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Doctoral Student Helps Define Quality in Higher Education


Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. candidate Kristen Smith says her hands-on college experiences prepared her for her summer internship.
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Communication that Saves Lives


Dr. Heather Carmack's research investigates how organizational policies and practices impact public understandings and communication about health.
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Using Her Past to Improve the Future
Erin Casey's master's thesis examines the identity and relationship processes in becoming a mental health advocate.


A New Way of Thinking about Healthcare
This past summer, students from James Madison University were able to explore Costa Rica's healthcare system through a study abroad program.


Living the Mission
Senior Graham Hay aims to fulfill JMU's mission statement. His studies provide an educational background that he supplements by being active in his community.

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JMU Professor Trains Local First Responders and Students in Disaster Preparedness
As part of the JMU-SRMH Collaborative, a program established in 2007 to foster cooperation between JMU and the Sentara RMH (SRMH), Dr. Raab has helped organize and train a Harrisonburg HERT team of first responders.


Taking on Tomorrow Series
Shanil Virani is not only the Planetarium Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU but he is a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and teaches in the General Education program.

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Spotlight: Dr. Liu, Senior Instructional Designer at CIT
Dr. Juhong Christie Liu is a Senior Instructional Designer at the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) in the JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies (LET).

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Back Home Again: Alumnus David Thomas Returns for MBA
JMU Alumnus David Thomas joins the inaugural cohort of the Executive Leadership MBA Program.

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Drs. Estes and Koubek partner with Malmo University in Sweden
JMU's relationship with Malmo University in Sweden proves mutually beneficial.

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2015-2016 Faculty Senate Vision Mini-Grant Awardees
Congratulations to all of the Faculty Senate Vision Mini-Grant awardees.

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Senior Allison Kaye Extends her Activism Beyond the Classroom
Promoting cultural competency and teaching children about systems of privilege and inequality.


Bringing University Innovations to the Marketplace
Mary Lou Bourne is James Madison University's Director of Technology Innovation and Economic Development.


Arrangement by Senior Vocal Performance Major Garners National Attention
Rendition of Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts" received national attention and close to 500,000 views on YouTube


Engaging Students Outside of the Classroom within Local Community Organizations
Inspiring students to go beyond traditional service learning opportunities through creating their own unstructured learning experiences.


Love of math turns JMU junior into a world traveler
An acceptance into the prestigious Math in Moscow program, will have one JMU junior traveling to Moscow


Engineering Incorporates Digital Storytelling
Newer resources have recently changed the way in which student communicate their work providing far better techniques to communicate.


Dr. Yongguang Hu and the Confucian Empire
A focus on Confucian education and social transformation in the middle period of China.


Spotlight: Dr. Gina MacDonald
Dr. Gina MacDonald is a biophysical chemist and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at James Madison University.

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A Graduate Studying Abroad
Recent graduate Alex Saal accepts position with Manna Project International in Ecuador.


A Passion for Teaching
The last thing Dr. Fariss Mousa expected to find when he was enrolled in the MBA program at Washington State University was a love for teaching.

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Transformation through Liberal Education
Five distinguished JMU faculty recently spoke about their role in providing students with a transformative liberal education experience.


Student Seminar in Hiroshima
Each summer the International Network of Universities (INU) sponsors a Student Seminar on Global Citizenship and Peace at the University of Hiroshima.


Memoirs and Dr. Mary Thompson
Dr. Mary Thompson, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at J.M.U., investigates literary and popular culture representations of reproductive justice issues.


Senior Musical Theatre Major Takes Strides Toward Graduation and a Promising Future
Mary Kathryn Johnson believes that God has hard-wired her to be in the arts.


Researching a Better Life
Matthew Williams currently works as a research associate for the CISR, an opportunity that has allowed him to work with congressional members, CISR's Department of Defense partners and a wide variety of nonprofit partners to advocate for survivors of war and conflict.


Innovative Program Wins Governor's Award
While high-stakes tests dominate the high school landscape, students — particularly by their senior year — are yearning to see if there is more to their education.


Spotlight: Professor Josh Linder
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr. Josh Linder, has been widely recognized for his research efforts.

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