Madison Scholarly News — June 2007
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 Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $50,000 from the Department of Social Services for Healthy Families Page County 2008 to prevent child abuse and neglect by promoting positive parenting, maternal and child health and optimal early development.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $11,657 from the U.S. Department of State to establish a comprehensive list of global training and education opportunities for entities interested in small arms/light weapons, mine and explosive remnants of war threat reduction and to assist awareness of educational development initiatives.
Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Professor, Exceptional Education) received $120,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Partnership for Preparation of Experienced Secondary Special Education Teachers Who Are 'Highly Qualified' in the Content Area."
Dr. Justin W. Brown (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,640 from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine to determine the appropriate housing temperatures for different strains of laboratory mice and rats to lead to improvements in laboratory animal care and quality of data obtained from study of these subjects.
Dr. Florian P. Buchholz (Assistant Professor, Computer Science) received $97,098 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research in the area of timestamp analysis for computer forensics investigations.
Dr. W. Dean Cocking (Associate Professor, Biology) received $5,800 from DuPont to investigate mercury content of earthworms living at sites that have previously been used for soil sampling on the South River Floodplain.
Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $6,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for the clinic to provide services to children with special healthcare needs.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received $43,500 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to publish the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter in 2008.
Dr. Heather P. Griscom (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $25,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to address the seedling performance of three dominant canopy tree species in manipulated forest gaps in the Shenandoah Valley.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $15,000 from the National Security Agency to administer the financial aid fund for the New Security Paradigms Workshop.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $70,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for "Partners in Prevention" to decrease non-marital birth rates by targeting 20- to 29-year-olds with community-based, multilevel, comprehensive programmatic interventions.
Dr. Carol A. Hurney (Associate Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to clone and analyze some aspects of embryonic expression of a key myogenic gene, Myf5, in the four-toed salamander.
Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Geographic Science Program) received $20,000 from the National Park Service to do a site condition assessment of archaeological sites in Shenandoah National Park and to input data into the Archaeological Sites Management Information System database. Kander and Nash also received $5,187 from the Wintergreen Nature Foundation to perform a test excavation to evaluate the cultural statigraphy and level of disturbance of a rockshelter site.
Judy B. Kidd (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $12,413 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Mathematics and Science Partnership: Preparing Highly Qualified Middle-School Mathematics Teachers."
Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WRMA-FM) received $32,500 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide community broadcast services.
Dr. Chris S. Lantz (Associate Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Regulation of Contact Hypersensitivity and Basophil Development in Mice by interleukin-3 Derived from DC4 T Cells."
Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $100,000 from the Virginia Department for the Aging to enhance the Caregivers Community Network collaboration with partner agencies to more effectively coordinate services.
Dr. Mark E. Mattson (Assistant Professor, Physics; Assistant Director, Science and Mathematics Learning Center) received $255,365 from Toyota USA Foundation to restore at JMU a summer institute for regional physics and physical science teachers in public secondary schools.
Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $80,000 from the National Institutes of Health for "Stimulation of Tear Secretion by a Novel Glycoprotein" to perform selected portions of the subject research; specifically, development and analysis of variations of lacritin constructs suitable for commercial therapeutic use.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Economic Development Director, Research and Public Service) received $44,159 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council to support the SVTC, which serves as an advocate for developing the technological and workforce development infrastructure required to support technology-related industries in the region.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $11,925 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.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Emily K. Akerson (Program Manager, Healthy Families Page County) received $5,000 from the Page County Department of Social Services for "Page County Social Services/Healthy Families" to provide services to promote positive parenting, health and child development.
Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (Professor, History) and Dr. Melinda J. Adams (Assistant Professor, Political Science) received $60,908 from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen Africana Studies course offerings and African language instruction, enhance faculty expertise in Africana Studies and promote faculty development, and increase awareness and knowledge of Africana Studies at JMU and in the broader community.
Dr. Terrie K. Rife (Assistant Professor, Biology) and Dr. Cheryl P. Talley (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $45,000 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board to lead to better understanding of why obese individuals are more susceptible than the normal population to the development of diabetes type-2.
Dr. Michael J. Saunders (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) received $15,000 from Cadbury Schweppes to determine if endurance performance is enhanced when subjects consume a commercially available carbohydrate-plus-protein beverage versus a commercial carbohydrate-only beverage.
Dr. Sean T. Scully (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Neutrino Constraints on the Origin of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays" to determine the signatures of the competing proposed models to improve cosmic ray data.
Dr. Kyle N. Seifert (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to address the focus of the roles of ssr-2 and accessory secretory genes in the pathogenesis of the highly virulent lineage of serotype III GBS.
Dominic D. Swayne (Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education), Dr. Michelle A. Hughes (Assistant Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) and Dr. Denise A. Perritt (Assistant Professor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $307,629 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for "PRISM: Partnerships for Realizing Improvements in Science and Math" to improve teacher quality in science, technology and math content knowledge and pedagogical skills.
Dr. Brian C. Utter (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $44,718 from Research Corp. for "Jamming Transition Behavior of Granular Materials with Imposed Force Fluctuations" to measure effects of vibration on the force network and flow rates and characterize the failure mechanism in shear and gravity-driven flows.
Dr. William C. Wood (Director, Center for Economic Education; J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Professor, Economics) received $74,619 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. for a fiscal year 2008 economic education consultant program to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance with materials. Wood also received $8,500 from the Virginia Council on Economic Education to deliver the statewide programs of the VCEE within the Shenandoah Valley.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Kramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented "Computational and Dynamic Complexity in Economics" at the International Conference on Complexity in Pollenzo, Italy, and "The Rise and Decline of Mancur Olson's View of the Rise and Decline of Nations" at the History of Economics conference at George Mason University, both in June.
Dr. Kevin L. Borg (Associate Professor, History) had his book, "Auto Mechanics: Technology and Expertise in Twentieth-Century America," published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in June as part of the Studies in Industry and Society series.
Stuart Downs (Director, Sawhill Gallery) edited "American Spring Song: The Selected Poems of Sherwood Anderson," which was published by the Kent State University Press.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote two reviews of recently published books. He wrote "U.S. Strategic Opportunities in the Sino-Vietnamese Dynamic," an essay on Brantly Womack's "China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry," which was published in Comparative Strategy (vol. 26, no. 2), a journal published by the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group for the National Institute for Public Policy and the Center for Strategic Studies of the University of Reading, United Kingdom. His review of "Chaos and Violence: What Globalization, Failed States, and Terrorism Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy," a book by Stanley Hoffman, was published in American Foreign Policy Interests (vol. 29, no. 3), a journal published by the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Kramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) and Mohammed H.I. Dore published "Do Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics Amount to a Kuhnian Paradigm Shift?" in Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology & Life Sciences, 11(1), pp. 119-147.