Madison Scholarly News — April 2008

GRANTS

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $2,442 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the clinic.

Dr. L. Scott Eaton (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $8,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to document deposits and landforms in the central Appalachians of Virginia.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $7,160 from the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia to conduct a Phase I archaeological survey on an approximately 60-acre parcel on the grounds of the museum in Staunton.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $16,625 from the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board to fund public broadcasting special announcements at WMRA.

Dr. Stephen A. Leslie (Head and Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $48,000 from the National Science Foundation to promote a better understanding of carbon cycling on geological timescales and its relationship with past climates and ecosystems that will provide a societal perspective in the context of the magnitude and impact of human-induced climate change.

Christopher B. Nye (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $65,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to work with the Home Visiting Consortium to identify core home visiting practices in order to support all Virginia home visitors working with families prenatally and those with children ages 0 to 5.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) received $30,000 from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization to provide editorial services.

Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Roger J. Thelwell (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $24,191 from the Mathematical Association of America for "M3: Mentoring for Minorities in Mathematics – Dynamical Systems and Chaos" to gain hands-on experience in the laboratory.

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head, Physics and Astronomy; Professor, Physics) received $74,284 from the National Science Foundation 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 $15,500 from the U.S. Geological Survey to produce geologic maps and cross sections of the western half of the Big Meadows 7.5' quadrangle that accurately represent the map pattern and structural relationships of the Stanley fault and associated structures and lithologies.

Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $42,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to fund the 2008 Health and Physical Education Content Teaching Institute.

William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received $89,869 from the Center for Civic Education to implement the "We the People" National Middle-School Institute and $84,318 from the center to implement the "We the People" National Elementary Institute.

HONORS

Rustin P. Greene (Professor, Media Arts and Design), Dr. Alexander S. Leidholdt (Professor, Media Arts and Design) and John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design) were named Ruth D. Bridgeforth Professors of Telecommunications. The professorships were created by William E. Bridgeforth Jr. to honor his wife and were established under Virginia's Eminent Scholars Program. The professorships recognize the distinguished accomplishments of Greene, Leidholdt and Woody, who will hold their positions for three years.

Dr. M. Joseph Hinshaw (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Ron Osgood of Indiana University received a Best of Category award (Educational/Instructional) in the juried Faculty Interactive Multimedia Competition at the 2008 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. The award was for the companion DVD to their recent textbook, "Visual Storytelling: Videography and Post Production in the Digital Age."

Paula McMahan (Academic Adviser, Kinesiology) was selected as an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Academic Advising-Primary Role category by the National Academic Advising Association. McMahan, one of 14 academic advisers honored with the category award in nationwide competition, will accept her award in October at the NACADA Annual Conference in Chicago.

Dr. David H. Wendelken (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Toni Mehling (Director of Communications, College of Business; Adjunct Instructor, Media Arts and Design) supervised the production of "Curio 2007," which won first place in the district in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards. The magazine was produced in the SMAD 321 Feature Magazine Production class with layout and design input from Dietrich Maune (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design).

Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) has been named the Outstanding Mentor of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Williams received the award April 10 at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention in Fort Worth, Texas. NASPE is part of the alliance.

John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design; Ruth D. Bridgeforth Professor of Telecommunications) was the recipient of three juried creative awards in the Faculty Video Competition at the 2008 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts: a Best of Competition and Technical Merit award for his video "Cat's Cradle: Saving Lives in the Valley" and an Award of Excellence for his video "Old Time Music Teacher."

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Steven D. Anderson (Professor, Media Arts and Design) organized and participated in two panel discussions at the 2008 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas. Anderson moderated and presented on a panel titled "Web 2.0 and Interactive Media Frontiers." His presentation was "Business Communication with a Wiki: A Non-Production Course in SEO, Analytics and E-Marketing." He moderated a panel, "Visual Storytelling from Broadcast to Web."

