April 2008 Accolades

Posted: April 1, 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.

Send information to gazette@gmu.edu. Please note: The next Accolades column will be published May 1, 2008. The deadline for submissions is April 24.


Donna Kidd, Office of Budget and Planning, was elected secretary-treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Society of College and University Planning. She takes office in July.

David Lee,University Police Key Control, published an article titled “Temporary Lockout Procedure with Interchangeable Core Locks” in the Jan. 2008 issue of National Locksmith.

Peter Stearns, Provost, wrote a book titled “From Alienation to Addiction: Modern American Work in Global Historical Perspective.” He was also editor-in-chief for the eight-volume Encyclopedia of the Modern World.

Ying Xie, DoIT Learning Support Services, published an article, “The Effect of Peer Feedback for Journaling on College Students’ Reflective Thinking Skills,” in The Internet and Higher Education, Feb. 2008.

College of Education and Human Development

Maggie Daniels and coauthor Carrie Loveless will receive an award for their textbook, “Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients,” from the 51st Annual New England Book Show. The award will be given in Boston on April 9.

Thomas Goodale, Professor Emeritus of Health, Fitness and Recreation, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York at the SUNY Cortland Undergraduate Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17.

Julie Kidd, Sylvia Sanchez and Eva Thorp published an article, “Defining Moments: Developing Culturally Responsive Dispositions and Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Preservice Teachers,” in Teaching and Teacher Education.

Kimberly Sheridan wrote a chapter titled “Reading, Writing and Watching: The Informal Education of Film Fans” for the new edition of “The Handbook of Teaching Literacy through the Communicative, Visual and Performing Arts.”

Shelly Wong will be sworn in as president of the Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages Inc. at its annual business meeting in New York City in April.

College of Health and Human Services

Catherine Tompkins, Social Work, received a new medal of honor awarded by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors at their annual conference in March for her work to bring gerontology education and scholarship to undergraduate social work programs.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ricardo Vivancos Pérez, Modern and Classical Languages, with Narbona Carrión and María Dolores, translated “Machinal” by Sophie Treadwell into Spanish. The translation and critical analysis is titled “Sophie Treadwell: contexto teatral, biografía, crítica y traducción de su obra Machinal” and was published by Málaga: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Málaga (2007).

John Varghese, English (Ras Al Khaimah Campus), presented a paper, “Thomas Hardy and Modernism,” at the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters in March at Western Michigan University.

Irmgard Wagner, Modern and Classical Languages, published an essay titled “Tony Schumacher, Jugendschriftstellerin aus Ludwigsburg, Zeugin bewegter Zeiten” in the volume “Autorinnen in Stadt und Kreis Ludwigsburg vom 18 – 20 Jahrhundert.” Wagner’s essay portrays the children’s literature writer Tony Schumacher as a witness of the eventful times in which she lived and wrote.

Martin Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote a chapter titled “Greek Myth on the Screen” in “The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology.”

College of Science

Lance Liotta, codirector of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, provided Nano World News with a preview of his upcoming presentation at the Nano Science and Technology Institute Nanotech 2008 regarding developments related to the technology.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, and his colleagues had an article, “Public Awareness, Education and Marine Mammals in Captivity,” published in Tourism Review International.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, associate provost and artistic director of the Center for the Arts, presented two 90-minute workshops, one at Fairfax High School and one at Poe Middle School, on stage directing for Fairfax County Public Schools high school and middle school drama teachers.

Sonya Suhnhee Kim,Music, presented her fifth piano recital in Tirol, Austria, in March. During the recital she played Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 “Appassionata,” Frederick Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 “Funeral March,” Franz Schubert’s Impromptu Op. 90 and Scott Joplin’s “American Rag Time Music.”

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Michael Shank and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) published an article, “U.N. Security Council Must Act Preemptively – on Climate Change,” in the Christian Science Monitor on March 27.

