March 2011 Accolades

Posted: March 1, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: March 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

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

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Steven Gerber, University Libraries, and adjunct professor, School of Music, presented a keynote address, “The Library in the Music Academy of the Future: Role, Challenges, Possibilities,” at the winter assembly of the Association of Nordic Music Academies, hosted by Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, on Feb. 17. This association consists of music conservatories from eight Scandinavian and Baltic countries.

College of Education and Human Development

Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, with colleagues Sandra Shultz, David Perrin, Randy Schmitz, Terry Ackerman and Mark Schulz from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, published an article titled “Lower Body Stiffness and Muscle Activity Differences Between Female Dancers and Basketball Players During Drop Jumps” in Sports Health, 3(1), 89–96.

Erin Peters Burton was awarded the Outstanding University Science Educator of the Year award in November 2010. The award is given statewide each year by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers to recognize outstanding science education teaching at the university level. Burton and Anastasia Kitsantas published “The Effect of Nature of Science Metacognitive Prompts on Science Students’ Content and Nature of Science Knowledge, Metacognition, and Self- Regulatory Efficacy” in School Science and Math, 110, 382–396.

Nelson Cortes and colleagues E. Blount, S. Ringleb, and J.A. Oñate published “Soccer-Specific Video Simulation for Improving Movement Assessment” in Sports Biomechanics, 10(1), 12–24. Cortes and colleagues J.A. Oñate and B.L. Van Lunen published “Pivot Task Increases Knee Frontal Plane Loading When Compared to Sidestep and Drop-Jump” in the Journal of Sports Sciences, 29(1), 83–92.

Jorge Osterling and doctoral student Whitney Webb published “On Becoming a Bilingual Teacher: A Transformative Process for Preservice and Novice Teachers” in the Journal of Transformative Education, 7(4), 267–293.

Seth Parsons and classroom teachers Salem Metzger, Ashley Carswell and Jeanna Askew published the paper, “Teaching Against the Grain: One Title I School’s Journey Toward Project-Based Literacy Instruction,” in Literacy Research and Instruction, 50(1), 1–14. Parsons published the paper “Adaptive Teaching: A Case Study of One Third-Grade Teacher’s Literacy Instruction” in the 32nd Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook.

Beverly Shaklee was elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees for the Alliance for International Education.

David Wiggins received a Living Legacy Award from the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation of Falls Church, Va., in November 2010 for his outstanding contributions in preserving, sharing and promoting the early history of African Americans’ participation in the sport of basketball. Wiggins was elected president of the NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on College Sports at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio held in January 2011. The colloquium gives scholars an opportunity to inform participants about the reform movement in intercollegiate athletics and stimulate research on topics pertaining to college sports. Wiggins served as a respondent to the keynote address delivered by Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, at the NCAA Scholarly Colloquium on College Sports held in conjunction with the NCAA Convention. The title of his response was “Farewell to Sport: The Decline of the African American Athlete During the Age of the Collegiate Arms Race and Globalization.”

College of Health and Human Services

Charlene Douglas, School of Nursing, was appointed to serve on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. This commission gives advice to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services regarding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Mark Meiners, Health Administration and Policy, wrote a policy brief for the Center for Health Care Strategies Inc., “Connecting the Long-Term Care Partnership and CLASS Act Insurance Programs” on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and State Long-Term Care Partnership programs.

Len Nichols, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, presented “Is Medicaid Sustainable?” to the Health and Human Services Committee of the National Governors Association at the group’s winter meeting held in Washington, D.C., in February 2011.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, published a new novel, “Song of Slaves in the Desert,” and also has a new short story titled “Nailed” in the first issue of The Literarian, the new online literary review published by The Center for Fiction.

Daniel J. Cohen, Center for History and New Media in the Department of History and Art History, was named the recipient of the 2011 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology given by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work that shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 26.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, delivered a research paper titled “Scientists’ Assessments of Climate Change Information in News and Entertainment Media” at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in January 2011.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, facilitated and conducted a social reconciliation and trauma healing workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 28–Feb. 6, 2011. Participants were community, government and NGO leaders from Somalia, Uganda and Kenya. The workshop was organized by Pact Kenya and USAID/East Africa.

Edward Maibach and Katherine Rowan, Communication, were speakers at a symposium, “TV Meteorologists Communicating Climate Change,” which was part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Feb. 19 at the Washington Convention Center. The symposium focused on a series of National Science Foundation-funded studies on TV weathercasters and their views and communication of climate change science.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, published with her colleagues “Is ISO 14001 a Gateway to More Advanced Environmental Action? The Case for Green Supply Chain Management,” in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(2), 170–182. An earlier version of this paper was identified as one of “15 Green Supply Chain Studies You Should Know About” in The Green Economy Post on Jan. 12, 2010.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Sandra Cheldelin conducted a webinar in January 2011 on “Conflict Resolution in Academic Departments” sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Frank Dukes joined seven representatives from the University of Virginia’s UCARE (University and Community Action for Racial Equity) project at the conference Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies held Feb. 3–6, 2011. The conference was hosted by Emory University and its Transforming Community Project, an ongoing effort instituted by Emory in 2005 to examine its history as well as its current practices related to race.

