JMU in the News

By the Year

2020
November 2020

Teaching. The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 05, 2020
Different campus, different students, but Benjamin Blankenship spent the afternoon in a similar discussion. An assistant professor of psychology at James Madison University, he was part of a panel of psychologists helping students process their emotions over the election.

To that end, James Madison University has been putting together a range of post-election programming, on the idea that that’s where “our hard work really starts,” said Abe Goldberg, executive director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement.

October 2020

Hemp farming is gaining a foothold in Appalachia. Blue Ridge Outdoors
October 15, 2020
“The funny thing about it is, this is something that’s both new to us and really historical,” says James Madison University (JMU) professor Sam Morton. He helps direct the school’s hemp research program, which focuses on seed and fiber production.

Financial aid officials share how they're advising college students now. Education Dive
October 15, 2020
Brad Barnett, financial aid director, James Madison University, Virginia. As you can imagine, we're receiving a lot of questions asking if things are changing with the financial aid process for 2021-22 in light of what's happened with COVID-19.

No Insurance? How to See a Doctor Without Insurance. U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report
October 13, 2020
There are a number of health care providers that provide services at little or no cost to those who are eligible, says April Temple, an associate professor of health sciences at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

A Choir Finds a Way to Sing. New York Times
October 07, 2020
It started with David Newman, a baritone on the voice faculty of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.


September 2020

JMU names associate VP for diversity, equity and inclusion. Virginia Business
September 22, 2020
James Madison University announced Tuesday that Brent Lewis became its inaugural associate vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on Sept. 1.


August 2020

Democracy Is Under Duress. Forbes
August 19, 2020
Valerie Smith is President of Swarthmore College and Jonathan Alger is President of James Madison University.

Meet Dr. Amy Goodall: Teaching Lessons in the Garden. Washington Gardner
August 17, 2020
Amy Goodall, professor of geographic science, talks to Washington Gardner Magazine (pgs. 14-15) about building gardens at Harrisonburg elementary schools with her students, and the benefits for both college students and elementary students.

Even George Washington faced questions about his age and mental fitness. Washington Post
August 07, 2020
Rebecca Brannon is an associate professor of history at James Madison.


July 2020

Counting Them In or Out? Inside Higher Ed
July 30, 2020
Carah Ong Whaley, associate director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement, at James Madison University in Virginia, said she thought the new ability for colleges to submit data for off-campus students will "help a lot for communities concerned about undercount."

It’s Time for a New Labor Movement in the Performing Arts. Current Affairs
July 29, 2020
Brian Smallwood—production manager, Associate Professor of Theatre at James Madison University, and author of Productivity Through Wellness for the Theatre Technician (Routledge, 2020)—has studied the culture of overwork in the performing arts for years.

Boulder resident part of first-place team at national collegiate wind energy competition. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado)
July 20, 2020
“I think the industry finds greater value in students who have had some exposure to renewable energy already as students,” Jonathan Miles, director of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at the university

Easing Your Children's Pandemic Isolation. WHRO
July 20, 2020
Dr. Jennie Rosier is an associate professor of communication studies at JMU who specializes in the communication skills needed to enhance parent-child relationships.

A black man accused of rape, a white officer in the Klan, and a 1936 lynching that went unpunished. Washington Post
July 19, 2020
“This was not unusual and limited to Georgia,” said Taimi Castle, a professor of justice studies at James Madison University and the author of an academic paper titled “Cops and the Klan.”

How colleges, and the government, are handling a spike in requests for more financial aid. The Washington Post
July 10, 2020
“It’s all very similar: ‘My financial situation looks nothing like it did before because my parents have lost their job or I’ve lost my job’ ” said Brad Barnett, the financial aid director at JMU.

Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. New York Times
July 02, 2020
The possibility that the birds are swapping songs on their wintering grounds “really opens up how we think of song learning,” said Dana Moseley, an ecologist at James Madison University in Virginia who was not involved in the study. It’s also evidence that where birds “winter, where they stop over in migration, and where they breed shapes their behavior,” she said.

