February 2011 Accolades

Posted: February 1, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: January 31, 2011 at 8:34 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 March 1. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 22.


David C. Atkins, Auxiliary Enterprises, presented with Orca TV LLC on digital signage as an effective communication tool at the Association of College Unions International — Region 4 conference hosted at Pennsylvania State University in October 2010.

Kevin Dunayer, Events Production, and adjunct professor, Theater, received the 2010 Camera’s Eye Boulder County Theater Award for Best Sound Design for “King Lear” at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Steven Gerber, University Libraries, and adjunct professor, School of Music, presented a musicology paper, “Bigamy Scandal Sinks Sacred Music Group! The Rise and Fall of the Church Music Association, 1869–1874,” at the fall conference of the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association, hosted by American University in October 2010.

Dan Waxman, Auxiliary Enterprises and Student Media, completed the Water Educator Profile and the Forestry Educator Profile at the Environmental Education Leader level, part of the Environmental Educators Leadership Program through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

College of Education and Human Development

Erin Peters Burton published the online article, “Learning About the Human Aspect of the Scientific Enterprise: Gender Differences in Conceptions of Scientific Knowledge,” in Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, 30(12).

Kevin Clark and Kimberly Sheridan had their work, the Game Design Through Mentoring and Collaboration program, featured in the National Science Teachers Association publication, NSTA Reports. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, works with youth to expose them to STEM content as they design video games.

Monimalika Day, Elizabeth DeMulder and Stacia Stribling contributed a chapter titled “Using the Process of Cultural Reciprocity to Create Multicultural Democratic Classrooms” to “Democracy and Multicultural Education.” The book is edited by Farideh Salili and Rumjahn Hoosain and is published by Information Age Publishing.

Margo Mastropieri and recent Mason PhD graduate Courtney Gaskins published “Academic and Behavioral Characteristics at a Secondary Residential School” in Child Welfare, 89, 189–208.

Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo and colleagues Matt Meyer and Judith Atiri from the Peace and Justice Studies Association and War Resisters International published an edited book titled “Seeds Bearing Fruit: Pan-African Peace Action for the Twenty-First Century” (Africa World Press, 2011). Teachers College hosted an invited book launch and discussion for the volume presented by Ndura-Ouédraogo and Meyer in October 2010 at Columbia University in New York.

Seth Parsons published a chapter titled “Using the ACCESS Framework to Design Tasks that Promote Students’ Self-Regulated Learning” in the International Handbook on Applying Self-Regulated Learning in Different Settings.

Kelley Regan, Sheri Berkeley and Sharon Ray presented “Evidence-Based Practices in Reading: From Syllabi to Classroom Implementation” in October 2010 at the 32nd International Conference on Learning Disabilities in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Tom Scruggs, Margo Mastropieri, Sheri Berkeley and Lisa Marshak, a recent Mason PhD graduate and assistant principal at Twain Middle School in Fairfax County Public Schools, published “Mnemonic Strategies: Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence” in Intervention in School and Clinic, 46, 79–86. Scruggs, Mastropieri and Berkeley also published “Reading Comprehension Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities, 1995–2006: A Meta-Analysis” in Remedial and Special Education, 31, 423–436; and (with Jan Graetz) “Does Special Education Improve Learning of Secondary Content? A Meta-Analysis” in Remedial and Special Education, 31, 437–449. Scruggs and Berkeley published Issue 18 of Current Practice Alerts: A Focus on Vocabulary Instruction. Current Practice Alerts is a joint publication of the Division for Learning Disabilities and the Division for Research within the Council for Exceptional Children.

Betty Sturtevant received the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers’ (ALER) A.B. Herr Award for 2010, which was presented in November at the annual meeting of ALER in Omaha. The award recognizes a professional educator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of literacy education.

Michelle Van Lare and colleagues Chrysan Gallucci, Irene Yoon and Beth Boatright at the University of Washington published “Instructional Coaching: Building Theory About the Role and Organizational Support for Professional Learning” in the American Educational Research Journal 47(4), 919–963.

