December 2007 Accolades

Posted: December 3, 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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David Atkins, University Services and Student Centers, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of College Unions International in November for significant leadership and contributions to the association and college union profession.

Emil Chuck, Student Academic Affairs and Advising, was appointed cochair of the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association.

Colleen Kearney Rich, Creative Services, wrote an article on the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad that was published in the fall 2007 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine.

Belinda Taylor, TSD’s Database Applications Services, was selected as the December 2007 ITU Employee of the Month.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson, Elizabeth Hanfman and Peggy Stull facilitated a dinner meeting and workshop with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in October. Attending were 50 professionals from 30 college campuses nationwide who are recipients of a CHOICES Alcohol Education grant provided by the NCAA.

David Bever and Ron Bessent of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, certified 28 law enforcement officers from 19 Colorado police departments as Public Safety Leaders at the LawFit Certification Workshop held in Colorado in October.

Bill Brozo and a colleague wrote an article titled “Content Literacy: Essential Toolkit Elements” that was published in the Reading Teacher. He also wrote an article titled “Assessment for Learning: Monitoring Student Progress through Classroom-Based Assessment” that appeared in Thinking Classroom/Peremena. Brozo also wrote a chapter titled “Evidence Base for World Works” in World Works Teachers Guide.

Nada Dabbagh wrote a paper titled “The Online Learner: Characteristics of Pedagogical Implications” in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education.

Rachel Grant, Shelley Wong and Jorge Osterling wrote an article titled “Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners: Critique from a Heteroglossic, Sociocultural and Multidimensional Framework” in an issue of Reading Research Quarterly.

Kevin Clark hosted the Norwegian Research and Educational Network at Mason in October. The visit included presentations from the College of Education and Human Development and other Mason faculty as well as professionals from the Washington, D.C., area on issues related to research and development of distributed learning practices, as well as developments within the e-learning and distance-learning market.

Carol Kaffenberger was awarded the William H. Van Hoose Career Service Award at the annual Virginia Counselors Association Conference Award Banquet in Portsmouth in November.

John Nauright wrote an article titled “Rugby et Identité Nationale en Nouvelle-Zélande” in the Revue Internationale des Sciences du Sport et de L’Education Physique (The International Journal of Sport Science and Physical Education).

Elavie Ndura wrote an article titled “Calling Institutions of Higher Education to Join the Quest for Social Justice and Peace” in the fall 2007 issue of Harvard Education Review.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jose Cortina, Psychology, was named a fellow of the American Psychological Association for Division 14, Society for Industrial and Organized Psychology, and Division 5, Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics.

Susanne Denham, Psychology, received an increase on her grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a project titled “Social-Emotional Assessment for Young Children’s Readiness.”

Todd Kashdan, Psychology, received an increase on his grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a project titled “Social Anxiety Disorder and Emotion Regulation.”

Raja Parasuraman and James Thompson, Psychology, received an award from the Army Research Lab on a project titled “Neuro-Ergonomics of Attention, Action Recognition and Action Performance.”

Tony Samara, Sociology and Anthropology, participated in a panel discussion on gentrification at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., in November.

Jason Warren, Communication, was named the 2007-08 American Forensic Association Outstanding New Forensics Coach. The award is given to new coaches who have made an indelible mark on the forensics community in their first five years of coaching and teaching.

Steve Zaccaro, Psychology, received an award from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory on a project titled “Command Leader Team Adaptability.”

College of Science

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, gave the keynote presentation titled “Dolphins and Daiquiris: Integrated Coastal Research, Ecotourism and Environmental Education in the Caribbean” at the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation’s Fifth Annual Symposium at Antioch University of New England in November.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Meg Brindle, Arts Management, gave a talk titled “The Professionalization of Arts Management” at the Association of Arts Administrator Educators summer conference in Chicago.

Xang Ho, Art and Visual Technology, and graduate student Jennifer Fairfax were selected as the winners of the mid-Atlantic region’s Society for Photographic Education scholarship award to enable them to attend a regional conference at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, N.Y.

