JMU in the News





January 2019

Education news: U.S. News & World Report: James Madison’s online nursing program now ranked No. 30. Richmond Times-Dispatch
Jan. 28
“We are excited by the ranking and we’re proud of the work our faculty completed to ensure program excellence. We’re also delighted with the quality of our students and the impact they are having on health care,” said Julie Sanford, director of the School of Nursing, in a statement.

I'm a chronic worrier. I spent a month trying to stay positive. MSN Lifestyle
Jan. 28
And as happiness expert Jaime Kurtz of James Madison University told me, seeking beauty in everyday things is an easy way to start.

A Guide to STEM Majors. U.S. News & World Report
Jan. 24, 2019
"STEM majors have changed dramatically in the last two decades – both the variety of what's available, the way that we teach and the way students learn the use of technology," says Bob Kolvoord, a professor and dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering at James Madison University in Virginia.

Sediment, phosphorus causing impairments. Greene County Record
Jan. 24, 2019
The second technical advisory committee meeting with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and residents from the region was held in early January to lay out the completed results of the benthic stressor analysis by Robert Brent from James Madison University.

2019’s Best Places to Raise a Family in Virginia. WalletHub
Jan. 23, 2019
David Daniel: Try not to make your decision upon single issues. A school may be great with respect to math scores, but poor in extra-curricular offerings. Your child will be in school for many hours.

Training Engineers To Spot Opportunity And Impact. Forbes
Jan. 16, 2019
Kurt Paterson enjoys building on trusted relationships. As the head of the engineering department at Virginia’s James Madison University, he looks for ways to enhance their project-based curriculum.

The Lobbyists Blocking Nancy Pelosi and Her New Majority. New York Times
Jan. 10, 2019
“Whoever is elected is immediately met with a growing lobbying onslaught by the same big players,” write Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at New America, Matt Grossmann, a political scientist at Michigan State and Tim LaPira, a political scientist at James Madison University, who have contributed a chapter to “Can America Govern Itself?” a book edited by Francis Lee and Nolan McCarty that is coming out in June.


December 2018

K-12 students should be taught climate science, teachers' association says. Yale Climate Connections
Dec. 6, 2018
Eric Pyle of James Madison University in Virginia says we can debate what to do about climate change, but the underlying science is clear. “When you talk to scientists – and climate scientists in particular – they’re not arguing about whether it’s happening or not.”

GM lobbyists go into full crisis mode over layoffs. The Hill
Dec. 4, 2018
Despite the intense blowback, Tim LaPira, a political scientist at James Madison University, said GM likely mobilized its team well in advance.

November 2018

What You Can Do With a Biology Degree. U.S. News & World Report
Nov. 29, 2018
Janet C. Daniel, an associate professor of biology and director of the graduate program in biology at James Madison University in Virginia, says that biology courses offer students both discipline-specific knowledge about the world's living creatures and interdisciplinary critical thinking skills. "As biologists, we study living processes at every level: from molecules to organisms, and through populations of organisms and how this impacts the environment."

2018's most charitable states. WalletHub
Nov. 27, 2018
Ask the Experts — Terry Fernsler, instructor and advisor, nonprofit studies ninor, social work

‘We’re really living in a time of broken government,’ former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says in Danville visit. Danville Register & Bee
Nov. 27, 2018
Bill Bolling, senior fellow-in-residence for public service at James Madison University, said during his presentation that America “is living James Madison’s nightmare,” a line he borrowed from a recent headline from The Atlantic magazine.

Why we worry about preservatives and here's why we shouldn't. Washington Post
Nov. 26, 2018
How did a class of ingredients that poses such a low risk become one of consumers' top priorities? I asked Alan Levinovitz, associate professor of religion (religion!) at James Madison University, who's writing a book about the concept of naturalness. "When people say they hate preservatives, I don't think that's what they mean," he told me.

How liberals in the reddest parts of Trump country are starting to get their groove back. The Washington Monthly
Nov. 24, 2018
“They’re not likely to vote because they’re not particularly interested in politics,” said Robert Roberts, a professor of political science at James Madison University.

Plans for wind farm construction in Botetourt County remain on hold. Roanoke Times
Nov. 24, 2018
“I think there’s a consensus that the project will be built, but not quite as quickly as we all had hoped,” said Jonathan Miles, director of the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University.

Experts talked to Moneyish about what impact stars like Oprah Winfrey, Will Ferrell and Kanye West could have on the Nov. 6 elections. Moneyish
Nov. 2, 2018
"Celebrities can potentially have more influence in a midterm election when their followers may be less likely to get out to vote or even know there is an election going on," added Marty Cohen, an associate professor of political science at James Madison University.

October 2018

Technology is the reason for teenage suicide? Tyn Magazine
Oct. 29, 2018
Not only are students "overloaded by stimuli," says Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., a professor in the department of graduate psychology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, they’re "lost in a flood of information that’s hard to make sense out of."

North Korea's box of bones: A mythical king and the dream of Korean unification. Reuters
Oct. 20, 2018
“In both Koreas, (Dangun) has been used to emphasize the uniqueness, the singularity, homogeneity and antiquity of the Korean people,” said Michael Seth, a professor of Korean history at James Madison University in Virginia.

1on1: Disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. WHSV-TV 3
Oct. 16, 2018
JMU Middle East expert Bernie Kaussler discusses the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Voter registration activity steady locally. The News Virginian
Oct. 15, 2018
James Madison University political scientist Bob Roberts said there are competitive U.S. House races on the November ballot in four congressional districts. "In those four areas there will be a fairly good turnout and a ton of money being spent," Roberts said. "Out of those four, there will be a mediocre state turnout."

LaCroix calls its products ‘natural’ to make seltzer seem holy. Washington Post.
Oct. 9, 2018
By Alan Levinovitz, associate professor of religious studies: A recent class-action lawsuit against the company claims LaCroix sparkling water has misled consumers by deeming itself “natural.” From a certain perspective, it seems like a slam-dunk case.

September 2018

Science educators need to talk about the identity of scientists. Washington Post
Sept. 24, 2018
By Alan Levinovitz, associate professor of religious studies: We have been taught that the attributes of a good scientist are morally neutral: intellect, determination, creativity. But science is a human enterprise, and good science requires moral virtues.

Opinion: Come home, little senator. Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sept. 7, 2018
“There are going to be ways to sneak around the rules,” said Tim LaPira, a professor of political science at James Madison University and the author of a book on the revolving door.

Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say. Time
Sept. 6, 2018
Seconds (or minutes) can pass before we snap out of these little mental sojourns and refocus our attention, says David Daniel, a professor of psychology at James Madison University and a member of a National Academy of Sciences project aimed at understanding how people learn.

June 2018

The Perfect 2-Week Vacation According To Science. Forbes
June 30, 2018
Jamie Kurtz, an Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, addressed this travel-happiness conundrum, and many others, in her book the The Happy Traveler: Unpacking The Secrets of Happy Vacations.

Advanced geospatial technology from higher ed comes to Chicago Public Schools ( EdScoop
June 12, 2018
“We looked to see if we could design an experience that could connect them with some content and technology that they hadn’t seen before,” Kolvoord said in an interview with EdScoop. “It allowed them to take ownership of the problem, to see how technologies could play a role.”

