November 2010 Accolades

Posted: November 1, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: October 29, 2010 at 1:47 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 the grand prize of the Santa Fe Writers Project’s 2010 Literary Awards Series for her story collection “Black Diamond City.” She has also published short fiction in several journals this year: “Just Another in a Collection of Objects Not Good Enough to Be Considered Planets” in PANK; “Stand Still, Listen Carefully” in Bananafish Magazine; and “Something More Interesting” in Corium. Her short story “Every Now and Then” will be published next year as part of an anthology of Washington, D.C., area women writers by Paycock Press. Laskowski has also been named a senior editor for SmokeLong Quarterly.

David Lee, University Police Key Control, wrote an article titled “Helping Customers Understand Safe Dialing Procedures,” which was published in the October 2010 issue of the National Locksmith. The article details a procedure he developed.

College of Education and Human Development

Len Annetta was chosen as one of the “Nifty Fifty” as part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival held in Washington, D.C., in October. The “Nifty Fifty” were professionals who spoke about their work and careers to middle and high school students in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area. Annetta presented “The Educational Revolution” to students at Chesapeake High School in Baltimore County, Md. He talked about science-based video games as a way to impact science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs in America.

Nada Dabbagh and Kevin Clark were awarded the fall Sloan Consortium Award for Effective Practices for their LATIST: Learning Asset Technology Integration Support Tool. They will be acknowledged in Orlando, Fla., in November. Dabbagh and Mason alumnus Mark Beattie, DA Education ’07, publishedStudent and Instructor Perceptions of the Usefulness of Computer-Based Microworlds in Supporting the Teaching and Assessment of Computer Networking Skills: An Exploratory Study in Advances in Engineering Education, 2(1). Dabbagh and doctoral student Cecily Wililams-Blijd publishedStudents’ Perceptions of Their Learning Experiences in an Authentic Instructional Design Context in Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 4(1).

Craig Esherick traveled to Mauritania from Sept. 25 to Oct. 2 on behalf of the U.S. Department of State to teach coaches, talk about sports management countrywide, hold basketball clinics and meet with government officials to help improve both basketball and sports delivery in Mauritania.

Laurie Harmon wrote, with Laurel Harrington, “The Community Gardening in Parks Handbook.” Available from the National Recreation and Park Association, the handbook provides park professionals with a step-by-step guide for planning, designing and implementing a community garden as part of a park management plan.

Tom Scruggs won the first CEHD Scholarly Achievement Award. The award, created to recognize outstanding scholarship within the college, was based on his work in the last three years that has included six books, 12 book chapters, 18 journal articles, one grant and 31 presentations. In addition, 12 students completed their dissertations under his supervision during this period.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Omar Al-Ubaydli, Economics, was named to the Virginia Joint Advisory Board of Economists.

Scott W. Berg, English, presented “The City as a Work of Art: Intended and Unintended Meanings in L’Enfant’s Plan for Washington, D.C.” at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum in Alexandria, Va., in October as part of the John Yagerline Fall Lecture Series. Berg is the author of “Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C.”

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, presented the paper “Network News Coverage of New Presidents, 1981-2009″ at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, delivered two presentations at the International Conference of Alternative Perspectives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences held Oct. 1-5 in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Papers presented were “Peacebuilders in Southeast Asia Describe the Dynamic Interplay between Consciousness and Transformation toward Effective Practice” and “Rethinking How We Channel Relief Assistance and Humanitarian Services to Refugees and Internally Displaced Communities in Southeast Asia.” The first paper was published in the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences in a volume with the theme of Alternative Perspectives in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, edited by Otto F. von Feigenblatt. The second paper was published in the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences in a volume with the theme of Development and Conflict in the 21st Century, also edited by von Feigenblatt. Fuertes also gave a lecture on “Trauma Healing: Its Academic Relevance” at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, in August 2010. While in Seoul, he also conducted and facilitated a trauma healing workshop with representatives from nongovernmental organizations.

Catherine Gallagher, Criminology, Law and Society, led a team of world-renowned experts, including Charlotte Gill, also of Criminology, Law and Society, at a congressional briefing on “Juvenile Justice in the Age of the Second Chance Act” at the U.S. Capitol in October 2010. The briefing was the fourth congressional briefing organized by the department’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and the Center for Justice Leadership and Management.

David Weisburd, Criminology, Law and Society, has received one of the highest honors that Israel can bestow upon an immigrant scientist, the Minister of Absorption and Immigration Prize for Outstanding Scientist (translated). The award was established to recognize outstanding immigrant scientists over the past 20 years.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, presented with Mason doctoral student Jennifer Biddle “Does Collaborative Governance Lead to Improvements in Environmental Outcomes? Assessing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Watershed Approach” at the Southeast Conference for Public Administration, Wilmington, N.C., in October. In September, Darnall presented “What the Federal Government Can Do to Encourage Green Production,” to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation, Policy and Program Change Division.

Allison Macfarlane, Environmental Science and Policy, received a $160,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to support her work on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. The commission will provide the U.S. Department of Energy recommendations for developing a safe, long-term solution to managing the nation’s used nuclear fuel and nuclear waste.

