May 2010 Accolades

Posted: May 3, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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

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Tara Laskowski, Media and Public Relations, won second place and $2,000 in the Frank and Hilda W. Reinhart Memorial Short Story Competition sponsored by the D.C. Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She will be honored at the chapter’s May meeting. Her story titled “Like Everyone Else,” published in Fiction Weekly, was named by storySouth as one of the Notable Online Stories for 2009. She also had three short stories published in March in three different journals: Necessary Fiction, JMWWW and Everyday Genius.

College of Education and Human Development

Michael Behrmann will be presented with an award for outstanding leadership in the field of distance learning at the U.S. Distance Learning Association’s annual conference in St. Louis in May.

College of Health and Human Services

Lisa Eckenwiler, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, gave a presentation titled “Care Worker Migration and Transnational Justice” at the Centre for International Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Comparative Program on Health and Society at the University of Toronto on April 1. She also published an article titled “Long-Term Care and Migrant Workers: Considering Responsibilities” in the spring 2010 Global Studies Review.

Mark Meiners, Health Administration and Policy, participated on an expert panel on “Assessing the Potential of Subsidized Health and Retirement Savings Accounts” for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Urban Institute on March 14.

Len Nichols, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, published an article titled “Be Not Afraid” in the New England Journal of Medicine in March.

Lisa Pawloski, Global and Community Health, and her colleague published an article titled “Sociodemographic Determinants of Growth Among Malian Adolescent Females” in the American Journal of Human Biology.

Robin Remsburg, School of Nursing, presented a paper and webinar in February titled “Positive Outcomes Related to Choices in Dining” for a National Online Symposium on Culture Change and the Food and Dining Requirements sponsored by Pioneer Network and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Carlos Sluzki, Global and Community Health, conducted a two-day training program for the Parisian Association for Research and Treatment of Families in Paris, France, on April 8 and 9. He also conducted a one-day workshop on “Working with Families of Economic and Political Immigrants” at the University of Barcelona/Escola de Terapia Familiar in Barcelona, Spain. In addition, Sluzki began a consultantship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on April 23.

Patrice Winter, Center for Chronic Illness and Disease, published an article titled “Physical Therapy Tips for Pain-Free Gardening” in Woman’s Day Magazine in April.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Peter Boettke, Economics, was awarded the Adam Smith Prize by the Association of Private Enterprise Education at the organization’s annual conference in Las Vegas in April. He also gave a presentation titled “The Teaching and Placement of Graduate Students in the Austrian Tradition” as part of a panel at the meeting.

Alan Cheuse, English, was featured in the University of Southern Indiana’s RopeWalk Visiting Writers Reading Series in April. Cheuse has reviewed books for 25 years on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has written several novels, including “The Grandmothers’ Club” and “The Light Possessed,” as well as several short story collections. His latest novel, “To Catch the Lightning,” won the Grub Street National Prize for fiction in 2009.

Stephen Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, gave a presentation titled “Network Television’s Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election” at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association.

Janette Kenner Muir, New Century College, received the Donald H. Ecroyd and Caroline Drummond Ecroyd Teaching Excellence Award at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association Convention in Baltimore held April 22–25. The Ecroyd Award is presented annually to an individual who has a demonstrated record of employing communication principles as the foundation for constructing pedagogical principles in teaching practices. In addition, Muir and Star Muir, Communication, presented a course titled “New Horizons for Learning: Teaching Digital Natives” at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association Convention.

Susan Trencher, Sociology and Anthropology, won the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Citizenship Award from the Center for a Public Anthropology. This honor is based on her “exceptionally effective” participation in Public Anthropology’s Community Action Online Website Project as well her wider activities in the public sphere. Less than five percent of professors teaching introductory anthropology courses across North America receive this award.

Bethany Usher, Sociology and Anthropology, and her colleagues presented a paper titled “Standard Cemetery Population from Fluctuating Residential Patterns: A Decade-by-Decade Comparison of Census Records and Cemetery Demography from the St. Lawrence County Almshouse” at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Albuquerque, N.M., in April.