May 2018

Trump lawyer's selling of access to president unveils the murky world of lobbying. CBC News
May 26, 2018
"What he's done is sleazy but legal," said Tim LaPira, an associate professor of political science at James Madison University who specializes in lobbying issues.

Rural Healthcare Shortage Can Be Lessened, Senators Told. Medpage Today
May 25, 2018
"Access to quality healthcare in underserved rural communities is challenging, and a principal barrier is shortage of physicians," said Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, director of the school of nursing at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va., at Tuesday's hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee.

How ‘Googling it’ can send conservatives down secret rabbit holes of alternative facts. Washington Post
May 25, 2018
For Francesca Tripodi, a postdoctoral scholar at Data & Society and assistant professor in sociology at James Madison University, the search results are a powerful tell of a phenomenon she set out to document.

Trump’s bizarre understanding of Capitalization is surprisingly Strategic. The Washington Post
May 23, 2018
Commentary by Alan Levinovitz, associate professor of religious studies at James Madison University.

Trump’s appointees pledged not to lobby after they leave — now they’re lobbying. Salon
May 14, 2018
"Legally, we’re going to separate the executive and the legislative branches, but in reality there’s going to be overlap on shared goals," said Timothy LaPira, an associate professor of political science at James Madison University who researches lobbying.

Few retiring lawmakers are disclosing their plans to lobby ( The News Times
May 11, 2018
Tim LaPira, a political science professor at James Madison University and co-author of the book “Revolving Door Lobbying,” says the congressional disclosures of job negotiations are, in theory, full of good intentions.

Few Retiring Lawmakers Disclose Plans to Lobby. Roll Call
May 8, 2018
Tim LaPira, a political science professor at James Madison University and co-author of the book “Revolving Door Lobbying,” says the congressional disclosures of job negotiations are, in theory, full of good intentions. “The idea is that if I’m going to go work in the private sector in the near future, I think all other members of Congress and constituents sort of deserve to know you’re not making decisions while still in power that benefit that future employer,” LaPira said.

April 2018

Ms. Muse: Lauren K. Alleyne on Form, Fairytales and the Impact of Feminist Poetry. Ms Magazine Blog
April 30, 2018
From Trinidad and Tobago, Alleyne began her undergraduate studies in radiologic science and nuclear medical technology before changing her major to pursue English literature; she is now Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.

Robert D. Aguirre. Chronicle of Higher Education
April 20, 2018
Robert D. Aguirre, senior associate dean of undergraduate programs at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, will become dean of the College of Arts and Letters at James Madison University on July 16.

Workers are climbing wind turbines to the middle class. The Hechinger Report
April 14, 2018
Remy Pangle, associate director for the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University, said wind is also generating white-collar jobs, including work as meteorologists and project developers, that require a bachelor’s degree.

Pop-Ups Offer Classes on Today’s Hot Topics. New York Times
April 5, 2018
“It’s designed to expose them to lightweight drones and the opportunity to take the full drone class where they learn how to use drones to solve real-world problems,” said Nick Swayne, founding director of the university’s X-Lab.

March 2018

Congress loves shaming CEOs. So why hasn’t pharma been put on the hot seat? STAT
March 28, 2018
"There's very little incentive for a CEO to jump out there. . . . If I'm one of these CEOs, I'd rather sit back and be out of the public view while my trade association is saying the same thing I'd be saying anyway," said Tim LaPira, an associate professor of political science at James Madison University.

Nationwide shortage of nurses projected to continue. WHSV TV
March 22, 2018
"If we have a shortage of nurses in the United States, that will have a direct impact with the quality of care a patient will get if that nurse is possibly overworked, or caring for too many patients," said Joe Tacy, the associate director for undergraduate programs at JMU's school of nursing.

Gun Culture And Wellness Culture Come From The Same Place. Huffington Post
March 14, 2018
Article by Alan Levinovitz, assistant professor of religion and philosophy

Python Moms Care for Their Young, Surprising Experts. National Geographic
March 14, 2018
Rockwell Parker, an assistant professor of biology at James Madison University in Virginia, calls the study fascinating. "It makes snakes so much more interesting than people give them credit for," he says.

Interdisciplinary program attempts to 'STIR' up how research is conducted. The State Press
March 14, 2018
Shannon Conley, an assistant professor of integrated science and technology, said the researchers she worked with in the STIR program asked more questions about ethics and the role social sciences should play in research as she earned their trust.

Why Even Control Freaks Are Opting for 'Surprise Vacations.' Wall Street Journal
March 8, 2018
In her book "The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations," author Jaime Kurtz, an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University, describes us compulsive researchers as "maximizers."

Trump’s Florida Fundraiser Flourishes as New Washington Lobbyist. Bloomberg Politics
March 5, 2018
"Tony Podesta didn't stop meeting people when he started his firm," said James Madison University political scientist Tim LaPira, referring to the Democratic insider who co-founded one of the go-to lobbying firms. "Ballard will expand his Washington network well beyond Trump."

The Golden Age of Flattery. With Good Reason
March 2, 2018
Mark Parker, professor of English, and Laura Leduc, associate professor of management, are interviewed in separate segments on the radio show produced by Virginia Humanities.

Completing the FAFSA: Everything You Should Know. US News & World Report
March 1, 2018
"The FAFSA is the application that is required to be used by all schools in awarding federal student aid," says Brad Barnett, financial aid director at James Madison University in Virginia. "So if you want federal loans, federal grants, federal work-study, you have to do the FAFSA."

February 2018

2018’s Healthiest & Unhealthiest Cities in America. WalletHub
February 12, 2018
Ask the Experts — Audrey J. Burnett, associate professor, health sciences.

UPDATE: Lawsuit against U. of Washington highlights costs of campus free speech fights. Education Dive
February 9, 2018
During a panel discussion on free speech at the Association of American Colleges and Universities conference this year, Jonathan R. Alger, president of James Madison University, explained this is the time for institutions to start thinking more strategically.

Liberal Indoctrination? Not So Much. Inside Higher Ed
February 5, 2018
The other three researchers on the project are Alyssa N. Rockenbach, professor of higher education at North Carolina State University; Benjamin S. Selznick, assistant professor of postsecondary analysis and leadership at James Madison University . . .

Redistricting Bill Being Considered In House. Daily News-Record
February 5, 2018
Bob Roberts, a James Madison University political science professor, said the bill’s language is vague to the point where the court system will struggle to actually enforce it.

Industrial hemp advocates hope this is their year in Annapolis. Baltimore Sun
February 2, 2018
Michael Renfroe, a professor of biology at James Madison University in Virginia, said industrial hemp and marijuana plants are both of the species Cannabis sativa.

January 2018 

How Technology Enhances Literature Learning. Inside Higher Ed
January 31, 2018
Digital tools can help students see more traditional learning materials in a new light, as in a course on literature by undocumented immigrants taught by Allison Fagan, associate professor of English at James Madison University in Virginia.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance gets some Fresh Faces. WHSV
January 26, 2018
Among the new members is John Ros, the Director of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, who is excited to create more spaces and events that will properly represent the diversity of downtown Harrisonburg. 