JMU professor appears on PBS for collaborative garden project. WHSV TV-3
July 02, 2020
Amy Goodall, an associate professor for the School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University (JMU) was highlighted on PBS’s “Virginia Home Grown.”


June 2020

Virginia college students take first-place honors at wind turbine design contest. Energy News Network
June 26, 2020
Jonathan Miles, who directs the university’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy, was beaming Monday when the Energy Department announced the results during an online awards ceremony for all 12 participating colleges.


May 2020

‘Interesting Parallel:' In 1918, It Was The Spanish Flu That Closed Schools, Shuttered Churches And Claimed Lives. Daily News-Record
May 22, 2020
Margaret Mulrooney, associate vice provost and professor of history at James Madison University, had been studying the university’s archives for years and recently published a blog detailing the events of the 1918 influenza pandemic at what was then the State Normal School.

The Psychological Benefits Of Having Things To Look Forward To. Huffington Post
May 21, 2020
“Given the truly devastating situations so many people are finding themselves in, we can feel guilty for mourning these smaller losses, which just piles on even more negative feelings,” Jaime Kurtz — associate professor of psychology at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia — told HuffPost.

The Nightmare That Colleges Face This Fall. The Atlantic
May 19, 2020
Eleven weeks ago, Jonathan Alger, the president of James Madison University, in Virginia, thought that all of this might be temporary. ... “We all recognize that this is a disease that none of us control and nobody even completely understands, and so we’re planning for all contingencies,” Alger told me.

What will hotel visits be like? Here’s your room-by-room look at the future. CNBC
May 15, 2020
“Hotels will have more visual cleaning staff and sanitizing stations. Housekeepers will move from behind the scene to front and center in hotels,” said Tony Kim, assistant professor at Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation management at James Madison University, noting the mere presence of cleaning staff will make guests feel safer.

So You Had a Bad Day: Here are some tips to pick yourself back up again, regain some dignity and soldier on after the lousiest of days. New York Times
May 12, 2020
Venting your anger may actually make you feel worse, said Lennis Echterling, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at James Madison University. “Merely venting negative emotions by screaming or yelling does not have any health benefits,” he said, and the research on the topic seems to point away from venting diminishing our rage in any tangible way.

JMU caravan drives though Harrisonburg to celebrate the Class of 2020. WHSV TV-3
May 07, 2020
Dr. Tim Miller, Vice President of Student Affairs, said he got the idea on Monday after a student asked Duke Dog to visit their home for graduation.


April 2020

Trump's Bleach Statements Echo Claims by 'Miracle Cure' Quacks. The New York Times
April 28, 2020
Dr. Alan Levinovitz, a professor at James Madison University who studies the relationship between science and religion, said Trump’s comments about disinfectants were in keeping with his previous support for conspiracy theorists, agitators against the deep state and his promotion of two antimalarial drugs to fight the coronavirus, despite warnings from medical experts about their possible dangerous side effects.

A Hobby Is The Exact Escape You Need Right Now. Here's How To Get Started. Women's Health
April 23, 2020
“We waste a lot of time on social media,” says Jaime Kurtz, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University.

JMU OT program creates "OT-to-Go" kits. WHSV TV-3
April 17, 2020
"Let families and our kiddos just know that we're thinking about them and that we have fun activities and things planned and that we're sharing those things with them and we're still connected," Occupational therapist and associate director of JMU OTCES Cindy Colwell said.

JMU Chemistry department uses chemicals left in the building to make hand sanitizer. WHSV TV-3
April 13, 2020
"When I saw that hand sanitizer was needed, I asked our stockroom manager, Brian Kane, to do an inventory of the departmental supplies that we would need to make the sanitizer according to the WHO recipe and to calculate how much we could make with our unused chemicals," said Linette Watkins, unit head for the JMU Chemistry Department.

JMU Departments Creating Partnerships To Produce PPE. The Daily News-Record
April 09, 2020
As businesses, organizations and individuals rally to do what they can to help out during this time of need, JMU has also been doing what it can, said Bethany Nowviskie, dean of libraries.