Kristien Zenkov gave an invited presentation at the Education Research Institute, Cheongju National University of Education in Cheongju, South Korea. The title of the presentation was “Understanding the ‘Marriages’ of Interns and Mentors: Research on Models of PDS Intern ‘Matching’ and Traditional Intern ‘Placements.’” Zenkov also had an exhibition titled “Through Students’ Eyes: Youth Show Us What They Think About School, An Exhibition of Photographs and Writings From Youth in Virginia, Ohio and Sierra Leone” shown at the Connections for Hope Center in Herndon, Va., from Oct. 30, 2010 to Jan. 29, 2011.

College of Health and Human Services

Ann Maradiegue, School of Nursing, wrote “Central American Mothers Report Family History as a Predictor of Their Teenagers’ Health Risk,” which appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 22(10), 540–547.She also wrote with colleagues a book chapter, “Genetics and the Family History,” that appeared in “Advanced Health Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnosis,” third edition, edited by Mary Jo Goolsby and Laurie Grubbs (2011). She gave several presentations with colleagues at the annual International Society of Nurses in Genetics conference held in Dallas in October: “Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Do Nurse Practitioners Know Enough?”; “Nurse Practitioner Knowledge of Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Measures and Tools Used in Primary Care Settings”; and “Assessing Nurse Practitioner Knowledge of Lynch Syndrome (Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer).”

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jo-Marie Burt, Public and International Affairs, presented two papers at the Latin American Studies Association Convention in Toronto, Oct. 6–9, 2010: “Human Rights Trials and Access to Justice in Peru,” and “Domestic Prosecutions of Crimes Against Humanity: Lessons from the Fujimori Trial.” Burt gave a presentation on her current research project on domestic criminal trials in Peru against alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations and crimes against humanity at the conference, “Late Justice in Latin America,” organized by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London and the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at the University of Ulster, Oct. 21, 2010. She also participated in a workshop at the TJI entitled “The Role of Databases in Transitional Justice Research” on Oct. 26.

Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, Economics, had their blog, Marginal Revolution, named one of the best of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal. Cowen’s article, “The Inequality That Matters,” which appeared in The American Interest, received a “Sydney Award” from New York Times columnist David Brooks as one of the best magazine essays of 2010.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, and Roland Schatz of Media Tenor delivered a research paper titled “International News Coverage of Barack Obama as a New President” at the American Political Science Association’s Political Communication Division Pre-Conference held in September 2010.

Paula Ruth Gilbert, Modern and Classical Languages and Women and Gender Studies, with Miléna Santoro of Georgetown University edited “Transatlantic Passages: Literary and Cultural Relations between Quebec and Francophone Europe,” which was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2010.

Bryan Caplan, Economics, and Arnold Kling had their blog, Econlog, named one of the best of 2010 by the Wall Street Journal.

Richard Norton Smith, History and Art History, will discuss his choices for presidents who should be carved into Mount Rushmore at the Dole Institute of Politics during the institute’s 2011 Presidential Lecture Series. The first lecture was Jan. 30, and the last will be on Feb. 24. Smith was the first permanent director of the institute, which is located at the University of Kansas.

David Weisburd, Criminology, Law and Society, wrote with Amanda Perry and Catherine Hewitt “Are Criminologists Describing Randomized Controlled Trials in Ways That Allow Us to Assess Them? Findings from a Sample of Crime and Justice Trials,” which was published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology 6: 245–262.

College of Science

Susan Conard, affiliate research professor in Geography and Geoinformation Science/EastFIRE Lab, was named a new fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, presented “The Demand for Green Production: Consumers’ Eco-Label Use” and “Sustainable Business: Opportunity in the New Economy” at Sophia University in Tokyo in December. Additionally, she presented “The Business of Corporate Sustainability” at Kyoto University in Japan. In January, she presented “Corporate Environmental Sustainability: Business Opportunities and Public Policy Challenges” at Arizona State University.

Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, was elected to the Advisory Council of the Friends of Arlington Planetarium. He was also elected treasurer for 2011 of the Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya Suhnhee Kim, affiliate research professor, School of Music, performed and discussed compositions by Chopin at “Chopin—2010” to celebrate Frederic Chopin’s 200th birthday at the Tux-Center, Tirol, Austria, in December 2010.

