March 2010 Accolades

Posted: March 1, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: August 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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

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College of Health and Human Services

Lynn Gerber, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, published an article titled “Pre-operatives Assessment Enables Early Diagnosis and Recovery of Shoulder Function in Patients with Breast Cancer” in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. In addition, Gerber gave a presentation titled “Outcomes Measures” at Inova Research Day in December. Gerber and her colleagues also gave presentations titled “Myofascial Pain Syndrome” at Grand Rounds at Virginia Spine Institute in January and “Myofascial Pain: Contributions of Trigger Points and Surrounding Tissue” at Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins University in February.

Jack Hadley and his colleagues published an article titled “Medicare Fees and the Volume of Physicians’ Services” in Inquiry.

S.E. Palsbo, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, published an article titled “The Business Case for Adult Disability Care Coordination” in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Robert DeCaroli, History and Art History, gave a talk titled “Standing Guard: The Terra-Cotta Warriors” at the Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C., in January. He discussed Qin Shi Huangdi, the third-century B.C. legend who was China’s first emperor, and his glittering palaces, defensive walls, artwork and life-size buried terra-cotta figures in battle formation.

Stephen Farnsworth, Communication, and his colleagues presented a paper titled “Environment and Energy Policy: Comparing Reports from U.S. and Canadian Network News” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in September 2009.

Cynthia Lum, Administration of Justice, published an article titled “Gadgets for Gathering Evidence Are Not Evidence of Better Policing” in the Feb. 11 issue of Science Progress.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Camphouse, Music, served as conductor of the 2010 Association of Texas Small School Bands All-State Symphonic Band in San Antonio from Feb. 10 to 13. The program included the Texas premiere of Camphouse’s composition, “Two American Canvases.”

Kevin Dunayer, Theater, was a recipient of a 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award in the sound category for his work on the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s play, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Chawky Frenn, Art, participated in a conference titled “Dépasser la violence par la création?” hosted at the Musée du Quai Branly, in Paris, France, in December 2009.

Joanne Haroutounian, Music, was a keynote presenter and presented lectures titled “The Artist within Every Child: Nurturing Artistic Ways of Knowing” and “Kindling the Spark: Recognizing and Developing Musical Talent” at the International Symposium on Gifted Education in the Arts in South Korea, Jan.12–13.

Gail Kettlewell, International Center for the Management of Education, Culture and the Arts, presented the introductory lecture on Adult and Community College education in the United States at the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Participants selected by the American embassies in their countries represent educators and scholars from Algeria, India, Macedonia, Philippines, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Tonga and Uganda. The program involves visits to community colleges and adult education centers throughout the country during their three-week visit.

Glen McCarthy, Music, presented a clinic at the Ohio Music Educators Conference titled “Everything You Need to Know about Teaching Guitar but Were Afraid to Ask.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented a lecture on mineral evolution at Scripps Research Institute, as well as a keynote lecture on evolution at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego.

School of Management

Yan Ling, Management, and co-authors wrote an article titled “Towards Culture-Sensitive Theories of the Work-Family Interface,” which was published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior; and “The Effects of Family Firm Specific Sources of TMT Diversity: The Moderating Role of Information Exchange Frequency,” which was published the Journal of Management Studies.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, and co-authors wrote an article titled “Is it Even Worth it? The Effect of Outcome Variance in Public Goods Dilemmas,” which was published in Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Linda Samuels, Management, presented a paper titled “Lincoln and the Patent System: Inventor, Lawyer, Orator, President” at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Denver, Colo.

Paige Wolf, Management, presented papers titled “Developing Efficacy Beliefs for Ethics and Diversity Management” at the SIOP Annual Conference in Atlanta and “Recruiting Executives for International Assignments: Differences between Manufacturing and Service Companies” at the Eastern Academy of Management in Portland, Maine.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs and his colleagues edited the book “Obesity, Business and Public Policy,” which was published in February.

Katrin Anacker presented the poster titled “Analyzing the Performance of CRA Lending during the Subprime Meltdown: The Case of the Philadelphia MSA” at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2009. In addition, Anacker discussed four papers in the session titled “After the Crash: Policy Approaches to Foreclosure and Affordable Housing Finance.”

Jill Emerson received the inaugural University Life Partnership Award on Dec. 15 from Sandy Scherrens, Mason vice president for University Life.

Jack Goldstone participated in a major conference in Moscow titled “Russia and the World: Challenges of the New Decade” in January. At the conference, he spoke on the need for more encouragement of small business and entrepreneurship in Russia on a panel with Anatoly Chubais, former director of privatization in Russia and current director-general of Russian Nanotechnology Corporation, and Sergey Sobianin, deputy chair and chief of staff of the Russian government. In addition, Goldstone was featured on a discussion panel at Loyola University New Orleans in February. The panel discussed the ongoing volatile political scene in Iran and relations between the United States and Iran.

Jessica Heineman-Pieper published the book, “Reclaiming Responsibility: New Foundations for a Science of and by Persons.”

Stuart Malawer had his paper, “Cyberwarfare: Legal and Policy Proposals for U.S. and Global Governance,” listed on Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten download list for National Security and Foreign Relations Law.

Ramkishen Rajan wrote with his colleague two op-eds, one titled “What to Make of Mauritius,” which was published in Financial Express on Jan. 1, and one titled “Come Closer All Asians,” which was published in Financial Express in December 2009. Rajan and his colleague also wrote an article titled “India’s FDI Flows: Trying to Make Sense of the Numbers,” which was published in ARTNeT’s Alerts on Emerging Policy Challenges in January. In addition, their policy brief titled “External Financing in South Asia: The Remittances Option” was published in ARTNeT’s Policy Brief in January. Also, Rajan and Kenneth Reinert edited the Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, which was selected as a 2009 outstanding business reference source by the American Library Association’s Reference and Users Service Quarterly.

Louise Shelley and her colleague published an article titled “Narco-Trafficking in Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Areas and Implications for Security” in Narco-Jihad: Drug Trafficking and Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Tojo Thatchenkery was one of seven presenters at the Management and Organizational Effectiveness Forum: Positioning FAO Staff at the Forefront of Excellence in Rome, Jan. 19-20. At the forum, Thatchenkery gave presentations titled “Leading Change through the Power of Appreciative Intelligence” and “Coping Strategies for Thriving in a Changing Environment.”

Susan Tolchin and her colleague published an article titled “‘Backroom Deals a Bipartisan Necessity” in the Huffington Post in January.

Janine Wedel discussed her new book, “Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government and the Free Market,” at the New America Foundation on Jan. 13, and at the Woodrow Wilson Center on Jan.19.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Bijan Jabbari, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was issued a patent titled “Label Switched Packet Transfer Base Station” by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Siddhartha Sikdar, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $400,000 NSF Career Award for the project titled “An Integrated Systems Approach to Understanding Complex Muscle Disorders.” The period of performance is May 1, 2010, to April 30, 2015.

Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science, and Anup Ghosh, Center for Secure Information Systems, received more than $3 million from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity for their projects, “Minestrone” and “Athena.”

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