March 2009 Accolades

Posted: March 3, 2009 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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Dan Waxman, University Services, recently passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional exam.

College of Education and Human Development

Sheryl Cozart and her colleagues published articles titled “Biography as Curriculum: Autobiographical Representations in Preservice Teacher Education” in Vitae Scholasticae and “Accountability and Abdication: School Reform and Urban School Districts in the Era of Accountability” in Educational Foundations.

Jeff Gorrell received Mason’s Annual Spirit of King Award at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 28. This award is given each year to a Mason employee who has shown commitment to the development of a multicultural campus community through advocacy for equality and justice.

Anthony Kelly received a Fulbright New Century Scholar 2009-10 award. He also served as the guest editor for a special issue of the Educational Researcher on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report. In addition, Kelly recently hosted a National Science Foundation-sponsored meeting in Sedona, Ariz., on the learning needs of megacities, cities or contiguous regions with populations greater than 10 million.

Kelley Regan, Terry Werner and Vicky Spencer were awarded a two-year $293,052 grant from the Virginia Department of Education for the project “A Statewide Distance Model for Training Special Education Personnel.”

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Hadley Bergstrom, Psychology, received an award from the Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research.

Jo-Marie Burt, Public and International Affairs, spoke at the University of London War Crimes Conference in February about her research on the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori for human rights violations. While in the UK, she also gave presentations on her research at the Transitional Justice Research Programme at Oxford University and at the University of Kent. In addition, she presented a paper at a panel on global justice at the 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in New York City in February.

Alan Cheuse, English, presented his novel titled “To Catch the Lightning” at the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar in January. The book is based on the life of photographer Edward Curtis, who photographed Native American tribes in the early 20th century.

Susanne Denham and Hideko Bassett, Psychology, and their colleagues published an article titled “Assessing Social Emotional Development in Children from a Longitudinal Perspective” in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Cynthia Kierner, History and Art History, presented a lecture titled “Scandal at Bizarre: Sex, Rhetoric and Reality in Jefferson’s Virginia” at Frostburg State University in February as part of the Martha T. and Ralph M. Race Western History Lecture Series.

Christopher Monk and Deborah Boehm-Davis, Psychology, and their colleagues published an article titled “The Effect of Interruption Duration and Demand on Resuming Suspended Goals” in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

Jack Naglieri, Psychology, and his colleagues published books titled “Essentials of WNV Assessment” and “Teacher’s Guide to Identification and Instruction of Gifted Children Using the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test.”

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, led a research seminar on “Trust in Automation” in February at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He delivered two presentations: “Trust and Complacency in Human Interaction with Automated and Networked Systems” and “Molecular Genetics and Proteomics of Individual Differences in Cognition.”

Johannes Rojahn, Psychology, gave the Distinguished Scientist Presentation at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in November 2008. The presentation was titled “Emotion and Non-Emotion Facial Processing and Social Adjustment in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Robert Smith, Psychology, and his colleagues published an article titled “Alterations in Amygdale Neurochemistry in Adult, but Not Adolescent Rats, After Chronic Ethanol Dosing” in Physiology and Behavior.

Christy Esposito-Smythers, Psychology, received a $40,330 award from NIH/NICHHD through the University of Alabama for her project titled “Integrated Treatment of Alcohol and/or Marijuana Abuse.”

Steve Zaccaro, Psychology, was appointed associate editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, and her colleagues published an article titled “Perceived Stakeholder Influences and Organizations’ Use of Environmental Audits” in Accounting, Organizations and Society. She also gave a presentation in January titled “Adopting Proactive Environmental Practices: The Influence of Stakeholders and Organizational Size” at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Camphouse, Music, published a book titled “Composers on Composing for Band.”

Edgar Endress, Art and Visual Technology, was the visiting artist at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Feb. 25. He was also a visiting artist at Centro de “Artes Visuales y Museo del Barro” in Asuncion, Paraguay, Feb. 10–12. In addition, Endress was a judge for the Scholastic Art Competition in January. His video titled “Undocumented” is in a touring exhibition, “Visionario,” a compilation of Latinoamerican video, and his video titled “Prelude for Meditation” is in a touring exhibition, “Videoarde, Critical Video in Latinoamérica and Caribe.”

Lora Ferguson, Music, gave a chamber music recital on Feb. 10 at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

Chawky Frenn, Art and Visual Technology, curated the first in a series of Mason alumni and student exhibits called ARTOMASON, which will be held at the Fairfax office of Coldwell Banker, Residential Brokerage. The exhibits run March 2 to June 28.

Howard Kurtz, Theater, curated an exhibition at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C., titled “An Invitation to the Ball: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Fancy Dress Costumes of the 1920s.” The exhibition will run from March 14 to July 13.