Beat Negativity with a Positive Attitude. Khaleej Times
January 25, 2018
Should you listen to your head or heart? Dr. Gregg Henriques, professor of psychology, says you should pay attention to both. Understand what is and what ought to be for a better state of mind. 

'Incumbent Protection’ Overruled. The Daily-News Record
January 23, 2018
Republican Sen. Emmett Hanger of Mount Solon, could be the only candidate who may face problems from the new “Incumbent Protection Act”, speculates Dr. Robert Roberts, professor of political science. 

Are Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Patients Getting Good Health Information?
January 16, 2018
The department of philosophy and religion and belonging professor, Dr. Alan Levinovitz has joined a team of researchers where findings show there is not enough accessible information on gluten for the public. 

A Music App That Won’t Distract Us? WMRA
January 10, 2018
Unlike many social apps, Dr. Michael Stewart, professor of computer sciences, has created a streaming music player where people are connected through music and day-to-day activities aren’t interrupted. His app Colisten allows users to share their music listening experiences. 

Scholars Find Solidarity at MLA Convention. Diverse Education
January 7, 2018
At the annual Modern Language Association convention, Dr. Mookerjea-Leonard, associate professor of English, emphasized the impact of literature on the understanding of those marginalized. 

A Monster of a Tale. The Daily-News Record
January 5, 2018
Monsters are an integral part of story-telling and Dr. Sofia Samatar, professor of English, shares these symbolic stories through an intricately woven story of a journalists' discoveries, coupled with detailed illustrations by her brother, Del Samatar. 

1on1: New Year’s Resolution- Eating Healthier. WHSV
January 4, 2018
Dr. Michelle Hesse, professor of dietetics, gives advice on mindful eating. 

December 2017

Prof. Renamed to Museum Board. The Daily News-Record
December 28, 2017
Dr. Thomas Benzing, professor of ISAT, has been reappointed to the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s board of trustees. 

How Travel Leads to Stronger Romantic Relationships. Brides
December 27, 2017
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, professor of psychology, says that travelling with your partner promotes novelty as it forces couples to break out of traditional roles and rekindle their romance. 

Go Ahead and Order Another Slice of Cheesecake. Gulf News
December 25, 2017
Will cutting fat out of your diet lead to a longer healthier life? Dr. Alan Levinovitz, professor of religion, explores how these assumptions aren’t particularly scientific. His book ‘The Gluten Lie’ provides explanations on the underlying religious beliefs that challenges our relationship with food. 

P. Bradley & Co. Foundry Added to Harrisonburg Historical District. WHSV
December 21, 2017
Dr. Kevin Borg, professor of history, gives insight on the operations of a historical foundry in Harrisonburg from the ‘60s. 

JMU Alumna Appointed as Secretary of Ag by Northam. The Daily News-Record
December 15, 2017
Bettina Ring, JMU alumna, was appointed as secretary of agriculture and forestry by Gov. elect Ralph Northam. 

1on1: Net Neutrality Rules Repealed. WHSV|
December 14, 2017
Dr. Harry Reif, who was the first chief information officer for JMU, discusses concerns over the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules.

1on1: What is Hanukkah. WHSV
December 12, 2017
Dr. Frances Flannery, professor of religion, discusses the eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah.

I Took Suck-Up Lessons, and- Wow, You are Very Attractive. Washingtonian
December 12, 2017
Dr. Mark Parker, professor of English, explores the phenomenon of sycophantic behavior. His novel, Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy, unravels the social science behind flattery.

Gubernatorial Appointments for Dec.11 ( Citizen Tribune
December 12, 2017
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Karina Kline-Gabel, Spanish lecturer, to the Virginia Latino advisory board.

Music as Therapy. The Daily News-Record
December 08, 2017|
A seven-week program at Gemeinschaft, a rehabilitation facility, used song writing and instruments to help those incarcerated re-enter communities.

RU and JMU Partnering on Political Protest, Civics Course. The Roanoke Times
December 08, 2017
By studying past and present movements, will better prepare students to effect political and social change through civic action. 

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital, Sparking Sharp Criticism. The Globe and Mail
December 06, 2017
Dr. Manal Jamal, political science professor, questions Mr. Trump’s failed peace negotiations by recognizing Jerusalem as a state. 

James Madison University Study Results Show Driving Simulators Effective ( KHQ
December 06, 2017
A simulation-based study was conducted by JMU, which proved that the immersive experience altered behaviors associated with distracted and impaired driving. 

Teacher Shortage Growing. Daily News-Record
December 12, 2017
College of Education Dean Phil Wishon provides insights and solutions to the crisis of not enough quality teachers for Virginia students. 

Virtual Reality Brings Tours to JMU. Daily News-Record
December 7, 2017
Andrew Witmer, associate professor of history, used virtual reality in his history course to deepen students learning on the meaning of space by creating 3D models. 

November 2017

JMU Professor Creates Website around Lynching in Virginia. The Breeze
November 30, 2017
Dr. Gianluca De Fazio, assistant professor of justice studies, is leading a project called, “The Racial Terror”, which is a website documenting Virginia lynching’s, between the Reconstruction Era and 1920

Qingjiu Tao on China’s Soaring Industrial Profits. Long Island Technology News
November 28, 2017
CGTN interviews Dr. Qingjiu Tao, professor of intelligence analysis, on China’s industrial profit boom and speaks about why profits in certain sectors were higher. 

Gubernatorial Appointments for Nov. 27. Richmond Times-Dispatch
November 26, 2017.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Dr. John Haynes, associate professor of geology and environmental science, to the Cave Board. 

James Madison University Offers Course Exploring ‘media dismissal of Black Lives Matter’. The Washington Times
November 27, 2017
Students will have the opportunity to take a course that examines the Black Lives Movement, lead by Beth Hinderliter, associate professor of cross disciplinary studies. 

JMU to Offer ‘Black Lives Matter’ Course Examining ‘Human rights in the Era of a New Jim Crow’. The Washington Beacon
November 19, 2017  
Beth Hinderliter, associate professor of cross disciplinary studies, developed this course to interconnect students on topics of activism, racism and politics.

Commentary Open Forum: Where Are the Children? The Value of Preschool for Fredrick County Children. The Winchester Star
November 16, 2017
Dr. Dorothy Sluss, professor emeritus at JMU, addresses concerns surrounding the disapproval of the Virginia Preschool Initiative grant by the Fredrick Board of Supervisors.

Richmond Middle School Teacher Surprised with $25,000 Educator Award. Richmond Times Dispatch
November 16, 2017.
Ryan James, a College of Education alumna and middle school teacher in Richmond, was the 44th Virginian recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award of $25,000.00.

Gubernatorial Appointments for Nov. 13 ( Citizen Tribune
November 13, 2017
Dr. John Haynes, professor of geology and environment science, was appointed to the Cave Board by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

‘Worse Than Murder’: A History of Brown-Nosing. Wisconsin Public Radio
November 7, 2017
The problem of flattery dates back to the literary works of Italian poet Dante Alighieri; where in his poem, “Inferno”, speaks about a place in hell for devious flatterers. Dr. Mark Parker, professor of english, speaks about the disgraceful act of bootlicking. 

