Madison Scholarly News — May 2008
Dietrich Maune (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) exhibited a series of mixed-media works May 23-June 25 at CoArt Gallery in Staunton. The exhibition, "Monhegan," is a collection of artworks created from his visits to Monhegan Island, Maine.
Dr. Brian H. Augustine (Associate Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Associate Professor, Physics) received $55,000 from the National Science Foundation to complete a study of the physio-chemical properties of surface modified polyhedral oligomeric silsequioxane-copolymer materials when exposed to plasma and chemical environments.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Mine Action Information Center) received $155,430 from the U.S. Department of State to collect and analyze data on aging land mines in Cambodia to establish a knowledge base and recommendations for research on the extent and nature of land mind deterioration.
Dr. Christie J. Brodrick (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Tiffany Tumer (Air Quality Outreach Coordinator, Integrated Science and Technology) received $79,617 from the Economic Development Commission for "Ozone Outreach for Winchester and Frederick County" to increase the understanding of health consequences of ozone reduction measures.
Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Joseph D. Enedy (Professor Emeritus, Geographic Science) received $5,000 from the Virginia Geographic Alliance for "Landscape as Text: Transect Virginia '06" to tour through the five physical regions of Virginia teaching the physical, human, economic and historical geography of the commonwealth.
Dr. Janet C. Daniel (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Identification of Amino Acid Motifs Involved in the Determination of Substrate Specificity of the STP1 Hexose Transporter of Arabidopsis thaliana."
Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry) received $7,515 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide undergraduate research opportunities for a JMU student to work in the NIST laboratories.
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Gina MacDonald Handal (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $102,526 from the National Science Foundation to support a regional summer undergraduate research in chemistry site that includes deaf and hard-of-hearing participants.
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) received $10,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to inventory water quality of forest streams and to monitor the effects on stream water chemistry of implementing the management as developed in the forest plan.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $85,061 from Carmeuse Lime & Stone to conduct a cultural resource survey on a set of land parcels totaling approximately 690 acres on the grounds of the company in Middletown, Va.
Dr. Heather P. Griscom (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Shifting Competitive Hierarchy? Implications for Restoration of the American Chestnut, Castanea dentata" to address the seedling performance of three dominant canopy tree species in manipulated forest gaps in the Shenandoah Valley.
Dr. Gina MacDonald Handal (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $5,500 from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry to fund an exceptional undergraduate student to carry out chemistry research.
Dr. William J. Hawk (Head, Philosophy and Religion; Professor, Philosophy) received $5,590 from Hiroshima University to videotape lectures in Japan and sent them to students for educational purposes.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Steven J. Greenwald (Adjunct Professor, Information Security Program) received $15,000 from the National Security Agency to provide conference travel funds for 2008 New Security Paradigms Workshop participants.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson (Visiting Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $24,910 from the University of California for "Hydroxyl in Rutile: An Oxygen and Water Barometer" to fund an undergraduate researcher to prepare samples for infrared spectroscopic analysis.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $19,800 from the National Science Foundation to plan and initiate an interdisciplinary, collaborative research project in Malta between faculty members from JMU and the University of Malta.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) and Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $10,626 from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory to participate in the research and development of the MINERvA Detector.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Executive Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) and Kenneth F. Newbold (Director, Research Development) received $1,162,776 from I2 Inc. to provide a visual investigative analysis software license.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Executive Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance), Dr. Malcolm G. Lane (Head and Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Director, School of Engineering; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $992,284 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to study policy, legal and technical issues related to critical infrastructure protection and to expand and test new concepts in resiliency and disaster recovery and response.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Executive Director, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) and Elizabeth B. Knight (Director, Economic Development, Research and Public Service) received $46,458 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council to support the SVTC, which serves as an advocate for developing the technological and workforce development infrastructure required to support technology-related industries in the region.
Dr. Susan B. Nye (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology) and Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $698 from the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development opportunities for Rockbridge County school teachers.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $285,656 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Central Region SBDC to provide technical advice and guidance and to serve as a business and economic information focal point for small businesses.
Dr. Joseph W. Rudmin (Professor, Physics) received $4,200 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide undergraduate research opportunities for a JMU student to work in the NIST laboratories.
Dr. Sean T. Scully (Assistant Professor, Physics) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Neutrino Constraints on the Origin of Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays" to determine the signatures of the competing proposed models to improve cosmic ray data.
Dr. Kyle N. Seifert (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to focus on the roles of srr-2 and accessory secretory genes on the pathogenesis of the highly virulent lineage of serotype III group B streptococci.
Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Associate Provost, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, International Programs) received $1,000 from the SAGE Project to assist with a survey.
Dr. William C. Wood (Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) received $77,237 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance with materials.
Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) was selected as an Outstanding Advising Award Winner in the Academic Advising Faculty Category by the National Academic Advising Association. Barron will accept the award Oct. 1 during the NACADA Annual Conference in Chicago.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) was included in "Who's Who in American Education, 2007-2008" and "Who's Who in America 2008." Grayson was chosen as an Outstanding Educator for 2008 at JMU by the Gamma Tau Chapter of Delta Delta Delta. She also received the Gettysburg College Distinguished Alumni Award for 2008.
Nancy Guerrier (Teacher, Young Children's Program, College of Education) was honored May 7 as the 2008 recipient of the Mildred Dickerson Outstanding Early Childhood Educator Award by the Valley Association for the Education of Young Children. Dickerson was the teacher of Madison College's first nursery school that opened as a part of the Anthony-Seeger Campus School in 1958.
Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology) presented a paper, "Storytelling as instructional pedagogy," at the 20th Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, held in West Pomona, Calif., in March.
Dr. Jeffrey T. Andre (Associate Professor, Psychology) and students J. Huddleston and C. Chevalier presented a poster, "Exploring the characteristics of blind-walking to targets," presented in March at the 54th annual Southeastern Psychological Association conference, held in Charlotte, N.C., in March.
Dr. Kevin L. Borg (Associate Professor, History) presented "The Texture of Business and Industry in Turn-of-the-Century Harrisonburg" May 6 as part of a series of lectures exploring local historical change in preparation for the June 7 Court Days Festival. Borg's lecture explored the businesses that thrived in Harrisonburg in the years surrounding 1900, including cigar marking, tanneries, a draft-horse market and early utilities.
Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and student P. Wickline presented a paper, "A Qualitative Study of the Pre-employment Personality Functioning of 100 Police Officers Using the Rorschach Comprehensive System," at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, held in New Orleans in March.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) presented "Child sexual abuse prevention: How effective?" at Prevention Works: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, in Richmond in April.
Dr. Arnold S. Kahn (Professor, Psychology) presented "Rape or just a bad night? Responses from victims and observers," the keynote address at the Radford Conference on Gender in April.
Dr. Nancy Nusser (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented a paper, "De-Westernizing Theory and Practice of New Social Movements: The Indigenous Production of Transnational Media Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico," at the 2008 Conference of the International Communication Association, held in Montreal in May.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) organized a conference, "Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Economic Complexity," which drew participants from three continents to JMU May 17. A special issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, edited by Rosser, will appear containing some of the papers presented at the conference. Rosser delivered the conference's plenary presentation, "Is a Transdisciplinary Perspective on Economic Complexity Possible?"
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Knowing psychology, teaching psychology: We preach, but do we practice?" as the W. Harold Moon Invited Keynote Address at the 20th Southeastern Teaching of Psychology Conference held in Atlanta in February.
Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Living on the edge: The value of failure, making mistakes, and screwing up," an invited keynote address at the Southeastern Teaching of Psychology Conference held in Atlanta in February.
Several psychology faculty and students presented posters and symposium sessions in March at the 79th Eastern Psychological Association conference in Boston.
- Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor) and students J.P. Erb, B.P. Jarvis and K.A. Kiel, "Cigarette smoking among college students: Characterization and contingency management."
- Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor) and C.J. Correia, "Oh the places we’ll go: Contingency management as a research tool and clinical intervention for substance abuse."
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor) and students B.L. Atkins and C.R. Gesualdi, "Is effort discounting best described by a hyperbolic or exponential function?"
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor) and students A.R. Gisbert, J. Kopp and C. Telesco, "Internet addiction and impulsivity in college students."
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor), "Interteaching: Bringing behavioral education into the 21st century" and "Teaching psychology as a career in high school and college."
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor) and student M.N. Thompson, "Interteaching, delay discounting, and effort discounting."
- Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and colleagues D. Finely, K. Goodwin and R. Wesp, "Entering the academic marketplace: Advice from the experts."
- Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and students K. Marchuk and E. Huffer, "I feel better when you do worse: A look at maximization and social comparison."
- Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and students J.N. Shalon, M. Slater and S. Irby, "Reactions to male and female professors' helping and civic virtue behaviors."
- Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and students S.L. Thachik, S. Irby, J.N. Shalon and M. Slater, "Are you ready for the real world?: An evaluation of two career development courses."
- Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and students V.L. Varfolomeeva, J. Kopp and S. Irby, "Entitlement in college students."
- Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and students K.Y. Wheeler and C. Mason, "Maximization, regret, and major satisfaction in college students."
Several psychology faculty and students presented posters in March at the 4th annual Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Harrisonburg.
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor) and students B.L. Atkins and C.R. Gesualdi, "Effort discounting in a sample of college students."
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor) and students A.R. Gisbert and J. Kopp, "The relation between delay discounting and self-reported Internet use in college students."
- Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor), Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor), "Interteaching: The impact of prep guides."
Dr. Jean W. Cash (Professor, English) and Keith Perry of Dalton State College edited "Larry Brown and the Blue-Collar South," a collection of essays by the late Mississippi native. Published by the University Press of Mississippi, the collection considers the work of the writer who is recognized as an exemplar of minimalist writing of the contemporary South.
Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) published an online article, "Ex-Gay Politics on Campus," for Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) wrote "A guide to teaching research methods in psychology," which was recently published by Blackwell, Malden, Mass. Saville also published "Single-subject designs" in The Handbook of Psychology in the 21st Century, edited by S. F. Davis and W. Buskist.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) published "Educational goals related to the research experience" in Developing, promoting, & sustaining the undergraduate research experience in psychology, edited by R.L. Miller, R.F. Rycek, E. Balcetis, S.T. Barney, B.C. Beins, S.R. Burns, R. Smith and M.E. Ware.
Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology) is serving the second year of a three-year term as a board member of the International Society for Explorations in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He is also serving as a reviewer for The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) served on the Long Range Planning Committee, G. Stanley Hall and Harold Kirk Wolfe Nomination Committee, and Grants Activities Taskforce for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association).
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