Linda Monson, School of Music, accompanied tenor Anthony Kearns on the piano at an invitation-only charity event supporting the USO’s $100 million initiative for wounded warriors and their families, “Operation Enduring Care,” as well as ThanksUSA, which benefits military spouses and children through need-based scholarships. The event was held Dec. 5, 2010, at the Embassy of New Zealand in Washington, D.C.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Manana Gnolidze-Swanson, visiting scholar, prepared the Georgian version of the Georgian-South Ossetian “Point of View” process website.

Marc Gopin led the international seminar “Reflection in Practice,” which took place in Syria in January. The seminar involved extensive field experience engaging communities across the Syrian spectrum, including a conversation with Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria, at the palace in Damascus. Gopin and colleagues Hind Kabawat, Scott Cooper, Aziz Abu Sarah and Nawal Rajeh in the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution launched the Interfaith Peace and Justice Initiative of Greater Washington. A tour took place in January in Israel and Palestine with prominent religious leaders from the Washington, D.C., area. Gopin and ICAR doctoral student Roi Ben Yehuda published an article on racism in Israel that appeared in The Huffington Post. In January, Gopin offered lectures on inter-religious conflict resolution at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Karyna Korostelina and the Applied Theory and Practice team from CONF690/890, which included nine graduate students from ICAR, traveled to South Africa in January to interview academics, national and international NGOs and conflict resolution practitioners in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Korostelina presented a paper, “Dialogue Between Religious Communities” at the conference Making Peace In and With the World: The Role of the Gülen Movement in the Task of Eco-Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia. She also presented a paper, “War of Textbooks: History Education in Russia and Ukraine,” at the ISA Northeast Annual conference, held in Baltimore in November 2010. She published a paper, “Shaping Social Identities: The Role of History Education in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies” in “Advances in Psychology Research,” edited by A. M. Columbus.


Paula Ruth Gilbert, Modern and Classical Languages and Women and Gender Studies; Debra Bergoffen, Philosophy (retired); Tamara Harvey, English; and Connie McNeely, Public Policy, edited “Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women’s Lives, Human Rights.” The book was published by Routledge in 2010.

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, published “The Saga of Peter Still” in New Jersey History, vol. 125, no. 2, 2011. He also served as one of the historical consultants on “President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,” an exhibit in that opened in Philadelphia on Dec. 15, 2010.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, organized an all-union session on Deep Carbon Science at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. He was also the keynote lecturer at origins of life conferences in Austria and Holland.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, met with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria to discuss the upcoming national elections in April. He also met with officials of the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei to discuss closer collaboration with Mason’s Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. He met with officials of Tsinghua University in Beijing to discuss partnering on a proposed Mason undergraduate minor in Global Problems and Perspectives.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote book reviews that appeared in the Washington Post under the title “An Up-Close Look at Two Heavenly Bodies.” The reviewed books were “Moon” by Bernd Brunner and “Choosing the Moon” by Richard Cohen. Trefil also wrote a dust jacket blurb for the newly published book, “Quantum Physics for Poets,” by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented a paper titled “Modeling the Supply-Side Dynamics in IT Components, Products and Infrastructure” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented a paper titled “Design for the Environment — Lifecycle Approach Using the Newsvendor Model” at the New Product Development, Innovation and Sustainability Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Jaideep Ghosh, adjunct faculty member in Information Systems and Operations Management, presented a paper titled “The Knowledge-Sharing Dynamics of a Globally Outsourced Software Development Project: A System Simulations Model” at the 9th Annual International Smart Sourcing Conference in New Delhi, India, in January.

David Kravitz, Management, presented a paper titled “Preparing Students for Workplace Diversity: Some Research Implications” at Building Better Students: Preparation for Life After High School in Washington, D.C.

