Madison Scholarly News—March 2009
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,000 from the Page County Department of Social Services to provide services to promote positive parenting, health and child development.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $74,768 from Strategic Analysis Inc. to conduct an initial search of identified research, training and education initiatives related to irregular warfare.
Dr. Harold M. Butner (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $15,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for "Disc Emission via a Bias-Free Reconnaissance in the Infrared/Sub-millimetre" to contribute to the DEBRIS survey with analysis of the Herschel data, to follow up new sources with ground-based observations and to provide modeling.
Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry) received $9,500 from the Academy of Applied Sciences to conduct the 2009 Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program.
Dr. Carol C. Dudding (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $18,654 from the Virginia Department of Education to assess the feasibility of telepractice in speech language pathology to address the shortage of qualified personnel in Virginia's public schools.
Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Catherine J. Webb (Instructor, Nursing) received $61,000 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 (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $81,405 from the Virginia Department of Health to implement, enhance and evaluate comprehensive community-based youth suicide prevention/early intervention programming. Hubbell received $28,735 from the Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse to provide service coordination and special instruction services through the Infant and Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley.
Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Brian H. Augustine (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $126,000 from the National Science Foundation for an interdisciplinary materials science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at JMU to encourage students to identify themselves as scientists through their participation in actual materials science research, their close interaction with faculty and other students and their communication of their results within the REU and at regional and national meetings.
Dr. Lisa M. Maynard (Assistant Professor, Music) received $3,325 from the National String Project Consortium to support the second year of the JMU String Project by creating assistantships for undergraduate string music education majors to gain hands-on teaching experiences to school-age students from the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities.
Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $11,000 from the National Institutes of Health to develop an active lacritin construct as an efficacious, nontoxic topical treatment.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Gabriel X. Niculescu (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $111,643 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; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $2,000 from the Verizon Foundation to provide sponsorship of the innovation in kindergarten through 12th grade education at the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Gala.
Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $6,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to conduct on-farm energy audits in the poultry, dairy and greenhouse sectors in the Shenandoah Valley region.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $102,443 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. Jonathan H. Spindel (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $500 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to explore the use of active video gaming to treat dizziness and balance disorders through vestibular rehabilitation therapy.
Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $36,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the 2009 Health and Physical Education Content/Teaching Institute.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) is one of eight women honored by the Library of Virginia's 2009 Virginia Women in History project, which recognizes women, past and present, who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation and the world. Grayson was honored at a March 26 reception held at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received the 2009 Maude A. Stewart Award, which is presented annually to an alumnus of The Ohio State University who demonstrates exceptional leadership, service or innovation in the profession of higher education and student affairs. Noftsinger earned a master of arts in higher education administration and student affairs from Ohio State in 1987.
Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) presented "Supervision: Landscapes of Systems and Management in the Gilded Age" for the session "Re-viewing the American Landscape" at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Los Angeles in February.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) gave the opening address on "The U.S. Africa Command: The Strategic Assumptions" at an international conference on "Conflict, Human Security, and Energy: African Reaction to the New U.S. Africa Command" at the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh on March 20. Pham presented "Looking Ahead at the Strategic Implications of China's Expansion in Africa" at a conference on "China in Africa: Energy and Influence" at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., on March 27.
Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) and Ric Chollar of George Mason University presented "Effective Strategies for Proposing and Implementing a Curriculum in LGBTQ Studies" at the Generation Equality/Equality Virginia annual conference held at the University of Virginia in March.
Dr. Laura Taalman (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) presented a lecture on sudoku puzzles and their variants, with emphasis on links to many mathematical problems, March 20 at the Spring Research Conference sponsored by the Brigham Young University mathematics department.
Dr. C. Todd White (Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) presented a paper, "Quality vs. Quantity: The Historic Relevance of Narrative, Life History and Fiction in the Struggle for Homosexual Rights," in March at the Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law Around the World, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles. White presented "Marry, Mary! (Quite Contrary): Homosexual Marriage in ONE Magazine, 1953-1959" at the 16th Annual Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference, held in February in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Anthony Eksterowicz (Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Glenn Hastedt (Professor, Justice Studies) co-edited a book, "The Presidency of the United States: New Issues and Developments," for NOVA Publishers.
Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi (Assistant Professor, History) wrote "Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier," which was published in March by Columbia University Press. Part of the Gutenberg-e history monograph series, Hanifi's work is the first monograph-length treatment of the economy and society of 19th century Afghanistan and the first sustained consideration of British Indian colonialism's effect on the country. It is available on an open access Web site at http://www.gutenberg-e.org/hanifi/.
Dr. Chris Koski (Assistant Professor, Political Science) wrote, with Josh Nickerson and Christopher Filippi, an article, "Linear Longitudinal Decline in Fractional Anisotropy in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Preliminary Results," which was published in Clinical Neuroradiology.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote "Strait Talk," a commentary about the link between the publication by the Defense Department of the report on the Military Power of the People's Republic of China 2009 and U.S. relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan, which was published March 30 on National Interest online, the Web edition of the foreign policy journal. Pham wrote an essay, "Been There, Doing That: America's Ongoing Security Engagement in Africa," in which he defends the leadership of AFRICOM. The essay was published in an issue of Contemporary Security Policy focusing on "The Troubled Rise of AFRICOM."
Dr. C. Todd White (Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) wrote a book, "Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights," which was published by the University of Illinois Press.
Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) and Scott Niederjohn of Lakeland College wrote an article, "Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life," which was published in Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.
Dr. C. Todd White (Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) has been hired as a principal investigator in a research project at Rutgers University whereby he will constitute and lead a core and project teams to redesign Rutgers University Libraries' Web interface.