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Madison Scholarly News—January 2011


Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $23,578 from the Department of Social Services for "Healthy Families Page County" for fiscal year 2011. Akerson also received $360 from the Shenandoah County Community Service Act for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County." Both grants continue to meet the needs of at-risk families by providing education, resources and support.

Dr. Judith A. Flohr (Professor, Kinesiology) received $700 from the Department of Health and Human Services for National Women's Health Week: Come to the MBC to Learn ABCs to increase participant's awareness of the role of physical activity in reducing the risk for breast cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) received $75,000 from Carmeuse Lime and Stone to complete the phase I cultural resource inventory of the Middle Marsh Project Area west of Middletown, Va.

Dr. John W. Gilje (Professor, Chemistry) received $80,000 from the Research Corporation to seek methods to further integrate undergraduate research experiences into the chemistry and physics department curriculum.

Dr. Paul B. Goodall (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,000 from AgWater Technologies LLC to provide opportunities for undergraduates to conduct water testing in conjunction with this industrial partner.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director, Office on Children and Youth) received $1,010 from Harrisonburg Public Schools for Gus Bus Site Visits to provide weekly support in the surrounding area to encourage early learning and literacy. 

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $25,035 from Northwestern University for assessing student spatial thinking skills through classroom video and observation.

Dr. Joshua M. Linder (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) received $8,870 from the Denver Zoological Park to monitor wildlife and human activities in Korup National Park, Cameroon.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $85,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for the Chesapeake Clean Energy Initiative to further facilitate the development of a community-scale wind power facility on Tangier Island. Miles also received $67,050 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for the State Outreach and Speakers Association to provide support to the Virginia Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University to maintain an appropriate rate of responsiveness to the demand in services and to upgrade resources. Miles also received $25,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to repackage the Virginia Renewable Siting Scoring System for wind and wind ordinance training materials, as well as make them available online and to disseminate information through a series of workshops.

Dr. Kevin P. Minbiole (Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $1,026 from DuPont Crop Protection for crop protection agents to synthesize biologically relevant natural products and related structures for testing and evaluation of properties useful for agricultural and horticultural crop protection agents.

Dr. Brianna S. Quinn (Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education) received $23,720 from the Virginia Department of Education to develop and deliver courses via distance education, expand student participation and carry out administrative responsibilities for the Visual Impairments Consortium.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $4,048 from the Virginia Department of Health for the Wise Woman/Every Woman's Life Program to design, direct, implement and evaluate the project, which focuses on adding preventive health services such as nutrition and physical activity to EWL breast and cervical cancer screening services. Race also received $2,045 from the Virginia Department of Health for Health Education/Communication Coordinator to provide the position of health education/communication coordinator to coordinate the public education, professional development and recruitment components of Every Woman's Life.

Dr. Judith T. Rocchiccioli (Professor, Nursing) received $26,795 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for advanced education nursing traineeship for the underserved areas of rural Virginia to support full- and part-time, current and future graduate students in the nurse practitioner and nurse educator tracks at JMU.


Dr. Conley K. McMullen (Associate Professor, Biology) was elected to several leadership positions. He was elected a governing member of the Charles Darwin Foundation, secretary of the Association of Southeastern Biologists and chair of the botany section of the Virginia Academy of Science.


Dr. Jennifer Byrne (Assistant Professor, Political Science) presented "Home is where the Heart Is?: National Identity and Attitudes Towards Local Integration Among Liberian Refugees in Ghana" at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Conley K. McMullen (Associate Professor, Biology) and J. Stutzman presented "A taxonomic revision of the endemic members of Cordia L. (Boraginaceae) in the Galapagos Islands" at the Virginia Academy of Science in Harrisonburg.

Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) presented "The University Mission: Jane Stanford and the Uses of California's Spanish Era" at the Southeastern College Art Conference in Richmond in October 2010; "White Gold: Edwin Crocker and Charles Christian Nahl's Sunday Morning in the Mines" at the Southwest Art History Conference in Taos, N.M., in October 2010; and "Buyers' Market: Painting Labor and the Labor of Painting in an Era of Capital" at the Palmer Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania State University, in November 2010.

Dr. Amy Paugh (Associate Professor, Anthropology) presented "Children's Code-switching during Imaginary Role Play in Dominica, West Indies" at the 2010 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in November.


Dr. Scott J. Hammond (Professor, Political Science) published the book, "The Centrality of the Good: Reflections on Politics and Being," by Lexington Press in November 2010.

Dr. Howard L. Lubert (Associate Professor, Political Science) published “Sovereignty and Liberty in William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England” in The Review of Politics 72 (Spring 2010).

Dr. Conley K. McMullen (Associate Professor, Biology) published "Nocturnal and diurnal pollination of Clerodendrum molle (Verbenaceae) in the Galapagos Islands" in Plant Systematics and Evolution. McMullen also published"Changes in the islands that changed the world: Galapagos phytogeography and the invasive species problem" in Southwest Biology volume 57. McMullen, A. Weeks and K.E. Baird published "Origin and evolution of endemic Galapagos Varronia species (Cordiaceae)" in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution volume 57. 

Dr. John W. Ott (Associate Professor, Art History) published an essay, "The Manufactured Patron: Staging Bourgeois Identity through Art Consumption in Postbellum America," in "The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century" (Palgrave Press, 2010), edited by Sven Beckert and Julia Rosenbaum.

Dr. Amy Paugh (Associate Professor, Anthropology) published a reprint of her article, "Multilingual Play: Children's Code-switching, Role Play, and Agency in Dominica, West Indies," in the edited book, "Anthropological Linguistics: Theories and Practices" (Critical Concepts in Language Studies Series) by Routledge in December 2010. The article was first published in Language in Society 34(1) in 2005.

Dr. Megan E. Tracy (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) wrote an article, "The Mutability of Melamine: A Transductive Account of a Scandal," which was published in Anthropology Today, Volume 26, Issue 6.

Dr. Yi Edward Yang (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published his 2010 article, “Leaders’ Conceptual Complexity and Foreign Policy Change: Comparing the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Foreign Policies toward China," in the Chinese Journal of International Politics 3(4): 415-446.

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