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Madison Scholarly News — November 2006


Lynne F. Stover (Teacher Consultant, Center for Economic Education) was recognized as one of two Rookies of the Year by the National Association of Economic Educators at the organization's national conference held in New York in October. The award recognizes "an individual who has 'hit the ground running' and taken up the challenge of providing economic education program or services as appropriate to their position."


Taz Daughtrey (Lecturer, Computer Science) was co-author of an article, "Teaching the Contexts: Why Evolution Should Be Taught As An Argument and How It Might be Done," in the Fall 2006 issue of the journal, "Religion & Education," published by the University of Northern Iowa. His co-author was John Angus Campbell, senior affiliate faculty in the department of communication at the University of Memphis and former director of Graduate Studies there; Campbell is one of the founders of the rhetoric of science as an area of academic study and is past president of the American Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology. An excerpt of the article is available at this link.


Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Laura Lewis (Associate Professor, Anthropology) were named the new editors of Visual Anthropology Review, the official journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. William D. Kimsey (Professor, Communication Studies) was recertified as a court-referred mediator through the Office of Dispute Resolution Services, Supreme Court of Virginia. At the National Communication Association conference in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 16-17, 2006, Kimsey served as chair of a panel, "Value-Added Measurement Strategies: Practical Aplications for the Assessment of the Communication Major and General Education Communication Competencies," Nov. 16; and as chair of a panel, "The Theory and Practice of Non-Traditional Mediation," Nov. 17; and Kimsey also presented a paper, "Faith-Based Disputes and Mediation Intervention: An Application of the Seven-Phase Model of Conflict," Nov. 17. Kimsey published an article, "Seven-Phase Model of Conflict: Practical Applications for Conflict Mediators and Leaders" in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, Vol. 23(4), Summer 2006, pp. 487-499.

Dr. John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design) was selected one of seven judges for the first Apple Insomnia Film Festival for university students. Woody will join Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis of "Saturday Night Live," actor, director and author Matthew Modine, Randy Nelson and Rebecca Stockley of Pixar University, which provides training and education for all of Pixar's employees, and John Shenk, documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and founder of Actual Films, on the panel. The film festival challenges students to write, shoot and edit a short film in just one day. PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) and Matthew B. Reeves (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology) with David G. Orr edited a textbook, "Huts and History: The Historical Archaeology of Military Encampment During the American Civil War," which was published by the University Press of Florida.

Dr. Leslie Harlacker (Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology) published "Knowledge and Know-How in the Oldowan: An Experimental Approach," in Apel, J. and K. Knutsson, eds., Skilled Production and Social Reproduction: Aspects of Traditional Stone-Tool Technologies, Uppsala: Societas Archaeological Upsaliensis (2006) pp. 219-243.

Dr. Laura Lewis (Associate Professor, Anthropology) published the article, "Home is Where the Heart Is: Afro-Latino Migration and Cinder-Block Homes on Mexico's Costa Chica" in the South Atlantic Quarterly special issue, "The Last Frontier: The Contemporary Configuration of the U.S.-Mexico Border," 105:4, Fall 2006. This issue of SAQ is featured in the Duke University Press Fall/Winter 06 Books catalog.

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) published a review essay, "Beyond Power Politics: International Law and Human Rights Discourse in the Post-9/11 World," in Human Rights & Human Welfare, volume 6, 2006. Pham reviewed "Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law" by Antony Anghie.


Dr. Mohamed S. Aboutabl (Assistant Professor, Computer Science; Researcher, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) received $5,000 from Engedi Technologies Inc. to provide laboratory testing of the Secure Remote Management Drive.

Emily K. Akerson (Adjunct Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $35,000 from the Department of Social Services for "Healthy Families of Page County" to assure the continuation and expansion of services for at-risk new parents and young families.

Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $19,916 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining to provide the global mine action community with easy access to the current international mine action standards and information about the development of International and National Mine Action Standards.

Kristin M. Gardner (Peer Program Coordinator, University Health Center) received $8,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to establish policies that support smoking cessation services through the use of normalizing non-smoking advertising.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $6,124 from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to provide a cultural resources survey of the New and Old Flint Hill parcels that lie northwest of the community of Fisher's Hill in Shenandoah County, Va.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $238,147 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program 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. Hubbell also received $15,315 from the Central Shenandoah Health District for "FutureBuild: Teen Pregnancy Prevention" to provide oversight and programs to decrease the number of out-of-wedlock births in the area and $4,250 from the Department of Social Services for "View Funds" to help teenagers improve decision-making skills to make competent decisions about their futures.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $34,286 from the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board to provide radio reading services.

Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, College of Graduate and Outreach Programs), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and Melinda B. Bright (Co-Director, T/TAC) received $1,751,134 from the Virginia Department of Education to support state directed and regional/local activities for the Virginia Department of Education Training/Technical Assistance Centers.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Marler (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $8,000 from the National Williams Syndrome Association to investigate chromosome band 7q11.23 for possible candidate gene(s) causing the sensorineural hearing loss that has recently been identified in adults and children with Williams Syndrome.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $66,069 from Virginia Commonwealth University to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships. Nye also received $12,500 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital to make health care more accessible to the immigrant community of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. He also received $9,883 from VCU to train persons in providing interpretation in health and medical care encounters.

Dr. Cynthia R. O'Donoghue (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $31,726 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide three seminars and content-level expertise to support two Web-based study modules concerning dysphagia.

Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $97,041 from the Virginia Department of Education to assist bachelor's degree level speech-language clinicians employed by public schools to obtain master's degrees.

Dr. Barbara A. Reisner (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $500 from the Virginia Academy of Science to support an undergraduate researcher's efforts to identify the effects of structure directing agent and reaction conditions on the ionthermal synthesis of open-framework aluminophosphate materials.

Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) received $2,500 from the Arts Council of the Valley for the JMU Summer Art Education Program to teach students to see, create and understand art and to make informed judgments about works of art.

Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $38,127 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. Christopher Bachmann (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Al Christopher of Clean Cities presented "Basics of Biofuels" Nov. 27 at the 81st Virginia Farm Bureau Federation annual convention at The Homestead in Hot Springs.

Dr. Keo Cavalcanti (Professor, Sociology) presented "The Christian coopting of modernity: Fundamentalist faith, suburban spirituality" at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Portland, Ore., Oct. 21, 2006.

Dr. Judith A. Dilts (Associate Dean, Science and Mathematics; Professor, Biology) participated in a panel discussion, "What Does the Liberally Educated Person Need to Know About Science?" Nov. 10 at DePauw University. The discussion was part of the three-day DePauw Colloquium on Liberal Education, "The Crucial Role of Science Education in the Liberal Arts: Creating the Science-Savvy, Liberally Educated Citizen."

Dr. Nikitah Imani (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented at the Black Think Tank sponsored by the Brothers of the Academy at the Morehouse College Leadership Center Oct. 6, 2006, as part of a panel, "In the Belly of the Beast: Navigating a Career in Higher Education Administration."

Dr. Laura Lewis (Associate Professor, Anthropology) was a discussant for the symposium, "Violence and Sexuality—Histories, Imaginaries and Performances" at the annual Meetings of the American Society for Ethnohistory, Williamsburg, Va., November 2006.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) participated in a panel discussion on "Renewable Energy" Nov. 30 at the Virginia Tech Energy Research Engagement Showcase, in which speakers from business, government and higher education focused on renewable and non-renewable energy opportunities and challenges and Virginia's efforts to commercialize energy research.

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) presented at the public meeting of the Liberia Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., Nov. 13. The topic of the segment was "Liberia's Peacebuilding Efforts: One Year After Transition."

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