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GRANTS (awarded Jan. 2013)

Dr. Timothy J. Carter (Head, Sociology and Anthropology; Professor, Sociology) received three grants from Carmeuse Lime & Stone with the purpose of providing a field study at an archaeological site identified north of Hite Chapel Road – $39,953 for "Complete Phase II Tabler Farm," $30,562 for "Phase II: First Farmstead" and $30,562 for "Phase II: Second Farmstead." Carter also received $35,976 from Carmeuse Lime & Stone to complete the archaeological assessments on the Stickley Quarter, Nieswander’s Fort and Merritt’s Cavalry Camp sites on the Middle March Parcel.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Professor, Biology) received $5,000 from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for "Conservation microbial ecology of the eastern hellbender" to investigate the function of hellbender microbial communities by determining if the compositions of bacterially produced metabolites are constant and are capable of inhibiting the amphibian chytrid fungus. Harris received $920 from the National Science Foundation for "Supplemental request to Dimensions: Collaborative Research: Diversity and symbiosis: examining the taxonomic, genetic and functional diversity of amphibian skin microbiota" to fund travel to a principal investigator’s meeting at the NSF.

Kimberlee Hartzler-Weakley (Administrator, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $66,570 from Virginia Commonwealth University for "Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center Fiscal Year 2013" to promote health careers and access to primary care for medically underserved populations through community-academic partnerships. Hartzler-Weakley received $3,120 from Rockingham Memorial Hospital for "Drug Free Communities Mentor Grant Year 2" to address substance abuse in culturally appropriate ways. She also received $17,837 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Migrant Education 2012-2013" to provide supplemental educational services to the children of migrant farm workers in collaboration with local school districts and to assess language and educational experience and progress of individual students.

Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $9,968 from the City of Harrisonburg to improve the healthcare services delivered to the homeless to end not only chronic but also episodic homelessness in the City of Harrisonburg.

Dr. Margaret M. Kyger (Assistant Dean, College of Education; Associate Professor, Exceptional Education) and Dr. Brianna S. Quinn (Assistant Professor, Exceptional Education) received $29,000 from the Virginia Department of Education for "Consortium of Institutions of Higher Education in Virginia in Visual Impairments-Fiscal Year 2013" to develop and deliver courses via distance education, expand student participation and carry out administrative responsibilities for the Visual Impairments Consortium.

Dr. Christy L. Ludlow (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $50,000 from Passy-Muir Inc. for "The Passy Muir Swallowing Self Training Device to Enhance Recovery Post-Stroke" to identify which stimulation parameters will induce a greater increase in swallowing rate and the greatest cortical brain response to vibrotactile stimulation in healthy volunteers.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services; Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence) received $361,948 from the Virginia Department of Health for "Home Visiting Consortium" to maintain the consortium website, to continue to operate its web-based training registration system and to continue to provide periodic reports on the home visiting registration.

Gary S. Race (Fiscal Technician, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services; Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence) and Jane Hubbell (Associate Director, Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services) received $256,010 from the Virginia Department of Health for "HIV Consortium for Northwest Region 2012-2013" to assure the provision of comprehensive, essential health and support services for individuals and families with HIV infection.

Dr. Brenda M. Ryals (Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders) received $35,000 from the American Auditory Society for Editor-in-Chief, Ear and Hearing Journal.

Nick D. Swayne (Interim Director, Education Support Center; Coordinator for External Relations, College of Education; Instructor, Learning, Technology and Leadership Education) received two grants of $20,698 and $2,780 from Virginia city and county donors for the "Robotics STEM Project" to provide sponsorship of robotics teams.



Dr. Joshua M. Linder (Associate Professor, Anthropology) was selected by the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners as the "Professor of the Month" for January 2013.

Dr. Olga Pierrakos (Associate Professor, Engineering) and Dr. Laura Taalman (Professor, Mathematics and Statistics) were among 12 recipients of the 2013 Outstanding Faculty Award, which was presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.



Dr. Carlos Aleman (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) and Dr. Melissa Aleman (Professor, Communication Studies) wrote "The trouble with family stories" in the book "Mediating Cultures: Parenting in Intercultural Contexts," which was published by the Lexington Press.

Dr. Sidney R. Bland (Professor Emeritus, History) wrote "Alice Paul: Finally Getting Her Due," which was published in The Clarion, 42: 2-3 in fall 2012. 

Dr. Alison Bodkin (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) wrote the curation "Nursing our pinktoberfest hangover, women’s health is a joke" for In Media Res.

Dr. Heather J. Carmack (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies) co-authored an article with G.J. Galanes, "'He’s really setting an example': Student contributions to the learning environment," which was published in Communication Studies, 64 (1): 49-65. 

Dr. Jeffrey D. Loveland (Professor, Health Sciences) co-authored an article with L.O. Gentry, "Sleep: Essential to Living Life to Its Fullest," which was published in OT Practice 18 (1): 9-14.

Dr. Sharon R. Mazzarella (Professor and Director, Communication Studies) edited "Content & representation," a volume of the International Encyclopedia of Media Studies, which was published by Blackwell in January 2013.

Dr. Mary E. O’Donnell (Assistant Professor, Spanish) published an article, "Second Language Learners’ Use of Marginal Glosses," in Foreign Language Annals (45): 543-563 in December 2012.

Dr. Susan Opt (Associate Professor, Communication Studies) wrote "Enhancing speech creativity and preparation," which was published in Communication Teacher, 26 (4): 224-227.

Dr. Andrew Witmer (Assistant Professor, History) co-authored an article with William G. Thomas and Patrick D. Jones, "History Harvests: What Happens When Students Collect and Digitize People’s History?" in Perspectives on History in January 2013. The journal is published by the American Historical Association.



Dr. Sidney R. Bland (Professor Emeritus, History) has been elected to the Board of Directs of the Edith and Theodore Roosevelt Pine Knot Foundation. Pine Knot was the rustic retreat for President Theodore Roosevelt and is located south of Charlottesville.


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Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2024

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