Madison Scholarly News—March 2011
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $10,000 from the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Foundation to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families in Shenandoah County by providing education, resources and support.
Dr. Harold M. Butner (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $74,682 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for "Disc Emission via a Bias-Free Reconnaissance in the Infrared/Sub-millimetre-Supplement" to contribute to the DEBRIS survey with analysis of the Herschel data.
Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology) received $6,000 from the International Mind, Brain and Education Society for the Pedagogical Innovations Project to contribute to the funding and growth of the International Mind, Brain and Educational Society and the creation of the journal, Mind, Brain, Education.
Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $14,169 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Literacy Education and Reading Network to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high-school diploma or complete a GED that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning and productive employment. Hartzler-Weakley also received $126,014 from the Virginia Department of Education for Migrant Education 2010-2011 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 $6,257 from Crossroads to Brain Recovery Inc. to provide services to individuals affected by brain injuries, maximizing rehabilitation and contributing to the community.
Chelsea L. Jenkins (Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities) and Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) received $50,000 from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for "Omnibus IV: Outreach and Engagement" to advance a collaborative electric vehicle readiness plan to address short-term issues for impending 2011 electric vehicle deployment as well as to begin planning for long-term issues.
Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) received $12,000 from Pearson Education to prepare certain materials in connection with a work, "Biological Science," Fifth Edition.
Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director of Research Development, Research and Public Service) and Dr. Jeffrey D. Tang (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $399,921 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for "Paving the Way with Propane: The Propane AutoGas Corridor Development Project" 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. Abdelrahman M. Rabie (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $4,059 from HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc. to monitor and assist in the setup of a testing site under HDT technical supervision.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $14,750 from the Virginia Department of Health to coordinate and provide training sessions developed by the Virginia Department of Health on the Public Health Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence for family planning clinic nurses and home visitors.
Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $132,156 from the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Central Region Small Business Development Center.
Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $36,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the 2011 Health and Physical Activity Institute to provide funding for a high-quality health and physical education content/teaching summer institute.
Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $22,651 from the National Science Foundation for "INTEROP—Spatial Ontology Community of Practice: An Interdisciplinary Network to Support Geospatial Data Sharing, Integration and Interoperability" to develop and deliver educational materials related to the portal, tools and ontological repository for use in undergraduate university courses.
Dr. Nikitah Imani (Associate Professor, Sociology) presented "Race, Place and the May Town Center Project January 2009-June 2010" on March 3 at Fisk and Vanderbilt universities and March 4 at Tennessee State University.
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics and Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented a paper, "Complex Dynamics and Global Warming," at the meetings of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics at George Washington University, March 17-18.
Alyson L. Wood (Research Assistant, Archaeology), Sarah Ellis (Senior) and Katie Cross (Alumna) presented papers at the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference March 19-20 in Ocean City, Md. Wood presented "Horseshoes, Nails and Spencer Bullets: Preliminary Discussions of Wesley Merritt's Cavalry Camp, Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864." Ellis presented "Hill Top Plantation: Urban Archaeology and Community Identity." Cross presented "Least Resistance? Cost-Path Analysis and Hunter-Gather Mobility in the Virginia Blue Ridge."
Dr. James Shaeffer (Associate Vice Provost, Outreach and Engagement) has been appointed as the new president for the University of Professional and Continuing Education Association. Shaeffer has served on the association's Board of Directors for more than 10 years and has served as treasurer and as chair of the Division of Special Session, Certificate and Off-Campus Programs and chair of the National Awards Committee.