Robinson Professors

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, was a panel moderator for “Reimagining the Cultural Revolution” at the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was a speaker at the 2008 Educational Seminar “Medicine for Judges” at New York State Judicial Institute in White Plains, N.Y. He also gave a lecture titled “The Logic of Integrated Science” at the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting: Science and Technology from a Global Perspective, in Boston. He gave another lecture, “Writing about Science: A Story in Three Heresies,” at the Second Annual Conversations with Writers program at the University of California, Davis.

School of Management

Beth Heinen, Management, wrote a chapter titled “Team Leadership” for the International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies.

Mahesh Joshi, Management, and Sid Das, Information System and Operations, wrote an article, “Net Profit, Sales Growth and Process Innovativeness in Technology Services Organizations,” published in the Proceedings of the Decision Sciences.

David Kravitz, Management, published an article on “The Diversity-Validity Dilemma: Beyond Selection – The Role of Affirmative Action” in Personnel Psychology.

Gopal Krishnan, Accounting, published an article titled “Inventory Policy, Accruals Quality and Information Risk” in the Review of Accounting Studies. He also published a paper titled “The Role of External Monitoring in Firm Valuation: The Case of R&D Capitalization” in the Journal of International Accounting Research.

Ning Li, Marketing, published the paper, “Trust at Different Organizational Levels,” in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Marketing.

George Wang, Finance, published the article, “Multiple Transactions Model: A Panel Data Approach to Estimate Housing Market Indices,” in the Journal of Real Estate Research.

Fei Xie, Finance, presented a paper titled “Agency Problems at Dual-Class Companies” last month at Peking University in China. The paper also won the Hana Bank Outstanding Paper Award at the second International Conference in Asia-Pacific Financial Markets in December.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs was a coauthor of the Kauffman Cities report, “Entrepreneurship and Urban Success: Toward a Policy Consensus.”

Philip Auerswald participated on a critical infrastructure panel for the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University in March.

Rex Brown, distinguished senior fellow, wrote “Decision Aiding Research Needs,” which was published in the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Systems in spring 2008. The paper identifies a variety of prescriptive and descriptive research projects that could make decision-aiding efforts more practically useful.

David F. Davis taught a peace operations theory course at the University for Peace in Costa Rica during January.

Michael Fauntroy was appointed by U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton to a three-person advisory committee to guide the U.S. Mint in its design of the back of the quarter for the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarter Program. This program is a continuation of the 50-State Quarter Program, which concludes this year. The appointment is in recognition of Fauntroy’s research and publications on District of Columbia issues, particularly his book “Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia” (University Press of America, 2003).

Stephen Fuller was elected a distinguished fellow of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.

Monty Marshall delivered a plenary address, “Security and the Potential for Conflict: What Are the Implications for the Region?” before a cross-Whitehall meeting of the British government on future security challenges in Africa in early January.

Jeremy Mayer presented “Politics at the Speed of Light: New Media in the 2008 Presidential Election” at the Brookings Institution in February. He also taught a weeklong course in U.S. political systems at the University of Maastricht School of Governance and gave a public lecture on the American presidential contest at the university in January. In March, he traveled to Berlin, Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Munich as part of a State Department-sponsored trip where he delivered his lecture, “Politics at the Speed of Light: The Effect of the New Media on American Political Campaigns” to academics, journalists and policymakers.

John Petersen received the Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship Award. He will be traveling to Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, in spring 2009.

James Pfiffner participated in a panel discussion concerning “The Presidential Campaign and Congress: What Is at Issue?” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in March.

Ramkishen Rajan wrote “Greenback Blues: A Sudden and Marked Appreciation of the Rupee Can Have Deleterious Effects on Segments of the Real Economy,” which appeared in the February-March 2008 issue of SENSEX.

Louise Shelley presented “Human Trafficking and Smuggling in Russia, the FSU and Beyond” as part of the Kennan Institute U.S. Alumni Series at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in March.

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