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Six faculty members that will be taking a leave of absence to pursue other scholarly work and pedagogical projects during the next school year, Brig. Gen. Charles F. Brower IV, deputy superintendent and dean of the faculty, announced recently.

In Fall 2004, the Wachtmeister Faculty Development Leave will allow Col. Dale Buckner, professor and civil engineering department head, to conduct research with the Virginia Transportation Research Center that will result in a publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal and presentations at professional meetings.  The research will also enhance his teaching in civil engineering.

Col. Soe Than, professor of mathematics and computer science, will conduct research in the spring of 2005 to develop a new course: Mathematical Foundations and Computer Algorithms in Cryptography.  He received the VMI Awards Faculty Development Leave for this work.

Recipient of the Ayres Faculty Development Leave, Col. Rose Mary Sheldon, professor of history, will take leave during the spring of 2005 to complete two publications: an article for the journal Small Wars and Insurgencies and a book manuscript, The Friedman Collection: Army Cryptology from 1917 to 1969: An Annotated Bibliography.

In addition three faculty members have received Jackson-Hope Faculty Development Leaves.

Lt. Col. Karen Gutermuth, associate professor of business and economics, is to conduct research for three articles on medical malpractice, as well as prepare a new elective course of an upper-level course on economic health care. 

Col. George Piegari, professor of mathematics and computer science, will conduct research with other colleagues at Furman University to create an online repository of learning modules that cover standard conceptual topics in computer literacy courses and such concepts as web development and Java Scripting. 

Lt. Col. David Rachels, associate professor of English and Fine Arts, will take leave to complete his book titled Mark Twain’s Civil War.