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Madison Scholarly News — September 2006


Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) was elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for Visual Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.

Dr. Teresa A. Gonzalez (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs) has been re-appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine to the Latino Advisory Board.


Dr. Robert D. Bersson (Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History) exhibited “Landscapes Across Time and Place,” based on several cross-country road trips, in the Hartzler Library art gallery at Eastern Mennonite University in September and early October. The exhibition features drawings in mixed media, oil pastel and charcoal that take the viewer on a continental journey from Harrisonburg, across the United States, part of Canada, Mexico and back to the Shenandoah Valley.


Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) received the Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York for her book manuscript, The Web: Social Control in a Lesbian Community.


Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) published the article, "Studio Photography and the Aesthetics of Citizenship in The Gambia, West Africa" in the edited volume, Sensible Objects: Colonialism, Museums, and Material Culture (eds. Elizabeth Edwards, Chris Gosden, Ruth B. Phillips, Berg, 2006).

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) published the book, Huts and History the Historical Archaeology of Military Encampment During the American Civil War, University Press of Florida; Geier was senior editor, collaborating with Dr. David Orr of Temple University and Dr. Matthew Reeves of James Madison's Montpelier.

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 an article, “Liberia and Sierra Leone: A Study of Comparative Human Rights Approaches by Civil Society Actors,” in the inaugural issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law. Pham also wrote “Some Unconventional Wisdom,” a review of two books in The National Interest, Sept./Oct. 2006. Pham reviewed “The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall” by Ian Bremmer and “Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism” by Charles Pena.

Dr. Michael J. Seth (Associate Professor, History) wrote A Concise History of Korea: The Premodern through the Nineteenth Century, a 257-page book published in July by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Dr. Julie Solometo (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) published the chapter, "The Dimensions of War: Conflict and Culture Change in Central Arizona," in the book, The Archaeology of Warfare: Prehistories of Raiding and Conquest, edited by E. Arkush and M. Allen and published by University Press of Florida.

Dr. Damian White (Assistant Professor, Sociology) was the guest editor of the June 2006 edition of "Science as Culture" with Dr. Chris Wilbert of Anglia Ruskin University. With Wilbert, White also published the article, "Technonatural Time/Spaces" in Science as Culture 2006, Vol. 15; No. 2, pp. 95-104. White also published the article, "A Political Sociology of Socionatures: Revisionist Manoeuvres in Environmental Sociology, in Environmental Politics, Vol.15, No. 1, February 2006, pp.59-77.


Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received two grants from the U.S. Department of State — $61,254 for “Adaptive Technology Catalog for Victims of ERW” to identify adaptive technology for use by disabled land mine survivors that will aid reintegration efforts aimed at providing access to livelihoods in the agricultural and mechanical sectors and $45,371 for “U.S.-Origin Land Mines in Mine Affected Countries” to analyze the types and origins of mines and unexploded ordnance to assist with their safe removal and destruction and to assess priority of demining assistance.

Dr. Paul E. Bierly III (Zane D. Showker Professor of Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor, Management) received $28,500 from the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership to research the entrepreneurial propensity of college students.

Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics; Professor, Biology and Geology and Environmental Science) received $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to study fish and turtle movements through radio tracking and pit tags in aquatic ecosystems fragmented by forest roads and various land uses.

Dr. Christie J. Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,122,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to demonstrate and evaluate a pilot interactive system for the distribution of scientific and administrative information on air quality in the Shenandoah Valley.

Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry) received $9,500 from the Academy of Applied Sciences for the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium to provide high-school researchers with opportunities to present their research at a university symposium.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $196,777 from the National Institutes of Health to develop and conduct a preliminary evaluation of a set of psychosocial interventions for older adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Dr. Mark K. Fiegener (Assistant Professor, Management) received $95,000 from the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center to extend understanding of how lifeline organizations make decisions about investments to mitigate earthquake risks in ways that can help managers and other key decision makers.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received two grants from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation — $10,507 to perform an archaeological assessment of Cemetery Hill and UDC property tracts at McDowell, Va., and $9,451 to establish the historic context of the Valley Turnpike parcels on Fisher’s Hill in Shenandoah County, Va.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $13,000 from individual donors for “Gus Bus” school visits, $5,790 from the Community Resource Center to develop and maintain high-quality agency programs of the center and $2,500 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital to analyze data from the Youth Data Survey and to disseminate it to the Shenandoah Valley community.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Geographic Science Program) and Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Geographic Science Program) received two grants from the National Park Service — $6,709 to perform an archaeological reconnaissance survey of the Madison Run fire road in the park and $3,000 to act as an archaeological adviser for activities related to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

Judy B. Kidd (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. David C. Carothers (Head and Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Laurie O. Cavey (Assistant Professor, Middle, Secondary and Math Education) received $10,017 from the Virginia Department of Education to produce highly qualified teachers of mathematics at the middle-school level.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $177,480 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide community broadcast services.

Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $85,000 from the Virginia Department to increase and coordinate information, resources and access to resources for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $78,832 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to undertake the development of a scoring system for wind and solar energy facilities.

Dr. Aashir X. Nasim (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $51,620 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to implement research that comprehensively addresses multiple cultural ecologies that influence smoking among African American youth.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership) and Kenneth F. Newbold (Associate Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) received $1,162,776 from I2 Inc. to provide a Visual Investigative Analysis Software license.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $224,318 from the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse for “Infant and Toddler Connection of the Shenandoah Valley” to establish and administer a local system of early intervention services. Nye received $37,500 from Virginia Commonwealth University for the Blue Ridge AHEC to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships and $15,000 from VCU to provide programs for healthcare learners. Nye also received $3,500 from Intercultural Alliance to organize an annual, regionally focused international festival.

Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $8,800 from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to conduct a rapid watershed assessment as part of assessment planning for implementing the Tributary Strategy in the South Fork Shenandoah watershed.

Dr. Barbara A. Reisner (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $46,093 from the National Science Foundation for “Expansion and Refinement of a Research-Based Laboratory Curriculum to Enhance Diverse Students’ Abilities to Apply Chemistry Ideas Effectively in New Contents.”

Dr. Michael J. Saunders (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) received $6,650 from DSM Food Specialties to research and determine whether a carbohydrate plus protein beverage improves endurance performance and muscle recovery when compared to a conventional carbohydrate-only sports beverage.

Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $2,000 from Gallaudet University to provide a JMU graduate student a research assistantship at the Cochlear Implant Education Center at Gallaudet.

Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, International Programs) received $200,000 from the U.S. Department of State for the JMU Undergraduate International Exchange Program with the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. Stephen H. Stewart (Director, Strategic Alliances and Special Projects, College of Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Health Sciences) received $99,849 from Alpha Epsilon Delta to maintain the premedical honor society’s national headquarters office.

Dr. Donna L. Sundre (Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research Studies), Dr. Richard F. West (Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Mary K. Handley (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Carol A. Hurney (Associate Professor, Biology) and Dr. Christopher G. Murphy (Cluster Three Coordinator, University Studies; Associate Professor, Biology) received $498,765 from the National Science Foundation for “Advancing Assessment and Measurement of Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning.”

Dr. William C. Wood (Professor, Economics; Director, Center for Economic Education) received $17,224 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to continue full economic education coverage of the school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, with teacher consultation, training and assistance with materials.


Dr. Dorothy Della Noce (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) was one of three leaders in the development of transformative mediation to open Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation held Sept. 17 and 18 in St. Paul, Minn. Della Noce presented one of “Three Journeys Toward Purpose-Based Practice.” She also presented two workshops at the conference, “Power Dynamics in Conflict: Transformative Practices” and “What are ‘Best Practices?’ — Insights from a Defense Based Victim Outreach Specialist and a Transformative Mediator.”

Dr. David H. Ehrenpreis (Director, Institute for Visual Studies; Associate Professor, Art and Art History) presented a public lecture, “What is Visual Studies and How Can it be Taught,” at the University of Kentucky Sept. 8. Ehrenpreis’ talk was part of the art department’s Visiting Artist and Scholar Series. He also presented “Using Digital Images to Create Communities of Practice” as part of a seminar series sponsored by UK’s Center for Computational Services, delivered an arts profession lecture and participated in a roundtable discussion on developing a visual studies program at the university.

Dr. Glenn Hastedt (Head and Professor, Justice Studies; Professor, Political Science) presented “Reconnaissance Satellites and National Security” Sept. 20 at the Societal Impact of Spaceflight Conference at the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution. The three-day conference was sponsored by the NASA History Division and the National Air and Space Museum Department of Space History.

Dr. Laura Lewis (Associate Professor, Anthropology) gave an invited lecture, "Afro-indigenousness in Mexico and Latin America" at Northwestern University's Department of African-American Studies Colloquium, "Rethinking Race/ Researching Racism," May 10, 2006.

Dr. Sushil Mittal (Associate Professor, Religion) presented “September 11: Creating History of a Different Kind,” an invited peace studies lecture, at Florida Atlantic University in honor of the Gandhi centennial Sept. 11.

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) gave a keynote speech, “Maintaining Peace and Security Amid the Current Situation in the Horn of Africa: Outlines of a Realistic and Sustainable Policy,” Sept. 8 during the 2006 Somaliland Conference. The three-day conference in Washington, D.C., was sponsored by the Somaliland Policy and Reconstruction Institute and drew Dahir Rayale Kahin, president of the Republic of Somaliland, members of his cabinet and other government officials.

Dr. Stephen C. Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) presented the paper, "Opportunities and Constraints Created by Iranian Reform Activists during the Civil Society Debate (1997-2005)," at the International Social Theory Conference held in Roanoke, May 19, 2006.

Dr. Joseph D. Rumbo (Assistant Professor, Sociology) presented the following paper at the annual Asia-Pacific Region Conference of The Association for Consumer Research (ACR), June 15-17, Sydney, Australia: "Exploring the Symbolic Universe of the Rainbow: A Framework for Doing Consumer Research at the Market's Edge." Rumbo also presented the following paper at the first Symposium on Anti-Consumption at the International Centre for Anti-Consumption Research (ICAR), June 19-21, Auckland, New Zealand: "Cultivating Alternative Self-Schemas and Lifestyles: Resisting the Normativity of Consumerism." Rumbo, with Eugene W. Halton, also presented "Membrane of the Self: Marketing, Boundaries, and the Consumer Incorporated Self," at the Consumer Culture Theory Conference of the Association for Consumer Research (ACR), Notre Dame, Ind., Aug. 2-3, 2006. Rumbo's paper was accepted for publication by Russell Belk and John Sherry (eds.) in the Conference Proceedings of the Consumer Culture Theory Conference.

Dr. Julie Solometo (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) presented the poster, "The Chevelon Archaeological Research Project: Past Results, Recent Discoveries" (co-authored with 2006 JMU graduate Alison Bredthauer) at the 71st annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 28, 2006. Solometo also collaborated with 2005 JMU graduate Stephen Martin to present the paper, "Compound, Fort, or Community Structure?: Understanding Rectangular Enclosures in East-Central Arizona" at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference in Virginia Beach, March 25, 2006.

Dr. Damian White (Assistant Professor, Sociology) organized the miniconference, Techonatures IV, at the American Association of Geographers, Chicago, with Dr. Erik Swyngedowu of the University of Oxford, May, 2006.

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