December 2008 Accolades

Posted: December 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 Mason faculty and staff members.

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Rick Davis, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, spoke on Calderon de la Barca as part of a panel titled “New Approaches to Spanish Golden Age Drama” at the American Society for Theatre Research conference in Boston Nov. 8–9.

Jevita de Freitas, Office of Student Financial Aid, was appointed to the NCAA Division I Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid cabinet for 2008-12.

John Prette, Information Technology Unit, participated in a podcast, “A Discussion of Project Management in Higher Education,” at the national Educause conference in Orlando, Fla., in October. Prette and Bob Nakles, Information Technology Unit, conducted a poster session at the conference on “The Components and Flow of a Project Management Framework.

College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak co-organized and cosponsored the conference on the Protection of Unaccompanied and Separated Children held in Fairfax Oct. 22–24. More than 300 people from 47 countries attended the conference.

Anastasia Samaras and her colleagues published an article and edited the book titled “Learning Communities in Practice.”

Sylvia Sánchez was an invited panelist at the Latino Infants and Toddlers Roundtable in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 8. The goal for the statewide event was to discuss and raise public awareness about the challenges faced by young Hispanic children in Texas. Leaders from the health, educational and policy community engaged in the discussion to find solutions to address the needs of the youngest population. The event was broadcast live, and a DVD was produced.

Betty Sturtevant made several presentations related to her role as international editor of the Literacy Hub for the Broader Middle East and North Africa at a meeting of the Literacy Hub Steering Committee. Sixteen nations in the region were represented at the meeting held in Marrakech, Morocco, Oct. 27–28. The Literacy Hub is an online journal and web site funded by USAID, with technical support from the International Reading Association. The Literacy Hub was transferred to the Ministry of Education in Afghanistan on Oct. 31; Sturtevant has been working closely with the new editor in Afghanistan to facilitate this transition.

College of Health and Human Services

Robin Remsburg, School of Nursing, received the 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association in recognition of her outstanding leadership, participation and contribution toward achieving the goals of the association.

Mona Ternus, academic outreach director and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, received the Federal Nursing Services Award for her original research paper, “Military Women’s Perceptions of the Effect of Deployment on their Role as Mothers and Adolescents’ Health.” This award is presented by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States to a professional nurse in the federal nursing services whose paper would have a significant impact on nursing.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, published a novel titled “To Catch the Lightning.” He will read excerpts from the novel at the National Museum of the American Indian on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Cynthia Lont, Communication, was elected first vice president elect-select of the Eastern Communication Association. She will program the Eastern Communication Association regional conference in Washington, D.C., in 2011 and take office as president in 2012.

Paul Posner, Public and International Affairs, received the Daniel J. Elazar Award for distinguished scholarship in federalism and intergovernmental relations. He also received the Martha Derthick Award for his book, “The Politics of Unfunded Mandates: Whither Federalism?” and its lasting contribution to federalism and intergovernmental relations.

Russell Roberts, Economics, published an article titled “How to Move the Economy Forward?” in on Nov. 20.

Randolph Scully, History and Art History, was awarded the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize by the American Society of Church History for the best first book in church history titled “Religion and the Making of Nat Turner’s Virginia: Baptist Community and Conflict.”

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, published an article titled “Addressing Global Environmental Challenges: Using Information as a Novel ‘Local’ Policy Approach” in Global Studies Review. She also gave a presentation, “Sustainable Enterprise: The Problem and the Business Opportunity,” at the Small Business Development Center in Springfield, Va., on Nov. 4; and another presentation, “Adopting Proactive Environmental Practices: The Influence of Stakeholders and Size” at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration on Oct. 10.

Abul Hussam, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

A.K. Rajagopal, Center for Quantum Studies, co-wrote and published a paper titled “A Scheme for Amplification and Discrimination of Photons” in the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Thomas Britt, Film and Video Studies, presented a paper titled “The Five Obstructions and the Breaking of Dogme 95” at the 2008 Biennial Conference of the Film and History Journal. The conference theme was “Film & Science: Fictions, Documentaries, and Beyond.” He also published an essay titled “Death, Excess and Discontinuity: On Lost Highway, Irreversible and Visitor Q” in the most recent issue of Bright Lights Film Journal.

