Madison Scholarly News—October 2009


Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $9,210 from Valley Program for Aging Services Inc. to provide educational and administrative services.

Dennis C. Barlow (Director, Center for International Stability and Recovery) received $27,939 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining to provide the global mine action community with easy access to the current international mine action standards, technical notes on recommended procedures and potential standards updates, and information on the development of National Mine Action Standards.

Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Interim Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) and Dr. Joseph D. Enedy (Professor Emeritus, Geographic Science) received $4,850 from the Virginia Geographic Alliance to support the coordinators' responsibilities associated with producing newsletters, traveling for alliance business at agencies and offices and alliance meetings.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $3,400 from the International Mind, Brain and Education Society to contribute to the funding and growth of IMBES and the creation of a journal, Mind, Brain, Education.

Hugh T. Daughtrey (Lecturer, Computer Science) received $76,669 from the National Science Foundation to expand the use of the "Reacting to the Past" pedagogy to teach undergraduate science courses.

Dr. Carol C. Dudding (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $375,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide an American Speech Language Hearing Association accredited master's degree program in communication sciences and disorders.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $32,388 from the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services to provide service coordination and special instruction services in the Infant and Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley.

Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Director and Professor, Engineering) received $2,500 from the National Academy of Engineering to hold a series of workshops on campus for faculty members from the School of Engineering and partnering academic units.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $499,818 from the National Science Foundation to develop and implement a research design for monitoring science, technology, engineering and mathematics implementation among the four partners and to design and conduct an impact evaluation plan to collect data, track progress and evaluate student outcomes.  Kolvoord received $6,000 from The Scripps Research Institute to do a pilot study assessing the impact of the extensive use of geographical information systems by students in the geospatial semester.

Dr. Helmut Kraenzle (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $25,000 from Shenandoah National Park to accomplish cultural resource work in Shenandoah National Park and provide valuable experience for JMU students.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $158,369 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide a community service grant for public radio.

Richard R. Lawler (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) received $133,638 from the National Science Foundation to determine how life history traits are influenced by genetic, sex-specific and ecological factors in a species with a slow life history schedule, which of these life history traits are currently under selection, find patterns of phenotypic variation/covariation in these life history traits, and determine patterns of additive genetic, environmental, maternal and cohort variation/covariation in these life history traits.

Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $50,909 from the National Institutes of Health to optimize lacritin's cyroprotective activity and understand its mechanism of action.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $55,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to work with the Home Visiting Consortium to identify the core Virginia Home Visiting training and to plan for training all Virginia Home Visitors on core competencies.

Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $6,432 from the National Institutes of Health to define and explore the constellation of virulence factors of B. pertussis and to develop tissue and/or organ culture models for studying toxicity of B. avium.



Dr. John T. Haynes (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) presented  "Field and petrographic study of pore systems in the Marcellus Shale and associated mudrocks, western Virginia" at the United States Geological Survey in Reston, Oct. 21, before the USGS Eastern Energy Research Team and other interested geologists.

Dr. Nikitah Imani (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented a paper, "The terminological problem in Africana studies," and served as a session host at the Africana Studies 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Symposium, "Africa at the Crossroads: Where do We Go From Here?" at JMU, Oct. 9.

Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) presented "Border-crossings: Southern Guerrero, migrations and Black-Indianness" to Indiana University's program in Minority Languages, Cultures and Peoples. During the same visit Lewis spoke to three different
classes, the Multidisciplinary Seminar on Issues and Approaches to Global Studies, Latino Folklore and Heritage and Cultural Property.



Dr. Keo Cavalcanti (Professor, Sociology) and Debra Schleef wrote "Latinos in Dixie: Class and Assimilation in Richmond, Virginia," published in October 2009.  The book is the first large-scale survey study of Hispanics who have settled in Richmond.  Cavalcanti and Schleef explored language use, ethnic customs, family life to workplace dynamics, and political and religious participation.

 Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin (Director, Furious Flower Poetry Center; Professor, English) edited Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers, short essays by 25 prominent black women writers on pivotal moments that strongly influenced their careers.  Gabbin offers a head note for each essay that summarizes the writer's career and aesthetic development.

Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) co-edited 25(2) of the journal Visual Anthropology Review.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published an entry, "Frontiers of Economics in the Post-Neoclassical Era," in Enciclopedia Italiana, 1, 703-711.