Scholarly News Archive



Madison Scholarly News—April 2009

GRANTS

Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $65,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense to oversee Technology Section of the Journal of Mine Action.

Dr. Harold M. Butner (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $38,210 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to contribute to the Disc Emission via a Bias-Free Reconnaissance in the Infrared/Sub-millimetre survey with analysis of the Herschel data.

C. Scott Coverstone (Deputy Chief, Public Safety) received $34,185 from the Harrisonburg Police Department to enhance police enforcement through Mobile Cop technology in police vehicles.

Dr. Rory A. DePaolis (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $32,745 from the University of York to explore the differences in infant directed speech between American and British-English.

Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $102,526 from the National Science Foundation for "Summer Undergraduate Research in Chemistry: A Regional REU Site that Includes Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Participants, Year 3" to provide research experiences for undergraduates that include opportunities in sub-disciplines including analytical, biochemistry, synthesis, natural products and spectroscopy.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $76,658 from Carmeuse Lime & Stone to conduct cultural resource investigations on archaeological sites on the Northern Reserve Parcel southwest of Middletown, Va.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $356,909 from the Virginia Department of Health for the HIV Consortium for the Northwest Region to assure the provision of comprehensive, essential health and support services for individuals and families with HIV infection.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $12,920 from the Community Resource Center to provide payroll services for the Community Resource Center staff and $5,722 from Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery Inc. to provide services to individuals affected by brain injuries, maximizing rehabilitation and contributing to the community.

Dr. Carla D. Martin (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $5,000 from the Mathematical Association of America for the Expanding Your Horizons Conference for Young Women to offer a day of hands-on mathematical workshops for young women in grades 7 through 10, their teachers and parents.

Christopher B. Nye (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $1,420 from the Virginia Department of Health to design, direct, implement and evaluate the Virginia WISEWOMAN/Every Woman's Life project that focuses on adding preventive health services such as nutrition and physical activity to EWL breast and cervical cancer screening services.

Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Counselor Institute) received $307,330 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide technical advice and guidance and to serve as a business and economic information focal point for small businesses.

Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Roger J. Thelwell (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $27,030 from the Mathematical Association of America for "M3: Mentoring Minorities in Mathematics" to sponsor minority students interested in participating in JMU's National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program.

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $55,584 from the National Science Foundation for "The Study of Intermediate Energy Photonuclear Physics with Polarized Beams and Targets, Year 3" to investigate the properties of the nucleon and nucleon resonances through Compton scattering and the production of mesons using polarized beams and targets.

William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received three grants from the Center for Civic Education – $95,119 for the second annual "We the People" National Middle-School Institute and $89,180 and $85,538 for the seventh annual "We the People" National Elementary Institutes.

HONORS

Dr. Kevin J. Apple (Associate Professor, Psychology) is the recipient of a 2009 Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the academic advising faculty category from the National Academic Advising Association. Apple will be recognized for his contributions to the improvement of academic advising Sept. 30 during the NACADA Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Rich Harris (Director, Community Service-Learning) is the recipient of the inaugural Leadership Award for Campus and Community Engagement from Campus Compact. Harris received the award April 21 from the national association of more than 1,100 public and private college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.

Chandra M. Lane (Academic and Career Advisor, Career and Academic Planning) is the recipient of a 2009 Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the academic advising primary role category from the National Academic Advising Association. Lane will be recognized for her contributions to the improvement of academic advising Sept. 30 during the NACADA Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) has been appointed to the 2009 Senior Fellows class of the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. Noftsinger, one of 30 people selected for the current class, was chosen based on his individual expertise in critical infrastructure protection, information assurance, and science and technology policy. The members of the 2009 class are drawn from government, academia and the nonprofit and private sectors.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) has accepted an invitation from James K. Galbraith, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Economists for Peace and Security, to serve as a Fellow of the society. Fellows constitute the governing body of the society above the Board of Directors. Economists for Peace and Society was founded in 1989 by Nobel Prize winners Kenneth J. Arrow and Lawrence Klein.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) gave the keynote address on "Excluded Aesthetics: Skin Bleaching and Portrait Photography in The Gambia, West Africa" at the Photography, Ethics and Aesthetics Symposium at Case Western Reserve University, April 17.

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) discussed the legal challenges presented by Somali piracy as a panelist in an April 16 Web seminar sponsored by the Harvard University Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research.

Dr. Stephen Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) and JMU students Alicia Breig (Justice Studies), Christine Clarke (Communications) and Jessie Dodson (Sociology) presented "The Logic of Ethnic and Religious Violence in Iraq" at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights, International Law and Collective Violence at Davis & Elkins College, April 17.

Dr. Sue E. Spivey (Professor, Justice Studies) and Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) presented "Precursors to Genocide?" at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Rights, International Law and Collective Violence at Davis & Elkins College, April 18.

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Charles H. Blake (Professor, Political Science) wrote an article, "The Dynamics of Economic Integration in Venezuela and Their Implications for the FTAA Process," which was published in Law and Business Review of the Americas, 15, #1 (2009), 81-103.

Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) co-edited the journal Visual Anthropology Review (25:1).

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote a paper, "Responding to the Challenge of Somali Piracy," for a forum sponsored by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on security issues related to piracy in the Horn in Africa. The center, housed at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., supports the development of U.S. strategic policy toward Africa.

STUDENT HONORS

Whitney Rice (Senior) earned National Champion in Poetry Interpretation, Top 12 in Duo Interpretation, Top 24 in Program Oral Interpretation and Informative Speaking and sixth-place Overall Individual Speaker at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament. Laura Braff (Senior) earned second place in Communication Analysis and Top 24 in Persuasive Speaking. Alex Rice (Freshman) was in the Top 12 in Duo Interpretation. The JMU Individual Events Team took 12th place in the tournament, which drew teams from 90 programs throughout the country. JMU went into the competition with its largest squad ever, qualifying 12 students in 40 events.

Jamey Szalay (Junior, Physics and Astronomy) was awarded one of 278 Goldwater Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.