March 2008 Accolades

Posted: March 3, 2008 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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Craig Gibson, University Libraries, won the Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Section’s Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college of research library environment.

Sarah Seeberg, art director, and Joan Dall’Acqua, senior designer, Creative Services, received a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Award of Excellence for the redesign of Full Circle, a newsletter of the Department of Art and Visual Technology.

College of Education and Human Development

Jennifer Garvey Berger published an article titled “Developing the Teachers We Need for the Schools We Want” in Set: Research Information for Teachers in December 2007.

Penelope Earley gave two presentations at the 25th Annual Western States Certification Conference in Palm Springs titled “What We Can Expect from Washington” on Jan. 9, and “Mars and Venus: The Policy Disconnect Between Higher Ed and K-12” on Jan. 10. Earley also received the award for “The Most Outstanding Speaker” in the history of the conference.

Elavie Ndura gave a lecture titled “Cultural Diversity and the Quest for Social Justice: Calling for Individual and Collective Transformation for the Common Good” at Hasting College on Feb. 11.

Alex Pieterse and his colleague published an article titled “A Socialization Based Values Approach to Inter-Cultural Communication” in College Affairs Journal. Pieterse was also invited to contribute a chapter titled “Advances in Multicultural Assessment and Counseling in Adults” in the third edition of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling.

Earle Reybold published an article titled “The Social and Political Structuring of Faculty Ethicality in Education” in the Journal of Innovative Higher Education.

Ellen Rodgers and her colleagues published an article titled “Planning for Workforce Succession among National Park Service Advanced-Level Natural Resource Program Managers: A Gap Analysis” in Society and Natural Resources. Rodgers was also elected to the Board of Directors of the National Recreation and Park Association and was appointed to the inaugural National Committee on the Peer Review of Scholarly Teaching.

College of Health and Human Services

Lynn Gerber, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, was a

coauthor on a study titled “Phenotype and Course of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome” in the Feb. 7 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tracey Perez Koehlmoos, Health Administration and Policy, and coauthors, will publish an article titled “Mainstreaming Nutrition in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: Barriers to Seeking Services from Existing Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Programs” in the April 2008 issue of Maternal and Child Nutrition.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, published a story titled “Ben in Amboy” in the February issue of Witness magazine. His story titled “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941” was anthologized in “New Stories of the Southwest.”

Ricardo Vivancos Perez, Modern and Classical Languages, published an article titled “Apuntes de Don Luis Leal sobre la función del critico” in “One Hundred Years of Loyalty In Honor of Luis Leal.” He published another article titled “Feminist-Oriented Men in Arturo Islas’s Fiction” in Critical Essays on Chicano Studies.

Lisa Rabin, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote “Sor Juana’s Petrarchan Poetics” in “Approaches to Teaching the Works of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” edited by Emilie L. Bergmann and Stacey Schlau. The volume is part of the Modern Language Association of America’s series, “Approaches to Teaching World Literature.”

Janine Ricouart, Modern and Classical Languages, edited a new book titled “Visions poétiques de Marie-Claire Blais,” which also includes contributions by Ricouart.

Ramonu Sanusi, Modern and Classical Languages, served as a guest editor for the November 2007 issue of the online journal Gboungboun published at Carleton University in Ottawa. Included in this issue is Sanusi’s article titled “Alain Mabanckou: Astride the Black World” and his reviews of the novels titled “Les Vertiges du trone” and “Le Bistouri des larmes.” He also wrote “Contre vents et marées, je mène ma barque,” an interview with the Côte d’Ivoire writer Regina Yaou, which appeared in the fall 2007 Nouvelles Etudes Francophones 22.2, the journal of the Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones.

College of Science

Dieter Bilitza, Center for Earth Observing and Space Research, received the Goddard Space Science Achievement Award for his science leadership and achievement in ionospheric physics and in the creation of the International Reference Ionosphere.

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, and doctoral student, Stephen Sides, published an article titled “Assessing the Performance of Voluntary Environmental Programs: Does Certification Matter?” in Policy Studies Journal in February.

Allan Falconer, Geography, was elected a fellow of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. To become a fellow one must have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences, professional excellence and service to the society.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Michael Shank published an article titled “False Sense of Security” in Foreign Policy in Focus on Jan. 29; and another article titled “Bali Confirmed the Shift: Nation Is On Board Now” in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Feb. 22. He also had five letters to the editor published: “Running Low” in the Economist on Feb. 1; “Accountability in Indonesia” in the Washington Post on Feb. 2; “High Stakes in Effort to Sink Gilchrest’s Canoe Diplomacy” in the Hill on Feb. 6; “Afghan Domestic Opinion Neglected in Ashdown Plan” in Financial Times on Feb. 15; and “Gilchrest’s Defeat a Loss for Congress” in the Baltimore Sun on Feb. 15.

Mercatus Center

Eileen Norcross wrote a letter to the editor titled “A New Orleans Paradox” that was published in the New York Times on Feb. 2.

