Celebration of Achievements to Recognize Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Awardees

Posted: November 4, 2009 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: November 4, 2009 at 9:43 am

This afternoon, Provost Peter Stearns and Vice President for Research and Economic Development Roger Stough invite all to a reception to celebrate the research, scholarly and creative achievements of the past year, including faculty and student work.

The eighth annual reception will take place in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall Lobby from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

In addition to celebrating this past year’s achievements, the winners of this year’s Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Awards will be formally honored.

The awardees are Michelle M. Buehl, an assistant professor of education in the Educational Psychology Program, Graduate School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development; Songqing Chen, assistant professor of computer science in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering; and Jon B. Gould, an associate professor in the Department of Administration of Justice and director of the Center for Justice, Law and Society in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Michelle Buehl

Michelle Buehl

Before coming to Mason, Buehl was an assistant professor at the University of Memphis from 2003 to 2006. Her research interests focus on the role of student and teacher beliefs, particularly their beliefs about knowledge in relation to learning, motivation and academic development. Her work has been published in such outlets as the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Psychology Review, and the International Journal of Educational Research.

Buehl was a visiting scholar at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and a visiting research academic at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has been honored with an Outstanding Paper Award from the Southwest Educational Research Association and a Division C Graduate Student Research Excellence Award from the American Educational Research Association.

She received a BA in psychology with departmental honors from Hollins University. She earned her postgraduate degrees from the University of Maryland: an MA in measurement, statistics and evaluation; and a PhD in human development.

Songqing Chen

Songqing Chen

Chen came to Mason in 2004. Previously, he was a research assistant in the College of William & Mary’s Department of Computer Science High Performance Computing and Software Lab, where he completed his doctoral studies.

Chen’s research interests mainly focus on design, analysis and implementation of algorithms and experimental systems in the distributed and networking environment, particularly in the areas of distributed systems and Internet measurement; modeling; and content delivery, operating systems and system security. His research has been published in numerous refereed journals, and Chen has served as a reviewer for a number of IEEE publications, as well as others.

A recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Chen also has been honored with an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering Rising Star Faculty Research Award and a Computer Science Outstanding Research Award.

In addition to his PhD from William & Mary, Chen earned a BS and an MS in computer science and engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.

Jon Gould

Jon Gould

Gould’s research interests are in law and justice, with an emphasis on civil rights and liberties, judicial administration, evaluation of justice functions and popular construction of the law.

Before joining Mason in 1999, Gould practiced law with a Washington, D.C., firm, directed human rights programming, served as chief of staff for a college president and worked on the national staff of two presidential campaigns. Gould has been chair of the Innocence Commission for Virginia and a Supreme Court fellow.

Gould’s book, “Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation,” won the 2006 Herbert Jacob Award for the best book in law and society. Other honors include a Justice Studies Association Social Activist Award, a Mellon Foundation Dissertation fellowship, and George Mason University Junior Faculty Research and Teaching Awards.

Gould holds an AB from the University of Michigan, an MPP from Harvard University, a JD from Harvard Law School and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Write to gazette at gazette@gmu.edu