December 2010 Accolades

Posted: December 1, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: December 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

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

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Ian Fairclough, University Libraries, gave a presentation titled “Cooperative Quality Control for Cataloging: Initiatives in Error Handling” at the Fifth Library Research Seminar, hosted by the iSchool at the University of Maryland in October.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Robert DeCaroli, History and Art History, gave a lecture, “A Tale of Two Kingdoms: Dai Viet and Champa,” at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., in November.

Stephen J. Farnsworth, Communication, and Stuart Soroka and Lori Young of McGill University published a research paper, “The International Two-Step Flow in Foreign News: Canadian and U.S. Television News Coverage of U.S. Affairs,” in the October 2010 issue of the International Journal of Press/Politics.

Jon Gould, Criminology, Law and Society, lectured on “Studying Racial Fairness in the Civil Justice System” at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Nov. 18. He presented “Diversifying State Courts” on Nov.19 at the Alaska Court System’s Snowden Administration Training Center.

David Haines, Sociology and Anthropology, presented a talk, “Safe Haven in America: Thirty Years after the Refugee Act of 1980,” at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans in November.

Stephen Mastrofski, Criminology, Law and Society, was named a fellow of the American Society of Criminology, one of the society’s highest honors, at the group’s annual conference held in San Francisco in November.

David Weisburd, Criminology, Law and Society, has been selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Program’s Science Advisory Board. This prestigious group of 18 of the nation’s leading criminologists will advise the Department of Justice on a variety of key issues in policing, sentencing, corrections, rehabilitation and treatment.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya Suhnhee Kim, affiliate research professor, participated in the “International Chopin Celebration Concert” at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York in November to honor the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth. This concert was sponsored by the American Fine Arts Festival and Kim was honored with the festival’s Teacher Award.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)

Leslie Dwyer presented her research on post-conflict transitional justice at an invited session on transitional justice at the American Anthropological Association meetings in New Orleans in November.

Karina Korostelina was a discussant on an ICAR panel comprised of PhD students Shinae Hong, Mefi Ruthviana Hermawanti, Saira Yamin and Molly Tepper representing George Mason University at the International Studies Association—Northeast Annual Conference held in Baltimore on November 4−5. Their papers focused on global pluralism, identity theories and conflict analysis and resolution.

Juliette Shedd has an entry titled “Contemporary Religious Violence in Europe” in the new encyclopedia, Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present, edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross.

Gregory Stanton was the keynote speaker at a world conference of faith-based organizations devoted to the anti-genocide movement held Nov. 17−21 in Nairobi, Kenya, and chaired by the presidents of Kenya and Uganda.

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, was a session leader for the Seminar for Historical Administration sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History held in Indianapolis.

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, had his play, “Nathan the Wise,” produced at the Bay School in Blue Hill, Maine, as part of a project to make classic plays available to students at the pre-high school level.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented four papers and was the organizer of a special symposium on mineral evolution at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver. Hazen was also the Distinguished Scientist Lecturer at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas; the keynote lecturer at the Vienna Bioscience Center Conference on Origins of Life in Austria; and presented lectures at Rutgers University on the Deep Carbon Observatory and on mineral evolution.

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, spoke at a contemporary Chinese art exhibit, “The World of Joyblins” by Liang Changsheng, at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, wrote a chapter titled “Teilhard’s Two Energies” with Nicole Schmitz-Moorman and James Salmon, SJ, in the new book, “The Legacy of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.”

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, participated in a discussion group at the Council on Foreign Relations on the upcoming Nigerian elections.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, lectured on “The Scientific Method,” “Introduction to Molecular Biology” and “Human Prospects: The Case for Optimism” at the Science in the Courts Conference in Captiva, Fla. He also lectured on “Galileo: Scientist and Popularizer” at the NOVA Galileo Festival.

School of Management

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the papers titled “Reviving the Electric Car Movement: Developing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Transportation” and “Games and Exercises in Teaching MOT and NPD” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. 

Karen Hallows, Executive Programs, presented the paper titled “Experiential and Transformative Learning: New York Financial Institutions Visits” at the Financial Education Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Debt Covenant Slack and Real Earnings Management” at the 2010 Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance/KPMG Foundation Conference in New York City. The presentation was also published in the conference proceedings.

Linda Samuels, Management, presented the paper titled “Secondary Liability for Counterfeit Online Sales” at the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Charleston, S.C., in November.

Anthony Sanders, Finance, presented the paper titled “Adverse Selection in Servicing” at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

George Wang, Finance, presented the papers titled “Order Imbalances and Price Changes in the U.S. Index Futures Markets: An Emprical Investigation” and “The Impact of Trading Activity by Trader Types on Aysemmetric Volatility in Nasdaq-100 Index Futures”at the Financial Management Association Annual Meeting in New York City. Wang also published an article titled “Volatility and Trading Activity Following Changes in the Size of Futures Contracts” (with co-authors) in the Journal of Empirical Finance.

Rick Warne, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Does the Precision of Accounting Guidance Affect Investors’ Assignments of Responsibility to Managers and Auditors for Negative Events?” at the Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium in Provo, Utah.

Paige Wolf, Management, presented “Making the Business Case for HR Initiatives” at the Society for Human Resource Management in Fairfax, Va., in October.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs presented at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Lyon, France, Nov. 4−5. He spoke during the roundtable discussion “Entrepreneurial Cities” and discussed challenges faced by cities and entrepreneurship development and presented the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index and its rankings.

