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Madison Scholarly News — Oct. 2007


Emily K. Akerson (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $7,710 from the Valley Program for Aging Services Inc. for program support to improve the health of communities through education, collaboration and coordination.

Dr. George H. Baker (Associate Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $25,000 from Science Applications International Corp. to assess the availability and utility of methodologies to estimate risk for very low frequency but high consequence events and assess their applicability and utility for High Altitude Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse events and to investigate available infrastructure modeling tools for determining the effect of EMP on coupled infrastructures.

Dr. Amanda G. Biesecker (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,250 from the Virginia Academy of Science to investigate the presence of a largemouth bass virus in healthy and diseased smallmouth bass from the Shenandoah River.

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $277,212 from the Virginia Department of Health for clinic support to provide services to children with special healthcare needs.

Dr. Carol C. Dudding (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) and Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $400,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide an American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association accredited master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Dr. David H. Ehrenpreis (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) received $3,500 from the Arts Council of the Valley to install the "Square Word Calligraphy Project," an interactive exhibition by Chinese artist Xu Bing, in downtown Harrisonburg.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education; Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $200,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Early Engagement 21st Century Community Learning Center at Keister, Waterman and Stone Spring elementary schools. Foucar-Szocki also received $200,000 for the Middle Ground Learning Center: 21st Century Community Learning Center at Thomas Harrison Middle School. The centers serve English-as-a-Second-Language students and low-literacy native speakers after school, evenings and during summer recess.

Kristin M. Gardner (Associate Director, Health Promotion) received $8,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to initiate positive tobacco use control policy change throughout Virginia.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $15,000 from the National Park Service to identify, delineate and document the archaeological landscape features of Ellwood Plantation at the Wilderness Battlefield.

Dawn M. Hachenski (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) received $862 from the Department of Historic Resources to create digital files for the design and printing of "Notes on Virginia."

Dr. Gregg Henriques (Director, Combined-Integrated Doctoral Program, Clinical and School Psychology; Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $18,000 from the Great Ape Trust to convene scholars from across the academic spectrum to discuss the latest research in primatology and perspectives on human distinctiveness at the Visions of Integration II Conference.

Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $238,100 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students. Hubbell received $79,907 from the Virginia Department of Health for the third year of a suicide prevention/early intervention program. She also received $38,047 from the Community Resource Center to develop and maintain agency programs, $28,807 from the Central Shenandoah Health District for "FutureBuild Teen Pregnancy Prevention" to decrease non-marital birth rates in communities without increasing the rate of abortions and $2,500 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital to support the Youth Data Survey in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $178,780 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide community broadcast services.

Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, College of Graduate and Outreach Programs; Professor, Special Education), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and Melinda Bright (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received two grants in the amounts of $1,752,288 and $11,664 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the Region 5 T/TAC.

Dr. Merle E. Mast (Head and Professor, Nursing) received $50,000 from the Virginia Department for the Aging to conduct an assessment of the needs of working caregivers and to tailor services for this group.

Dr. Lisa M. Maynard (Assistant Professor, Music) received $10,000 from the National String Project Consortium to create assistantships for undergraduate string music education majors from JMU to gain hands-on teaching experiences while offering string instrument lessons to school-age students from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $150,000 from the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium to support renewable energy production from offshore winds.

Dr. Susan B. Nye (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology) received $61,556 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development opportunities for Rockbridge County school teachers.

Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $834 from the Shenandoah Valley Resource Conservation and Development Center to audit and analyze the energy savings of a new, dimmable compact fluorescent lighting system in a poultry house.

Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) received $2,500 from the Arts Council of the Valley for the 2008 JMU Summer Art Education 30th Anniversary Program to teach students to see, create and understand art and to make informed judgments about works of art.

Dr. Brenda C. Seal (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $25,249 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide educational interpreters with new educational DVDs and a three-credit course on educational interpreting.

Dr. Kristen E. St. John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $173,671 from the National Science Foundation to develop a suite of teaching materials to cover the key concepts surrounding the use of ocean sediment cores for interpretation of past climate changes and new core data and interpretations from Arctic and Antarctic drilling expeditions that provide evidence of rapid and cyclic Cenozoic climate change.

Dr. Cheryl P. Talley (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $675 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital to conduct a hypnotherapy smoking seminar.

Dr. D. Brian Walton (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $7,613 from the National Science Foundation via the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics at Brigham Young University to involve undergraduate students in a jointly mentored research group.

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $6,305 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to map the geology of the northwest quarter of the Stanley 7.5-minute quadrangle, along with providing support for JMU students engaged in research on the quadrangle.


Dr. Young B. Choi (Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) has received a recognition of appreciation as a publication director of the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, June 23.

Dr. Challace J. McMillin (Professor Emeritus, Kinesiology) was one of five outstanding alumni inducted into the Rhodes Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming weekend, Oct. 19-20, at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. McMillin was JMU's first head football coach.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) has been selected vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, a newly formed professional academic association. ASMEA is "a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes the highest standards of academic research and teaching in the fields of Middle Eastern and African studies and related disciplines through programs, publications and services that support its members and the international community of scholars and interested members of the public."

Dr. Brenda Morgan Ryals (Professor, Communication Science and Disorders; Director, Auditory Research Lab) was selected as one of the 100 Incredible ECU Women by East Carolina University, her alma mater. Ryals was recognized Oct. 17 at an event at ECU sponsored by the Women's Roundtable, the group that spotlighted the alumnae recognized by their peers as outstanding leaders who have brought honor to the university as well as themselves.

