August 2008 Accolades

Posted: August 8, 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 University faculty and staff members.

Send information to Please note: The next Accolades column will be published Sept. 2, 2008. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 26.


Mark Kraner, University Services, has been installed as the 2008-09 president of the National Association of College and University Food Services and is a recipient of the 2008 Lichtenfelt Award for outstanding service to the association.

Thomas O’Connor, Athletics, received the Fr. Louis Dion, A.A. 1972 Outstanding Achievements Award from the Assumption College Alumni Association in Worcester, Mass. O’Connor is a 1968 graduate of the college.

Ying Xie, DoIT Learning Support Services, and her colleagues published a chapter titled “Students Learning Outcomes in Technology-Enhanced Constructivist Learning Environments: What Does Research Show?” in Educational Media and Technology Yearbook 2008.

College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung worked in Myanmar from July 5 through Aug. 6 providing training and consultation for Save the Children. This is a continuation of their work from April and May when they were in Myanmar during the cyclone. Immediately after the cyclone they provided national staff training in postdisaster counseling skills. Currently they are providing training and consultation that emphasizes staff mental health, wellness and the reduction of trauma and stress for those staff members working in the disaster area.

Bill Brozo visited several classrooms in Louisiana schools in April to assist a professional production company’s videotaping of exemplary content literacy practices. The DVD will be used by the Louisiana Department of Education to teach professional development. Throughout the past year Brozo has been responsible for ensuring these content literacy strategies were incorporated into the new Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum, an online guide for teachers pre-K through grade 12.

Lloyd Duck wrote a chapter titled “Getting Ready to Teach the Holocaust: A Teaching Styles Approach for Personalizing History” in the new volume “Paths to Teaching the Holocaust.” The book is a collective effort by 10 scholars who attended a June 2007 workshop for teacher educators sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Martin Ford, dean, was invited to be in the inaugural class of the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) newly established Fellows Program. The first group of fellows will be honored and inducted at the next AERA meeting in San Diego in April 2009.

Wendy Frazier and Donna Sterling received a “Programs that Work” award for the CREST Science Camp and the Virginia Earth Science Collaborative on May 13. These awards were given by the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition to recognize programs for K-12 students and programs for preservice/inservice teachers.

Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo received the IMBONEZA 2008 Award from the United Burundian Community Association at the association’s annual celebration in Washington, D.C. on July 4. The award recognizes her for promoting education in Burundi, Africa.

Anastasia Samaras and PhD student Kavita Mittapalli published an article titled “Mudhubani Art: A Journey of an Education Researcher Seeking Self-Development Answers through Art and Self-Study” in the Qualitative Report.

Tom Scruggs published a chapter titled “Insegnamento di scienze e storia in classi con integrazione scolastica: Didattica differenziale e cooperative” (Teaching Science and Social Studies in Inclusive Classes: Differentiated and Cooperative Learning) in Esperience e ricerche sull’integrazione scolastica e sociale (Research and Practice in Academic and Social Integration).

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rei Berroa, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote the introduction to the collection of essays titled “Aproximaciones a la literatura dominicana.” He also wrote two essays on poetry for the collection titled “Desideologización y lenguaje poético en la obra de José Mármol” and “Eros/Thanatos y otras parejas conceptuales en la poesía de Martha Rivera.” He also presented an anthology of poems titled “¿Cuándo has visto salir medio sol?” at the 16th annual marathon of poetry held by the Teatro de la Luna in Arlington, Va. Berroa also wrote two poems titled “Tres variaciones sobre el tema de la paz y la paloma” and “Gallo del alba” in the collection Sevincin sesi/Voice of joy. He also wrote “De adinamia de mente de umnesia” in La memoria y el Alzheimer.

Esther Elstun, Professor Emerita of German, translated six German poems into English. The poems, titled “Morandi,” “Malewitch,” “Kythera,” “Der Schnurrbart der Mona Lisa,” “Traumschule” and “Heraldisch” were published in a journal of poetry, art and criticism called Sirena.

Karl Zhang, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote a book titled “Shangri-La Besieged: Self-selected Essay Collection on Cultural Studies” which was published by the Jiangxi Education Press.

College of Science

Richard Diecchio, Environmental Science and Policy, was recently elected chair-elect of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America.