Veronique de Rugy wrote an op-ed titled “Billions and Billions Dig a Deeper Hole: Bush’s Fiscal 2009 Budget Will Cement His Legacy as a Massive Deficit Spender” in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 6.

School of Management

Edward Douthett, Accounting, presented “The Economic Role of Governmental Accounting Information in the Determination of Residential Property Values” at the 2007 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Chicago in August.

Beth Heinen, Management, and her colleagues published the chapter “Team Leadership and Team Effectiveness” in the book titled “Team Effectiveness in Complex Organizations: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives and Approaches.”

Richard Klimoski, dean, wrote articles titled “Introduction: Promoting the Practice of Learning from Practice” and “From the Editor: Becoming a Prophet in Our Own Land” in the Academy of Management Learning and Education in December. He also published “A Dean’s Life” in BizEd last summer.

David Kravitz, Management, and his colleagues published an article titled “The Diversity-Validity Dilemma: Overview and Legal Context” in Personnel Psychology. Kravitz also reviewed conference papers submitted for possible presentation at the 2008 annual conference of the Academy of Management.

Gopal Krishnan and Gnanakumar Visvanathan, Accounting, published an article titled “Was Arthur Andersen Different? Further Evidence on Earnings Management by Clients of Arthur Andersen” in the February International Journal of Disclosure and Governance. Krishnan and his colleagues also published an article titled “The Role of External Monitoring in Firm Valuation: The Case of R&D Capitalization” in the December Journal of International Accounting Research.

Alexander Philipov, Finance, presented “Credit Ratings and the Cross-Section of Stock Returns,” cowritten with his colleagues, at the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting in Orlando in October.

Ritesh Saini, Marketing, presented “Nature of Currency: Effects on Decision Making,” cowritten with his colleague, at the American Marketing Association Summer Educators’ Conference in Austin, Tex., in February.

Linda Samuels, Management, and her colleague published an article titled “Impact of Consent Agreements on Trademark Registrability Determinations” in Akron Law: The Alumni Publication of the University of Akron School of Law.

George Wang, Finance, presented “Price Dynamics in Natural Gas and Futures Markets: The Role of Inventory and Weather” and “Large Trades and Intraday Futures Price Behavior” at the Financial Management Association International Conference in Orlando in October. He also served as the visiting professor of finance in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney in Australia from June to July 2007. Wang was also the visiting professor at the National Central University in Taiwan where he gave three seminars on the issues related to “Volatility Following the Contract Splits in Futures Markets” and “The Price of Impact of Large Trades in Futures Markets” in July 2007.

School of Public Policy

A. Lee Fritschler was named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Fritschler was also a panelist during the session on “Political Bias in American Universities?” held at the Southern Political Science Association annual meeting in New Orleans, Jan. 10–12, which focused on the national survey they conducted on faculty political attitudes.

James Pfiffner spoke at a conference on ethical leadership and the presidency that was hosted by Yeshiva University in New York City on Jan. 30.

Mark Rozell was a panelist at a meeting of the Berkley Center on Religion, Peace, and World Affairs of Georgetown University, held in Washington, D.C. The event launched the 2007 Berkley Center Undergraduate Fellows Report “Religious Advocates: A Force in U.S. Politics?” Rozell also was part of a panel discussion on “Faith in Germany and the United States: Transatlantic Dialogue on Religious Groups in Political Life” on Jan. 31 held at the Washington, D.C., office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation as part of a forum titled “Religious Groups in Political Life: A Transatlantic Dialogue.” The forum will air in its entirety on NPR Berlin.

Catherine Rudder, president of the Southern Political Science Association, delivered the presidential address at the organization’s 79th annual conference in New Orleans, Jan. 10–12. Her address, “Private Governance as Public Policy,” will be published in the fall in the Journal of Politics.

Roger Stough was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Management Cases hosted by the Institute of Management Technology, in Ghaziabad, India, on Dec. 14.

Ted Woodcock was elected to the Royal Society of Medicine in London, which is the British equivalent of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine in the United States.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Sushil Jajodia, Applied Information Technology, edited the book titled “Handbook of Database Security: Applications and Trends.” Jajodia also published two papers with his colleagues titled “Interleaved Hop-By-Hop Authentication against False Data Injection Attacks in Sensor Networks” in ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks and “Access Control Policies and Languages” in International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering. He also gave a talk titled “Topological Analysis of Network Attack Vulnerability” at the National Institute of Standards and Technology on Feb. 20.

Daniel Menascé, Computer Science, presented the paper “An Empirical Evaluation of Communication and Processing Overhead in Service-Oriented Architectures” at the 2007 Computer Measurement Group Conference in San Diego on Dec. 2-7. In addition, the paper “QoS Management in Service-Oriented Architectures,” written by Menascé, Hassan Gomaa, Computer Science, and a former student, was ranked number one in the Top 25 Hot Articles in the Performance Evaluation Journal in North-Holland from July to September 2007.

Gheorghe Tecuci, Computer Science, and Mihai Boicu, Applied Information Technology, published an article titled “Teaching Virtual Experts for Multi-Domain Collaborative Planning” in the Journal of Software.

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