Madison Scholarly News—June 2009

GRANTS

Dr. Christopher G. Bachmann (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Robert J. Prins (Assistant Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Jeffrey D. Tang (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $19,550 from the National Park Service to convert a Shenandoah National Park pickup truck to an electric motor and to collect and analyze data about the usage of the vehicle.

Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $273,756 from the U.S. Department of State to collect and analyze data on aging land mines in Cambodia to establish a knowledge base and recommendations for research on the extent and nature of land mine deterioration.

Dr. Timothy J. Carter (Head, Sociology and Anthropology; Professor, Sociology) received $2,449 from Prince William County for an evaluation study of the Prince William County Police immigration enforcement policy to design statistical indicators of illegal immigration related behavior, impacts, attitudes and practices as they relate to crime and to monitor them on a continuous basis as well as their impact on victimization and police services.

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $40,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for clinic support.

Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Interim Head, Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) received $2,529 from the Wintergreen Nature Foundation to create databases for artifacts, documentation and photographs from all sites of an archaeological study at Wintergreen and to select artifacts from collections for exhibitions and programs at the nature foundation.

Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) received $10,000 from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for "Estimation of Nutrient and Sediment Loading in Lake Shenandoah, Rockingham County, Virginia: A Continuation of a 1996-97 Study" to conduct a one-year study of the prevalent physical and chemical conditions influencing Lake Shenandoah. Downey received $8,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to inventory water quality of forest streams and to monitor the effects on stream water chemistry.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $37,300 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 language and educational experience and progress of individual students.

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 grants of $578,101 and $49,280 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.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received two grants from the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board – $103,484 to develop, acquire, produce or deliver programs and services that support preschool and adult education and to inform, educate and entertain families with program contents that deliver alternatives to commercialized television and $30,857 to acquire, produce and distribute noncommercial educational, instructional, informational or cultural audio programs for the benefit of print disabled individuals.

Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Kyle N. Seifert (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $79,776 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board to develop the first clinical immunoassay for human tear lacritin and to pursue the development of recombinant lacritin as a novel therapeutic for wound healing and the treatment of ocular diseases.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) received $1,162,776 from i2 Inc. to provide a Visual Investigative Analysis Software License.

Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $30,750 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Central Region Small Business Development Center to provide technical advice and guidance and to serve as a business and economic information focal point for small businesses.

Dr. Roshna E. Wunderlich (Associate Professor, Biology) and Dr. Kenneth E. Roth (Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology) received $87,129 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board to provide insight into the etiology of sports injuries through a multidisciplinary examination of the relationships among hormonal fluctuations, ligament laxity, food load distribution and footwear to solve the problem of overuse injuries in men and women.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented the main plenary lecture, "Nonlinear Economic Dynamics in Urban and Regional Economics," at the Sixth International Conference on Nonlinear Economic Dynamics held in Jonkoping, Sweden, May 31-June 2.

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Head, Psychology) wrote "Review of Whitehead, Hal, Analyzing animal societies: Quantitative methods for vertebrate social analysis," which was published in Choice in June.

Dr. Richard G. Mathieu (Head and Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science), J. Teets and B.A. Wray wrote "Identifying How Determinants Impact Security-Based Open Source Software Project Success Using Rule Induction," which was published in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing, 2(4), 2009, 352-362.

Dr. Richard G. Mathieu (Head and Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) and B.A. Wray wrote "Evaluating the Performances of Open Source Software Projects Using Data Envelopment Analysis," which was published in Information Management and Computer Security, 15(5), 2008, 449-462.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) edited and wrote three chapters of "Handbook of Research on Complexity," which was published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

SERVICE

Dr. J. Peter Pham (Director, Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs; Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) testified at a June 25 hearing of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives. Pham drew from his expertise as a prolific writer and commentator on Africa as well as his experience as Sen. John McCain's lead advisor on African affairs during McCain's 2008 presidential campaign to contribute to the hearing on "Somalia: Prospects for Lasting Peace and a Unified Response to Extremism and Terrorism." A transcript of Pham's testimony is posted at http://allafrica.com/stories/200906291440.html.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) proposed the formation of a new society, the Nonlinear Economic Dynamics Society, during the Sixth International Conference on Nonlinear Economic Dynamics held in Jonkoping, Sweden, May 31-June 2. The proposal was accepted, and on his nomination an executive committee was appointed.