October 2009 Accolades

Posted: October 1, 2009 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: September 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest professional achievements of Mason faculty and staff members, including awards, honors, presentations, publications and appointments.

Send information to gazette@gmu.edu. Please note: The next Accolades column will be published on Nov. 2, 2009. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 26.


Greg Andrulis, Intercollegiate Athletics, was inducted into Clemson University’s Ring of Honor with Clemson’s 1984 National Championship Team. Andrulis served as an assistant coach for Clemson’s men’s soccer team during the 1984 season.

Rick Holt, Human Resources and Payroll, was appointed as a representative to the Trails and Blueways Council in Prince William County. The mission of the council is to advise the Prince William Park Authority and Prince William County Board of Supervisors on development of a countywide trails and blueways system.  Holt also gave two presentations, “The Power of Charm” and “Networking at Its Best,” at the Virginia Library Association Paraprofessional Forum Fall Regional Conference held at Longwood University in September.

Tara Laskowski, Media and Public Relations, is the Kathy Fish Fellow and writer-in-residence at SmokeLong Quarterly this year. She published a story titled “A Minor Setback” in the July issue of the journal. In addition, she published two stories: “Ode to the Double-Crossed Lackey in ‘Thunderball’” in Barrelhouse; and “Only a Number” in the September issue of the flash fiction journal decomP. In addition, her story titled “Like Everyone Else” was featured the week of Sept. 7, in Fiction Weekly. Finally, her story titled “There’s Someone Behind You” was a finalist for the So to Speak Fiction contest and was published in the most recent issue.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson conducted a workshop titled “Investing in Preventing Drug/Alcohol Abuse: Reasonable Strategies for Comprehensive Campus Efforts” at the College and University Police and Investigators Conference in Fairfax on Aug. 6. In addition, Anderson coordinated a statewide retreat for 25 college and state agency personnel dedicated to promoting healthy and safe college campuses at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, Va., on Aug. 4 and 5. Sessions included a series of roundtable discussions on topics such as new alcohol abuse prevention strategies, student technology, professional development, advocacy leadership, parent involvement, energy drinks and community collaboration.

Fred Bemak provided national staff training in Uganda for two weeks in August for the international organization Invisible Children. The training was designed to help staff work with children and families dealing with post-traumatic stress following more than 20 years of civil conflict in Northern Uganda. Invisible Children staff members work with child soldiers, orphans and abused children.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung published an article titled “Cultural Perspectives on Child Trafficking, Human Rights and Social Justice: A Model for Psychologists” in a special issue of Counseling Psychology Quarterly.

Kevin Clark established a new research center at Mason called the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity (CDMID). The purpose of the center is to design, develop and distribute quality educational media products for diverse audiences. The goals of the center will be achieved by using the expertise of scholars and industry professionals across the country in two ways: by creating opportunities for educational outreach, research and development of innovative educational media products among faculty, students, artists, entrepreneurs, grassroots and nonprofit organizations and others; and by providing access to quality educational media products that target children of color who are economically challenged, first-generation college students and other diverse or traditionally underserved populations in K-12, higher education and nonformal learning environments.

Penelope Earley and her colleagues published a chapter titled “Support for Women Leaders: The Visible and the Invisible” in the Handbook of Leadership and Professional Learning Communities.

Marjorie Hall Haley published a book titled “Brain-Compatible Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners.”

Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo and her colleagues published a book titled “147 Tips for Teaching Peace and Reconciliation.”

Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri have been appointed editors of the Council for Exceptional Children’s major journal titled Exceptional Children. They will serve a four-year term. In addition, Scruggs and Mastropieri published a book chapter titled “Memory-Enhancing Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities: Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Experimental Research.” Also, they published articles titled “Promoting Social Behavior for Adolescents with Autism with Social Stories” in Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities and “Promoting Success in Content Area Classes: Is Value Added Through Co-Teaching?” in Exceptional Children.

Shahron Williams van Rooij published a chapter titled “Project Management for Project-Based Learning: A Case Study of Course Projects with Small Virtual Instructional Design Teams” in “Online Education and Adult Learning: New frontiers for teaching practices.”

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephen Farnsworth and Robert Lichter, Communication, gave a presentation titled “The Structure of Evolving U.S. Scientific Opinion on Climate Change and Its Potential Consequences” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Toronto, Canada, in September.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, gave presentations titled “Birds Inside a Cage: Metaphor for Karen Refugees” and “Storytelling, a Tool in Conflict Transformation” at the Asia Pacific Peace Research Association conference in Taiwan Sept. 9–13.

