Madison Scholarly News—March 2010
Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) received the 2009 Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for the most distinguished contribution to American Art, the scholarly journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum for his essay "Reform in Redface: The Taos Society of Artists Play Indian."
Susan D. Zurbrigg (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) had several of her paintings exhibited in the lobby of Court Square Theatre March 5.
Dr. Steven G. Cresawn (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $173,022 from the National Institutes of Health to acquire knowledge that will eventually lead to the treatment and prevention of an infectious disease, Buruli ulcer.
Dr. Rory A. DePaolis (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $21,248 from the University of York to explore the differences in infant directed speech between American and British-English.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $3,500 from Carmeuse Lime and Stone to complete phases II and III levels of archaeology on the sites on the Northern Reserve Parcel in Middletown, Va.
Ginger L. Griffin (Assistant Director, Child Development Clinic) received $345,806 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to raise awareness of the importance of proper social, emotional and behavioral development of infants and toddlers; to provide professional training to child care providers on social, emotional and behavioral development; and to create a screening system to determine the level of intervention needed for at-risk children.
Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $472,145 from the Virginia Department of Health to assure the provision of comprehensive, essential health and support services for individuals and families with HIV infection.
Dr. W. Christopher Hughes (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Brian H. Augustine (Associate Professor, Chemistry) received $44,000 from the National Science Foundation to encourage students to identify themselves as scientists through their participation in actual materials science research, their close interaction with faculty and other students, and the communication of their results at regional and national meetings.
Abram T. Kaufman (Coordinator, Facilities Management) and Dr. Christie J. Brodrick Hartman (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $27,850 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to create an outdoor green pavilion that demonstrates the use of sustainable technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines and recyclable materials.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $8,700 from the Virginia Geographic Alliance to sponsor the third National Summit on Geospatial Technologies, a two-day conference on the use of geospatial technologies across the kindergarten-12 curriculum, coupled with a two-day workshop on geospatial technologies for Virginia secondary geography instructors.
Dr. LouAnn Lovin (Associate Professor of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education) and Judy B. Kidd (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received grants of $335,276 and $226,805 from the Virginia Department of Education to enhance teachers' content knowledge of the mathematics embedded within Virginia's 2009 k-3 Mathematics Standards of Learning and 4-6 Mathematics Standards of Learning, respectively.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $294,131 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to provide administration, management and consultancy services to the department in support of small wind projects in the state. Miles also received $40,000 from the department to continue implementing the Wind Powering America program.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $18,750 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.
Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) and Dr. Jeffrey D. Tang (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $2,687,504 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to increase the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles as a means to reduce U.S. dependence on imported petroleum, increase fuel economy and improve emissions.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger Jr. (Vice Provost, Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $2,000 from the Verizon Foundation to provide sponsorship of the innovation in kindergarten-12 education at the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Gala.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $12,250 from the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Foundation to develop and implement a training module for the Spanish-speaking immigrant populations in order to increase knowledge about alcohol and substance abuse as well as treatment resources in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community. Race also received grants of $93,907 and $57,274 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide training development and provisions for the Home Visiting Consortium.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $5,000 from the city of Harrisonburg, $1,500 from Page County and $500 from Highland County to support the Small Business Development Center.
Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $36,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide funding for a high-quality health and physical education content/teaching summer institute.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology), Dr. Anna M. Courtier (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science), Alyson Wood (Senior Field Archaeologist, Archaeology Lab), April K. Mort (Student, Geology and Environmental Studies) and Kimberly Tinkham (Research Associate, Archaeology Lab) presented papers at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference in Ocean City, Md. Wood presented “An Objective Approach to Understanding Data Recovered During Metal Detection at Cedar Creek Battlfield through the Quantitative Examination of Variables," which was recognized as the most outstanding presentation at the conference. Mort presented a paper that was co-authored with Courtier, "Ground Penetrating Radar Study of Site 44STO286: Military Encampment at Camp Misery, Virginia." Geier presented "More Chaos at Meadow Brook," a paper he wrote with Tinkham that assessed the results of field methods applied at military sites associated with the Battle of Cedar Creek in Frederick County.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) and Dr. Marina V. Rosser (Professor, Economics) presented a paper, “Can Economics of Civilization Encompass New Institutional and New Traditional Economics? The Case of Neo-Confucian Korea,” at the Eastern Economic Association conference in Philadelphia, Feb. 26-28.
Dr. Susan E. Kruck (Professor, Computer Information Systems), Nancy L. Harris (Lecturer, Computer Science), Dr. Pauline K. Cushman (Interim Head, Integrated Science and Technology; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology and Computer Science) and Dr. Robin D. Anderson (Associate Director, Assessment and Research Studies) published "Technology Majors: Why are Women Absent," in the Journal for Computer Information Systems, 50(2), Winter 2009-10, 23-30.
Dr. J. Peter Pham (Associate Professor, Justice Studies, Political Science and Africana Studies) reviewed Edward N. Luttwak's "The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire," in the Royal United Services Institute Journal. Pham also wrote a chapter, "AFRICOM: Terrorism and Security Challenges in Africa," published in U.S. Strategy in Africa: AFRICOM, Terrorism and Security Challenges.
Dr. Stephen C. Poulson (Assistant Professor, Sociology) and Colin Campbell of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wrote "Isomorphism, Institutional Parochialism, and the Sociology of Religion," which was published in The American Sociologist, 41(1), 31-47.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published a chapter, “Constructivist Logic and Emergent Evolution in Economic Complexity,” in Computability, Constructive and Behavioural Economic Dynamics: Essays in Honour of Kumaraswamy (Vela) Velupillai, 184-197, Routledge.
Dr. Sue E. Spivey (Professor, Justice Studies) and Dr. Christine M. Robinson (Associate Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) wrote "Genocidal Intentions: Social Death and the Ex-Gay Movement," which was published in Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, 5(1), 68-88.