Stan Engebretson, Music, conducted the National Philharmonic Chorale in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at the Music Center at Strathmore on Nov. 22.

Helen Frederick, Art and Visual Technology, will feature some of her works at an exhibition titled “Indefinite States of Emergency” at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. The exhibit runs from Dec. 30 to Jan. 25.

Maria Karametou, Art and Visual Technology, created artwork for an exhibition that will tour throughout the state of Montana. Venues include the Holter Museum, Copper Village Museum, the University of Montana, the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Paris Gibson Art Museum, the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture and the Montana Museum of Arts and Culture.

Maryam Kasmai, Art and Visual Technology, participated in the first public art sculpture project in Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax titled Art in the Pages. Kasmai painted one of the book statuettes for a silent auction that benefited Fairfax County Public Libraries.

Walter Kravitz, Art and Visual Technology, will be installing public art projects at the entrance of the Nationals Park baseball stadium and in the atrium of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is also commissioned to create works in Memphis, Tenn., and Anchorage, Alaska.

Kevin Murray, managing director of Theater of the First Amendment, appeared in the film “Familiar Strangers,” a family film produced in Virginia by Cavalier Films. The screenplay for the film was developed at Theater of the First Amendment, Mason’s theater in residence.

Kirby Malone, Gail Scott White, Art and Visual Technology, and a colleague published an article in Life Design in October titled “How Do You Teach Magic? Educating Projection Designers at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University and the Herberger College School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University.”

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Susan Allen Nan published a letter to the editor titled “Why Not a Luxury Magazine with Non-Profit Niches?” in the Financial Times on Nov. 22.

Dennis Sandole published a letter to the editor titled “The Break-Up Danger” in the Economist on Nov. 14.

Michael Shank and U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) published two op-eds, one titled “The Call for Change in the White House is an Understatement” in Roll Call on Oct. 28, and one titled “We Lead Developed World in Poverty and Inequality” in The Hill on Nov. 18. Shank also published a letter to the editor titled “Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy” in the Financial Times on Nov. 14. He also published an article titled “Somalia Resurfaces” in the Foreign Policy in Focus on Nov. 17.

Robinson Professors

Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, was a speaker in June on the radio program “With Good Reason,” the Virginia statewide public radio program, to discuss the Underground Railroad. He was a panelist for the Institute for Museum and Library Services to select museums to receive grants from the agency. Crew was also a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts to select a sculptor to create a statue of Rosa Parks for the Capitol building. In addition, Crew was a keynote speaker in July for a Topeka, Kansas, program titled “On the Path to Freedom” to discuss the Underground Railroad. Crew was a senior faculty member for the Seminar in Historical Administration sponsored by the Association for State and Local History in November. He also published an article titled “The Underground Railroad – an Attack on Slavery” in Our Story: Journal of the New Jersey Council for History Education.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented lectures on the origin and evolution of life at Case Western Reserve University and Duke University. He was also named to the National Academy of Sciences “Science and Entertainment Exchange,” which will offer advice to the film industry on science and technology content. Hazen also published an article with his colleagues titled “Mineral Evolution” in American Mineralogist. The article was featured by many of the major news outlets carried in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote an article titled “The Mixed Legacies of Ronald Reagan” for the Presidential Studies Quarterly that will be published in December.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was the guest of honor and gave a presentation titled “Sixty Years of African Studies at Northwestern: A Retrospective” at Northwestern University in October.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a presentation in October titled “The Scientific Process” at the Northwestern Law Judicial Education Program,” and another presentation, “Dealing with Uncertainty” at the DC Appeals Court Judicial Conference in November.

School of Management

Richard Coffinberger, Management, presented a paper titled “Public Policy Exceptions to the Doctrine of Employment-At-Will in Pennsylvania” at the Northeastern Association of Business Economics and Technology at State College in Pennsylvania in October. The paper was also selected for publication in the conference proceedings. Coffinberger participated in a panel on “Faculty Governance and Faculty Relationships with University Administrators and Governing Bodies” at the Conference on Faculty Governance in Higher Education at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., in October. He also presented a paper titled “An Old Bottle with New Wine: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008” at the Southeast Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Atlanta in November.

Yuan Gao, Finance, served as an academic conference discussant for the Financial Management Association’s Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas.

