Madison Scholarly News—June 2010
Dr. George H. Baker (Technical Director for Infrastructure Assurance, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $9,216 from the ORSA Corp. to review an ORSA draft technical report on a new process for the development of nuclear weapons effects data.
Dr. Robert N. Brent (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $6,287 from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to develop and conduct a workshop on persistent bioaccumulative toxics for environmental professionals.
Dr. Harold M. Butner (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $76,634 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to contribute to the Disc Emission via a Bias-Free Reconnaissance in the Infrared/Sub-millimetre survey with analysis of the Herschel data.
Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Carole Nash (Instructor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $3,617 from the City of Harrisonburg to continue archaeological studies on property at the Ralph Sampson Park.
Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $2,000 from the International Mind, Brain and Education Society to contribute to the funding and growth of IMBES and the creation of a journal called Mind, Brain, Education.
Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received grants of $1,853 and $1,337 from the Harrisonburg Community Health Center to provide the use of the university's facilities and services to the center.
Dr. Christine A. Hughey (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Dr. Richard D. Foust (Head and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $14,671 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer for interdisciplinary research and teaching in chemistry and biology.
Dr. Ronald G. Kander (Director and Professor, School of Engineering) received $9,885 from TECHLAB Inc. to characterize the flow and pressure characteristics of two cassette designs leading to prototyping to demonstrate new design concepts.
Dr. Chris J. Koski (Assistant Professor, Political Science) received $92,395 from the National Science Foundation to research how policy disruptions associated with disasters and other extreme events affect governing in the United States.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $45,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support the development of wind power in Virginia—onshore, offshore, large, small and community scale—by engaging in varying activities in a three-year strategic plan.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,320 from the Valley AIDS Network to provide educational and health administrative services.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Christopher Nye (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $4,320 from Virginia Commonwealth University to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community academic partnerships.
Dr. Sean T. Scully (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $11,600 from NASA Goddard to probe the high redshift intergalactic background light at optical and UV wavelengths.
Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $30,000 from the Rockwell Collins Charitable Corp. to help promote growth of the FIRST LEGO League in Washington, D.C., as well as in rural areas and school divisions with Title I designation.
Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $24,542 from the National Institutes of Health to create novel strains of B. avium by constructing deletion mutants of candidate virulence associated genes in order to determine their roles in colonization and/or toxicity to epithelial tissues and to develop and use adult tracheal tissues as tools for the characterization of tracheal responses to bacterial factors.
Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $18,115 from the U.S. Geological Survey to support geologic mapping and stratigraphic analyses of the eastern half of the Luray 7.5' quadrangle, Virginia.
Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) received $10,444 from the Virginia Council on Economic Education to provide a training program that prepares high-school teachers to teach an economic and personal finance course.
Dr. David Owusu-Ansah (Professor, History; Special Assistant to the President for Faculty Diversity) shared his expertise on the history of Ghana on BBC Radio 5 Live in June. Owusu-Ansah provided commentary on two speeches by Ghana's first post-independent President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The speeches were selected for the "From the Vault" program from Pacifica Radio's audio collection on political, cultural and artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Chair of Business Administration) presented a paper, "On the Foundations of Mathematical Economics," at the 11th Workshop on Optimal Control Theory, Dynamic Games, and Nonlinear Dynamics, at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 31.