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Madison Scholarly News—August 2010

GRANTS

Dr. George H. Baker (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology; Technical Director for Infrastructure Assurance, Institute for Infrastructure and information Assurance) received $3,000 from Science Applications International Corp. for "Evaluation of Nuclear Electromagnetic Effects."

Dr. Robert N. Brent (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $9,232 from DuPont Engineering for the development of an in-situ mesocosm test system for manipulative experiments to investigate the impacts of reduced nutrient levels in the South River.

Penelope Critzer (Director, Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic) received $310,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for clinic funding in fiscal year 2011.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education; Professor, Adult Education/Human Resource Development) received $150,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Career Development Academy to offer English literacy civics services to area immigrants and refugees for their achievement of English language proficiency and civic understanding.  Foucar-Szocki received $200,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to establish a Community Learning Center at Skyline Middle School. She received $200,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to establish the Smithland Community Learning Center, linking the Big Brothers Big Sisters AMP IT UP Academic Mentoring program and the Career Development Academy Adult and Family Learning Center for quality out-of-school, extended day programming.

Dr. Heather P. Griscom (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for "Predicting the future forest underneath a dying eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) stand in a headwater ecosystem: Implications for native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) populations" to address the question of how the die-off of a hemlock stand and the resulting regenerating forest in a headwater system will affect water temperature and brook trout populations.

Dr. Dan C. Halling (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $12,000 from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for a graduate assistantship from the audiology program.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $499,995 from the National Science Foundation for "Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors" to design and conduct an impact evaluation plan to collect data, track progress and evaluate student outcomes.  Kolvoord received $5,000 from Fairfax County Public Schools for a K-12 GIS Software Site License Consortium.

Dr. Eric H. Maslen (Head and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Integrated Science Technology) received two awards of $46,500 and $25,000 from the National Park Service for the cataloging and analysis of archeological artifacts.

Jennifer A. McCabe (Assistant Director and Associate Professor, East Campus Library Services) and Susan Conaty-Buck (Instructor, Nursing) received $38,595 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for "Using Informatics to Bridge the Gap in Health Literacy" to develop "talking" touch screen health information kiosks to improve access for adults with low health literacy in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Dr. Thomas E. Moran (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology) received $14,988 from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for "Overcoming the Barriers" to provide individualized programming and/or instructional support to empower individuals who have disabilities with the "tools" they need to successfully participate in community-based recreational programs.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger (Vice Provost for Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Kenneth F. Newbold (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) received $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for "Shenandoah Valley as a National Demonstration Project Achieving 25 Percent Renewable Energy by the Year 2025" to provide a path forward for Virginia to be the national model in energy implementation as JMU establishes a framework for reaching 25 percent renewable energy before 2025.

Dr. G. Edgar Parker (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $2,404 from the Educational Advancement Foundation for the study of a Moore Method course in analysis to provide useful video packages for enhancement of the video sessions for Moore method seminars and to increase the database from which Moore method can be studied as a viable pedagogy.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $18,024 from the Virginia Department of Health for a home visiting consortium. Race received $59,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for the provision of training for public health response to sexual and domestic violence to schedule/coordinate and provide training sessions for family planning clinic nurses and home visitors.

Dr. Robert H. Zullo (Assistant Professor, Kinesiology) received $16,804 from Travel, Events and Management in Sports for support of the TEAMS 2009 Conference to forge a relationship between TEAMS 2009 and the JMU Sports and Recreation Management graduate program and undergraduate programs.

HONORS

Dr. Kerry Dobransky (Assistant Professor, Sociology) was awarded the 2010 Award for Best Dissertation in Mental Health from the Section on the Sociology of Mental Health of the American Sociological Association and the 2010 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Prize from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received a career achievement award for her "Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology" from the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists.

PRESENTATIONS

Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology) presented "Attempting to understand and being sensitive to client's perspective and perception of their situation" at the annual graduate psychology symposium at Bergen University College in Norway in February.

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Assistant Department Head and Professor, Psychology) and C. Randall presented "Infusing comparative psychology into your courses" at the 22nd annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology held in Atlanta in February.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Steven W. Evans (Professor, Psychology) and student D. Crowley presented "The Role of Motivation in Treatment of ADHD" at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in May.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Chris S. Hulleman (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) and student D.M. Melchione presented "Rethinking Measures of Expectancy-Value Thinking" at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, May 28-30.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Chris S. Hulleman (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) presented "Introduction to MRI and Motivation Theory" to Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies Inc. in May.

