Madison Scholarly News—February 2012
Dr. Christopher G. Clinard (Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $20,000 from the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation for "Effects of Aging on Dynamic Frequency Representation" to understand how aging affects the perception and neural representation of frequency.
Dr. L. Scott Eaton (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $29,200 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for "Landslide Hazard Mapping of Page County, Virginia."
Dr. Mark L. Gabriele (Associate Professor, Biology) received $320,135 from the National Institutes of Health for "Eph-eprhin Signaling in Mapping Auditory Midbrain Circuitry" to determine how Eph receptors and ephrins guide patterned auditory circuit formation, to test their functional importance and to apply mechanisms learned to fields of plasticity, recovery and regeneration.
Dr. Linda C. Halpern (Dean, University Studies; Professor, Art, Design and Art History) received $40,000 from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for "Blue Ridge Community College-JMU Quality Collaboratives Project" to increase the number and explore more fully the success of BRCC students who transfer into two educational areas of need at JMU: teacher education/interdisciplinary liberal studies and selected science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors.
Dr. Teresa T. Harris (Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) received $400,000 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to conduct a statewide early childhood needs assessment and fiscal mapping project.
Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Interim Director, School of Engineering; Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $3,500 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital Healthcare for "GIS Analysis of Health Indicators in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County" to provide GIS support and analysis for the RMH Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant, which will focus on reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in Rockingham County among 15-24 year-olds.
Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received $22,587 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for "Radio Community Service Grant-Corporation for Public Broadcasting-Calendar Year 2012."
Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology) received $127,287 from the National Science Foundation for "RUI: Beta-amylases and transitory starch metabolism in Arabidopsis leaves."
Dr. Carole L. Nash (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Eric H. Maslen (Director and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) and Dr. James W. Wilson (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $4,929 from Trout Unlimited for "Architectural and Archaeological Investigations Associated with Proposed Partial Dam Removal and Stream Restoration, Mossy Creek."
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $17,000 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining for "GICHD Accident Surveillance System" to conduct a detailed analysis of the ERW/mine victim information systems of four countries to provide a comprehensive picture data type, structure, collection and management and to inform the ERW/mine action operations and survivor assistance programs.
Dr. Kyle N. Seifert (Assistant Professor, Biology) and Dr. Robert L. McKown (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $58,525 from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command to study the levels of the novel glycoprotein lacritin in human tears after laser refractive surgery.
Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education) received $42,146 from Virginia city and county donors for the "Robotics STEM Project" to provide sponsorship of robotics teams.
Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $36,231 from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology for "Technology Assistance with Implementation and Operation of Transportable Array Element of USArray and EarthScope: VA-1" to provide technical assistance for the implementation and development of the Transportable Array by completing siting reconnaissance and permit inquiries.
Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and perform research on dengue virus at the University of Colima in Mexico during the 2011-12 academic year.
Dr. Christian S. Davis (Assistant Professor, History) wrote "Colonialism, Antisemitism and Germans of Jewish Descent in Imperial Germany," a book published by the University of Michigan Press.