May 2011 Accolades

Posted: May 2, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: May 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

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

This is the final Accolades of the semester. Accolades will next be published on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Send Accolades to

College of Education and Human Development

Jorge P. Osterling received Phi Beta Delta’s 2011 Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education.

Eric M. Rhoades, director of the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement, received the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education from the Virginia Museum of Natural History in April. The award is presented to a Virginia educator who has made significant contributions to natural history or natural science education at any academic level.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Tommy Britt, Communication, had his first “On Principle” ethics column published by PopMatters on March 22. It was titled “Flash Over Substance: ‘Broadcast News’, Redux.”

Karen L. Bune, Criminology, Law and Society, received a Recognition of Service Certificate from the Prince George’s County, Md., executive for being nominated for the Gladys Noon Spellman Service Award. The nomination celebrates Bune’s dedication, tenacity and passion for serving the people of Prince George’s County. Bune works as a victim specialist in the county’s Domestic Violence Unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, had an article titled “Network Television’s Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election” published in American Behavioral Scientist (April 2011).

Cindy Lont, Communication, hosted the Eastern Communication Association convention in Arlington, Va., as the incoming president.

College of Science

Kirk Borne, Computational and Data Sciences, spoke on “The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Mapping the Dynamic Universe,” at the April meeting of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club.

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, presented “The Consumer Side of Information-Based Environmental Policies: Encouraging Eco-Label Use,” on April 25 at George Washington University’s Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy.

Jessica Rosenberg, Physics and Astronomy, presented “Gas and Stars in the Local Universe: What Normal Matter Can Teach Us About the Formation and Evolution of Galaxies,” in a lecture at the National Capital Astronomers meeting held in April at the University of Maryland Observatory in College Park, Md.

Dann Sklarew, Environmental Science and Policy and associate director of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC), co-leads a watershed stewardship education project that received Prince William County Schools’ 2011 Business Partnership of the Year Award. Also participating are PEREC Director R. Christian Jones, Education Director Cindy Smith, and a team of Mason students and alumni who serve as field interpreters for more than 4,000 middle school students across the county each year. Sklarew was also selected as a Sustainability Hero by the Office of Sustainability.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Andrea Bartoli, director of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), spoke at the third Regional Forum on the Prevention of Genocide in Bern, Switzerland on April 4-6, jointly convened by the Argentinean, Swiss and Tanzanian governments. The third Regional Forum also provided an opportunity for Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, executive secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Mason and ICGLR. The MoU, which was also signed by Provost Peter Stearns and ICAR Director Andrea Bartoli on Feb. 23, 2011, marked the beginning of collaboration between ICAR and the Regional Committee for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity, and All Forms of Discrimination – the first inter-governmental body on genocide prevention which was established by ICGLR in September 2010. Bartoli also presented on the role of regional organizations in preventing and responding to mass atrocities at the training seminar for United Nations missions on April 27-29.

Sandra Cheldelin spoke at the symposium on the “Past, Present and Promise of the Feminist Movement at Mason” on April 12, sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and University Life. Her presentation was on the “Promise of a Feminist Agenda.”

Karina Korostelina gave an invited talk titled “Gulen’s Contribution to the Field of Conflict Resolution” at Rumi Forum in Washington, D.C. She discussed non-Western approaches to dialogues between religious communities and formation of tolerance. She also presented two papers: “Legitimizing a Strong Central Power in History Education in Russia” at ASN International convention, Columbia University, New York” and “History Education, Identity and Power in Current Russia” at the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies annual meeting in Alexandria, Va.

Susan Allen Nan published an article, “Consciousness in Culture-Based Conflict and Conflict Resolution,” in the spring edition of Conflict Resolution Quarterly.  Her article makes the case for bringing theory of consciousness to the understanding of individual transformation in conflict resolution practice. It does so by highlighting consciousness engaged explicitly and implicitly in many conflict resolution practices and consciousness dynamics considered in the emerging literature by conflict resolution practitioners.

Agnieszka Paczynska published an article, “Revolutionary Tremors in Central Asia,” in the April 20 edition of Jadaliyya Magazine. The article considers the possibility for political change in Central Asia, particularly Kazakhstan, in light of the recent revolutions and protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, was an historical advisor for Songs of Freedom, which was awarded two New York State Emmy Awards.  This project incorporates live action film, storytelling and contemporary arrangements of traditional spirituals to tell the exciting story of one family’s flight to freedom along the Underground Railroad. The complete project includes the film, an original storybook and website.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave lectures on “Unanswered Questions in Deep Carbon Science” at SUNY, Stonebrook; “Recent Advances in Deep Carbon Science” at Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C.; and, “Mineral Surfaces and the Origins of Life” at the Materials Research Society’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Calif. He also appeared on an NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) TV show on the “Origins of Life.”

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, presented “Notes on the Nigerian Election” to a senior U.S. Department of State group. He also presented “Asia at Mason and Mason in Asia: Past, Present and Future” to the Mason Asia Interest Group, sponsored by the Office of Global Strategies, Provost’s Office. And he presented a lecture to the Foreign Service Institute on “Religious Identity Factors in the Nigerian Election.”

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, served as an external reviewer for the Liberal Studies program at DePaul University. He also attended the Liberal Arts Council of the Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Scalable Clustering of Massive Datasets: A Merge-and-Split Approach for Intelligent Cluster Reconstruction” at the Winter Conference on Business Intelligence in Salt Lake City, Utah, in March.