Terry Myers Zawacki, English, was an invited speaker at a meeting of the European Research Network on Learning to Write Effectively in Prague, April 17-20. She spoke on qualitative approaches being used by writing researchers to investigate how students learn to write in their disciplines.

College of Science

Stephen Harlan, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, and his colleagues published a paper titled “40Ar/39Ar Geochronology and Geochemical Reconnaissance of the Eocene Lowland Creek Volcanic Field, West-Central Montana” in the May issue of the Journal of Geology.

John Wallin, Computational and Data Sciences, was appointed as a visiting fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford University, for the Hilary and Trinity terms in 2011. He will work on his Galaxy Zoo research during the sabbatical. He was profiled on the LiveScience web site in April, and the Galaxy Zoo project was featured on the National Science Foundation web site in March.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mia Feuer, Art, opened a solo exhibition titled “Evacuation Route with Rubies” at the Arlington Arts Center on April 16.

Kaiulani Lee, Theater, had her film titled “A Sense of Wonder” broadcast on PBS on April 22. “A Sense of Wonder” is based on the life and works of Rachel Carson.

Linda Apple Monson, Music, was inducted as the president of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, Epsilon Delta chapter of George Mason University in April. Phi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. Its mission is to advance the development of academic-based international programming and to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and faculty who are involved in international activities.

Robinson Professors

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, had his first book titled “Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden” re-published with a new introduction in the European Consortium for Political Research’s “Classics” book series. He also gave a presentation titled “Obama and Executive Power” at the conference on President Obama, National Security and Executive Power at the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave a presentation titled “Can the Religious Center Hold in Nigeria? Muslim Establishment Responses to Violent Extremism” at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, conference on Religion and Politics in Africa. He also participated in a conference at the Fund for Peace on “Niger Delta Partnership Initiatives”; the Council on Foreign Relations discussions with the acting president of Nigeria; and a Council on Foreign Relations forum discussing “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink.” He also gave lectures titled “Islam and Politics in Northern Nigeria” at the U.S. State Department and “Can the Religious and/or Political Center Hold in Nigeria” at the Academy for Educational Development.

James Trefil,
Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a keynote address titled “Scientific Literacy: A Story in Three Heresies” at the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. He also reviewed three books for the Scientific and Technology section of the Washington Post.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented a paper titled “Impact of Recommender Systems on Consumer Preferences: A Study of Anchoring Effects” at the Winter Conference on Business Intelligence in Salt Lake City in March.

Richard Coffinberger,
Management, presented a paper titled “‘Defining the Limits of Protection from Retaliation: What Did Congress Intend?'” at the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business in San Antonio.

Catherine Cramton,
Management, presented a paper titled “Culture and Coordination in Global Engineering Teams” at the D.C. Metro Area Teams Research Conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented papers titled “Integrating Manufacturing and Competitive Strategies for Firm Success” at the DSI Annual Meeting in New Orleans and “Technology Posture, R&D and Innovation” at the POMS Annual Conference in Vancouver.

Jaideep Ghosh, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article titled “Concurrent, Overlapping Development and the Dynamic System Analysis of a Software Project” in the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Keith Jones, Accounting, presented a paper titled “Improving Fraud Detection: Do Auditors React Appropriately to Abnormal Inconsistencies between Financial and Nonfinancial Measures?” at the University of Alabama; Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium; the 2010 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in San Diego; and the Conference on Financial Reporting, Auditing and Governance at Lehigh University, where it also won the Best Research Paper Award.

Richard Klimoski, Management, presented a paper titled “Advancing the Science and Practice of Team Staffing” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Conference in Atlanta.

David Kravitz, Management, was a panelist in a plenary session titled “Bridging the Research-Practice Gap” at the Diversity Best Practices 2009 Diversity Leadership Summit and Gala in Washington, D.C. Kravitz was also named to fellow status by the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

Ning Li, Marketing, and colleagues published an article titled “General Alliance Experience, Uncertainty and Marketing Alliance Governance Mode Choice” in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science in April.