Dean Pruitt wrote “Communication Preliminary to Negotiation in Intractable Conflict,” which was published in “Psychological and Political Strategies for Peace Negotiation,” edited by F. Aquilar and M. Galluccio, 117–129, (Springer 2011).

Robinson Professors

Robert M. Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences; and James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote an essay, “Scientific Literacy: A Modest Proposal,” which appears in the book “Science and the Educated American: A Core Component of Liberal Education,” edited by Jerrold Mainwald and John G. Hildebrand; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010; 57–69. The volume resulted from the academy’s project on Science in the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Hazen was a keynote speaker on “Deep Carbon Observatory” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. He also delivered the Linnaeus Prize Lecture at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. The three-day event included a formal dinner with the president of the university, the public prize lecture on origins of life, and a symposium at the university, where he presented a second lecture on his research. He recorded segments on origins of life research for Japan Public Television and National Public Radio.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, presented “Varieties of American Exceptionalism” at the Sixth Annual Ronald Reagan Symposium held at Regent University.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, lectured to the U.S. Department of State on “Islamic Identity Factors and the Upcoming Nigerian Elections.”

School of Law

Helen Alvare testified in February 2011 at the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee on the Protect Life Act.

School of Management

Scott Benjamin, Management, presented the paper titled “Discourse and Dirty Deeds in the Adoption of U.S. Wind Farms” at the INFORMS Conference in Austin, Texas. Benjamin also presented the paper titled “The Bradley Effect: When Sensemaking Does not Make Sense” at the Strategic Management Society in Rome.

Ling Lisic, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Audit Committee Characteristics and Auditor Dismissals following Internal Control Material Weakness Reports” at the 34th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in Rome. Lisic also presented the paper titled “CEO Power and Audit Committee Financial Expertise” at the 2011 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, had the presentation titled “Relevant But Delayed Information in Negotiated Audit Fees” published in the proceedings from the 2011 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference.

Anthony B. Sanders, Finance, testified on Feb. 1 in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on forced loan modifications in bankruptcy court.

Rick Warne, Accounting, published an article titled “Andrew Ford, D.D.S.: A Sole-Practitioner Professional Practice Case” (with co-author) in the Journal of Business Case Studies.

School of Public Policy

Katrin Anacker was appointed as co-chair of the Housing and Community Development track for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Mark Addleson lectured on “Knowledge Work Is All Touchy-Feely. Where Does This Leave Knowledge Management?” at a Knowledge Management Institute event.

Janine Davidson spoke on the strategic defense priorities outlined in the U.S. Quadrennial Defense Review. Davidson is on leave while serving as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans.

Bob Deitz addressed a plenary session at the annual American Bar Association Forum on Constitutional Law to discuss the publication of leaked, classified government documents and the publication of other confidential materials that are illegally obtained.

David Hart participated in a panel discussion on highly skilled workers, technology and entrepreneurship at the Brookings Institution.

Kingsley Haynes presented “The Employment Impact of Small Firm Formation in the United States: A Regional Perspective” for the State Economic Development Agencies and the University of Adelaide in Australia. Haynes presented “The Location of U.S. Business Support Programs” at the View Street Gallery at La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia. The talk was funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Economic Development Administration grant.

James Pfiffner presented a paper, “The Paradox of President Reagan’s Leadership,” at the Ronald Reagan Centennial Academic Symposium held at the University of Southern California.

Louise Shelley spoke on “Illicit Trafficking in an Age of Globalization” at the National Defense University. She discussed part of the Global Risk report of the World Economic Forum that she helped write, specifically on the linkages among organized crime, terrorism, corruption and fragile states. Shelley also spoke about human trafficking at the Gender Equality Forum, a major event held every two years in Iceland and attended by the prime minister and other high-level officials.

The Volgenau School of Engineering

Tomasz Arciszewski, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, gave a series of lectures on inventive engineering for PhD and graduate students from eight departments at the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland, as well as a lecture for the faculty on “Successful Education” based on his recent book, “Successful Education: How to Educate Creative Engineers.” He also gave a lecture for the faculty at the Kielce University of Technology, also in Poland, on “Asian Challenge and Engineering Education.”

Hassan Gomaa, Computer Science, published his fourth book, “Software Modeling and Design: UML, Use Cases, Patterns and Software Architectures” (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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