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When will I use this in the real world? Today, I will use it today.

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Nicole Neitzey, Program Manager/Grants Officer for the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at JMU and a current MPA student.

     Nicole Neitzey is the Program Manager/Grants Officer for the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University, where she has been working since 2001. She graduated from James Madison University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Technical and Scientific Communication and an Online Publications Specialization.  Nicole is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at JMU (expected completion, May 2015).

The Philanthropy and Volunteerism class for Spring 2014 culminated in a series of group projects. Our group put together a report for the client, Harrisonburg Community Health Center (HCHC). We were asked to research promising practices in the areas of governance, contributed revenue, and strategic messaging in order to provide recommendations to HCHC to improve their operations going forward.

Bioethics: A Journey Toward an Applied Understanding

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John Gardner, JMU double major and bioethicist.

      John Gardner is Philosophy and Religion double-major at JMU. He will graduate spring of 2015 and is currently applying to graduate schools to pursue a career in Bioethics.

In the summer of 2014 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Yale’s Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute for Bioethics. Bioethics, loosely defined, is the field of applied philosophy that includes medical and environmental ethics. My studies focus on issues surrounding autonomy within medical ethics, and more specifically, the ethics of placebo use in clinical practice.

I spent eight weeks at Yale enrolled in seminars, attending daily lectures, and going on various trips to supplement what I was learning in the classroom. Some of the topics covered include: genetic screening, abortion, stem cell research, and international organ trafficking.


The Predator and the Village Livestock


Gabriela Fleury, 2014 JMU graduate and Volunteer Coordinating Intern at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

Gabriela Fleury is a 2014 graduate from the Geographic Science Program, with a concentration in Environmental, Conservation, Sustainability and Development at JMU. She is currently the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinating Intern at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, in Massachusetts.  

     My research as an undergraduate focused on Lion and Livestock Conflict in the Amboseli Region of Kenya. African lion populations are in decline through much of Africa, however the problem is particularly acute in Kenyan Maasailand where local Maasai are spearing and poisoning lions at a rate that is unprecedented.  In order to fully understand the phenomenon of big cat and livestock conflict, it is also important to recognize the foundations embedded in the local perception of livestock depredation by predators such as lions, as well as the socio-cultural, historical and economic factors that affect the complex human-predator relationship.  All of these factors deeply affect pastoralist views towards current conservation and compensation activities and their tolerance of livestock predation. More

J. Barkley Rosser: A Passionate Life With Purpose


J. Barkley Rosser, Professor of Economics & Kirby L. Cramer Jr., Professor of Business Administration

I remember how loud it was. I was a young Economics undergraduate, and most professors didn’t really slam points home the way Dr. Rosser did. He would bang on the table and throw things around the classroom. Not for the faint of heart, but he definitely kept my attention and made me smile. It is hard to not smile around J. Barkley Rosser, especially when he gets going on economic theory. The passion comes through and encourages you to come along with it in a truly contagious way. After meeting him, it is as if you can just tell that anybody who knows that much and has that much to say deserves your attention.

So I gave it to him. I did as a student in 2004 and now as a doctoral assistant tasked with interviewing him about his research interests for a university video segment. More