September 2010 Accolades

Posted: September 1, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

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

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College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak provided consultation and training for an international nongovernmental organization in Uganda during July and August. He trained staff on how to provide psychosocial support and counseling to traumatized youth following decades of civil conflict. While he was there, a terrorist attack in Kampala killed 74 people and wounded 84. Bemak was called to Kampala to provide counseling for survivors and family members of the victims.

John Nauright, who co-edited the Routledge Companion to Sports History, had the book chosen by Routledge as the sports studies book of the month for July 2010. Nauright and his co-author published “Who Owns England’s Game? American Professional Sporting Influences and Foreign Ownership in the Premier League” in the journal Soccer and Society. Nauright and his co-author published “Problems and Prospects for Community-Based Tourism in the New South Africa: The 2010 FIFA World Cup and Beyond” in the journal African Historical Review.

Bob Smith published an invited article and a sidebar in the June issue of The School Administrator, the magazine of the American Association of School Administrators. The article is titled “Gaining on the Gap: One District’s Successful Strategy: Encourage the Most Rigorous Classes for All Students,” and the sidebar is titled The Importance of Allies.”

Jennifer Suh and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Mathematical Sciences, received three awards: “Center of Excellence in Mathematics Professional Learning and Coaching in Northern Virginia for K−3: Number Sense” in the amount of $70,000 and “Center of Excellence in Mathematics Professional Learning and Coaching in Northern Virginia for 7−8: FACTS” in the amount of $50,000, both from the Virginia Department of Education; and “SCHEV/Participant Support” in the amount of $150,029 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Jenice View was awarded $216,790 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History program. Her five-year project, “Making Connections: Mississippi History as American History,” is part of a $1 million grant to the McComb, Miss., public schools.

Shahron Williams van Rooij and doctoral student Larissa K. Lemp published an article titled “Positioning E-Learning Graduate Certificate Programs: Niche Marketing in Higher Education” in Services Marketing Quarterly.

Diane Wood, who co-edited the book, “Teachers Learning in Community: Realities and Possibilities,” was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Education.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, are co-authors of the third edition of their book “The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988–2008,” published in August by Rowman & Littlefield.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, taught and facilitated a course in trauma healing and reconciliation at the 2010 Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, held in the Philippines in May. Fuertes also gave a lecture on “Trauma Healing: Its Academic Relevance” at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, on Aug. 3. He also facilitated a trauma healing workshop with nongovernmental organization representatives in Seoul, Aug. 4−5.

Debra Lattanzi Shutika, English, gave a lecture at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress in August as part of the Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series. Her topic was “Place and the Politics of Belonging.” The lecture was recorded for permanent deposit in the Archive of Folk Culture of the Library of Congress.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, published with coauthors “Adopting Proactive Environmental Practices: The Influence of Stakeholders and Firm Size” in the Journal of Management Studies. In June, she gave two invited talks on corporate sustainability at Lund University in Sweden, and she presented her research with co-authors on green consumerism at the Group on Organization and the Natural Environment workshop in Milan, Italy, and at the Greening of Industry Network Conference in Seoul, South Korea.

Lakshmi Matukumalli, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and other members of the Cattle Genomics Consortium won the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Annual Honor Award for “helping America promote sustainable agricultural production and biotechnology exports as America works to increase food security” for their novel discoveries leading to development of a commercial cattle DNA assay and developing methods for incorporating those data into the national dairy cattle genetic evaluation system. The award was presented in August.

Dann Sklarew, Environmental Science and Policy, has been appointed by the provost as Mason’s Fellow of Sustainability Studies for 2010−12. Sklarew, R. Christian Jones and Cindy Smith, all of Mason’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, just completed leading their first year of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-supported project that brought “meaningful watershed educational experiences” to more than 4,000 Prince William County middle-school students and delivered watershed training workshops to 30 teachers.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Nancy Thomas, Music adjunct faculty member, has been a member of the National Symphony viola section for the past 20 years. She has participated in numerous chamber music groups throughout the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia area, including the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Fessenden Chamber Ensemble, The Manchester String Quartet, the National String Quartet, the Holocaust Museum Chamber Series, the National Musical Arts Ensemble and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. Thomas has coached various musicians throughout the United States through the National Symphony’s educational outreach program, as well as for the National Symphony’s Summer Music Institute for the past four seasons and the American Youth Philharmonic. She has recently opened a private teaching studio at her home in Annandale.

