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Madison Scholarly News—March 2012


Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received two grants from the Virginia Department of Education, $136,023 for Migrant Education-2012 and $15,012 for Literacy Education and Reading Network-2-Succeed to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students. Hartzler-Weakley also received $13,200 from the Virginia Department of Health for "VDH Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence Training: Project Connect" to support the implementation of Project Connect in Virginia to improve health response to domestic and sexual violence.

Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-Director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received two awards of $6,582 and $527 from the Virginia Department of Education for the Assess, Track and Treat Speech and Language Pathologists Training Workshop to provide event planning and management.

Abram T. Kaufman (Stormwater Coordinator, Facilities Management), Dr. Christie-Joy Brodrick Hartman (Executive Director, Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World; Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $23,993 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for the "Sibert Creek Stream Restoration Project, CISAT Hillside Stream Restoration Project" to support several storm water management activities on the JMU campus.

Dr. Robert A. Kolvoord (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $9,450 from various public schools for the K-12 GIS Software License Consortium to facilitate the distribution of the ArcGIS software package to Virginia teachers.

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $5,000 from Rockingham County for the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center-Fiscal Year 2012.

Susan F. Lamb (Business Manager, WMRA-FM) received a $26,232 from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired for WMRA-Valley Voice Radio Reading Services 2012 to provide reading services to residents of Virginia whose vision impairment, blindness or disability prevents them from reading independently.

Dr. Gina M. MacDonald (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $15,537 from the National Science Foundation through University of Richmond for "RUI: An experimental and computational approach to understanding steroid regulation of ionotropic glutamate receptors" to investigate PS binding to both the GluR2 and NR2B S1S2 domains.

Kenneth F. Newbold Jr. (Director, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) and Dr. Jeffrey D. Tang (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $375,216 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy for "Paving the Way with Propane: The Propane AutoGas Corridor Development Project" to increase the use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles as a means to reduce U.S. dependence on imported petroleum, increase fuel economy and improve emissions.

Dr. Eric C. Pappas (Associate Professor, Engineering and Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Morgan C. Benton (Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology), Dr. Chapman H. Frazier (Professor, Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education), Dr. Chris S. Hulleman (Assistant Professor, Graduate Psychology) and Dr. Robert L. Nagel (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $431,202 from the National Science Foundation for "A Contextual Approach to Researching and Teaching Sustainability" to study and assess ways in which sustainability instruction in five contexts can be integrated into existing materials in engineering, science, social science, education and the humanities.

Dr. Robert J. Prins (Assistant Professor, Engineering) received $1,500 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) and Dr. Helmut Kraenzle (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $10,190 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining for "GIS Manual" to produce a basic Geographic Information Systems handbook that will allow mine action practitioners in the field to learn theory and how to practically apply GIS techniques.

Dr. Louise M. Temple (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $7,667 from the National Institutes of Health through Rutgers University for "Efficacy Intervention to Promote Research Careers" to evaluate a theory-based intervention delivered to mentors and their proteges, to increase protege perceived ability to perform various tasks and activities in the research domain.

Dr. Megan E. Tracy (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) received $147,345 from the National Science Foundation for "Regulating Accountability and Transparency in Chinaís Dairy Industry" to determine how industry actors, regulatory agencies, transnational organizations and food safety advocates negotiate, model and produce transparency, and to conduct an analysis of the movement of food safety regulations and best practices, motivated by increasingly global scandals and pressure to prevent future incidents, through diverse global regularly processes and technoscientific systems.

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $1,625 from Pye Investigations for "Technology Assistance with Map Visualizations" to prepare regional relief maps and imagery for portions of Virginia and West Virginia.


Dr. Kenn Barron (Professor, Psychology), Dr. David Bernstein (Professor, Computer Science), Dr. David Daniel (Professor, Psychology), Kimberly Duvall (Lecturer, Psychology), Dr. Steven Guerrier (Professor, History), Larry Huffman (Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education), Dr. Raymond Hyser (Professor, History), Dr. David Jaynes (Associate Professor, Biology), Dr. Scott Lewis (Associate Professor, Chemistry), Dr. Paul Warne (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. William Wood (Professor, Economics) are profiled in "The Best 300 Professors," a guidebook to America's top undergraduate professors published by The Princeton Review. The education services company developed the project in partnership with and selected the professors in the book based on qualitative and quantitative data from survey findings and ratings collected by both organizations.

Dr. Brian T. Kaylor (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) received the Religion Communicators Councilís Wilbur Award for best nonfiction book for "Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics."

Kristie Wilson (Graduate Student, Audiology) is one of four recipients of the James Jerger Award for Excellence in Student Research, which were announced at the American Academy of Audiology Convention in Boston. Her poster on "The Effects of Gentamicin Ototoxicity on Auditory Brainstem Response Thresholds in Bobwhite Quail" was one of 1,200 posters in the competition. Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders), Wilson's dissertation advisor, and Dr. Lincoln Gray (Professor, Communications Sciences and Disorders) are co-authors of the study.


Dr. David B. Daniel (Professor, Psychology) and Dr. Daniel T. Willingham of the University of Virginia wrote a commentary, "Electronic Textbooks: Why the Rush?" which was published in Science Magazine, March 30, 2012.

Dr. Brian T. Kaylor (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) wrote a report, "Cartoonish Claims: Editorial Cartoon Depictions of Religion," which was published in the March 2012 issue of National Journal, Mass Communication and Society.

Dr. David J. Shonk (Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management), T.C. Greenwell of the University of Louisville, G. Bravo of West Virginia University and D. Won of Yonsei University in Korea wrote "Site selection, satisfaction and intent to return: Perceptions of right holders of small-scale sporting events," which was published in the Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 13 (1).

Dr. David J. Shonk (Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management), G. Bravo of West Virginia University and D. Won of Yonsei University wrote "The psychological contract in sport," which was published in Handbook of Sport Management, 193-213.

Dr. David J. Shonk (Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management) and C. Lee of West Virginia University wrote "Managing service quality in international sport," which was published in International Sport Management.

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