December 2009 Accolades

Posted: December 1, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm

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

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Mary Zamon, Office of Institutional Assessment, had her proposed paper titled “Proposing a Self-Renewal Model for Higher Education” accepted for the American Educational Research Association conference in April 2010. In addition, she presented sessions titled “Lessons from Four Years of Academic Program Review at George Mason” and “Faculty-Developed Student Learning Outcomes” at the Southern Association for Institutional Research meeting in Dallas on Oct. 19 – 20.

Rick Davis, Associate Provost, directed the Spanish operetta titled “Zarzuela on the Avenue” for the In Series at the Tivoli Theater in Washington, D.C.

College of Health and Human Services

Carlos Sluzki, Global and Community Health, gave a keynote presentation titled “Immigration and Family Conflict” at the VII Congress of the International Association of Systemic Mediators, Pontificia Universita’ San Tommaso d’Aquino in Rome in October. In addition, Sluzki conducted  two daylong seminars, “Shame and Humiliation” at the University of Athens Mental Health Research Institute in Greece in October and “Constructing and Deconstructing the Biopsychosocial Model” at the University of Bologna in Italy in October.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Karen Bune, Administration of Justice, received the Chief’s Award on Nov. 17 from Prince George’s County, Md., Police Chief Roberto Hylton for her commitment to crime reduction. The Chief’s Award is the highest award given by a chief. Bune received the award for her writing on law enforcement issues and for facilitating and enhancing police/community relations through her writing and public service.

Rose Cherubin, Philosophy, presented a paper titled “Parmenides: Another Way” at a meeting of the Ancient Philosophy Society in Arlington, Va., in November. She was also interviewed about the paper for a podcast that is part of the Digital Dialogues series hosted by Penn State University.

Michele Greet, History and Art History, wrote a new book, “Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920–1960,” which was published by Penn State Press.

Edward Maibach, Center for Climate Change Communication, gave a presentation titled “Global Warming’s Six Americas” at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2009 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference held Nov. 15-18 in Washington, D.C.  Maibach also moderated a session on “Really Cool Competitions” for energy efficiency improvements and carbon footprint reductions.

Connie Roser-Renouf, Center for Climate Change Communication, gave a presentation titled  “Choosing Between Efficiency and Curtailment Predictors of Emissions Reduction Strategies” at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2009 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference held Nov. 15-18 in Washington, D.C.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, gave a presentation titled “Evaluating the Effects of Collaboration on Environmental Outcomes,” with her doctoral student Jennifer Biddle at the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6. She also presented “The Promise of Environmental Management Systems for Voluntary Governance” with her doctoral student Younsung Kim at the same conference on Nov. 7.

Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, gave a lecture titled “Radio Astronomy: More Than Meets the Eye” at the Great Falls Library in Virginia in November. In his lecture, he explained how radio telescopes have unraveled the mysteries of a star’s life cycle.

Dann Sklarew, Environmental Science and Policy, Lenna Storm, Office of Sustainability, and Rob Johnson gave a presentation titled “Changing Culture and Behavior to Achieve Climate Neutrality on Campus” at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2009 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference held Nov. 15-18 in Washington, D.C.  Dann Sklarew and public policy student Jennifer Friedman Sklarew also presented a poster titled “Relating Carbon Emissions to Sustainable Development.”

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Suzanne Carbonneau, Art, gave a presentation on the artistic achievement of choreographer Merce Cunningham at the National Council on the Arts on Oct. 30. In addition, she moderated a discussion with choreographer Larry Keigwin at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in October. She also completed a weeklong residency of lectures and consultation for the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Office in association with the premiere of choreographer Paul Taylor’s world premiere.

Walter Kravitz, Art, will be installing his public artwork at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. In addition, he received commissions for the Memphis Area Transportation Association and the American School for the Deaf.

Renee Sandell, Art, was on a panel titled “Focus, Balance and Innovation in Visual Art Education for 21st-Century Learners” at the College Board Annual Forum in New York City on Oct. 21 – 23. She also gave several presentations at the Virginia Art Education Association’s 2009 Annual Professional Development Conference titled “Inspire, Create, Advocate” in Richmond on Nov. 18 – 21.