Benjamin Williams, Music adjunct faculty member, was selected to attend the Northwestern University Conducting and Wind Band Symposium this past July.


Donna Sterling, Wendy Frazier, Mike Behrmann, Jennifer Suh, Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, and Rajesh Ganesan, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, received a nearly $29 million award (contingent on the university raising an additional 20 percent matching funds from private sources), from the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) program.

Nigel Waters, Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) in the College of Science, was selected for a three-year term beginning January 2011 as editor of Cartographica, an international journal published by the University of Toronto Press. Germana Manca, GGS and Environmental Science and Policy; and Andrew Crooks, Computational Social Science in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, were named coeditors. Cartographica is the flagship research publication of the Canadian Cartographic Association.

Robinson Professors

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, had his play, “The Einstein Project,” produced in August at the Junction Theatre in Los Angeles to memorialize the explosion of the atomic bomb in Japan in 1945. His play, “Two-Bit Taj Mahal,” was read at New Dramatists in New York City. D’Andrea also spoke at the Class of 1960 Reunion at the 2010 Harvard Commencement on “‘Do You See This?’: Recognition in Shakespeare.”

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented the opening keynote address, “Mineralogical Co-Evolution of the Geo- and Biospheres,” at the quadrennial meeting of the International Mineralogical Association in Budapest, Hungary.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, cowrote “Ligand Field Theory and the Origin of Life as an Emergent Feature of the Periodic Table,” which was published in the Biological Bulletin 219, 2010. He also cowrote “How Life Began, the Emergence of Sparse Metabolic Networks,” which was published in the Journal of Cosmology 10, August 2010.

School of Management

Phillip Buchanan, Accounting, was awarded the SOM Service Award from the George Mason University School of Management.

Long Chen, Accounting, had the presentation, “An Analysis of Auditor Responses to Potentially Misleading Disclosures by Managers: The Case of Pro Forma Earnings” published in the proceedings from the 16th Annual International Symposium on Audit Research.

Richard Coffinberger, Management, received an award for extensive service contributions on behalf of the Mason faculty from the George Mason University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, received the George Mason University School of Management Award for Excellence in Service.

Edward Douthett, Accounting, was awarded a faculty fellowship from Goodman & Company, as well as a research publication award from the George Mason University School of Management.

Cheryl Druehl and Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, were awarded the George Mason University School of Management summer research grant for research on “An Israeli Sustainability Innovation Designed for the Electric Car Industry.”

Michael Ferri
and Stephen Christophe, Finance, had the article “Short Selling and the Weekend Effect in Nasdaq Stock Returns” selected as an Outstanding Publication by the Financial Review.

Gerald Hanweck, Finance, presented the paper “Is $8 Billion Enough as a Payment to Taxpayers for Their Bailout of Citigroup?: A Proposed Management Strategy for Systemic Risk” at the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington, D.C. Hanweck also presented the paper “Subprime Mortgage Delinquency and Default Rates by Metropolitan Area” at the European Finance Association annual meeting in Aarhus, Denmark, in June. The paper was printed in the conference proceedings.

Christopher Joiner, Marketing, published with co-authors the chapter “Leveraging a Brand Through Brand Extension: A Review of Two Decades of Research” in “Brands and Brand Management: Contemporary Research Perspectives” published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Keith Jones,
Accounting, had his presentation, “Improving Fraud Detection: Do Auditors React Appropriately to Abnormal Inconsistencies Between Financial and Nonfinancial Measures,” published in the proceedings from the following meetings: 2010 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference; the Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium; the International Symposium on Audit Research; the Conference on Financial Reporting, Auditing and Governance at Lehigh University; the International Symposium on Audit Research in Singapore; and the 2010 Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Academic Conference.

Claus Langfred, Management, was awarded the MS in Technology Management Professor of the Year teaching award from the George Mason University School of Management. Langfred also presented the following papers at the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.: “The Jerk, the Slacker and the Bonehead: A Model of Team Management of Emotion, Process and Structure as Responses to Problematic Members”; and “The Trust Paradox: The Self-Destructive Relationship between Trust and Autonomy in Self-Managing Teams.”

Hun Lee, Management, was selected as the Executive MBA Program Professor of the Year for the second year from the George Mason University School of Management EMBA Program.

Chi-Hyon Lee, Management, presented the paper, “Asymmetry in Competitive Tension, Strategic Groups and Firm Performance” at the Academy of Management Business Poilicy and Strategy division in Montreal.

