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Madison Scholarly News — Aug 2007


Jeffrey D. Loveland (Associate Professor, Health Sciences) has been reappointed to the Advisory Board on Occupational Therapy by Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

Dr. James Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) has been appointed to the Virginia Geographic Information Network Advisory Board by Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.


Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $192,421 from the National Institutes of Health to develop and conduct a preliminary evaluation of a set of psychosocial interventions for high-school-aged adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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 areas.

Dr. Tammy D. Gilligan (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $17,000 from Orange County Public Schools for a school psychology internship.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $269,031 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the fourth year of the Shenandoah Valley Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative to reduce the number of 12- to 18-year-olds participating in premarital intercourse, related sexual activities and other risky behaviors that lead to severe consequences.

Elizabeth A. Johnson (Visiting Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $969 from the University of California to fund an undergraduate researcher to prepare samples for infrared spectroscopic analysis.

Dr. Stephen A. Leslie (Head and Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $43,238 from the National Science Foundation for "Collaborative Research: Automated Sequencing of the Fossil Record: Improved Methods and Insights from Mohawkian (Ordovician) Geochronology, Teprhochronology and Biostratigraphy."

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $71,149 from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide technical and policy support to state-based wind working groups under the Wind Powering America Programs.

Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $826 from DuPont Crop Protection to synthesize biologically relevant natural products and related structures for testing and evaluation of properties useful for agricultural and horticultural crop protection agents.

Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $116,000 from the National Science Foundation to improve the existing High Momentum Spectrometer and provide a new Super High Momentum Spectrometer that will be capable of analyzing the higher energy particles produced by the 12-GeV upgraded CEBAF beam.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership Education; Executive Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) and Robin Sullenberger (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $200,860 from Shenandoah Valley Partnership to provide economic development support services for the partnership's regional members, to prospects and existing businesses.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $280,385 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide primary medical care, medications, dental care, case management, transportation, nutritional supplements/food, substance abuse and mental health services.

Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $45,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide administrative support for the Medical Interpreter Training Grants Program and $20,000 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board to furnish those services which they are able to provide as interpreters for non-English-speaking clients.

Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $45,500 from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Virginia to continue support of the JMU-Scottish Rite Language Disorders Clinic.

Dr. Zewelanji N. Serpell (Assistant Professor, Psychology) received $18,231 from Virginia Commonwealth University to assess the impact of receiving attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder treatment during the middle-school years on risk factors for smoking and on tobacco use among adolescents with ADHD.

Dr. Michelle A. Smith-Bermiss (Assistant Professor, English) received $30,000 from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to understand the social and cultural processes by which collective identities, especially post- and trans-national configurations have been theorized and represented in both the "postcolonial" moment and in the nascent 21st century paradigm.

Dr. D. Brian Walton (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. Hassan Hamdan (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology), Dr. Nusrat Jahan (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. Kyle N. Seifert (Assistant Professor, Biology), Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Roshna E. Wunderlich (Associate Professor, Biology) received $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to support long-term research experiences for undergraduate students.


Dr. Richard M. Roberds (Professor Emeritus, Integrated Science and Technology) was awarded the Silver Star Medal by the Department of the Air Force for a mission flown on Dec. 15, 1970, over Cambodia as a U.S. Air Force forward air controller. The medal is the nation's third highest award for valor.

Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) was selected by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality as a "Blossoming Professional" in the field of sexuality research.

Bill Thompson (Art Director, Madison Magazine, Communication and Marketing) created the poster for the 2007 First Night Harrisonburg that earned the Prism Award for creative design from First Night International. The award recognizes "uniqueness in graphic design and quality of production in capturing the First Night spirit." First Night is an annual New Year's Eve celebration.


Toni B. Mehling (Director of Communications, College of Business; Adjunct Instructor, Media Arts and Design) and Dr. David H. Wendelken (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented a paper, "Convergence: Skills Professionals Expect from College Media Graduates," at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 10. The paper was selected by College Media Advisers, a national organization whose members advise college student media.

Dr. Amy Paugh (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) presented a paper, "Negotiating Morality in Interactions about Health," with Carolina Izquierdo of the University of California at Los Angeles, as part of the panel "Doing the Right Thing: The Discursive Portrayal of Good Parents and Moral Families" at the 10th International Pragmatics Association Conference in Göteborg, Sweden, in July.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) testified Aug. 2 before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Pham was one of six people and the only American non-governmental official invited to provide expert testimony on "Africa Command: Opportunity for Enhanced Engagement or the Militarization of U.S.-Africa Relations?"

