September 2011 Accolades

Posted: September 1, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: August 31, 2011 at 9:16 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 Oct. 3, 2011. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 26, 2011.

Administration

Theresa Calcagno, University Libraries, was named the September 2011 ITU Employee of the Month.

Mary Frances Forcier, Colonial Academic Alliance, served as a founding faculty member for the Association of Consortium Leadership’s Institute in Consortium Leadership. The institute, held in June at the Claremont University Consortium, was the first effort to train new leaders in the art of running a higher education collaboration.

Dorothy C. Lockaby, University Libraries, wrote “Managing the Performance of People Who Do Not Report to You,” which appeared in “Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries,” edited by Tom Diamond (Libraries Unlimited, 2011).

Rita Rowand, Office of Global and International Strategies, was awarded the Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education in Berlin, Germany, for October 2011.

Dann Sklarew, fellow of sustainability studies, and Margaret Lo, Office of Sustainability, co-wrote a 225-page sustainability assessment for George Mason University, earning the university a STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

College of Health and Human Services

Lynn Gerber, Rehabilitation Science, was appointed to a blue ribbon panel on medical and rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health. Gerber is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Doris Bitler and Marjorie Battaglia, Psychology, were awarded the SEGUE Grant. The total anticipated funding is $14,667.

Jo-Marie Burt, Public and International Affairs, was named director of Mason’s Latin American Studies Program. In July, Burt traveled to Peru, where she is conducting research on human rights in postconflict settings and monitoring the recent presidential elections. A second expanded edition of Burt’s book on political violence in Peru was published by the Institute of Peruvian Studies. In May, Burt was a guest lecturer at the U.S. Institute of Peace course on Conflict Prevention in Latin America. In April, Burt gave a lecture “Punishing War Crimes in Latin America: Human Rights in the Land of Impunity” at the conference Freedom and Its Discontents at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI). She also gave a talk titled “Guilty as Charged: The Fujimori Trial and Its Implications for the Struggle Against Impunity in Peru” at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UI. In April, Burt was an invited participant in the Andrew Mellon Foundation/Sawyer Seminar on Human Rights titled Rethinking Transitional Justice held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she gave the presentation “Partial Accountability in Peru: Lessons for Transitional Justice Theory and Practice.”

Diana Decker, Modern and Classical Languages, is one of the authors of the book “No se lo cuentes a nadie” (Demipage Editorial, 2011).

Albert J. DeFazio III, English, is an associate editor of Volume 1 of “The Letters of Ernest Hemingway (1907-1922)” (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Susanne Denham, Psychology, was awarded a new grant by the U.S. Department of Education titled USDoED/EC Teachers as Socializers. Total anticipated funding is $1,567,774.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, presented a research paper, “News Coverage of New Presidents in the New York Times, 1981-2009,” which received a top paper award in political communication at the Eastern Communication Association annual meeting.

Hugh Gusterson, Anthropology, presented the lecture “Illicit Drinking Among Teenagers” at the University of Tennessee in August. The lecture was part of a series called “Anthropology in the Public Sphere.”

Patrick McKnight, Psychology, was awarded a new grant by the Association of Psychological Science titled APS/Statistics Websites. Total anticipated funding is $4,000.

Robyn Mehlenbek, Psychology, was accepted and attended the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology this summer.

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, received an extension to his AFOSR/CENTEC award, which is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Total anticipated funding to date is $5,000,000. Parasuraman also received an extension to his award titled NIH/Apolipoprotein E, Attention and Alzheimer’s disease, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Total funding to date is $2,561,004.

Bob Pasnak and Julie Kidd, Psychology, received an extension to their grant titled Education Research, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Total funding to date is $1,577,828.

Bob Smith, Psychology, received an extension to his award titled Adolescent Nicotine: From the First Experience to Neural Remodeling, which is sponsored by the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation. Total funding to date is $538,670.

Suzanne Smith, History and Art History, is one of three finalists for the nonfiction award in the 2011 Library of Virginia Literary Awards for her book “To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death.” The winner will be announced in October.

June Tangney, Psychology, was awarded a new grant titled NIH/Jail Based Treatment NIDA FY 11, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-NIH. Total anticipated funding is $2,764,526. Tangney also received an extension to her award titled NIH/Distress and Impulse/Intervention, with the same sponsor. Total funding to date is $124,140.

