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Madison Scholarly News — May 2007

AWARDS

Aaron Baker (Instructor, English) won the 2007 Bakeless poetry prize in the 12th annual Katharine Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Prizes competition for his "Mission Work." The award was announced at the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers' Conference May 14. The prizes are awarded each year to aid and encourage writers seeking publication of their first books in a particular genre.

Dr. Ralph Grove (Associate Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received the Innovation in Higher Education award from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council May 30. Grove established James Madison University as a regional tournament site for the First Lego League, a competition for teams of students, ages 9 to 14, to build and program robots to perform a series of challenges. Kolvoord implemented a dual-enrollment program for high-school students to earn JMU credit in geospatial technologies.

GRANTS

Dr. Steve J. Baedke (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $44,744 from the U.S. Geological Survey for "Hydrologic and Geochemical Effects of Climate Change on Great Lakes Wetlands" to investigate and quantify groundwater and surface water interactions using groundwater modeling and aqueous geochemical techniques at localities around Lakes Huron and Michigan that contain strand plains of beach ridges and wetlands.

Dr. George H. Baker (Associate Director for Infrastructure Assurance, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance; Adjunct Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $3,000 from Science Application International Corp. to explore new concepts or technologies that offer improvement in one or more metrics of actual prediction of electromagnetic pulse effects on systems over current technology.

Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) received $14,640 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to support two undergraduate researchers working at NIST during the summer of 2007.

Dr. Dan C. Halling (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $12,000 from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind to provide a graduate assistant from Communication Sciences and Disorders on the campus of the school.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for "Better Beginnings" to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and to help sustain lower rates.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. James L. Barnes (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $70,000 from the City of Harrisonburg for fourth-year funding of the Harrisonburg Downtown Technology Zone to go beyond the typical business environment to create an atmosphere conducive to the growth and development of small business, specifically small businesses in fields related to information technology.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Geographic Science Program) received two grants from the National Park Service – $25,000 to serve as archaeological advisers for activities related to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and $15,290 to conduct field work in summer 2007 to include intensive survey and GPS mapping of landscape features and surface artifact scatters within a one-mile radius of the blast furnace site at Miller's Iron Works.

Dr. Aashir X. Nasim (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $1,500 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation to implement research that comprehensively addresses multiple cultural ecologies that influence smoking among African American youth.

Christopher B. Nye (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $16,850 from the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide interpretive services for low income, limited English proficient women accessing local obstetrical services.

Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $107,856 from the National Institutes of Health for four-year support of "Hair Cell Regeneration: Functional Significance" to clarify the developmental progression of the anatomy and function on the inner ear of two strains of canary with normal hearing and with hearing loss.

Dr. Wayne S. Teel (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $5,542 from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the effects of airborne nitrogen compounds and chemical contaminants on the BAY ecosystem and to help establish reduction goals for these contaminants.

Dr. Brian C. Utter (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received two grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for two summer undergraduate research fellowships – $7,034 to support a researcher working at NIST facilities in Boulder, Colo., and $4,200 to support a researcher at NIST.

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $55,584 from the National Science Foundation for "The Study of Intermediate Energy Photonuclear Physics with Polarized Beams and Targets" to investigate the properties of the nucleon and nucleon resonances through Compton scattering and the production of mesons using polarized beams and targets.

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $8,676 from the U.S. Geological Survey to perform geological mapping in the Stanley 7.5' quadrangle in Page Valley, Va.

Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology and Recreation Studies) received $42,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the 2007 Health and Physical Activity Institute, a content and teaching summer session.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Kevin J. Apple (Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology) and JMU student K.M Klein presented "Attribution errors in sexual harassment: Examining Kelley's model" at the Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology) presented a poster, "Why do we need to know this?: Nonhuman behavior and psychology," at the 19th annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Kenn E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students J.M. Kain, K.A. Makara and M. Gandolfo presented a poster, "Linking college students' adaptive and maladaptive behaviors to achievement goal theory: The qualitative phase of an exploratory mixed-method design," at the Colonial Academic Alliance Conference in Harrisonburg. Barron and JMU students C. Walker, P.K. Kaliski, L. Rezner and K.A. Makara presented a poster, "The qualitative phase of an exploratory mixed-method investigation of college classroom climates," at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco. Barron and students A.R. Brown and P.K. Kaliski, with S.J. Finney, presented a poster, "Moving beyond academic outcomes: Linking theories of student motivation with psychological well-being," at the 19th annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology) was a member of a team presenting a paper, "Practice to research: Using a community development team to develop a substance use prevention intervention for youth with mental health problems," at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Washington, D.C. Evans also presented "Interventions for adolescents with ADHD based on a model of core cognitive deficits" at the First International Congress on ADHD in Wuerzburg, Germany, in June.

Dr. Steven W. Evans (Director, Alvin V. Baird Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Psychology), Dr. Zewelanji Serpell (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and student K. Van Eck presented a poster, "Assessing initial use of substances with a high risk group of young adolescents," at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in Washington, D.C.

