October 2008 Accolades

Posted: October 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.

Send information to gazette@gmu.edu. Please note: The next Accolades column will be published Nov. 3. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 27.

With this column, the Gazette introduces a new category for achievements, “Interdisciplinary,” for collaborations that involve faculty members from different colleges, schools or institutes.


Pat Kendrick, Athletics, celebrated her 400th career victory on Sept. 13, as the Patriots defeated Davidson, 3 – 1. Kendrick is in her 24th season as head coach of women’s volleyball at Mason. She is the longest tenured coach in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Dan Waxman, University Services, wrote “Some Highlights from My Visit to the University of Vermont” for the fall NACAS Quarterly and “Reaching the Commuter Student” for the October issue of College Services Magazine.

College of Education and Human Development

Robert Pasnak, Julie Kidd and their colleagues published an article titled “Can Emphasizing Cognitive Development Improve Academic Achievement?” in Educational Research.

Debbie Sprague spent the month of August in Egypt assisting the Ministry of Education with their new accreditation project. During her visit, she helped develop a definition and roles for the Education Technology Specialist degree, assisted with the preparation and implementation of a week-long workshop and created a presentation on the accreditation process in the United States.

College of Health and Human Services

Naomi Lynn Gerber, director of the Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. She was also selected as one of five accomplished Smith College alumnae to receive the Smith College Medal, an award presented each February on Rally Day.

P.J. Maddox, Health Administration and Policy, and her colleagues from the Fairfax Department of Health presented their research and recommendations for the strategic plan for Fairfax County School Health Services to the Fairfax Public Schools Health Advisory Committee on Sept. 24.

James Metcalf, Global and Community Health, published an article titled “Poetry, Cinema and Teaching the Human Aspects of Aging” in Radical Pedagogy.

Lisa Pawloski and Constance Gewa, Global and Community Health, and their colleagues from the Center for Liver Disease at Inova Fairfax Hospital published an article titled “Nutritional Assessments of Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” in the June issue of the Journal of Obesity Surgery.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carryl Baldwin, Psychology, gave a presentation in April on sensory contributions to complex working memory span performance at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta.

Deborah Boehm-Davis, Psychology, published an article titled “Discoveries and Developments in Human-Computer Interaction” in Human Factors. She also gave a presentation in August titled “What I Wish I Had Known – A Guide for Graduate Students” at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. In addition, she gave a presentation in July on cognitive modeling in the aviation domain at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Donald Boudreaux, Economics, published an article titled “Free Market to the Rescue” in Forbes.com on Sept. 18.

James Conant, Public and International Affairs, gave a speech in September titled “Getting to Purple: Beyond the Red & Blue of Partisan Politics” at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters lecture series on “Wisconsin as America’s Laboratory of Democracy: What Elements of Our Past Speak to Future Successes?”

Seth Kaplan, Psychology, gave a presentation in April titled “Dispositional Affect and Job Behaviors: A Meta-Analytic Investigation” at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in San Francisco.

Koraly Pérez-Edgar, Psychology, published an article titled “Salivary Cortisol Levels and Infant Temperature Shape Developmental Trajectories in Boys at Risk for Behavioral Maladjustment” in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Pérez-Edgar also published a chapter titled “The Biology of Temperament: An Integrative Approach” in The Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Russell Roberts, Economics, published an article titled “Organic Market” in Forbes.com on Sept. 18. He wrote a book, “The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity,” published by Princeton University Press.

Rich Shenkman, History and Art History, published a new book titled “Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth about the American Voter.”

Stephen Zaccaro, Eden King and Seth Kaplan, Psychology, gave a presentation in May on “Thinking Inside The Box: How Conformity Promotes Creativity and Innovation” at the annual conference of Research on Managing Groups and Teams in Palo Alto, Calif.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, published “What the Federal Government Can Do to Encourage Green Production,” Washington, D.C.: IBM Center for the Business of Government, Presidential Transition Series.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Michael Shank wrote an article titled “Obama, McCain Don’t Grasp Roots of Pakistan’s Instability” published in The Hill on Sept. 12. He also wrote a letter to the editor titled “Crime and the Economy Are Directly Related” that appeared in the Financial Times on Sept. 5 and another letter titled “U.S. Airstrike in Pakistan” that was published in the New York Times on Sept. 10. In addition, he wrote four op-eds: “Drill Here, Drill Now? No Sustainability Lies Elsewhere” with U.S. Rep. Jim Moran in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Aug. 30; “Congress Must Extend Tax Credits for Renewable and Efficient Sources” with U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in The Hill on Sept. 10; “Energy Is at the Heart of Many Recent Conflicts” in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sept. 16; and “A Whole, Different View” with Rep. Danny Davis in The Hill on Sept. 30.