Two rare events in the Shenandoah Valley happened on the same day exactly 102 years ago. WHSV TV-3
April 09, 2020
Dr. Eric Pyle, a Geology Professor with James Madison University, explains how we actually have good, historical information on this event. "What's unique about it, is they had just installed a seismograph at Georgetown University, which picked it up. ..."

JMU offers virtual visit for admitted, prospective students. WTVR 6, Richmond
April 08, 2020
“This is one of the most exciting times of the year for us and campus is typically buzzing,” said Chris Meyers, JMU’s director of recruitment marketing. “Bringing the campus visit experience online was an incredible endeavor that required help from more than 50 faculty members, staff members and students from across the university to really make it happen.”

James Madison University President: People are the most important strategic resource. ZD Net
April 06, 2020
President Jonathan Alger: March 11 stands out clearly in my recollection. Even though we already had made several tough calls such as bringing students home early from study abroad experiences all over the world, March 11 was the day I and the senior leadership team at James Madison University made the excruciatingly difficult decision to shift in-person learning to virtual, online learning.

The Gus Bus goes virtual to continue literacy enrichment. WHSV TV-3
April 06, 2020
Jolynne Bartley, the assistant director for children and youth at JMU's Instititue for Innovation in Health and Human Services, said due to COVID-19, the Gus Bus staff had to figure out a way to still make it accessible to children while providing them educational resources.

Farmers Market To Reopen With Help From JMU Students. The Daily News-Record
April 06, 2020
“It’s been a really amazing experience for my students, and to see the JMU community actively trying things to improve the lives of the community at large,” said Seán McCarthy, an associate professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.

Temporary waiver helps student nurses in Virginia. WHSV TV-3
April 06, 2020
Melody Eaton, Interim Director for the School of Nursing at James Madison University, said for many schools across the commonwealth, due to the spread of COVID-19, they're unable to work with agency hospitals they normally work with throughout the year.


March 2020

Students Can Possibly Increase Financial Aid After Coronavirus Job Losses. NBC 4, Washington, DC
March 23, 2020
“What we’re anticipating as we get more into the summer months, that we’ll start to receive more letters from students and parents in particular explaining about income reductions, job losses,” Brad Barnett, Director Financial Aid and Scholarships and James Madison University said.

Valley Scholars program offers in-need locals a path to college. Virginia Business
March 01, 2020
President Jonathan Alger: “One word that I would use to describe the intent of the Valley Scholars program is ‘hope,’” he says.


February 2020

Who Should Use a Home Cholesterol Test Kit?. U.S. News & World Report
February 27, 2020
For kits that use testing strips: Use the lancet – the small blade or needle that comes with the testing kit – to prick your finger and draw a small drop of blood, says Jeremy D. Akers, an associate professor in the Department of Health Professions at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Jameela Jamil, bisexuality, and the anxiety of not feeling 'queer enough'. Mashable
February 27, 2020
According to Kathryn Hobson, an assistant professor of communications studies at James Madison University who has written about and researched femininity and queer identity, femininity is often devalued in queer communities.

Researchers at JMU caution use of over-the-counter hearing aids. WHSV TV-3
February 26, 2020
According to Ayasakanta Rout, associate professor and program director of audiology for James Madison University (JMU), the devices will cost less than traditional hearing aids and will be available in big box stores.

Bloomberg's massive spending brings polling surge, scrutiny of record. ABC 6 (Columbus, Ohio)
February 17, 2020
“The money has gotten him to this point, but I don’t think the money is going to get him further than this point,” said Marty Cohen, an associate professor of political science at James Madison University and co-author of “The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform.”

The Party Doesn’t Decide Anything Anymore. The Atlantic
February 14, 2020
But that book’s co-author, Martin Cohen, a political-science professor at James Madison University, agrees that today the parties aren’t deciding—at all. “It’s pretty clear that the parties are failing to decide,” Cohen told me.

It’s Tax Season. Here’s How You Can Get Free Help. WMRA
February 11, 2020
Dr. Nancy Nichols is an accounting professor at James Madison University. She says many filers make some pretty common mistakes.

