August 2009 Accolades

Posted: August 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest achievements of Mason faculty and staff members.

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Wally Grotophorst, University Libraries, received a Campus Technology Innovators Award from Campus Technology magazine at its annual education conference held in Boston in July.

Molly Grove, Prince William Campus Administration, was installed as chair of the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce Board on June 27.

William Hardiman, Purchasing and Accounts Payable, received the Bert C. Ahrens Award, the highest honor from the National Association of Educational Procurement for outstanding contributions to the procurement profession over an extended period of time. The award was presented at their annual meeting in April 2009.

Thomas Hennessey, university chief of staff, was appointed to the Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel.

Rick Holt, Human Resources and Payroll, earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential from the American Society for Training and Development Certification Institute. The credential means that he possesses the knowledge and skills to be a top performer in the workplace learning and performance field.

Maurice Scherrens, senior vice president, received the CFO Award in the large nonprofit organization category from Virginia Business.

Dan Waxman, University Services, wrote two articles titled “Creating More Accessible College Services for Students with Disabilities” and “Committing for the Sake of Climate” in the summer 2009 issue of College Services Magazine.

College of Education and Human Development

Jatin Ambegaonkar and Shane Caswell published an article titled “Dance Program Administrators’ Perceptions of Athletic Training Services” in Athletic Therapy Today in the May 2009 issue.

Pamela Hudson Baker and her colleagues published an article titled “Strategies for Supporting the Sensory-Based Learner” in Preventing School Failure.

Craig Esherick and Bob Baker partnered with the U.S. Department of State to host a group of teenage girls’ basketball players from Iraq. In addition, Jatin Ambegaonkar and Candace Parham presented information on injury prevention, conditioning and nutrition. Mason’s women’s basketball coach, Jeri Porter, conducted an on-court clinic.

Wendy Frazier and Donna Sterling received a Partner in Education Award from Alexandria City Public Schools in May. The award was presented for teacher professional development in two elementary schools and in appreciation for outstanding service and extraordinary commitment to all students of the Alexandria City Public Schools.

Layne Kalbfleisch presented the keynote lecture titled “The Science of Imagination and the Neurobiology of Constructivist Learning” to the Science and Technology Division of the Special Librarians Association on June 16, in Washington, D.C. The lecture was sponsored by Nature and Springer Science.

Erin Peters published a curriculum for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management titled “Wild Horses and Burros – Resources and Opportunities.” The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on activism that high school students can engage in to help maintain and adopt the 30,000 wild horses and burros under the care of the U.S. government. She also published a book titled “Thinking Like Scientists: Using Metacognitive Prompts to Develop Nature of Science Knowledge.”

Shahron Williams van Rooij published an article titled “Adopting Open Source Software Applications in U.S. Higher Education: A Cross-Disciplinary Review of the Literature” in the Review of Educational Research.

Shelley Wong gave a presidential plenary address titled “Sustainability in TESOL: Voices from ESOL Classrooms” at the TESOL Convention in Denver.

College of Health and Human Services

Joyce Hahn, School of Nursing, was the invited nurse policy speaker at the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses national conference in April. Her presentation was titled “Power, Policy and Politics.” She also published an article titled “Power Dynamics, Health Policy and Politics” in the May/June volume of MEDSURG Nursing.

Lisa Pawloski, Global and Community Health, was invited to give a presentation titled “Socioeconomic and Geographic Factors of Growth Among Malian Adolescent Girls: A Discussion of Findings from a Biocultural Context” at ECOSUR (College of the South Border) in Campeche, Mexico, on July 10.

John Shiver and David Eitel, Health Administration and Policy, published a practitioner application article in the spring 2009 edition of the Journal of Healthcare Management of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Shiver also gave a presentation to the Association of University Programs in Health Administration in June about the use of distance learning in health administration.

DeWitt Webster, Global and Community Health, and his colleagues published an article titled   “Using a Cultural Framework to Assess the Nutrition Influences in Relation to Birth Outcomes Among African American Women of Childbearing Age: Application of the PEN-3 Theoretical Model” in  the July issue of Health Promotion Practice. Webster and his colleagues also gave a presentation titled “A Cultural Model to Frame the Role of a Santeria Practitioner in the Clinical Management of HIV Disease” at the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center Conference on the Role of Traditional Healing in HIV Clinical Management in Silver Spring, Md., in March.

