May 2008 Accolades

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

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members.

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Mario Ascencio, University Libraries, was named a 2008 “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal.

Derek Kan and Bob Nakles, IT Security and Project Management, gave a presentation titled “Building a Project Management Framework” to the EDUCAUSE Mid- Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore in January and to the Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia Spring 2008 Conference in Charlottesville in March.

Colleen Rich, Creative Services, wrote an essay titled “A Calm Center in a Surreal Storm” that was published in the Washington Post on April 16.

College of Education and Human Development

Bob Baker wrote an article titled “A Funny Thing Happened on George Mason’s Way to the Final Four” that appeared in the Sport Business Journal.

Mike Behrmann received the Wallace J. Wallin Lifetime Achievement Award at the Council for Exceptional Children international conference in Boston on April 2. He also received the Technology and Media Division’s Leadership Award for “outstanding leadership, achievement, and vision in the area of technology applications for children, youth and adults with disabilities” on April 3.

Bill Brozo wrote an article titled “Teaching Students to Read and Communicate in Science and Mathematics” in Thinking Classroom/Peremena.

Michelle Buehl and her colleagues wrote an article titled “What do Teachers Believe? Developing a Framework for Examining Beliefs about Pedagogical Knowledge” in Contemporary Educational Psychology. Buehl and her colleagues also wrote two chapters titled “The Cultivation of a Professional Association-Based New-Faculty Mentoring Program” in “The Handbook of Successful Faculty Mentoring Programs” and “Assessing the Multidimensionality of Students’ Epistemic Beliefs Across Cultures” in “Knowing, Knowledge and Beliefs: Epistemological Studies and Diverse Cultures.”

Shane Caswell and Bob Baker and his colleagues wrote an article titled “Undergraduate and Graduate Sport Management Students’ Ethical Ideologies” in the International Journal of Sport Management.

John Nauright has been appointed visiting professor in the Institute of Sports Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. He will travel to Denmark each May to teach a course in International Sport Management. He has also been invited to edit the Encyclopedia of World Sport, a multivolume compilation to be published by ABC-CLIO.

Elavie Ndura and a colleague wrote a chapter titled “Education for Social Change in Burundi and Rwanda: Creating a National Identity beyond the Politics of Ethnicity” that was included in “Ethnicity and Sociopolitical Change in Africa and other Developing Countries.”

Earle Reybold had an article titled “In service to the Academy: Faculty Identity and the ‘Lesser Role'” accepted to the Journal of the Professoriate. This is one of a series of analyses that are part of a longitudinal qualitative study of faculty identity development across the career. He also wrote an article titled “Professional Integrity in Higher Education: A Study of Administrative Staff Ethics in Student Affairs” in the Journal of College Student Development.

Jim Kozlowski was appointed to serve on an 11-member ad hoc committee to review the design of and final report for the U.S. Department of Transportation study examining the implementation of the revised transportation regulatory review process known as Section 4(f). The regulation protects taking land from significant publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges and historic properties for transportation projects unless a feasible and prudent alternative is not available.

College of Health and Human Services

Frieda Butler and Heibatollah Baghi, Global Community Health, wrote an article titled “Using the Internet to Facilitate Positive Attitudes toward Aging and Working with the Elderly” in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships.

Susan Durham, School of Nursing, received the 2008 CHHS Habit of Excellence Award for her many notable contributions, including developing the criteria for the synthesis and writing intensive courses for undergraduate students and orienting faculty members to the evaluation process for students’ writing portfolios each semester.

Lisa Eckenwiler, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, wrote a book titled “The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape” which was reviewed in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 19. She will also present a paper titled “An Ecological Approach to Understanding Global Health Inequalities” at the joint meeting of the International Sociological Association and the Canadian Medical Sociology Association in Montreal from May 13–16.

Mark Meiners, Health Administration and Policy, wrote a report titled “Medicaid Eligibility Issues for Long-Term Care Insurance Partnership Programs” for the Center for Health Care Strategies Inc.

Loretta Brush Normile, School of Nursing, received a recognition award from the Barbados Nurses Association for service and dedication since 1999 to the registered nurses of Barbados, West Indies.

