February 2010 Accolades

Posted: February 1, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm

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

Send information to gazette@gmu.edu. Please note: The next Accolades column will be published on March 1. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 22.


Derek Kan and John Prette, Information Technology Unit, gave a presentation titled “Formal Portfolio and Project Management Practices” with Carnegie Mellon University at the Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore on Jan. 14.

Dan Waxman, Office of Sustainability, published an article titled “A Sweet Treat: Locally Harvested Honey Finds Its Way to Students’ Plates” in the winter issue of College Services magazine.

College of Education and Human Development

Dimiter Dimitrov delivered a presidential address titled “Contemporary Treatment of Reliability and Validity in Educational Assessment” at the 2009 Conference of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA) held in October in St. Louis. Dimiter also received an award for his service as MWERA president from 2005–09.

Mary Stone Hanley gave a presentation at the teacher workshop titled “Learning Through the Arts” at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Maryland on Jan. 30. The workshop taught techniques for introducing arts into the classroom on a shoestring budget.

Margret Hjalmarson was selected as one of 49 invited participants in the Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium held by the National Academy of Engineering in November 2009. The symposium participants worked to develop a research agenda and formulate collaborative projects for engineering education research.

Dave Wiggins is the editor of volume two of “Sport in America: From Colonial Leisure to Celebrity Culture and Globalization” and has written a chapter in the book “Victory for Allah: Muhammad Ali, the nation of Islam and American Society.”

Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo and her colleagues are the editors of the book “Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action.” The book features chapters contributed by Bev Shaklee, Stacia Stribling, Bob Baker, Craig Esherick, Supriya Baily and other Mason faculty.

Peter Dieke published a chapter titled “Participatory Approaches to Tourism Development: An Example from Sub-Saharan Africa” in the book “Tourism and Nature in Africa: Local Communities and Participation in African Tourism.” In addition, Dieke and his colleagues published articles titled “Efficiency Measurement Systems in Hotels: Perspectives from Luanda, Angola” in Tourism Review International and “Choice Valuation of Traffic Restrictions: Noise, Pollution and Congestion Preferences. A Note” in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment.

Fred Bemak’s work was described in a chapter of a new book titled “Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment” written by Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson. The book identified 19 of the “most prominent and creative therapists and researchers and foremost authorities” and includes a chapter about the creative work of each individual.

Wendy Frazier received the Science Educator Award (non K–12) from the Virginia Association of Science Teachers for 2009. This statewide annual award recognizes the accomplishments of one non K–12 science educator “who has made a difference.”

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christy Esposito-Smythers received $44,281 in new funding from Brown University for her “Mental Health Intervention for Teens Coping with Parental Military Deployment” project.

Stephen Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, and their colleague published an article titled “CBC News Coverage of Canada’s 2006 Liberal Leadership Candidates” in the American Review of Canadian Studies.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, conducted a workshop titled “Consciousness and Transformation Among Peace Builders in Southeast Asia” in the Philippines on Jan. 7–10. The event was funded through a grant from Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation. He also was a presenter and panelist on “Global Citizenship: Best Practices, Pitfalls and the Art of the Rubric” at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, held Jan. 20-23 in Washington, D.C.

Seth Kaplan, Psychology, received $150,000 in new funding from Aptima for his “Emotion Management Orientation and Training Exercise” project.

Todd Kashdan, Psychology, wrote an article, “Wired to Wonder,” that appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Positive News US.

Gregory Koblentz, Public and International Affairs, published a book titled “Living Weapons: Biological Warfare and International Security.” The book was favorably reviewed in Science, Foreign Affairs and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and provides a comprehensive analysis of the unique challenges that biological weapons pose to international security.

Craig McDonald, Psychology, received $40,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation for his project, “An Electrophysiological Study of Neurocognitive Functioning in Adolescent Smokers.”

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, had his research cited in an article titled “Automated to Death,” which appeared in IEEE Spectrum. He received an extension of his project “Alion/Army Research Lab/Neuro-Ergonomics” from Alion Science and Technology. The total funding to date is $370,000.