Robinson Professors

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, gave a roundtable presentation titled “Lost in Translation – When Words Fail to Communicate” at Chinese Vision on a Planetary Scale at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Hinton also gave an interview titled “China through a Daughter’s Lens” on the Virginia Public Radio program, “With Good Reason.” She also gave a film presentation and lecture titled “The Cultural Revolution on Film: Missing Narratives in the Visual Record” at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

School of Law

Ronald Rotunda was named to presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani’s Judicial Advisory Committee in November.

School of Management

Mary Abbajay, Management, and Karen Bedell, recently launched their company, the Careerstone Group, which focuses on organizational and developmental skills for Generation Y.

David Kravitz, Management, with his colleague Myrtle Bell, co-edited a special issue of the Academy of Management Learning and Education on “Diversity Education and Training: What We Know and What We Need to Learn.” Kravitz was also appointed Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Liaison to the American Psychological Association (APA) Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest Society for SIOP and APA.

Kumar Mehta, Information Systems and Operations Management, is one of the four organizers of the annual Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems in December 2008. Mehta will chair the Prototype and Technology Instructional Tools Session.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, gave a presentation titled “Management Earnings Forecasts, Information Asymmetry and Liquidity: An Empirical Investigation” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Chicago.

George Wang, Finance, with his colleague Robin Chou, wrote an article titled “Transaction Tax and Market Quality of the Taiwan Stock Index Futures” in the Journal of Futures Markets. He also wrote, with his colleague Andre Gao, an article titled “Multiple Transactions Model: A Panel Data approach to Estimate Housing Market Indices” in the July – September 2007 issue of the Journal of Real Estate Research.

School of Public Policy

Philip Auerswald wrote an article titled “Retroview: Schumpeter’s Century” in the November – December 2007 issue of American Interest.

Brent Eastwood was appointed to the Commission on Employment for the City of Alexandria, Va., a board chosen by the mayor and the city council consisting of representatives from businesses, educational agencies, organized labor, economic development agencies and education.

Anauld Nicogossian, with colleagues Thomas Zimmerman, Dan Hanfling and PhD students Karen Metscher and Rosann Wise, wrote an article titled “Community Training in Bioterror Response” in the August 2007 issue of the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Andrew Hughes Hallet was recognized as a pioneer and major scientist in quantitative economic policy analysis with a collection of his essays in the book, “Quantitative Economic Policy.”

Jody Keenan was elected chair for the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Rajan Ramkishen, wrote an op-ed titled “Private Infrastructure Financing in Asia?” that was published in the Brunei Times on Oct. 18.

Stephen Ruth, with colleague Martha Simmons and PhD student Lindsey Poulin wrote an article titled “E-Learning at the Crossroad – What Price Quality?” in Educause Quarterly in November 2007. In addition, Ruth and colleague Jiwan Giri wrote an article titled “Defying the Odds: A Success Story from the Mountains of Nepal” in the November 2007 issue of Information Technology in Developing Countries.

Louise Shelley wrote a chapter titled “International Crime, Corruption and Terrorism: Definitions and Tasks” that appeared in the book, “The Current State of International Organized Crime – The World and Japan.”

Bonnie Stabile wrote an article titled “Demographic Profile of States with Human Cloning Laws: Morality Policy Meets Political Economy” for the September issue of Politics and the Life Sciences. Stabile also presented a paper titled “Creation Museums and the Politics of Evolution” at the 27th annual meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences in Cincinnati on Oct. 13.

John Warfield wrote an article titled “Seven Challenges for Information Systems Designers” in the book “Frontiers in Enterprise Integration.”

Mark Rozell presented a retrospective of the 2007 Virginia elections at the monthly meeting of the Fairfax Committee of 100 in November in Tyson’s Corner.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Siddarth Sundaresan and Rao Mulpuri, Electrical and Computer Engineering, wrote an article titled “Growth of Silicon Carbide Nanowires by a Microwave Heating-Assisted Physical Vapor Transport Process Using Group VIII Metal Catalysts” in the Chemistry of Materials journal.

Harry Van Trees, C4I Center, and Kristine Bell, Statistics, co-edited the book “Bayesian Bounds for Parameter Estimation and Nonlinear Filtering/Tracking.”

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