Dr. William F. Evans (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Spirituality and therapy," an invited training seminar for the doctoral interns of the Counseling and Student Development Center of JMU.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) and JMU students J.K. Polasek and K. Rodgers presented a poster, "Snoezelen: A new approach to clients with dementia," at the annual meeting of the Virginia Psychological Association in Richmond. Dr. Kenn E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students J.M. Kain, K.A. Makara and M. Gandolfo presented a poster, "Linking college students' adaptive and maladaptive behaviors to achievement goal theory: The qualitative phase of an exploratory mixed-method design," at the same meeting.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and W. Buskist presented "Reflectively Evaluating and Developing Your Teaching Skills" at the 14th annual teaching institute of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology at the 19th annual APS convention in Washington, May 23-24.

Dr. Sharon E. Lovell (Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology; Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) and student A. Lindberg presented "Knowledge to action: Making learning come alive through fieldwork" at the Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in June.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) testified at a joint subcommittee hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives May 10. Pham presented "Responsible U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia: Context, Challenges, and Opportunities of a Strategically Vital Relationship" at the hearing of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight and the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. The hearing topic was "Is There a Human Rights Double Standard? U.S. Policy Toward Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia."

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students R. Columbe, K. Ewell, C. Gesualdi, J. Kopp and A. Schlottmann presented a poster, "The effects of context on effort discounting in college students," at the 19th annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students E.A. Dalianis and N.A. Capik presented a poster, "The aesthetics of interteaching: Does introduction method affect performance?," at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis: International in San Diego. Also at the same meeting, Serdikoff and student A.L. Durgin presented a poster, "Examining the effect of various task descriptions on college students' performance on a probability matching task." Other poster presentations by Serdikoff and students were: J.P. Erb, "Examining procedural details of the Chronic Mild Stress procedure in rats," D.J. Hoffman, "Evaluating the effects of alternative antidepressant interventions on anhedonia using the Chronic Mild Stress procedure" and R.A. Sheldon, M.A. Young and A.L. Durgin, "Assessing the Dynamic Developmental Theory of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder using the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat: Resistance to change following variable-interval reinforcement."

Dr. Zewelanji Serpell (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students C. Debacco, A. Dang and N. Cooper presented a poster, "Cultural behavior expression and learning outcomes in small group contexts," at the 19th annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, D.C.

Greg Werner (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach; Adjunct Instructor, Kinesiology) was the moderator of "The Legends Roundtable" at the 2007 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association national conference May 10 in Salt Lake City.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students K.A. Marchuk and A.R. Brown presented a poster, "Does amount of choice affect students' perceptions of instructors?," at the 19th annual Association for Psychological Science Conference in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Students as Customers: Are We Selling Their Wares?" at the 14th annual teaching institute of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology at the 19th annual APS convention in Washington, May 23-24.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology) and students E.A. Dalianis, J.A. Schudda and E.M. O'Keeffe presented "Interteaching versus lecture: What is the impact of preparation guide quizzes?" at the 14th annual teaching institute of the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology at the 19th annual APS convention in Washington, May 23-24.

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Kevin J. Apple (Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology) and M.J. Beers published "Intergroup conflict in the world of Harry Potter" in "The Psychology of Harry Potter," BenBella Books.

Dr. Lennie Echterling (Professor and Director, Counseling Programs, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Eric Cowan (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. William F. Evans (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Renee Staton (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. J. Edson McKee (Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Jack Presbury (Professor, Graduate Psychology) and Dr. Anne Stewart (Professor, Graduate Psychology) published "Thriving! A manual for students in the helping professions (second edition), Lahaska Press.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) and JMU student A. Lindberg published "Confronting the isms" in Teaching Tolerance, 15.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) published "Coping with MCS as a chronic disease" in The NEEDS Newsletter, 1-3.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) published "Methamphetamine and child maltreatment," "Treatment for methamphetamine," "Drug courts," "Virginia's family drug treatment courts," "Methamphetamine use during pregnancy" and "Preventing substance abuse" in Virginia Child Protection Newsletter, 79. Grayson also published "Parents with serious mental illness" in the online training module for State of Texas child protective services workers and in a print version, both produced by the Protective Services Training Institute of Texas (University of Texas at Austin).

Dr. Aashir X. Nasim (Associate Professor, Psychology) and others published "The buffering effects of culture on community disorganization and drug use among rural African American adolescents" and "Culture, peer deviance, and alcohol use among urban African American youth" in Society for Prevention Research. Nasim and others published "Risk and protective factors for substance use among urban African American adolescents considered at risk" in Black Graduate Student Annual Conference in Psychology.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote an article, "Next Front? Evolving United States-African Strategic Relations in the 'War on Terrorism' and Beyond," that was published in Comparative Strategy, vol. 26, no. 1.


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