Adam Winsler, Psychology, received an additional $65,000 from Florida International University for his project titled “Long Term Follow-up to School Success.”

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, published papers titled “Environmental Management Systems and Green Supply Chain Management: Complements for Sustainability?” and “Is ISO 14001 a Gateway to More Advanced Environmental Action? A Case for Green Supply Chain Management,” which were mentioned in the article “15 Green Supply Chain Studies You Should Know About” in the Green Economy Post on Jan. 12. In addition, Darnall wrote the chapter titled “Do Voluntary Environmental Programs Improve Performance?” in the book “Voluntary Environmental Programs: A Policy Perspective.”

Abul Hussam, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh during the university’s 45th convocation in December. Hussam is an alumnus of the university.

Allison Macfarlane, Environmental Science and Policy, has been asked to serve on a Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future to provide recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste. The commission is co-chaired by former Cong. Lee Hamilton and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft. The commission will work under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dann Sklarew, Environmental Science and Policy, gave a presentation titled “Evolving Integrated River Basin Management in the USA” at the Workshop on Advanced Hydrology and Climate Change at Mason and Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute in November 2009. In addition, Sklarew, R. Christian Jones and their colleague gave a presentation titled “A Retrospective Analysis of Nitrogen Removal Eutrophication Risk for the Tidal Freshwater Potomac River” at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial Conference, Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Camphouse, Music, had his published compositions, “A Dakota Rhapsody” and “Heartland Sketches,” performed at the 63rd Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in December 2009. In addition, his composition “A Movement for Rosa” honoring Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks was presented in a clinic by the Glenbard East High School Band for the Interscholastic League of the University of Texas at Austin. Camphouse also spoke at a forum of the College Band Directors National Association about his trumpet performance experiences under the direction of American composer-conductor Aaron Copland in Chicago.

Suzanne Carbonneau, Art, led a discussion for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage at the December Dance Festival with American artists in Brussels, Belgium. In addition, she was commissioned by Stagebill and the Paul Taylor Dance Company to write an essay titled “Dancermaker” for the December 2009 NY Stagebill.

Mia Feuer, Art, was the 2010 recipient of a travel and research grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ed Gero, Theater, played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the play “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., in December 2009.

Susan Goldman, Art, led a hands-on printmaking session inspired by the works in the William T. Wiley exhibition of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The session was titled “What’s It All Mean – To Make Prints” and was held in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23.

Heather McDonald, Theater, was selected by Sundance as one of eight writers nationally to attend the Ucross Writer’s Retreat in February. In addition, her play “Dream of a Common Language” was produced in Spain, and “An Almost Holy Picture” was produced in Portugal in fall 2009.


Karen Rosenblum, Sociology and Anthropology, Ying Zhou and Karen Gentemann, Institutional Assessment, published an article titled “Ambivalence: Exploring the American University Experience of the Children of Immigrants” in Race, Ethnicity and Education.

Terry Myers Zawacki and E. Shelley Reid, English, and Ying Zhou and Sarah Baker, Institutional Assessment, published an article titled “Voices at the Table: Balancing the Needs and Wants of Program Stakeholders to Design a Value-Added Writing Assessment Plan” in Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning and Academic Writing. In addition, Zawacki and Karen Gentemann, Institutional Assessment, published an article titled “Merging a Culture of Writing with a Culture of Assessment: Embedded, Discipline-based Writing Assessment” in the book titled “Assessment in the Disciplines: Assessment of Writing.”

Robinson Professors

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, briefed the U.S. Senate on the situation in Nigeria. In addition, he gave a presentation titled “Islam in Nigeria” and participated in a senior level “Nigeria Forum” at the U.S. Department of State.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “The Role of the Internet in Customized Products Supply Chains” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Diego in October 2009. The paper was also printed in the conference proceedings. In addition, Bockstedt published an article titled “Structural Analysis of a Business Enterprise” in Service Science in the 2009-10 issue.

David Harr, Senior Associate Dean, published a book titled “Cost Allocation in Nonprofits: Who Gets It.”

