Madison Scholarly News — July 2006
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) has been appointed an adjunct fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy institute focused on promoting pluralism, defending democratic values and fighting the ideologies that drive terrorism.
Joyce Krech (Training and Operations Coordinator, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center) has been named the 2006 State Star of the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network. Krech will receive the award Sept. 15 at the annual conference of the Association of Small Business Development Centers in Houston.
Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $59,000 from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to integrate local water quality issues into the larger effort to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality.
Dr. Joseph R. Blandino (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $24,982 from the National Institute of Aerospace to conduct experiments to investigate photogrammetric methodologies and camera configurations that support shape determination for parachutes during descent phases.
Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $85,628 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the clinic.
William D. Flint (Adjunct Faculty, Biology) received $2,500 from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to continue monitoring two known populations and to delineate the northern range distribution of the Cow Knob salamander, Plethodon punctatus with emphasis on any disjunct populations north of Shenandoah Mountain in West Virginia.
Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership; Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $193,974 from the Virginia Department of Education for the WE CARE Community Learning Center to provide after-school and summer programming to help English-as-a-Second-Language and low-literacy native speakers at the elementary-school level to improve academic achievement.
Dr. Steven P. Frysinger (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) received $10,729 from the National Park Service to provide project design and management services, research and data management support of the development of more effective conservation law enforcement and resources protection capacities and $9,600 from the park service to provide expertise in the state of the art of information-driven policing.
Dr. J. Christine Harmes (Assistant Assessment Specialist and Assistant Coordinator of the Institute for Computer-Based Assessment, Center for Assessment and Research Studies; Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) and Dr. Steven L. Wise (Director and Senior Assessment Specialist, Center for Assessment and Research Studies; Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $135,718 from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to develop a new set of innovative items that will advance the assessment of nursing practice.
Dr. Teresa T. Harris (Professor, Early Childhood Education) received $193,974 from the Virginia Department of Education for the X-SEL Community Learning Center to provide after-school and summer programming to help English-as-a-Second-Language and low-literacy native speakers at the elementary-school level to improve academic achievement.
Dr. James B. Herrick (Associate Professor, Biology) received $35,205 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop a more complete understanding of the occurrence of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes at Michigan beaches.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $15,000 from the National Security Agency to provide conference travel funds for New Security Paradigms Workshop participants.
Dr. Jane C. Hilton (Clinical Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $7,500 from Rockingham County Public Schools to provide an intensive summer intervention program for children from Rockingham County who have a diagnosis of autism and Pervasive Development Disorder.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $29,006 from the Virginia Department of Education to offer pre-kindergarten summer school classes to migrant and English-as-a-Second Language students.
Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science Program) received $70,000 from the City of Harrisonburg to integrate information technology by clustering e-commerce, communication, homeland security and information security and assurance companies to foster a high-technology economy for the city and $58,050 from the U.S. Geological Survey to use mining remediation equipment at JMU for further work on ozonation technology and other drainage-contaminant related technologies.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership) received $136,024 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to address the need for comprehensive staff development and curriculum integration by assisting Virginia teachers in grades 6 to 9 to use Geographic Information System and Geographic Positioning System technology applications.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $44,010 from the Maryland Energy Administration to assess the wind resource potential for promising sites throughout Maryland and to initiate a state-based anemometer loan program for Maryland.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $18,778 from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to participate in the research and development of the MINERvA Detector.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership), Dr. Malcolm G. Lane (Head and Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $878,013 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to extend the Network Security Risk Assessment Modeling Tool and the Portable Network Security Analysis Tool and to design and implement an information analysis curriculum.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Director, Economic Development and Partnership Programs) received $41,770 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council to support the SVTC, which serves as an advocate for developing the technological and workforce development infrastructure required to support technology-related industries in the region.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received two grants from the Virginia Department of Health — $76,312 to support community health workers in Virginia and $20,000 to coordinate the first Girls Empowered to Make Success statewide training for GEMS teen participants.
Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $125,000 from the American Auditory Society to support the editor-in-chief of the Ear and Hearing Journal and $113,750 from the National Institutes of Health to clarify the developmental progression of the anatomy and function on the inner ear of two strains of canary with normal hearing and with hearing loss.
Dr. Julie P. Solometo (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) received $5,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to survey and conduct excavations at sites threatened by erosion, collectors and looters in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.
Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics) received $667,675 from the National Science Foundation to establish a JMU detector laboratory equipped with Nal anti-coincidence shields.
Dr. William C. Wood (Professor, Economics; Director, Center for Economic Education) received $70,040 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance and $8,500 from the Virginia Council on Economic Education to deliver the statewide programs of the council within the Shenandoah Valley during 2006-07.
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) co-authored with Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law an article, “Why Israel Is Free to Set Its Own Borders,” which was published in the July-August 2006 issue of Commentary. Pham also published a review, “Beyond Humanitarianism,” of “Africa-U.S. Relations: Strategic Encounters,” a book edited by Donald Rothchild and Edmond J. Keller in The Wilson Quarterly, summer 2006 issue.
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) testified June 29 at a joint oversight hearing on “Somalia: Expanding Crisis in the Horn of Africa” held by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on International Relations’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights, and International Operations and International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.