May 2009 Accolades

Posted: May 1, 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 Mason faculty and staff members.

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College of Education and Human Development

Rick Brigham and colleague James Kauffman wrote the book “Working with Troubled Children” published by Attainment Company Inc.

Bill Brozo and his colleagues published a chapter titled “Engaging Texts and Literacy Practices for Adolescent Boys” in Literacy Instruction for Adolescents: Research-Based Practices.

Betsy DeMulder, Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo and Stacia Stribling published an article titled “From Vision to Action: Fostering Peaceful Coexistence and the Common Good in a Pluralistic Society Through Teacher Education” in the January 2009 issue of Peace and Change. In addition, Ndura-Ouédraogo published a chapter titled “Grassroots Voices of Hope: Educators’ and Students’ Perspectives on Educating for Peace in Post-Conflict Burundi” in the book titled “Peace Education in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: Comparative Perspectives.”

Vicky Spencer and colleague Cynthia Simpson have written a book titled “Teaching Students with Autism in the General Education Classroom” and published by Prufrock Press.

Jason Winchester, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, and his colleagues published one article titled “Changes in Bar Path Kinetics and Kinematics Through Use of Summary Feedback in Power Snatch Training” and another titled “Eight Weeks of Ballistic Resistance Exercise Improves Power Independently of Changes in Strength and Muscle Fiber Type Expression” in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

College of Health and Human Services

Frank Whittington, associate dean for academic affairs, received the Gordon Streib Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society at its annual meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla., in April. The award is given to a person who has developed educational programs in gerontology and conducted research that contributed to the quality of life of older people.

Tony Yang, Department of Health Administration and Policy, was selected as a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/AcademyHealth Health Policy Fellow for one year beginning in September 2009. Yang will spend most of his time at NCHS in Hyattsville, Md., focusing on his health services research agenda.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Peter Boettke, Economics, gave a talk titled “Private Solutions to Public Disasters: Self Reliance and Social Resilience” at Western Michigan University on April 8.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, conducted a workshop on Celebrating Cultures during the Fairfax County Adult Day Healthcare Center Staff Development Day on March 21. In addition, he conducted a workshop and presentation on Best Practices for Conflict Resolution for Caregivers at the Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter Conference in Virginia on April 25.

Laurence Iannoccone, Economics, gave a talk titled “The Economics of Religion: Invest Now, Repent Later” at the Association of Christian Economist’s 25th Anniversary Conference “Three Perspectives on Economics and Faith” at Baylor University in April.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, was appointed to the Editorial Board of Business and Society. She also published an article titled “Environmental Regulations, Green Production Offsets and Organizations’ Financial Performance” in Public Administration Review.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, was the senior author on a paper published in Marine Pollution Bulletin criticizing current methods used to protect whales and dolphins from environmental impacts during oil exploration.

Eugenie Mielczarek, Physics and Astronomy, received the Award for Excellence in Biophysics from the Washington Academy of Sciences. The award will be presented in May at the academy’s annual meeting.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Suzanne Carbonneau, Art and Visual Technology, received a Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Dance Studies. She is researching and writing the biography of dance legend Paul Taylor.

Gail Kettlewell, International Center for Arts, Culture and Education, and her team received a $50,000 grant from the Higher Education for Development Africa-America Initiative to develop the strategic plan for the International Community College Town System of four colleges in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation’s Biosciences Directorate. In addition, he presented public lectures on “The Origins of Life, Evolution of Life and Mineralogy” at the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Fairfield University and Cornell University.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter titled “Politics of Learning” in the book titled “The Future of Political Sciences.” In addition, the paperback version of his book, “Christianity and American Democracy,” was published.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, published an article titled “The Canonical Network of Autotrophic Intermediary Metabolism” in the Biological Bulletin in April.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a presentation titled “Science Education for Everyone: A Story in Three Heresies” at the Thomas G. Bullen Memorial Lecture at Iona College and Brigham Young University Physics and Astronomy Colloquia Series. In addition, he gave a presentation titled “The Extinction of the Dinosaurs” at BYU.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor Emeritus of History and American Culture, gave a keynote address titled “The Limits of Tolerance and Intolerance” at the Seventeenth Cosmos Club Spring Symposium.

School of Management

Jean-Pierre Auffret, Information Systems and Operations Management, gave a presentation titled “From Rural to Urban: Connecting Communities for Successful eGovernment” at the U.N. University Forum on eGovernment held in Macao in March.

