Madison Scholarly News—January 2010


Leslie Bellavance (Director and Professor, School of Art and Art History) exhibited photography and works on paper at the Arts Council of the Valley in January. The showcase displayed selections from two bodies of work – “Wall,” a series of digitally montaged photographs, and “A Yellow Smell,” a series of mixed media works on paper. Both collections were made in response to “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman.



Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $127,000 from the Department of Conservation and Recreation to support university educational objectives while spearheading Virginia’s implantation of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement.

Dr. David C. Carothers (Head and Professor, Mathematics and Statistics), Dr. Peter D. Kohn (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Laura A. Taalman (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $25,836 from W.H. Freeman Publishers to support the development of materials for mainstream courses at JMU that serve several different majors in scientific fields.

Dr. Corey L. Cleland (Associate Professor, Biology) received $20,000 from The Jeffress Memorial Trust to determine how animals with significant but nevertheless limited computational power transform sensory information info effective motor responses.

Dr. Anca Constantin (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $50,566 from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to do analysis for each new Chandra observation, statistical analysis of the sample properties and comparison with the X-ray properties.

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $1,017 from the Virginia Department of Education to support the education programs of the Child Development Clinic.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $1,500 from Ocean County College to speak at the 1020 Colloquium.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $35,151 from the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to review historic and archaeological data that will be used to provide a context for the interpretation of prehistoric and historic cultural remains identified on the Ramseur’s Hill Parcel.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $11,106 from Grafton School Inc. to provide a support employee during the transition period of Infant Toddler Connection services.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $19,117 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to provide a community service grant for public radio.

Dr. Chris S. Lantz (Associate Professor, Biology) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to research immunity to the protozoan parasite Leishmania major.

Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $5,577 from Medtronic ENT to provide services as a consulting director.

Dr. Brianna S. Quinn (Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education) received $23,720 from the Virginia Department of Education to develop and deliver courses via distance education, expand student participation and carry out administrative responsibilities for the Visual Impairments Consortium.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) received $36,500 from the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization to support the journal’s publication.

Dr. Yanjie Zhang (Professor, Chemistry) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to design appropriate model systems for biomineralization that will help disentangle the complicated interactions at the protein-biomineral interface.



William G. Posey (Assistant Director of Bands; Director, Concert and Support Services, School of Music) was honored with the A. Frank Martin Award by the honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.  This is a national award that has been presented only 36 times.



Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented “Chaos theory before Lorenz” in a session titled “History of Complexity” at the American Economic Association meetings, Jan. 3, in Atlanta.

Dr. Amy Paugh (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) and C. Izquierdo presented two papers, “Continuity and Change in Creole Foodways: Language Socialization and Discourses about Food in Dominica, West Indies” and "I Wanted Seconds!: Bargaining about Food in American Family Interaction at Dinnertime,” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Philadelphia, December 2009.



Dr. Amy Paugh (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) and C. Izquierdo wrote “Why is this a Battle Every Night?: Negotiating Food and Eating in American Dinnertime Interaction,” which was published in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 19(2), December 2009, 185-204.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published an article, "Nastorschchee y budiushchee econofisiki," Russian translation of "The Nature and Future of Econophysics," in Voprosi Ekonomiki, November 2009, No. 11, 76-81.