Love, Explained With: Jennifer Rosier (James Madison University). With Good Reason
February 07, 2020
Jennifer Rosier says that she loves love. That’s why she’s spent her career studying how to make it work better. She shares tips on forming healthy attachment and debunks the four myths about sex.

Why couples can drift apart. The Plum
February 04, 2020
“This middle stage of marriage (after the happy high and followed by contentment) happens to the best of us, and we all struggle with it, even experts,” says Jennie Rosier, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., director of The Relationships, Love & Happiness Project, and author of Make Love, Not Scrapbooks.

Moving from makerspace to dynamic innovation space. University Business
February 03, 2020
Nick Swayne is founding director of JMU X-Labs at James Madison University in Virginia.


January 2020

Jonathan R. Alger column: Bridging the career services gap. Richmond Times-Dispatch
January 27, 2020
Jonathan R. Alger is president of James Madison University.

Most dietary supplements don’t do anything. Why do we spend $35 billion a year on them?. Washington Post
January 27, 2020
I asked Alan Levinovitz, professor of religion at James Madison University and author of “Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science” (available in April). The first thing he pointed to was the pictures of fruits and leaves on the bottle, the emphasis on plant-based ingredients and the focus on naturalness. “Think about the names medicines have,” he said. Atorvastatin! Tramadol! “They sound like alien space lords. Then look at supplements with names like Nature’s Way.”

Finding Alternate Energy Sources for IoT Devices. IoT World Today
January 22, 2020
In addition, the cost of replacing batteries in thousands of devices, especially those in out-of-the-way or hazardous locations, can make deploying wireless sensors inconvenient and cost prohibitive, according to Ahmad Salman, assistant professor, School of Integrated Sciences at James Madison University and an IoT device expert.

Goop teaches us we can be pure — if we spend enough money. Washington Post
January 16, 2020
By Alan Levinovitz. Alan Levinovitz is associate professor of religious studies at James Madison University.

2019
December 2019

JMU program gets into hackers’ heads. Virginia Business
December 30, 2019
“It’s a certificate program to inform longtime professionals both within the cyber world and outside of it how they can apply cyber intelligence to their specific work,” says Edna Reid, an adjunct faculty member who conducts research in cyber intelligence tradecraft.

Gov. Northam's proposed budget could help preschoolers in the Valley. WHSV TV-3
December 17, 2019
Dr. Teresa Harris, the academic unit head for early elementary education and reading education at James Madison University, said the money could have a big impact on little ones.

2020 Presidential Campaign Fundraising (and Spending) Are on Track to Smash Records. Fortune
December 04, 2019
Some of the same dynamics that were in play in 2012 are at work today. "Like 2012, you had an incumbent president and a contested primary," says David Jones, a professor of political science at James Madison University.

Howard L. Lubert column: What is an impeachable offense?. Richmond Times-Dispatch
December 03, 2019
Howard L. Lubert is a professor in the department of political science at James Madison University. He teaches and writes primarily on American political thought.

Eat up during the Holidays, but keep an eye on nutrition. Bella Magazine
December 03, 2019
Jeremy Akers, Ph.D, is director of the graduate dietetics program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Why More Colleges Are Teaching Financial Wellness. The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 02, 2019
That gritty detail is important, and all too rare, says Pamela Peterson Drake, a professor of finance at James Madison University.


November 2019

How you can reduce your carbon footprint when you travel. Washington Post
November 27, 2019
“The short answer is yes, it is possible to reduce your carbon footprint when you travel,” says Jennifer Coffman, the associate executive director at James Madison University’s Center for Global Engagement. “The longer answer is yes with lots of qualifiers. Travel means greenhouse gas emissions.”


October 2019

In Trump world, flattery will get you everywhere -- and nowhere. CNN.com
October 23, 2019
Deborah Parker is professor of Italian at the University of Virginia and a Public Voices Fellow at the Op-ed Project. Mark Parker is professor of English at James Madison University. They are the authors of "Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy." The opinions expressed in this commentary are their own.