Karen Hallows, Finance, presented a paper titled “Emotional Value, Social Value and the EMBA student,” co-wrote with Roy Hinton, associate dean of Executive Programs, at the Executive MBA Council Annual Conference in Chicago in October. She also presented a paper, “Evaluating the Instructional Methodology Focus for Teaching the Introductory Finance Course” at the Financial Education Association/Academy of Business Education Conference in Hilton Head, S.C., in September.

Richard Klimoski, Dean, published an article titled “Intuiting the Selection Context” in the Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in September.

David Kravitz, Management, served as a panelist in the plenary session titled “Visioning the Future of Diversity Management Work Continued – A Conversation about Cutting-Edge Research and New Approaches and Practices in Diversity with Researchers, Academics and Diversity Practitioners” at the American Institute for Managing Diversity Pursuing the Promise of Diversity Summit and Awards Luncheon in Atlanta in October. Kravitz also presented the paper titled “Diversity: Status, Challenges and Management” at the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants in Fairfax, Va., in October.

Ling Lei, Accounting, presented a paper titled “Auditor-Provided Tax Services and Last Chance Earnings Management: The Importance of Audit Committees” at the 19th Annual Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting in Austin, Texas, in November.

Kevin McCrohan and James Harvey, Marketing, published an article titled “Market Segmentation, Service Level and Income Tax Compliance” for the Internal Revenue Service Conference, Measuring the Indirect Effects of Services and Enforcement on Taxpayer Compliance, in Washington, D.C., in September. They were also two of 20 internationally recognized tax compliance experts who participated in the conference.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, gave a presentation titled “Are Subgroups Always Bad? The Impact of Subgroups and Member Expectations on Team Performance” at the 14th Annual Wharton OB (organizational behavior) Conference in November.

George Wang, Finance, presented two papers, “Individual Trades, Institutional Trades and Intraday Futures Price Behavior: Evidence from Taiwan Futures Exchange” and “The Impact of Large Outside Customer Trades on S&P 500 Index Future Prices” at the 2008 Financial Management Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas, in October.

Rick Warne, Accounting, served as a conference reviewer for the AAA Auditing Section Midyear Conference of Doctoral Consortium.

Paige Wolf, Management, was awarded the Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum Award by Mason’s Center for Teaching Excellence for the paper titled “Thinking Critically about Diversity and Ethics in Today’s Organizations.” Wolf also presented a paper titled “Multisourcing: A New Governance Paradigm for Making Shared Services Really Work” at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va., in October.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs gave a presentation titled “The Growth Phenomenon: Lessons from the USA” at the 35th International Small Business Congress conference in Belfast, Ireland, Nov. 4–6. Acs was also a presenter, chair and discussant during the international conference “Apparent Antithesis: Globalization and Local Development” in Trento, Italy, Oct. 9–11. He also gave a presentation titled “Considering the Social Impact of For-profit Innovation: The Cases of Grameen Bank and Microsoft” during the first plenary session, served as chair for the first parallel session on “Outsourcing, Industry Clustering and Local Development,” and served as a discussant during the fourth parallel session on “Social Enterprises, Non-profit Organizations and Local Development.”

Philip Auerswald participated in a roundtable discussion on “Recommendations: Policies and Practices that Support Risk Intelligence and Resilience” at the Risk Intelligence and Resilience Workshop in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 31.

Kenneth Button and his colleagues edited a book titled “Urban Planning.” In addition, Button published an article titled “Issues in Airport Runway Capacity Charging and Allocation” in the Journal of Transport Economics and Policy and another, “London Congestion Charging: Comment,” in the Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs. Button also gave three presentations: “The Globalization of Air Transportation” at the annual conference of the Brazilian Society for Research in Air Transport in Rio de Janeiro Nov. 24–28; “The Impact of Globalization on International Air Transport Activity: Past Trends and Future Perspectives” at the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, and the International Transport Global Forum on Sustainable Development: Transport and Environment in a Globalizing World in Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 10–12; and “Air Transport and the Environment” at the 10th annual Research School for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics conference in the Netherlands Oct. 14–15. Button also delivered a series of seven lectures on transportation economics and infrastructure finance to senior staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation between Sept. 9 and Oct. 21.

