Madison Scholarly News—April 2012
Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Krisztina V. Jakobsen (Assistant Professor, Psychology) received $2,500 from the International Mind, Brain and Education Society to contribute to the funding and growth of the IMBES and the creation of a journal, Mind, Brain, Education.
Arthur T. Dean (Special Assistant to the President for Diversity) received $25,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to extend the Professors in Residence Program to the middle-school level.
Dr. Diane L. Foucar-Szocki (Head, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education; Professor, Adult Education) received $50,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Career Development Academy: Supplement" to offer English Literacy Civics services to area immigrants and refugees for their achievement of English language proficiency and civic understanding.
Dr. John W. Gilje (Professor, Chemistry) received $94,000 from Research Corporation to seek methods to further integrate undergraduate research experiences into the chemistry and physics curriculum.
Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $9,500 from the Office on Children and Youth for "Teen Pregnancy Prevention."
Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $463,318 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support the Central Region SBDC.
Dr. Reid J. Linn (Dean, Graduate School; Professor, Exceptional Education), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-director, Training and Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Coordinator, Training and Technical Assistance Center) received $20,000 from the Virginia Department of Education to provide direct instruction, models and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior beginning at the elementary level and continuing through the student's educational career.
Dr. Joanna B. Mott (Head and Professor, Biology) received $52,955 from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to determine whether assays for genes associated with virulence in Vibrio vulnificus can be used to improve the distinction between clinical and environmental strains from the Gulf of Mexico and South Carolina.
Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Professor, Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy) received $115,000 from the National Science Foundation for "RUI: Probing Subatomic Physics Via Lepton Interactions" to explore the transition between the perturbative and the non-perturbative regimes, quark confinement and hadronization, and measurements of fundamental quantities.
Dr. Maria C. Papadakis (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $46,695 from the Environmental Protection Agency for "Reducing Greenhouse Gases Through Low Cost Energy Management and 'Green' Programming in University Residence Halls."
Dr. Olga Pierrakos (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $79,975 from the National Science Foundation for "CAREER: Characterizing, Understanding and Integrating Complex Problem Solving in Engineering Education – Supplement" to understand what students learn during undergraduate research and industry experiences and how they use and transfer complex problem-solving skills in new settings.
Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services; Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence) and Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $3,000 from the Virginia Department of Health for "HIV Consortium for Northwest Region 2011-2012" to assure the provision of comprehensive, essential health and support services for individuals and families with HIV infection.
Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery) received $16,418 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining to improve the maintainability and availability of the Information Management System for Mine Action documentation by hosting it in a Wiki format on the Internet.
Dr. Bryan K. Saville (Associate Professor, Psychology) received $4,000 from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology for "Interteaching: An Analysis of Long-Term Retention."
Dr. Kristen E. St. John (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received a $1,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate investigations of ocean core data of paleoclimates into course curricula of minority-serving institutions.
Dr. Trevor F. Stokes (Director, Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center; Professor, Graduate Psychology) received $35,500 from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Program to provide a student internship for educational experience through involvement in professional activities in the area of applied behavior analysis within the school districts associated with the SVRP.
Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Associate 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 $45,000 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.
Dr. William C. Wood (J.W. and Alice S. Marriott Faculty Fellow; Director, Center for Economic Education; Professor, Economics) received $87,127 from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. to provide school systems of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County with economic teacher consultation, training and assistance with materials.
Dr. Aderonke A. Adesanya (Assistant Professor, Art and Art History) received the 2012 Distinguished Africanist Research Excellence Award at the Africa Conference held at the University of Texas at Austin. The award honors exceptional academic work and research as well as leadership in the field of research. Adesanya's most recent book, "Carving Wood, Making History: The Fakeye Family, Modernity and Yoruba Woodcarving," was published in November 2011. She is the co-editor of "Migrations and Creative Expressions in Africa and the African Diasporas" and co-author of "Etches of Fresh Waters," a collection of poems. Adesanya is also an accomplished visual artist and cartoonist. To see an interview with Adesanya, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuweb/general/news/general11929.shtml.
Dr. Kyle Seifert (Associate Professor, Biology) has been invited to give a keynote presentation and to lead a workshop at the Quantitative Skills in Science Symposium Dec. 10-11 in Sydney, Australia. Seifert will discuss how JMU uses quantitative skills assessment data to enhance quantitative skills of students in the science curriculum. He will also discuss strategies for engaging academics in curricular improvements regarding quantitative skills.