Madison Scholarly News—July 2010
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $42,517 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families in Page County by providing education, resources and support.
Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics; Professor, Biology, Geology and Environmental Science) received $107,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide final rankings of West Virginia and Maryland brook trout habitats to resiliency to climate change.
Dr. Justin W. Brown (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to explore the role of 5HT neurotransmission in the raphe pallidus, an area of the brainstem that likely mediates the autonomic and behavioral responses of the thermoregulatory system.
Dr. Anna M. Courtier (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $35,000 from the Research Corporation to improve understanding of mantle composition, convection and heat flow.
Arthur T. Dean (Special Assistant to the President for Diversity) received $50,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to extend the Professor-in-Residence program to the middle- school level.
Cheryl J. Elliott (Assistant Director for Marketing and External Relations, Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance) received $30,997 from the University of Virginia to create a "Building Resilient Communities" guide for Virginia localities that will connect the Virginia Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resiliency Strategic Plan to local government.
Dr. Mark L. Gabrielle (Associate Professor, Biology) received $52,771 from the Commonwealth Health Research Board to provide insights concerning what factors are critical for establishing integrative auditory networks and if/how they are influenced/compromised by current/emerging approaches for treating the hearing impaired.
Dr. Joann H. Grayson (Professor, Psychology) received $44,750 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to publish and distribute three volumes of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter throughout Virginia.
Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $125,000 from Virginia Early Childhood Foundation to build collaborative partnerships between public and private entities to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to probe the structure of the crust and mantle beneath the Shenandoah Valley.
Patricia A. Kennedy (Program Coordinator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $ 9,581 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to combine the strengths of the Healthy Families of Page County program with the Reading Road Show's Gus Bus Program to help at-risk new parents and young families.
Dr. Margaret M. Kyger (Assistant Dean, College of Education; Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) received $96,998 from the U.S. Department of Education to offer integrated training and practice opportunities that will enhance the competencies of beginning special education teachers for providing effective services and instruction in academic subjects to children with high-incidence disabilities in K-12 classrooms.
Dr. Chris S. Lantz (Associate Professor, Biology) received $1,200 from the Virginia Academy of Science to determine if IL-3 influences susceptibility to malaria infection by regulating the production of cytokines, which have the ability to influence disease severity.
Dr. Richard R. Lawler (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) received $59,992 from the National Science Foundation to determine how life history traits are influences by genetic, sex-specific and ecological factors in a species with a slow life history schedule.
The School of Communication Studies received $114,180 from the U.S. Army and War College for Dr. Frank B. Kalupa (Professor, Communication Studies) to serve as the Visiting Professor of Strategic Communication at the U.S. Army War College. (This entry has been updated to clarify that Dr. Kalupa is serving as the visiting professor.)
Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to localize the beta-amylase BAM proteins and to generate mutants and transgenic plants with which to begin to understand their function.
Kenneth F. Newbold (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) and Dr. Carole L. Nash (Instructor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $4,500 from the Wintergreen Nature Foundation to continue the eighth season of the archaeological study in the Wintergreen development.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $128,000 from the National Science Foundation to explore the transition between the perturbative and the non-perturbative regimes, quark confinement and hardonization, and measurements of fundamental quantities.
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 $48,577 from the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council to support the SVTC, which serves as an advocate for developing the technological and workforce development infrastructure required to support technology-related industries in the region.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger (Vice Provost for Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Donald R. Sullenberger III (Executive Director, Shenandoah Valley Partnership) received $206,207 from the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to provide quality economic development support services for its regional members, to prospects, existing business and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $24,000 from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board to provide interpretation services to non-English speaking clients. Race also received from the Virginia Department of Health $135,278 to design, direct, implement and evaluate the Virginia WISEWOMEN/Every Women's Life project, which focuses on adding preventive health services such as nutrition and physical activity to EWL breast and cervical cancer screening services; $68,207 to provide the position of health/education/communication coordinator to coordinate the public education, professional development and recruitment components of Every Women's Life; and $47,000 to provide management services and implement the Virginia Medical Interpreter Training Grants Program.
Dr. Vicki A. Reed (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $45,500 from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Virginia to continue support of the JMU-Scottish Rite Language Disorders Clinic.
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received from the U.S. Department of State $54,862 to provide additional staffing support for PM/WRA through the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Humanitarian Mine Action Fellowship; $125,000 to benefit survivors of conflict in multiple countries by conducting peer-to-peer support activities; $522,502 to maintain the Mine Action Information Center website, publish and maintain new resources and upgrade when necessary as well as to maintain and annually update the Online Global Mine Action Registry; and 32,490 to research and develop a training strategy that will improve management skills for Iraqi mid-level mangers involved in mine and ERW action activities.
Dr. Dinesh R. Sharma (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $6,277 from Florida State University to perform all statistical analyses on both pilot and interim main study data, to conduct data quality assurance assessments as well as data screening and testing of parametric assumptions and to generate statistical reports with tabular presentation and figures.
Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $10,000 from the U.S. Department of State to provide a training course for teachers on literacy teaching methods to provide new methods and techniques for teaching literacy to Iraqi citizens. Swayne also received $215,554 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to improve teacher quality in science, technology and math content knowledge and pedagogical skills addressing the needs of middle- and high-school teachers and principals.
Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $45,000 from the National Science Foundation to investigate the properties of the nucleon and nucleon resonances through Compton scattering and the production of mesons as well as the study of photonuclear reactions at low energy.
Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) and Dr. L. Scott Eaton (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $21,648 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to support bedrock and surficial geologic mapping projects along the Interstate 81 corridor in western Virginia.
Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) received $77,237 from the Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance with materials.
Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Integrated Science and Technology; Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services), Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Dr. Richard Ingram (Coordinator, Technology and Special Projects, College of Education) received $1,063,000 from the Virginia Department of Health to develop and produce resource materials to support underserved mothers and children with healthier food options and to encourage them to adopt healthy habits.
Jared Featherstone (Coordinator, University Writing Center; Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Technical Communication), Karen McDonnell (Instructor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center), Dr. Kurt Schick (Director, JMU Learning Centers; Associate Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication), Laura Schubert (Instructor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center), Dr. Mark Thomas (Assistant Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center) and Christina Wulf (Graduate Assistant, University Writing Center) presented "A Writing Center Greenhouse: Transplanting Expertise Across the Curriculum" at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Bloomington in May.
Dr. Manal A. Jamal (Assistant Professor, Political Science) traveled to Barcelona in July to address the World Congress on Middle Eastern Studies, the world's largest congress of scholars and experts in the field of Middle East Studies. Jamal, a former journalist and researcher in the Palestine territories, presented her work on "Beyond Islamist Strategies and Responses: Hamas and the 2006 Palestinian Legislative Elections" as part of a panel dedicated to exploring Palestinian Political Science 2/2: Electoral Strategies, the Case of Hamas.
Karen McDonnell (Instructor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center) and Dr. Mark Thomas (Assistant Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center) presented a paper, "Sixth-Sense Sessions: When Writers Bend and Stretch the Truth," at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference in Newark in April.
Dr. Leigh Nelson (Associate Professor, Communication Studies), Dr. Toni Whitfield (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) and Michelle Moreau (Coordinator, Communication Center; Lecturer, Communication Studies) presented a paper, "Help-Seeking Behaviors, Communication Anxiety, and Communication Center Usage", at the Southern States Communication Conference in Memphis in April.
Laura Schubert (Instructor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center) presented a paper, "Taking Tutors out of the Center: Shaping Peer Tutors into Professional Participants in the Discipline," at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference in Newark in April.
Dr. Martin Cohen (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published a book review of "Reforming the presidential Nomination Process," edited by Steven S. Smith and Melanie J. Springer, in the June 2010 issue of Perspectives on Politics.
Dr. Anthony J. Eksterowicz (Professor Emeritus, Political Science) and Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt (Head and Professor, Justice Studies; Professor, Political Science) wrote a book, "Presidents and War," that was published by NOVA Science Publishers, New York, in August 2010. From August 2010 until December 2010, the journal White House Studies, which is edited by Eksterowicz, will publish issues on the topics of Presidential Power, Popular Culture and the Presidency.
Dr. Gary R. Kirk (Assistant Professor, Political Science) and alumna Beth Vahabzadeh Nolan wrote "Nonprofit mission statement focus and financial performance," an article published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Vol. 20, Issue 4, pp. 473-490, 2010.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) published "U.S. Interests in Promoting Security across the Sahara" in the journal of American Foreign Policy Interest. The essay argues how America needs to be proactive in promoting a resolution of conflict for security across the Sahara border on the basis of only political realism.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published an article, "Is a Transdisciplinary Perspective on Economic Complexity Possible?" in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, July 2010, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. 3-11. This is the lead article in a special issue on Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Economic Complexity that contains papers that were presented at a conference of that name on the JMU campus in May 2008. Rosser organized and hosted the conference.
Dr. Kurt Schick (Director, JMU Learning Centers; Associate Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication), Olivia Mankowski (Peer Tutor, University Writing Center), Karen McDonnell (Instructor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication/University Writing Center), Tiffany Bryant (Graduate Assistant, University Writing Center), Alicia Wendt (Peer Tutor, University Writing Center) and Dr. Michael Moghtader (Associate Professor, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication) published an article, "The Idea of a Writing Center Course," in The Writing Lab Newsletter (May/June).
Dr. Karen A. Ford (Professor, Social Work) and Dr. Gary R. Kirk (Assistant Professor, Political Science) are working with the local chapter of the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, JMU's Outreach and Engagement and the Community Foundation to provide management and leadership training to staff and board members from regional nonprofit organizations. The Nonprofit Institute spans seven months and includes training from leaders and experts in the field of nonprofit management. Students who complete the program earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) is a member of the Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section, Center for Scientific Review for the term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2016. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.