Dr. Stephen Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) presented a paper, "The Use and Modification of Traditional Forms of Protest in Modern Iran," at the American Sociological Association Collective Behavior and Social Movements Meeting at Hofstra University in August.

Dr. Stephen Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology), Dr. Tim Carter (Professor, Sociology) and Daniel Max Crowley presented a paper, "Directions in Accounting Theory," at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in New York in August.

Dr. Andrea Wiley (Professor, Anthropology) presented "Cow’s milk consumption and growth of young children in the United States: Data from NHANES 1999-2002" at the Human Biology Association Meetings in Philadelphia in April. Wiley presented "From mother's milk to cow's milk: young children's consumption of cow's milk, growth and identity in the United States" at the Association for the Study of Food and Society Annual Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, in May. She also presented "Doing what comes naturally? Studying diet and reproductive ecology in human biology," an Invited Session: From the margins toward the center: Women and Gender in Human Biology at the American Anthropological Association meetings, San Jose, Calif., in November 2006.


Dr. Jonathan M. Godbey (Assistant Professor, Finance), along with Professor Jimmy E. Hilliard of Louisiana State University, had their article, "Adjusting Stacked Hedge Ratios for Stochastic Convenience Yields: A Minimum Variance Approach," published recently in Quantitative Finance. In this study, they find that stacked hedging – that is, hedging with futures contracts with similar expiration dates – with an adjustment for the convenience yield – the benefit that traders have in holding the commodity vis-a-vis holding contracts to buy the commodity – reduces volatility.

Dr. Jane C. Hilton (Clinical Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) published an article, "Brief report: comparative ABA and DIR trials in twin brothers with autism," in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2007, 37(6):1197-201.

Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) edited Visual Anthropology Review 23(1), a special issue on "Visual Anthropology in Europe."

Dr. Fletcher Linder (Associate Professor, Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) published an article, "Life as Art, and Seeing the Promise of Big Bodies" in American Ethnologist, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 451-472. Linder published another article, with Vangie Foshee, Karl Bauman, Jennifer Rice and Rose Wilcher of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Identifying typologies of adolescent dating violence perpetration," in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 22, No. 5, pp. 498-519.

Dr. Qingfeng Liu (Assistant Professor, Finance), along with Kam C. Chan and Hung-Gay Fung, edited a book of readings, "China's Capital Market: Challenges from WTO Membership," which was published by Edward Elgar Publishing in May 2007. The book includes research on developments in China's financial markets and institutions. Liu authored a number of the readings in the book, including a chapter co-authored with Hung-Gay Fung on current issues related to China's banking system.

Dr. Qingfeng Liu (Assistant Professor, Finance), along with Hung-Gay Fun and J. Yao, has published an article, "Financing Alternatives for the Chinese Small and Medium Enterprises: The Case for an SME Stock Market," in the journal China and World Economy.

Dr. Michel Mitri (Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science; J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow) and Dr. Charles D. Pringle (Professor, Management; J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow) had an article, "Assessment Practices in AACSB-Accredited Business Schools," appear in the Journal of Education for Business, March/April 2007). The article was based on a national survey conducted by accredited business schools inside and outside the United States. The goal was to learn how schools are responding to the recent changes in Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International-mandated assessment standards.

Dr. Sweta Chaturvedi Thota (Assistant Professor, Marketing) and Dr. Newell D. Wright (Professor, Marketing) wrote "Do Consumers Hold Grudges and Practice Avoidance Forever? A Markov Chain Model of the Decay of Grudgeholding and Avoidance Attitudes," which appeared in the Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction and Complaining Behavior, Vol. 19, pp. 89-102.

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) wrote an article, "Tectonic model for the Proterozoic growth of North America," which was published in the August-September issue of GEOSPHERE, an electronic journal of the Geological Society of America.

Dr. Andrea Wiley (Professor, Anthropology) recently published two articles: "Transforming milk in a global economy" in the American Anthropologist, 109(4) and "The globalization of cow's milk: biocultural perspectives" in Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 46(3):281-312. Two additional articles appeared in edited volumes. "Cow's milk consumption and health: An evolutionary perspective" was included in Evolutionary Medicine and Health, Wenda Trevathan, James McKenna and E.O. Smith, editors, Oxford University Press, pp. 116-133 and "The Dairy Industry. In The Business of Food" appeared in the Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries, Gary Allen and Ken Albala, editors, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Dr. Laura Zarrugh (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's Studies) published an article, "From Workers to Owners: Latino Entrepreneurs in Harrisonburg, Virginia," in Human Organization, Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 240-248.

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