Madison Scholarly News — March 2008
Dr. Jeffrey D. Loveland (Associate Professor, Health Sciences) was recently re-elected to serve as chairperson of the Occupational Therapy Advisory Board of the Virginia Board of Medicine. Loveland was reappointed for a four-year term in July 2007 by Governor Tim Kaine after previously serving from 2003 to 2007.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) has been appointed to a five-year term on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena, Germany.
Dr. Grace A. Wyngaard (Professor, Biology) has received a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Brazil in summer 2009.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received two grants from the U.S. Department of State – $140,760 to identify, gather, manage and distribute information to encourage support of programs undertaken by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and $30,484 for a mine action fellowship to provide public access to information about land mine action and small arms and light weapons control. Barlow received $65,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense to produce and distribute information about humanitarian mine-action technology via the Journal of Mine Action. Barlow received $19,427 from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to assist in the publication of the seventh edition of "To Walk the Earth in Safety."
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) received $41,768 from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to identify and quantify chemical contaminants of anthropogenic origin in the Shenandoah River associated with storm runoff that may be contributing to fish kills.
Carol A. Fleming (Director, Outreach Programs) received $1,500 from the Arts Council of the Valley to support six Wolf Trap artists as they delivered a one-week residency in each of Harrisonburg's elementary schools.
Dr. John W. Gilje (Professor, Chemistry) received $83,000 from Research Corp. to seek methods to further integrate undergraduate research experiences in to the JMU chemistry and physics curriculum.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Catherine J. Webb (Instructor, Nursing) received $62,000 from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for "The Precious Time" to provide families of children with disabilities an opportunity to take a break from the demands of constant care giving.
Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,728 from Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery Inc. to provide services to individuals affected by brain injuries.
Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $63,788 from the National Institutes of Health to optimize lacritin's cyroprotective activity and to understand its mechanism of action in treatments for dry eye.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics), Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics) received $108,963 from the National Science Foundation to explore hadron structure physics, specifically the transition between the perturbative and the non-perturbative regimes, quark confinement and hadronization and measurements of fundamental quantities, such as the muon lifetime.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Director, Economic Development and Partnership Programs) received $2,000 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council for the council's Gala/Tech Nite 8.0.
Christopher B. Nye (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Jane Hubbell (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $40,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for the HIV Consortium for the Northwest Region to provide primary medical care, medications, dental care, case management, transportation, nutritional supplements and food, substance abuse prevention and mental health services.
Christopher B. Nye (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Emily Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,000 from the Page County Department of Social Services for Healthy Families to provide services to promote positive parenting, health and child development.
Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $7,500 from Rockingham County Public Schools to provide communication intervention for children from Rockingham County who have a diagnosis of autism or Pervasive Developmental Disorder.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $95,219 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Center Region SBDC to provide technical advice and guidance and to serve as a business and economic information focal point for small businesses.
Sharon L. Strang (Assistant Professor, Nursing) received $35,231 from the Merck Foundation to plan a chronic illness strategies clinic to help people manage their diseases and illnesses.
William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received $7,619 from the Center for Civic Education to implement the national "We the People:" Elementary Institute.
Dr. Andreas Broscheid (Assistant Professor, Political Science) presented "Strategic Dissents and Strategic Accommodation on the U.S. Courts of Appeals" at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) was an invited speaker at a conference on "China and Africa: Challenges and the Quest for Viable Peace," sponsored by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. Pham presented "Between Hope and Fear: China's Africa Strategy, African Perceptions – Implications for the United States" March 31.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote "Do Not Resuscitate," an article that makes the case that "adopting a strategy of altering states to fit 'nations' instead of forcing 'nations' to fit states will put an end to the draining and futile efforts to prop up weak and tenuous nations." The article was published in the March/April 2008 issue of The National Interest.
Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) published a book, "The Web: Social Control in a Lesbian Community," with University Press of America. Robinson also published an article, "Order in Chaos: Security Culture as Anarchist Resistance to the Terrorist Label," in Deviant Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2008, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 225-252. She published a book review of Tanya A. Erzen's "Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement" in Sociology of Religion, 2008, Vol. 69, Issue 1, pp. 110-111.
Dr. Joseph H. Spear (Associate Professor, Sociology) published a paper, "Prominent Schools or Other Active Specialties: A Fresh Look at Some Trends in Psychology," in Review of General Psychology, Vol. 11, No. 4.
Dr. Tim Carter (Professor, Sociology) has been named a member of a research team that is investigating the effects of laws designed to curb illegal immigration into Prince William County, Va.
Dr. Ronald W. Raab (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) has completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. Raab is an emergency responder with the Harrisonburg Fire Department.
Dr. Michael H. Renfroe (Professor, Biology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) led a Highly Qualified Professional Development Institute in Life Sciences for in-service exceptional education teachers through JMU's Department of Exceptional Education. Renfroe taught a class on diagnostic strategies for the Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Program in Lexington. The program is supported through the state extension service and trains individuals to serve as volunteer workers to increase the outreach of the extension service.
Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) was appointed to the advisory board of Network Virginia, a Ford Foundation-funded initiative called "Difficult Dialogues: Promoting Pluralism and Academic Freedom on Campus."
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