Anne Magro, Accounting, presented a paper titled “Managing Your Career — the Tenure Process” at the American Taxation Association Doctoral Consortium in Denver, Colo. Magro also presented a classroom case in a session titled “Innovations in Tax Pedagogy” and served on a panel, “Thoughts from Successful Academics on Research during their Careers,” at the American
Taxation Association Midyear Meeting in Denver.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, had the paper titled “Route to Customer Satisfaction: Is It Through the Heart or the Head?” selected as best paper in track from the American Marketing Association.

Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article titled “The Globalization of Operations in Eastern and Western Countries: Unpacking the Relationship Between National and Organizational Culture and its Impact on Manufacturing Performance” in the Journal of Operations Management.

Linda Samuels, Management, presented a paper titled “The Impact of Dickenson v. Zurko on Federal Circuit Review of PTO Board Decisions” at the Southeast Academy of Legal Studies in Business in San Antonio, Texas.

Nicola Scott, Marketing, presented a paper titled “Recession and Relevancy: Adaptations in the Business Writing Classroom” at the Cultures of Recession at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Christof Stahel, Finance, had his paper titled “Hedge Fund Contagion and Liquidity Shocks” presented at the Workshop on Hedge Fund Disclosure, Leverage, and Regulation in London, England.

George Wang, Finance, presented a paper titled “Inventory Announcements, Jump Dynamics and Volatility in U.S. Energy Futures Markets” at the 20th Annual Derivatives Security and Risk Management conference in Washington, D.C.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs was ranked in the top 25 percent of economists in Virginia by the Research Papers in Economics database.

Katrin Anacker gave a presentation titled “Queering the Suburbs: Analyzing Property Values in Male and Female Same-Sex Suburbs in the United States” at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 15.

Robert Deitz delivered the keynote speech titled “Some Problems of Cyber Security” at the Workshop on Policy, Law and Technology for Cyber Security in San Francisco on March 25. Deitz also gave a presentation outlining various cyber security issues to the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon on March 18.

Stephen Fuller and John McClain presented a report on fiscal impacts for the City of Fairfax at its Economic Development Authority second annual economic presentation in Fairfax, Va., in April. In addition, Fuller gave a presentation about his latest findings on the regional economy at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon, Va., in April.

Andrew Hughes Hallett was ranked in the top 25 percent of economists in Virginia by the Research Papers in Economics database.

Christopher Hill and his colleague published an article titled “United States: The Need for Continuity” in the spring 2010 Issues in Science and Technology.

Todd La Porte won the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (JCPA) Award for Best Article 2009 for his article titled “Democracy, Colonial Legacy and the Openness of Cabinet-Level Web Sites in Developing Countries.” The award was presented at the annual workshop of the JCPA and International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, April 22–24.

Patricia Peacock was elected as vice president of education for the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in April.

Ramkishen Rajan and his colleague published an op-ed titled “Are Foreign Banks Welcome?” in Financial Express on April 3. Rajan was also ranked in the top 25 percent of Virginia economists by the Research Papers in Economics database.

Mark Rozell gave the annual Pi Sigma Alpha lecture titled “Obama’s Leadership at Midterm” at Catholic University of America on April 22.

Stephen Ruth published an article titled “Is E-Learning Really Working? The Trillion-Dollar Question” in the March/April 2010 issue of Internet Computing.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Deborah Goodings, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, was honored by the establishment of an endowed chair, the Deborah J. Goodings Professorship in Engineering for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland (UMD). The endowment was established by UMD engineering alumnus Charles Waggner to recognize and continue Goodings’ successes in building an award-winning student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at UMD.

Kenneth Hintz, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded a U.S. patent titled “Multidimensional Sensor Data Analyzer” in April.

Karla Hoffman, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, received the 2010 Outstanding Research Faculty Award at the school’s annual awards gala on April 23.

Yih Huang, Center for Secure Information Systems, David Arsenault and Arun Sood, Computer Science, were awarded a U.S. patent titled “SCIT-DNS: Critical Infrastructure Protection Through Secure DNS Server Dynamic Updates” in March.

Lance Sherry, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was appointed by the Transportation Review Board of the National Academies to the Committee on Airfield and Airspace Capacity and Delay.

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