Richard Coffinberger, Management, presented the paper titled “Interpreting the Pregnancy Discrimination Act: The Social and Economic Implications of a Supreme Court Bailout for Employers” at the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Palm Springs, Calif., in February.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Participation in Open Innovation: The Solver’s Choice” at the Warrington College of Business, University of Florida, Workshop on Technology Innovations and Market Challenges. Druehl also co-wrote an article titled “When Is a Disruptive Innovation Disruptive?” in the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Amitava Dutta, Information Systems and Operations Management, served as associate editor for the Decision Support Systems Journal, as department editor for the Ecommerce Research and Applications journal, as senior editor for the eService Quarterly and as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Journal for the academic year 2008-09.

Michael Ferri, Finance, published an article titled “The Response of U.S. Equity Values to the 2004 Presidential Election” in the Journal of Applied Finance in the spring/summer 2008 issue.

Gerald Hanweck, Finance, presented the paper titled “Subprime Mortgage Default Rates by Metropolitan Area: An Analysis of Origination Vintages and Projection for 2007” at the Western Economic Association International Annual Meeting in Honolulu.

Vladimir Ivanov, Finance, presented the paper titled “The Effect of Litigation on Venture Capitalist Reputation” at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in March and at Villanova University in November.

Gosia Langa, Management, and co-authors published an article titled “Organizational Context and Face-to-Face Interaction: Influence on the Development of Trust and Collaborative Behaviors in Computer-Mediated Groups” in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Nirup Menon, Information Systems and Operations Management, served as associate editor for Information Technology and Management. Menon also served as associate editor for the International Conference on Information Systems.

Stanislava Nikolova, Finance, presented the paper titled “The Reputation Puzzle: The Consequences of Reputation Losses on Bond Underwriters” at the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.

Steven Pilloff, Finance, presented the paper titled “Corner Table Incorporated: Establishing a Frozen Food Division” at the 2008 annual meeting of the Financial Education Association.

Paige Wolf, Management, presented the paper titled “Teaching Workplace Security: A Case-Based Approach” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in New Orleans in April.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs and his colleagues edited the book titled “Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy.” In addition, Acs delivered a keynote address titled “Destructive Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century” at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research Workshop on Entrepreneurship and Conflict at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland on March 19–21. Acs and his colleagues also gave a presentation titled “A Theory of Destructive Entrepreneurship” on the first day of the workshop.

Philip Auerswald and Zoltan Acs published an article titled “Defining Prosperity,” which will appear in the May/June 2009 issue of American Interest. In addition, Auerswald, in his role as editor of the journal Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, produced for the Skoll World Forum a special edition that features speeches by President Jimmy Carter and Paul Farmer, and an introduction by Jeff Skoll. Auerswald’s essay titled “Creating Social Value” is also featured in the spring 2009 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Auerswald also gave a presentation titled “Re-envision Social Entrepreneurship Education” as part of the plenary session at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School on March 25. Auerswald also participated on a panel discussion of current national policies at the Kauffman Foundation-sponsored conference titled “What Industry Wants from Universities,” at the University of California-San Diego on March 13.

Kenneth Button, was named an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. As president of the Transportation Research Forum, Button chaired its 50th annual forum on March 15–18 in Portland, Ore. Button delivered the keynote address titled “Planning for the Future in Transit.” In addition, Button and several PhD students gave a presentation titled “The Accuracy of Transit System Ridership Forecasts and Capital Cost Estimates” on March 16. In his role as director of the Center for Aerospace Policy Research, Button hosted the Space Economy Symposium at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., on March 13.

Janine Davidson wrote the introduction for and contributed to The U.S. Army Stability Operations Field Manual.

David Hart and Todd LaPorte served as moderators on panels for the annual Graduate Student Research Conference on Science Technology and Society at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., on March 28–29.

John McClain discussed the national economy and the housing market at the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies Educational Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 16.

Bonnie Stabile gave a presentation titled “An Investigation of the Role of Women Legislators in the Establishment of State Infertility Insurance Laws” in a poster session at the 67th annual national conference of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago on April 3.

John Warfield is editor-in-chief of the Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Science, the official journal of the Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, was the keynote speaker at the 4th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security in Japan in March. In addition, Jajodia, Steven Noel and Pramod Kalapa, Center for Secure Information Systems, and their colleagues published “Advances in Topological Vulnerability Analysis” in the Proceedings of the Cybersecurity Applications and Technology Conference for Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., in March.

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