Dr. John D. Stone (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences at the organization's annual convention held Oct. 19-20 in Virginia Beach. Stone, a longtime member of VACAS, has served the association of academicians from high schools, community colleges, four-year institutions and graduate schools in the several areas of communication arts and sciences as president, vice president and convention director. He continues to serve on the board of directors and as the chairperson of an academic interest group. Stone was recently elected editor-in-chief of the organization's annual journal, The Virginia Journal of Communication.


Dr. David H. Ehrenpreis (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) led a tour of Woodbine Cemetery Oct. 20 as part of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's Fall Walking Tour Series. Ehrenpreis' presentation focused on tombstones and memorials as sculptures.

Dr. Young B. Choi (Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) presented "Spectrum Management for 1.7GHz FACS Using Cognitive Radio Technology" and "Global Telecommunications Education Trends: ITU-T, TeleManagemenT Forum and ITERA" at the 2007 U.S.-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Communication and Networking Technology Symposium, held Aug. 9-12 in Reston. Choi presented "An Analysis of Identity Theft Safeguards in the U.S. e-Government Systems" at the 35th Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy held Sept. 28-30 in Arlington.

Dr. Heather P. Griscom (Assistant Professor, Biology), one of 30 women selected to participate in a three-day symposium for women ecologists funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, presented a poster on her forest restoration research in Virginia and Panama. The Oct. 14-17 symposium in Seattle addressed issues related to the transition of women from early career stages to tenure-track positions and leadership roles in academic and research settings.

Dr. William D. Kimsey (Professor, Communication Studies) served as the seminar leader for a course in business mediation and group problem-solving and another course in survey research methodology at Royal Education of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Oct. 15-19. His students were business managers and business students working in state-owned corporations in southern Vietnam.

Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) presented the keynote address, "Bringing Biology Back to Life at JMU," at the Association of College and University Biology Educators meeting in Dubuque, Iowa, Oct. 5.

Dr. Julie P. Solometo (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) presented "The Conduct and Consequences of War in the Ancient American Southwest" at the Oct. 5 meeting of the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.

Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Biology) presented "Do turkeys really get whooping cough?" at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Oct. 19.


Dr. Keo Cavalcanti (Head, Sociology and Anthropology; Professor, Sociology) wrote "Gloryland: Christian Suburbia, Christian Nation," a book published by Praegers Publishers in October. Cavalcanti also published a book chapter, "Tropical Christianity in Brazil," in editor Amanda Porterfield's "Modern Christianity to 1900," the sixth volume of a collection titled "A People's History of Christianity" printed by Augsburg/Fortress Press.

Dr. Young B. Choi (Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) published "The Pricing of Wireless Phone Service in the United States: Issues and Development Trends" in the International Journal of Mobile Communications, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 169-185, 2007, with co-authors Travis C. Bache and Liza L. Hill.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) has published numerous articles recently: "Infectious diseases in wildlife: the community ecology context" in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, with L.K. Belden, "The identification of 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol as an antifungal metabolite produced by cutaneous bacteria of the salamander Plethodon cinereus" in Journal of Chemical Ecology, with R.M. Brucker, C.M. Baylor, R.L. Walters, A. Lauer and Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Assistant Professor, Chemistry), "Body condition and order of arrival affect cooperative nesting behaviour in four-toed salamanders Hemidactylium scutatum" in Animal Behaviour, "Common cutaneous bacteria from the eastern red-backed salamander can inhibit pathogenic fungi" in Copeia 2007: 630-640, with A. Lauer, M.A. Simon, J.L. Banning, E. Andre and K. Duncan, "Nest site selection and embryonic survival in four-toed salamanders, Hemidactylium scutatum" in Herpetologica with G.W. Wahl III and T. Nelms, "Symbiotic bacteria contribute to innate immune defenses of the threatened mountain yellow-legged frog, Rana muscosa" in Biological Conservation, 138: 390-398, with D.C. Woodhams, V.T. Vredenburg, M.J. Stice, M.A. Simon, D. Billheimer, B. Shakhtour, Y. Shyr, C.J. Briggs and L.A. Rollins-Smith and "Response: Innate immune defenses of amphibian skin: antimicrobial peptides and more" in Animal Conservation 10: 425-428, with D.C. Woodhams, L.A. Rollins-Smith and R.A. Alford.

Dr. Bernd Kaussler (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published "Khamenei's changing of the guard" in Terrorism Focus, Vol. 4, No. 31, October.

Dr. Chris J. Koski (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published "Regulatory Choices: Analyzing State Policy Design" in Law and Policy, 29(4): 409-434, October 2007. Koski also published "Examining State Environmental Policy Design" in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 50(4): 483-502, July 2007.

Dr. Amy Paugh (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) published an article, "Everyday Moments: Finding 'Quality Time' in American Working Families," with Tamar Kremer-Sadlik of the University of California at Los Angeles, which was published in Time & Society, 16(2/3), pp. 287-308, 2007. Paugh also published a book review of "Narrative Interaction," edited by Uta Quasthoff and Tabea Becker (John Benjamins, 2005), in Language in Society, 36 (5), pp. 789-793, 2007.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) published "Bono and the Bottom Billion," a review essay of Paul Collier's recent book, "The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It," in National Interest online, the Web edition of the foreign policy journal The National Interest, Oct. 29.

Dr. Stephen Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) published an opinion-editorial piece, "American Responsibility in Iraq," in the Roanoke Times, Oct. 5.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published "The Rise and Fall of Catastrophe Theory Applications in Economics: Was the Baby Thrown Out with the Bathwater?" in the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, October 2007, Vol. 31, No. 10, pp. 3255-3280.

Dr. David J. Shonk (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology) published "Scale Development of a Service Quality Model in Event Sport Tourism" in the International Journal of Sport Management & Marketing.

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