Ali Weinstein and Lynn Gerber, Center for Chronic Illness and Disease, and their colleagues published an article titled “Exploratory Analysis of the Relationships between Aerobic Capacity and Self-Reported Fatigue in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Polymyositis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” in PM&R in July.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michelle Carr, Cultural Studies, received a Master of Arts degree in History in May.

Tyler Cowen, Economics, published a book titled “Create Your Own Economy” in July.

Steve Gladis, Communication, published the book titled “The Transparent Leader: Clear and Effective Leadership Communication.”

Gary Kreps, Communication, received the Eastern Communication Association’s Centennial Scholar of Health Communication Award during the association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia in April.

Martin Sherwin, History and Art History, was named a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for 2009-10. He is one of only 24 scholars to be selected and will spend the academic year in residence in Washington, D.C. to work on a project titled “Gambling with Armageddon: The Military, the Hawks and the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962.”

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, was appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Ethics. In addition, Darnall served as Economic and Social Research Council/Social Science Research Council Collaborative Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society at Cardiff University in Wales in June and July. At Cardiff University, she gave a talk titled “The Business of Corporate Sustainability” on July 2. She gave the same talk at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment on June 2.

Maria Emelianenko, Mathematical Sciences, won a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The award provides seed money for research by junior faculty at member institutions. Emelianenko was one of only 30 winners and one of only two in the area of mathematics and computer science.

Monique van Hoek, Molecular and Microbiology, and her two students Meghan Durham-Colleran and Anne Verhoeven received the J. Shelton Horsley Research Award from the Virginia Academy of Science for their paper titled “Initial Report of in vitro Biofilm Formation in Francisella: A Role for an Orphan Response Regulator.”

Alessandra Luchini, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, received the Premio Award honoring Italian women scientists in America during the Premio ITWIIN 2009 on June 18, in Milan, Italy.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, was a co-author on an article titled “100 Questions of Importance to the Conservation of Global Biological Diversity” that was published in Conservation Biology. Parsons collated or contributed many of the marine and conservation policy questions for this project.

Dann Sklarew, Environmental Science and Policy, was appointed by Gov. Timothy Kaine to be a Virginia representative to the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Lisa Billingham, Music, was elected president-elect of the Virginia American Choral Directors Association. She will serve two years as president-elect, two years as president and two years as past-president and vice president.

Rachel Bergman, Music, and Mark Bergman, Music, performed in Italy at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival from July 2 – 15. They gave six chamber music concerts throughout the two week period.

Chawky Frenn, Art, won the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award for General Education.

Maria Karametou, Art, was awarded a 2009-2010 Fulbright scholarship from the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars to conduct creative research in Istanbul.

Joanne Haroutounian, Music, was the keynote speaker at the Singapore Piano Pedagogy Conference from June 22 – 26. In addition, she also gave eight presentation and master classes. Topics covered in these presentations include identifying musical talent, developing a palette of musical touches, subtleties of interpretation, smart practice, performance portfolios and a comprehensive approach to teaching theory.

Patricia Miller, Music, joined the international Voice Faculty of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Vietri-sul-Mare, Italy in July.

Timothy Roberts, Music, completed a solo tour of France in December and was invited to perform John Mackey’s “Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble” at the World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand in July.

Mira Yang, Music, gave a master class at the Ewha Woman’s University and Dong Duk Women’s University. In addition, she is meeting with Yonsei, Han Yang and Dan Guk Universities to discuss Mason’s International Summer Institute for Singers at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea from July 27 to Aug. 9.

Victoria Salmon, assistant dean for graduate programs, published an article titled “Preparing Future Teacher-Scholars” in Academic Cultures: Professional Preparation and the Teaching Life. She also gave two presentations titled “Reviewing the Past and Anticipating the Future:  The Arts and International Relations” at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in New York City in February, and “The New Wave of Graduate Student Writers” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco in March.


