April 2011 Accolades

Posted: April 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm, Last Updated: April 4, 2011 at 3:11 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 May 2. The deadline for submissions is April 25.


Emil Chuck, health professions advisor, bioengineering and biology, has published two articles of a six-article series for www.studentdoctor.net/ on health professions advising issues.

Dolores Gomez-Moran, University Ombudsman, was certified as an Organizational Ombudsman Practitioner by the Board of Certification of the International Ombudsman Association.

Richard L. Jackson Jr., Technology Systems Division, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was named the March 2011 ITU Employee of the Month.

Huaming Liu, DoIT, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was named the April 2011 ITU Employee of the Month.

Ron Secrest, Barry Freese and Mark Craft, Technology Systems Division, Information Technology Unit, presented “Disaster Recovery Technical Infrastructure at George Mason University” at the Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held on Jan. 13 in Baltimore.

College of Education and Human Development

Len Annetta and Stephen Bronack edited the book “Serious Educational Game Assessment: Practical Methods and Models for Educational Games, Simulations and Virtual Worlds,” which was published by Sense Publishers in Amsterdam. Annetta and colleagues published “Rural Elementary School Teacher Attitudes Toward Varying Science Teacher Professional Development Activities at a Distance” in Evidence-Based Education, edited by C.L. Fund and W.Y. Yip. Annetta and colleagues published “Assessing Engagement in Serious Educational Games: The Development of the Student Engaged Learning in a Technology Rich Interactive Classroom (SELTIC)” in the Handbook of Research on Improving and Motivation Through Educational Games, edited by P. Felicia.

Robert Baker, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, is receiving the Sport Management Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). The award is given to a professional who has made outstanding contributions and provided leadership in the field of sport management and will be presented at the NASPE Hall of Fame Banquet on April 1 in San Diego.

Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung have received the 2011 Courtland Lee Social Justice Award from the Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES). The Courtland Lee Social Justice Award is presented in recognition of exemplary work in the attainment and furthering of social justice. Bemak and Chung also published an article titled “Post-Disaster Social Justice Group Work and Group Supervision” in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work 36(1), 3–21.

Sheri Berkeley and colleague Jennifer Lindstrom of the University of Georgia published “Technology for the Struggling Reader: Free and Easily Accessible Resources” in the current issue of Teaching Exceptional Children, 43, 48–55.

Sheri Berkeley, Margo Mastropieri and Tom Scruggs published the study “Reading Comprehension Strategy Instruction and Attribution Retraining for Secondary Students With Disabilities” in the current issue of Journal of Learning Disabilities, 44, 18–32.

Becky Fox, Steve White and Julie Kidd published “Program Portfolios: Documenting Teachers’ Growth in Reflection-Based Inquiry” in Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 17(1), 149–167.

Margo Mastropieri and Tom Scruggs are the recipients of the 2011 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Education Research SIG Distinguished Researcher Award. The award is given to recognize a distinguished record of excellence in research related to the education of persons with disabilities. The award will be presented during the AERA conference in New Orleans on April 8–12.

David Wiggins, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, published “With All Deliberate Speed: High School Sport, Race, and Brown v. Board of Education” in the fall 2010 issue of the Journal of Sport History, 37(3), 329–346. Wiggins also published “Physical Activity Among African American Women: A Response to Karla Henderson” in the February issue of Quest, 63(1), 85–88.

Shahron Williams van Rooij published “Instructional Design and Project Management: Complementary or Divergent?” in Educational Technology Research and Development, 59(1), 139–158. Williams van Rooij also published “Higher Education Sub-Cultures and Open Source Adoption” in Computers & Education, 57(1), 1171–1183.

Kristien Zenkov was a key participant in a Professional Development School (PDS) partnership that was selected as a 2011 recipient of the National Association for Professional Development Schools Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement. The partnership that earned the award is the Master of Urban Secondary Teaching program at Cleveland State University. Zenkov was the research partner for the program and conducted several of the research projects for which the program was honored.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Michelle Carr, Cultural Studies Program, gave two presentations for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She presented “Eminent Domain and the Public Good” on Jan. 31 and “Japanese Internment: The Reactionary Response” on Feb. 7.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, and Roland Schatz of Media Tenor Inc. had a chapter titled “News Coverage of the World and the World of Violence on U.S. Television News” published in the book “Global Peace Report 2010” (Zurich: InnoVatio Publishing).

