Summer 2007 Accolades

Posted: August 6, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades recognizes the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members.

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Kristen Jennette, Technical Services Division/Enterprise Servers and Messaging, was selected as the July 2007 Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month.

Daniela Matarazzo, Information Services, received an award from the Executive Board of the Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association (CiVSA) for her hard work as a new member. She is also a member of the CiVSA committees on Communication and Marketing/Public Relations.

Tom O’Connor, Intercollegiate Athletics, was named the Southeast Division AstroTurf Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA). He received the award at the NACDA awards luncheon in June.

Elizabeth Redwine, Technical Services Division, Technology Support Services, was selected as the June 2007 Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month.

College of Education and Human Development

Robert Baker conducted a presentation titled “Documenting the Impacts of a NCAA Final Four Appearance on a ‘Mid-major’ Division I University” in May at the annual conference for the North American Society for Sport Management held in Ft. Lauderdale.

Dominique Banville was inducted as a fellow in the Research Consortium.

Bill Brozo wrote an article titled “Helping Boys Find Entry Points to Lifelong Reading: Book Clubs and Other Strategies for Struggling Adolescent Males” in Adolescent Literary Instruction: Policies and Promising Practices (2007). His article, “Authentic Contexts for Developing Language Tools in Vocational Education,” appeared in Content Area Reading and Learning: Instructional Strategies, third edition (2007).

Jeff Gorrell and Bev Shaklee gave two presentations titled “Communicative Language Teaching, Chinese Teach Licensure Program” and “Educations in the USA” at Beijing Culture and Language University at Dongfang International Center for Educational Exchange in June.

Heidi Graff, Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, presented the Kellar Instructional Handheld Data (KIHd) System, a real time, mobile, collaborative, data collection and analysis tool, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum in May.

Marjorie Haley was a visiting scholar at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey in May. She was also a member of the delegate assembly in the annual Joint National Conference on Languages held in Washington, D.C., in May. Her article titled “Culturally, Linguistically and Cognitively Diverse Learners and Brain-Compatible, Content-Based Teaching” was published in the Spring 2007 issue of Learning Languages.

David Wiggins

Patricia Moyer-Packenham and her colleagues, who have been working on the National Science Foundation-funded Math and Science Partnership Program Evaluation, wrote “Representations of Teacher Quality, Quantity and

Diversity in a National Mathematics and Science Program” in the Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies.

David Wiggins has been elected to be a member as an active fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

College of Health and Human Services

Jeanne Sorrell
Jeanne Sorrell

Jeanne Sorrell was awarded the 2007 International Nursing Media Award for Print for her play “Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Ethical Concerns in Persons with Alzheimer’s.” Sorrell will be honored by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, at the group’s 39th biennial convention to be held in November 2007 in Baltimore.

Jane Woods was appointed to the National Advisory Board of Amerigroup Corporation, a managed care organization. The board provides advice and guidance on delivering quality health services for seniors and those with disabilities.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rei Berroa
Rei Berroa

Rei Berroa, Modern and Classical Languages, edited the volume “Cauteloso engano del sentido,” which includes a sketch drawn by Berroa in memory of the 17th century Mexican poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. He also wrote “Libro de los fragmentos y otros poemas” and contributed the epilogue to a collection titled “Haiku a la hora en punto” by Jose Prieto.

Paula Gilbert, Modern and Classical Languages, received honorable mention for her book “Violence and the Female Imagination” in the annual competition for the Gabrielle Roy Prize awarded by the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures.

Jennifer Leeman, Modern and Classical Languages, published an article titled “The Value of Spanish: Shifting Ideologies in the United States Language Teaching” in the fall 2006–winter 2007 Association of Departments of Foreign Languages Bulletin.

Michelle Ramos-Pellicia, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote an article titled “Lorain Puerto Rican Spanish and ‘r’ in Three Generations” that appeared in the book “Selected Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics.”

College of Science

Yakir Aharonov, Computational and Data Sciences, delivered the opening address at an international workshop on quantum physics held in June at Arizona State University.

Allison Macfarlane, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote an op-ed with Reps. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md. and Tom Udall, D-N.M., titled “Going Green is Patriotic and Profitable,” which appeared in The Hill.

Chris Parsons
Chris Parsons

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, is a co-writer and editor of “The State of the Cetacean Environment Report 2006” and presented the 2007 report at the Scientific Committee meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Anchorage, Alaska. Parsons was also on the United Kingdom’s scientific delegation to the IWC.

Jeff Solka, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Fellows are chosen by their peers and are limited to no more than one-third of one percent of ASA members.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, associate dean, spent the summer in Pittsburgh directing his recently revised translation of Pedro Caldron de la Barca’s 17th -century play “The Constant Prince” for the Unseam’d Shakespeare Company.

Tom Owens, Music, edited the book “Selected Correspondence of Charles Ives,” published by the University of California Press (2007).

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Giorgio Ascoli recently wrote a paper titled “Successful Grand Fishing in Funding Droughts” that was accepted by Nature Cell Biology, a monthly research journal.

School of Law

Peter Berkowitz was named a member of Rudy Giuliani’s foreign policy team by the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee. He will serve as senior statecraft, human rights and freedom advisor.

School of Public Policy

Phil Auerswald published an article titled “The Irrelevance of the Middle East” in the May-June issue of The American Interest.

Kingsley Haynes, dean, was awarded the gold medal named for the National Geographic Society’s Gilbert M. Grosvernor by the Grosvenor Center at Texas State University for his contributions to geographic education and public policy. He received the award at the GeoAmerica’s Conference in La Serena, Chile, in May. Past recipients of the award include Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and White House advisor Karl Rove.

Christopher Hill and Hiroshi Nagano, executive director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, co-wrote the lead editorial in the June 8 issue of Science magazine titled “New Cooperation in East Asia.”

Andrew Hughes Hallett was named to the Scottish Council of Economic Advisers, a group of academics and business people appointed by Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland.

Jeremy Mayer wrote a review of Robert Schrum’s book “No Excuses” that appeared in the June 24 issue of The Politico. His opinion piece titled “Forget Libby: Stop the Next Bush Pardon(s)” appeared in the July 7 issue.

Mark Rozell wrote an article that appeared in the May 16 edition of titled “Falwell Politically Baptized at Home.” His article titled “Executive Privilege: Still about Watergate” appeared in the July 11 issue. In addition, Rozell’s opinion piece titled “It’s an Executive Privilege” appeared in the July 23 issue of Legal Times.

John Warfield received the INCOSE Pioneer Award from the International Council on Systems Engineering at the group’s annual symposium held in San Diego in June. The award is presented annually to an individual or team who has uniquely contributed to products or outcomes that enhance society or its needs.

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