Madison Scholarly News — June 2006
Dr. Dorothy E. Maddison (Assistant Professor, Music) received the Arts Hall of Fame Award from Fergus Falls School District 544 in Minnesota. Maddison, a graduate of Fergus Falls High School, received the award May 15 during the school’s Senior Recognition Banquet in honor of her professional career in Europe as a lyric-coloratura soprano and her teaching at Sam Houston State University in Texas and JMU.
Greg Werner (Director, Athletics Strength and Conditioning) was one of seven collegiate strength and conditioning coaches certified as a master strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association at the CSCCa’s national conference May 11.
Dr. A. Jerry Benson (Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology) received $97,947 from the Valley AIDS Network to provide educational and health administrative services.
Lt. C. Scott Coverstone (Support Services Division Commander, Police and Safety), Sgt. Margaret A. Campbell (Crime Prevention and Special Events Coordinator, Police and Safety) and Sgt. Frank W. Stilson Jr. (Officer, Police and Safety) received $1,500 from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain Alco-Sensors for JMU police officers so they may enforce alcohol-related motor vehicle violations.
Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $4,029 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the Child Development Clinic and $3,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to achieve community-based service systems for children with special health care needs and their families.
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,706 from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to study meteorological data and other environmental factors to determine the cause of fish kills along the Shenandoah River.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Gabrielle M. Lanier (Associate Professor, History) received $12,573 from Belle Grove Inc. to gather data and to formulate a package of information on the archaeology and architecture of the plantation.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $2,000 from Harrisonburg-Rockingham Weed and Seed to support the services provided by the Gus Bus program.
Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Associate Professor, Physics) received $6,770 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide an undergraduate student with research experience among NIST’s measurement and standards laboratories in Boulder, Colo.
Dr. Raymond M. Hyser Jr. (Professor, History) received $14,499 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide workshops that will address content knowledge of American history combined with pedagogical approaches to teaching this information.
Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science Program) and Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Geographic Science Program) received $4,900 from the National Park Service for “Archaeological Services Associated with Cliff Management Initiative in Shenandoah National Park” to provide a site survey and documentation, test unit excavation, artifact recovery and report preparation.
Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science Program) received $5,475 from the Wintergreen Nature Foundation for the Wintergreen Archaeological Survey 2006 to support the fourth season of cultural resources survey of selected properties in the Wintergreen development.
Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $15,071 from Research Corp. for “Small Ring Fragmentation Strategies for the Synthesis of Chiral Heterocycles” to develop novel heterocycle syntheses based on cyclopropane and cyclobutane fragmentation.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics), Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics) received $80,000 from the National Science Foundation to explore hadron structure physics, specifically the transition between the perturbative and the non-perturbative regimes, and measurements of fundamental quantities, such as the muon lifetime.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Education) and Donald R. Sullenberger III (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership received $188,688 from the SVP to provide economic development support services for regional members, prospects and existing businesses.
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 $1,500 from the Verizon Foundation to support the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Gala.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $157,356 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic to provide volunteer outpatient health services.
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 $462,338 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide administrative and planning services for the HIV Consortium for Northwest Region 2006-2007 to improve the quality, availability and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV disease in the region.
Dr. Christopher S. Rose (Associate Professor, Biology) received $6,000 from the National Science Foundation to provide an undergraduate with research experience to characterize the patterns of thyroid hormone-inducted cell proliferation and cell death that underlie the metamorphic remodeling of pharyngeal arch cartilages in frog metamorphosis.
Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Executive Director, International Programs; Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs) received $49,080 from the IFSA Foundation to provide scholarships to a group of culturally diverse individuals to promote study abroad opportunities.
Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology and Recreation Studies) received $62,058 from the Virginia Department of Education for the 2006 Health and Physical Activity Institute to improve health literacy and to facilitate effective instruction in health and physical education.
Dr. Ari Kohen (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) presented numerous papers at invited talks and conferences. Kohen presented his paper, “Rights and Wrongs Without God: A Non-Religious Grounding for Human Rights in a Pluralistic World,” as a poster at the American Political Science Association meetings in Washington, D.C., in September 2005. In October, he was an invited participant in “The Berlin Roundtables for Reframing Human Rights” at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung and Humboldt University in Berlin, where he was awarded the Irmgard Coninx Foundation Research Fellowship for Summer 2006 when his paper was selected from 154 contributions from 62 countries by an international jury of academics as outstanding contribution to the 2005 essay competition on “Reframing Human Rights.” He also presented “Religion and Restorative Justice: The Connection Between Forgiveness and Reconciliation” in October at the Association for Political Theory meetings in St. Louis. In April, Kohen presented “Deterrence Reconsidered: A Theoretical and Empirical Case Against the Death Penalty,” an article he co-wrote with Seth K. Jolly, at the Midwest Political Science Association meetings in Chicago. He also was an invited participant in the “Roundtable on the Genesis and Justification for Human Rights” at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Germany. In May, he was an invited participant in the “Roundtable on the Secular and Religious Sources of Human Rights Law” at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung and Humboldt University in Berlin.
Dr. Ari Kohen (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) has had two articles published in peer-reviewed journals. “The Possibility of Secular Human Rights: Alan Gewirth and the Principle of Generic Consistency” was published in Human Rights Review, vol. 7, no. 1, October/December 2005, and “The Problem of Secular Sacredness: Ronald Dworkin, Michael Perry and Human Rights Foundationalism” was published in Journal of Human Rights, vol. 5, no. 2, April/June 2006.
Dr. Kristen St. John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Sciences) is a co-author of “The Cenozoic palaeoenvironment of the Arctic Ocean,” the lead article in a series of articles about the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Arctic Coring Expedition published in Nature, vol. 441, no. 7093, pp. 601-605 (June 1). St. John is a member of the program’s science team that is researching the arctic climate. The report contains analyses of subseafloor sediment samples gathered from 430 meters beneath the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.