Dr. JoAnne Brewster (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology) and student J. Koepfler presented "Behavioral Control: A Possible Predictor of Police Aggression" at the Asian Conference of Criminal and Operations Psychology in Singapore in May.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology) presented "Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Helping Students Create Better PowerPoint" and "Teaching General Psychology as a Gen Ed Course" at the 22nd annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology held in Atlanta in February. Daniel, C. Howard, R. Bubb and B. Buskist presented "What Do Teachers Really Assess in General Psychology?" at the conference. Daniel and D. Willingham presented "The Psychology Behind Learning" at the Tomorrow's Professors Today Program at the University of Virginia in April. He presented "Individual Differences in the Classroom: Learning Style, Multiple Intelligences and other Metaphors. If I Only Had A Brain: Mind, Brain and Education. The Ecology of Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning in the Real World" at the Virginia Council for Higher Education in Early Childhood Special Education annual professional development seminars in April. Daniel presented "Lost in Translation?: From the Lab to the Classroom and Back" and, with M.L. White-Ajmani, A.N. Christopher and S. Kitayama, "How to Get Published: Guidance From Journal Editors" at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, May 28-30.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology), Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Associate Professor, Psychology), V. Benassi, D. Copeland, S.A. Nolan and H.L. Roediger presented "The Art and Science of Exemplary Teaching" at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, May 28-30.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) presented "Contemporary issues surrounding child abuse and neglect," the keynote address at the Understanding and Addressing Child Abuse Conference, Martinsville Public Schools, in April.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students B.P. Jarvis, B.T. Joachim, A.N. Sorg, D. Melchione, K. Balka and E. Loveless presented "Contingency management for smoking cessation in the workplace" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York in March. Irons, student J.L. Medina, M.O. Bonn-Miller, J.A. Smits and M.J. Zvolensky presented "Vigorous-intensity exercise mediates the relation between acceptance and coping-oriented alcohol use motives" at the 44th annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference in San Francisco in March. Irons and students E.N. Loveless, B.P. Jarvis, K. Balka, D.M. Melchione, M. Dudkin and D. Savage presented "The Effects of Social Anxiety on Alcohol Choice Among College Students" at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, May 28-30.

Dr. Ulas Kaplan (Assistant Professor, Psychology) presented "Moral Development and Moral Sense: A Possible Integration from a Motivational Perspective" at the Society for Research in Adult Development annual symposium in Philadelphia in March.

 

Dr. Matthew R. Lee (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and students K.C. Davidoff and K.A. Emery presented "Using cognitive moral education to teach psychology and multiculturalism" at the 24th annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Tarrytown, N.Y., in March. Lee and students K.C. Davidoff, K.A. Emery and M.J. Ariale presented "Multiculturalism and moral development: Not just for psychology majors" at the same conference. Lee presented "Research on the Education of Asian and American Pacific Americans: Roundtable 1" at the American Education Research Association annual convention in Denver in April. Lee and student K.C. Davidoff presented "Moral development in teaching psychology and cultural diversity" at the same convention.

 

Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) presented "Black-Indianness on Mexico's South Pacific Coast: Place and Identity in Performance and Narrative" at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

 

Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan (Associate Professor, Psychology) and D. Rogers presented "Dilemmas in Advising: Difficult Messages and Strategies for Delivering Them" at the 22nd annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology held in Atlanta in February.

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) was a discussant in a conference on "Ethics and Economics" held at the Venice International University in Italy, July 19-20.

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) and T. Lambert (Student) presented "Increasing the efficacy of interteaching: Capitalizing on the testing effect" at the sixth annual Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis conference in March. At the same conference, Saville and students L. Mayberry and A. Harner presented "Disordered eating and delay discounting in college women," Saville and students S. O'Brien and K. Balka presented "Discounting of money and Internet time in Internet addicts," Saville and students T. Cox and K. Wacks presented "Reward magnitude and effort discounting," Saville and student A. Vanderveldt presented "Social discounting of monetary and non-monetary rewards" and Saville and students T. Cox, S. O'Brien and A. Vanderveldt presented "Interteaching: The impact of clarifying lectures."

Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Interteaching" in the session "Practicing what you teach: Behavioral approaches to college instruction" at the 36th annual Association for Behavior Analysis conference in San Antonio. At the same conference, Saville and student T. Lambert presented "Increasing the effectiveness of interteaching: Capitalizing on the testing effect" and Saville and student L.A. Mayberry presented "The relation between delay discounting and disordered eating in college women."

Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Professor, Psychology) and students S.H. Robertson and P.A. Halsey presented "Assessing the Dynamic Developmental Theory of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder using an animal model: Resistance to change following variable-interval reinforcement" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Brooklyn, N.Y., in March.

Dr. Sherry L. Serdikoff (Professor, Psychology) and student M.B. Black presented "Effects of alcohol preload on alcohol's reinforcing efficacy in college students" at the 36th annual Association for Behavior Analysis conference in San Antonio. At the same conference, Serdikoff and P.A. Halsey presented "Using an adjusting amount procedure to investigate impulsivity in spontaneously hypertensive rats" and Serdikoff and student S.H. Robertson presented "The impact of amphetamine on resistance-to-extinction following single-schedule training."

Dr. Krisztina Varga (Assistant Professor, Psychology) and Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology) presented "Team-Based Learning strategies: Getting students to take charge of their learning," at the 22nd annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology held in Atlanta in February.

Dr. Krisztina Varga (Assistant Professor, Psychology), J.E. Frick and E. Simpson presented "Toddlers' Understanding of Socially-Shared Directional Cues" at the International Conference on Infant Studies in Baltimore in March.

Dr. Tracy E. Zinn (Associate Professor, Psychology) and student W. Smiley presented "A Systematic Evaluation of the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique" at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science in Boston, May 28-30.

PUBLICATIONS

Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Assistant Department Head and Professor, Psychology) wrote "Lions, tigers, bears, and everything else: Incorporating a comparative perspective into psychology courses," which was published in the spring 2010 Newsletter of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron (Associate Professor, Psychology), Dr. Michele Kielty Briggs (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology), Dr. Tammy D. Gilligan (Professor, Graduate Psychology) and Dr. A. Renee Staton (Professor and Director, Counseling Psychology) wrote "A collaborative approach to evaluating well-being in the middle school setting," which was published in the Journal of School Counseling.

Dr. Kenneth E. Barron and Dr. Chris S. Hulleman (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) wrote "Teacher motivation and performance pay: Separating myth from reality," which was published in Phi Delta Kappan.

Dr. Charles H. Blake (Head and Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Stephen Morris wrote "Corruption and Politics in Latin America," which was published by Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010.

Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) and students S. Suwal and L.G. Sledd wrote "Services requested and received by consumers with chemical sensitivities at the Centers for Independent Living," which was published in Disability Studies Quarterly.

Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) wrote two articles for the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter – "Maltreatment – Long-term effects" (Winter, 2010) and "35 Years of progress in prevention and intervention" (Spring 2010).

Dr. Michael D. Hall (Associate Professor, Psychology) wrote "Perception of musical sources with impoverished spectral envelopes," which was published in Proceedings of Acoustics Week in Canada 2009 by the Canadian Acoustics Association. Hall, J.W. Beauchamp, A.B. Horner and J.M. Roche wrote "Importance of spectral detail to musical instrument timbre," which was published in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition.

Dr. Jessica G. Irons (Assistant Professor, Psychology) wrote "Surely they don't expect me to teach," which was published in "The teaching of psychology in autobiography: Perspectives from psychology's exemplary teachers."

Dr. Arnold S. Kahn (Professor Emeritus, Psychology), Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) and C. Bradshaw (student) wrote "To hook up or date: Which gender benefits?" The study was published in Sex Roles.

Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) and Dr. Liam Buckley (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) co-edited Visual Anthropology Review 26, (1), Spring 2010.

Dr. Laura A. Lewis (Professor, Anthropology) published "'Afro' Mexico in Black, White and Indian: An Anthropologist Reflects on Fieldwork" in the edited volume "Black Mexico: Race and Society from Colonial to Modern Times," Ben Vinson III and Matthew Restall, editors, University of New Mexico Press.

Dr. Cameron C. Nickels (Professor Emeritus, English) wrote "Civil War Humor," which was published by the University Press of Mississippi. The work is the first book to examine humorous popular culture produced during and about the American Civil War.

Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) wrote "Using evidence-based teaching methods to improve education," which was published in "Essays from e-xcellence in teaching."

Dr. Krisztina Varga (Assistant Professor, Psychology), student J.E. Frick, L.L. Kapa and M.J. Dengler wrote "Developmental changes in inhibition of return from 3 to 6 months of age," which was published in Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 245-249.

SERVICE

Dr. Yi Edward Yang (Assistant Professor, Political Science) was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Chinese Political Studies. ACPS is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization for scholarly and professional activities on the study of Chinese politics.


 


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