Ling Lei, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Audit Committee Characteristics and Auditor Dismissals Following Internal Control Material Weakness Reports” at the 2010 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-year Conference in San Diego in January. The paper was also printed in the conference proceedings.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs participated at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France, held Nov. 18–21, under the patronage of French president Nicolas Sarkozy. The forum gathered more than 100 economic, academic and political decision makers, and participants delivered concrete recommendations on the year’s theme of “How Can Governments, at All Levels, Support the Development of Entrepreneurship?” In addition, Acs and his colleagues edited the book titled “Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy.”

Philip Auerswald organized the conference titled “Time for Change: Reframing the Conversation on Energy and Climate” at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., in November 2009.

Stephen Fuller and John McClain were presenters at the 18th annual George Mason University and Cardinal Bank Greater Washington Economic Conference titled “The Shape of the Recovery” in Virginia on Jan. 15.

Andrew Hughes Hallett, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers to the Government of Scotland, presented the second annual report to the press in Edinburgh in December 2009.

David Hart was selected to be a member of the new advocacy and lobbying experts blog titled “Under the Influence Experts.” In addition, Hart and co-authors wrote the paper titled “International Cooperation to Manage High-Skill Migration.” The paper was presented at the Atlanta Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in October 2009.

Jessica Heineman-Pieper presented her paper titled “Politics in Health Sciences and Policy” at the Dupont Summit on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., in December 2009.

Naoru Koizumi presented her paper titled “Use of Technology to Design Better Health Policies” at the Dupont Summit on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., in December 2009.

Arnauld Nicogossian chaired the session titled “Evidence Based Policy: A Global Challenge to Medicine in an Era of Mistrust” at the Dupont Summit on Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C., in December 2009. As part of the panel, he presented his paper titled “Communicating the Knowledge.” In addition, Nicogossian received the Seymour Martin Lipset Policy Studies Organization Library Award of Merit in November 2009.

Patricia Peacock was appointed to the Contract Management Advisory Committee of the Defense Acquisition University.

James Pfiffner’s paper titled “U.S. Torture Policy and Command Responsibility” was listed on Social Science Research Network’s top 10 download list for Economics Research Network: Positive Analysis of Policy-Making and Implementation.

Ramkishen Rajan was selected by the Asian Development Bank Institute to participate in its Visiting Researcher program in Tokyo in summer 2010. Rajan was also awarded a research fellowship by the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. The fellowship includes a four-week visit to Hong Kong in June and July 2010. In addition, Rajan published an op-ed titled “Ad Hoc Crisis Handling is Suboptimal” in the December issue of Financial Express.

Mona Salisbury moderated the panel titled “Converting Emerging Technology to Steady Cash Flow” at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va., in December 2009.

Louise Shelley and Sally Stoecker moderated a panel discussion at a conference titled “Safeguarding Russia’s At-Risk Groups: Assisting Human Trafficking Victims and Programming for At-Risk Youth” hosted by the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center and the Open World Leadership Center. The conference was held at Mason’s Arlington Campus in December 2009. Shelley also participated on the panel discussion titled “Tracking Organized Crime and Terrorism in the Digital Age” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19.

Tojo Thatchenkery and his colleagues edited the book titled “Enhancing Organizational Performance Through Strategic Initiatives: Handbook of Management Cases.”

Janine Wedel spoke about her new book titled “Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government and the Free Market” at several events in New York City and Washington, D.C., in December 2009 and January 2010. The book was also chosen as the first HuffPost Book Club selection of 2010.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Michael Hieb, Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence, and Mark Pullen, Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence and Computer Science, received a $530,735 grant from Northrop Grumman for their project titled “Command Ground Joint Capability Technical Demonstration.”

Kris Gaj and Jens-Peter Kaps, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $1,496,654 grant from NIST for the three-year project titled “Environment for Fair and Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of Cryptographic Hardware and Software.”

Sushil Jajodia and Steven Noel, Center for Secure Information Systems, were awarded a patent titled “Attack Graph Aggregation” in December 2009.

Bijan Jabbari, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his colleagues were awarded a patent titled “Label Switched Packet Transfer Base Station” in November 2009.

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