Robinson Professors

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, was the keynote speaker at a joint meeting of Virginia Tech doctoral courses in government and public administration. Graduate students from Tech’s three campuses met in Harrisonburg to consider “Normative Foundations of the Profession” in relation to his 2008 book titled “On Thinking Institutionally.”

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, gave a presentation titled “U.S. – China Relations and Development in China” at the Workshop on Advanced Hydrology and Climate Change at George Mason University and Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute. She also presented and discussed her film titled “Gate of Heavenly Peace” and acted as a commentator and roundtable presenter at the Conference on 1989 at Princeton University. Hinton also gave a presentation titled “Staging History: Action and Reenactment in the Cultural Revolution” at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also gave a speech titled “From a Filmmaker’s Perspective” at the workshop titled The Politics of Representation: Documentary and Identity at Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, and his wife, Wanda O’Brien-Trefil, published an article titled “What Can Neutrinos Tell Us About the Universe” in the December 2009 issue of Astronomy magazine. In addition, Trefil was named to the editorial board for the journal Inquiry and was named curriculum consultant for the Bering Strait School District in Alaska.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented three papers: “Prospect Theory, Multipart Pricing and Customizable Bundles of Information Goods” at the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology in San Diego; “Transaction Utility and Multipart Pricing of Information Goods” at the University of Minnesota PhD Workshop Series in Minneapolis in October; and “The Role of the Internet in Customized Products Supply Chains” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Diego in October.

Karen Hallows, Executive Programs, presented the paper titled “Measuring Student Learning Outcomes in Finance” at the Financial Education Association/Academy of Business Education Conference in Ft. Lauderdale. The paper was also printed in the conference proceedings.

Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, presented the paper titled “Is Firm Performance in Technology Service Firms Linked to Process Innovations?” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Karen Kitching, Accounting, and co-authors published an article titled “Are Special Items Informative about Future Profit Margins?” in the Review of Accounting Studies in September. Kitching also published an article titled “Audit Value and Charitable Organizations” in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy in November.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, had the paper titled “Route to Customer Satisfaction: Is It Through the Heart or the Head?” selected as the Best Paper in Track at the 2009 American Marketing Assocication Conference.

Alexander Philipov, Finance, had the paper titled “Asset-Pricing Anomalies and Financial Distress” selected for financial support by the FDIC’s Center for Financial Research from nearly 100 proposals submitted.

Nicola Scott, Marketing, presented the paper titled “Recession and Relevancy: Adaptations in the Business-Writing Classroom” at the Cultures of Recession Conference sponsored by Duke University.

Paige Wolf, Management, presented the paper titled “A Comparison of F2F, Hybrid and Fully-Online Delivery Methods – MGMT 301 People and Organizations” at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference in Fairfax, Va.

James Wolfe, Management, presented the paper titled “ABCs of Mobile Technology” at the Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit in Philadelphia.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs was invited to participate in the Science and Engineering Human Resources Expert Panel of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Science Resources Statistics. The panel advises the division on priorities and strategies for improving the relevance of the statistics produced from current and future data collections on human resources. NSF provides information for national science and technology policy formulation as part of its legislative mandate. Each panelist serves a minimum term of one calendar year.

Katrin Anacker gave a presentation titled “The Effectiveness of Technology-Assisted Learning and International Travel in Comparative Housing Education” at the 43rd annual Housing Education and Research Association conference in Santa Fe on Nov. 2.

Philip Auerswald co-edited the fall 2009 issue of the journal Innovations titled “Energy for Change: Creating Climate Solutions.”

Ann Baker published the book titled “Catalytic Conversations: Organizational Communication and Innovation.”

Kenneth Button delivered four keynote addresses: “Air Transport Policy in the European Union” to the VII SITRAER/II RIDITA Conference in Sao Paulo in November; “Current Research Trends and Prospects on Environmental Issues in Air Transport Fields” at the Air Transport and Environment Workshop in Seoul in November; “Do the Cost Structures of Rail Operations Allow Commercial Services to Be Viable?” to the Roundtable on Rail Mega Projects in Jerusalem in November; and “Joined at the Tip” to the Green Skies Ahead Conference in Halifax in October. He also gave presentations titled “The Role of Small Airports on Economic Development” and “Is the High-Speed Train a Viable Transportation Option for the U.S.?” to the NECTAR Conference in Jerusalem in November.