Ling Lei, Accounting, presented papers titled “Client Importance and Auditor Independence: A Partner-Level Analysis” and “Audit Committee Characteristics and Auditor Dismissals Following Internal Control Material Weakness Reports” at the 2010 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August.

Yan Ling, Management, presented the paper “CEOs In Value Creation: Current Research and Future Direction” at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong in June.

Laurie Meamber and Fiona Sussan, Marketing, had the presentation titled “Integrating Macromarketing Content in an Undergraduate Consumer Behavior Course Using Feature Films” published in the proceedings from the Macromarketing Conference this summer.

Kumar Mehta, Information Systems and Operations Management, received the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award and the School of Management Service Award from the George Mason University School of Management.

Nacef Mouri,
Marketing, published with co-authors “The Impact of Management Commitment Alignment on Salespersons’ Adoption of Sales Force Automation Technologies: An Empirical Investigation,” which appeared in Industrial Marketing Management.

Alexander Philipov, Finance, received the best paper award for “Anomalies and Financial Distress” at the Financial Management Association Asia Annual Conference in Singapore. The paper was also presented at the Financial Management Association Asian Conference in Singapore, and the Eastern Finance Association Annual Meetings in Miami. Philipov was also awarded the Excellence in Research Award from the George Mason University School of Management.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, published with co-authors, “Chutes Versus Ladders: Anchoring Events and a Punctuated Equilibrium Perspective on Social Exchange Relationships,” which appeared in the Academy of Management Review.

James Wolfe, Management, was awarded the George Mason District Outstanding Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America, National Capital Area Council. Wolfe was also awarded the MBA Distinguished Service Award from the George Mason University School of Management.

Masoud Yasai, Management, published with co-authors, “Executives’ Perceived Environmental Uncertainty Shortly After 9/11,” which appeared in Computational Statistics and Data Analysis.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, received the Accounting Department Summer Research Award funded by the Accounting Patrons Program from the George Mason University School of Management Accounting Department. Zhang also presented the paper, “Restructuring Charges, Regulatory Changes and the Accrual Anomaly,” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in New York.

School of Public Policy

Katrin B. Anacker was appointed review editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Zoltan Acs was a guest editor for Volume 26, Issue 1, of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Acs and colleagues wrote the article “The Good, the Bad, and the Talented: Entrepreneurial Talent and Selfish Behavior,” which appears in that issue.

John Petersen spoke as part of a panel about privatization and competitive sourcing during a session of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce held in McLean, Va., on Aug. 16.

Ramkishen Rajan was a panelist discussing “An Asia-Pacific Perspective on the Reform of International Financial Architecture and the G-20 Agenda” during the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Roundtable – Global Economic Crisis and the Asia-Pacific Region: Sustaining Asian Dynamism in a Post-Crisis World, which was held at the Bangkok United Nations Conference Centre, Aug. 17-18. Rajan wrote the op-ed, “The Long View on Inflation,” which appeared in the Aug. 17 Financial Express. Rajan wrote with public policy student Sasidaran Gopalan the op-ed “Bucking the Dollar,” which appeared in the Aug. 7 Financial Express. Rajan and Andrew Hughes Hallett, directors of the Center for Emerging Market Policy, presented papers at the workshop Exchange Rate and Macroeconomic Management in Emerging Asia in the Post-Crisis Era. Rajan, a workshop organizer, presented “Management of Asian Currencies,” and Hughes Hallett presented “China-U.S. Business Cycle.” The workshop, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank Institute, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, and George Mason University, was held in Singapore on Aug. 6.

Mark Rozell co-wrote the op-ed “President Obama Should Be More Endearing,” which appeared in the Aug. 4 Politico.

Steve Ruth had his 2009 IEEE Internet Computing article, “Green IT — More Than a Three Percent Solution,” published in “Understanding and Implementing Green IT,” which is part of the series, “Essential Articles on Information Technology from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE),” August 2010.

Louise Shelley wrote “Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective,” published by Cambridge University Press, 2010. Shelley discussed the book on Aug. 23 at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Bonnie Stabile, adjunct, had her article, “State Infertility Insurance Law Indicators,” published in the Aug. 25 issue of World Medical & Health Policy.

