Madison Scholarly News — Sept 2007
Dietrich Maune (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) had two photographs juried into the 6th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Bank of the Arts in New Bern, N.C., His photograph, "Barn, Pouch Cove, Newfoundland," was accepted and received third place overall in the competition. Another photograph, "Fishing Dory," was also accepted. Maune has been awarded a professional artist residency at the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin for July 2008. Located in the mountains of southwest Montana, MAR provides visual artists, writers and musicians residence and studio facilities allowing them to focus solely on their creative work.
Kevin J. Reynolds (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) won an Award of Excellence in the Broadcast Education Association juried Faculty Screenwriting Competition for the short film script, "Shooting the Pooch," in April.
Dr. Robert D. Bersson (Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History) exhibited "Art and Society: Expressions on War, Prisoners, Materialism and Politics" in the Cleo Driver Miller Art Gallery at Bridgewater College Sept. 3-Oct. 5.
Corinne Martin Diop (Professor, Art and Art History) exhibited a series of color photographs that explored the role-playing and "personalities" of small, figurative toys in the Hartzler Library art gallery at Eastern Mennonite University Sept. 9-Oct. 7.
Emily K. Akerson (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $35,000 from the Department of Social Services for Healthy Families Page County 2008 to provide in-home parenting education and support services to parents who need individualized and comprehensive support.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $25,000 from the U.S. Department of State to organize, develop and deliver a mine action management course to international attendees.
Morgan C. Benton (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,346 from the Department of Historic Resources to provide a historical highway marker Web site and database.
Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $80,000 from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to provide support to integrate local water quality issues into the larger effort to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality.
Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Professor, Exceptional Education) received $4,047 from the Virginia Department of Education to facilitate general membership meetings and a General Membership and Early Childhood Special Education Providers Conference.
Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry) received $9,500 from the Academy of Applied Sciences for the Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium to provide high-school researchers with opportunities to present their research.
Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership; Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $193,974 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide after-school and summer programming to help English-as-a-Second-Language and low-literacy native speakers at the high-school level to improve academic achievement.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $5,380 from Belle Grove Inc. to do archaeological testing and evaluation of the Harmony Hall Complex. Geier also received $4,949 from Belle Grove Inc. to catalog and interpret historic artifacts recovered in a program of testing conducted in the yard area between Old Hall and the ice house at Belle Grove Plantation.
Dr. Heather P. Griscom (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $20,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to address the critical, unanswered question of how the die-off of a hemlock stand and the resulting regenerating forest in a headwater system will affect water temperature and brook trout populations.
Dr. Teresa T. Harris (Professor, Early Childhood Education) received $193,974 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide after-school and summer programming to help English-as-a-Second-Language and low-literacy native speakers at the elementary-school level to improve academic achievement.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $56,321 from the National Security Agency to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills necessary to better protect information technology infrastructure.
Dr. Katherine Hughes (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design), as part of a three-member team, partnering with Career and Academic Planning and Freshman Advising, received a Student Affairs and University Planning Innovation Grant to create a freshman advising video.
Judy B. Kidd (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $50,455 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Mathematics and Science Partnership: Preparing Highly Qualified Middle-School Mathematics Teachers."
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs for Research and Public Service) and Donald R. Sullenberger (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $5,000 from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to provide quality economic development support services for regional members, to prospects, existing businesses and Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $18,172 from Virginia Commonwealth University to provide the Facts and the Fundamentals programs for healthcare learners in the Northwestern Region.
Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $10,000 from the Dominion Foundation to operate regional and state tournaments for the Virginia FIRST LEGO League.
Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Biology) and Dr. Nathan M. Beach (Postdoctoral Associate; Biology) received $183,458 from the National Institutes of Health to define and explore the constellation of virulence factors of Bordetella pertussis and to develop tissue and/or organ culture models for studying toxicity of B. avium.
Robert G. Eliason (Lecturer, Management) was one of 21 instructors featured in BusinessWeek magazine's second annual look at favorite professors. Eliason was profiled in the magazine's roundup of instructors who were most often cited as favorite faculty at undergraduate business schools ranked by BusinessWeek. The College of Business was in the top 5 percent in BusinessWeek's rankings of undergraduate business schools in 2006 and 2007.