Art Taylor, English, published a story titled “A Voice from the Past” in the August issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

College of Science

Cynthia Smith, Dann Sklarew, R. Christian Jones and Robert Johnson, Environmental Science and Policy, were among the leaders of a watershed stewardship workshop for sixth grade science teachers, the first part of a Mason-led partnership to bring “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences” to more than 16,000 Prince William County, Va., students. In addition, Sklarew was appointed Virginia’s academic representative to the new Climate, Energy and Environmental Policy Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Michael Summers, Physics and Astronomy, gave a talk at the Great Falls Library in Great Falls, Va., to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Anna Balakerskaia, Music, taught piano at the Schlern International Festival in Italy where she also performed four recitals and coached chamber music ensembles. She also gave master classes and participated on the jury for the international competition affiliated with the festival.

Lisa Billingham, Music, was elected as the Virginia Choral Directors Association President-Elect for a six-year term as a state representative for the American Choral Directors Association.

Marcio Botelho, Music, recently joined the Board of Directors of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras.

Mark Camphouse, Music, published compositions titled “Heartland Sketches” and “Anthem.” In addition, he conducted the world premiere of “Two American Canvases” with the National Intercollegiate Band in Phoenix. He was also a guest conductor with the Wheaton Municipal Band in Chicago, the Philharmonic Winds of Osaka at the conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Cincinnati, and at a concert with the United States Army Band at the U.S. Capitol.

Jim Carroll, Wade Beach, Glenn Dewey and Michael Nickens, Music, arranged and recorded nine versions of the song titled “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in various styles to accompany “The Ballgame,” a piece of artwork created by Walter Kravitz, Art, that is displayed at the First Base Entrance to Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

John Casagrande, Music, was a guest conductor on the French Riviera at the Festival des Anches d’Azur with the Hersey High School Band. In addition, he presented a clinic titled “The Complete Lesson” to the Prince William County Band Directors. He also served as an evaluator of all music teachers in Arlington County Public Schools.

Stanley Engebretson, Music, was presented as a senior specialist by the Fulbright Foundation for three weeks in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he taught conducting, repertoire and interpretation in the National Sacred School of Music and the National Conservatory. In addition, he gave the premiere lectures for a new program by the Smithsonian Institution.

Steven Gerber, Music, presented a paper titled “Drive-By Musicology: A Librarian’s Initiative” at a joint conference of International Association of Music Libraries and International Musicological Society at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands in July.

Joanne Haroutounian, Music, was the keynote presenter at the Singapore International Piano Pedagogy Symposium in June, where she presented seven pedagogy sessions and master classes to piano teachers and professors representing Asian countries. In addition, she contributed several chapters to the “Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent.” She was also a consultant and major contributor for the “Gifted and Talented Resource Guide: Music Identification Handbook for Educators, Coordinators and Administrators in Wisconsin Public Schools.”

Kathryn Hearden, Music, was a featured soloist in a performance with the Choralis Summer Festival choir and orchestra in June.

Brian Jones, Music, published an article about the reed cane Arundo donax in the September issue of The Clarinet, the official publication of the International Clarinet Association.

Maria Karametou, Art, received a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award for her project titled “A Visual Investigation of Embroidery and Textile Designs in the Search for Creative Expression.” It is a study and documentation of embroidery and textile designs from the Ottoman Empire to the present, as well as an investigation and analysis of the influences of these traditional designs on the contemporary Turkish art scene, especially under the impact of global trans-nationalism and the country’s pending membership in the European Union.

Anthony Maiello, Music, was a guest conductor and clinician at the American Band College Summer Symposium at the University of Southern Oregon. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Ithaca College and guest clinician for the Annual Graduate Wind Conducting Symposium at Ithaca College. Maiello also served as a Board of Trustees Member at the annual meeting of the Foundation for Music Education in Texas. In addition, Maiello is the artistic director and conductor of the newly formed professional American Festival Pops Orchestra.

Glen McCarthy, Music, was named chair of Teaching Guitar Workshops, which allows elementary and secondary school teachers to take the workshop in 10 different sites across the country. He was also featured as the guitar mentor on the National Association for Music Education web site in September.