Nigel Waters, Geography and Geoinformation Science, was appointed the Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecturer at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. He gave a number of lectures, including a public presentation of his 2010 Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture “GIS Research: Why Is It Important to the University and to the Public?” He also gave the plenary address “Including Diversity: GIS Methodologies and Paradigms in the Big Tent” at the annual meeting of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers in October.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya Suhnhee Kim, affiliate research professor and former adjunct professor of music, presented a piano recital in Vienna, Austria, in Waehring City Hall in September. She played Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Schubert’s songs “Serenade,” “Serenade by Shakespeare,” Sonata Op. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Sonata Op. 58 by Frederick Chopin in celebration of Chopin’s 200th birthday year.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)

Andrea Bartoli participated in establishing the Regional Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination by the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). ICAR collaborated with the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and ICGLR in organizing the training and the foundation seminar in September in Kampala, Uganda. Focal points from each member state were identified, and the committee’s work plan was approved. Through Bartoli, Mason is a key affiliate partner in recognition of its contribution to prior initiatives and will contribute to the Regional Committee’s work plan both conceptually and operationally through ICAR’s Genocide Prevention Program. In August, Bartoli was invited by the United Nations to participate in an informal interactive dialogue during a meeting of the full UN General Assembly. Bartoli spoke about initiatives and approaches of various countries regarding genocide prevention and discussed his work with Engaging Governments on Genocide Prevention, a training program that involves UN member government officials in genocide prevention methods and involves the participants in a genocide prevention network.

Sandra Cheldelin wrote a chapter titled “Conflict” in “Political and Civic Leadership: A Reference Handbook.” Cheldelin also published a chapter, “Orientation and Disorientation: Two Approaches to Designing ‘Authentic’ Negotiation Learning Activities,” written with Melissa Manwaring and Bobbi McAdoo, that appeared in “Venturing Beyond the Classroom.”

Leslie Dwyer wrote an article, “Building a Monument: Intimate Politics of Reconciliation in Post-1965 Bali,” which was included in the volume “Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities after Genocide and Mass Violence,” edited by Alexander Hinton and published by Rutgers University Press.

Susan F. Hirsch and Agnieszka Paczynska received a Department of Education FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) grant for the project “Linking Theory to Practice: Conflict Analysis and Resolution Pedagogy.” The three-year, $741,000 grant will be used for curricular innovation, including the development of experiential learning activities and intensive service learning programs, and to strengthen ties between Mason and two-year institutions. Hirsch also delivered the public address “Mountains and Metaphor: Conflict over Mining in a Time of Uncivil Discourse” at James Madison University.

Susan Allen Nan received a grant of $44,000 from USAID Caucasus through World Learning’s FORECAST program for Georgian-South Ossetian confidence building in the Point of View Process. The workshop took place Oct. 1-3 in Istanbul. Nan also received $65,366 from the Alliance for Conflict Transformation as part of a State Department grant for Georgian-South Ossetian confidence building focused on water issues that cross the conflict divide and affect displaced people. She convened the first of a series of Georgian-South Ossetian workshops focused on pragmatic resource issues in Istanbul Sept. 23-26. Nan was invited to present on Reconciliation through the U.S. Embassy speaker series in Yerevan, Armenia, where she presented to a variety of audiences on Sept. 27 and 28.

Richard Rubenstein wrote “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War,” which was published in September by Bloomsbury Press. The book is an exploration of the arguments and images that have been used throughout American history to induce citizens to support U.S. wars abroad. Rubenstein also has a new website and blog to accompany the book.

Gregory Stanton was the keynote speaker at the Budapest Human Rights Forum in October. The Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities was inaugurated and Stanton spoke about the purpose and plans for the center, which will be affiliated with the Hungarian government, the European Union and the Central European University. He has lobbied for establishment of such a center since 2000, when he also first proposed creating the position of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General for the Prevention of Genocide, a proposal that was realized by Kofi Annan in 2004. Stanton was also the keynote speaker at a Conference on International Tribunals at the William Mitchell School of Law in Minneapolis on Oct. 16. He spoke on “How to Establish an International Tribunal,” drawing from his experiences in establishing the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Khmer Rouge Tribunal.)


Nada Dabbagh, College of Education and Human Development, and Rick Reo, DoIT – Learning Support Services, Information Technology Unit, published “Back to the Future: Tracing the Roots and Learning Affordances of Social Software” in “Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching,” which was edited by M.J.W. Lee and C. McLoughlin and published by IGI Global.

Margret Hjalmarson, College of Education and Human Development, and Jill Nelson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a $148,971 award from the National Science Foundation for the project “Encouraging Innovative Pedagogy Through Long-Term Faculty Development Teams.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was named the 2011 Linneaus Lecturer of the University of Uppsala, Sweden. The lecture and awards dinner will take place in February 2011. Hazen also gave the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Lecture on “Mineral Evolution” at Trinity University in San Antonio, Tex. He also lectured at the University of Tennessee and at Rutgers University on “Mineral Evolution,” “The Deep Carbon Cycle” and “The Origins of Life.”

