April 2010 Accolades

Posted: April 1, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 1, 2010 at 4:04 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 May 3, 2010. The deadline for submissions is April 26, 2010.


Rick Davis, Office of the Provost, presented a paper titled “Calderón Beyond the Dream: Thoughts on Text and Production for a New Golden Age” at the 2010 Out of the Wings Symposium at Merton College, Oxford, in April. His presentation led off the two-day conference on 17th-century Spanish drama and focused on his work as translator and director of the plays of Pedro Calderón de la Barca, one of the period’s leading dramatists.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson co-presented a workshop titled “Go Triple A! Athletics as Allies in Campus Prevention Efforts” at the Alcohol Conference sponsored by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in New Orleans on Jan. 15. Anderson prepared and distributed a workbook and a “Video Conversation Starters” CD-ROM to the 45 workshop participants. Much of the content of the mini-institute and materials was drawn from the January 2009 publication “Best of CHOICES: Alcohol Education 1998–2008” prepared by Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health for the NCAA.

Bob Baker was named the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). The award will be presented in Tampa, Fla., on June 3. The purpose of the NASSM Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award is to “recognize exceptional contributions,” particularly in the area of teaching and learning in sport management.

Brenda Bannan delivered the keynote address, “Trends in Educational Technology,” at the Congreso Nacional de Ecuadores, the National Teachers’ Conference at the Universidad UPC in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 27. In addition, Bannan, Erin Peters and their colleagues were invited to conduct research in two schools in Lima, Peru: Cegecoop La Union and Colegio Peruano Norteamericano Abraham Lincoln, in January. During this time, they collected data on how students learn about science concepts using the online tool GO Inquire (Geological Observational Inquiry), designed and developed through a five-year design research cycle sponsored by Bannan’s National Science Foundation CAREER Award. They also presented a workshop titled “Design Research in the Classroom: The GO Inquire System” at the Congreso Nacional de Ecuadores, Universidad UPC, in Lima on Jan. 26 – 28.

Bill Brozo was appointed chair of the newly authorized Program for International Student Assessment/Progress in International Reading Literacy Study Task Force of the International Reading Association. Brozo has been the U.S. representative on the Task Force since 2004. As a task force member, Brozo has helped produce several reports, published journal articles and presented at many international conferences.

Michelle Buehl and her colleague published an article titled “Examining the Factor Structure of the ‘Teacher Sense of Efficacy Scale'” in the Journal of Experimental Education.

Peter Dieke wrote a chapter titled “From Apartheid to a ‘Managed Revolution’: Tourism Development and the Transition in South Africa” in the book “Political Change and Tourism.” In addition, Dieke and his colleagues published an article, “Heterogeneous Technical Efficiency of Hotels in Luanda, Angola,” in Tourism Economics.

Anthony Kelly was chosen as a 2009 Outstanding Reviewer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) journal, Educational Researcher. A ceremony will be held in Denver on April 30 that recognizes the Outstanding Reviewers of each AERA journal.

Margo Mastropieri received the 2010 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities. In addition, Mastropieri and Erin Peters were interviewed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in December. The interview is titled “Partnering for Success: Science and Special Education” and appeared in the NSTA Reports.

John Nauright published a book, “Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa.” In addition, Nauright and his colleague edited “Routledge Companion to Sports History” and “The New Sport Management Reader.” Nauright was also appointed visiting professor of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of the West Indies where he taught a graduate student seminar in January on the cultural studies of sport in the master’s Cultural Studies Program.

Erin Peters presented a seminar titled “Using Teachable Moments to Develop Nature of Science Knowledge” to the XIII Congreso Nacional de Educadores in Lima, Peru, on Jan. 28. In addition, Peters and Anastasia Kitsantas published an article titled “Self-Regulation of Student Epistemic Thinking in Science: The Role of Metacognitive Prompts” in Educational Psychology. Peters also received funding for the grant “Next Generation Lunar Scientists and Engineers” from the NASA CAN Program through Goddard Space Center to take six science education master’s students to the 2010 – 11 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference and the 2010 – 11 NASA Lunar Science Institute. The Mason students will be conducting a half-day forum with the attending scientists on how to effectively communicate science to the public.

Earle Reybold published an article titled “Faculty Ethics: Ideal Principles with Practical Applications” in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. The article critiques the experience of bias in the academy in terms of women and minority faculty work life and codes of faculty ethics.

Anastasia Samaras published two articles: “Explorations in Using Arts-Based Self-Study Methods,” in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and “Examining Our Career Switcher Teachers’ First Year of Teaching: Implications for Alternative Teacher Education Program Design” with her colleague in Teacher Education Quarterly.