Facebook and Amazon Set Lobbying Records Amid Washington Scrutiny. The Washington Post
October 22, 2019
Tim LaPira, an associate professor of political science at James Madison University who studies lobbying, said the campaign’s message pushes back against the notion that the company has lost control of users’ privacy and should be regulated in ways it would oppose.

Trump ‘Lynching’ Comments Spark Outrage. Courthouse News Serivce
October 22, 2019
Gianluca De Fazio, an assistant professor in the Justice Studies Department at James Madison University, is familiar with the Beck-Tolnay list. He’s used it in his work researching lynching in Virginia for a project called “Racial Terror: Lynching in Virginia.”

Plans for wind farm in Botetourt County move forward. The Roanoke Times
October 18, 2019
In recent years, improvements in solar technology have decreased its cost and made it a competitor of sorts with wind energy, said Jonathan Miles, director of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at James Madison University.

State to buy energy from solar, wind projects to power government. Richmond Times-Dispatch
October 18, 2019
The contract also could jump-start the development of onshore wind projects, just as a pilot offshore wind project Dominion is building off the Atlantic coast may enable the company to build a much bigger wind farm it plans to develop in federal waters there, said Jonathan J. Miles, a professor at James Madison University who is executive director of the Center for Advancement of Sustainable Energy.

JMU political science department holds impeachment discussion. WHSV TV 3
October 15, 2019
Two political science professors at JMU, Valerie Sulfaro and Tim LaPira spoke to students, discussing possible impeachment scenarios and how it could impact more than just the president.

Collaborating as a Pianist Taught a Future Provost How to Listen. The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 14, 2019
"The way that music feeds me and gives me energy has really helped to propel me forward in a lot of administrative ways," says Heather Coltman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at James Madison University.

JMU expands nursing program to admit more students. WHSV TV 3
October 14, 2019
"This will help us to bring in more qualified students, we currently can't take all of our qualified students," Melody Eaton, director for the School of Nursing, said.

Jonathan J. Miles column: Virginia’s renewable energy future poised to lead the nation. Richmond Times-Dispatch
October 07, 2019
In the wake of Gov. Ralph Northam setting the commonwealth on a path toward procuring all its power from carbon-free sources by 2050, Virginia is positioned to deploy the most balanced and resilient clean energy portfolio in the nation.


September 2019

Overburdened Mental-Health Counselors Look After Students. But Who Looks After the Counselors?. The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 18, 2019
“The pressures that counseling-center clinicians face are at an all-time high,” wrote David Onestak, director of the Counseling Center at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va. “The daily experience of working at a college counseling center today bears only a faint resemblance to the field that I entered in the 1990s.”

1on1: Busting some flu shot myths. WHSV TV 3
September 19, 2019
Audrey Burnett, associate professor of health sciences, discusses the facts about flu shots.

Working group holds public hearing to discuss racial terror in Harrisonburg. WHSV TV 3
September 17, 2019
To further this project, Gianluca De Fazio, an assistant professor at JMU, created a digital archive called "Racial Terror: Lynching in Virginia" which documents the stories of each of the 104 lynching victims between 1866 and 1932.


August 2019

James Madison University set out to help 35 middle-schoolers become the first in their families to attend college. Would they succeed?. Washington Post
August 31, 2019
“We needed to make more proactive efforts in our own backyard,” said Jonathan R. Alger, president of the university. “There were a lot of students in our area who simply thought that college was not an option for them.”

Wilson Hall Renovation Unveiled. Daily News-Record
August 13, 2019
“In many ways the project represents a marriage of the type of heutagogy and educationalist institution JMU was when it opened, and where the university is going,” said Chris Arndt, an academic liaison to the construction project.

Is The Keto Diet Safe For Kids? Everything You Need To Know About Keto For Children. Women's Health
August 12, 2019
Restrictive eating is not recommended for kids or teens, no matter their weight or activity level, says Jeremy Akers, PhD, director of the graduate dietetics program at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. “There isn’t much reliable data on low-carbohydrate diet practices in children or adolescents.”

