May 2007 Accolades

Posted: May 1, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members.

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Mario Ascencio, University Libraries, went to El Salvador to train Latin American librarians on new technologies in libraries through a State Department program.

Stacey Rathbun, GMU-TV, has been selected as the May 2007 ITU Employee of the Month.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson received a Diamond Honoree Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Student Affairs. The award was received at a reception at the annual meeting of the American College Personnel Association in Orlando on April 2.

Robert Baker published an article with colleague Robert C. Schneider titled “Trash Talking Practices and Reactions in Sport: A Qualitative Assessment” in the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Journal, XLIII (1), Winter 2007.

David Brazer and colleague Bill Rich from California State University, Chico, published “Guided Democratic Inquiry: A Case Study in the Redesign of Local Policy” in the current issue of the online journal The Journal of Research for Educational Leaders.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Fred Bemak had an invited book chapter titled “Multicultural Guidelines to Immigrant and Refugee Populations in the United States” published in “Clinical Practice with People of Color: A Guide to Becoming Culturally Competent,” Madonna G. Constantine (Ed.). Teachers College, Columbia University Press (2007).

Peter Dieke and colleague Carolos Barros of the Technical University of Lisbon had an article titled “Performance Evaluation of Italian Airports: A Data Envelopment Analysis” accepted for publication in the Journal of Air Transport Management.

Dennis Dunklee has been asked to appear as an expert witness in three cases currently scheduled for civil trial in Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. All three cases involve one fourth grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District who has just been convicted in criminal court for sexually assaulting or molesting up to 22 fourth grade students over a period of six years.

Laurie Harmon presented her work with remotely operated vehicles at the George Wright Society Biennial Conference in St. Paul. Her paper titled “ROVs in the Great Lakes: National Parks Connections” was presented on April 17.

Patricia Moyer-Packenham and colleagues in Fairfax County Public Schools, Kim Dockery, Spencer Jamieson, and Julie Ross, recently published “Code RED (Remediation and Enrichment Days): The Complex Journey of a School and University Partnership’s Process to Increase Mathematics Achievement” in the Winter 2006 issue of Action in Teacher Education.

Ilham Nasser co-authored a chapter titled “Peace Education in a Bilingual and Bi-Ethnic School for Palestinians and Jews in Israel: Lessons and Challenges” in Addressing Ethnic Conflict through Peace Education: International Perspectives, Zvi Bekerman and Clare McGlynn, eds. Palgrave (April 2007).

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Karen Bune, Criminal Justice, recently testified before the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on a bill to repeal the spousal privilege law in domestic violence cases. Bune has also had three articles published on “Every Victim, Every Time,” “Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Violence” and “Marital Privilege Sends Wrong Message.”

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, was appointed to the editorial board of the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. He also was appointed chair of the Awards Committee of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He also received a grant from the Army Research Laboratory for a project on “Adaptive Delegation Interfaces for Human-Robot Teaming.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, wrote with James Trefil and Robert Hazen “Física Viva: uma Introdução à Física Conceitual” [Physics Matters: An Introduction to Conceptual Physics] (in Portuguese), published by Livros Técnicos e Científicos Editora, Rio de Janeiro (2006). He also wrote with J. Bada, B. Fegley Jr., S. L. Miller, A. Lazcano, H. J. Cleaves, Hazen and J. Chalmers, “Debating Evidence for the Origin of Life on Earth” in Science 315, (2007); with C. K. Boyce, C. L. Hotton, M. L. Fogel, G. D. Cody, Hazen and A. H. Knoll “Devonian Landscape Heterogeneity Recorded by a Giant Fungus” in Geology 35, (2007); with Hazen, the Foreword in “Fifteen Etudes for Piccolo Trumpet,” by P. C. Gekker, published by Collins Music, 2006; an article, “From Geochemistry to Biochemistry,” published by the Biophysical Society, on March 4, 2007; an article, “Emergence and Life’s Origins,” published March 7, 2007, by the Century Club, New York; and gave the the Sokol Lecture at Montclair State University, in March, “Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins.”

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a book, “Christianity and American Democracy,” with M. J. Bane, M. Kazen, and A. Wolfe, which will be published by Harvard University Press this month. He also wrote an article, “Is America a Christian Nation?” in Political Science Quarterly, Spring 2007.

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, presented her film, “Small Happiness,” and led discussion as part of the Textile Museum’s Environmental Film Festival. She served on the advisory panel for the planning of a major exhibition titled “The Art of China’s Revolution,” to be presented by the Asia Society in New York in the fall of 2008 and other cities in the United States and Europe. She gave a roundtable presentation, “Competing Role Models for the ‘Revolutionary Successors’,” for the Harvard University workshop, “In the Heat of the Sun: The Production of Legitimacy in Mao’s China.”

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, gave a lecture, “Evolution and the Origins of Life,” at Evolution and Medicine: An Exploration of the Evolutionary Foundations of Contemporary Medical Research, National Institutes of Health.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was named to the 40-member American delegation of Nigerian national election observers led by Madeleine Albright in April.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote “Who Were the Ancient Engineers of Egypt?” in Skeptical Briefs, March 2007. He also gave a presentation, “Science in the Courts: How Scientists Judge Science,” at the 2007 Northern District of California Judicial Conference.

School of Law

David Bernstein wrote a paper, “Expert Witnesses, Adversarial Bias, and the (Partial) Failure of the Daubert Revolution,” which was presented at an April 23 event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy in Washington, D.C.

Kyndra Rotunda wrote an op-ed for the April 18, 2007, Wall Street Journal, “Hollywood Interrogates Al Qaeda.”

Ilya Somin wrote “Post-Kelo America: Assessing the progress of property rights reform,” in the online April 20, 2007, reasononline.

Todd Zywicki testified on Capitol Hill on “Credit Card Practices: Current Consumer and Regulatory Issues,” on April 26.

School of Public Policy

David Hart moderated the panels, Collaboration for Science and Technology, and (Potential) Impact of Information Communication Technology on Society at the Science and Technology in Society: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, an annual research symposium that took place in Washington, D.C., at the American Association for the Advancement of Science from March 31 to April 1. Christopher Hill also served on the career panel. Bonnie Stabile moderated the panel Women in Science.

ChristopherHill was a keynote speaker at the “International Workshop on Secure Materials for Safety and Security” on March 22 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The event was organized by the Integrated Research Institute. The title of Hill’s talk was “Social Management of the Risks of New Technology in the United States.”

Narou Koizumi presented her paper, “Minimizing Welfare Loss Due to Congestion in a Mental Health System: Queueing and Simulation Analyses,” at the Fifth International Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health Care, April 2–4 in London. The conference was hosted by the Institute of Mathematics and ITS Applications.

Frank Manheim spoke at a D.C. Sigma Xi meeting featuring science policy on March 20 in Chevy Chase, Md. Manheim spoke about environmental regulatory conflict.

Catherine Rudder was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Southern University Conference in Ashville, N.C., on March 31. The theme of the conference was “What Is Higher Education’s Responsibility to America?” The members of the conference are the presidents and chancellors of the best private and public universities of the South.

Kelly Schrader presented “Effective Transitions: Training and Orientation Practices for New Employment Relationships” at the joint meeting of the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Orlando, Fla., on April 3.

Ted Woodcock and Dave Davis edited, with George Rose, “Cornwallis Group XI: Analysis for Civil-Military Transitions,” published by Clementsport, N.S.: Canadian Peacekeeping Press (2007).

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