Madison Scholarly News—December 2009

GRANTS

Dr. George H. Baker (Technical Director for Infrastructure Assurance, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $50,000 from EMPRIMUS LLC to provide guidance on effective protection concepts and design elements.

Dr. Alex Bannigan (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to address questions about the function of an Arabidopsis motor protein essential to mitosis.

Dr. Marta K. Bechtel (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to test if lacritin will have an effect on corneal keratocyte cell proliferation and generation of the repair fibroblast phenotype observed during stromal tissue wound healing.

Dr. Kevin L. Caran (Associate Professor, Chemistry), Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Associate Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Kyle Seifert (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $100,000 from Research Corp. for "Polycephalic (Multi-Headed) Cationic Amphiphiles as Novel Surfactants and Antimicrobial Agents" to build comprehensive, mechanism-based understanding of a novel approach to membrane disruption, and thus antimicrobial activity.

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $74,569 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the Child Development Clinic 

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $11,315 from Carmeuse Lime & Stone to complete phase II and III levels of archaeology on the sites on the Northern Reserve Parcel at Middletown.

Dr. Susan R. Halsell (Associate Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to investigate and identify molecules either controlled by or collaborating with RhoA signal transduction during remodeling of tissues such as the neural tube and during control of the cell cycle and cytokinesis in Drosophila.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $192,546 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess the language and educational experience and progress of individual students.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $108,273 from the Virginia Department of Health to improve campus-based suicide prevention and intervention at Virginia institutions of higher education.

Dr. Victoria L. Mariani (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to provide greater insight into how the subtle differences in primary structure confer to protein stability.

Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to further expand the knowledge of the complex relationship of mutualistic symbionts and microbial ecology.

Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $179,888 from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the feasibility of achieving significant reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions using a set of low cost, no cost and short payback best practices.

Dr. Scott A. Paulson (Assistant Professor, Physics and Chemistry) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to correlate the atomic level of structure of double-walled carbon nanotubes with their device performance.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Christopher B. Nye (Executive Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center; Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $75,116 from Virginia Commonwealth University to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community academic partnerships.

Lynn F. Stover (Teacher Consultant, Center for Economic Education) received $6,625 from the Council on Economic Education to provide an opportunity for area classroom teachers, grades 3-7, to receive instruction on implementing a mini-economy program in their classrooms.

 

HONORS

Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics; Professor, Biology, Geology and Environmental Science) was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in November. The AAAS Council elected 531 members as Fellows in recognition of their contributions to science and technology. Brakke is affiliated with the Section on Education. He will be recognized at the Fellows Forum Feb. 20, 2010, during the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Jessica Umhoefer (Graduate Student, Doctor Program in Clinical and School Psychology) graduated from the Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Association for Play Therapy, during the organization’s Oct. 6-11, 2009, conference in Atlanta. Umhoefer studies with Dr. Anne L. Stewart (Professor, Psychology), who is the founder and current president of the Virginia Association for Play Therapy.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology) presented a paper, “Creating personal connections with students within the classroom context: A motivational force for learning?” at the 39th Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives in Philadelphia.

Dr. Kevin J. Apple (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. James O. Benedict (Professor Emeritus, Psychology) and Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented “Using just-in-time teaching for controversial topics” at the 7th annual Society of the Teaching of Psychology Best Practices conference: Hot Topics: Best Practices in Teaching Controversial Issues in Psychology.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Head, Psychology) and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented “Animals in psychology: Lessons from teaching comparative psychology and psychology of learning” at the 7th annual Society of the Teaching of Psychology Best Practices conference: Hot Topics: Best Practices in Teaching Controversial Issues in Psychology.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Jacqueline K. Buffington-Vollum (Assistant Professor, Justice Studies), D. Englert, C. Tussey and JMU students J. Koepfler, L. Krakowski and E. Ovitt presented a paper, “Characteristics of decredentialed federal agents in the air force office of special investigations: A follow up report” at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in Hartford, Conn.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Michael Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and JMU student J. Koepfler presented a paper, “Prediction models of aggressive behavior in police officers,” at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in Hartford, Conn.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and JMU students L. Krakosky, E. Ovitt, J. Niziurski and C. Price presented “Does the IAT reasoning test mask its true purpose?” at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology in Hartford, Conn.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) and JMU students J. Bryant, S. Lockaby, W. McEnroe and A. Vos presented “Experiences of persons with multiple chemical sensitivity with psychological providers,” “Down the rabbit hole: The different world of chemical intolerance” and “Psychological reports and chemical intolerance: Evaluation or delegitimization?” at the Southwest Conference on Disability, held in Albuquerque, N.M.

Dr. Carol Harllee (Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) presented “Image of the Widow in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Conduct Manuals” at the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies annual meeting in Kansas City, April 4, 2009.

Dr. Charles M. Harris (Professor, Psychology) and M. Chappell presented “Engaging students on controversial issues with free web-based tools” at the 7th annual Society of the Teaching of Psychology Best Practices conference: Hot Topics: Best Practices in Teaching Controversial Issues in Psychology.