Janine Wedel wrote “Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam & Outsourcing American Power,” which appeared in the July 22 Huffington Post. Wedel was the keynote speaker at the international conference on “Conflict of Interest in Central and Eastern Europe” held Aug. 25-27 at the Institute of Sociology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, in Torun, Poland.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Tomasz Arciszewski, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, visited the Kielce University of Technology in Poland in June to help the university establish a new graduate program on inventive engineering. During his visit, Arciszewski gave two series of lectures and recitations on inventive engineering for civil engineering and architecture students. He also gave six seminars for faculty members.Finally, he gave a talk on “Creative Kielce” for the highest elected official of the Kielce State and a number of invited local leaders from academia and industry. In July, Arciszewski attended two conferences in Nottingham, England. One was the International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering 2010, where he cochaired and co-organized a session on “Engineering Education” and presented a paper on “Successful Education: the Key to Engineering Creativity.” He also served on the International Advisory Board of this conference. During the 17th European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering, he organized and chaired a session on “The ASCE Global Center of Excellence in Computing” and gave the opening talk under the same title.

Hakan Aydin, Computer Science, is principal investigator with Dakai Zhu of the University of Texas, San Antonio, on a $453,708 award from National Science Foundation for the project “Generalized Reliability-Aware Power Management for Real-Time Embedded Systems.” Mason’s portion is $268,329. The period of performance is Aug. 1, 2010, through July 31, 2013.

Shih-Chun Chang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, cowrote an article, “Coding Schemes for Noiseless and Noisy Asynchronous CDMA Systems,” in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, August 2010.

Rajesh Ganesan and Lance Sherry, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, and their colleague published an article, “Accuracy of Reinforcement Learning Algorithms for Predicting Aircraft Taxi-Out Times,” in the Journal of Transportation Research Part C, Special Issue on Air Transportation. Ganesan and his student, Sameer Kulkami, were awarded the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program’s Graduate Research Award in Public-Sector Aviation Issues, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration for 2010-11.

Don Gantz, Applied Information Technology, received $240,000 from the intelligence community for the project “Decision Making in the Absence of Data: Combining Expert Judgments.”

Janos Gertler, Electrical and Computer Engineering, spent his sabbatical semester in Europe, mostly in Spain and Hungary. He taught an intensive four-week doctoral course on fault diagnosis at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (PUC) in Spain and at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. He gave a special lecture on “The Effect of Offshoring on the U.S. Economy” at the Terrassa-Barcelona campus of PUC and in Budapest under the aegis of the Hungarian Economics Society. He also gave an invited talk on fault diagnosis at the Dutch Center of Systems and Control, Delft Institute of Technology, in the Netherlands.

Mark Pullen, Computer Science, who directs the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I), received $110,600 incrementally funded to $258,266 from NBM Technologies Inc./Department of Defense for the project “Battle Terrain Reasoning Analysis.” The period of performance is June 14, 2010, through June 3, 2011.

Angelos Stavrou and Huzefa Rangwala, Computer Science, received $1,527,225 from Secure Command Government Solutions LLC for the project “CyNomix: Detecting Zero-Day Malware by Generating Behavioral Cyber Genome Sequences.” The initial budget period is July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2014. The prime sponsor is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Secure Command LLC is a security software start-up developing next generation Internet security products for corporate networks founded by Anup Ghosh, chief scientist of Mason’s Center for Secure Information Systems.

Gheorghe Tecuci, Computer Science, David Schum, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, and Mihai Boicu, Applied Information Technology, received $1,040,154 from the Department of Defense for the project “Intelligent Software Agent for Training Intelligence Analysts” with the period of performance Sept. 24, 2009, through May 12, 2011. Tecuci delivered the keynote address titled “Intelligence Analysis as Agent-Assisted Discovery of Evidence, Hypotheses and Arguments” at the 2nd International Symposium on Intelligent Decision Technologies. A corresponding paper, which Tecuci wrote with Schum, Boicu and Dorin Marcu, research assistant professor with Mason’s Learning Agents Center, and another colleague was included in the book “Advances in Intelligent Decision Technologies,” published by Springer-Verlag in 2010.

Harry O. Ward, adjunct professor in Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering who is also president of Harken-Reidar Inc., was named “one of the most prominent people in civil engineering today” by Civil Engineering News in the May 2010 issue.

Duminda Wijesekera and Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science, received $431,903 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for their project “Building Policies to Control Virtual Environments Using the Policy Machine.” The period of performance is July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2013. This award came through the Mason’s Center for Secure Information Systems.

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