Susan Allen Nan published an article titled “Future for Ossetia” in the Guardian on Aug. 20, and one titled “Can We Envisage and Build a Peaceful Caucasus?” in the Financial Times on Aug. 19.

Richard Rubenstein gave the first 2008-09 President’s Lecture Series address titled “Religion and Violence in the 21st Century” at the University of Montana in September.


Margret Hjalmarson, director of the Mathematics Education Center, and Jill Nelson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, were awarded a National Science Foundation grant from the Division of Engineering Education and Centers to explore links between engineering students’ understanding of fundamental concepts and their interest in the field. The interdisciplinary study will examine how students carry mathematical knowledge into engineering courses and how this knowledge affects their continued interest in engineering.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was invited to speak at the tri-annual conference for the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life in Florence, Italy. He also presented a pair of lectures on prebiotic chemistry and origins of life at Purdue University and Penn State as a Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave a lecture in September at the State Department titled “Islam in Nigeria.”

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a presentation titled “The Other 98 Percent: Science Education for Everyone” at the Education and Outreach Colloquium at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He also wrote a review titled, “What Goes in the Black Hole Stays in the Black Hole. OK?” of Leonard Susskind’s book, “The Black Hole War,” which appeared in the Washington Post Book World on Sept. 7.

School of Management

Whitney Botsford, Management, gave a presentation in August titled “Effects of Work-Family Guilt on Pro- and Anti-Social Work Behaviors” at the annual conference of the Academy of Management in Anaheim, Calif.

Catherine Cramton, Management, gave a presentation in July titled “Being in the Right Place with the Right People: How the Structure of Offshore Collaborations Impacts Influence Dynamics” at the European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium in Amsterdam.

Matthew Cronin, Management, gave a presentation in August titled “Representational Gaps, Team Integration and Team Creativity: The Mediating Roles of Conflict and Coordination” at the annual conference of the Academy of Management in Anaheim, Calif. The article was also published in the conference proceedings.

Yvonne Demory, Management, gave a presentation in August titled “Refining an Employer’s Reasonable Accommodation Duties Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: The Job Reassignment Debate” at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Long Beach, Calif.

Karen Hallows, Michelle Marks and Paige Wolf, Management, gave a presentation in August titled “Short Term Study Abroad Programs for Graduate Business Students” at the annual conference of the Academy of Management in Anaheim, Calif.

Jim Hsieh, Finance, gave a presentation in August titled “A Theory of Merger-Driven IPOs” at the European Finance Association annual meeting in Athens, Greece.

Richard Klimoski, Dean, gave a presentation in August titled “The Questions We Ask and Don’t Ask: Where Should We Go from Here” at the annual conference of the Academy of Management in Anaheim, Calif.

David Kravitz, Management, co-edited a special issue of the Academy of Management Learning and Education on diversity education and training published in September. The issue included an article he co-wrote titled “From the editors: What Do We Know and Need to Learn About Diversity Education and Training?”

Ning Li, Marketing, published an article titled “Religion, Opportunism and International Market Entry Via Non-Equity Alliances or Joint Ventures” in the July Journal of Business Ethics.

Anne Magro, Accounting, gave a presentation in August titled “Discussion of Effects of Dispositional Motivation on Knowledge and Performance in Accounting” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, gave a presentation titled “Accounting Conservatism and Future Earnings Bad News: An Empirical Investigation” at the 2008 American Accounting Association Meeting in Los Angeles.

Ritesh Saini, Marketing, gave a presentation in August titled “Psychophysics of Search – The Role of Context and Individual Differences” at the AMA Summer Educators Conference in San Diego. The article was also published in the conference proceedings.

George H.K. Wang, Finance, gave a presentation in July titled “Large Trades and Intraday Futures Price Behavior” at the China International Conference in Finance in Dalian, China.

Massood Yahya-Zadeh, Accounting, gave a presentation in July titled “The Analysis of Inventory Variances and Capacity Costing” at the 6th International Conference on Accounting held by the Athens Institute for Education and Research in Athens, Greece.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs and David Hart developed a project titled “The Impact of Immigrants on High-Technology Entrepreneurship in the United States” that was awarded $122,683 from the Smith Richardson Foundation. Acs also wrote “Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy,” published by Edward Elgar Publishing (July 2008).