Dr. Kathleen Giles Arthur (Professor, Art and Art History) led a tour of downtown churches, focusing on church architecture and congregational histories, Sept. 22 as part of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance's Fall Walking Tour Series.
Dr. Kenneth D. Bahn (Professor, Marketing; Director, MBA Program) presented "Global Branding: Myth or Reality?" Sept. 21 at the international meeting of top executives of Amway Corporation in Tokyo.
Thomas P. O'Connor (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) gave presentations in summer 2007 at the British Embassy in Vienna, Austria, as part of an intercultural Graham Greene Symposium. The two-week symposium was sponsored by the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, the British Embassy in Austria, Zsolnay (Greene's German publishing house) and the Institute of English Language and Literature at the University of Vienna. O'Connor also completed several interviews for his documentary on Greene, including interviews with literary critic David Lodge in London, psychiatrist Kay Jamison at Johns Hopkins University, foreign correspondent Bernard Diederich in Miami and author John Perkins in West Palm Beach.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) testified at a congressional oversight hearing convened by the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health of the U.S. House of Representatives Oct. 2. The panel examined "Ethiopia and the State of Democracy: Effects on Human Rights and Humanitarian Condition in the Ogaden and Somalia."
Kevin J. Reynolds (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented "Teaching in the Entertainment Age: Challenges and Strategies," a panel at the Broadcast Education Association meeting in April. Reynolds also served as chair of the panel.
Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Biology) presented "Do Turkeys Really Get Whooping Cough?" Sept. 14 as part of the Suter Science Seminar Series at Eastern Mennonite University.
Dr. Nadia Webb (Clinical Neuropsychologist, Graduate Psychology) spoke about gifted children and adults who are misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders Sept. 6 as part of the Eric Moerer Memorial Lecture Series held at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Library.
John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design) taught two workshops on Final Cut and Motion and produced Apple Learning Interchange projects at the 2007 Apple Institute at the University of California at Monterey in July. Woody, one of more than 150 Apple Distinguished Educators who met for four days of workshops and presentations, was part of a team that produced three videos in 17 hours about Vincent Laforet, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the New York Times, National Geographic and Life magazine.
Dr. Dolores L. Flamiano (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) published an article, "Diversity in Mainstream Newspapers from the Standpoint of Journalists of Color," in the Howard Journal of Communication, Vol. 18, Issue 2, 2007. Flamiano contributed a chapter about Margaret Sanger and the birth control movement to a forthcoming book, "Women's Use of Public Relations for Progressive-Era Reform: Rousing the Conscience of a Nation," edited by Dulcie Straughan.
Michael Grundmann (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) completed "Teeny-Tiny Films," a 23-minute compilation DVD of "greatest hits" during 15 years of shooting comedic video microdocumentaries. They include "The Incredible Wallet of Tim O'Leary," "Zoo for the Legally Blind" and "Crickee the Cricket."
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) and Michael I. Krauss of the George Mason University School of Law wrote "Feeding the Hand that Bites You," which was published in the online journal American Thinker Sept. 25, 2007. In the article, they defend the legality of the decision by the Israeli cabinet to declare Gaza "hostile territory." Pham also wrote "Securing Africa," an article that was published in a special issue of The Journal of International Security Affairs, Fall 2007, pp. 15-24. The issue is dedicated to the problems and prospects that confront U.S. policymakers in Africa.
Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) and Dr. Sue E. Spivey (Associate Professor, Justice Studies) wrote an article, "The Politics of Masculinity and the Ex-Gay Movement," which was published in Gender & Society, the journal of Sociologists for Women in Society, October 2007.
Kevin J. Reynolds (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Dietrich Maune (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) recently designed a Web site for the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, located at http://www.usyouthflyfishingteam.com.
Dr. Charles C. Turner (Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Dr. Dolores L. Flamiano (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) led a group of 23 students on the JMU Summer in Ireland, a writing-intensive six-week course based at Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway and University College Cork.