Rebecca Goldin, Mathematical Sciences, delivered the Falconer Lecture at MathFest 2008, sponsored by the Association for Women in Mathematics and the Mathematical Association for America. Goldin was selected because of her contributions to mathematics and mathematics education.

Abul Hussam Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented a lecture titled “Arsenic in Ground Water: Aquatic Chemistry and Mitigation through a Sustainable Filtration Technology” at the 2008 Joseph Henry Lecture to the Philosophical Society of Washington in May.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, was a national delegate for the United Kingdom for the Scientific and Conservation Committees of the 2008 International Whaling Commission meeting in Santiago, Chile. Parsons was also a co-editor for the IWC’s “The State of the Cetacean Environment Report 2008.”

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Susan Shields, Dance, choreographed a ballet called “Grand Synthesis” that was performed by the Ballet West Company as part of its “Innovations” program in May.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Marc Gopin published an op-ed titled “Israelis are talking to Hamas” in the Middle East Times on May 16.

Terrence Lyons published an article titled “Ethiopia’s Convergence of Crises” in the April 2008 issue of Current History.

Dennis Sandole published a letter to the editor titled “Victory for Forces of Serb Enlightenment – but More to Do” in the Financial Times on May 15.

Michael Shank published three articles: “U.S. Policy in Iraq: A Plague on Both Houses” and “Poverty, Poppy and the Taliban: Interview with Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Said Tayeb Jawad” in the Journal of International Peace Operations; and “Conference Cites a Growing Gap in Muslim-Western Relations” in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Shank also wrote an op-ed with U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett titled “This Earth Day is Different” in the Hill on April 22. Four of his letters to the editor were published: “Why Not Firm Call for UN Reform?” in the Financial Times on May 16; “McCain’s Irresponsibly Rosy Outlook on Iraq, Afghanistan” in the Hill on May 21; “Liberal Persuasions” in the Economist on June 28, and “High-Level Engagement by U.S. and UK Is Needed Vis-à-Vis Iran” in the Financial Times on July 1.

Julie Shedd and Michael Shank published an article titled “Iraq Policy in the Post-Bush Era: Clinton, McCain and Obama” in the Journal of International Peace Operations.

Stacy Stryjewski published a column titled “Bridging the Gap” in the spring 2008 issue of Higher Education Consortia magazine.

Robinson Professors

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, wrote the play “Two-Bit Taj Mahal,” which is based on an unsolved FBI case. It is a work of the Theater of the First Amendment and made its world premiere at the Mason Festival of the Arts in June.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, spoke at the Goldschmidt Conference in Vancouver on July 15. He also gave lectures on the origins of life and the early Earth at the National Academy of Sciences on May 13, the Santa Fe Institute on June 18, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington on June 11. In May, Hazen organized and chaired an international workshop on the Deep Carbon Cycle, which was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and brought 100 scientists to Washington, D.C. He also appeared on the History Channel with Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, in a two-hour program titled “How Life Began,” which aired June 16.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a book titled “On Thinking Institutionally.”

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, gave a presentation titled “The Physical Context for Life’s Origins” for the Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life at the National Academy of Sciences on May 13. He also appeared on the History Channel with Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, in a two-hour program titled “How Life Began,” which aired June 16. Morowitz also served on a committee that organized a meeting in June on “Compartmentation in Biogenesis” at the Santa Fe Institute.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a speech titled “Judging Science and the Problem of Experts” at the 2008 Appellate Court Conference in Midway, Utah in June. He was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education on May 30. He published an article titled “Science Education for Everyone” in the Spring 2008 issue of Liberal Education. Trefil also served on the Quality Control Board addressing the National Assessment of Educational Progress and was filmed in the National Geographic special titled “Known Universe,” which will be aired later this year. He was a writer in residence at a meeting on “Compartmentation in Biogenesis” at the Santa Fe Institute in June.

School of Law

Allison Hayward was named to a new six-seat independent panel that will review ethics complaints against members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

School of Management

Stephen Christophe, Finance, gave a presentation titled “Informed Trading Before Analyst Downgrades: Evidence from Short Sellers” at the 12th Annual European Conference of the Financial Management Association in Prague.

Catherine Cramton, Management, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia for the fall 2008 academic semester.