Christopher Hamner, History and Art History, wrote a book titled “Enduring Battle: American Soldiers in Three Wars, 1776-1945,” which was published by University Press of Kansas (April 2011).

Roger Lancaster, Sociology and Anthropology, wrote a book titled “Sex Panic and the Punitive State,” which was published by University of California Press in March 2011.

Art Taylor, English, won a 2011 Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society for his story “Rearview Mirror,” which was originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, was appointed as 2011 associate editor of the conference program for the Academy of Management, Organizations and the Natural Environment Division.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mark Cooley, School of Art, has released a new CD called “Remediation,” which he composed, performed and engineered. It can be classified as experimental or progressive rock and is available from Lux Eterna Records.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Thomas Flores wrote an essay (co-authored with Irfan Nooruddin of Ohio State University), “Credible Commitment in Post-Conflict Recovery,” which appeared in “The Handbook on the Political Economy of War,” edited by Christopher Coyne and Rachel Mathers and published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Susan Hirsch served on the Final Selection Committee for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in March. The fellowships support doctoral students whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion and are in the final stages of their degree. Out of more than 600 applicants, the committee selected 21 for fellowships.

Karina Korostelina published the article “Shaping the Unpredictable Past: National Identity and History Education in Ukraine” in National Identities, Volume 13 Issue 1, 1. Korostelina also received a grant from the Office for Ukraine and Belarus of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for a case study of current changes in Ukrainian policy toward Russia and its impact on history education. She will conduct interviews and analyze textbooks in Ukraine during May and June 2011.

Susan Allen Nan, with Paula Garb of the University of California at Irvine and ICAR students Philip Gamaghelyan and Nina Outkina, facilitated a meeting between representatives of Georgian and South Ossetian civil society on March 19-21 in Istanbul. This meeting was a continuation of meetings begun at the Point of View retreat center following the August 2008 war that affected Georgian−South Ossetian relations. Paul Snodgrass also attended and coordinated a website in English, Georgian, Ossetian and Russian.

Richard Rubenstein taught a class on Religion and Conflict in Malta this spring as part of the inaugural year of the new International Master’s Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security offered jointly by Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. Rubenstein is a founding member of the joint committee established to oversee the operations of the new program. While in Malta, he delivered the inaugural Foreign Policy Seminar at the U.S. Embassy in Valletta on “Conflict Resolution and the North African Crisis.”

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, was the historical consultant for “Songs of Freedom,” an educational film that uses storytelling and contemporary music to teach the history of the Underground Railroad. “Songs of Freedom” has been nominated for the New York State Emmy Awards, and was named to the American Library Association’s 2011 Notable List. He also wrote “Public History: Past and Present,” a chapter in “The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History,” edited by Richard S. Kirkendall.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented a lecture on “Unanswered Questions in Deep Carbon Research” at the Japanese conference on deep carbon science, held in Sendai, the day before the great earthquake. He also presented lectures on deep carbon research and on the origins of life at the University of Southern California; at the Space Telescope Science Institute; and at a deep carbon conference at Airlie House in Warrenton, Va.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, presented a lecture on “Is America an Exceptional Nation?” at Michigan State University.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, wrote “When PPLO Became Mycoplasma,” which was published in the March-April issue of the American Scientist.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, presented “Religion and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria” at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

School of Management

Long Chen, Accounting, presented the paper “Did Audit Fee Cuts in 2009 Impair Earnings Quality?” at the 21st Audit and Assurance Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Richard Coffinberger, Management, presented the paper “Parking Lot Gun Laws and Workplace Safety: An Expanding Dilemma for Employers” at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) in Richmond, Va. Coffinberger also presented the paper “The Supreme Court’s Recent Retaliation Ruling and the Implications for Employers” at the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business in San Antonio.

Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article “The Effect of Information Technology Investments in Healthcare: A Longitudinal Study of Its Lag, Duration and Economic Value” (with co-authors) in the IEEE Transactions On Engineering Management. Das also had the presentation “Process Renewal and the Internet: Linkages to Corporate Entrepreneurship and Organizational Renewal” published in the proceedings of the Decision Sciences Institute.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article titled “Strategic Product/Service Innovations of an Online Firm” (with co-authors) in Decision Sciences.

Robert Grosse, Management, published an article titled “Jean Boddewyn’s Contributions to the Theory of International Government-Business Relations” in International Studies of Management and Organization.

