September 2008 Accolades

Posted: September 2, 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 Mason faculty and staff members.

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David Lee, Key Control, published an article titled “Best Cylinder Staking” in the August 2008 issue of National Locksmith.

College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung wrote with their students two articles: “Promoting the Mental Health of Migrants: A Multicultural-Social Justice Perspective,” and “New Professional Roles and Advocacy Strategies for School Counselors: A Multicultural-Social Justice Perspective to Move Beyond the Nice Counselor Syndrome,” both published in the Journal of Counseling and Development, Special Issue on Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling, 86. Bemak and Chung also spent five weeks from July through August in Myanmar providing training and consultation for staff working with the cyclone-affected areas.

Bill Brozo wrote a book titled “Supporting Content Area Literacy with Technology: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners.” The book demonstrates how technology tools available in most schools can be used to engage K-8 students, build higher-level reading and thinking skills, and increase content learning. He was also in Louisiana for two weeks this summer, providing a range of professional development services for teachers, administrators, university professors, and state department personnel.

Julie Kidd, Robert Pasnak and their colleagues published the article “Enhancing Early Numeracy by Promoting the Abstract Though Involved in the Oddity Principle, Seriation and Conservation” in the Journal of Advanced Academics.

Betty Sturtevant gave a presentation of the Literacy Hub and the peer review process at the first annual meeting of the Regional Steering Committee in Doha, Qatar, in July. The Literacy Hub is an online journal and web resource for educators and policy-makers in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dave Wiggins served as a historical advisor and featured speaker when the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted the exhibition “The Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936.”

Shelley Wong gave a talk titled “Dialogic Pedagogy: Sharing Teaching and Learning Experiences in a Fast-Growing World” and led a sociocultural workshop titled “Activity Theory in a Fast-Growing World” at the MATE TESOL affiliate conference in Port au Prince, Haiti, in June. Wong also gave one speech titled “Meeting Global Challenges through Dialogic Pedagogy” and another speech titled “Empowerment in Teaching Innovations through Dialogic Pedagogy” at the TESOL Costa Rican Affiliate Conference in July. In addition, she was a featured panelist at the “Cultures of Peace in TESOL: Connecting Individuals and Communities” at the Australian Council of TESOL Associations Inaugural International Conference in July, and spoke at the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education, Queensland University of Technology, in Brisbane.

College of Health and Human Services

Frieda Butler and Susan Berkow, Global and Community Health, presented a lecture titled “Healthier Eating for Healthier Aging” at the Osher Learning in Retirement Center in June.

Joyce Hahn was appointed to the Virginia Board of Nursing by Gov. Timothy Kaine.

Ann Maradiegue, School of Nursing, was recently inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. This honor recognizes nursing leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through nurse practitioner clinical practice, research, education and health policy.

Lisa Pawloski, Global and Community Health, and Panagiota Kitsantas, Health Administration and Policy, published an article titled “Classification Tree Analysis of Stunting in Malian Adolescent Girls” in the American Journal of Human Biology. Pawloski also published an article titled “A Cross-Sectional Examination of Growth Indicators from Thai Adolescent Girls: Evidence of Obesity among Thai Youth?” in Annals of Human Biology. In addition, she gave a speech titled “The Nutrition Transition: A New Global Health Challenge?” at the Faculty of Nursing, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago in June.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephen Farnsworth, Communication, wrote an op-ed titled “Will Barack Obama Raise Kaine?” in the Aug. 3 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Helon Habila Ngalabak, English, is a finalist for the fiction prize in the 11th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards for his book “Measuring Time.” The winners will be announced Oct. 18.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, was awarded the Organizations and Natural Environment (ONE) Emerging Scholar Award. The ONE Emerging Scholar Award recognizes “excellence in ONE-related research early in one’s academic career.” She also received the Case Association’s 2008 Best First Case Award for her teaching case titled “Sustainability and Environmental Standards: Seeking Competitive Distinction at Damai Lovina Villas.” In addition, she was awarded a grant from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America to assess the links between environmental sustainability and competitiveness in select North American sectors. She was invited to present “Regulatory Stringency, Green Production Offsets and Organizations’ Financial Performance” at the Group on Organizations and the Natural Environment Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, published two articles, “The Nature of Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) Song” in the Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology, and “Navy Sonar and Cetaceans: Just How Much Does the Gun Need to Smoke Before We Act?” in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Joseph Montville received the Nevitt Sanford Award of the International Society of Political Psychology at the ISPP annual scientific meeting in Paris in July. The award recognizes distinguished professional contributions to the field of political psychology.

Susan Allen Nan wrote a letter to the editor titled “The Lessons of the Russian-Georgian Conflict” that was published in the New York Times on Aug. 22.

Michael Shank wrote an op-ed with Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) titled “Global Peace Index Ranking Doesn’t Flatter the U.S.” in the Aug. 10 Richmond Times-Dispatch.

