Madison Scholarly News—May 2009

EXHIBITIONS

Dietrich Maune (Professor, Media Arts and Design; Associate Dean, Schools of Communication, Information and Media, College of Arts and Letters) exhibited the photograph "Rocks" at the Virginia Legislative Art Exhibit, January-April in Richmond.

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 Instant Access Networks to provide guidance on effective EMP/RFW protection concepts and design elements.

Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $87,066 from the U.S. Department of State to plan and implement a workshop in Bogota, Colombia, to improve the collaborative planning required to expand Colombia's mine clearance capacity and the interagency cooperation required to implement an expanded mine action program.

Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $16,008 from DuPont Crop Protection for a summer internship to support fieldwork for an ecological study of South River.

Dr. Laurie O. Cavey (Associate Professor, Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education) and Dr. David A. Slykhuis (Assistant Professor, Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education) received $21,375 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Early Childhood Special Education Content Teaching Academy.

Thomas E. DuVal (General Manager, WMRA-FM) and Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $2,000 from NCO for "My Source Community Impact" to tell unique and personal stories about how public broadcasting serves as a source for information, entertainment and empowerment.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $150,000 from the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium to produce a Web-based interactive mapping tool that integrates relevant data developed at JMU with data from partner agencies. Miles received $10,020 from the U.S. Navy to establish the economic viability of the Dam Neck Annex at Naval Air Station Oceana for the production of electricity from wind turbines.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $75,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of wind power in Virginia – onshore, offshore, large, small and community scale – by engaging in varying activities in a three-year strategic plan.

Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $3,000 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. Papadakis received $1,998 from Shenandoah National Park to conduct a feasibility study of the potential for extensive energy auditing of structures in the park.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received two grants from the Virginia Department of Health – $45,000 to provide management services and to implement the Virginia Medical Interpreter Training Grants Program and $24,500 to provide management services and to implement the Navigating through the U.S. Health Care System for Immigrants, Refugees and Migrants Program.

Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Dr. Richard Ingram (Computing Coordinator, College of Education) received $60,645 from the Virginia Department of Health to purchase the development, production, hosting and release of electronic educational and resource materials to support Bright Future Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents.

HONORS

Rustin P. Greene (Professor and Assistant Director, Media Arts and Design), Dr. M. Joseph Hinshaw (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design), Michael Grundmann (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Colin Greene (Junior, Media Arts and Design) produced "Life Changing … Without a Doubt," a 10-minute program promoting JMU's Semester in London, that won an Aegis Award in the promotional/sales category. Hinshaw, Grundmann, Scott Graham (Senior, Media Arts and Design) and Heather Elliott (Senior, Media Arts and Design) produced "Geometry Rules," a 15-minute program for middle-school students showing real-world applications of geometry that won an Aegis Award in the educational category.

Dr. Michael D. Hall (Associate Professor, Psychology) is president elect of the Psi Chi National Council. His term begins at the conclusion of the American Psychological Association/National Council meeting in Toronto in August.

Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) received a three-month Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2009-10 for his proposal, "Brotherhood on Paper: Giacomo Patri and the Representation of Interracial Solidarity in the American Labor Movement."

John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design) earned two awards from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in April. Woody received a Best of Competition award in the Interactive Multimedia competition for "Best Solo Webpage: www.iedithd.com" and a Best of Competition in the Faculty Video competition for "MillerCoors Shenandoah Plant Visitors Video."

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Steven D. Anderson (Professor and Director, Media Arts and Design) moderated and presented "Using WordPress as a Content Management System" on a panel titled "Web Creation and Maintenance for Non-Techies: Using Online Tools to Create and Manage Content-Driven Websites" at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas April 21-25.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor, Psychology), M. Bhalla, B. Beins, D.S. Dunn, V. Prohaska and M. Zlocovitch presented "Report on the APA National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology (NCUEP): A blueprint for the future of undergraduate education in psychology" at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Pittsburgh, in March.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Creating Learning Communities (and a Community of Learners) in Psychology at the 21st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco in May.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Adopting a person X context perspective in achievement goal research" at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association held in San Diego in April.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Emerging Pedagogies in the Developmental Course" at the Society for Research in Child Development's Teaching of Developmental Science Institute held in Denver in May.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Getting Their Technology to Work for Your Students" at The Future of Teaching and Learning Professional Development Conference, 2009, Denver Transfer Initiative, held in Denver in May.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "If It Doesn’t Work It Isn’t Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in the Real World" and "Teaching as Co-Dependence" at the Professional Development Conference 2009 held at Devry University in North Brunswick, N.J., in May.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology), M.H. Immordinao-Yang and D. Willingham presented "Neuroscience in the Classroom: Debating the Debates" at the biennial meeting of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society held in Philadelphia in May.

Dr. Dolores L. Flamiano (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented "Heart Mountain Stories: Photographs of Japanese American Internment" at the Virginia Humanities Conference held April 3 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Flamiano's presentation was based on research for her forthcoming book, "A Good Picture is Hard to Kill: Hansel Mieth and Social Reform Photojournalism, 1934-49."

