February 2008 Accolades

Posted: February 1, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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

Send information to gazette@gmu.edu. Please note: The next Accolades column will be published March 3, 2008. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 25.


Brooke Adams, DoIT Learning Support Services, was selected as the January 2008 ITU Employee of the Month.

Linda Harber, Human Resources and Payroll, was appointed to the 2007-08 Board of Advisors of the publication, HR on Campus. Advisory Board members participate in focus group discussions, are invited to write articles, may be interviewed on various topics and help the editor determine the most relevant content for the issues.

Colleen Kearney Rich, Creative Services, published an essay titled “Admissions Roulette” on LiteraryMama.com.

College of Education and Human Development

Michael Behrmann received the J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award for 2007. The award recognizes his lifetime achievements to improve the success of individuals with disabilities and will be presented at the National Council for Exceptional Children in April in Boston.

Lloyd Duck wrote a chapter titled “The Pamunkey” in the book “The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: Volume III of the Jamestown 2007 Trilogy 2007.” The article was also published by the Archaeological Society of Virginia in July 2007. Duck also published an article titled “Using Sounder Foundations to Help Avoid the ‘Why New Teachers Cry’ Phenomenon” in the September – October 2007 issue of the Clearing House.

Layne Kalbfleisch published two articles, one titled “Twice Exceptional Learners” and one titled “ADHD,” in Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education.

John Nauright was a visiting professor at the Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education in Gwalior, India, in January. He presented university-wide lectures to three universities and discussed further links between Mason’s School of Recreation, Health and Tourism and the National University of Physical Education in India.

Margret Hjalmarson and her colleague published an article titled “Teacher as Designer: A Framework for Teacher Analysis of Mathematical Model-Eliciting Activities” in Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning.

Betty Sturtevant was appointed International Editor of the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) Literacy Hub. The Literacy Hub is an online journal and resource developed through discussions between representatives of the G8 countries and representatives of the countries making up the BMENA.

College of Health and Human Services

Lynn Gerber and coauthors published a manuscript describing her research into myofascial pain in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in January 2008.

Randall Keyser, Global and Community Health, received a research contract from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Institutes of Health, to investigate the effect of aerobic exercise training on oxidative metabolism, physical activity performance measures and measures of health-related quality of life in patients with primary or secondary pulmonary hypertension.

Jack Hadley, Health Administration and Policy, published an article titled “Why do Hispanics Have So Little Employee Sponsored Health Insurance” in the fall issue of Inquiry.

Jennie Wu, Nursing, published an article titled “Nursing Outcome Classification and Nursing Standard Language” in the December 2007 issue of Chinese Nursing Management. She also received contributing awards from the Beijing Medical Education Association and Hospital Administration at Beijing University.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courtney Brkic, English, was awarded a $25,000 creative writing fellowship for prose from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lisa Eckenwiler, Philosophy, wrote a book titled “The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape.” She also published an article titled “An Ecological Framework for Caregiving” in the American Journal of Public Health. She gave three presentations at the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Washington, D.C., last October titled “Professor Smith Goes to Washington: How Bioethicists Can Contribute to Policy,” “Caregiving in the Context of Globalization: Toward Justice for All” and “Defining Values for Bioethics and Bioethicists: Continuing the Dialogue.” She also gave a presentation titled “Ecological Thinking and Global Health Inequalities” at the Setting and Ethical Agenda for Health Promotion in Ghent, Belgium, last September. She was also chair of the International Network for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Committee on the Declaration of Helsinki.

Mark Hopson, Communication, was named the chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association for 2007-08.

Todd Kashdan, Psychology, was appointed an associate editor of the Journal of Personality.

Cindy Lont, Communication, and Richard Wood, GMU-TV general manager, won the Davey Award and Videography Award for the new show called “Studio A.”

Helon Habila Ngalabak, English, was awarded the Emily Clark Balch Prize by the Virginia Quarterly Review for his short story, “The Hotel Malogo.”

Russell Roberts, Economics, gave a commentary titled “Economist: Don’t Jump the Gun on Stimulus Plans” on the National Public Radio “All Things Considered” program on Jan. 16.

Bob Smith, Psychology, published an article titled “Selective Structural Plasticity in Pyramidal Neurons from the Prelimbic Cortex after Continuous Nicotine Administration in Adolescent and Adult Rats” in the January 2008 issue of Synapse.

Art Taylor, English, had a mystery round-up review published in the Washington Post Book World’s edition on Dec. 9.

Maria Thomas, Psychology, coedited a supplement for Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine titled “Operational Applications of Cognitive Performance Enhancement Technologies.”

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, was awarded a grant from the IBM Center for the Business of Government for her project “Does It Pay to Be Green?” She also received the 2007 Distinguished Paper Award from the Decision Sciences Institute for her paper titled “Stakeholder Influences and Environmental Audit Choice.” Her article titled “Environmental Management Systems and Green Supply Chain Management: Complements for Sustainability?” was published in the January 2008 issue of Business Strategy and the Environment.

Shobita Satyapal, Physics and Astronomy, and NASA researchers presented new findings on a wide range of space science topics during the 211th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Jan. 10.

Jagadish Shukla, Climate Dynamics, was appointed to the Virginia Commission on Climate Change. The commission will help achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2025, which will be partially achieved through energy conservation and renewable energy actions.