Patricia Miller, Music, led a group of nine Mason students to the Amalfi Coast Music Festival for various performances in summer 2009. In addition, she served as director of the International Summer Music Festival and Institute for Singing at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Miller was also selected to serve on a national opera panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in June. She was also selected for the 2009 Teacher of the Year Award by the Northern Virginia Opera Guild.

Linda Monson, Music, was a featured lecture-recitalist for the International Conference of the College Music Society in Croatia in July. While at the conference, Monson presented a lecture-recital titled “Cultural and Pedagogical Influences of the Brahms Circle in Central Europe During the Late 19th Century.” In addition, she presented a lecture-recital with Rachel Bergman, Music, titled “Mathematical Approaches to Music Analysis: Schoenberg/Ullmann, Berg/Finney; Variations on a Theme.”

Renee Sandell and Roger Tomhave, Art, created and taught a new professional development course titled “Advanced Studies in Critical Response to Art PK-12” in July. Two dozen Fairfax County Public School and other Virginia art and non-art teachers explored the issue of identity in art and life by visiting seven Washington, D.C., art museums.

Larry Snitzler, Music, gave a lecture and performance at the 24th Annual Classical Guitar Workshop at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. In addition, he is director of and gave a lecture and performance at the first annual Roland Dyens Guitar Rendezvous at Mason in July.

Thomas Stanley and Mark Cooley, Art, participated in the Sonic Circuits festival, which showcases the latest artistic uses of technology from a variety of fields. The showcase ended with a performance by Stanley’s quartet, Mind Over Matter Music Over Mind.

Ted Thayer, Music, was a faculty member at Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire in June. He also served as a clinician at American Band College, Southwestern Oregon University in June.

Mira Yang, Music, was the artistic director for the Bethesda Summer Music Festival in June. In addition, she organized and was associate director for the Mason International Summer Music Institute at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. She is also chair of the 2009 Annual Asian American Music Society’s International Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Voice Competition for high school students.


Helen Frederick, Art, and Susan Tichy, English, curated an exhibition titled “Material World,” which presented language as physical object, poetry as interactive, and visual art as a medium for entering text, as part of Mason’s Fall for the Book festival. Bookworks were produced by poets exploring the world of visual art and by artists using text as a medium or allowing text to be understood through the book as visual language. Frederick also coordinated a colloquium titled the SEARCH project that was presented at the 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society held in Venice, Italy, in conjunction with the Venice Biennale in July.

Lenna Storm, Facilities Management, Dann Sklarew and Robert Johnson, Environmental Science and Policy, published the first George Mason University Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Robinson Professors

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, had his play titled “Two-Bit Taj Mahal” published by Dramatic Publishing Company. The play was developed and premiered at Theater of the First Amendment, Mason’s professional theater company.

Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History,completed work as historical consultant for an exhibition at the African American Museum in Philadelphia titled “Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia” which opened on June 19. He also lectured on Historical Research for a group of International Baccalaureate students from Annandale High School and accompanied them on a tour of George Mason University. Crew was also one of the principal presenters for a three-day teacher workshop in Vancouver, Ore., which focused on slavery after the American Revolution.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, and James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, edited the book titled “Great Ideas in Science: A Reader in the Class Literature of Science.”

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, participated in Federalism, Nationalism and Democracy: A Roundtable Honoring Samuel H. Beer’s Contributions to the Study of Federalism at the American Political Science Association meeting in Toronto.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave three lectures: “Islam in West Africa: The Sokoto Caliphate and Religious Politics in Nigeria (1804-2009)”; and “The Clash of Muslin Subcultures in Africa : Lessons from Nigeria” at the U.S. State Department; and “Nigeria: Religious and Political Perspectives” at a conference in Ottawa, Canada.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a presentation titled “Science and the Law” at the Idaho Judicial Conference in Twin Falls.

School of Management

Arshad Alam, Information Systems and Operations Management, published a presentation titled “Supply Chain Capability as a Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment” in the proceedings of the World Conference on Production and Operations Management.

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented a paper titled “Optimal Staffing at Multiple Locations for a Multiskill Service Provider” at the 17th Annual Frontiers in Service Conference in Bethesda, Md.

Chien-Yu Chen, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented a paper titled “Real-Time Available to Promise (ATP): The Solution Quality of a Stochastic Programming Model” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Stephen Christophe, Finance, gave a presentation titled “Informed Trading Before Analyst Downgrades: Evidence from Short Sellers” at the Financial Management Association in Grapevine, Texas.