Rustin P. Greene (Professor and Assistant Director, Media Arts and Design) presented "Can Student Screenwriters Provide Valuable Criticism to Their Peers?" and "Working with Producers and Managing the Set to Get What You Want" at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas April 21-25.

Dr. Michael D. Hall (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Relative contributions of spectral and temporal dimensions to source identification" at the Human Research and Engineering Directorate Seminar Series, Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, in March.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) was a presenter at a briefing on the current plight of amphibians held May 11 at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Harris discussed his research that includes a recent discovery of a new way to prevent certain infection in frogs using pro-biotic bacteria that grows on their skin. The briefing was sponsored by The Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, a partnership of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Zoo New England, Defenders of Wildlife, Africam Safari, Houston Zoo, Summit Municipal Park and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology), C. Bell, M. Brown and Q. Davis presented "The Semester Project: Benefits and Strategies for Students' Long Term Investment in Course Concepts" at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta in February.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and M. McCarthy presented "Helping Students Consume Knowledge: Using food to teach Psychological Principles" at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta in February.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Bridging the Gap: Translating Research into Practice … in the Classroom!" at the 21st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco in May.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and JMU students A.E. Vasi, D.M. Melchione, M.A. Dudkin, S.M. Willstein and A.N. Sorg presented "Contingency Management and Fitness" at the 21st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco in May.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented "Is a Transdisciplinary Perspective on Economic Complexity Possible?" at the conference on "The Economic Crisis and Its Implications for Economics as a Science" at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Waterloo, Ontario, May 1-4.

Dr. Michael J. Saunders (Associate Professor, Kinesiology), Dr. Christopher J. Womack (Associate Professor, Kinesiology), Dr. M. Kent Todd (Associate Professor, Kinesiology), JMU students Stephanie F. Gilson and Dana F. Corriere, Charles W. Moran and Rebecca W. Moore presented "Effects of Chocolate Milk Consumption on Markers of Muscle Recovery during Intensified Soccer Training" at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine held May 27-30 in Seattle.

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Incorporating interteaching into your classes: Using psychology to teach psychology" at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta in February.

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Can Teaching Save Psychology?" at the 21st annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in San Francisco in May.

Dr. Roger Soenksen (Professor, Communication Studies and Media Arts and Design), Dr. David H. Wendelken (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) and Michael Grundmann (Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Design) presented workshops at the College Media Advisers national conference in New York in March. Soenksen spoke on media law, Wendelken convened alumni to address breaking into the job market and Grundmann addressed critiquing the campus newspaper.

The following presentations and posters were given at the 5th annual Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis conference held in Harrisonburg in March. JMU students P.A. Halsey and S.H. Robertson and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), "Assessing the putative anxiolytic effects of Valerian administration in rats using the Elevated Plus Maze (EPM)." Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and student B.P. Jarvis, "Give them data and they will come: Verifying behavior in contingency management and other ideas." Student T. Lambert and Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology), "Delay and effort discounting: Predicting performance in an interteaching-based course." Students E.R. Miner, L. Mayberry, S. Willstein, S.H. Robertson, M. Dudkin and C. Howard and Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology), "Caffeine and friends: Examining the effects of caffeine on impulsivity." Students S.H. Robertson and P.A. Halsey and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), "Using the Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) to assess the putative anxiolytic effects of Kava." Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students A. Gisbert, J. Kopp and C. Telesco, "Internet addiction and delay discounting in college students." Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students B. Atkins, R. Columbe, C.R. Gesualdi and A. Schlottmann, "Effort-based decision making." Student A.N. Sorg and Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology), "A comparison of behavioral and clinical measures of impulsivity." Students A.E. Vasi, D. Melchione, M. Dudkin and A.N. Sorg and Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology), "Contingency Management of Exercise."

The following presentations and posters were given at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Phoenix in May. Students T.E. Egan and L.F. Power and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), "Training Discrimination of Blood Alcohol Level following Oral Ethanol Self-Administration in College Students." Students P.A. Halsey and S.H. Robertson and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), "An examination of the anxiolytic effects of Valerian administration in rats using the Elevated Plus Maze (EPM)." Students L.F. Power and T.E. Egan and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), "College students' discrimination of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) following oral ethanol self-administration." Students S.H. Robertson and P.A. Halsey and Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), "Using the Elevated Plus Maze (EPM) to examine Kava Kava’s putative anxiolytic effects."