‘Sucking Up’: A Brief Look at Brown-nosing, from Dante to Kellyanne Conway. CBC
November 3, 2017
Dr. Mark Parker, professor of english, shares his research on sycophancy and how it is more visible in the modern world. Using examples from the worlds of politics and entertainment, the book includes suck-ups beyond the world of literature. 

October 2017

Expert Talks JFK Files. Daily News Record
October 31, 2017
With four books on JFK, his assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald, professor of political science, Dr. John Newman, speaks about what the released documents have revealed to him. His focus is not on who shot Kennedy but did the shooter or shooters act alone?

On his book The Word on the Streets: The American Language of Vernacular Modernism. Rorotoko
October 30, 2017
Dr. Brooks Hefner, professor of english, explores how slang and vernacular language are new forms of representation and raises questions about race, class and ethnicity. 

Northam, Dems Fired up at Waynesboro Rally. The News Virginian
October 30, 2017
Dr. Bob Roberts, political science professor, states it is unlikely for Northam to win without the support of democratic voters in Northern Virginia and metropolitan areas. He also states that the Quinnipiac poll can only hurt Gillespie and will demobilize his voters

Valley Man Prepares for JFK files. WHSV
October 26, 2017
Dr. John Newman, political science professor, has worked on uncovering the mysteries of the JFK assassination for over 25 years. He is interested in finding out more about Oswald’s trip to Mexico. 

What You Won’t Find in the Final JFK Assassination Records. Politico
October 26, 2017
Leading expert on the JFK assassination, political science professor and a retired veteran of Army intelligence, Dr. John Newman speaks about a vanished set of CIA documents on Oswald.

Reasons Behind the Difficulty to Win a War in Afghanistan ( The News Today
October 26, 2017
Afghanistan has been the center of competing powers from the British empire in 1839 to the present with the United States. Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, history professor, says that it is hard to imagine the U.S. will give up the country due to its’ strategic location.

In “Sucking Up” Authors Explore the History of Sycophants, Bootlickers and Yes Men. The Roanoke Times
October 21, 2017
Armed with curiosity and a healthy sense of humor, Dr. Mark Parker, english professor, and Dr. Deborah Parker, foreign languages professor, uncover the sycophantic phenomenon of flattery as a form of transaction and the detrimental consequences of bootlicking. 

The Demonization of Gluten. Freakonomics
October 18, 2017
Dr. Levinovitz, professor of religion, speaks about the gluten-free movement and provides insight on how diet is at the heart of religious understanding. Too many are quick to chase dietary fads influenced by celebrities without seeking out proper diagnosis. 

District 5 Candidates Speak at Forum. The Northern Virginian Daily
October 17, 2017
Dr. Kerry Crawford, political science professor, moderates the forum for candidates running for the District 5 seat on the Shenandoah Country Board of Supervisors.

Pythons are Invading Florida. Meet the Scientists Fighting Back. Popular Science
October 13, 2017
Dr. Rockwell Parker, professor of biology, has added another ingredient to the Judas formula for combatting the Burmese pythons issue which has been afflicting Florida for over 15 years. The ingredient is the extracted pheromones from shed python skins which Dr. Parker hope will act as bait.

Everything You Need to Know About the 2018-2019 FAFSA. U.S. News
October 13, 2017 
Brad Barnett, senior associate director of financial aid and scholarships, shares that only institutions will be able to see the tax information transferred via DRT due to new security measures for FAFSA.

Drain the Swamp? DC Lobbyists go Wild Over Tax Reform. News Week 
October 12, 2017
Dr. Tim LaPira argues that facts about lobbying do not quite match the popular portrayal. Along with other political scientists, the research in the special issue of the international journal Interest Groups and Advocacy identifies that accountability needs to be strengthened.

Lobbying is Growing in the US- More Information may be the Best Regulation. London School of Economics US Center
October 11, 2017
Lobbyists are often depicted as corrupt influence peddlers, Dr. Tim LaPira, political science professor, believes that more information is essential in understanding the role of lobbying as a natural part of democracy. 

Jimmy Kimmel’s empathy touches a chord with late night viewers. The Christian Science Monitor 
October 6, 2017
Dr. Martin Cohen, political science professor, argues that the current presidency emboldens celebrities to be more vocal with their personal comments on public issues and pose as political figures.

Edwin O’Shea column: Democracy Has Roots in Math and Science. Richmond Times-Dispatch
October 6, 2017
Professor of mathematics, Dr. Edwin O’Shea suggests that by using the transparency of the scientific methods it will minimize the effects of gerrymandering and also enforce fairer districting. 

Valley Student Creates Sting Music Company. WHSV
October 5, 2017
Kristi Monte is a senior music major at JMU who started a music company named “Got Strings”. Made up of 13 JMU musicians, this symphony offers its’ talents to the Shenandoah Valley. 

Go Ahead, Order that Cheesesteak. Bloomberg View
October 4, 2017
The questions around diets and fads are addressed by Dr. Alan Levinovitz research on explaining how food fads and fears may have stemmed from underlying religious beliefs- that deprivation of food leads to salvation of what is supposed as “healthy”.

September 2017

Legal Knots Still Block Hemp Farming in Maryland. WYPR
September 29, 2017
Economic potentials of hemp have led the federal government towards legalizing hemp products. Glenn Rodes has partnered with reach at JMU to explore ways to grow the industrial crop. 

Why Brown-nosing is the New Norm? The Washington Post
September 28, 2017
Dr. Mark Parker, professor of English, questions the issues surrounding the social habit of bootlicking in his book called Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy. 

Editorial: Virginia Needs to Act Now to Grow a Hemp Industry. The Roanoke Times
September 28, 2017
The research conducted at JMU has opened way for full-scale commercialization of hemp and Virginia should take actions and invest in creating hemp processing companies.

When Restaurants Promise Health Benefits, They’re Crossing the Line. Eater
September 26, 2017
Foods do not have more medicinal value simply because they are featured on high-end menus. Dr. Alan Levinovitz, author of The Gluten Lie and professor of religion explains how marketing efforts of restaurants are distracting from evidence-based arguments for the benefits of eating more plants.

Editorial: Ronald Carrier Led JMU from Obscurity to Greatness. Richmond Times-Dispatch
September 24, 2017
As one of the cornerstone institutions in Virginia’s much-envied system of higher education- JMU students and the local community have Dr. Carrier to thank. Under Dr. Carrier’s legacy JMU is not only an athletic powerhouse but a multidiscipline school offering exceptional education.

Hemp to Harvest: Lawmakers, Advocates tour Rodes’ Port Republic Farm During a Hemp Field Day. Shenandoah Valley Now
September 22, 2017
With the research done by Dr. Michael Renfro, professor of biology. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017 has potential to legalize hemp farming. 

Gordon C. Morse: With Force of Will, Former JMU President Steered Growth. The Virginian-Pilot
September 22, 2017
Since being installed as president in 1971, Dr. Carrier relentlessly changed the landscape of Harrisonburg with creating the East Campus along with many other academic buildings. Remembered fondly as a jovial and purposeful man, Dr. Carrier let nothing hold him back. 

1on1: Bob Corso interviews Dr. Linwood Rose, Dr. Carrier’s successor as JMU president. WHSV
September 21, 2017
Dr. Linwood Rose spoke about Dr. Carrier’s greatest achievements saying “many would say it was the buildings and the programs, frankly, I would say it was the creation of a culture of which all of the focus of the university was on the students.”