Dr.  Natalie K. Lawrence (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. Kevin J. Apple (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Associate Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented “You can do anything you want": Taboo topics in advising” at the 7th annual Society of the Teaching of Psychology Best Practices conference: Hot Topics: Best Practices in Teaching Controversial Issues in Psychology.

Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) presented "Brotherhood on Paper: Giacomo Patri and the Representation of Interracial Solidarity in the American Labor Movement" at the American Studies Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and at Randolph-Macon College.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented "Complex Ecologic-Economic Dynamics and Sustainability," a plenary address to the conference "From GDP to Well-Being: Economics on the Road to Sustainability," which was held in Ancona, Italy, Dec. 3-5, 2009.

Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) presented, as a keynote speaker, “The Psychology Major: What we do and what should we do” at the Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology Meetings in Atlanta.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Melinda J. Adams (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published "Ma Ellen: Liberia's Iron Lady?" in "Cracking the Highest Glass Ceiling A Global Comparison of Women's Campaigns for Executive Office," edited by Rainbow Murray, Praeger Publishers. Adams also published "Transnational Feminist Activism and Globalizing Women's Movements" with Gwynn Thomas in "The International Studies Compendium Project, edited by R. Denemark et al, Wiley-Blackwell.

Dr. Jessica R. Adolino (Associate Dean, School of Public and International Affairs; Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Charles H. Blake (Head and Professor, Political Science) published "Comparing Public Policies, 2nd Edition" with Congressional Quarterly Press.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Head, Psychology), M. McCarthy, J. Halonen, D. Dunn and G. Hill wrote a paper, “Developing scientific reasoning skills in beginning and ending students” published in “Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases and Recommendations.”

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Jeffrey T. Andre (Associate Professor, Psychology), K. Buch and S. Spaulding wrote “Learning communities as an innovative beginning to the psychology major: A Tale of two campuses” published in “Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases and Recommendations.”

Jody Condit Fagan (Associate Professor, Libraries and Educational Technologies) and Jennifer A. Keach (Associate Professor, Libraries and Educational Technologies) published “Web Project Management for Academic Libraries,” a book offering practical, real-world solutions to help Web project managers.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) wrote a paper, “Mental health needs of foster children and children at risk for removal” published in The Virginia Psychologist, (2), 13-15.  Grayson wrote an article, “Capping the undergraduate experience: Making learning come alive through fieldwork,” published in “Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases and Recommendations.”

Dr. Carol Harllee (Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) wrote an article, “Neither Seen Nor Heard: Women in the Spanish Sixteenth-Century Conduct Dialogue,” which was published in eHumanista 12 (2009), 202-30. (Available at http://www.ehumanista.ucsb.edu/volumes/volume_12/index.shtml.) Harllee wrote an article, “Pull Yourself Up by Your Inkwell: Pedro de Madariaga's Honra de escribanos (1565) and Social Mobility,” which was published in Bulletin of Spanish Studies 85.5 (2008): 545-67.

Dr. Charles M. Harris (Professor, Psychology) and S. Cameron wrote a paper, “Displacing Wikipedia: Information literacy for first-year students,” published in “Best Practices for teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases and Recommendations.”

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote a review of "Orientalism and Islam: European Thinkers on Oriental Despotism n the Middle East and India" by Michael Curtis, which was published in American Foreign Policy Interests, 31: 415-422, 2009. Pham wrote a commentary, “Unfriendly Skies: Taiwan’s Exclusion from UN Agency Undermines Air Safety,” which was published in the online journal The Cutting Edge Dec. 21, 2009.

Dr. Harry Reif (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) and Dr. Rick Mathieu (Head and Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) wrote “Global Trends in Computing Accreditation,” which was published in Computer, November 2009, Vol. 42, No. 11. Computer is the flagship publication of the IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) and Victor M. Yakovenko published a paper, “Statistical Mechanics of Money, Wealth, and Income,” published in the Review of Modern Physics, 81(4), 1703-1725 

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) wrote a paper, “2009 teaching award winners. Teaching of Psychology” published in Teaching of Psychology, 36, 225-232.  Saville wrote a paper, “Using evidence-based teaching methods to improve education,” published on the PsychTeacher discussion list.

Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology) wrote a paper, “Honors thesis as a capstone experience: A possible perfect ending,” published in “Best Practices for teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases and Recommendations.”

Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) wrote a paper, “Addressing the multiple demands of teaching introductory psychology,” in “Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major.”

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) and David W. Mogk edited “Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches,” which was published in late 2009. The book focuses on field instruction while bringing together the ideas and best practices of traditional field geology courses and the technological future.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Associate Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Head, Psychology) wrote a paper, “Ten things I hate about my capstone – and a few ways to fix them,” published in “Best Practices for teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases and Recommendations.” Zinn wrote “But I really tried! Helping students link effort and performance” in the APS Observer, 22(8).