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology) wrote "Infusing cross-cultural experiences into the classroom," which was published in "Getting Culture: Incorporating Diversity Across the Curriculum" by Stylus Publishing LLC in 2009.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology) wrote "Review of Human: The science behind what makes us unique, Michael S. Gazzaniga," which was published in Choice, February 2009.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology) and JMU students R.K. Wentz and M.M. Woods wrote "Using virtual worlds in education: Second Life as an educational tool," which was published in Teaching of Psychology, 36, 59-64.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology), C.R. Ovando and D.S. Dunn wrote "Building bridges: Why college faculty should go back to high school," which was published in Essays from excellence in teaching, Vol. 8, pp. 40-44.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students A.R. Brown, T.E. Egan, C.R. Gesualdi and K.A. Marchuk wrote "Validity," which was published in "21st century psychology: A reference handbook," Sage, 2008.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology) wrote "Continuing Professional Development for Psychologists in the United States," which was published in Forensic Update, 94 (summer), 13-16.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) wrote "Scholarship in teaching and learning: An interview with John Mitterer," which was published in Teaching of Psychology, 36(1), 65-69.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) and D.A. Poole wrote "The ecology of pedagogy: How collaborative research can prevent us from harming students," which was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4(1), 91-96.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) wrote "Chemical and electromagnetic exposures as disability barriers: Environmental sensitivity," which was published in Disability & Society, 24(2), 187-199.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) and V.M. Rice wrote "Sickness related dysfunction in persons with self-reported multiple chemical sensitivity at four levels of severity," which was published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18, 72-81.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) wrote several articles for the Spring 2009 Virginia Child Protection Newsletter – "Mental health needs of foster children and children at-risk for removal," "Children's services system transformation," "Virginia's picture," "Spotlight: FOR KEEPS," "Spotlight: Smart Beginnings," "Spotlight: CATCH," "Spotlight: Rappahannock Area Child Development Center, " "Spotlight: The Childhelp Children's Center of Virginia," "Foster care as a mechanism to access mental health services," "Resources on mental health care for children and adolescents," "Resources on custody relinquishment" and "Where to find reviews of effective treatments."

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) wrote "Mental health needs of foster children: What a CASA should know," which was published in The CASA Connection, 2(1), 3-5.

Dr. Michael E. Hall (Associate Professor, Psychology) and J.W. Beauchamp wrote "Clarifying spectral and temporal dimensions of musical instrument timbre," which was published in Canadian Acoustics, 37(1), 3-22.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and W. Buskist wrote "Preparing the New Professoriate: What courses should they be ready to teach?" The article was published in Teaching of Psychology, 35, 201-204.

Dr. Bernd Kaussler (Assistant Professor, Political Science) wrote "Iran's Next Leadership?" which was published in May in Foreign Policy in Focus.

Dr. Natalie K. Lawrence (Assistant Professor, Psychology), R.A.R. Gurung, P.I. Ansburg, P.A. Alexander and D.E. Johnson wrote "The state of the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology," which was published in Teaching of Psychology, 35, 249-261. Lawrence also wrote "On social psychology and human nature: An interview with Roy Baumeister," which was published in Teaching of Psychology, 35, 132-138.

Dr. Natalie K. Lawrence (Assistant Professor, Psychology), Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology) wrote "Have we demystified critical thinking?" The article was published in "Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology: A Handbook of Best Practices."

Dr. Matthew R. Lee (Assistant Professor, Psychology), S.S. Lee, T.A. Mok and D.W. Chih wrote "Looking beyond the numbers: Asian American college students' perceptions of racial climate," which was published in "Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans, Vol. 5: New perspectives on Asian American parents, students and teacher recruitment."

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote "China's 'Surge' in the Middle East and Its Implications for U.S. Interests," which was published in American Foreign Policy Interests, 31:177-193.

Dr. Stephen Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) wrote "Autism, Through a Social Lens" for Contexts: Understanding People in their Social Worlds, 8(2):40-45.

Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Associate Professor, Psychology) wrote "Mindless eating is mindful reading," a book review that was published in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 133-136.

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Assistant Professor, Psychology) wrote "Performance under competitive and self-competitive fixed-interval schedules of reinforcement," which was published in The Psychological Record, 59, 21-38.

Dr. Roshna Wunderlich (Associate Professor, Biology) was one writer of a research paper featured on the cover of the May 7 issue of Nature. Wunderlich and her colleagues focused on an analysis of the feet of Homo floresiensis, the miniature hominins who lived on a remote island in eastern Indonesia until 18,000 years ago.

SERVICE

Dr. Dolores L. Flamiano (Associate Professor, Media Arts and Design) serves on the editorial board of American Journalism, the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the American Journalism Historians Association. Flamiano is the book manuscript reviewer for Sage Publications.

John M. Woody (Professor, Media Arts and Design) coordinated the work of five JMU Media Arts and Design students in producing a Broadcast Education Association/National Association of Broadcasters promotional video that was shown at the BEA's Awards Ceremony April 23 in Las Vegas. Woody is completing his Apple Fellowship on researching the integration of high definition video in academic environments. His work has included producing seven four-minute videos about various HD support technologies for the MacWorld Exhibition in San Francisco and 31 videos produced at various college and university site visits and other locations.

STUDENT HONORS

Ryan Powanda (May 2009 Graduate, Integrated Science and Technology) has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will pay for his graduate school tuition at Stanford University for three years. Powanda also will receive a $30,000 a year stipend for three years and a one-time $1,000 travel stipend. About 10 percent of applicants receive the annual awards.