Gerald A. Hanweck, Finance, and coauthors published an article titled “Market Information, Bank Holding Company Risk and Market Discipline” in the Journal of Banking and Finance. Hanweck also gave a presentation titled “Subprime Mortgage Default Rates by Metropolitan Area: An Analysis of Origination Vintages and Projection for 2007,” at the July Western Economic Association International Meetings in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Vladimir Ivanov, Finance, gave a presentation titled “Does Venture Capital Reputation Matter? Evidence from Subsequent IPOs” at the American Finance Association in New Orleans, La.

Richard Klimoski, dean, published one article titled “Introduction: A Controversial Commitment?” in March and another titled “Introduction: At Your Service” in June in the Academy of Management Learning and Education. Klimoski also published an article titled “Training and Development of Human Capital at Work: Is the State of Our Science Strong?” in Human Resource Management Review.

David Kravitz, Management, gave a presentation titled “Practical implications of Research on Unconscious Bias” at a virtual web seminar sponsored by Diversity Best Practices in April.

Yan Ling, Management, and coauthors recently published an article titled “Transformational Leadership’s Role in Promoting Corporate Entrepreneurship: Examining the CEO-TMT Interface” in the Academy of Management Journal.

Avinash Mainkar, Management, published an article titled “A Student-Empowered System for Measuring and Weighing Participation in Class Discussion” in the Journal of Management Education.

Michael Noar Information Systems and Operations Management, gave a presentation titled “The Relationship between National and Organizational Culture and their Impact on Performance” on May 11, and “Total Quality Management and Environment Uncertainty: Fit and Fit-Performance Implications” on May 12 at the Production of Operations Management conference in La Jalla, Calif.

Anne Nicotera, Management, gave a presentation titled “Nurses at the Nexus: A Case Study of Structurational Divergence” at the Biannual Kentucky Conference on Heath Communication in Lexington, Ky., in April.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, gave a presentation titled “Accounting Conservatism and Future Earnings Bad News: An Empirical Investigation” at a George Washington University workshop in Washington, D.C., in April.

Min Shen, Accounting, and coauthors recently published a paper titled “The Interdependence between Institutional Investor Stock Ownership and Information Dissemination by Capital Market Data Aggregators” in the proceedings of the American Accounting Association Financial Accounting and Reporting Mid-Year Meeting.

Ali Sher, Business Administration, RAK Campus, will present his paper titled “Assessing the Relationship of Technology-Mediated Interaction to Student Learning in Web-Based E-Learning Environments” at the International Conference on the Application of Digital Information and Web Technologies in the Czech Republic in August.

Fiona Sussan, Marketing, gave a presentation titled “Web 2.0 and Consumer Intellectual Capital” for the State Department Fusion Team in Washington, D.C., in March and at the Open Source Center Seminar in Fairfax, Va., in April. Sussan also presented “Marketing in Web 2.0” at the Seminar for Executives at CIT in Herndon, Va.

Massood Yahya-Zadeh, Accounting, published an article titled “A New Framework for Capacity Costing and Inventory Variance Analysis Based on Ex Post Flexible Budgeting” in the proceedings of the 2008 AAA MidAtlantic Regional Meeting.

School of Public Policy

Kingsley Haynes, dean, has been elected to Phi Sigma Omega, the national honor society of the Policy Studies Organization. The Policy Studies Organization is the international organization for decision makers.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Daniel Menascé, Computer Science, and doctoral student Gus Jabbour published a paper titled “Securing Security Policies in Autonomic Computing Systems” in the Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Security and Management held July 14–17, in Las Vegas. Menascé also published a paper titled “A Heuristic Approach to Optimal Service Selection in Service Oriented Architectures” at the 2008 ACM Workshop on Software and Performance, June 23–26, in Princeton, NJ.

Hassan Gomaa, Sam Malek, Daniel Menascé and Joao Sousa, Computer Science, received a two-year grant for $400,000 from the National Science Foundation for the project “SASSY: Self-Architecting Software Systems.”

Gheorghe Tecuci, Computer Science, Mihai Boicu, Applied Information Technology, and their colleague wrote a book titled “Agent-Assisted Center of Gravity Analysis.” The book, which is used in courses at the U.S. Army War College, contains a CD with lecture notes and the Disciple-COG software agent. In addition, Tecuci, Boicu and their students published an article titled “Disciple-LTA: Learning, Tutoring and Analytic Assistance” in the Journal of Intelligence Community Research and Development, which is available on Intelink.

Kathleen Wage, Electrical and Computer Engineering, won the 2008 IEEE Education Society’s Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award.

Write to at