Farnoosh Shahrokhi was one of 45 specialists in the country approved by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to review and evaluate Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) applications. TCLP places teachers from China and Egypt in American K-12 schools where they teach Mandarin or Arabic language and culture for an academic year.

Kimberly Sheridan was selected to be on the National Art Education Association’s steering committee for research in art education.

Jennifer Suh and her colleague gave a presentation titled “Developing Mathematical Potential of Underrepresented Groups through Problem Solving and Algebraic Reasoning” at the joint meeting of the Korean Mathematical Society and the American Mathematical Society at Ewha Womans University in Korea in December. The meeting was specifically organized to bring mathematics educators from the United States and Korea together.

Ana Taboada, Michelle Buehl, Julie Kidd, and Betty Sturtevant received a three-year, $1.57 million award from the Institute of Education Sciences titled “Fostering Reading Engagement in English-Monolingual Students and English Language Learners through a History Curriculum.” The grant is a reading and writing development research grant that will begin in summer 2010.

College of Health and Human Services

Lisa Eckenwiler, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, published an article, “Long-Term Care and Migrant Workers: Considering Responsibilities,” in Global Studies Review.

Lisa Lindley, Global and Community Health, and her colleagues published an article, “Informing Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Interventions: HIV-Related Knowledge and Stigmatizing Attitudes at Project F.A.I.T.H. Churches in South Carolina,” in Public Health Reports. Lindley also gave a presentation, “Perceived Risk for STIs and Reproductive Cancers Among Lesbians in South Carolina,” at the 2010 National STD Prevention Conference in Atlanta on March 8 – 11.

Mark Meiners, Health Administration and Policy, gave a speech at the Third Annual Medicaid Managed Care Summit at National Harbor in Maryland on Feb. 23. He also participated in a panel titled “Establishing Coordinated Long-Term Services and Supports Programs: Solutions for Medicaid, States and Consumers that Promote Improved Quality and Flexibility.” Meiners was also the lead speaker at the 10th Annual Intercompany Long Term Care Insurance Conference in New Orleans on March 16 – 17, and participated in panels titled “Interactive Discussion of New DRA Partnerships” and “The Economics of a Public Long Term Care Program.” In addition, Meiners participated as a member of the Amerigroup National Advisory Board in a site visit of the New Mexico COLTS Medicaid Managed Care Program in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 23 – 24.

Carlos Sluzki, Global and Community Health, received the First Amendment Award from the International Therapy Association in a ceremony at the opening of their March 2010 Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition, he published articles titled “Difficult Babies, Difficult Parents: Toward a Model Based on Their Reciprocal Fit” in Cahiers critiques de thérapie familaile et de pratiques de réseaux and in Redes and “The Pathway Between Conflict and Reconciliation: Coexistence as an Evolutionary Process” in Transcultural Psychiatry. Sluzki also wrote a chapter titled “Introduction to ‘Development of a Theory: The History of a Research Project.”

Mona Ternus, Director of Academic Outreach, published an article titled “Support for Adolescents Who Experience Parental Military Deployment” in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Carol Urban, Assistant Dean, and her colleagues published a pharmacology textbook titled “Pharmacology for Nurses.”

Ali Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, published articles titled “The Role of Depression in Short-Term Mood and Fatigue Responses to Acute Exercise” with her colleagues in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and “The Role of Depression in Short-Term Mood and Fatigue Responses to Acute Exercise” in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Al Fuertes, New Century College, gave a keynote speech in March at C.D. Hylton Senior High School’s annual conference titled “Connecting with the World: People, Places, Language and Culture.”

Hazel McFerson, Public and International Affairs, participated in a U.S. Department of State Ambassadorial Briefing for Harry K. Thomas, ambassador-designate to the Republic of the Philippines. McFerson also published a book titled “Mixed Blessing: The Impact of the American Colonial Experience on Politics and Society in the Philippines.”

Russell Roberts, Economics, published an op-ed titled “Is the Dismal Science Really a Science” in the Wall Street Journal in February.

College of Science

Peggy Agouris, Georgraphy and Geoinformation Science, was named to the Board of Directors of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, was appointed 2010 associate editor for the Academy of Management, Organizations and the Natural Environment Division Conference Program.

Stephen Harlan, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, published an article titled “Paleomagnetic Results from Tertiary Volcanic Strata and Related Intrusions, Absaroka Volcanic Supergroup, Yellowstone National Park and Vicinity: Contributions to the North American Apparent Polar Wander Path” in Tectonophysics. In addition, he co-wrote the paper titled “Paleomagnetic Evidence for Rapid, High Temperature Formation of Large-Scale Rheomorphic Structures in the Upper Pliocene Huckleberry Ridge Tuff, East-Central Idaho” that was published in Geology.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Bergman, Music, had the Mid-Atlantic premiere of his orchestral work titled “Dance of the Americas” presented by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra at the Jefferson Center as part of their Masterworks concert series in Roanoke, Va., on March 21 and 22.