Long Chen, Accounting, presented the paper titled “How Do Auditors Respond to Corporate Social Responsibility Performance?” at the 2011 Academic Conference on Social Responsibility: Perceptions and Reality in Tacoma, Wash. Chen also had another presentation titled “Did Audit Fee Cuts in 2009 Impair Earnings Quality?” published in the proceedings from the 2011 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting.

David Kravitz, Management, presented the paper titled “(De)constructing the Business Case(s) for Diversity in the Academe” at the President and Provost’s Diversity Dialogue Series, State University of New York at Albany in April. Kravitz also presented the paper titled “Why Are Affirmative Action Targets Stigmatized by Others and the Self? A Theoretical Extension and Meta-Analytic Test” at the International Association for Conflict Management Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

Laurie Meamber and Fiona Sussan, Marketing, published an article (with coauthors) titled, “Introspecting the Spiritual Nature of a Brand Divorce” in the Journal Of Business Research.

Chi-Hyon Lee, Management, presented the paper titled “Compete or Forbear? The Effects of Competitive Advantage, Complementarities and Multimarket Contact” and “Firm Performance in Complex Competitive Landscapes: Roles of Resource Composition and Configuration” at the Academy of Management BPS Division in San Antonio, Texas. Lee also presented the paper titled “Flying Greener with Smarter Operational Decisions: How Do It and Analytics Capabilities Reduce Carbon Emissions of Airlines?” at the Center for Air Transportation Research (CATSR) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Anant Mishra, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Efficiency of Projects Within and Across Firm and Country Boundaries: A Comparative Evaluation Using Stochastic Frontier Analysis” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Mishra was also awarded the 2010 INFORMS Technology Management Section Best Dissertation Award.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, published an article titled “Alliance Portfolios and Shareholder Value in Post-IPO Firms: The Moderating Roles of Portfolio Structure and Firm-Level Uncertainty” (with coauthors) in the Journal of Business Venturing. Mouri also had the presentation titled “The Relationship between Customer Satisfaction and Affect” published in the proceedings from the Federation of Business Disciplines.

Linda Samuels, Management, presented the paper titled “Contemplative Practices in the Legal Studies Classroom” at the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Newport News, Va.

Min Shen, Accounting, published an article titled “The Role of Newswires in Screening and Disseminating Value-Relevant Information in Periodic SEC Reports” (with coauthors) in the The Accounting Review.

Fei Xie, Finance, presented the paper titled “Globalizing the Boardroom – The Effects of Foreign Directors on Corporate Governance and Firm Performance” at the 2010 FMA Annual Meeting in New York City, at the 2010 China International Conference in Beijing and at the AFA Annual Meeting 2011 in Denver, Colo.

School of Public Policy

Katrin B. Anacker presented “Analyzing Foreclosures and Subprime Lending in the Atlanta, Ga., Metropolitan Area” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Philip Auerswald participated in the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, an invitation-only event held in Oxford, England. He also spoke at the Ignite Smithsonian, an event that explored new media strategies.

Jack Goldstone contributed to the 2011 World Development on Conflict, Security and Development, published by the World Bank. He was also featured in a C-SPAN panel discussion titled “Civil Resistance and Revolution in the Arab World,” held at the Cato Institute.

James Pfiffner published a chapter titled “Organizing the Obama White House” in a book titled “Obama in Office.”

Louise Shelley spoke on “Unwanted Trade: A Look at Trade That Steals, Corrupts and Destroys” at a Global Business Dialogue Colloquium. She also gave a presentation titled “Unique Aspects of Human Trafficking in Eurasia” for the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Volgenau School of Engineering

Jeremy Allnutt, Electrical and Computer Engineering, published a book titled “Satellite-to-Ground Radiowave Propagation,” second edition, which was published by IET Publishing in March 2011.

Tomasz Arciszewski, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, received a fellowship from the National Research Council in Taiwan and visited the National University of Kaohsiung in March 2011 to teach a short course on inventive engineering. While in Taiwan, Arciszewski also gave talks on “Successful Education” for faculty and students at the national universities in Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung. He also gave an invited talk in March 2011 on “Bioinspiration in Engineering Design” during a National Science Foundation workshop on bioinspiration in Palo Alto, Calif.

Janos Gertler, Electrical and Computer Engineering, visited Vanderbilt University and gave a talk in the EECS Lecture Series titled “Why Off-Shoring Is Bad for the U.S. Economy — An Engineer’s Analysis.” He also gave a research seminar on “Fault Diagnosis Based on Physical Models.”

Qiliang Li and Dimitrios Ioannou, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and co-authors published an article in the journal Nanotechnology titled “Fabrication, Characterization and Simulation of High Performance Si Nanowire-Based Non-Volatile Memory Cells.”

Huzefa Rangwala, Computer Science, and his PhD student, Zeehasham Rasheed, received a Best Paper Award at the Third ISCA BiCOB 2011 conference held in New Orleans from March 23 to 25. Their paper was titled “TAC-ELM: Metagenomic Taxonomic Classification with Extreme Learning Machines.”

Bill Rosenberger, Statistics, was elected a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) for major contributions in sequential analysis and clinical trials, involving rigorous treatment of adaptive randomization and response-adaptive design and including development of a framework for optimal allocations, work that has been accepted by practitioners as the standard in the field. He will be presented with a plaque during the IMS Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on Aug. 1, 2011, during the IMS Annual Meeting/Joint Statistical Meetings.




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