Don’t Rush into Calculus. The Classes Leading to it are Integral. The Washington Post.
September 21, 2017
Dr. David Carothers, professor of mathematics and statistics, warns against the risks of rushing the study of calculus and prematurely enrolling unqualified students into AP classes. 

Ron Carrier, Who Transformed James Madison University as President, Dies. Richmond Times-Dispatch
September 20, 2017
As JMU’s fourth president, Dr. Carrier led the transformation of a small teacher’s college become a major driver of the local economy. His leadership and vision spearheaded 37 facility projects and eventually pushed the campus eastward cross I-81. 

“We Unite as One” City Honors Diversity with Two Upcoming Festivals. Daily News-Record
September 19, 2017
Harrisonburg will celebrate its’ diversity with the 40th International Festival and 14th Hispanic Film Festival which was founded by Karina Kline-Gabel, professor of language at JMU. 

Hemp One Step Closer to Legalization. News Leader
September 18,2017
With the help of Dr. Michael Renfroe, professor of biology along with farmers Glenn Rodes and Brian Walden the industrial hemp bill HR-3530 has made it into two House committees.

Pushed to the Brink of Extinction. Down to Earth
September 15, 2017
Dr. Linder, professor of anthropology, comments on the rapid decline of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee if the effects of large scale habitat conversions are not mitigated. 

A Cash Crop with Potential: Lawmakers, Advocates Tour Farm for Hemp Field Day. Daily News-Record
September 15, 2017
Glenn Rode's farm hosted over two dozen people to review the hemp that was grown in the past two years in conjunction with JMU's research for industrialized hemp. 

Trauma Bags to be Collected for Hurricane Victims. News Leader
September 14, 2017
Created by Dr. Anne Stewart, professor of psychology and the Shenandoah Valley Project Impact, 25,000 copies of “Too Much Weather” kids’ disaster activity guides have been shipped to hurricane-affected areas.

Honoring Bite Me Cancer Foundation. The Arlington Connection.
September 12, 2017
Alumna and founder of Bite Me Cancer, Niki Ferraro is honored by The Leadership Center for Excellence as a local leader for the impactful work her nonprofit organization has done for cancer patients.

New Nkrumah Book Debuts Soon. Daily Guide
September 12, 2017
David Owusu-Ansah, professor of history, speaks at the book launch of Ghana’s founder on the country’s day of independence. He brings a historical perspective on one of the most acrimonious debates in Ghana: Who was the true founder? 

Virginia student uses 3D printed models to demonstrate mathematical concept of topology. 3ders
September 11, 2017
JMU student Jonathan Gerhard was given an education grant of $1000 from Shapeway for demonstrating mathematical concepts of topology and homotopy via 3D prints. 

JMU Wins Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award. My Informs
September 12, 2017
JMU was announced as the winner of this year’s Excellence and Innovation Award presented by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Coming Soon to a Farm Near You-Legal Hemp? WMRA
September 7, 2017
Dr. Michael Renfroe, professor of biology, has made strides in the industrial hemp industry. Aligning with the 6th district representative Bob Goodlatte, Dr. Renfroe is developing the potential option of hemp farming. 

Charlottesville Project Makes List for Governor’s Technology Award NBC 29
September 6, 2017
The Governor's Technology award recognizes innovative projects aimed to improve citizen service via technological advancements. Government IT experts awarded JMU X-Labs with the innovative use of technology in education award. 

How Travel Strengthens Romantic Relationships. Conde Nast Traveller
September 6, 2017
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, professor of psychology, encourages couples to travel for the sake of novelty. By exploring new cultures couples tend to develop a deeper understanding of one another. 

Governor’s Technology Awards showcases 17’ Creative Technologies in Virginia State Scoop
September 6, 2016
17 awards were presented by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that highlighted innovative and efficient services by state, local and education agencies. JMU X-Labs was awarded for innovative use of technology in education. 

Think Tank Estimates Five Dollars per American for Nuclear deterrent Against North Korea Pittsburg Post-Gazette
September 5, 2017
Neutral ground blockers are essential to protect the U.S. electric grid against nuclear electromagnetic pulse attacks. Dr. George Baker, professor emeritus in applied sciences, says that technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Defense can provide better protection. 

Qingjiu Tao Discusses New Applications of Facial Recognition Technology China Global Television Network
September 4, 2017
With facial recognition technology on the rise, there are various security concerns about biometric technology. Qingjiu Tao, intelligence analysis professor, shares his knowledge about the rising market which has a predicted annual growth rate of 20%. 

Virginia gubernatorial campaign preparing for fall spotlight The News Virginian
September 2, 2017
The election of Virginia’s next governor has been overshadowed by recent events. However, Dr. Robert Roberts, political science professor, stresses the importance of the upcoming election and suggests that a prime issue in the governor’s race lies in voter turnout. 

August 2017

How to Be Happier When You Travel Report News Today
August 31, 2107
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, psychology professor, shares her research on how to find moments of joy in travel- no matter where you are. 

Duchess of Cambridge Joins Princes William and Harry at Diana’s Memorial Garden on Eve of 20th Anniversary of Her Death The Telegraph
August 30, 2017
Amongst the endless list of charities Princess Diana was committed to, her commitment to landmine eradication changed the lives of landmine survivors. Dr. Ken Rutherford, political science professor and landmine survivor, comments on her dedication to this cause. 

Princess Diana: Her Continuing Legacy in the 20 Years After Her Death Entertainment Tonight
August 28, 2017
The land mine crisis was close to Princess Diana’s heart. Her iconic visit to Bosnia with Dr. Ken Rutherford, political science professor, who is also a landmine survivor and activist resulted in the signing of an international treaty to outlaw land mines. 

3 Questions to Ask College Experts about Grad School U.S. News
August 24, 2017
Michael Walsh, dean of admissions, advises on the importance of asking about the numerical value of how many undergraduates actually go to graduate school and where they choose to attend.  

Why it’s so Difficult to Win a War in Afghanistan History
August 23, 2017
Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, history professor, speaks about the political agenda between competing foreign powers in Afghanistan and the new administration’s policy towards Pakistan. 

Howard University Appoints Comey to Endowed Chair Diverse Education
August 23, 2017
Edna Reid, intelligence analyst professor, supports the appointment of former CIA director Comey as the chair on public policy for Howard University as it may encourage diversity within the intelligence field. 

How to Turn Your Next Trip into a Self-Care Vacation Shape
August 22, 2017
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, psychology professor, gives advice about intentional traveling to self-heal from her book The Happy Traveler. 

Visualize This: Project Shows U.S. Magazine Evolution. Invest Money UK
August 12, 2017
Dr. Brooks Hefner, English professor, is collecting a century’s worth of hard-to-access circulation data to document the histories of major American magazines. 

Q2 2017 Hedge Fund Holdings: Top Stocks, New Buys and MoreWallet Hub
August 17, 2017
Dr. Jason Fink, finance professor, gives his expertise on the correlation of President Trump’s administration and the current stock rally, including the possible impacts the economy may experience due to a tax reform. 