Don Barstow (Systems Analyst, Information Systems) and Joe Manning (Associate Director, Admissions) presented "Managing a Campus Visitation Program through PeopleSoft's Events" at PeopleSoft's Alliance Conference 2008, held March 10-13 in Las Vegas.

Dr. Charles H. Blake (Professor, Political Science) presented "The Dynamics of Economic Integration in Venezuela" at the Conference on Trade Integration in the Americas held at the John G. Tower Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, April 10-11. Blake presented "Political Corruption in Latin America: An Assessment of Change and Continuity (1997-2007)" at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies in Tampa, Fla., April 17-19.

Dr. Robert O. Goebel (Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) presented a paper, "Tony Hillerman: From Print to Screen," at the Colloquium on Literature and Film, held at West Virginia University in October 2007. Goebel also presented "Lo germanico en los isomorfismos en Klingsor de Jorge Volpi" at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, October 2007.

Rustin P. Greene (Professor, Media Arts and Design; Ruth D. Bridgeforth Professor of Telecommunications) organized and moderated a panel, "Postage Stamp Screens: Creating and Producing Content for Mobile Media," at the 2008 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas. Greene presented on the topic "Producing for the Postage-Stamp Screen: What Works, What Doesn't…Yet." He also presented "International Internships: Hands-On Across the Pond" on a panel called "Successful Strategies and New Frontiers for Study Abroad in Communication."

Michael Grundmann (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented a session on coaching writers and critiqued four student newspapers at the College Media Advisers conference in New York.

Dr. Glenn Hastedt (Head, Justice Studies; Professor, Justice Studies and Political Science) presented during a panel discussion, "Intelligence and Foreign Policy," at the Leadership Studies Program at Williams College in Massachusetts April 12. The program focused on "In from the Cold: Richard Betts and the Renaissance of Intelligence Studies."

Dr. George C. Johnson (Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Working through the IT Conundrum" as part of a panel called "New Facilities Construction: Pitfalls and Prosperity" at the 2008 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas.

Dr. Hak-Seon Lee (Visiting Assistant Professor, Political Science) presented "Outward FDI, Inter-sectoral Goods Sales Structure, and Industry Lobbying in the U.S." at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association held March 26-29 in San Francisco and at the 2008 Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association held April 3-6 in Chicago.

Dr. Howard L. Lubert (Associate Professor, Political Science) presented a lecture and led a discussion on James Madison and religious liberty for a group of public school teachers from Chesterfield County at the Center for the Constitution at Montpelier April 11.

Andrea Naranjo-Merino (Lecturer, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) presented "Maria Mercedes Carranza, de la generacion desencantada" at I Congreso internacional: Las lenguas y sus literatures, Asociacion de jovenes investigadores filologos de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, October 2007, and at Congreso Tramas de la verdad, V Congreso internacional de analisis de textos, Valencia, Spain, November 2007.

Dr. Stephen Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) presented, with Colin Campbell, "Institutional Isomorphism and the Sociology of Religion: Where are the Muslims (and Buddhists and Hindus)?" at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, held April 9-12 in Richmond.

Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) presented "The Politics of Rights Framing and the Ex-Gay Movement" at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, held April 9-12 in Richmond.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented "Econophysics and Economic Complexity" at the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics conference held April 3 and 4 in San Francisco.

Dr. Joseph H. Spear (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented a paper, "The Relevance of 'The/A' Classical Tradition for Social Movements Theory and Sociology," at the annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, held April 9-12 in Richmond.

Dr. David H. Wendelken (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) moderated a panel of four JMU alumni who spoke on getting started in a New York media career at the College Media Advisers conference in New York. Wendelken also presented two sessions on teaching blogging and using a wiki as a content management system at the conference.

Greg Werner (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach; Adjunct Instructor, Kinesiology) presented "Multi-dimensional training for athletic speed development" and "Multi-directional speed development" at the University of North Carolina Strength and Conditioning Clinic, May 2 and 3. Werner presented "Squat Technique" at the master coaches meeting at the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association National Conference in Nashville, May 7-9. He also served as moderator for the Legends Roundtable at the national conference.