Lisa Pawloski, Global and Community Health, and Panagiota Kitsantas, Health Administration and Policy, presented their paper titled “Assessing Determinants of Stunting among Malian Adolescent Girls Using Classification Trees” at the April 2008 Human Biology Association’s meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Jay Shiver, Health Administration and Policy, gave a presentation titled “Friends in Health Care” to the Potomac Leaders Forum and the Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.

Carlos Sluzki, Global and Community Health, was appointed senior researcher for the year 2008 at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore/Alta Scuola de Psicologia in Milan, Italy. While at the Universita in April, Sluzki conducted a workshop on “Family, Cross-Cultural Interaction and Clinical Treatment: the Dilemma of Change.” His paper titled “The Evolution of the Field of Family and Schizophrenia” was recently translated into Portuguese and published in the inaugural issue of the Brazilian journal Familia em Foco: Teoria e Clinica.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Helon Habila, English, has had his story, “The Hotel Malogo,” selected for inclusion in the 2008 edition of “The Best American Nonrequired Reading.”

Erika Lin, English, will receive the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society’s 2008 Martin Stevens Award for Best New Essay in Early Drama Studies for her essay, “Performance Practice and Theatrical Privilege: Rethinking Weimann’s Concepts of Locus and Platea.”

Robert Nadeau, English, published an article titled “The Economist Has No Clothes” in the Scientific American.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, gave a presentation titled “Sustainable Enterprise: The Problem, the Opportunity, the Solution” at the National Institutes of Health on March 14. She also presented “Assessing the Performance of Voluntary Environmental Programs: Does Certification Matter?” at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation in Washington, D.C., on April 14.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, and his colleagues published a review article about recent advances in whale watching research in the interdisciplinary journal Tourism of Marine Environments.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis directed “Viva Zarzuela!” for IN Series, which was performed for two weeks at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C.; and gave a workshop reading of “Dirty Pictures” by D.W. Gregory at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Marc Gopin wrote a letter to the editor titled “Views on Whether U.S. and Israel Should Talk to Hamas” that was published in the Christian Science Monitor on April 4.

Terrence Lyons wrote an article titled “Ethiopia’s Convergence of Crises” that was published in the April issue of Current History.

Michael Shank wrote a letter to the editor titled “Poppy Crop Destruction Drives Farmers towards Taliban” that was published in the Financial Times on April 12.

Robinson Professors

Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, gave two presentations titled “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King” at the National Council on History Education National Conference in Louisville, Ky., and “Museums and Memorials to the Slave Past” to the Brown University Commission on Slavery and Justice. As a keynote speaker, Crew delivered a speech titled “The Spirit of Emancipation and Slavery in Maryland” at the conference on Manumission and Emancipation in the Mid-Atlantic.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, had a new mineral called the “Hazenite,” a phosphate biomineral found in Mono Lake, Calif., named in his honor. He also presented a lecture titled “Mineral Evolution” at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the United States Naval Observatory and the Astrobiology Science Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, presented an address titled “The Mixed Legacies of Ronald Reagan” at the Third Annual Ronald Reagan Symposium at Regent University. He also gave two lectures titled “Religion and the Presidency” which was sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, Garfield Forum; and “God-Talk and Liberal Education” at the College of the Holy Cross Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, presented two films titled “The Gate of Heavenly Peace” and “Morning Sun” at Old Dominion University and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, was featured in an article titled “Cherry Picking the Periodic Table: A New View of Life” in the Santa Fe Institute Bulletin.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, wrote a book titled “Faith and Politics in Nigeria: Nigeria as a Pivotal State in the Muslim World.” He also presented a lecture titled “Challenges of Nation Building in Nigeria” at the Foreign Service Institute.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was awarded the 2008 Science Writing Award for a Scientist for his article titled “Where is the Universe Heading?” in the July 2006 issue of Astronomy Magazine. He also wrote an article titled “Cherry Picking the Periodic Table: A New View of Life” in the Santa Fe Institute Bulletin.

School of Management

Sid Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, and Mahesh Joshi, Management, wrote an article titled “Process Innovativeness in Technology Services Organizations: Roles of Differentiation Strategy, Operational Autonomy and Risk Taking Propensity” in the Journal of Operations Management.

