Madison Scholarly News—April 2010
Dr. Michael M. Moghtader (Associate Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication; Interim Coordinator, Cluster Two, General Education) is one of 10 advisers from universities across the country awarded the 2010 Outstanding Adviser in the faculty advising category by the National Academic Advising Association.
Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $40,515 from DuPont to provide three student interns who will assist in an ecological study that seeks to understand the fate and effects of mercury on the South River and its associated ecosystem.
Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Professor, Exceptional Education) received $28,475 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the Early Childhood Special Education Academy.
Dr. Robert N. Brent (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $24,309 from DuPont Engineering to design, construct and field test a flow-through gravel/cobble bottom artificial stream for experiments in the South River.
Dr. Harold M. Butner (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $50,000 from NASA to contribute to the Disc Emission via a Bias-Free Reconnaissance in the Infrared/Sub-millimeter survey with analaysis of the Herschel data.
Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Interim Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $915 from the city of Harrisonburg to conduct an archaeological study on property now included in Ralph Sampson Park.
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $102,526 from the National Science Foundation to provide research experiences for undergraduate students that includes opportunities in the sub-disciplines of analytical, biochemistry, synthesis, natural products and spectroscopy.
Carol A. Fleming (Director, Outreach Programs) received $13,500 from The Wolf Trap Foundation for a one-week residency program to join preschool and kindergarten teachers in the classroom to infuse the performing arts into their standard lesson plans to support young children's social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $25,777 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.
Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Ronald W. Raab (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $36,984 from EyeRx Research Inc. to demonstrate that lacritin has properties to cure established infections in a rabbit model and to investigate the potential for lacritin as a preservative in topical eye drops.
Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry), Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry), Dr. Debra L. Mohler (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry), Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) received $299,810 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a LCMS System to enhance undergraduate research at JMU and Mary Baldwin College.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $52,500 from the Virginia Department of Health to assist the VDH Office of Dental Health in the development and implementation of training for home visitors.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $440,523 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. Leonard A. VanWyk (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $315,520 from the National Science Foundation to provide a summer mathematics Research for Undergraduates program that provides a more synergistic research experience for mathematics and statistics majors and complements the current REU programs.
William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received $36,250 from the Center for Civic Education to build upon the expansion, enhancement and rebuilding efforts for the Madison Institute's third year of coordinating "We the People: Project Citizen."
Dr. Diane C. Lending (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) wrote "Using a Wiki to Collaborate on a Study Guide," which was published in the Journal of Information Systems Education, Vol. 21(1).
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) wrote "Iran's Threat to the Strait of Hormuz: A Realist Assessment," which was published in the journal American Foreign Policy Interests. Pham wrote a review of "The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution," by Amir Taheri for the same journal. He also wrote an essay "Anti-Piracy, Adrift," which was published in the spring 2010 issue of the Journal of International Security Affairs. Pham wrote a chapter, “Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: An Inquiry into Sources and Prospects,” published in “The EU and Africa: In Search of Strategic Partnership,” a book edited by Professor Manuela Franco, the former minister of foreign affairs of Portugal. The book was published by the Portuguese Institute of International Relations. Pham wrote an article, “Not Another Failed State: Toward a Realistic Solution in the Western Sahara,” which was published in the first issue of the Journal of the Middle East and Africa in April. He also wrote a review essay on “Somaliland: An African Struggle for Nationhood and International Recognition” by Iqbal D. Jhazbhay for the new journal. Pham is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal, the first refereed publication to cover both the entire continent of Africa and the Greater Middle East region. The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa publishes the new journal.
Dr. Harry L. Reif (Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems and Management Science) was reappointed to a third term as a commissioner to the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. Reif is one of 50 commissioners of the international accreditation body.
Dr. James M. Shaeffer (Associate Vice Provost, Outreach and Engagement) was named president-elect of the University Continuing Education Association at the professional organization’s 95th annual conference in April. Shaeffer has served on the association’s board of directors for more than 10 years and has been UCEA’s treasurer since 2006.