My World: How Does I-81 Affect the Environment?. WMRA
August 07, 2019
Dr. Bruce Wiggins is an environmental biologist and professor in the biology department at James Madison University. He says that people living around busy roadways can experience heart and lung disease, asthma, coughing and difficulty breathing.

Why Taking Too Many Instagram Photos Can Ruin Your Vacation. Southern Living
August 06, 2019
Jaime Kurtz psychology professor at James Madison University in Virginia and author of The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations recently told CBC Radio, "Getting that perfect picture to put on Instagram to impress your friends can sometimes trump just being in the moment and enjoying it."


July 2019

Merck expansion spurs new degrees, training programs. Virginia Business
July 29, 2019
"What Merck liked is the collaboration between the two institutions," says Melissa Lubin, JMU's dean of professional and continuing education.

How to Make Authentic Research Experiences Widely Available. The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 18, 2019
Sometimes, authentic research experiences offer students too much freedom to create their own projects and get out of control, said Ray Enke, an associate professor in the department. James Madison’s program avoids this, Enke said, by providing a “semi-controlled setting” where everyone is using the same techniques and supplies, but no one – not even the instructor – knows the answer.

Four Key Takeaways From The Senate’s Google Hearing. Daily Caller
July 17, 2019
Dr. Francesca Tripodi is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at James Madison University and another witness; she also conducted a study which found no political bias. “In sum, what we get from Google depends primarily on what we search and what content is served. As my research demonstrates time and again, not only does conservatism thrive online — depending on what you search, it might be the only perspective returned,” Dr. Tripoldi said in her written statement.

The Fight for the Future of YouTube. The New Yorker
July 08, 2019
Francesca Tripodi, a media scholar at James Madison University, has studied how right-wing conspiracy theorists perpetuate false ideas online. “When there is limited or no metadata matching a particular topic,” she told a Senate committee in April, “it is easy to coördinate around keywords to guarantee the kind of information Google will return.”

Campus Innovation Is Not a Myth. Chronicle of Higher Education
July 01, 2019
Ben Selznick and Nick Swayne are co-authors.


June 2019

Women Are Missing Out on the Biggest Job Boom in America. Bloomberg
June 18, 2019
By the time women go to college, they’re gravitating toward consulting and project management rather than traditional construction jobs, said Remy Pangle, director at James Madison University’s sustainable energy division. “How do you get girls interested in things that are more interesting to boys,” she said, “without having to make your LEGOs pink?”

How to Take a Relaxing Vacation Without Stressing About Work. Time
June 04, 2019
Others might benefit from a planned day of no cell service or only having access to Wi-Fi during parts of the day (like in your hotel room), says Jaime Kurtz, an associate professor of psychology at James Madison University and author of The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations.


April 2019

What to Know About Experiential Learning in College. U.S. News & World Report
April 25, 2019
Cara Meixner, executive director of the Center for Faculty Innovation at James Madison University in Virginia, says that experiential learning helps students think beyond simply learning how to do something and to consider the greater ramifications of that action. "It's not just about students developing cognitive, or content mastery; it's not just about a student learning how to run a research trial. It's also about students being embedded in a context where they're thinking about the broader ethical implications of that research trial," Meixner says.


March 2019

Board of Supervisors delays vote on solar project. The News Virginian
March 01, 2019
Dr. Jonathan Miles, a professor of integrated science and technology at James Madison University and the director of the school’s Center for Wind Energy, came to the public hearing to voice his support for Community Energy and its solar panels. “One thing we hear ... is that we ought to be putting these kinds of projects 25, 30, 45 miles off the coast; out of sight, out of mind, not interfering with other uses of the land and so on,” Miles said. “I think there’s a lot of truth to that statement. But a lot of the research shows as well that that’s not going to be the complete solution. In order to be as responsive as we need to be…we’ve got to diversify.”


February 2019

No Textbooks, No Lectures, and No Right Answers. Is This What Higher Education Needs?. Chronicle of Higher Education
February 10, 2019
JMU thinks it has such a vehicle in X-Labs. But the program is not for everyone, says Nick Swayne, who has headed it since its inception.