Robert Pasnak, Psychology, and Julie Kidd, College of Education and Human Development, and their colleagues published an article titled “Enhancing Kindergartners’ Mathematics Achievement by Promoting Early Abstract Thought” in the Journal of Advanced Academics.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave several public lectures on aspects of evolution at the Citadel, the College of Charleston, the Charleston Phi Beta Kappa Society and the Army Research Laboratory. His work on mineral evolution was selected as one of the top science stories of 2008 by Science News.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, gave a presentation titled “The Once and Future Chief Executive: Prediction versus Prophecy” at the Fourth Annual Symposium in Honor of Ronald Reagan held at Regent University in Virginia Beach. The title of the symposium was “The Future of the American Presidency,” and the event was broadcast on C-SPAN on Feb. 16. In addition, Heclo wrote an article titled “The Corruption of Democratic Leadership” published in the book “America at Risk: Threats to Liberal Self-Government in an Age of Uncertainty.”

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, gave a lecture titled “Staging History – Action and Reenactment in the Cultural Revolution” while showing excerpts from her documentary film, “Morning Sun,” at the University of Victoria Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives for the Albert Hung Chao Hong Lecture Series.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was appointed to the Arts Council of Western Governors University.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor Emeritus, published an article titled “The Gift of Hope” in the March/April 2009 AARP magazine. He also traveled to London at the request of the State Department to be the core of the U.S. Embassy’s celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. While there, he taught twice at Manchester University and participated in a major Lincoln event with three other scholars at the British Library. He also lectured to London area high school students.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article titled “Making Sense of Technology Trends in the IT Landscape: A Design Science Approach” in the MIS Quarterly. He also published the presentation titled “Scalable Temporal Clustering for Massive Multidimensional Data Streams” in the proceedings from the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems in December.

David Kravitz, Management, presented the paper titled “The Importance of Diversity in the HRD Curriculum” at the AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas in Arlington, Va., in February. The presentation was published in the conference proceedings.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Voluntary Disclosure and Audit Fees: Case of Management Earnings Forecasts” at the 2009 Australia Summer Accounting Conference at the University of Technology Sydney in Sydney, Australia, in February.

School of Public Policy

Christopher Corpora wrote a chapter titled “The Tangled Web Between Organized Crime, Terrorism and Proliferation” published in the book “Threats in the Age of Obama.”

Janine Davidson gave a presentation at the conference titled “Defense Showstoppers: National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration” in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12, sponsored by the Reserve Officers Association and the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Jonathan Gifford moderated a panel discussion on “How to Spend a Trillion Dollars” at the National Building Museum in February in Washington, D.C. Bill Millar, adjunct professor and president of the American Public Transportation Association, was one of the panelists who discussed the future of transportation in America.

David Hart and his graduate student wrote a paper titled “Talent for a Knowledge-Based and Innovation-Oriented Economy: Hong Kong’s Challenges and Opportunities,” which Hart presented at the Hong Kong Innovation Project conference in January. Hart also gave a presentation titled “High-Skill Immigration and High-Tech Entrepreneurship in the U.S.” at Seoul National University and the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Seoul in January.

Christopher Hill gave a presentation titled “Science and Technology Information for Congress: Can Wikipedia Do the Job?” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Annual Meeting in Chicago in February.

Wayne D. Perry accepted an appointment to the Global Innovation and Strategy Center’s new Nuclear Stability Analysis Team at the U.S. Strategic Command. He joins faculty experts from Duke, Stanford, George Washington University, the National Defense University, and the U.S. Military Academy. The project also will include senior military leaders and defense contractors. The study’s goal is to develop measures and levels of effort necessary to deter or dissuade nuclear weapons proliferation in a given region, country or state, or for nonstate actors.

Ramkishen Rajan and a colleague were guest editors of The Singapore Economic Review. He also gave a presentation titled “Sources of FDI Flows to Developing Asia: The Roles of Distance and Time Zones” at the Nanyang Technological University Economic Growth Centre Research Series in Singapore in January.

Mark Rozell gave presentations titled “Outlook for the Obama Presidency” at the Fairfax County Economic Development Administration in McLean, Va. in January, and “Lincoln and the Executive Prerogative” at Catholic University in February, where he discussed the constitutional foundations of Lincoln’s use of executive powers.

Susan Tolchin and colleagues published a book titled “American Democracy Now” (McGraw-Hill Professional, December 2008).

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Songqing Chen, Computer Science, received the Young Investigator award from the U.S. Air Force for a three-year $300,000 project titled “Self-Detecting Stealthy Malware on Your Host.” The project’s start date was Feb. 15.

Xinyuan (Frank) Wang, Computer Science, received a $400,000 five-year CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for the project “Malware Immunization and Forensics Based on Another Sense of Self.”

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