Madison Scholarly News—February 2010
Dr. Susan D. Zurbrigg (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) was one of four Virginia artists whose printings were part of a Black History Month exhibition in Richmond, sponsored by Capital One’s art program. The show also featured Diane Hayes, Stanley Rayfield and Sir James L. Thornhill.
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,000 from the Page County Department of Social Services to provide education resources and support for first-time parents.
Dr. Brian H. Augustine (Associate Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $69,000 from the National Science Foundation to research the kinetics and surface modification of nanocomposite polymer thin films.
Dr. Cheryl L. Beverly (Professor, Exceptional Education) received $24,229 from the Virginia Department of Education to facilitate general membership meetings and a general membership professional development retreat.
Norman E. Garrison (Professor, Biology) received $5,000 from ADInstruments Inc. to equip student workstations in physiology laboratories with the PTB151 Human Physiology System that allows recording, analysis and reporting of human cardiovascular, respiratory, muscle and nerve experiments.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $2,555 from the Highland County Historical Society to assist with the site archaeology at the Hull House in McDowell, Va., and to use the recovered artifacts as a basis for analyzing site stratigraphy, feature function and the identification of possible activity areas in the yard area.
Dr. John R. Gentile (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $11,339 from the city of Harrisonburg to identify recreation activities that are known to be harmful to water supply areas, assess recreation activities that can coexist with water supply areas, and distinguish areas within the watershed where recreation activities can occur without damaging the water supply.
Dr. Robert J. Harmison (Associate Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $800 from PsyMetrics Inc. to assess the factor struction of the Winning Profile Athlete Inventory and to determine the instrument's reliability and predictive validity.
Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $8,348 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.
Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,722 from Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery Inc. to provide services to individuals affected by brain injuries, maximizing rehabilitation and contributing to the communtiy.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $25,035 from Northwestern University to design and execute a classroom-based study of student spatial thinking.
Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $73,647 from Emory University to develop and validate tools to diagnose spasmodic dysphonia, measure severity, and determine the impact of SD on disability and quality of life via a multi-center clinical study.
Dr. Karin L. Tollefson-Hall (Assistant Professor, Art and Art Education) received $500 from the Arts Council of the Valley to provide quality art materials and arts activities for children of families with limited English skills and limited economic opportunities.
William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received grants of $102,766 and $96,910 from the Center for Civic Education to implement the weeklong National High Needs High School We the People Institute and the ninth annual National Elementary We the People Institute.
Dr. Grace A. Wyngaard (Professor, Biology) received $3,200 from the Smithsonian Institution to revise the North American representatives of the genus Cyclops O.F. Muller and reveal relationships of the North American taxa to the Palearctic fauna.
Dr. Craig E. Abrahamson (Professor, Psychology) presented "The Importance of Utilizing Effective Attitudes When Providing Treatment to Victims of Trauma" at The Resource Center for Traumatic Stress in Norway.
Dr. Jeffrey T. Andre (Associate Professor, Psychology) presented "Distinguishing Between Two Visual Systems: An Application for Driver Education" at the Suter Science Seminar at Eastern Mennonite University, Feb. 1.
Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Head, Psychology) presented "Online and In-World: Using Virtual Worlds, Facebook, and Other Online Tools to Connect with Students" at the 32nd Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dr. David B. Daniel (Associate Professor, Psychology) participated in the National Science Foundation's Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering Panel Feb. 1 and 2. The REESE program seeks to advance research at the frontiers of science, technology, engineering and math learning, education and evaluation, and to provide the foundational knowledge necessary to improve STEM teaching and learning at all educational levels.
Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) chaired the Association of Historians of American Art sponsored panel, "Rethinking Consumption in the History of American Art," at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU student T. Lambert presented "Delay and effort discounting: Predicting performance in an interteaching-based course" at the 26th annual Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Wilmington, N.C.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology), L. Mayberry and JMU student A. Harner presented "Disordered eating and delay discounting in college women" at the 26th annual Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Wilmington, N.C.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students S. O'Brien, K. Balka and J. Kopp presented "Impulsivity in Internet addicts: Delay discounting of money and Internet use" at the 26th annual Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Wilmington, N.C.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students C. Rainer and A. Vanderveldt presented "Religiosity and impulsivity in college students" at the 26th annual Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Wilmington, N.C.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) and JMU students T. Cox and K. Wacks presented "Does reward magnitude affect the rate of effort discounting?" at the 26th annual Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Wilmington, N.C.
Dr. Stanley L. Ulanski (Professor, Geology) presented "Sailing the Atlantic: Explorations, Discovery and Rivers in the Ocean" at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., Feb. 26.
Greg Werner (Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning; Adjunct Instructor, Kinesiology) presented "How to be Successful as a Strength Coach" and "Forum: Increasing Women and Minorities in the Field of Strength and Conditioning/Athletic Training" at the second annual HBCU Exercise and Sport Really is Medicine Conference at Virginia State University.
Dr. Suzanne C. Baker (Professor and Assistant Head, Psychology) published "Sexual coercion in primates and humans: An evolutionary perspective on male aggression against females" in Choice (2009).
Dr. Pamela R. Gibson (Professor, Psychology) published "Of the world but not in it: Barriers to community access and education for persons with environmental sensitivities" in Health Care for Women International, 31(1).
Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) published "From Pack Horse to Packard" in "Scenic View Ahead: The Westways Cover Art Collection, 1928-1980" (2009), 42-53.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published a chapter, "Theoretical and Policy Issues in Complex Post Keyneisan Ecological Economics," in a book, "Post Keynesian and Ecological Economics: Confronting the Environmental Issue" (2009), 221-236.
Dr. Michael L. Stoloff (Head and Professor, Psychology), M. McCarthy, and JMU students L. Keller, V. Varfolomeeva, J. Lynch, K. Makara, S. Simmons and W. Smiley published "The Undergraduate Psychology Major: An Examination of Structure and Sequence" in Teaching of Psychology, 37, 1-15.