Send news about appointments, awards, exhibitions, honors, performances, presentations, publications and service to Eric Gorton (gortonej@jmu.edu) or Ben Delp (delpbt@jmu.edu); or through our online form. News about grants is provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs.


Awards

Dr. Lori Beth De Hertogh (Assistant Professor; Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication) received a 2017 Excellence in Teaching & Learning with Technology Award from Innovation Services.


Grants (awarded in October 2017)

Dr. Emily K. Akerson (Coordinator of Clinical and Interprofessional Initiatives, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $15,127 from the City of Harrisonburg for Healthcare for the Homeless, Suitcase Clinic.

Dr. Nancy E. Barbour (Accreditation and Special Projects, College of Education; Professor, Early, Elementary and Reading Education) received $185,000 from the International Research & Exchange Board for the International Leaders in Education Program.

Dr. Dennis B. Blanton (Assistant Professor, Anthropology) received $1,500 from the Fernbank Museum of Natural History to support students’ efforts to process and analyze archaeological samples recovered at the Heritage Mounds Site in Georgia.

Dr. Robert N. Brent (Associate Professor, Integrated Science and Technology) received $12,090 from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to revise and re-develop the Total Maximum Daily Loads set forth by Tetra Tech to address benthic impairments in Blacks Run and Cooks Creek.

Ben Delp (Director, Research Development and Promotion) received $105,404 from Virginia Clean Cities, Inc. to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends and fuel economy.

Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $12,000 from the Academy of Applied Science to conduct a Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $77,250 from the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Director of Children and Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $125,000 from the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services for “Futuro Latino Drug-Free Communities.”

Dr. John T. Haynes (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) received $10,795 from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to support geologic mapping projects by mapping one quarter of the Eagle Rock 7 and a half minute northern quadrangle.

Dr. Elizabeth "Betsy" K. Herron (Assistant Professor, Nursing) received $5,000 from Sigma Theta Tau International for, "Unfolding Simulated Case Studies: Does Use of Simulation in the Classroom Improve Student Satisfaction in Learning, Self-Confidence for Patient Care and Abilities to Apply Knowledge to Patient Care Scenarios?"

Dr. M. Hossain Heydari (Professor, Computer Science) and Dr. Brett C. Tjaden (Professor, Computer Science) received $129,676 from the Department of Defense for the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Joyce H. Krech (Director, Small Business Development Center) received $9,000 from George Mason University to provide additional funding to small business development centers to host cybersecurity workshops.

Michael A. Maurice (Director, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $125,932 from the Virginia Department of Education for 21st Century Community Learning Center: Stone Spring.

Michael A. Maurice (Director, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $125,932 from the Virginia Department of Education for 21st Century Community Learning Center: Spotswood.

Michael A. Maurice (Director, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $303,210 from the Virginia Department of Health for the "Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program."

Michael A. Maurice (Director, Office on Children & Youth, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $170,730 from the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services for eLearning Modules.

Dr. Christine L. May (Associate Professor, Biology) received $5,000 from Virginia Sea Grant to determine the amount of diet overlap between American eels and brook trout; the difference in brook trout selectivity of prey where American eels are present and absent; and establish a non-lethal method to sample stomach contents of American eels.

Dr. Thomas E. Moran (Associate Professor, Kinesiology) received $182,591 from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities for "Improving Health and Wellness through Empowerment."

Dr. James S. Sochacki (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) received $19,565 from the Idaho National Laboratory to increase the relevance of the Applied Visualization Laboratory in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies and to evaluate and enhance the usability and effectiveness of immersive visualization applications and mathematical analytics of datasets.

Dr. Rhonda M. Zingraff (Associate Dean, College of Health and Behavioral Studies; Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services), Cheryl L. Henderson (Co-director and Instructor, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Co-director and Instructor, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $297,999 from the Virginia Department of Education to support state directed and regional/local activities for the Virginia Department of Education Training/Technical Assistance Centers.


Service

Dr. John Haynes (Associate Professor, Geology and Environmental Science) has been reappointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Cave Board. VCB members serve Virginia by advising private individuals, organizations and public agencies on cave and karst related matters, providing cave management expertise, preparing and presenting educational material, identifying significant caves, and recommending conservation and preservation measures for cave resources within the commonwealth.




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