Michael Fauntroy was appointed by Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty to serve on the Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure.

Andrew Hughes Hallett and his colleague were awarded the university medal for excellence in research by the University of Rome “La Sapienza” for their work in extending the traditional Theory of Economic Policy to include rational (forward looking) expectations and strategic behavior when there are multiple and competing policy-makers. Hallett was retained in October by the Central Bank of the Netherlands to write a report with his colleague on the research performance of the Central Bank and how well that has allowed the bank to play its policy role within the Euro system. The Central Bank has supervisory and payments systems responsibilities in the Netherlands and advises the European Central Bank on monetary policy. The reports are commissioned only every seven years.

Wallace Johnson, Mason Enterprise Center, was inducted into the 2009 Wall of Fame by his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, at the Army ROTC Alumni and Friends Banquet held in Norman, Okla., on Oct. 30.

Wayne Perry presented the paper titled “Measurement of Foreign Science and Engineering Doctoral Attainment at American Universities” at the 31st Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research conference in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7.

Ramkishen Rajan had his book titled “Monetary” reviewed in the Oct. 24 edition of The Hindu. In addition, Rajan published an op-ed titled “Are Portfolio Flows Singled Out?” in Financial Express on Nov. 16.

Mark Rozell and his colleague published the article titled “Beware of the Collapse of the ‘Open Presidency'” in Roll Call on Oct. 29. The article is about congressional access to White House czars and the balance of power. Rozell also contributed to the symposium opinion piece titled “Year One in the Age of Obama” in the National Review on Nov. 4. In addition, Rozell spoke about the recent Virginia elections at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Va., on Nov. 16 and at the monthly meeting of Dulles Area Democrats in Herndon, Va., on Nov. 19. He also gave a presentation titled “Election Results” to the Fairfax Committee of 100 in McLean, Va., on Nov. 5.

Catherine Rudder and A. Lee Fritschler published the article titled “U.S.A. Tobacco Control: Six Lessons in Public Policy for Medical Science Professionals” in World Medical and Health Policy.

Louise Shelley and her colleague moderated a panel discussion at the conference titled “Face of Human Trafficking in Ukraine: Assisting Victims and Diverting At-Risk Groups” at Mason’s Arlington Campus on Oct. 28. In addition, Shelley gave presentations titled “Human Trafficking” at the conference Redefining Central Asia at the Trudena Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto on Oct. 11 and “Commodification of Human Smuggling and Trafficking” at the Commodification of Illicit Flows: Labour Migration, Trafficking and Business conference at the Center for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto on Oct. 9–10.

Bonnie Stabile convened and chaired a panel titled “Government Efficiency as a Public Value: How Schools of Public Affairs and Public Administration Prepare Students to Lead the Effort for Enhanced Efficiency” for the annual National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16. Stabile also presented her paper titled “Degrees of Efficiency? How MPA and MPP Degrees Prepare Students to Participate in Government Efficiency Efforts.”

Janine Wedel published the book titled “Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government and the Free Market.” In addition, Wedel published an op-ed titled “Wall Street’s Bailout Gives Me Déjà Vu” in on Nov. 8. In the op-ed, Wedel writes about the relationship between U.S. government and business, the networks that are created and whether the national and public interest is being served. Wedel was also the keynote speaker at the European conference titled “Anthropology of Europe” in Poznan, Poland, on Oct. 15.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Kuochu Chang, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was named a fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to multisensor data fusion and Bayesian inference.

Dimitrios Ioannou, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named a fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to reliability and characterization of silicon-on-insulator devices and materials.

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, received an $814,037, five-year U.S. Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award for his project titled “Computer-Aided Human Centric Cyber Situation Awareness.” This is the second MURI award received by CSIS in the past two years.

Daniel Menascé, Computer Science, was named an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Christopher Saunders and Don Gantz, Applied Information Technology, Linda Davis and John Miller, Statistics, and their colleagues received a three-year award from the U.S. Department of Justice in the amount of $974,981 for the project titled “Qualifying the Effects of Database Size and Sample Quality on Measures of Invalidation Validity and Accuracy in Forensics.”

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