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Dr. Barbara A. Reisner (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) was appointed as an associate to the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training.


CPT Andre Burrell (Assistant Professor, Military Science) received the Academic Excellence Award for the Master Educator Course at the University of Louisville in the College of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Dyche (Associate Professor, Psychology) has been named Madison Scholar for the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.

Dr. Mark Gabriele (Professor, Biology) and Dr. Tom Moran (Professor, Kinesiology) received Outstanding Faculty Awards from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Resources.

Dr. Claire W. Lyons (Professor, Psychology) received the General Education Distinguished Teacher Award. The competitive award recognizes excellence in enabling students to meet cluster learning outcomes and make interdisciplinary connections. Lyons will receive a $1,500 honorarium and a plaque and will be honored at several events in the spring. She will also be the keynote speaker at the General Education Student Conference banquet in fall 2018.

Grants (awarded in January 2018)

Dr. Emily K. Akerson (Coordinator of Clinical and Interprofessional Initiatives, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received grants of $6,250 and $15,000 from Healthy Families Shenandoah County, Inc. to continue to meet the needs of at-risk families in Shenandoah County by providing education resources and support.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $94,000 from the Central Shenandoah Health District for an abstinence education program in Harrisonburg.

Dr. Yeonsoo Kim (Assistant Professor, Communation Studies) received $2,000 from Penn State University to examine the effectiveness of three social media communication strategies at reducing stakeholder skepticism toward CSR Company, enhancing loyalty, supportive communication intent, and attitudes toward the company while factoring corporate reputation.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $50,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to provide wind assistance in Virginia by enabling rural small businesses and agricultural producers to generate power independently.

Dr. Jonathan J. Miles (Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $80,000 from the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to contribute to clean energy development and deployment in a manner that emphasizes education, outreach and research.

Dr. Erin G. Piker (Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $5,000 from the American Academy of Audiology Foundation to assess the frequency tuning of the VEMP in older adults, specifically to identify the frequency that yields the largest amplitude and best response rate.

Dr. Cassie Williams (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. John J. B. Webb (Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $5,999 from the National Science Foundation for the Mid-Atlantic Seminar On Numbers.


Dr. Jesse Rathgeber (Assistant Professor, Music Education) presented, "Tinkering with Music through Technology," Jan. 25 at the Illinois Music Education Conference hosted by the Illinois Music Education Association in Peoria, Illinois. Presenting with Rathgeber were second-year education majors Cassie Coss, Sarah Dodge, Davia Miaw, Julia Picchiottino and Erica Unroe.


Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Professor, Biology), Dr. Christopher E. Berndsen (Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry), Dr. Amanda R. Storm (Instructor, Biology), and student Matthew R. Kohler published "Glutathionylation Inhibits the Catalytic Activity of Arabidopsis β-Amylase3 but Not That of Paralog β-Amylase1" on the website of Biochemistry, a publication of the American Chemical Society. (

Dr. Jennifer A. Taylor (Assistant Professor, Political Science) published, "Assessing Value Differences Between Leaders of Two Social Venture Types: Benefit Corporations and Nonprofit Organizations" in the International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-13." Co-authors were Katrina Miller-Stevens of Colorado College, and John C. Morris and Stephen E. Lanivich, both of Old Dominion University.


Dr. Katie Dredger (Assistant Professor; Early, Elementary, and Reading Education) helped create anti-racism posters for teachers to display as part of an effort by the National Council of Teachers of English, Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English.

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