Iosif Vaisman, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and a postdoctoral fellow published a paper titled “Accurate Prediction of Enzyme Mutant Activity Based on a Multibody Statistical Potential” in Bioinformatics. The paper was listed by the Faculty of 1000 Biology, a research service that highlights and reviews the most interesting papers published in the biological sciences, based on the recommendations of selected leading researchers.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Michael Shank had four letters to the editor published: “Overdue Wisdom in Afghanistan” in the Financial Times on Jan. 17; “Don’t Choke off Gaza” in the Washington Times on Jan. 22; “Gaza Sanctions Exact an Unjust Toll on Civilians” in the Christian Science Monitor on Jan. 23; and “What the Surge Doesn’t Do,” in the New York Times on Jan. 19. He also wrote “Chomsky on World Ownership: An Interview with Noam Chomsky,” which was published in Foreign Policy in Focus on Jan. 23.

Robinson Professors

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, gave a lecture titled “The Role of Theater in International Politics” at the annual conference of the Association for Theater in Higher Education in New Orleans.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave a keynote address titled “Nano to Global: Materials Solutions to Climate Change” at the 2007 International Science Week in Washington, D.C. He also presented lectures on the origins of life at the University of Delaware and Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. Hazen was also named a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer for 2008-10. He also appeared live on Art Fennel Reports to discuss a booklet titled “Science, Evolution and Creationism.”

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, and his colleague wrote a chapter of the book titled “Fitness of the Cosmos for Life.” He also gave a talk titled “Emergence: A New View of Life’s Origin” at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos, N.M. He also published two articles with his colleagues titled “Energy Flow and the Organization of Life” in Complexity and “The Origin of the RNA World: Co-Evolution of Genes and Metabolism” in Science Direct.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote an article titled “Where is the Universe Heading?” in Astronomy Magazine and was chosen as the winner of the 2007 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award in the Scientist’s category. He also gave four addresses: “How Scientists Judge Science” and “Frontiers of Biotechnology” at Science in the Court’s Judge’s School in Captiva, Fla.; “Science and the Law” at the Judicial Education Program at the Brookings Institution; and “The Other 98 Percent: Science Education for Non-scientists” at Promoting the Liberal Sciences Education at the American Conference of Academic Deans and The Phi Beta Kappa Society. He also published a book review titled “Sunrise, Sunset” of the book “Apollo’s Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination” in the Washington Post Book World.

School of Management

Alexander Philipov, Finance, presented two articles, one titled “Dispersion in Analysts’ Earnings Forecasts and Credit Rating” at the American Finance Association in New Orleans in January; and “Credit Ratings and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns” at the Financial Management Association Annual Meetings in Orlando, Fla., in October. He also published an article titled “Momentum and Credit Rating” in the Journal of Finance in October.

Linda Samuels, Management, gave a presentation titled “Legal Studies Scholarship at a Crossroads: Where Are We and Where Should We Be?” at the Southeast Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Memphis, Tenn., in November.

Ritesh Saini, Marketing, gave two presentations, “Driving the Extra Mile: The Interplay between Psychophysics and Loss Aversion in Determining Consumer Search Intensity” and “Time vs. Money: Differential Use of Heuristics,” at the Association for Consumer Research Conference in Memphis, Tenn., in October.

Fei Xie, Finance, received the Outstanding Paper award for “Agency Problems at Dual-Class Companies” at the 2nd International Conference on Asia-Pacific Financial Markets in December.

School of Public Policy

Jack Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Jr. Professor, was invited by former secretary of state Madeline Albright and former defense secretary William Cohen to join the Genocide Prevention Task Force. Goldstone will serve on the Expert Group on Early Warning.

Naoru Koizumi was appointed by Benesse, the largest Japanese company in the education field, to be in charge of the U.S. portion of a large-scale International Education Survey that covers more than 6,000 fifth graders in six countries, including approximately 500 fifth graders in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and another 500 in California. Jeremy Mayer and Hugh Sockett Public and International Affairs) collaborated with Koizumi on the survey section involving the Washington, D.C., area.

Stuart Malawer and adjunct Robert Rogowsky had articles published in the December Virginia Lawyer. Malawar served as special editor of the edition.

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

Ramkishen Rajan was appointed to the advisory board for the China Center for International Reserve Research. Rajan was also invited by the Japan External Trade Organization to participate in a research project on deepening economic integration in East Asia, which will last until April 2008. Rajan cowrote with Sunil Rungala, “Asia in the Global Economy: Finance, Trade and Investment,” published by World Scientific in January 2008.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Paul Ammann and Jeff Offutt, Computer Science, published a new book titled “Introduction to Software Testing.”

Songqing Chen, Computer Science, received the NSF Career award from the National Science Foundation. The project title is “Internet Resource Management to Deliver High Quality Live and On-Demand Streaming for Wireless Clients” and includes $450,000 for a period of five years.

Sushil Jajodia, Applied Information Technology, received the ACM Special Interest Group on Security, Audit and Control (SIGSAC) Outstanding Contributions Award for his research and teaching contributions to the information security field and his service to SIGSAC and the computing community.

Andy Loerch, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was elected a fellow of the Military Operation Research Society.

Andy Sage, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was elected as one of 10 International Charter Members of the newly founded Omega Alpha Association, a systems engineering honor society.

Ariela Sofer, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was appointed president of the Association of Chairs of Operations Research Departments after serving two years as president elect.

Xinyuan Wang, Information and Software Engineering, gave a speech titled “On the Trust of Voice-Over-Internet Protocol” at Pennsylvania State University.

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