AASCU Honors Work of State Colleges and Universities with Excellence Awards AASCU
August 15, 2017
The AASCU has recognized JMU with a Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award. JMU was recognized for its service-learning programs, President Jonathan Alger’s appointment to the board of Campus Compact and the university’s designation as a “Voter Friendly Campus.”

How a Case Against Israel Officials Helped Saudi Arabia Aljazeera
August 12, 2017
Dr. Timothy LaPira, political science professor, speaks about the uncommon use of lawsuits to influence legislators and its detrimental effects on lobbyists' credibility. 

JMU Launches Civic Engagement Center WHSV
August 11, 2107
Dr. Abraham Goldberg, political science professor, comments as the director for the center on the importance for students to be actively involved by engaging in democracy. 

Campus Spotlight: Liberty and Learning at JMU Forbes 
August 10, 2017 
Dr. Margaret Mulrooney, history professor, gives details on JMU's efforts to included courses which are focused on American democratic heritage including the overall efforts for students to foster civic engagement via learning.  

Facts about our Sun and Moon that you’re Embarrassed to Admit you Don’t Know. Washington Post 
August 9, 2017
The JMU John C. Well Planetarium, provides some interesting planetary facts and shares a JMU student made video on How Many Earth’s Can Fit Inside the Sun.  

Digital Immortality, the Future of Memory, and Sci-Fi Utopias: An Interview with Dr. Phil Frana Outer Places
August 7, 2017
Dr. Philip Frana, interdisciplinary liberal studies professor, is interviewed about uploading our memories into computers, shares his favorite Sci-Fi works and his talk at Escape Velocity on matter replication. 

How Colleges Can Prepare for Scrutiny of their Admissions Policies The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 2, 2017
Jonathan Alger, JMU President, remarks on the importance of race-neutral programs for admissions in order to improve access, diversity and inclusion.

The Newly Released JKF Files Lend Credence to a Few Major Conspiracy Theories Pacific Standard
August 2, 2017
John Newman, political science professor, provides new insights as a leading historian on the JKF assassination and the release of previously classified documents. 

July 2017

The Egypt-US Lobbying Connection Aljazeera
July 26, 2017
Dr. Timothy LaPira, political science professor, co-author of Revolving Door Lobbying speaks about the relationship between policymakers and lobbyists. 

National Security Innovation just got a Major Boost in Washington Huffington Post
July 19, 2017
James Madison University is one of eight institutions that offer Hacking for Defense, a program sponsored by Department of Defense and Intelligence Community to give students a way to make meaningful contributions towards real-world security problems. 

What Does Lula’s Conviction Mean for Brazil? Latin America Advisor.
July 18, 2017
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted on July 12,2017 for massive corruption involving Petrobras. Dr. Charles Blake, political science professor, comments on the future of Lula and the skepticism surrounding Operation Car Wash which is aimed at reducing political corruption in Brazil. 

How to Bring Good Vacation Vibes Back to Your ‘Real Life’ People
July 5, 2017 
Dr. Jamie Kurts, psychology professor, shares tips about returning to work after a vacation, from her book The Happy Traveler .

June 2017

5 Money Tips for Savoring your Summer Vacation CBS News
June 23, 2017
Dr. Jamie Kurtz, psychology professor, shares her research on how to approach vacations to maximize satisfaction.

Beyond Blades of GrassThe New York Times
June 16, 2017 
Dr. Paul Bogard, professor of English, urges us to reimagine a perfect as something more than just monoculture turf. In a world of diminishing biodiversity, the ground beneath our lawns is capable of more than just grass.

Lobbyists Don’t Get Business Boom with Trump Roll Call
June 1, 2017
Despite speculation that the number of clients that lobbyists represent would increase under a unified Republic government, growth has not been remarkable. Dr. Timothy LaPira, political science professor, comments on what it would take for K Street to see a boom.

May 2017

Virus Infection May Be Linked To Toledo Water Crisis, Study ShowsScience Daily
May 31, 2017
Morgan Steffen, biology professor, was a part of a team researching toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie that led to the shut down of Toledo's water system in 2014. 

A Vocal Defender of Ethics Has Fans – and FoesThe New York Times
May 30, 2017
Alumnus, Walter Shaub, is profiled in his role as the director of the Office of Government Ethics. 

Doctors Once Thought Bananas Cured Celiac Disease. They Saved Kids' Life – At a Cost, NPR
May 24, 2017
Alan Levinovitz, religion professor, discusses the history of treatment of Celiac's Disease using bananas.

Chesterfield Man Finds His Calling Africa, Combining Music and ConservationRichmond Times-Dispatch
May 20, 2017
Alex Paullin, alumnus, uses his passion for music and environmental conservation in Africa to spread the word about sustainable practices.

How America's Spies Navigate Today's Political Minefields?The Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2017
Stephen Marrin, intelligence analysis professor, suggests that the intelligence community should look at short term reports and long term forecasting simultaneously.

Ask the Experts: Picking the Best Airline Credit CardWallet Hub
May 17, 2017
Miguel Baltazar, a lecturer in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management, shares tips on what people should look for when applying for an airline credit card.

The Future of the College Presidency, Inside Higher Ed
May 15, 2017
Jonathan Alger, JMU President, is a part of a task force with 35 college and university presidents charged with releasing a report that details the challenges college presidents face and what will be required for the next generation of leaders to suceed.

Shifting SandsWith Good Reason–NPR
May 12, 2017
Glenn Hastedt and Bernd Kaussler, political science professors, discuss their book that offers a realist critique of U.S. Foreign Policy toward the Middle East in the past decade.

11 Totally Unexpected Things You Can Get Your Ph.D. InYahoo Lifestyle
May 10, 2017
JMU's Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. is featured.

Think Nursing School is Hard? Try Adding ROTCThe Washington Post
May 8, 2017
Michelle Martinez, current nursing major and ROTC cadet, is featured in a story about the balancing two rigorous programs, ROTC and nursing.

Data Information Literacy and Application, Educause Review
May 8, 2017
Yasmeen Shorish, Data Services Coordinator and professor, writes an article on teaching data information literacy.

$8 Million a Year n Ed Tech, but Does It Work? Experts Call for Better Research at Unique D.C. Symposium, The 74 Million
May 5, 2017
Charania and David Daniel, psychology professors, conducted a study on the effectiveness of ed tech companies in evaluating their own products. They found that although ed tech developers are conducting research, it is not rigorous enough.

Valley Scholar Showcase Effort to Help Young Students Make it to CollegeWHSV-TV3
May 2, 2017
Valley Scholars, a program that links resources to local first generation students in need, held their annual poster showcase. This event allows the 105 students to present topics including envisioning their future, the transition from middle school to high school and creating a board game relating to JMU.

April 2017

Why You Need More Dirt in Your LifeNational Geographic
April 30, 2017
English professor Paul Bogard speaks about his book The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are, and how society is becoming increasing more separated from the earth and natural resources.

What’s at Stake as Macri Meets Today with Trump? Latin American Advisor.
April 27, 2017
Dr. Charles Blake, professor of political science, comments about Mauricio Macri’s efforts to deepen ties with the United States. Dr. Blake divulges on the pro-market and pro-U.S. stance that is unpopular with the Nicolas Maduro government.        

