Madison Scholarly News—October 2011
Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received two grants from the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services — $17,280 for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County- Safe and Stable Families" and $4,125 for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County- Quality Childcare Initiative-Fiscal Year 2012" to meet the needs of at-risk families in Shenandoah County by providing education, resources and support. Akerson received $760 from the Shenandoah County Community Service Act for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County."
Dr. Thomas R. Benzing (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $1,460 from DuPont De Nemours and Company to provide three student interns who will assist in an ecological study that seeks to understand the fate and effects of mercury on the South River and its associated ecosystem and $151,761 from the Department of Conservation and Recreation for "TMDL/Watershed Field Coordinator, Shenandoah and Upper James River Watersheds" to assist the Department of Conservation and Recreation in meeting its Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load responsibilities and implementing local nonpoint source TMDL requirements.
Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics) received $25,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for "Brook Trout and Climate Change" to rank brook trout habitats in West Virginia and Maryland on resiliency to climate change.
Dr. Patty J. Hale (Professor, Nursing) received $26,994 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the "Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Stipend for the Underserved Rural Virginia" to apply for traineeship funding to support current and future students in the JMU nursing department graduate program.
Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $24,871 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital for "Drug Free Communities Mentor Grant" to address substance abuse in culturally appropriate ways and learn environmental strategies through praxis.
Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,321 from Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery Inc. to provide services to individuals affected by brain injuries, maximizing rehabilitation and contributing to the community.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,925 from various public schools for the K-12 GIS Software Site License Consortium to facilitate the distribution of the ArcGIS software package to Virginia teachers.
Dr. Margaret M. Kyger (Assistant Dean, College of Education; Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) received $89,676 from the U.S. Department of Education for "RISE: Restructuring K-12 Special Education Program to Build Resilient, Informed Special Educators – Year 3" to offer integrated training and practice opportunities that will enhance the competencies of beginning special education teachers for providing effective services and instruction in academic subjects to children with high incidence disabilities in K-12 classrooms.
Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, The Graduate School; Professor, Exceptional Education), Melinda B. Bright (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, T/TAC) received $247,135 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Region 5 Training and Technical Assistance Center: Section 619 Support" to support statewide efforts and activities designed to enhance service effectiveness for personnel in superintendents' Region 5 who serve children and youth with disabilities.
Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) received $24,000 from Pearson Education to prepare materials in connection with the textbook titled "Biological Science, Fifth Edition."
Dr. John B. Noftsinger (Vice Provost for Research and Public Service; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director, Research Development and Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) received $1,162,776 from i2 Inc. for "Visual Investigative Analysis Software License."
Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $13,629 from the U.S. Department of Education for "Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement" to coordinate STEM coursework offered and to develop, deploy and communicate results of STEM secondary content course and elementary institute science concept needs assessments among the teachers participating in the project.
Dr. Kristen E. St. John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $10,700 from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers to serve as editor-in-chief for three volumes of the Journal of Geoscience Education.
Dr. Lee G. Sternberger (Associate Provost, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, International Programs) and Dr. Margaret B. Shaeffer (Associate Dean, College of Education) received $174,994 from the International Research and Exchange Board for the "International Leaders in Education Program" to carry out a semester-long program to showcase the best of the U.S. educational concepts, technology, civic life and culture for up to 16 foreign secondary-level teachers in a range of disciplines.
Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $23,024 from the National Science Foundation for "INTEROP-Spatial Ontology Community of Practice: An Interdisciplinary Network to Support Geospatial Data Sharing, Integration and Interoperability/Year 2" to develop and deliver educational materials related to the portal, tools and ontological repository for use in undergraduate university courses.
Dr. Allison Graves Kretlow (Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education) presented "A Model of Professional Development for RtI" at the Response to Intervention: Making the Connection with Higher Education Symposium held Oct. 28 at JMU. Kretlow was a co-presenter in the plenary session "Infusing RtI for Preservice and Inservice Teachers through University-School Partnerships" at the symposium, which was sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Student Services. Dr. Laura Desportes (Head and Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) and Dr. Susan Barnes (Assistant Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) coordinated the symposium in conjunction with the DOE.
Dr. Bidyut Chakrabarty (Mahatma Gandhi Visiting Chair in Global Nonviolence) wrote "Corporate Social Responsibility in India," a textbook published by Taylor & Francis Inc.