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Scholarly News Database

The scholarly news database contains a record of grants, publications, awards, honors, service and other scholarly work by JMU faculty and staff. News items about grants are provided monthly by the Office of Sponsored Programs. Faculty are responsible for providing the other types of news. Faculty news can be submitted by e-mail to Janet Smith at or online via our online form at

Year Month Type Name Description month
2015 December Grant Swayne

Nick D. Swayne (Coordinator, 4-VA; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received $5,000 from Upper Quadrant to sponsor the FIRST LEGO League robotics teams. Swayne received $17,048 from Virginia city and county donors for the sponsorship of the Virginia/DC FIRST LEGO League robotics teams.

2015 December Grant Zingraff

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, Training/Technical Assistance Center) and John T. McNaught (Co-director, Training/Technical Assistance Center) received $399,857 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.

2015 December Honor Schwartz

Dr. Katherine A. Schwartz (Director, Art, Design and Art History; Professor, Art Education) was recognized for her work when she received the National Art Education Association Virginia Art Educator of the Year Award from the Virginia Art Education Association at its annual state conference in Roanoke.

2015 December Presentation Casteen

John Casteen (Visiting Faculty, English) presented a poetry reading at Sweet Briar College on Dec. 2. Casteen read new poems from a manuscript he is working on, as well as a number of pieces he wrote while teaching earlier at Sweet Briar.

2015 December Publication Levinovitz

Dr. Alan J. Levinovitz (Assistant Professor, Religion) wrote a book, “The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What We Eat,” which was published by Regan Arts. In the book, Levinovitz exposes the myths behind how we come to believe which foods are good and which are bad.

2015 December Publication Stringham

Dr. David A. Stringham (Assistant Professor, Music) published “A National Survey of Music Education Majors Confidence in Teaching Improvisation” in the International Journal of Music Education. His co-author is from SUNY Fredonia.