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Madison Scholarly News — May 2006


Dr. Stephen Stewart (Director, Strategic Alliances and Special Projects for the College of Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Health Sciences) received an American Association of Health Education Professional Service to Health Education Award for 2006 at the association’s national convention April 28. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated substantial service to AAHE as an officer, committee member, program participant and leadership to the profession.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) won the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Outstanding Poster Award for “Interteaching: Are quality points necessary?” at the 18th annual Southeastern Teaching of Psychology conference in Atlanta in February. They also presented the poster at the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in Harrisonburg in March.


Dr. Steve J. Baedke (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $44,312 from the U.S. Geological Survey for “Hydrologic and Geochemical Effects of Climate Change on Great Lakes Wetlands” to investigate and quantify groundwater and surface water around Lakes Huron and Michigan that contain strandplains of beach ridges and wetlands.

Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received two grants from the U.S. Department of State: $367,500 to encourage and stimulate the support of programs undertaken by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and $94,801 to support the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement by designing, developing, identifying, gathering, managing and distributing information. Barlow also received $30,184 from the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies to produce and distribute Technology Journal, a body of literature describing the current initiatives related to humanitarian mine action technology.

Philip B. Bigler (Director, James Madison Center) received $15,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the 2006 Teachers of Promise Institute to provide quality professional development opportunity for pre-service teachers from all of the state’s 37 accrediting institutions.

Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $73,719 from Frederick County for “Ozone Outreach in Winchester and Frederick County - Year 2” to develop a regional program for air quality management in the Valley to include a broad range of air pollution education and outreach programs in the region.

Dr. David C. Carothers (Head and Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Laurie O. Cavey (Assistant Professor, Middle, Secondary and Math Education) received $158,776 from the Virginia Department of Education to offer a coherent program of professional development in content areas meeting specific needs in high-school mathematics in support of the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Dr. Corey L. Cleland (Associate Professor, Biology) received $6,000 from the National Science Foundation to improve understanding of the principles by which the nervous system coordinates muscles across joints and solves the “degrees of freedom” problem in motor control.

Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, International Programs) received $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate a seminar to benefit the pedagogy of schoolteachers from Virginia, while also providing both material and pedagogical benefits for Kenyan teachers and schools.

C. Scott Coverstone (Support Services Division Commander, Police and Safety) received $95,248 from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to provide equipment, training, planning and exercises for first responders to develop better preparedness to prevent, respond and recover from potential acts of terrorism.

Ronn M. Daniel (Assistant Professor, Art and Art History) received $1,800 from DuPont to build a public exhibit about the work of the South River Science Team.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $176,793 from the National Institutes of Health for “Developing School-Based Treatment of ADHD Adolescents - Year 2” to complete a small controlled clinical trial to obtain the necessary pilot data to potentially support a larger scale evaluation and to develop treatment fidelity measures. Evans also received $122,271 from the U.S. Department of Education through the WGBH Educational Foundation for “Embedding Evident-Based Behavioral and Learning Strategies in Interactive Media for Children with ADHD” to develop game-focused interactive technologies that provide children and their parents with strategies and skills that can ameliorate the impact of ADHD.

Dr. John W. Gilje (Professor, Chemistry) received $39,200 from Research Corp. to seek methods to further integrate undergraduate research experiences into the chemistry and physics department curriculum.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $3,087 from the Virginia Department of Education to offer pre-kindergarten summer school classes to migrant and English-as-a-Second-Language students.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $677 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic to provide volunteer outpatient health services.

Dr. Kevin S. Simon (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $800 from Sigma Xi for “Effects of Organic Matter Quality and Invertebrate Grazing on Microbial Communities in Cave Streams” to investigate how microbial communities respond to alterations in dissolved organic matter quality and the presence of grazers

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics) received $20,000 from the National Science Foundation for “The Study of Intermediate Energy Photonuclear Physics with Polarized Beams and Targets” to engage in a program of Compton scattering and meson and N* production.


Many psychology faculty and students presented posters at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Baltimore March 16-19, including:

  • Dr. Jeffrey Andre (Associate Professor) and student Michelle Shores, “Effects of Color, Wings and Position on the Magnitude of the Combined Muller-Lyer and Ponzo Illusion.” Andre and students Michael Hall, Heidi Jennings and Katie Fox, “Exploring Whether There is an Auditory Correlate to Tunnel Vision.”
  • Dr. Sheena J. Rogers (Head and Professor, Graduate Psychology) and students Kristen Hollie Fries, Aaron M. Kimmelman, Jesse B. Pappas and Michael A. Sottolano, “Contribution of Voice Recognition to Eyewitness Identification.”
  • Dr. Suzanne Baker (Professor) and student L. Brooke Poerstel, “Effect of Cage Size on Development of Behavioral Stereotypes in Deer Mice, Peromyscus maniculatus.”
  • Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor) and students Janie E. Webb, Andrew D. Hucks, M. Brad Kincheloe, Daniel J. Hoffman and Jane T. Slomski as well as A. Charles Catania, “Assessing Reinforcement Mechanisms in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”
  • Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor) and students Haley Gleason, Chiqita M. Cross, Claudia E. Howell, Ann L. Wengel and Erin S. Peacock, “Potential Sources of Strain in Parents of Children with ADHD.” Evans and students Pamela Elizabeth Schardin, Jeanne M. Donaghy, Emily A. Barlow and Claudia E. Howell, “Parent/Child Agreement on the ‘Issues Checklist.’”
  • Dr. Gregg Henriques (Assistant Professor), Rogers and Andre and students Daniel Paulson and Jesse Pappas, “Effect of Negative Affect on Estimation of Egocentric Distance.”
  • Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and student Chelsea Wieczorek, “How Do Students Perceive Intelligence and Diversity?” Zinn and students Kimberly A. Marchuk, Bridget S. Schultz and John F. Magnotti, “Are Students Customers? The Students’ Viewpoint” and “Does Effort Still Count? More on What Makes the Grade.”
  • Andre and student Jennifer Nicole Pic, “The Effect of Cue Relevance and Stimulus Contrast on Performance and Recall in Word Searches.”
  • Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Assistant Professor), Serdikoff and student J. Philip Erb Jr., “Attitudes Towards Criminal Sentencing Options: Dispositional Forgiveness and Crime Severity.”
  • Rogers and students Jesse Pappas, Kristen Fries, Katie Rose and Sandy Lawson, “Into the Monster’s Den: Investigating the Pleasure Paradox of Cinematic Horror.”
  • Baker and Serdikoff and student Magen Lynn Sier, “Preferred Associates in a Zoo Giraffe Herd.”
  • Serdikoff and students Melissa A. Zaleski, Andrew D. Hucks and Elizabeth A. Dalanis, “A Comparison of Programmed Instruction and Programmed Instruction with Interteaching.”

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology), student L.E. Baranik and S.J. Finney presented “Mastery-avoidance at work: Discriminant and construct validity” at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco in April. Barron and students C. Walker, P.K. Kaliski and L. Rezner presented “The Qualitative Phase of an Exploratory Mixed Method Investigation of College Classroom Climates” at the same meeting.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) and student Amanda Lindberg presented “Work and Community Access for People with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities” at the Work Stress and Health Conference in Miami in March.

Dr. Arnold S. Kahn (Professor, Psychology) and student A.R. Lau presented “College Woman’s Experiences of Street Harassment” at annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Atlanta, March 16-19. Kahn was the research adviser for another presentation, “Resisting Rape,” which students K. Aufderhaar, B. Corbett, A. Hall, R. Heiser, K. Milligan and J. Neary presented at the same meeting.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) presented a lecture, “‘Our Values and Our National Interest’: Towards a New U.S. Strategy in Africa for the 21st Century,” at the Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University, Fairfax, March 30. Pham also participated in a panel discussion, “Charles Taylor on Trial,” at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C., April 7.

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students T. Houser and K. Knicely presented a poster, “Maximizing, satisficing and delay discounting in college students,” at the Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis Conference in Harrisonburg in March.

Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology) and students J.E. Webb, A.D. Hucks, M.B. Kincheloe, D.J. Hoffman as well as A.C. Catania presented a poster, “Assessing reinforcement mechanisms in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Baltimore in March.

Dr. Cheryl Talley (Associate Professor, Psychology) and students Sarah Thomas and Lizbeth Keller presented a poster, “The Effects of Methylene Blue on Rat Performance in the 8-arm Radial Maze,” at the Symposium for Young Neuroscientists and Professors of the Southeast at Davidson College April 1.


Dr. Charles Bolyard (Assistant Professor, Philosophy) had an article, “Augustine, Epicurus and External World Skepticism,” published in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, 44:2 (2006) 157-68.

Dr. Daniel E. Flage (Professor, Philosophy) has had a paper on Berkeley accepted for publication in a Humanity Books collection of essays on the philosopher.

Dr. C.M. Harris (Professor, Psychology), Dr. C.E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology), Dr. C.J. Huffman (Assistant Professor, Psychology), J.S. Halonen and D.A. Pastor published “Assessing general education outcomes in introductory psychology” in “Best Practices for Teaching Introduction to Psychology,” a book edited by D.S. Dunn and S.L. Chew for Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology), Antje Lauer (Instructor, Biology), Mary Alice Simon (Laboratory Technician, Biology) and Timothy Y. James and Amit Patel of Duke University published an article, “Amphibian Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Is Inhibited by the Cutaneous Bacteria of Amphibian Species,” in EcoHealth, March 2006, a special issue on amphibian decline. The article about the scientists’ groundbreaking study explains the isolation of bacteria from the skin of salamanders that inhibit the grown of the pathogen causing widespread declines. “It may be possible to use these bacteria to help treat infected amphibians and cure them of this disease,” said lead author Harris in an EcoHealth news release. “If we can treat captive animals, it might be possible to reintroduce them into the wild once the disease has swept through a region.”

Dr. Iain S. Maclean (Associate Professor, Religion) had his newest book, “Reconciliation, Nations and Churches in Latin America,” published by Ashagate Publishers.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Assistant Professor, Justice Studies) had published in the New York International Law Review, vol. 19, no. 1, a 73-page study, “A Viable Model for International Criminal Justice: The Special Court for Sierra Leone.” The document is the most comprehensive study to date on the special court, which is receiving international attention as the United Nations-backed tribunal that recently arraigned former Liberian leader Charles Taylor on an 11-count indictment alleging that he bore responsibility for war crimes in neighboring Sierra Leone. Pham also recently wrote a review of “You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir,” the autobiography of Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in Literature, for the Wilson Quarterly, Spring 2006. The revised paperback edition of Pham’s 2004 book, “Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession,” has been published by Oxford University Press. The new edition includes coverage of the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

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