John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design; Ruth D. Bridgeforth Professor of Telecommunications) presented "Designing a Functional Network Intrastructure to Support Digital Needs" on a panel, "Best Practices: Do We Have Them? Do We Need Them?" at the 2008 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in Las Vegas. Woody presented "Mobile Media Production Technical Considerations" as part of a panel discussion, "Postage Stamp Screens: Creating and Producing Content for Mobile Media," at the festival.

PUBLICATIONS

Laura Cambriani (Lecturer, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) published an article, "Lingua per comunicare e lingua per studiare: Gli alumni non italofoni nella scuola italiana. Percorsi di avvicinamento e comprensione di un testo di storia," on www.glottodidattica.net, 2007, Vol. IV, pp. 26-40, University of Bari, Italy.

Dr. Robert O. Goebel (Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) write an article, "(La muerte en) Un siglo tras de mi," which was published in Revuelta, July 2007.

Dr. Jonathan Keller (Assistant Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Edward Yang (Assistant Professor, Political Science) wrote an article, "Leadership Style, Decision Context and the Poliheuristic Theory of Decision-Making: An Experimental Analysis," which was published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Andrea Naranjo-Merino (Lecturer, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) published an article, "San Manuel Bueno, martir, y la filosofia del vivir," on www.Letralia.com in September 2007.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) contributed an article, "African Constitutionalism: Forging New Models for Multi-ethnic Governance and Self-Determination," to "Africa: Mapping New Boundaries in International Law," edited by Dr. Jeremy I. Levitt. The book is the 16th volume in Oxford-based Hart Publishing's Studies in International Law series.

Tomas Regalado-Lopez (Lecturer, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) wrote an article, "El Crack y sus perimetros," which was published in Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporanea, No. 34, Year XII, vol. 13, July-September 2007, pp. 123-135 by the University of Texas at El Paso.

Kevin J. Reynolds (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) completed a short comedy script, "The Way You Look Tonight," which is in preproduction, to be shot over the summer in the new School of Media Arts and Design studio.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) and Dr. Marina V. Rosser (Professor, Economics) wrote an article, "A Critique of the New Comparative Economics," which was published in the Review of Austrian Economics, March 2008, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp. 81-97.

SERVICE

Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) was appointed to the Domestic Partner Task Force of Virginia Colleges and Universities.

STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Carla Blumenthal (2008 Alumna) won the Bob and Anne Weiss Outstanding Undergraduate Student Paper Award at the National Association of Communication Centers conference, held in April in Colorado Springs, Colo. Blumenthal's scholarly paper examined psychological constructs of students who use communications centers, which provide services or support for oral communication through the use of peer tutors.

Scott Brody (2007 Alumnus, School of Media Arts and Design) was the recipient of a Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival award for his short film script, "Whack." He was honored at the Writing Division awards session and at the BEA Best of Festival Awards ceremony during the convention in Las Vegas. Brody, who is working in Los Angeles, attended the BEA convention to accept his trophy and a $1,000 award. Paul Gleason (Student, School of Media Arts and Design) received third-place honors in the Student Scriptwriting Competition for "Singularity."

JMU Speech Team members won honors at the American Forensic Association National Individual Event Tournament, held April 5-7 in Austin, Texas. The eight-member team earned a ranking of 18th in the nation for the 2007-08 year. C. Lee Mayfield (Lecturer, Communication Studies) and Laura Keimig (Lecturer, Communication Studies) coach the team. Individual award winners are: Whitney Rice, national championship in Program Oral Interpretation, semifinalist in Dramatic Interpretation, quarterfinalist in Prose Interpretation and ranked 16th among the top 20 speakers in the nation; Laura Lloyd-Braff, national finalist and fifth in Communication Analysis; and David Holland, national semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking. Laura Daniel, Julie Gaven, Will Guiliani, Michelle Koob and Erin Lamneck also represented JMU in the tournament.


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