Lorrie Berkshire-Brown, Music, was selected and is currently serving on the peer-review panel that is responsible for scoring the leadership development research that will be presented at the 2010 International Leadership Association’s Global Conference in Boston.

Mia Feuer, Art, opened a solo exhibition titled “Suspended Landscape” at the Transformer Gallery in Washington, D.C., in March. In addition, Feuer received a fellowship at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art for March – May 2011.

Helen Frederick, Art, was the juror for the Honolulu Printmakers’ 82nd Annual Exhibition in Hawaii in February.

Chawky Frenn, Art, participated in the International Art Exhibition titled “Lebanese Diaspora” at Notre Dame University-Louaize in Beirut, Lebanon. The exhibition runs from March 13 through April 20. In addition, Frenn was a judge at the 51st Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in Orlando, Fla., on March 17 – 21.

Patricia Miller, Music, sang the National Anthem prior to President Barack Obama’s speech on health care reform in March.

Linda Apple Monson, Music, was inducted in March as the president of the College Music Society (CMS) Mid-Atlantic Region. More than 850 college music faculty members are included in the chapter. In addition, Monson recently served as program chair for the CMS Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.


Huzefa Rangwala, Computer Science, received funding from the NIH for the project titled “Systems Biology Approach to Identifying Biomakers for Alcoholic Liver Disease.” Rangwala will serve as the co-principal investigator, and Patrick Gillevet, Environmental Science and Policy, will serve as the principal investigator. The total amount funded is $972,966 and the period of performance is from September 2009 through August 2010.

Siddhartha Sikdar,
Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $1.9 million R01 grant from the NIH for the project titled “Pathogenesis and Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Myofascial Trigger Points” Sikdar will serve as principal investigator, and William Rosenberger, Statistics; Lynn Gerber, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability; Nadine Kabbani, Molecular Neuroscience; and Saleet Jafri, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, will serve as additional investigators.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave lectures titled “How Evolution Works” at Loyola Marymount University, the Cosmos Club and the Carnegie Institution, and “The Deep Carbon Observatory” at the Institut de Physique du Globe, the U.S. Department of Energy of CalTech. He also served on the National Science Foundation’s Biosciences Directorate Advisory Board.

John Paden,
Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave a presentation titled “Is Nigeria a Hotbed of Islamic Extremism?” at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

John Trefil,
Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a centennial lecture titled “Science, Its History and Its Future” at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va.

School of Law

David Schleicher and his colleague published an op-ed titled “Making Democracy Work in San Francisco” in the San Francisco Chronicle in February.

School of Management

Stephen Christophe, Michael Ferri and Jim Hsieh, Finance, published an article titled “Informed Trading Prior to Analyst Downgrades: Evidence from Short Sellers” in the Journal of Financial Economics. Christophe and Ferri also had their paper titled “Short Selling and the Weekend Effect in Nasdaq Stock Returns” selected as one of the two Outstanding Publications in the Financial Review in 2009.

Catherine Cramton, Management, had the paper titled “The Dialectical Dynamics of Nested Structuration in Globally Distributed Teams” selected for inclusion in the 2009 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Cramton also presented the paper titled “Ticking in Different Ways: The Dialectical Struggle to Resolve Cross-National Differences in Global Teams” at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Cheryl Druehl,
Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Status in Open Innovation Contests” at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

James Harvey,
Marketing, presented the paper titled “Student Perceptions of Faculty Quality” at the 4th International Conference of the American Institute of Higher Education in Williamsburg, Va., in March. The presentation was also printed in the conference proceedings.

Ling Lei, Accounting, presented papers 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.

Ning Li, Marketing, presented the paper titled “Cross-Cultural Examination of Antecedents of Sales Manager Effectiveness: A Study of Salespeople in Six Countries” at the American Marketing Association Winter Educator’s Conference in New Orleans. The presentation was also printed in the conference proceedings.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, was recently awarded the Track Chair Award from the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators, and was also nominated and elected as the association secretary.

Sarah Nutter,
Accounting, presented the paper titled “Do Federal Contractors Suffer Tax-Related Political Costs?” at the University of North Carolina Tax Research Conference at Chapel Hill.

Alexander Philipov, Finance, gave a presentation titled “Anomalies and Financial Distress” at the Quantitative Methods in Finance Conference in Sydney in December 2009.

Linda Samuels,
Management, presented the paper titled “Standard of Review: Does It Matter: The Impact of Zurko v. Dickinson” at the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Philadelphia, Pa.