Matthew Cronin, Management, was nominated for the OB Division Cumming Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management.

Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, and Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, gave a presentation titled “Entrepreneurship and Process R Renewal in Service Firms: Effect of the Internet” at the POMS Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, gave a presentation titled “Participation in Open Innovation: The Solver’s Choice” at the Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Fairfax, Va.

Amitava Dutta, Information Systems and Operations Management, published a presentation titled “Wikipedia Usage Patterns: The Dynamics of Growth” in the proceedings from the International Conference on Information.

James Harvey, Marketing, published a presentation titled “Market Segmentation, Service Level and Income Tax Compliance” in the proceedings from the IRS Research Conference.

Anupam Jaju, Marketing, published a presentation titled “Impact of Auction Experience, Category Knowledge and Trust on Final Price in Ebay Stamp Auctions” in the proceedings from the 2009 Conference on Internet Commerce in Seoul, Korea.

Keith Jones, Accounting, presented a paper titled “Unintended Consequences of Accelerated Filings: Do Changes in Audit Delay Lead to Changes in Earnings Quality?” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, published an article titled “International Growth Strategies of Service and Manufacturing Firms: The Case of Banking and Chemical Industries”  in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

David Kravitz, Management, published a chapter titled “Affirmative Action Attitudes: More Complex Than We Know” in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work: Theory and Scholarship.

Anne Magro, Accounting, gave a presentation titled “Explaining the Effects of Client Preferences on Tax Professional Judgment” at the Behavioral Tax Symposium in Fairfax, Va.

Laurie Meamber, Marketing, gave a presentation titled “The Creative Gleanings of Consumer Research” at the Workshop on Interpretive Consumer Research in Milan, Italy. In addition, she published a presentation titled “Hummer: The H3 Line Extension and the End of a Brand Icon?” in the proceedings from the Macromarketing Conference.

Nirup Menon, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article titled “Differential Impacts of the Two Types of Information Systems: Hospital-Based Study” in the Journal of Management Information Systems this past summer.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, published an article titled “A Comparative Study of the Use of Iconic versus Generic Advertising Images for Destination Marketing” in the Journal of Travel Research.

Sarah Nutter, Accounting, gave presentations titled “Evaluating the Strength of Tax Authorities: How Experience Affects the Assessment and Combination of Source and Relevance” at the Journal of the American Taxation Association Conference in Orlando, Fla., and “Fair Value Accounting – An Age-Old Debate” at the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy Mark-to-Market Symposium in Alexandria, Va.

Alison O’Brien, Management, and Laura Poms, Management, published an article titled “The Economic Impact of Work and Family Issues” in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, gave a presentation titled “Voluntary Disclosure and Audit Fees: A Case of Management Earnings Forecast” at the 2009 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in New York and at the International Symposium on Audit Research in Maastricht, Netherlands. The paper was also printed in the American Accounting Association conference proceedings.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, was awarded the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division.

George Wang, Finance, gave a presentation titled “Volatility, Jump Dynamics in Energy Futures Markets” at the American Statistical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in August. The presentation was also published in the conference proceedings. In addition, Wang’s two papers titled “Trading Volume, Transaction Costs in Futures Markets” and “Trading Volume, Bid-Ask Spread and Price Volatility in Futures Markets” were cited in the book titled “Introductory Econometrics for Finance.”

Rick Warne, Accounting, published an article titled “The Use of Remedial Tactics in Negligence Litigation” in Contemporary Accounting Research.

James Wolfe, Management, gave a presentation titled “Entrepreneurship 101” at the Young Entrepreneur Academy in Fairfax, Va.

Fei Xie, Finance, published an article titled “Corporate Governance Transfer and Synergistic Gains from Mergers and Acquisitions” in the Review of Financial Studies. He also gave a presentation titled “Agency Problems at Dual-Class Companies” at the Third Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Ithaca, New York in September.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs delivered a keynote speech titled “The Global Entrepreneurship Index: Attitudes, Activity and Aspirations” at the 9th International Entrepreneurship Forum held in Istanbul, Turkey on Sept. 16-19. In addition, Acs and his colleague edited the journal titled Small Business Economics.