Philip Auerswald and his colleague edited a book titled “Financing Entrepreneurship,” volume 12 in the International Library of Entrepreneurship series.

Michael Fauntroy gave a lecture on his most recent book, “Republicans and the Black Vote,” at the Chilmark Public Library in Massachusetts.

Jonathan Gifford was named a national science associate of the National Academy of Sciences for his work on the National Research Council.

Jack Goldstone published an article titled “Improving Democracy Assistance.” He also wrote a book titled “Why Europe? The Rise of the West in the World History 1500-1850,” which is part of McGraw-Hill’s Explorations in World History series.

John Gordon and his colleague wrote “Analytic Support to Intelligence in Counterinsurgencies,” which is part of the RAND Corporation monograph series.

Kingsley Haynes and his colleagues edited a book titled “Applied Geography for the Entrepreneurial University.”

James Pfiffner gave a speech titled “The 2009 Presidential Transition: Challenges for the New Administration” at the ninth annual Paul J. Schupf Lecture at Cazenovia College near Syracuse, N.Y. Pfiffner’s book, “The Strategic Presidency,” was the basis for the lecture. In addition, Pfiffner was named a finalist for the Constitutional Commentary Award for his book, “The Bush Presidency and the Constitution.” Pfiffner and his colleague wrote a book titled “Understanding the Presidency.” He also co-edited a book titled “Intelligence and National Security Policymaking on Iraq: British and American Perspectives.”

Ramkishen Rajan and Kenneth Reinert edited The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy. Rajan also co-edited two books, “Exchange Rate, Monetary and Financial Issues and Policies in Asia” and “Capital Flows: Macroeconomic Management and Regional Cooperation in Asia.”

Hilton Root published a book titled “Alliance Curse: How America Lost the Third World.”

Mark Rozell delivered the annual Constitution Day speech at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also gave a speech titled “Intersection of Religion and Politics in the United States” to members of Congress and their staff, as well as a delegation from China, at the Faith and Politics Institute in Washington, D.C. He also edited with Jeremy Mayer a book titled “Media Power, Media Politics.” In the book, Rozell co-wrote two chapters, “Congress and the News Media” and “The Internet and the Future of Media Politics,” and wrote a chapter titled “Introduction: Media Power, Media Politics.” In addition, he gave a presentation titled “Immigration, Integration and the Political Process: The 2008 presidential Campaign” at the Intercultural Summer School Program in Berlin, Germany. He also gave a lecture titled “The Race for the Presidency: Candidates, Platforms and the Voters” at the Martin Luther University in Wittenberg, Germany. Rozell also published an article, “The Religious Right in American Politics,” in the Aug. 22 Routledge Handbook of Political Management.

Louise Shelley met with the Virginia Commission on the Prevention of Human Trafficking in Richmond to explore the extent of human trafficking in Virginia, offer solutions and discuss the impact it has on the state. Shelley also gave a presentation titled “Business Models of Trafficking and the Accompanying Money Laundering” at the Regional Operational Meeting. She also delivered a keynote address titled “Drug Networks: A Comparative Perspective” at a conference, “Considering Networks Across Target Disciplines: A Comparative Network Analysis,” at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. She also spoke on a panel at the “Profits of Pimping” conference on the business of domestic sex trafficking, including juvenile prostitution, held at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. Shelley was also appointed in June to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade, a newly formed strategic advisory council to the World Economic Forum.

Bruce Smith, Jeremy Mayer and A. Lee Fritschler wrote a book titled “Closed Minds? Political Ideology in American Universities.”

Bonnie Stabile was a panelist on biopolicy at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in Boston in August, where she presented her paper titled “Where are the Clones? An Evolution of Policy Terminology.”

Roger Stough and Zoltan Acs edited “Public Policy in an Entrepreneurial Economy” (Springer, 2008), which is part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship series.

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. They also presented their paper, “Game-Changing Questions: Seeking Futures Outside a ‘Development’ Paradigm.” Thatchenkery and a colleague also presented a paper, “Missing in Mobility: An Analysis of Leadership Invisibility of Asian Americans in Organizations.” In addition, Thatchenkery and the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief presented at the conference to highlight the power of positive methodologies to build on the core competencies of local governments in challenging times.

Susan Tolchin and Bonnie Stabile published an article titled “Winning Over a Cynical Public: Debate Over Stem Cell and Other Biotechnologies” in the Aug. 22 Routledge Handbook of Political Management.

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