Madison Scholarly News—April 2011
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $6,673 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families by providing education, resources and support through Healthy Families Page County. Akerson received $1,063 from the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services for the Healthy Families Shenandoah County, Quality Childcare Initiative.
Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics) received $98,732 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for Phase II of the Smith Creek Virginia Headwaters Brook Trout Restoration to make improvements in the brook trout resources in the eastern United States by converting riparian and upland pastures to bottomland and upland forests.
Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Professor, Chemistry) and Dr. Gina MacDonald (Professor, Chemistry) received $109,442 from the National Science Foundation for the Research for Undergraduates Site: Integrating Hearing and Deaf Students in Chemical Research to provide undergraduate chemistry research students with the opportunity to develop improved communication tools and methods in science, as well as enhance day-to-day communication between hearing and deaf students.
Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $9,600 from the Manassas Museum System to support an archaeological project to determine the presence or absence of a stockade or palisade that would have enclosed the Cannon Branch earthwork.
Dr. Katrina E. Gobetz (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to test the accuracy and range of the "plaque record" as a gauge of dietary trends that may have accompanied ecosystem shifts and to test a paleontological hypothesis that nutritional stress played a significant role in the behavior, evolution and extinction of herbivores.
Dr. Daniel K. Havey (Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $7,750 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide an undergraduate student with research experience at the laboratories of the NIST.
Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $800,000 from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to advance the development and deployment of wind power in Virginia through a Small Wind Training and Testing Facility.
Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $7,700 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide an undergraduate student with research experience at the laboratories of the NIST.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Kevin Giovanetti (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $115,000 from the National Science Foundation for "Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions" to explore the transition between the perturbative and the nonperturbative regimes, quark confinement and hadronization, and measurements of fundamental quantities.
Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $66,893 from the Environmental Protection Agency for "Reducing Greenhouse Gases Through Low-Cost Energy Management and 'Green' Programming in University Residence Halls" to assess the feasibility of achieving significant reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gases emissions using a set of low-cost and short-payback best practices.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $173,597 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide training development and provision for the Home Visiting Consortium Services. Race received $70,995 from the Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Medical College of Wisconsin, for "A Multistate Analysis of the Impact of HIV Exposure Laws" to recruit statewide samples of people living with HIV and HIV-negative persons a high risk for the infection for data collection sessions. Race received $32,603 from the Virginia Department of Health to provide management services and implement the Virginia Medical Interpreter Training Grants Program.
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) and Dr. Suzanne L. Fiederlein (Associate Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $278,753 from the U.S. Department of State for the PM/WRA Senior Managers' Course to foster management skills at the senior level of global mine-action activities by providing managers with the tools necessary to make effective policy and practice decisions.
Dr. Brian C. Utter (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $45,268 from the National Science Foundation for "Flow and Rheology of Particle-Fluid Suspensions with Variable Hydrophobicity" to understand the influence of surface chemistry on the jamming and flowing of submerged granular flows.
Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $7,875 from the National Science Foundation for "Research for Undergraduates Request: INTEROP—Spatial Ontology Community of Practice: An Interdisciplinary Network to Support Geospatial Data Sharing, Integration and Interoperability" to support an undergraduate student to help monitor, develop and test education materials, including work with the geospatial ontology body of knowledge as a potential add-on to the University Consortium of GIScience BOK project.
William R. Wilson (Director, Madison Institutes) received $67,953 from the Center for Civic Education to implement the National High-Risk Upper Elementary "We The People" Institute.
Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) received $83,030 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. for the Economic Education Consultant Program to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance with materials.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented the opening invited plenary lecture, "Complex Dynamics in Urban-Regional Systems and Patterns of Development," at the International Conference on Nonlinear Dynamics in Economics and Financial Modeling at Guangzhou University, China, March 31-April 2.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) published a chapter, "Nonlinear Dynamics in Urban and Regional Systems," in the book, "Nonlinear Economic Dynamics," edited by Tonu Puu and Anastaiia Panchuk, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2011, pp. 113-126.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) and Dr. Maria V. Rosser (Professor, Economics) published a book review of "Rediscovering Fire: Basic Economic Lessons from the Soviet Experience" by Guniver L. Nell, in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, April 2011, vol. 78, nos. 1-2, pp. 192-195.