School of Management

Richard Coffinberger and Yvonne Demory, Management, presented a paper titled “Refining an Employer’s Reasonable Accommodation Duties under the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Job Reassignment Debate” at the annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Long Beach, Calif., in August.

Vladimir Ivanov, Finance, presented “The Effect of Litigation on Venture Capitalist Reputation” at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Richard Klimoski, dean, published an article titled “Begin the Journey with the End in Mind” in Organizational Research Methods in May. Klimoski also published an article titled “Narrow Standards for Efficacy and the Research Playground: Why Either-Or Conclusions Do Not Help” in the Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in March.

Yan Ling, Management, gave a presentation titled “Toward a Model of Issue Selling by Successor Generation in Family Firms” at the Theories of the Family Enterprise Academic Conference in Edmonton, Canada, in May. Ling also gave a presentation titled “The Effects of Family Firm Specific Diversity: The Moderating Role of Informational Exchange Frequency” at the Family Enterprises Research Conference in Milwaukee in April.

Anne Nicotera, Management, gave a presentation titled “Ontologizing Organizational Entities: Musings on Communicative Constitution” at the Université de Montréal Conference in Montreal in May.

Mikhail Pevzner and Partha Sengupta, Accounting, gave a presentation, “Voluntary Disclosure and Audit Fees: Case of Management Earnings Forecast,” at Washington University in St. Louis in May.

Laurie Meamber, Fiona Sussan and Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, gave a presentation, “Cross-Cultural Analysis of Online Conversations in Commercial and Home-Grown Movie Web Sites,” at the IC Postdoc Colloquium in Chantilly, Va., in April. The presentation was also published in the conference proceedings. Sussan also gave a presentation titled “Where Is All the Buzz Coming From? A GIS Approach to Locate Movie User Reviews” at the ESRI Business GIS Summit in Chicago in April.

Linda B. Samuels, Management, published an article titled “Plagiarism and Legal Scholarship in the Age of Information Sharing: The Need for Intellectual Honesty” in the Catholic University Law Review in the spring. Samuels also gave a presentation titled “The Essence of Scholarship for the Legal Studies Professor” at the annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Long Beach, Calif., in August.

Ali Sher, Business Administration, RAK Campus, gave a presentation titled “Identifying Critical Success Factors of Student Success in Technology-Based e-Learning Environments: A Conceptual Model” at the International Conference on Information and Communication Technology in Pakistan in August.

Massood Yahya-Zadeh, Accounting, gave a presentation titled “A New Framework for Capacity Costing and Inventory Variance Analysis Based on Ex Post Flexible Budgeting” at the 2008 AAA MidAtlantic Regional Meeting in Philadelphia in April.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs was welcomed by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as an affiliate of the Sloan Industry Studies Program. The program provides a forum for scholars and industry specialists in such fields as economics, public policy, business, engineering and law. The foundation supports research and education in science and technology.

Philip Auerswald wrote an op-ed piece titled “China’s Quick Fall, Slow Return to Glory” in the Aug. 12 Boston Globe.

Tojo Thatchenkery and Jessica Heineman-Pieper co-chaired the symposium “Transforming Questions: Game-Changing Opportunities for ‘Developing’ Nations” at the Annual Academy of Management Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in August. They also presented their paper titled “Game-Changing Questions: Seeking Futures Outside a ‘Development’ Paradigm.”

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Don Gantz, Applied Information Technology, and John Miller, Statistics, gave a talked titled “Evaluation of the Individuality of Handwriting Using FLASH ID – A Totally Automated, Language Independent System for Handwriting Identification” at the 18th Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Scientists in New Orleans in July.

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, and his colleagues edited “Proceedings of the IFIP TC 11 23rd International Information Security Conference.” Jajodia, Duminda Wijesekera, Computer Science, and their colleagues published an article, “Detecting VoIP Floods Using the Hellinger Distance,” in IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems in June. Jajodia and his colleagues also published an article titled “Implementing Interactive Analysis of Attack Graphs Using Relational Databases” in the Journal of Computer Security. In addition, Jajodia and his colleagues published an article titled “Controlled Information Sharing in Collaborative Distributed Query Processing” in the Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems.

Chris Saunders, Mark Lancaster and Don Gantz, Applied Information Technology, and John Miller, Statistics, presented three papers at the Seventh International Conference on Forensic Inference and Statistics in Lausanne, Switzerland, in August: “A Method for Improved Computational Efficiency in an Automated Handwriting Identification System”; “Classification Rules for Writer Identification Using Microarray-Based Feature Selection”; and “Modeling the Relationship Between Random Match Probabilities and the Size of a Writing Sample Used in a Handwriting Individuality Study.”

John Shortle, Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR), published a book, “Fundamentals of Queuing Theory,” fourth edition, with co-authors Donald Gross (retired, SEOR), Jim Thompson and Carl Harris (deceased, SEOR). The book is dedicated to the memory of Harris, who wrote previous editions with Gross.

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