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Madison Scholarly News — October 2006

GRANTS

Emily K. Akerson (Adjunct Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $7,860 from the Valley Program for Aging Services Inc. to provide educational and administrative services.

Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) received $18,929 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Institution of Higher Education Council for the Early Education of Children with Disabilities" to facilitate general membership meetings and a general membership and early childhood special education providers conference.

Thomas E. DuVal (General Manager, WMRA-FM) received funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for digital radio conversion: $85,000 for WMRA, $71,350 for WMRY and $58,124 for WMRL.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head and Professor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $100,000 from the Merck Foundation to facilitate the Career Development Academy for Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and surrounding area. Foucar-Szocki also received $75,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the academy to expand educational services available to non-native speakers at all levels and to increase access to those services.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $21,273 from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to conduct an archaeological survey for parcels of land in the vicinity of New Market, Va., including Indian Hollow, Koontz Farm, Buhl Farm and Imboden Springs. Geier also $12,984 from the SVBF to conduct an archaeological survey of the Jordan Run parcel, totaling approximately 109 acres. He also received $4,848 from Belle Grove Inc. to complete the archaeological excavation and survey of Belle Grove's circa 1815 smokehouse.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $39,766 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify barriers and strengths of using a Web-based Core Instrument across sites, including ability to merge data, build construct scales and return raw date to individual evaluators for additional analyses of their sites.

Sandy L. Maxfield (Director and Associate Professor, Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Center for Instructional Technology, Libraries and Educational Technologies) received $225,476 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to engage in research and development to increase interoperability between the Madison Digital Image Database and other digital image systems and presentation tools.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership) and Elizabeth Knight (Director, Economic Development and Partnership Programs) received $1,500 from the Verizon Foundation to support the annual technology awards presentation of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $15,000 from Sentara Health Plan to train persons in providing interpretation in health and medical care encounters.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) and Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $40,000 from the Virginia Department for the Aging to establish a care model to identify, assess and follow up with frail elders with dementia and family caregivers with memory enhancement support services.

Dr. Wayne S. Teel (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $5,542 from the Environmental Protection Agency to provide information, data and water samples to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program on the pH levels and ammonia content of rainfall collected.

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) and Dr. L. Scott Eaton (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $3,993 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to identify and map surficial deposits and to review maps prepared by state geologists.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) presented with Virginia Sen. Frank Wagner at the Energy Virginia Symposium Oct. 17 at Virginia Military Institute. Miles spoke on "Sustainable Energy Opportunities and Challenges for Virginia" in the session, "Virginia Energy: Where are we? How did we get here? What Opportunities and Challenges Lie Ahead?" The symposium was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and VMI Research Laboratories Inc.


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