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Madison Scholarly News—January 2012


Sukjin Choi (Assistant Professor, Art and Art History), Corinne J. Diop (Professor, Art and Art History), Gary Freeburg (Associate Professor, Art and Art History), Rebecca Silberman (Associate Professor, Art and Art History), Gregory Stewart (Associate Professor, Art and Art History), Kenneth A. Szmagaj (Professor, Art and Art History), Allyson Mellberg Taylor (Assistant Professor, Art and Art History), Lisa Tubach (Associate Professor, Art), Dr. Cole H. Welter (Professor, Art and Art History) and Susan D. Zurbrigg (Associate Professor, Art and Art History) exhibited "Divergent Visions: The Graduate Art Faculty of James Madison University" in the Staunton Augusta Art Centerís R. R. Smith Center for History and Art.


Dr. L. Adriana Banu (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $25,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Studying the (alpha,p)-process in X-ray bursts using rare isotope ion beams" to study the experimentally unknown cross section of the 22Mg(alpha,p)25AI reaction at astrophysical relevant energies by measuring the time-inverse reaction 25Al(p,alpha)22Mg in inverse kinematics.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $5,000 from the Office on Children and Youth for teen pregnancy prevention.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $2,679 from Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery Inc. for Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, calendar year 2011 to provide services to individuals affected by brain injuries, maximizing rehabilitation and contributing to the community and $53,000 from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for "Claude Moore Pediatric Respite Care Program" to provide families of children with disabilities an opportunity to take a break from the demands of constant caregiving.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $31,893 from the National Science Foundation through Temple University for "Assessing Student Spatial Thinking Skills Through Classroom Video and Observation" to design and execute a classroom-based study of student spatial thinking.

Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Studies and Disorders) received $77,257 from the National Institutes of Health through Emory University for "Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic Methods and Measures of Spasmodic Dysphonia Year 3" to develop and validate tools to diagnose Spasmodic Dysphonia and to measure severity and determine the impact of SD on disability and quality of life via a multicenter clinical study.

Dr. Eric H. Maslen (Director and Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $565 from HDT Expeditionary Systems Inc. for "HDT: Hot-Weather Testing Project, Analysis and Report" to analyze data from HDTís summer shelter tests, write a summary report and present the findings.

Dr. Brianna S. Quinn (Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education) received $29,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Consortium of Institutions of Higher Education in Virginia in Visual Impairments to develop and deliver courses via distance education, expand student participation and carry out administrative responsibilities for the consortium.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services; Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence) received $21,424 from the Virginia Department of Health for "Wise Woman/Every Womanís Life Program" to design, direct, implement and evaluate the Virginia WISEWOMAN/Every Womanís Life project, which focuses on adding preventive health services such as nutrition and physical activity to EWL breast and cervical cancer screening services.

Dr. Giovanna Scarel (Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $20,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Role of polarization of broadband infrared radiation in the heat recovery mechanism involved in the excitation of radiative polaritons in thin oxide films" to broaden the understanding of the interaction between polarized electromagnetic infrared radiation and thin films of dielectric materials.

Dr. Stephanie B. Stockwell (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Structure/function analysis of unique TonB-dependent receptor protein, FegA for insights into the intermediate stages of the Bradyhizobium japonicum/soybean symbiosis" to complete and publish the FegA NTD structure/function analysis and sequence and annotate the wild type B. japonicum strain 61A152 genome.

Dr. Jacqueline A. Williams (Professor, Kinesiology) received $47,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for the 2012 Health and Physical Activity Institute.

Dr. Nathan T. Wright (Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $25,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Structural Characterization of protein domains important for Obscurin-Titin interactions in muscle cells" to use high-resolution structural techniques to explore the molecular and biophysical basis of the obscurin-titin interactions.

Dr. Roshna E. Wunderlich (Associate Professor, Biology) received $25,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for "Ontogeny of locomotion in leaping primates" to examine postcranial growth, leaping dynamics and locomotor behavior through the life cycle of sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi).


Dr. Sarah J. Finney (Associate Assessment Specialist, Center for Assessment and Research Studies) has been selected to receive the 2012 Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award for her work with masterís and doctoral students at JMU.

Dr. Anne Stewart (Professor, Graduate Psychology) is one of 12 college and university faculty from throughout the commonwealth presented a 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. In receiving the prestigious award, Stewart is recognized for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service. A formal ceremony for presentation of the awards is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Richmond. Each winner receives an engraved award and a $5,000 check underwritten by the Dominion Foundation. To read more about Stewart, see


Dr. Thomas Adajian (Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion) presented a paper, "The Good, Social Kinds, and Homeostatic Property Clusters," at the Sixth International Conference on Applied Ethics at the Center for Applied Ethics and Philosophy, held at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, Oct. 28-30.

Dr. Thomas Adajian (Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion), Dr. Tracy A. Lupher (Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion) and Christopher Runyon (Graduate Student, Psychological Sciences) presented "Teaching Logic Online" at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers annual meeting, held during the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting, Washington, D.C., Dec. 29.


Dr. Aderonke A. Adesanya (Assistant Professor, Art, Design and Art History) wrote "Carving Wood, Making History," a book about Yoruba woodcarving by the Fakeye family, published by Africa World Press.

Dr. Scott R. Gallagher
(Head, Department of Management; Professor, International Business and Management) wrote "The battle of the blue laser DVDs: The significance of corporate strategy in standards battles," which was published in Technovation, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 90-98.

Dr. Laura Katzman (Associate Professor, Art, Design and Art History) is the principal author of "Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam," published by Penn State University Press. The book accompanied an exhibition that she co-curated for the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 3-Dec. 14, 2011). It showcased Rosskam's socially conscious photographs produced in the New Deal and World War II eras for the U.S. and Puerto Rican governments, commercial magazines and the Standard Oil Company. Katzman organized over a dozen public programs for the exhibition, which enabled her to use the project as a laboratory for her fall 2011 museum studies course, incorporating her students into many aspects of the enterprise. The book and exhibition received critical acclaim in the national and international press, having been featured in Washington Post articles and in a BBC television segment that aired on PBS. For examples of the press coverage, see and

Dr. G. Dedrick Robinson (Professor Emeritus, Geology and Environmental Science) wrote "Global Warming: Alarmists, Skeptics and Deniers," a book published by Moonshine Cove Publishing LLC.

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