Janine Davidson was appointed to the State, National Security, Defense, Intelligence and Arms Control agency team of the Obama-Biden Transition.

Christopher Hill was named an international affiliated fellow of the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan, a core research institute in Tokyo. Hill also gave a presentation titled “Teaching Science and Technology Policy in U.S. Universities: Flying High without a Paradigm” at the 20th anniversary symposium of the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan on Nov. 14.

Hilton Root discussed his recent book titled “Alliance Curse: How America Lost the Third World” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20.

Mark Rozell wrote a chapter titled “Executive Privilege” for the “Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics.” Rozell also gave a presentation titled “Virginia and the 2008 Elections” to the Fairfax Committee of 100 in Tysons Corner, Va., on Nov. 12, and to the Dulles Area Democrats in Herndon, Va., on Nov. 7.

Karen Saunders and former visiting scholar Tatiana Kholshcheevnikova gave a presentation titled “Improving Legislation, Policy and Protocol to Combat Human Trafficking” at the U.S.–Russia Experts Forum in Moscow on Oct. 7.

Louise Shelley and visiting scholar Grigory Maslov gave a presentation titled “Improving the Reguiobak Anti-Criminal Policy to Combat Crimes on Inter-regional and International Character for Peoples and Bodies of Authority” at the U.S.–Russia Experts Forum in Moscow on Oct. 7.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Don Gantz, Applied Information Technology and John Miller, Statistics, presented their paper titled “Test Results for an Automated Handwriting Identification System: Results for both the ‘Closed Set’ and ‘Open Set’ Testing Situations” at the workshop ROBUST2008 Robust Biometrics: Understanding Science and Technology in Honolulu, Hawaii, in November.

David Hwang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award provides seed money for research by junior faculty.

Sushil Jajodia Center for Secure Information Systems, and a colleague edited the “Proceedings of the 13th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security” and the “Proceedings of the IFIP TC 11 23rd International Information Security Conference.” In addition, Jajodia published several articles: “Optimal IDS Sensor Placement and Alert Prioritization Using Attack Graphs” in the Journal of Network and Systems Management with Steve Noel Center for Secure Information Systems; “Assessing Query Privileges Via Safe and Efficient Permission Composition” in the “Proceedings of the 15th ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security” with colleagues; “Efficiently Tracking Application Interactions Using Lightweight Virtualization” in the “Proceedings of the First ACM Workshop on Virtual Machine Security” with Yih Huang, Center for Secure Information Systems, Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science, Anup Ghosh, Center for Secure Information Systems; “Measuring Network Security Using Dynamic Bayesian Network” in the “Proceedings of the Fourth ACM Workshop on Quality of Protection” with colleagues; “Preserving Confidentiality of Security Policies in Data Outsourcing” in the “Proceedings of the ACM Workshop on Privacy in Electronic Society” with colleagues; “On the Impact of User Movement Simulations in the Evaluation of LBS Privacy-Preserving Techniques” in the “Proceedings of the International Workshop on Privacy in Location-Based Applications” with colleagues; and “A Multi-Path Approach for K-Anonymity in Mobile Hybrid Networks” in the “Proceedings of the International Workshop on Privacy in Location-Based Applications” with Stavrou and colleagues. Jajodia also received a $150,000 grant from the Department of Transportation for a project titled “Streamlined Management of FoundScan Data for Cauldron Network Modeling.”

Michael Locasto, Computer Science, received a $84,937 grant from Princeton University/U.S. Air Force for a project titled “Parallelizing Legacy Binary Code for Multi-Core Architectures via Extraction of Self-Similarity.”

Mark Pullen, C4I Center, received a $12,790 grant from NATO for a project titled “RTO Support for MSG-048 on Coalition-Battle Management Language.”

Christopher Saunders, Applied Information Technology, and postdoctoral research fellow Mark Lancaster presented posters on their biometrics research at the workshop ROBUST2008 Robust Biometrics: Understanding Science and Technology in Honolulu in November.

Lance Sherry, Center for Air Transportation Systems Research, received two grants from the Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration. The first grant is for $48,509 for a project titled “Total Cost of Delay and Its Impact on the U.S. Economy and Productivity.” The second grant is for $150,000 for a project titled “Analysis of Projected NextGen Performance within the Terminal Area and Airport.”

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