Madison Scholarly News — July 2008
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $35,000 from the Department of Social Services for "Healthy Families of Page County 2009" to provide in-home parenting education and support services to parents who need individualized and comprehensive support.
Dr. Timothy J. Carter (Professor, Sociology) received $23,500 from Prince William County for "Evaluation Study of the Prince William County Police Immigration Enforcement Policy" to design statistical indicators of illegal immigration-related behavior, impacts, attitudes and practices as they relate to crime and to monitor them on a continuous basis as well as their impact on victimization and police services.
Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $288,884 from the Virginia Department of Health to assure the availability and accessibility of developmental services to children of Virginia in order to promote the optimal physical, cognitive, social, mental and emotional development and well being of all children and $92,678 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the educational programs of the clinic.
Dr. Steven W. Evans (Professor, Graduate Psychology; Director, Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center) received $450,000 from the Institute of Education Sciences for "High School Intervention Development" to develop and evaluate an intervention package that will successfully reduce the fundamental challenges experienced by secondary age students with severe behavior disorders. Evans received $194,019 from the National Institutes of Health to develop and conduct a preliminary evaluation of a set of psychosocial interventions to high-school aged adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Dr. Tammy D. Gilligan (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $31,500 from various school districts for school psychology internship agreements.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received $44,750 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to publish the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter in fiscal year 2009.
Elizabeth Haworth (Assistant Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center) received $1,500 from the Arts Council of the Valley for "A Season of Hope" to provide the community with the opportunity to experience music of an important period in American history performed by Rutha Harris.
Linda L. Holman (Business Manager, School of Theatre and Dance) received $2,650 from the Arts Council of the Valley for the JMU Children's Playshop to provide high-quality, affordable theater to children and families in the Shenandoah Valley.
Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $115,007 from the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board to develop, acquire, produce or deliver programs and services which support preschool and adult education and to inform, educate and entertain families with program contents that deliver alternatives to commercialized radio. Lamb also received $34,286 from the board to acquire, produce and distribute noncommercial educational, instructional, informational or cultural audio programs for the benefit of print disabled individuals.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost for Research and Public Service, Academic Affairs; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Donald Sullenberger III (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $207,342 from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to provide quality economic development support services for partnership members, prospects, existing businesses and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (Professor, History) and Dr. Melinda J. Adams (Assistant Professor, Political Science) received $80,040 from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen African Studies course offerings and African language instruction, enhance and develop faculty expertise in Africana studies and increase awareness and knowledge of Africana studies at JMU and in the broader community.
Dr. Olga Pierrakos (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $174,643 from the National Science Foundation to study engineering students through the lens of identity theory.
Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communications Sciences and Disorders) received $45,500 from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Virginia to continue support of the JMU-Scottish Rite Language Disorders Clinic.
Dr. Robert D. Reid (Dean, College of Business; Professor, Marketing and Hospitality and Tourism Management) received $247,000 from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers to maintain the organization's national headquarters at JMU.
Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Professor, Economics; Director, Center for Economic Education) received $8,500 from the Virginia Council on Economic Education to deliver the statewide programs of the council within the Shenandoah Valley.
Dr. Harry L. Reif (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) has been selected as a senior fellow of the International Telecommunications Education and Research Association. As a senior fellow, Reif is available to ITERA members for program evaluations, guest lectures, special program or project consultation and program development assistance.
Karen McDonnell (Instructor, Writing and Rhetoric/University Writing Center) presented a paper, "The DNA of Writing: Embracing the HOC/LOC Contrary," at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference in Philadelphia.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) and Dr. Marina V. Rosser (Professor, Economics) presented two papers, "A Global Perspective on the Non-Observed Economy, Income Inequality, Corruption and Social Capital" and "A Critique of the New Comparative Economics," at the 15th World Congress of the International Economic Association held in Istanbul, Turkey, June 25-29. Barkley Rosser also served as a discussant in an invited session on the economics of migration.
Dr. Kurt Schick (Coordinator, University Writing Center; Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric) presented three scholarly papers: "Learning to Write with Colleagues Across Campus," at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference in Denver; "Writing in Action: Faculty Writing Groups as WAC Development," at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Austin; and "Tutoring to Liberate Choices," at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference in Philadelphia.
Laura Schubert (Instructor, Writing and Rhetoric/University Writing Center) and Kristen Shrewsbury (ESoL Specialist, University Writing Center; Instructor, Exceptional Education) led a Center for Instructional Technology Fireside Chat, "The 21st Century Reader: Too Much Information?" in April.
Greg Werner (Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning; Adjunct Instructor, Kinesiology) presented "Concurrent Multi-Dimensional Training" at the 2008 Ultimate Athlete Clinic held July 25 and 26 in Rogersville, Tenn. Callye Williams (Senior Assistant Coach, Strength and Conditioning) presented "Sports Nutrition: The Missing Link" at the same clinic.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Learning, Technology and Leadership) and Kathryn Keranen wrote "Making Spatial Decisions Using GIS," which was published by ESRI Press, Redlands, Calif.
Dr. Susan E. Kruck (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) and J. Elliott (JMU alumnus) published "Help – Someone Robbed My Second Life Avatar!" in Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, 1, (2), 1-11.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) wrote an article, "Debating the Role of Econophysics," which was published in Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, July 2008, vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 311-323.
Dr. Kurt Schick (Coordinator, University Writing Center; Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric) published an article, "A Five-Paragraph Defense of the Five-Paragraph Essay," in Writing on the Edge, Spring 2008.
R. Ann Myers (Head and Professor, Social Work) was appointed to a three-year term on the Council on Social Work Education Strategic Planning Committee and the Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation that sets the education policy by which social work education programs are accredited. Myers served as a chairperson for two accreditation site visit teams during the 2007-08 academic year. She was an abstract reviewer for the Council on Social Work Education annual program meeting. Myers was the chairperson of the student poster session at the Annual Baccalaureate Program Director's Meeting, developing the rubric currently used for judging.
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