Madison Scholarly News—July 2009
"Bunce Island: A British Slave Castle in Sierra Leone," an exhibition produced by curator Joseph A. Opala (Adjunct Professor, History), consultants Gary Chatelain (Professor, Art and Art History) and Dr. David H. Ehrenpreis (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) and JMU alumni Joseph Beatty (History), Megan Bove (Fine Arts), Jessica Payne (Fine Arts) and Reed Ganther (Industrial Design), is on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago through Feb. 28, 2010. The exhibition of photographs and historic drawings contains 20 panels with information on Bunce Island's history as the place where many African slaves passed on their way to North America during the 18th century. A nine-minute video made by Jacque Metz of Rice Coast Productions in Charleston, S.C., accompanies the exhibit. The video features a computer reconstruction of the slave castle made by Chatelain and Opala with funds provided by television actor Isaiah Washington in 2007.
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received grants of $50,000 and $35,000 from the Department of Social Services for "Healthy Families Page County 2009-2010" to provide education resources and support for first-time parents.
Dr. Sharon K. Babcock (Associate Professor, Biology; Coordinator, Pre-Professional Health Programs) received $93,556 from Alpha Epsilon Delta to maintain the premedical honor society national headquarters office.
Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received two grants from the U.S. Department of State – $510,495 to act as an information clearinghouse to identify, gather, manage and distribute information to encourage and stimulate the support of programs undertaken by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement and $76,580 to provide public diplomacy outreach to encourage the support of programs undertaken by the same office.
Dr. Justin W. Brown (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to determine if brainstem areas that are rich in serotonin mediate the cardiovascular and thermoregulatory responses to a hypoxic stress.
Dr. Anca Constantin (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $78,679 from the Space Telescope Science Institute for a comparative analysis, "Constraining the co-evolution of black hole growth and star formation at the lowest levels of galactic nuclear activity."
Dr. Mark L. Gabriele (Associate Professor, Biology) received $68,484 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board for "Establishing complex auditory circuits: Molecular mechanisms and functional implications for treating the hearing impaired."
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $43,058 from Carmeuse Lime & Stone for archaeological recovery, interpretation, analysis and report preparation for two historically significant sites that will be affected by planned quarry construction.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received $44,750 from the Virginia Department of Social Services for publication of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter in fiscal year 2010.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $86,832 from the Department of Defense to lay the foundation for a computer forensics lab that would be used by students and faculty for educational purposes and to develop and offer an information security vulnerability assessment lab.
Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Steven J. Greenwald (Adjunct Professor, Computer Science) received $15,000 from the National Security Agency to manage the financial aid fund for the 2009 New Security Paradigms Workshop.
Dr. Carla D. Martin (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $113,229 from the National Science Foundation to advance theoretical and computational multilinear algebra via several newly developed tensor constructions.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Amy L. Goodall (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to research development of coastal and offshore renewable energy and to collaborate with the Virginia Coastal Energy Research Consortium with an initial focus on offshore winds, waves and marine biomass.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Donald R. Sullenberger (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $206,810 to provide economic development support services for the SVP's regional members, prospects and existing businesses.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Kenneth F. Newbold (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) received $1,162,776 from i2 Inc. to provide a Visual Investigative Analysis Software license. Noftsinger and Newbold received $47,077 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council to support the SVTC.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Malcolm G. Lane (Head and Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Director, School of Engineering; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,030,338 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. Eric C. Pappas (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Steven R. Harper (Assistant Professor, Management), Dr. Olga Pierrakos (Assistant Professor, Engineering), Dr. Robert J. Prins (Assistant Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Bradley A. Striebig (Associate Professor, Engineering) received $150,000 from the National Science Foundation for "Integrating Developmental Instruction in Sustainability Contexts into an Undergraduate Engineering Design Curriculum."
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received four grants from the Virginia Department of Health – $135,278 to design, direct, implement and evaluate the Virginia "WiseWoman/Every Woman's Life Program," a project that focuses on adding preventive health services such as nutrition and physical activity to breast and cancer screening services, $68,350 to provide the position of health education/communication coordinator to coordinate the public education, professional development and recruitment components of the Every Woman's Life, $4,950 to extract pertinent content in English from the Hispanic Low Literacy Materials and format it so that it can be uploaded to the Virginia Department of Health Web site and $4,458 to provide management services and to implement the Spanish Bilingual Assistant Training Grants Program.
Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Head and Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $45,500 from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Virginia for continued support of the JMU-Scottish Rite Language Disorders Clinic. Reed received $10,000 from Eastern Virginia Medical School to provide students with a clinical learning experience at EVMS.
Dr. Robert D. Reid (Dean, College of Business; Professor, Marketing) received $247,000 from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers to maintain the organization's national headquarters on the JMU campus.
William L. Simmons (Police Officer, Public Safety/Police) and Margaret A. Campbell (Crime Prevention, Special Events and Rape Aggression Defense Systems Coordinator, Public Safety/Police) received $500 from Wal-Mart to help provide training to community members in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Dr. Kristen E. St John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $30,626 from the National Science Foundation to develop a suite of teaching materials designed to cover the key concepts surrounding the use of ocean sediment cores for interpretation of past climate changes and new core data and interpretation from Arctic and Antarctic drilling expeditions that provide evidence of rapid and cyclic Cenozoic climate change.
William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received $30,550 from the Center for Civic Education to coordinate the state's efforts to implement the "We the People: Project Citizen" curriculum.
Dr. William C. Wood (Director, Center for Economic Education; J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow and 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.
The Virginia Department of Health announced in July the availability of a new Web site about child health and development that is the electronic version of Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents – commonly referred to as Bright Futures. The site, http://www.healthyfuturesva.com, was produced in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics and JMU. Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Richard Ingram (Coordinator, Technology and Special Projects, College of Education) received the grants to make Bright Futures accessible to parents and caregivers. For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/coe/art_072409_BF_launch.shtml.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) delivered the opening address, "The Failed State and Regional Dimensions of Combating Somali Piracy," at an international meeting on Somali piracy held July 8 at The Hague, Netherlands. The meeting, "Pioneering for Solutions against Piracy Focusing on Geopolitical Analysis, Counter-piracy Initiatives and Policy Solutions," was sponsored by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations at Clingendael.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented a paper, "Emerging Markets and Stock Market Bubbles: Nonlinear Speculation?" which he wrote with Dr. Ehsan Ahmed (Head and Professor, Economics; Director, Office of Economic Services) and Jamshed K. Uppal, at the 15th International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance of the Society for Computational Economics at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, July 15-17.
Dr. S.E. Kruck (Professor, Computer Information Systems) and Dr. Thomas W. Dillon (Professor, Computer Information Systems) wrote "Identifying Employer Needs from Accounting Information Systems Programs," which was published in the Journal of Information Systems Education, 19(4), 2008, 403-410.
Dr. Diane Lending (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems), Dr. Thomas W. Dillon (Professor, Computer Information Systems) and Dorthea McDowell wrote "Perceived quality benefits influenced by usefulness and documentation accuracy of information systems," which was published in CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, November/December 26(6), 2008, 350-357.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote a review of Martin N. Murphy's "Small Boats, Weak States, Dirty Money: Piracy and Maritime Terrorism in the Modern World," which was published in the RUSI Journal, a publication of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London.
Dr. Jason D. Rosenhouse (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) wrote "The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brain Teaser," which was published by Oxford University Press in July.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) wrote a paper, "Chaos Theory Before Lorenz," which was published in Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, July 2009, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 257-269.
Dr. Kristen E. St John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), Dr. Lance E. Kearns (Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), Catherine Stickley and Nalan Koc, both of the University of Tromso and the Norwegian Polar Institute, Richard Jordan of Yamagata University, Sandra Passchier of Montclair State University and Richard Pearce of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton wrote a report published in Nature in July that concludes that significant sea ice formation occurred in the Arctic earlier than previously thought. A July 15 article in Science Daily states: "The researchers conclude from their analysis, which covers a two-million year period, that episodic sea ice formation in marginal shelf areas of the Arctic started around 47.5 million years ago, about a million years earlier than previous estimates based on ice-raft debris evidence only. This appears to have been followed half a million years later by the onset of seasonal sea-ice formation in offshore areas of the central Arctic, and about 24 million years before major ice-sheet expansion in the region."
Dr. Daphyne S. Thomas (Professor, Business Law), Dr. Author J. Hamilton (Professor, Business Law), Dr. Thomas W. Dillon (Professor, Computer Information Systems) and M.L. Usry wrote "The importance of communicating workplace privacy policies," which was published in Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, 20(2), 2008, 119-139.