September 2007 Accolades

Posted: September 4, 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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Emil Thomas Chuck, Student Academic Affairs, was named co-chair for the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association, beginning July 1.

Deirdre Moloney, Student Academic Affairs, was named a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 2007-08. She will study “National Insecurities: Immigration and U.S. Deportation Policy” during her fellowship year.

Christina Wulf, Mercer Library, was the August Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson, Center for the Advancement of Public Health, conducted multiple sessions with the Seniors and Survivors of Torture Empowerment Program (STEP) in June and July. This program is conducted with Vietnamese elders who are being prepared to work with other seniors in the region. He also provided keynote remarks titled “Legacy of Life: Creating Healthy Futures” at the National Conference of Vietnamese Trauma Survivors and Seniors in May.

David Brazer and graduate student Erin Peters published their article “Deciding to Change: One District’s Quest to Improve Overall Student Performance” in the July 23, 2007, issue of the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership.

Martin Ford, with co-author Peyton Smith, published “Thriving with Social Purpose: An Integrative Approach to the Development of Optimal Human Functioning” in the summer 2007 issue of the Educational Psychologist, volume 42.

Margret Hjalmarson published an article titled “Engineering Students Designing a Statistical Procedure for Quantifying Variability” in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 26 (2).

Anastasia Kitsantis and Herb Ware published an article titled “Teacher and Collective Efficacy Beliefs as Predictors of Professional Commitment” in the Journal of Educational Research.

Elavie Ndura made a research trip to Burundi, Africa, where she met with educational leaders who will be involved in the implementation of a memorandum of understanding that will establish a collaborative partnership to further educational and cultural exchanges. She also donated bilingual English/French dictionaries and other instructional materials to five schools and conducted a professional development workshop for about 900 educators. Ndura also presented an invited workshop titled “Teaching and Evaluation Strategies for Higher Academic Achievement” in Gitega, Burundi, in May.

Betty Sturtevant presented an invited workshop in July titled “Literacy Coaching in Middle and High Schools” at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Third Annual Academy: Literacy Beyond the Early Years.

Ana Taboada and her colleague, K.C. Perencevich, published an article titled “Classroom Practices That Nurture Reading Engagement” in the Colorado Reading Council Journal, Spring 2007. Taboada also published “Relations among General Vocabulary, Specific Vocabulary, Question Generation and Reading Comprehension in Children who Learn English as a Second Language” in the Yearbook of the IX Latin-American Convention for the Development of Reading and Writing.

Shahron Williams van Rooij published an article titled “Open Source Software in U.S. Higher Education: Reality or Illusion?” in the fall issue of Education and Information Technologies.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Cynthia Lum, Administration of Justice, was chosen as the 2007 W.E.B. DuBois Fellow by the National Institute of Justice. During her fellowship, she will examine police decisions in the criminal justice process to develop a place-based theory of police behavior.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Marc Gopin and Gregory Meeks published an article in the Aug. 23, 2007, edition of the Christian Science Monitor titled “How to Challenge Iran’s Militancy without Using Arms.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave a public lecture titled “Genesis,” and a research seminar on chirality at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also gave three lectures on “Origins and Evolution” for the Smithsonian Associates. Hazen gave four research seminars: “Origins,” at the National Research Council; “Chirality,” at the University of Rome; “Mineral Molecular Reactions,” at Cambridge University in England; and a seminar at the National Science Foundation, Biosciences Division. He also gave the Robert Reed Lecture in biosciences titled “Genesis” at Ohio State University.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, was appointed to the four-member Steering Committee for the Scholars’ Council at the Library of Congress. He also wrote an article titled “Is America a Christian Nation?” in the Political Science Quarterly, spring 2007. He also gave an interview on the 30th anniversary of the publication of his book “A Government of Strangers,” which appeared as “The Institutionalist: A Conversation with Hugh Heclo,” conducted by James R. Pfiffner, in Public Administration Review, May-June 2007.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a lecture titled “What Happens When Science Enters the Courtroom: The Scientific Method and the Problem of the Expert Witness,” at the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association in Columbus. He also gave a lecture titled “The Scientific Process,” at the Judicial Symposium on Scientific Evidence in the Courts, AEI-Brookings, Georgetown University. Trefil was also named to the Editorial Board of the Macedonian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, wrote a chapter titled “Legacies,” in the book “The Empty Nest: 31 Parents Tell the Truth about Relationships, Love, and Freedom after Children Fly the Coop,” by Karen Stabiner, 2007. He also wrote a chapter titled “Technicolor Paddy,” in the book “Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Grand Rapids,” by Reinder Van Til and Gordon Olson, 2007. Wilkins also conducted an interview on C-SPAN Booknotes called “Can We Have a Conversation about Race?” with Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College president. He was also named to a Visiting Committee of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

School of Law

Peter Berkowitz was a panelist for a Democratic issue forum that explored education and competitiveness hosted by the Brookings Institution and the University of Nevada in Reno in August. Presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Joe Biden and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson attended.

School of Management

Amitava Dutta, Information Systems and Operations Management, co-authored the article “RFID and Operations: Technology, Value and Incentives” which was published in the fall issue of Production & Operations Management.

Anupam Jaju, Marketing, co-wrote the article, “The Role of Personality Traits and Demographic Characteristics in Attitudes toward Foreign Advertisements: A Case from the U.S., South Korea, and India,” which was published by the American Academy of Advertising.

Gopal Krishnan and Partha Sengupta, Accounting, co-wrote the article, “Are Off Balance Sheet Obligations Associated with Audit Fees?” which was presented at the 30th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in Lisbon, Portugal.

Stanislava Nikolova, Finance, received a grant from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Center for Financial Research to study credit-risk derivatives and their effect on primary debt markets. She will also be designated an FDIC fellow for 2007.

Linda B. Samuels, Management, presented “Plagiarism and Legal Scholarship in the Age of Information Sharing: The Need for ‘Intellectual Honesty’” at the 2007 Academy of Legal Studies in Business meeting in August. The paper, co-written with Carol Bast of the University of Central Florida, won the Virginia Maurer Outstanding Ethics Paper Award.

School of Public Policy

Philip Auerswald published a paper titled “The Irrelevance of the Middle East” in the May-June 2007 issue of the American Interest. The paper was selected as a “must read” article on the Council on Foreign Relations web site.

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