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, presented “U.S. – China Relations and Development in China” at the Workshop on Advanced Hydrology and Climate Change, which was sponsored by Mason’s Environmental Science and Technology Center and Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, lectured at the U.S. Department of State Ambassadors Seminar on “Northern Nigerian Economy, Politics and Religion: Muslim Practice, Activism, and Interfaith Relations.” He also lectured at the State Department’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center on “Islam in Africa: The Nigerian Case.”

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, presented “Scientists and the Media” at the Jackson Hole Symposium held in Denver.

School of Management

Karen Hallows, Executive Programs, presented the paper “Experiential and Transformative Learning: New York Financial Institutions Visits” at the Financial Education Association Conference in San Antonio, Tex. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

Ling Lei, Accounting, presented the paper “Debt Covenant Slacks and Real Earnings Management” at the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance Conference in New York City.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, presented the paper “Relevant But Undisclosed Information in Negotiated Audit Fees” at the 19th University of Illinois Symposium on Auditing Research held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

Alexander Philipov, Finance, presented the paper “Anomalies and Financial Distress” at the Financial Management Association’s annual meeting in New York City.

George Wang, Finance, presented papers titled “Order Imbalances and Price Changes in the U.S. Index Futures Markets: An Emprical Investigation” and “The Imapct of Trading Activity by Trader Types on Aysemmetric Volatility in Nasdaq-100 Index Futures” at the Financial Management Association Annual Meetings in New York City.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented the papers “Fair Value Accounting and Bank Stability” and “The Effect of Accounting Versus Economic Determinants on the Use of Broad-Based Option Plans” at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Accounting Association in San Francisco.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs presented “High-Impact Entrepreneurship Outlook: Finance and Innovation Create Jobs” at the U.S. Small Business Administration conference held Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.

Katrin Anacker wrote Local Interventions and Perspectives in Times of the Foreclosure Crisis — Example: Prince William County in the Washington, D.C., Region, which was published in German in “Year Book Urban Renewal 2010.” Anacker also presented “Analyzing the Effect of Walkability on Property Values in Louisville,” a paper written with with John Gilderbloom, Joshua Ambrosius and Zachary Kenitzer, at the annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning in Minneapolis on Oct. 7. Also on Oct. 7, Anacker presented “Queering the Suburbs: Analyzing Property Values in Male and Female Same-Sex Suburbs in the United States” as part of the roundtable Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Planning.

David Armor served on the panel “The Way Forward: Spotlight on Education” during the conference, “A New Era: Defining Civil Rights in the 21st Century,” sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and held at the National Press Club on Sept. 14.

Ann Baker wrote the chapter, “Shifting Landscape: Differences That Spawn New Knowledge,” in the book “Complexity and Knowledge Management Understanding the Role of Knowledge in the Management of Social Networks,” edited by Andrew Tait and Kurt A. Richardson and published by Information Age Publishing in January 2010.

Rex Brown wrote the article “Is Decision Analysis the Best Way to an Ideal Choice?” which appears in the April 2010 issue of Decision Analysis Today, published by INFORMS Decision Analysis Society.

Jack Goldstone became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank and publisher.

David Hart and PhD student Fangmeng (Tim) Tian wrote the chapter “Talent for a Knowledge-Based and Innovation-Oriented Economy: Hong Kong’s Challenges and Opportunities” in Innovation Policy and the Limits of Laissez-faire: Hong Kong’s Policy in Comparative Perspective,” edited by Douglas B. Fuller and published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2010.

Wallace Johnson was selected a Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Technical and Management Assistance. Only two male and two female members in each discipline are named Professionals of the Year.

Ramkishen Rajan was reappointed a senior research fellow with the Claremont Institute of Economic Policy Studies at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University.

Mark Rozell moderated the panel “Religion and the 2010 Elections: The Impact of Religious Issues and Religious Voters,” which was sponsored by Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies on Oct. 13 at the National Press Club.

Steve Ruth wrote “Bumps on the Road to the National Broadband Plan,” which appears in the November/December 2010 issue of IEEE Internet Computing.

Susan Tolchin and Martin Tolchin discussed their latest book,Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond, on Oct. 17 at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Sushil Jajodia, Applied Information Technology and director of the Center for Secure Information Systems, received $171,899.00 from the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Sam Malek, Computer Science, received an additional $125,053.00 from SAIC for the project “COTS Very Small Computing Platform (VSCP) − Tactical.” The prime sponsor is the Department of Defense/Navy.

Bob Simon, Computer Science, received $279,961 from Vectare for the project “Vectare/Department of Defense/Wireless Sensor Network Research.” The prime sponsor is the Department of Defense, and the performance period runs through Sept. 30, 2011.

Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science, and Anup Ghosh, chief scientist of the Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), received $2,169,506 from Columbia University, the prime contractor on a Department of Defense contract. The project, “Securely Taking on New Executable Software of Uncertain Provenance (STONESOUP) Program,” runs through May 2011. This award comes through CSIS.

Kathleen Wage, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was one of 53 of the nation’s most innovative young engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s second Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium to be held in Irvine, Calif., in December 2010.

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