Roger Stough, School of Public Policy, and Gordon Shockley, College of Education and Human Development, edited an article titled “Non-Market Entrepreneurship: Interdisciplinary Approaches.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was featured in the article titled “Mineral Evolution Rocks World” in Carnegie Science. He was also invited to speak at the Conference on the Emergence of Chemical Complexity at the University of Alaska. In addition, he was named the principal investigator of the “Deep Carbon Observatory,” a new multiyear effort sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the global carbon cycle from crust to core at scales from nano to global.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, was the consulting editor of the April 2009 issue of Odyssey, Adventures in Science, a magazine for middle school and high school students. In addition, he co-wrote two articles titled “The Origin of Life” in the American Scientist with James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics; and “The Canonical Network of Autotrophic Intermediary Metabolism” in Biological Bulletin.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at Occidental College’s 2009 Commencement Ceremony.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, and Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, published an article titled “The Origin of Life” in the American Scientist. In addition, Trefil gave four presentations: “Achieving Scientific Literacy: A Story in Three Heresies” at the 2009 Distinguished Lecture Series at Sam Houston State University; “Science and the Problem of Experts” at the Iowa Judges Conference as part of the 2009 Iowa Judicial Education Program; “Science in the Courtroom” at the 2009 District Judges’ Meeting in Kearney, Neb.; “What Kind of Science Do We Need to Close the Gap?” at Science and Liberal Education: C.P. Snow and the Two Cultures @ 50, at Michigan State University.

School of Management

Sarah Nutter, Accounting, was named to the board of directors for the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundation.

Jagadison Aier, Accounting, and co-authors, published an article titled “The Impact of Tax Status on the Relation Between Employee Stock Options and Debt” in the Journal of the American Taxation Association.

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented two papers titled “Scalable Temporal Clustering for Massive Multidimensional Data Streams” and “Unbundling and the Long Tail: New Evidence on the Consumption of Information Goods” at the Workshop on Information Technology and Systems in Paris, France.

John Chen, Accounting, presented two papers titled “Ex-Post-Settling-Up Problem and Asymmetric Sensitivity of CEO Cash Compensation to Stock Returns” and “Quasi-Rents and Auditor Turnover” at the 2009 American Accounting Association Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Both papers were published in the conference proceedings.

Richard Coffinberger, Management, presented the paper titled “OSHA, State Parking Lot Gun Laws and Workplace Safety: The Developing Case Law and the Implications for Employers” at the Annual Conference of the Pacific Northwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Portland, Ore.

Matthew Cronin, Management, and his co-authors published an article titled “Why Don’t Well-Educated Adults Understand Accumulation: A Challenge to Researchers, Educators and Citizens” in the Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Antecedents of Process Innovativeness: An Empirical Examination” at the Decision Science Institute Conference in Baltimore, Md.

Edward Douthett, Accounting, and his co-authors published an article titled “Are Assurance Services Provided by Auditors on Initial Public Offerings Influence by Market Conditions?” in Contemporary Accounting Research. Douthett was also awarded a Faculty Fellowship from Goodman and Company.

Amitava Dutta, Information Systems and Operations Management, served as associate editor for the International Journal on Electronic Commerce, the Journal of Global Information Technology Management and the Journal of Management Information Systems, and as senior editor for the Production and Operations Management Journal for the academic year 2008-09.

Karen Hallows, Finance, was awarded the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award from George Mason University.

Karen Kitching, Accounting, was awarded the Undergraduate Teaching Award from George Mason University’s Beta Alpha Psi Chapter.

Yan Ling, Management, presented two papers titled “Toward a Model of Issue Selling by Successor Generation in Family Firms” and “Towards Culture-Sensitive Theories of the Work-Family Interface” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim,  Calif.

Michelle Marks, Management, presented three papers: “A Temporal Model of Teamwork in the Strategic Alliance Lifecycle” and “Bringing the World into our Classrooms” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., and “MultiTeam Systems” at the University of Maryland Teams Symposium in College Park, Md.

Kumar Mehta, Information Systems and Operations Management, was awarded the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award from George Mason University.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Audit Fees Changes and Future Changes in Firm Risk: An Empirical Investigation” at the George Mason University Accounting Workshop in Fairfax in May.

Partha Sengupta, Accounting, presented the paper titled “How Do Auditors View Managers’ Disclosure Strategy? The Effect of Earnings Guidance on Audit Fees” at the 2009 American Accounting Association Meeting in New York, the American Accounting Association Auditing Section Midyear Meeting in Tampa, Fla., and the International Symposium on Audit Research in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Gnanakumar Visvanathan, Accounting, and his co-authors published an article titled “Does the SOX Definition of an Accounting Expert Matter? The Association Between Audit Committee Directors’ Expertise and Conservatism” in the Contemporary Accounting Research.