David Kravitz, Management, published the chapter “Emerging Evidence on Diversity Training Pograms” (with co-authors) in the “Handbook on Understanding and Preventing Workplace Discrimination (Vol. 2): Best Practices for Preventing and Dealing with Workplace Discrimination” (Praeger, 2011).

Ling Lisic, Accounting, presented the paper “Debt Covenant Slack and Real Earnings Management” at the 2011 UTS Australian Summer Accounting Symposium in Sydney, Australia; at the 2011 American Accounting Association Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Mid-Year Meeting in Tampa, Fla.; and at the Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance Conference in New York.

Min-Seok Pang, Information Systems and Operations Management, was awarded the Information Systems Executive Forum (ISEF) Fellowship and the Doctoral Studies Fellowship from the University of Michigan.

George Wang, Finance, published an article titled “The Impact of Large Trades by Trader Types on Intraday Futures Prices: Evidence from the Taiwan Futures Exchange” (with co-authors) in the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal. Wang also presented the paper “Futures Market Adjustment to Public Information: Evidence from the Global Financial Crisis” at the 21st Asia-Pacific Futures Research in Singapore.

School of Public Policy

Katrin B. Anacker presented “Analyzing Rental Affordability during the Great Recession 2007 to Present” at the inaugural American Housing Survey User conference at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Anacker presented “Analyzing the Effect of Food Sources on Property Values in Baltimore County, Maryland” at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in New Orleans.

Philip Auerswald gave the following presentations: “Creating a Place for the Future: The Potential for Fostering Entrepreneurship in Pakistan” at the World Bank; “Creating a Place for the Future: Toward a New Development Approach for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan” at the Center for Global Development; and “Ending Oil Alarmism” at King’s College, London. He was also master of ceremonies at a recent TEDxAshokaU event and a participant in the AshokaU Exchange, where he was a co-lead. He was was selected as a member of the Advisory Committee for the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative meeting.

Kenneth Button published “Problems of Cost Recovery by European Airlines since Market Liberalization” in Transportation Planning and Technology. He served as guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Air Transport Management focused on “Developments in Air Transport and Tourism,” and he wrote a column titled “The Economics of Air Transport Security: Do We Complain Too Much About Waiting to Be Scanned at Airports?” for Airneth.

Robert Dietz gave a speech titled “Some Problems of Cyber Security” at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual convention.

Jonathan Gifford spoke on “The Financial Crossroads in the U.S. Surface Infrastructure Policy” at Kyoto University and on “Innovative Transportation Finance in the United States,” as part of a presentation at Doshisha University.

Jack Goldstone lectured at Luther College as a visiting scholar on whether the spread and quality of democracy and governance in countries around the world has aided economic growth and reduced violence. He also participated in a plenary session at the Gaidar Forum: “Russia and the World: Searching for an Innovation Strategy.” He presented “The New Population Bomb Explodes: North Africa 2011” as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Mercatus Center and the Heritage Foundation.

Kingsley Haynes spoke on foreign direct investment at the University of Waikato.

Jeremy Mayer spoke on immigration to the Fairfax Committee of 100.

John McClain spoke about how Department of Defense budget cuts could affect the regional economy during the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s CFO Series. He also contributed to Metro Economic Outlooks, a newsletter published by the Society of Human Resource Management.

James Pfiffner participated in a panel discussion titled “Executive Power after 9/11: Continuity and Change” at American University.

Ramkishen S. Rajan published a book titled “Emerging Asia: Essays on Crises, Capital Flows, FDI and Exchange Rate.”

Stephen Ruth published an article titled “By the Numbers — A Researcher’s Bonanza of ICT Policy-Level Information” in IEEE Internet Computing.

Louise Shelley spoke to the Office of National Drug Policy about the links between drug trafficking and human trafficking.

Lisa Sturtevant was asked to join the Board of Directors of RBI, a locally based real estate information management service. She also published “Are We Moving Back to the City? Examining Residential Mobility in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area” in the journal Growth and Change, as well as “The Important Role of Housing in the Economic Recovery” for Update Magazine and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors.

Janine Wedel’s book, “Shadow Elite,” will be issued in paperback in April.

The Volgenau School of Engineering

Harry Wechsler, Computer Science, was a speaker at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement’s fourth annual Biometrics for National Security and Defense conference in January 2011.




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