James Madison U. names dormitory after Founding Father’s enslaved servant. Washington Post
February 08, 2019
“Naming what will be a vibrant hub of student activity after Paul Jennings allows us to provide important and inclusive context to the complex story of James Madison — known as ‘the Father of the Constitution’ — and the central paradox of the founding of our republican democracy,” university President Jonathan R. Alger said in a statement.


January 2019

Education news: U.S. News & World Report: James Madison’s online nursing program now ranked No. 30. Richmond Times-Dispatch
January 28, 2019
“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
January 28, 2019
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
January 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
January 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
January 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
January 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
January 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.

2018
December 2018

K-12 students should be taught climate science, teachers' association says. Yale Climate Connections
December 06, 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
December 04, 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
November 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
November 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
November 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. The Washington Post
November 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
November 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
November 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
November 02, 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
October 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
October 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
October 16, 2018
JMU Middle East expert Bernie Kaussler discusses the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Voter registration activity steady locally. The News Virginian
October 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. The Washington Post
October 09, 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. The Washington Post
September 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
September 07, 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
September 06, 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. The 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 08, 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 05, 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 08, 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 05, 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 02, 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 01, 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 09, 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 05, 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 05, 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 02, 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?. Celiac.com
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 07, 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 05, 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 04, 2018
Dr. Michelle Hesse, professor of dietetics, gives advice on mindful eating.

2017
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 07, 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 07, 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 03, 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 06, 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 06, 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 05, 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 04, 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 27, 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. AASCU
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 07, 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 06, 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 06, 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 06, 2017
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 05, 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 04, 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 02, 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, 2017
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 More. Wallet 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, 2017
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 09, 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 07, 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 02, 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 02, 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 05, 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 Grass. The 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 01, 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 Shows. Science 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 Foes. The 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 Conservation. Richmond 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 Card. Wallet 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 Sands. With 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. In. Yahoo Lifestyle
May 08, 2017
JMU's Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. is featured.

Think Nursing School is Hard? Try Adding ROTC. The Washington Post
May 08, 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 08, 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 05, 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 College. WHSV-TV3
May 02, 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

Here's the real reason your friend's 'gluten-free' diet is probably making them feel better. Business 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 Talk. The 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 Countries. Business 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 06, 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 05, 2017
Alan Levinovitz, philosophy professor, reflects on cultural relativism and how that can lead to a culture full of "alternative facts" or un-truths.


March 2017

Here's the real reason your friend's 'gluten-free' diet is probably making them feel better. Business 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 Talk. The 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 Countries. Business 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 06, 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 05, 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
February 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
February 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 Rule. NPR – All Things Considered
February 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
February 21, 2017
JMU is a top producer of Fulbrights for masters-level institutions.

Raymond Smullyan; created logic puzzles. The Boston Globe
February 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
February 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, Too. Capital Public Radio
January 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 High-Tech. Salon.com
January 09, 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.

2016
December 2016

Student Research Takes Flight with Virginia Drone Project. The Richmond-Times Dispatch
December 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
December 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 Rivers. The Boston Globe
December 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
December 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
December 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 Problems. Los Angeles Times
December 09, 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 Jungle. Ars Technica
December 09, 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
December 02, 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

Virginia's First Hemp Crop in Decades Could Signal New Opportunity. The Washington Post
November 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 Frenzy. NPR
November 15, 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 Worse. The Washington Post
November 13, 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 Universities. Northern Virginia Magazine
November 13, 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 Profit. Bloomberg Markets
November 11, 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
November 10, 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
December 30, 1899
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
December 30, 1899
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
December 30, 1899
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
December 30, 1899
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
December 30, 1899
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 Wrong. The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 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 presidency. BBC
October 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
October 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 hostess. Vice
October 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
September 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 coverage. Business Insider
September 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
September 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 Review. Fox News
September 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 low. The Christian Science Monitor
September 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
September 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 favourite. The Straits Times
September 09, 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. Inc.com
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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