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Madison Scholarly News — February 2007


Dr. Josh Bacon (Director, Judicial Affairs), Dr. Sara J. Finney (Assistant Assessment Specialist, Center for Assessment and Research) and Peter Swerdzewski (Graduate Assistant for Program Assessment Support Services, Center for Assessment and Research) received the Emerging Best Practice in Student Affairs Assessment award from the American College Personnel Association for the Office of Judicial Affairs' civic responsibility program. The program, which is used as a sanction for students who have violated policies that affect their community, combines discussions, readings and other interactive activities for students to examine the concepts of character, citizenship and community.

Ann Hess (Marketing Program Coordinator, University Advancement) received a 2006 MVP Design Award from Mid Valley Press for the Madison Century kick-off program for JMU's capital campaign. The awards were based on clarity, effectiveness of design and uniqueness.

Fred D. Hilton (Director, Centennial Celebration) and Debra Long (Assistant Director, Centennial Celebration) received MarCom Creative awards for excellent marketing of JMU's 2008 Centennial Celebration. Hilton won a gold award in the writing/feature article category for "Hard Luck Dukes," an article recalling JMU's first football game. Hilton and Long won a gold award for "website/overall site" and honorable mention in the "website/homepage" category for the Centennial Web site.

James Madison University's Communications and Marketing team was presented with four awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Two Grand Awards – the top-level recognition – were earned by JMU's magazine, "Madison." The publication won in the magazine publishing improvement category for its redesigned format and in the general news or feature story/series category for its popular "Professors You Love" segment. "Madison" is produced by Pam Brock (Editor), Michelle Hite (Assistant Editor), Bill Thompson (Art Director), Elaine Stroupe (University Editor), Colleen Dixon (Staff Writer/Editor), Jan Gillis ("Madison Online" Editor), Fred Hilton (JMU History Editor) and Sherry Matthews (Administrative Assistant). The university's "Be the Change" communications campaign won an Award of Excellence in the institutional relations programs category. The "Be the Change" campaign spotlights Madison professors, students, alumni and donors who are changing the world – in big and small ways – since the university's founding in 1908. The CASE award acknowledged the work of JMU's entire Communications and Marketing team within the Division of University Advancement. A video created for the "Be the Change" campaign also won an Award of Excellence in the films and videotapes category. The video was created by Nate Marsh (Video Producer) and JMU students Adrienne D'Souza and Rachel Barnes from the School of Media Arts and Design. The awards were presented Feb. 6 during the CASE Division III Conference in Nashville, Tenn. CASE is an international association of professionals who advance their educational institutions. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia make up the council's District III.

Two metal artists from the School of Art and Art History have had their work added to the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Mark D. Rooker (Assistant Professor, Art and Art History) created "Green Cheese Gouger" and Ronald J. Wyancko (Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History) created "Fish Slice." Both pieces are part of the Rabinovitch Contemporary Silver Collection.


Dr. Christie J. Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $8,000 from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for an evaluation of the educational driver's education curriculum for the Clean Air Champions Program.

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $2,732 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the clinic.

Dr. Carol C. Dudding (Director of Clinical Education, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $287,258 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association accredited master's program in communication sciences and disorders.

Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin (Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center) and Elizabeth Haworth (Assistant Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center) received $2,500 from Pomegranate Communications Inc. to distribute the Painted Word Calendar based on artwork of the Furious Flower Poetry Center portrait quilt.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Catherine J. Webb (Instructor, Nursing) received $62,000 from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for "The Precious Time" to provide families of children with disabilities an opportunity to take a break from the demands of constant care giving.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dwight R. Dart (Rapid Prototyping Laboratory Technician, Integrated Science and Technology) received $21,707 from the National Science Foundation to produce final products of plastic snap together cell parts for biological demonstrations.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership Education), Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Malcolm G. Lane (Head and Professor, Computer Science) received $2,022,624 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to study policy, legal and technical issues related to critical infrastructure protection and to expand and test new concepts in resiliency and disaster recovery and response.

Dr. Zewelanji N. Serpell (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) received $39,964 from Virginia Commonwealth University to assess the effect 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. Corey L. Cleland (Associate Professor, Biology) presented five posters at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Atlanta in October 2006. Student co-authors included Ashley Del Toro, Michaelle Beardino, David Bilberry, Mathew Torre, Gordon McGuire, Deby Weiss, Lindsay Birns, Karina Tam, Krystal Dula, Marisa Parise and Jon Harrold. The titles of the posters were: "Transition between body and tail withdrawal movements in response to tail stimulation in Long Tail Grass lizards is blended and graded," "Characteristics of escape responses in the Chilean Rose tarantula," "Do paired, simultaneously evoked, tail withdrawal reflexes in rats linearly summate?" "Crested Gecko lizards utilize computationally simple patterns of tail withdrawal response" and "3-Dimensional video analysis of tail withdrawal responses to heat stimuli in the rat."

Dr. Mark L. Gabriele (Associate Professor, Biology) presented a paper, "Segregation of multiple layered projections to the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus in the neonatal cat," at the October 2006 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Atlanta with students Robert Fathke, Sarah Shahmoradian, Christopher French, C. Henkel and J. McHaffie. Gabriele also presented a paper, "Patterns of convergence for multiple afferent projections to the central nucleus of the inferior colliculus prior to the onset of hearing," at the February meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology in Denver with students Robert Fathke, J. McHaffie and C. Henkel.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) gave an invited research seminar, "Emerging pathogens in an ecological community," at the University of Memphis.

Dr. James B. Herrick (Associate Professor, Biology) gave a talk, "Environmental reservoirs of resistance and virulence: bacterial pathogens and antibiotic resistance gene transfer in sediments and sands," in November 2006 at the Pathogen Research Symposium sponsored by the Virginia Water Resources Center at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) gave an invited research seminar, "Secreted alpha-Amylase in Arabidopsis Leaves: A Possible Role in Dead Cells," in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont.


Dr. Chris S. Lantz (Associate Professor, Biology) published a paper, "Interleukin-3 and c-Kit/stem cell factor are required for normal eosinophil responses in mice infected with Strongyloides venezuelensis, " in Laboratory Investigation with undergraduate student Akhil Rastogi and four colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both in Boston.

Dr. Conley K. McMullen (Associate Professor, Biology) had a paper, "Pollination biology of the Galápagos endemic, Tournefortia rufo-sericea (Boraginaceae)," published in the January issue of Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.

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