Valley ScholarsVirginia Business
April 27, 2017
This article profile's JMU's investment in local students through the implementation of the Valley Scholars Program. This program sponsors local first-generation grade eight students throughout their high school career. If they maintain good grades and the Valley Scholars standard, then they will receive a full scholarship to JMU.

The 10 Best Colleges for Learning CodeCNBC
April 24, 2017
PayScale named JMU as a best value college for the computer science program.

James Madison University Encourages Diversity and Inclusion Through Innovative GrantsInsight into Diversity
April 24, 2017
This article features JMU's Innovative Diversity Effort Award grants, a program to provide students, faculty and staff with funding to test ideas or start sustainable activities focused on diversity. 

College Seniors: Know These 4 Financial Tips for Your Last Month of CollegeU.S. News and World Report
April 14, 2017
Brad Barnett, senior associate director of the office of financial aid and scholarships, comments on how the first couple post colleigate years for graduates can make or break their financial lives. 

How's America's Memory of the First World War Slipped Away, Macleans Magazine
April 10, 2017
Mark Facnitz, english professor and World War I expert, commented that WWI was the first time America announced that "we're the big dogs on the planet."

Screen Time Can Have Both Negative, Positive EffectsThe News & Advance
April 9, 2017
Julie Strunk, associate professor of nursing, reported that the American Association of Pediatrics advises against screen time for children under two, but she says with parental involvement and interaction with screen time or educational games it have positive effects.

How Prince Harry is Continuing Princess Diana's Legacy on LandminesPeople Magazine
April 5, 2017
Ken Rutherford, political science professor and director for the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, commented on his work with Princess Diana and their work on landmines, as well as Prince Harry and his new role with landmine activism.

March 2017

Here's the real reason your friend's 'gluten-free' diet is probably making them feel betterBusiness Insider
March 30, 2017
Alan Levinovitz, professor of religion and author of The Gluten Lie, discusses the psychological factors of feeling better after going gluten-free.

Here Is What Your Body Would Say If It Could TalkThe Washington Post
March 28, 2017
Alan Levinovitz, professor of religion, interviews author of "If Our Bodies Could Talk," James Hamblin.

New Presidents or Provosts, Inside Higher Ed
March 24, 2017
Heather Coltman, our new provost starting July 1, is highlighted on this list.

5 Questions to Help You Save Money on Travel Without Even Noticing, From a Woman Who Traveled to 29 CountriesBusiness Insider
March 19, 2017
Jaime Kurtz, professor of psychology, gives travel and money saving tips from her new book, The Happy Traveler.

Eight Business Schools in Virginia Among Best in U.S.Richmond Times–Dispatch
March 14, 2017
JMU was ranked in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of best part-time MBA programs in the nation.

Questions of Profit in Politics Raised by the Trump Administration, Time Magazine
March 10, 2017
Bob Roberts, professor of political science, uses information from his book White House Ethics: The History of the Politics of Conflict Interest Regulation to comment on ethics scandals in the federal government through out history.

Magnetism Helps Black Holes Blow Off Gas, Science News Magazine
March 6, 2017
The article covers the findings of Keigo Fukumura, astrophysicist, who found, through a new model, that magnetism causes the wind flow around black holes.

It's Not All Relative, The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 5, 2017
Alan Levinovitz, philosophy professor, reflects on cultural relativism and how that can lead to a culture full of "alternative facts" or un-truths. 

February 2017

Suprising Advice for a Happier Life, Khaleej Times
Feb. 25, 2017
Jaime Kurtz, philosophy professor, writes on research she did by asking her students to live as if they were moving in a month and she recorded how they changed the way they lived.

The Historic Innovation of Land Mines – And Why We Have Struggled to Get Rid of Them, Smithsonian Magazine
Feb. 28, 2017
Ken Rutherford, professor of political science and director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, speaks on the Mine Ban Treaty.

CPAC Attendeer Weigh in On Trump's Lifting of Transgender Bathroom RuleNPR – All Things Considered
Feb. 23, 2017
Franklin Debrot, philosophy professor, comments on how he doesn't see transgender students facing the same kind of discrimination as the 1950s, even though various groups have argued this view.

Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars and Students, 2016-17, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Feb. 21, 2017
JMU is a top producer of Fulbrights for masters-level institutions.

Raymond Smullyan; created logic puzzlesThe Boston Globe
Feb. 16, 2017
Jason Rosenhouse, a mathematics professor, edited a book on Smullyan and said "the clarity of his puzzles could unveil the beauty of math to those who could not previously grasp it."

How one small Virginia town embraces immigration– and is better off for it, The Washington Post
Feb. 10, 2017
James Madison University is a part of a World Church Service refugee resettlement community.

January 2017

6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, TooCapital Public Radio
Jan. 19, 2017
Tim LaPira, political science professor, says that owning stocks is legal, although insider trading for Congress is illegal, it is difficult to prove.

Unexpected Dangers Lurk for Drivers As Cars Go
Jan. 9, 2017
Kevin Borg, professor of history, says that the industry tends to add electronic components between the driver and the mechanical components, making it more complicated for the average driver.

December 2016

Student Research Takes Flight with Virginia Drone Project, The Richmond-Times Dispatch
Dec. 27, 2016
JMU students are involved in a state wide Virginia Drone Project. This multidisciplinary class explores different ways drones can be used including preservation, bee keeping and mine detection.

3 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Stressful Next Year, SELF Magazine
Dec. 27, 2016
Jaime Kurtz, professor of psychology, suggest we look forward instead of backwards when thinking about our plans. The feeling of running-out-of time can be a major stressor.

DuPont to Pay $50m Over Mercury-Contaminated Virginia RiversThe Boston Globe
Dec. 16, 2016
Thomas Benzing, professor of integrated science and technology, comments that the amount of money is impressive but is difficult to remove Mercury. He has been monitoring the Shenandoah Waterways since 2001.

Michael Paul Williams: Documenting the Strength of their Community, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Dec. 15, 2016
Alum, Jon Goode, a spoken word poet who grew up in a low income neighborhood and succeeded despite challenges, is being interviewed as an achieving individual from his community for a documentary. This documentary will highlight the good and supportive things in the community.

Madison and the 'Counterbalancing of Human Interests,' The Washington Times
Dec. 12, 2016
President Jonathan Alger discusses James Madison and the rights and responsibilities of citizens as we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

These Stanford Students are Hacking the Government to Try to Solve the World's ProblemsLos Angeles Times
Dec. 9, 2016
JMU is one of four colleges in the nation to adopt the Hacking 4 Defense class next semester started by Stanford University. This class will allow students to intersect technology with government problems to create innovative and real-world solutions.

How the Ancient Mayans Brought Sharks to the JungleArs Technica
Dec. 9, 2016
Anthropologist, Sarah E. Newman explains that coastal Mayan people probably hunted sharks.

ODU Students helping Firefighters, Law Enforcement Through Drone Class, The Virginian-Pilot
Dec. 2, 2016
JMU, ODU and George Mason students meet for a joint class called "The Virginia Drone Project." In this class, they study how drones can help solve community problems.