Ling Lei, Accounting, presented a paper titled “CEO Power and Audit Committee Financial Expertise” at the 2011 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in Albuquerque. Lei also presented a paper titled “Debt Covenant Slack and Real Earnings Management” at the 2011 American Accounting Association Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Mid-Year Meeting in Tampa, Fla.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, presented a paper titled “Asset Liquidity and Stock Liquidity” at the American University Accounting/Finance Workshop in Washington, D.C. Pevzner also presented a paper titled “Relevant but Delayed Information in Negotiated Audit Fees” at the 2011 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in Albuquerque.

Paige Wolf, Management, presented a paper titled “Building Stronger Relationships” at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development in Fairfax, Va., in November. Wolf also presented a paper titled “People Create Value: Getting the Most Out of Human Capital” at the CFO Alliance Roundtable Meeting in Bethesda, Md., in November.

George H. K. Wang, Finance, published the article “Weather, Inventory and Common Jump Dynamics in Natural Gas Futures and Spot Markets” in Review of Futures Markets.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented a paper titled “Fair Value Accounting and Bank Stability” at the 2011 Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Mid-Year Meeting in Tampa, Fla.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs was a keynote speaker at the 10th International Entrepreneurship Forum held in Bahrain at Isa Cultural Centre Jan. 10–11. Acs also spoke on the subject of job creation and the Great Recession at the 30th Annual Economic Outlook Conference held at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business on Dec. 9, 2010.

Jonathan L. Gifford wrote a report for the Commonwealth of Virginia titled “State Infrastructure Banks: A Virginia Perspective.” The report outlines the utility of state infrastructure banks and examines case studies on how states have used state infrastructure banks to leverage billions of dollars in investment for their transportation networks.

John Petersen was recently elected to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), which regulates entities that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. Petersen is one of 11 independent public members represented on the MSRB’s 21-member board.

Bonnie Stabile,
adjunct, was appointed co-chair of the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group on the Teaching of Evaluation.

Tojo Thatchenkery was an organizer of and speaker at the ICBC-2010, International Conference on Business Cases, held in Ghaziabad, India.

Volgenau School of Engineering

Tomasz Arciszewski, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, attended the ASEE Global Forum on Engineering Education held in Singapore in October 2010. During the conference, he made poster presentations on the following: “Renaissance: the Key to Modern Engineering Education”; “Theory of Successful Education and Engineering Education”; “Successful Education”; and “Successful Department.” The full papers are available in the Conference Proceedings. He also gave talks on “Successful Education” at the National University of Singapore and at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. With Catherine Harrison, affiliated faculty and neuroscientist and cognitive psychologist with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, he gave a talk in November 2010 on “Successful Education” at the U.S. Department of Education, Division of Postsecondary Education. The talk was attended by program directors and education leaders from various federal government branches and state governments.

Alex Brodsky, Computer Science, his PhD student Nathan Egge and X. Sean Wang received a Best Paper Award at the HICSS 2011 conference, Decision Technology, Mobile Technologies and Service Science track, held in Hawaii, January 4–7. The paper was selected as the best out of 65 research papers accepted. The paper title is “Reusing Relational Queries for Intuitive Decision Optimization.”

Alexander Levis, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $164,168 from Vanderbilt University for his project, “Vanderbilt/USAF/ Next Generation Cyber Wind Tunnel.” The prime sponsor is the U.S. Air Force Research Lab. The period of performance is Nov. 22, 2010, through Nov. 21, 2012.

Jill Nelson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a four-year, $449,713 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for her project “CAREER: Detection and Estimation in Complex and Uncertain Environments.” Nelson is the 11th faculty member in the Volgenau School of Engineering to receive a CAREER award.

Roman Polyak, Mathematical Sciences and Systems Engineering and Operations Research; Igor Griva, Mathematical Sciences and Computational and Data Sciences; and Shen-Shyang Ho were issued a U.S. patent for “Classification Tool” in November 2010.

Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science, and his student Zhaohui Wang presented their discovery on a way to turn a USB cable into an attack tool at the Black Hat DC conference.

Harry Wechsler, Computer Science, spoke at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) at the IDGA’s Fourth Annual Biometrics for National Security and Defense conference, Jan. 24–26 in Vienna, Va. Wechsler detailed his FERET facial database and how this type of technology can be used by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. He also spoke about biometric authentication and the future of research and development in these areas.

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