Tony Sanders, Finance, testified in the House Financial Services Committee on March 23.

George Wang,
Finance, gave presentations titled “Weather, Inventory and Common Jump Dynamics in Natural Gas Futures and Spots Markets” and “Volatility and Jump Dynmaics in U. S. Energy Futures Markets” at the Asia-Pacific Futures Research Symposium 2010 in Hong Kong in February.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented the paper titled “The Effect of Accounting versus Economic Determinants on the Use of Broad-Based Option Plans” at the Southern Methodist University Research Seminar and at the Texas Christian University research seminar in Dallas, Texas.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs gave a presentation titled “Intellectual Foundation for High-Impact Small Business and Job Creation” at the Brookings and Small Business Administration’s High-Level Working Group on the Future of Small Business, which was held at the Brookings Institution on March 15.

Katrin Anacker was appointed in February to the editorial review board of the academic journal Housing and Society.

Phil Auerswald and his colleague were selected as topic leaders on “Strengthening Market-Based Solutions” for the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that will be held in September. He was also a featured speaker at the MIT Enterprise Forum winter gala at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., in February.

Desmond Dinan was awarded a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship in the Department of History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, for spring semester 2011. The fellowship is awarded to established academics with an international reputation so they may pursue their research at the institute. Dinan will study the meaning, uses and abuses of crises in the history of European political and economic integration.

Michael Fauntroy
published an article titled “A Black Agenda for President Obama to Address? Yes!” in the Huffington Post in February. Fauntroy was also on a panel that debated the “Black Agenda” at Chicago State University in March.

Jack Goldstone
published an essay titled “The New Population Bomb” in the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs. In addition, Goldstone discussed relations between Iran and the United States as an expert panelist at an event at Loyola University in New Orleans in February.

Stuart Malawer
published articles titled “Global Law and Global Challenges” and “Cyber Warfare: Law and Policy Proposals for U.S. and Global Governance” in the February issue of Virginia Lawyer Magazine.

Frank Manheim published reviews for six books for Choice magazine: “Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy,” “Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth,” “Energy,” “Global Climate Change and the Road to Extinction: The Legal and Planning Response,” “Turning Down the Heat: The Politics of Climate Policy in Affluent Democracies” and “The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 10,000 Years of Earth’s Climate.” In addition, Manheim gave a presentation at Ballston Café Scientifique in Arlington in March. Also, Manheim and Ann Baker discussed their books titled “The Conflict Over Environmental Regulation in the United States” and “Catalytic Conversations: Organizational Communication and Innovation” at the School of Public Policy Alumni Association Meet the Authors event on Mason’s Arlington Campus in February.

Arnauld Nicogossian published the first issue of the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices’ new journal titled World Medical and Health Policy. Nicogossian will serve as senior editor and Naoru Koizumi will serve as associate editor.

Ramkishen Rajan
spoke during a panel discussion titled “The Political Economy of South-South: Trade, Development and Human Mobility” as part of the George Mason University Center for Global Studies conference titled “The South-South Dynamic in Global Affairs: A Changing World Order?” The conference was held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., in March. In addition, Rajan published op-eds titled “Mammoth Remittances” with his colleague and “Lessons in Sovereign Debt” in Financial Express in February and March.

Mark Rozell gave presentations titled “Religion, Politics and Democracy” at the Center for International Relations in Warsaw, Poland, in February; and “Obama: His First Year Leadership” at the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw on Feb. 25; the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw on Feb. 24; the American Information Resource Center, U.S. Embassy on Feb. 24; the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw on Feb. 23; and as part of a roundtable discussion hosted by the Polish National Security Bureau on Feb. 23. He also gave a presentation titled “The Role of the Media” as part of the Transatlantic Comparison of Muslim Integration in Germany and the United States in Berlin in February. Rozell also gave a keynote speech at the Liberty and Executive Power program in Arlington in February.

Bill Schneider published an op-ed titled “High Minded Obama Lacks Fear Factor” in Politico in February.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

George Donohue, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was confirmed by the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, to serve a two-year term on the Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics. He will report to the Director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics and the Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration/DoT.

Lance Sherry, Center for Air Transportation Systems Research, was interviewed for an article titled “Airlines Hunker Down in Another Snowstorm” in the New York Times on Feb. 25.

Angelos Stavrou,
Computer Science, and Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, received funding in the amount of $167,966 for their project titled “STTR: Automatic Identification and Mitigation of Unauthorized Information Leaking from Enterprise Networks.”

Bernard White, associate dean for undergraduate studies, was named the 2010 George Mason University Undergraduate Academic Advisor of the Year. Seventy advisors at Mason were nominated for the award this year. The citation notes White’s dedication to students and his commitment to their development.

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