November 2016

'Cures' Act in Congress Heavily Influenced by LobbyistsNBC News
Nov. 29, 2016
Tim LaPira, political science professor, comments on the "frenzy" of lobbyists, and how we don't know how much lobbyists are influencing the bill because of lax disclosure requirements. 

Virginia's First Hemp Crop in Decades Could Signal New Opportunity, The Washington Post  
Nov. 26, 2016
JMU is part of Hemp research, which is influential in Virginia's approval to commercialize the crop.

Legislation That Would Shape FDA and NIH Triggers Lobbyist FrenzyNPR
Nov. 25, 2016
Tim LaPira, political science professor, comments on how lobbyist will not disclose how often they are working on certain bills, because of lax disclosure requirements. 

Trump's Lobbying Ban Might Actually Make Corruption WorseThe Washington Post
Nov. 23, 2016
Tim LaPira, professor of political science, authors an article on what should be done for Trump to actually "drain the swamp" and laws that would work to curb lobbyist corruption.

Campus Tour Confidential: Guide to VA, MD and D.C. Colleges and UniversitiesNorthern Virginia Magazine
Nov. 23, 2016
Dean of admissions, Michael Walsh, comments on the range of academic areas presented at campus open houses at JMU. 

Paulson's Big Long: A Bet on Trump Yields Power and ProfitBloomberg Markets
Nov. 21, 2016
Tim LaPira, professor of professor of political science, predicts that hedge funds will soon have more people representing them in Washington.

Can't Imagine Shapes in 4 Dimensions? Print Them Out, WIRED 
Nov. 15, 2016
Laura Taalman, a mathematician, comments on the need for physical objects to understand complex structures.

In NYC, being a dressing room decorator is an actual thing, NY Daily News
Nov. 15, 2016
Mike Harrison ('05), has furnished dressing rooms of actors on Broadway to home apartments. Most of his jobs start in the theater industry.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is suddenly making nice with Trump–there is a big reason why, Business Insider
Nov. 13, 2016
Tim LaPira, professor of political science, comments on why Amazon has established more of a lobbying presence in D.C. and how the government plays a role now that the business is so large.

Hemp Crop Harvested in Virginia for the First Time in Decades, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Nov. 13, 2016
Biology professor, Michael Renfroe commented in the promising results of hemp research after the recent harvest. 

Students Pop in for Pop Ups, Inside Higher Ed
Nov. 11, 2016
Timothy Moore, a recent graduate, brought pop-up classes to the new X-Labs facilities while he was a senior, after working with the Innovation Fellows Program at Stanford Unniversity.

Donald Trump vows to 'drain the swamp' in D.C. in the first 100 days, Christian Science Monitor
Nov. 10, 2016
Political science professor, Tim LaPira, suggests that accountability and transparency for lobbyists' actions would be more effective than a 'cooling off period' for the jump from a legislator to a lobbyist.

October 2016

How Political Science Gets Politics WrongThe Chronicle of Higher Education
Oct 30, 2016
Professor of political science, Marty Cohen, an author of the book The Party Decides, is mentioned as a recent respected source of predicting political outcomes.

Washington elite speculate about a Trump presidencyBBC
Oct. 29, 2016
Marty Cohen, professor of political science, mentions how Trump has threatened to overturn Washington.

What would a Trump TV Network look like for America? Christian Science Monitor
Oct. 20, 2016
David Jones, professor of political science, states the network would be successful as people are looking for more one-sided news that agree with their viewpoint. 

When Hillary was America's hostessVice
Oct 12, 2016
Anthony Eksterowicz, a professor emeritus of political science, states that first ladies play both ceremonial and political roles.

September 2016

The dangerous cult of academic macroeconomics, BloombergView
Sept. 29, 2016
Barkley Rosser, economist, noted that a positive effect of the financial crash has led to more more useful alternatives to other economics models.

Here's what Americans really think of election coverageBusiness Insider
Sept. 25, 2016
David Jones, professor of political science, states that people are receiving their information from a wide range of sources, some less than reputable, which leads to mistrust in media.

What do Americans really think of election coverage? Christian Science Monitor
Sept. 23, 2016
David Jones, professor of political science, states that people are receiving their information from a wide range of sources, some less than reputable, which leads to mistrust in media.

Top 25 MBA programs for 2016, according to the Princeton ReviewFox News
Sept. 20, 2016
JMU is ranked in the top 10 online MBA programs in the country.

Why American's trust in the media is at an all-time lowThe Christian Science Monitor
Sept. 15, 2016
David Jones, political science professor, states a few reasons for the public's distrust in the media including the wide ride range of sources people receive their information. 

Here is the real reason your friend's 'gluten free' diet is probably making them feel better, Business Insider 
Sept. 15, 2016
Alan Levinovitz, assistant professor and author of "The Gluten Lie," states that the change in the way people are feeling is behavioral and psychological as celiac disease is not on the rise. 

Our connected world and the unseen legacies of 9/11, Wired
September 11, 2016
In an article discussing a change in our security since 9/11, a study by JMU researchers found that body scanners are no longer seen as controversial to most Americans.

A race with no clear favouriteThe Straits Times
September 9, 2016
Marty Cohen, associate professor of political science, states that Hillary Clinton should not cede the media spotlight in hopes to "run out the clock" of the election.

August 2016

Incumbents poised for big win despite all the attention on outsiders, NPR
August 30, 2016
Marty Cohen, political science professor, comments on how support for incumbents in the republican primaries indicate shallow support for Trump, the outsider, inside the party. 

New rankings: Never mind the Ivies. Check out Howard Community College, Washington Post Grade Point Blog
August 29,2016
Among master's universities, James Madison University, jumped to 6th place in monthly rankings from 68th place.

July 2016

How to foster kindness and gratitude? Positive attitude, faith and humility all play a roll, The Huffington Post
July 28, 2016 
A study at JMU found that writing letters of gratitude created feelings of high elation– a feeling of being moved and uplifted, promoting a desire to be a better person and give back to others.

$1 bet turns into life filled with adventures, The Richmond Times-Dispatch
July 27, 2016
JMU Alumni Hayden Hughes and J Keagy, travel across countries and continents to raise money for cancer.

The money talk all parents and teens need to have before college, U.S. News & World Report MONEY 
July 26, 2016
Brad Barnett, JMU's senior associate director of the office of financial aid and scholarship, comments on the money talk parents should give their students.

8 stupid mistakes that even smart people make,
July 21, 2016
JMU psychologists tested intelligence and rational thinking and found some common characteristics. 

Tinkering with a mission: Weekend inventors create affordable technology, The Washington Post
July 24, 2016
Max Painley, senior engineering student, was a part of a team through TOM: DC Makeathon to help create a system to help someone's mobility needs.

Melania Trump's plagiarized Republican convention speech would get an F in my class, Vox
July 20, 2016
Assistant professor, Alan Levinovitz, writes commentary on Melania Trump's speech based on plagiarism standards in his classroom.

'Politics has become celebrity-driven': How 2016 surprised political thinkers, NPR
July, 17, 2016
Associate professor of political science, Marty Cohen, comments on the shift of celebrity status in politics, particularly in the 2016 election.

For coffee drinkers, the buzz may be in your genes,  The New York Times
July 12, 2016
Christopher Womack, professor of kinesiology, studied the effects of caffeine on athletes. 

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