Katrin Anacker edited the conference proceedings from the Housing Education and Research Association’s At Home in the World 2010 Conference. In addition, Anacker’s article, “Still Paying the Race Tax? Analyzing Property Values in Homogenous and Mixed-Race Suburbs,” was published in the Journal of Urban Affairs in 2010. Anacker presented the paper, “Analyzing Foreclosures and Subprime Lending in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area,” (co-written with James H. Carr) at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 2010 Annual Fall Research Conference in Boston on Nov. 6.

David Armor published “How the ‘Safety Net’ Became a ‘Comfort Net” in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Nov. 14.

Kenneth Button presented “The Role of Institutions in Deregulated Transportation Markets” to the Economics of Regulation Roundtable in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 12.

Jonathan Gifford spoke on “Surface Transportation Authorization—Update” to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General as part of its community of practice program on Oct. 28.

Jack Goldstone delivered the lecture, “Immigration and Democracy, from Know Nothings to Koran Burning” as part of the Democracy Seminar Series at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation on Nov. 17.

Sonia Ketkar is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, and she is the newly appointed associate director of SPP’s Center for Emerging Market Policies. Ketkar wrote “Distribution System Choice in Service Industries: An Analysis of the International Insurance Market,” which was published in the Journal of International Management.

Frank T. Manheim, affiliate faculty, presented “A Tale of Two Chemistry Departments: American and Swedish” to the Transatlantic Forum for Science, Innovation, and Higher Education at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 19. The forum was sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council and Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Manheim also presented “Global Climate Change” for the Sigma Xi booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 23–24.

Ramkishen Rajan wrote with SPP ICP student Sasidaran Gopalan the op-ed “Time to Take Over,” which appears in the Oct. 22, 2010, Financial Express. Rajan was a discussant during the session “Implications and Future of Korean Economy, 2011-12” on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. The event, “State of the World Economy, 2011-12, Whither or Wither?” was hosted by the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and Korea Institute of Finance, and sponsored by JoongAng Ilbo and the Asian Studies Program at SAIS.

Mark Rozell and Paul Goldman wrote the op-ed “Should Obama Walk Away?” which appears in the Nov. 8, 2010, Baltimore Sun. Rozell presented “The 2010 Midterm Elections” on Nov. 18 at the Fairfax Committee of 100 monthly meeting in Vienna, Va.; Nov. 15 at the Dulles Area Democrats’ monthly meeting; Nov. 10 to both the Rumi Forum postelection discussion program in Washington, D.C., and the SPP Alumni Association in Arlington; and Nov. 9 to the 123 Club meeting in Tysons Corner, Va. On Oct. 25, Rozell presented “Obama at Midterm” to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Burke, Va.

Bonnie Stabile, adjunct, was a presenter on the panel “Critical Concepts for Introductory Evaluation Courses” on Nov. 11 at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association in San Antonio, Texas.

Tojo Thatchenkery is guest editor for the special edition of Management Decision, “Business Cases for Enhancing Organizational Excellence” and the special issue of the International Journal of Technology Marketing, “Leveraging Technological Innovation for Competitive Advantage.”

Janine Wedel presented “Shadow Elites” at the TEDxBerlin 2010 conference, “Fantastic Reality: How We Shape Our Future” on Nov. 15 in Berlin. Wedel presented “Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government and the Free Market” at the Anthropology Colloquium on Nov. 10 at Georgetown University. On Oct. 27, Wedel presented “Shadow Elites” at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna, Austria.  On Oct. 21, Wedel presented “Global Actors between Market and Politics: Implications for Democracy and Accountability” to the First Govemark network workshop at Georgetown University.

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Shih-Chun Chang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and R. Echard published an article in October titled “Good High-Rate Pi-Rotation LDPC Codes Based on Novel Puncturing Techniques,” in the Proceedings of 2010 International Symposium on Information Theory and Its Application.

Anup Ghosh, chief scientist of the Center for Secure Information Systems, and Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science, received $368,923 from LGS Innovations LLC, for IARPA: Athena-Yukon Project. The prime sponsor is the Department of Homeland Security. This award comes through the Center for Secure Information Systems and the period of performance is Aug. 27, 2010, through May 31, 2011.

Deborah Goodings, Dewberry Professor of Civil Engineering, is the recipient of the 2010 Engineering Excellence Award, an award given jointly by Professional Engineers Ontario and the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (Canada).  Goodings was recognized for her career excellence in research and teaching at her previous position at the University of Maryland, with special attention for her award-winning work with Engineers Without Borders-USA, and her instrumental role in launching the UMD cross-disciplinary Master of Engineering and Public Policy program.

Alex Levis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $120,000 from Lockheed Martin for his project, Multi-Modeling and Meta-Modeling in the Human Terrain. The period of performance is Nov. 1, 2010, through Oct. 31, 2011.

Lance Sherry, director of the Center for Air Transportation System Research, and John Shortle, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, received $150,000 from Metron Aviation Inc., for their project, Metron/NASA LOI: PEARS (Policy, Engineering, Analysis, Research Support). The period of performance is Sept. 7, 2010, through July 13, 2011.

Xinyuan (Frank) Wang, Computer Science, Shiping Chen, PhD Information Technology ’07, and Sushil Jajodia, Applied Information Technology and director of the Center for Secure Information Systems, were issued a patent for Packet Flow Side Channel in October. Wang and Chen received another patent for Interval Centroid Based Watermark Decoder in November.

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