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Madison Scholarly News—May 2011

GRANTS

Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $1,240 from the Shenandoah County Community Service Act for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County" to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families by providing education, resources and support. Akerson received $1,000 from the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services for the Healthy Families Shenandoah County Quality Childcare Initiative.

Dr. Justin W. Brown (Assistant Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to determine if brainstem areas that are rich in serotonin mediate the cardiovascular and thermoregulatory responses to a hypoxic stress.

Dr. Corey L. Cleland (Associate Professor, Biology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Spatial Transformations in the Hind Limb Withdrawal Response" to understand the principles by which sensory information is used to program movements.

Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Krisztina Varga (Assistant Professor, Psychology) received $7,500 from the International Mind, Brain and Education Society to contribute to the funding and growth of IMBES and the creation of a journal, Mind, Brain, Education.

Dr. Rory A. DePaolis (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $6,328 from the University of York to explore the differences in infant directed speech between American and British English.

Dr. Michael D. Gubser (Assistant Professor, History) received $64,000 from the American Council of Learned Societies for the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $3,893 from the Virginia Department of Education 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.

Abram T. Kaufman (Stormwater Coordinator, Facilities Management) and Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman (Executive Director, Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $70,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to support several storm water management activities on the campus of JMU.

Dr. Joshua M. Linder (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) received $3,250 from Primate Conservation Inc. for "Monitoring large mammals and human activities in Korup National Park, Cameroon" to conduct surveys to assess spatial and temporal trends in primate and other large mammal abundance and in human activities, especially bushmeat hunting.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,100,000 from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to advance the business plan for the National Offshore Wind Technology Center, to analyze the feasibility of turbine sites and to provide resource characterization, due diligence and necessary environmental documentation for the proposed test site facilities.

Dr. Scott A. Paulson (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to study the relationship between the atomic scale structure and electrical properties of double-walled carbon nanotubes.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $213,573 from the Virginia Department of Health for the HIV Consortium for the Northwest Region to assure the provision of comprehensive, essential health and support services for individuals and families with HIV infection.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) and Susannah Lepley (Program Director, Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center) received $14,725 from the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Foundation to facilitate an increase in knowledge within the Spanish-speaking immigrant community about behavioral health in the United States, to increase knowledge about immigrant issues among behavioral health professionals and to collaborate among a diverse group of immigrants and behavioral health professionals to create a community plan to work on the most urgent immigrant behavioral health issues.

Henry A. Reeves (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $165,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to contact small and medium businesses to introduce them to the services of the SBDC and to provide counseling to the businesses to help business owners reach their goals.

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $70,992 from Fibertek Inc. for the Journal of Mine Action/R&D Technology Section, 2011-12 to facilitate the exchange of information relevant to issues of test and evaluation and of research and development for mine action.

Dr. Sean T. Scully (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $12,501 from NASA Goddard for "AGN Unification and Their Fermi Gamma Ray Spectra" to extend the development of this model to Radio Loud AGN and its application to the LAT blazar observations.

Dr. Dinesh R. Sharma (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $6,280 from Florida State University for the second year of "Telephone CBT for Depressed African-American Dementia Caregivers" to perform all statistical analyses on both pilot and interim main study data.

Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Executive Director, International Programs), Dr. Brillian Muhonja (Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures), Lt. Col. Robert E. Pettit III (Head and Professor, Military Science), Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, International Programs) and Dr. Giuliana Fazzion (Head and Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received $208,458 from the Institute of International Education Inc. for "Project GO" to improve the language skills and regional expertise of future military officers through the ROTC Dukes Battalion and to strengthen the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, particularly in Swahili language offerings.

Dr. Trevor F. Stokes (Director, Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center; Alvin V. Baird Chair, Psychology) received $18,000 from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Program to provide an internship for a student in the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County school systems.

Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. John H. Johnson Jr. (Visiting Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $27,500 from the Mathematical Association of America to continue the Mentoring for Minorities in Mathematics summer program to foster mathematical development and personal mentorship.

Dr. C. Steven Whisnant (Head and Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $81,000 from the National Science Foundation for "RUI: Study of Photonuclear Physics with Polarized Beams and Targets" 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.


HONORS

Dr. Anca Constantin (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) is one of 48 early career scientists at primarily undergraduate institutions in the United States to receive the spring 2011 Cottrell College Science Awards to support significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty and their students. The Research Corporation for Science Advancement awarded Constantin $35,000 for "A multi-dimensional exploration of the physical properties of cosmic masers' host galaxies."

JMU's Center for Instructional Technology with the Madison Digital Image Database won the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council's Innovation in Higher Education award at the Tech Nite 11 annual awards gala May 5. Kevin Hegg (Assistant Director, Systems and R&D, CIT) and Andreas Knab (Lead Software Developer, CIT) received the award.


PRESENTATIONS

Jillian Myers (Student), advised by Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology), presented "The synergistic interaction of Rana muscosa antimicrobial peptides and the bacterially produced metabolite, 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol on the mortality of the zoospores of a lethal amphibian fungal pathogen," which won the first-place poster award at the Shenandoah Valley American Society for Microbiology Student Group held April 9 at Bridgewater College. Second-place honors went to Jonathan Barrett, Stephanie Trapani, Andy Montgomery, Brittany Aeschlimann and Russell Green, advised by Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. Steven G. Cresawn (Assistant Professor, Biology), for their poster, "The Genomic Characterization and Analysis of a Novel Group of Bacillus pumilus Bacteriophages."

Dr. J. Barkley Rosser Jr. (Professor, Economics; Kirby L. Cramer Jr. Professor of Business Administration) presented "Complexity and Evolution" at the Workshop on Integrating Evolutionary Theory into Behavioral Economics, held May 5-7 at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center at Duke University.

Greg Werner (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics) presented "Lifts, Jumps and Sprints to Develop Sports Performance" and "Nutrient Timing" at the 5th Annual Valley Health Coaches' Conference held April 9 in Winchester. Werner presented "The Freshman and Sophomore Years: Developing A Foundation for Success" at the Mid-Atlantic Strength and Conditioning Coaches Clinic held April 30 in Amherst and "Training for Athletic Performance: A Multi-Dimensional Model" during the Midwest Sports Performance Conference at the University of Kansas, May 13 and 14.

Callye Williams (Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach, Intercollegiate Athletics) presented "Dynamic Warm-ups and Active Isolated Stretching" at the 5th Annual Valley Health Coaches' Conference held April 9 in Winchester and at the Mid-Atlantic Strength and Conditioning Coaches Clinic held April 30 in Amherst.


SERVICE

Greg Werner (Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning, Intercollegiate Athletics) was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association during the professional organization's May 4-6 national conference in Kansas City, Mo.


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