Madison Scholarly News—December 2010
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $7,040 from the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County Safe and Stable Families" to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families by providing education, resources and support. Akerson also received $720 and $360 from the Shenandoah County Community Service Act for Healthy Families Shenandoah County.
Dr. George H. Baker (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Technical Director for Infrastructure Assurance, Institute for Infrastructure and information Assurance) received $5,000 from Science Applications International Corp. to participate in the Balanced Electromagnetic Hardening Technology Program kickoff meeting.
Dr. Amanda G. Biesecker (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for investigating the role of dengue virus E protein in dengue virus-induced arthralgia to investigate both the potential direct effect of dengue E protein on chondrocytes, as well as a potential indirect effect of dengue E protein on chondrocytes by using macrophages pre-treated with dengue E protein, followed by co-culture with chondrocytes.
Dr. Anca Constantin (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Galaxies hosting cosmic mega-masers: How to find enough of them to understand our universe?" to identify the physical conditions that show the strongest links to maser activity and thus to provide efficient criteria for mega-maser hunting.
Dr. Richard D. Foust (Head and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $3,000 from Transprint USA Inc. for the Transprint Joint Development Agreement to make available a variety of facilities, equipment, technical capabilities, expertise and services to Transprint USA Inc.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $27,711 from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for the Erbach Property Cultural Resource Assessment to identify the range of cultural resources/archaeological sites existing on the Erbach property as well as to maximize understanding of the military and domestic historic use of the land. Geier also received $10,000 from Carmeuse Lime and Stone to complete phase I of the Middle Marsh Parcel west of Middletown, Va.
Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, The Graduate School), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Coordinator, T/TAC) received $315,377 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Region 5 T/TAC Self-Determination Priority Project to support state-directed activities of the Virginia Department of Education and the Training/Technical Assistance Centers.
Dr. Victoria L. Mariani (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Conformational Stability Differences between Extremophilic and 'Normal' Inosine-5'-monophosphate Dehydrogenase" to provide greater insight into how the subtle differences in primary structure confer to protein stability.
Dr. Stephanie B. Stockwell (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for the "Structure/function analysis of unique TonB-dependent receptor protein, FegA, for insights into the intermediate stages of the Bradyrhizobium japonicum/soybean symbiosis."
Dr. Yanjie Zhang (Assistant Professor, Chemistry) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Biomineralization templated by chiral molecules and design of biocompatible materials" to design appropriate model systems for biomineralization that will help disentangle the complicated interactions at the protein-biomineral interface.
Dr. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented two papers, "Complexity and Emergence in Austrian Economics" and "Financial Development and Bubbles: The Case of the Karachi Stock Exchange of Pakistan" with Dr. Ehsan Ahmed (Head and Professor, Economics), at the Southern Economic Association meetings in Atlanta Nov. 20-22. During a meeting in Cully, Switzerland, Nov. 18-19, he co-founded with 13 others a new group dealing with Non-Equilibrium Social Sciences (NESS).