Paige Wolf, Management, was awarded the Business Engagement Award and the Outstanding Contributions to Teaching Award for Academic Year 2007-2008 by George Mason University’s School of Management in 2009.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented the paper titled “FAS 146, Regulatory Changes and Accrual Anomaly” at the 2009 American Accounting Association Meeting in New York in April and at the D.C. Area Accounting Research Conference in Washington, D.C. in May.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs and his student Joseph Sany published an article titled “The Cases of Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank and Bill Gates, Microsoft” in the book “Measuring the Social Value of Innovation.” This is volume 19 of the Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Growth series.

Jonathan Gifford participated in a panel discussion at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event titled “Smart Roads, Smart Cars: How IT is Transforming Transportation” at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., in May.

Jack Goldstone was invited to be a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for the 2010-11 academic year. A visiting scholar visits eight institutions during the year for two days as a guest of the society. Goldstone will lecture on two of his research areas: the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in long-term economic development and world history, and the impact of demographic change on political stability and international security. In addition, Goldstone gave a presentation titled “Responding to Deterioration in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States” at the World Bank’s Headline Seminar for senior bank management on April 8. He was one of a dozen experts invited to address the bank’s leaders on how to identify and respond to deterioration in political stability.

Stuart Malawar was named to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership by Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine.

Wayne Perry and his colleagues gave a presentation titled “The Role of Data Governance to Relieve Information Sharing Impairments in the federal Government” at the 2009 IEEE World Congress on Computer Science and Information Engineering in Los Angeles on April 1. In addition, Perry participated in the Teaching the Nuclear Age Institute which was sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas from on March 28 – 29.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, and his colleagues, published several articles: “Fragmentation Design for Efficient Query Execution Over Sensitive Distributed Databases” in the Proceedings of the 29th International Conf. on Distributed Computing Systems; “ProvidentHider: An Algorithm to Preserve Historical k-anonymity in LBS,” with Claudio Bettini, Center for Secure Information Systems, in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Data Management; “Privacy-aware Proximity Based Services,” with Bettini, in the Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mobile Data Management; and “Enforcing Confidentiality Constraints on Sensitive Databases with Lightweight Trusted Clients” in the Proceedings of the 23rd Annual IFIP WG 11.3 Working Conference on Data and Applications Security and Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. In addition, Jajodia was an invited speaker at BAE Systems and Booz Allen Hamilton on May 7; the NSA Red Team/Blue Team Symposium in Laurel, Md. on June 4; and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security on June 8. In addition, Jajodia and Steven Noel, Center for Secure Information Systems, received a patent for their invention “Minimum-Cost Network Hardening.”

Arun Sood, Computer Science, and Yih Huang, Center for Secure Information Systems, received a patent in June for their invention “Self-Cleansing System.”

Yariv Ephraim and Brian Mark, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $473,235 National Science Foundation grant for their project “Recursive Estimation of Randomly Modulated Processes.”

Qiliang Li, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his CAREER proposal titled “High Performance Nanowire FETs for Logic and Memory.”

Paulo Costa, Kathryn Laskey, and K.C. Chang, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, received a best paper award in the Collaborative Technologies for Network-Centric Operations track of the 14th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium with their paper titled “PROGNOS: Applying Probabilistic Ontologies to Distributed Predictive Situation Assessment in Naval Operations,” which was published in the Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Command and Control Research and Technology Conference in June.

Kenneth Hintz, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a patent in June for his invention “Interactive Closed-loop Data Entry with Real-time Graphical Feedback.”

Sharon deMonsabert, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, received the 2009 Best Practice-Oriented paper in the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management Engineering for “How to Include Economic Analysis in TDML Allocation.” The award was presented in May at the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress held in Kansas City, Mo.

Andrew Sage, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, co-edited the book titled “Handbook of Systems Engineering and Management” in April.

Kathleen Wage, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $273,142 grant from the Office of Naval Research for the project titled “Mode Processing Sand Tomography for the Philippine Sea Experiment.”

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