) will receive one of SAE International’s Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Awards. The award will be presented April 3-6 during the SAE World Congress in Detroit. The award, established in 1976 in honor of 1931 SAE President Vincent Bendix, recognizes the authors of the best papers relating to automotive electronics. Brodrick has twice received the SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award and has received the U.S. Department of Transportation's Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship.


Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) has been appointed to the National Committee on American Foreign Policy’s 21-member academic Board of Advisers. Pham, a member of the committee since 2004, assumes the seat on the advisory board left vacant by the death last year of Saul Bellow. The winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Literature was one of Pham’s professors at the University of Chicago. The NCAFP was founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau to identify, articulate and help advance American foreign policy interests from a nonpartisan perspective with the framework of political realism.


Dr. Charles H. Blake (Professor, Political Science) and Christopher G. Martin (JMU Class of 2001) have had an article, “The Dynamics of Political Corruption: Re-examining the Influence of Democracy,” accepted for publication in Democratization. The article will appear in the February issue, volume 13, number 1.

Dr. John J. Butt (Professor, History) had “The Greenwood Dictionary of World History” published by Greenwood Press in December. Many of the dictionary’s 2,000-plus entries of important people, events, places and ideas in world history were recommended by educational organizations and agencies, including the National Council for History Education, National Center for History in the Schools, World History Association and College Board World History Advanced Placement Test.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) had a review of Andrew G. Bostom’s book, “The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims,” published in National Review. “House of War” was published in the Dec. 31 issue.


Dr. Mohamed S. Aboutabl (Assistant Professor, Computer Science; Researcher, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) received $2,000 from Engedi Technologies Inc. to provide laboratory testing for the Secure Remote Management Drive.

Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) received $12,798 from the Virginia Department of Education to facilitate general membership meetings and a general membership and early childhood special education providers conference.

Dr. Young B. Choi (Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) received $12,000 from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute to support scholarly activities of a visiting research professor.

Penelope Critzer (Co-Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $2,421 from the Virginia Department of Health to achieve community-based service systems for children with special health care needs and their families.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $1,694 from the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation to map and prepare an archaeological assessment of the Union Sibley tent camp on the property of the Heater Farm.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $500,774 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide childcare quality improvement training, intensive family support services for new parents and kindergarten transition programs and $1,614 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students.

Dr. Carol A. Hurney (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $15,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to investigate embryonic segmentation and tail development in the four-toed salamander.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science) and Dr. Joseph D. Enedy (Professor Emeritus, Geographic Science) received $38,768 from the Virginia Geographic Alliance for “Landscape As Text: Transect Virginia” to tour through the five physical regions of Virginia teaching the physical, human, economic and historical geography of the commonwealth.

Dr. Reid J. Linn (Associate Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Programs; Professor, Exceptional Education), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Region 5 Training/Technical Assistance Center) and Melinda B. Bright (Co-Director, T/TAC) received grants for $267,143 and $89,048 from the Virginia Department of Education to support T/TAC.

Dr. Michael J. Saunders (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) received $27,152 from DSM Food Specialties to research and determine whether a carbohydrate-plus-protein beverage improves endurance performance and muscle recovery when compared to a conventional carbohydrate-only sports beverage.

Dr. Sean T. Scully (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for “Neutrino Constraints on the Origin of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays” to determine the signatures of the competing proposed models to improve cosmic ray data.

Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $35,112 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide educational interpreters with a new DVD, “Teacher Sampler for sign-to-voice interpreting,” and a three-credit course on educational interpreting.

Dr. Daniel A. Wubah (Professor, Biology; Special Assistant, Office of the President) received $88,026 from the National Science Foundation to provide a research experience for undergraduates site program whereby students from U.S. universities will travel to the University of Cape Coast in Ghana during the summer to work on defined research projects under the mentorship of Ghanaian scientists.

Dr. Grace A. Wyngaard (Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for “Variability in Chromatin Diminution as a Mechanism of Rapid Evolution” to understand how precise massive arrangements of genomes influence evolutionary change.


Dr. Richard L. Lippke (Professor, Philosophy) gave an invited presentation, “Imprisonable Offenses,” Dec. 3 at an international conference on law and punishment at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. His paper will join other conference papers in a special issue of the Journal of Moral Philosophy, which will be published in November 2006.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies; Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs) participated in a round-table discussion, “Iraq and the Future of the Middle East,” Dec. 22 at the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. C-SPAN broadcast the discussion live and also aired a taped version of the event Dec. 23. The discussion was sponsored by The National Interest, a foreign policy journal that regularly publishes articles Pham writes.

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