Richard Klimoski, Dean, wrote a book titled “Work Group Learning: Understanding, Improving and Assessing How Groups Learn in Organizations.”

Gopal Krishnan, Accounting, published an article titled “Getting to the Bottom Line: An Exploration of Gender and Earnings Quality” in the March 2008 issue of the Journal of Business Ethics.

Laurie Meamber, Marketing, published an article titled “The Aesthetics of Consumption and the Consumer as an Aesthetic Subject” in Consumption, Markets and Culture.

Nacef Mouri,Marketing, gave a presentation titled “On the Relationship between Marketing Alliances and the Consumer” at the Federation of Business Disciplines in Houston, Texas, in March.

Stanislava Nikolova,Finance, gave a presentation titled “What Can We Learn about Capital Structure from Bond Credit Spreads?” at the Securities and Exchange Commission, OEA Seminar and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, OCE Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Steven Pilloff,Finance, wrote a chapter titled “Commercial Banking” in the book “Structure of American Industry.”

Ritesh Saini, Marketing, and a colleague published an article titled “How I Decide Depends on What I Spend: Use of Heuristics Is Greater for Time than for Money” in the April issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. He also gave a presentation titled “Qualitative Shifts in Decision Making: Effect of the Nature of Expenditure” at the SCP Winter Conference in New Orleans.

Linda Samuels,Management, gave a presentation titled “A Review of Scholarship in the Legal Studies Discipline” at the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Philadelphia in April.

School of Public Policy

Kenneth Button was elected president of the Transportation Research Forum. He recently contributed the following book chapters: “Air Transportation Infrastructure in Developing Countries: Privatization and Deregulation,” in “Aviation Infrastructure Performance: A Study in Comparative Political Economy”, published by the Brookings Institution in April; “Extraction of Economic Rent under Various Slot Allocation Approaches” and “Auctions: What Can We Learn from Auction Theory for Slot Allocation?” in “Airport Slots International Experiences and Options for Reform,” German Aviation Research Seminar Series No. 3, February 2008; and “Shipping Industry” and “Legacy Effects” in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (second edition) in October 2007. Button also presented “The Impact of EU-U.S. ‘Open Skies’ Agreement on Airline Market Structures and Airline Networks,” to the Airneth Conference in Amsterdam in March. He also presented “The Economist’s Perspectives on Regional Endogenous Development” to the International Workshop on Regional Endogenous Development: Measures, Models, and Empirical Investigation in Brisbane, Australia, in February.

Delio Gianturco was honored by the SPP Alumni Chapter with a Distinguished Faculty Award for his outstanding service to SPP and its alumni and for his ability to motivate students to excel as scholars and global citizens.

James Pfiffner was a panelist for From Votes to Victory: Winning and Governing the White House in the 21st Century Conference on April 3 at Hofstra University.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Donald Gantz, Christopher Saunders, and Mark Lancaster, Applied Information Technology, and Linda Davis and John Miller, Statistics, and their colleagues presented three papers and an oral session on their biometric research at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C., in February: “Evaluation of the Individuality of Handwriting Using FlashID – A Totally Automated, Language-Independent System for Handwriting Identification;” “Statistical Characterization of Writers for Identification;” “A Comparison Between Biometric and Forensic Handwriting Individuality;” and “FlashID: A Totally Automated, Language-Independent Approach for Handwriting-Derived Biometric Identification.”

Lloyd Griffiths, Dean, was appointed to the board of directors of GTSI, a provider of lifecycle management and IT infrastructure solutions.

Brian Mark, Electrical and Computer Engineering, wrote a book with Hisashi Kobayashi titled “System Modeling and Analysis: Foundations of System Performance Evaluation.”

Daniel Menasce, Computer Science, and his doctoral student Gus Jabbour, published a paper titled “Policy-Based Enforcement of Database Security Configuration through Autonomic Capabilities” in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous and Autonomic Systems.

Gheorghe Tecuci, Computer Science, Mihai Boicu, Applied Information Technology, and a colleague have been awarded $500,000 by the National Science Foundation for the STTR Phase II project titled “Disciple Technologies for Development, Utilization and Maintenance of Regulatory Knowledge Bases” that will develop regulatory compliance agents for financial services applications.

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