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Madison Scholarly News—September 2011


Emily K. Akerson (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received two grants from the Virginia Department of Social Services—$47,882 for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County" and $22,608 for "Healthy Families Page County" to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families by providing education, resources and support. Akerson received $9,210 from Valley Program for Aging Services Inc. to provide educational and administrative services and $100 from the Shenandoah County Community Service Act for "Healthy Families Shenandoah County."

Dr. Elizabeth A. Arnold (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $5,525 from the Mathematical Association of America for "Expanding Your Horizons Day with Follow-up" to fund a conference for girls in grades 7-10 with follow-up activities to stimulate the participants' interest in math, to provide them with female scientist role models and to foster awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers.

Dr. David F. Brakke (Dean, College of Science and Mathematics; Professor, Biology, Geology and Environmental Studies) received $60,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service for the "Watershed Fragmentation of Aquatic Ecosystems: GIS analysis of Non-National Forest Lands."

Dr. Florian P. Buchholz (Associate Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Hossain M. Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) received $916,714 from the National Science Foundation for "Scholarship for Service: Digital Forensics and Undergraduate Information Security" to provide scholarship support for undergraduate students for a bachelor of science degree in computer science and information security certification and to provide scholarship support for graduate students for a master's degree in computer science with a concentration in digital forensics.

Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry) received $9,500 from the Academy of Applied Sciences for the 2012 Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education; Professor, Adult Education) received three grants from the Virginia Department of Education—$200,000 to establish the Smithland Community Learning Center, linking the Big Brothers Big Sisters AMP IT UP Academic Mentoring program and the Career Development Academy Adult and Family Learning Center for quality out-of-school, extended day programming, $200,000 to establish a Community Learning Center at Skyline Middle School and $150,000 for the Career Development Academy to offer English Literacy Civics services to area immigrants and refugees for their achievement of English language proficiency and civic understanding.

Dr. Clarence R. Geier (Professor, Anthropology) received $75,115 from Carmeuse Lime & Stone to assess the remaining, currently forested, parcels of land of the Middle Marsh Tract west of Middletown, Va., Nieswander's Fort and Wesley Merritt's Cavalry Camp.

Dr. Anthony S. Hartshorn (Assistant Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) and Vickie Bakker (Project Director) received $21,677 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for "An Assessment of the Biological Impact of Contaminants and Management Actions That Influence Long-Term Persistence of the California Condor" to investigate the biological impact of environmental contaminants (e.g., lead, DDE, micro-trash, PBDEs, rodenticides) on the survivorship and or/reproductive success of California condors.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $26,242 from the Virginia Department of Health for "VDH Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence Training" to support the implementation of Project Connect in Virginia to improve health response to domestic and sexual violence.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $100,981 from the Virginia Department of Health for the "Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia" to improve campus-based suicide prevention and intervention at Virginia institutions of higher education.

Dr. Melinda G. Ivey (Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) received $31,808 to provide high-quality professional development for high-school English teachers and $8,000 from the International Reading Association for "A Mixed Methods Study of Literacy Engagement and Its Influence on Youth Identities and Relationships" to determine how and why a shift in teaching practice, in effect a shift in teacher-student power relations, affects student identities and social relationships.

Dr. Gary R. Kirk (Assistant Professor, Political Science), Dr. Liliokanaio X. Peaslee (Assistant Professor, Political Science) and Dr. Amanda J. Cleveland (Assistant Professor, Political Science) received $438,229 from the U.S. Department of Justice for "Testing the Impact of Mentor Training and Peer Support on the Quality of Mentor-Mentee Relationships and Outcomes for At-Risk Youth."

Dr. Lisa M. Maynard (Assistant Professor, Music) received $1,100 from the National String Project Consortium for the James Madison University String Project Year 5 of 5 to create assistantships for undergraduate string music education majors from JMU to gain hands-on teaching experiences while offering string instrument lessons to school-age students from the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County communities.

Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $50,325 from the National Institutes of Health for "Modeling Novel Treatments for Dry Eye – Year 5" to optimize lacritin's cyroprotective activity and understand its mechanism of action.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. S. Keith Holland (Assistant Professor, Engineering), Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Remy M. Luerssen (Administrator, Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative) received $45,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for "Wind Schools in Virginia Hosted by James Madison University, Phase II" to formalize the Wind Applications Center at JMU and to employ a novel Wind for Schools facilitation scheme for K-12 schools in Virginia.

Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) received $178,052 from Virginia Clean Cities Inc. for the "Virginia Clean Cities Entity Agreement – Fiscal Year 2012" to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends and fuel economy.

Dr. Robert J. Prins (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $1,000 from Outlier Electric Vehicles Inc. for "Development of a High Range Electric Motorcycle" to address the design and partial construction of an electric motorcycle.

Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $91,943 from the National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation for "Support to the Jordan Explosive Remnants of War Training Course 2010" and $55,230 from the U.S. Department of State for "CISR Fellowship Activities to Further PM/WRA Goals and Objectives" to provide a training opportunity and additional staffing support for PM/WRA through the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Humanitarian Mine Action Fellowship.

Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $25,000 from the American Auditory Society to support the editor-in-chief of Ear and Hearing, the official journal of the society.

William L. Simmons (Sergeant, Police and Public Safety) received $500 from Walmart to provide safety equipment for the JMU Police Department.

Dr. Lee Sternberger (Associate Provost, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, Office of International Programs), Dr. Guiliana Fazzion (Head and Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures), Dr. Jennifer E. Coffman (Associate Executive Director, Office of International Programs; Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Robert E. Pettit III (Head and Professor, Department of Military Science) and Dr. Brillian Muhonja (Assistant Professor, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures) received $251,759 from the Institute of International Education Inc. for "Project Go" to increase linguistic and cultural understanding among ROTC students and to build the Swahili language program at JMU.


Dr. William Wales (Assistant Professor, Management), Dr. Erik Monsen and Alexander McKelvie wrote "The Organizational Pervasiveness of Entrepreneurial Orientation," which was published in Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, 2011, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 895-923.

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