Katrin Anacker was selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to review proposals for its Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. She was also chosen by the global consulting company ARUP to be one of several consultants to work on the Long Island 2035 Comprehensive Regional Sustainability Plan. In addition, Anacker and her colleagues were responsible for collecting data for this project. Also, Anacker and her colleague published an article titled “Die Immobilienkrise in den USA: Ursache, Auswirkungen und ein vorläufiger Ausblick” (The Real Estate Crisis in the USA: Causes, Impacts and a Preliminary Outlook) in Die Alte Stad. She also published an article titled “Big Flipping Schemes in Small Cities? The Case of Mansfield, Ohio” in Housing and Society.

Kenneth Button chaired the first Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research conference in the United States. In addition, Button delivered the keynote address titled “Transportation, Economics, the Really Dismal Science?” at the International Transport Economics Conference at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute in Minneapolis in June.

A. Lee Fritschler published an article titled “Campus Engagement in Civic Education Weak: Opportunities and Challenges Exist on Many Fronts” in Phi Kappa Phi Forum.

David Hart, Zoltan Acs and their colleague wrote a report titled “High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the United States.” The report was released in July by the Office of Advocacy of the U. S. Small Business Administration and is posted online at www.sba.gov/advo.

Rajendra Kulkarni, Kingsley Haynes, Roger Stough and Jean Paelinck wrote the paper titled “Forecasting Housing Prices with Google Econometrics” which was listed on Social Science Research Network’s top ten download list for real estate.

Stuart Malawer wrote a paper titled “Cyberwarfare: Legal and Policy Proposals for U.S. and Global Governance” which was listed on Social Science Research Network’s top ten download list for national security and foreign relations law.

James Pfiffner received the silver medal for 2008 Political Science Book of the Year from ForeWord magazine for his book titled “Power Play.” The award was announced at BookExpo America in New York City in June. The winners were selected by dozens of librarians and booksellers who are experts in the subject matter of the books they judged and make purchasing decisions daily for their collections or bookstores.

Ramkishen S. Rajan was appointed the senior research fellow and joint coordinator for two years of the Economics Program of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies based in Singapore in August. In addition, he is the managing editor of the Journal of International Commerce Economics and Policy of which Andrew Hughes Hallet and Ken Reinert are on the editorial board. Rajan and his colleague also published an article titled “Exchange Rate Regimes and Macroeconomic Management in Asia.” He also gave two presentations titled “Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions in Developing Asia: The Role of Financial Variables” at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Seminar in Singapore in August, and “Crises, Private Capital Flows and Financial Instability in Emerging Asia” at the seminar series sponsored by the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok in August. In addition, as a visiting senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Institute of South Asian Studies, he gave a presentation titled “The Global Rise of Indian Companies: Trends, Determinants and Implications” at the Asia Research Institute in Singapore in July. Rajan also participated in the South East Asian Central Banks research project titled “Household Indebtedness and Its Implications for Financial Stability” in Kuala Lumpur on June 22 – 23.

Mark Rozell gave a presentation titled “Religion and the American Presidency” at Nyack College’s Washington, D.C. sponsored event titled “Protestantism in America: Historic Roots and Current Relevance” in June.

Stephen Ruth published an article titled “Green IT – More Than a Three Percent Solution?” in the July/August issue of Computing Now.

Louise Shelley and her colleague gave a presentation titled “How the Trade in Cigarettes Enriches Organized Crime and Terrorists” as part of the panel titled “Why Countering Counterfeiting and Diversion Deserve More Policy Attention” during the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center conference held at Mason in September.

Tojo Thatchenkery organized and chaired the symposium titled “The Promise and Reality of Management Education: A World View” at the Academy of Management meeting in Chicago in August.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Sean Luke, Computer Science, received $455,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Coevolutionary Design and Multiagent Systems.” The project start date was Sept. 1 and the duration is three years.

Don Gantz, Applied Information Technology, and John Miller, Statistics, gave a presentation titled “Testing the Language-independent FLASH ID System for Handwriting Identification in English and Arabic” at the European Academy of Forensic Science 5th Triennial Conference at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in September.

Stephen Nash, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy for the project titled “Optimization Algorithms for Hierarchical Problems, with Application to Nanoporous Materials.” The first year amount is $149,665 and the estimated funding for a three-year period is $461,955.

Christopher Saunders, Applied Information Technology, gave an oral presentation titled “Estimation of Likelihood Ratios for Forensic Handwriting Analysis” at the European Academy of Forensic Science 5th Triennial Conference at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in September.

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