College of Science

Kirk Borne, Computational and Data Sciences, was the invited keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Medicare and Medicaid Statistics and Data Analysis Conference in Baltimore in August. He spoke on the topic “Data Science and Health Informatics.” In June, he presented a two-day tutorial on Scientific Data Mining in Astronomy at Penn State’s Fifth International Conference on Statistical Challenges in Modern Astronomy. He also gave an invited talk at the same conference on “Surprise Detection in Multivariate Astronomical Data.” He also was a member of the closing panel at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute’s workshop on Very Wide Field Sky Surveys in June.

Interdisciplinary

Songqing Chen, Computer Science, and Chaowei (Phil) Yang, Geography and Geoinformation Science, received $425,000 from the National Science Foundation for their project “CSR: Small: System Research to Advance Real‐time Dust Storm Forecasting.” The period of performance is 8/15/11-7/31/14.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, spoke at a meeting at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., on recent political developments in Iran. He also spoke on Iran at a conference in Athens, Greece.

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American, and Public History, was the lead historian for a weeklong teacher workshop in Pueblo, Colo., titled “Investigating the Democratic Experience in America.”

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented lectures on mineral evolution at the Geochemical Society meeting in Prague, and at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. He was also elected councilor of the International Society for the Study of the Origins of Life.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote the chapter “The Once and Future Chief Executive” in the book “The Presidency in the 21st Century,” edited by Charles Dunn.

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, chaired a panel titled “Learning from Long Bow: Research and Reflections on One Chinese Village” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting. She was also a discussant for a symposium titled “Just Images: Ethics and Chinese Documentary” at Harvard University. She gave the graduation address at the Putney School in Vermont. She also delivered four lectures on Chinese culture for the City University of Hong Kong: “Tethered Tiger, Captured Dragon: Clearing Out Demons from Mountain Woods”; “Water, Fire, and Strange Creatures: Traditional Elements in Contemporary Chinese Painting”; “Destruction, Survival and Transformation: Traditional Huizhou Architecture and Its Fate through Revolution and Reform”; and “Ruins, Gate, and Square: Changing Symbolism of Imperial Structures.”

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, presented a paper on “Responses to the Boko Haram Extremist Movement in Northern Nigeria: The Challenge of Grassroots Engagement” at an international conference in Germany.

Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, won a Gerald Loeb award for lifetime achievement in business and financial journalism.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave the keynote address at the Conference on University-Community Partnerships at Aurora University on “Scientific Literacy: What It Is, Why We Don’t Have It, and How We Can Get It.”

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Andrea Bartoli presented on “The Role of European Arrangements and the Responsibility to Protect” in a conference on the Role of Regional and Subregional Arrangements in Strengthening the Responsibility to Protect sponsored by the Stanley Foundation, at Millennium UN Plaza Hotel in New York in May. He also facilitated a Dialogue Forum in a workshop titled “Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities” organized by the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation and the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Brussels in May. He presented on “Mental Models in the Visualization of Conflict Escalation and Entrapment: Biases and Alternatives” with Andrzej Nowak and Lan Bui-Wrzosinska at the IACM conference in Istanbul in June. He presented on R2P at a workshop titled Operationalizing the Responsibility to Prevent, which was hosted by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York in June. He wrote “Reflection on Sept. 11, 2001 — Ten Years Later” for the special issue of the Chinese Social Sciences Today, the leading academic newspaper published by the Chinese Academy of Social Science, in July. He delivered a statement at the Third UN General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Role of Regional and Sub-regional Arrangements in Implementing the Responsibility to Protect at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel in New York in July. He presented a joint paper, “Towards Genocide Prevention at the International, Regional, National, and Local Levels,” with graduate students Ashad Sentongo and Tetsushi Ogata, at the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars in Buenos Aires in July.

Sandra Cheldelin and Maneshka Eliatamby edited a new book titled “Women Waging War and Peace: International Perspectives of Women’s Roles in Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction,” which was published by Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. Contributors included Susan Hirsch and Patricia Maulden, as well as S-CAR PhD students Martha Mutisi, Terra Tolley, Ekaterina Romanova, Erica Sewell and Saira Yamin.

John Dale published a book titled “Free Burma: Transnational Legal Action and Corporate Accountability” (University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Patricia Maulden published an article in the August 2011 Diversity at Mason publication titled “The Global Roots and Campus Dynamics Project: Exploring Identity, Representation and International Flag Week Policy.”

James R. Price is the director of S-CAR’s new Insight Conflict Resolution Program.

Dan Rothbart and Karina Korostelina co-authored a new book, “Why They Die: Civilian Devastation in Violent Conflict” (The University of Michigan Press, 2011). Rothbart was also appointed a book series editor for “Ethics, Conflict and War” for Routledge Press.

School of Management

Catherine Cramton, Management, presented the paper titled “The Meeting Genre Across Cultures: Insights from Three German-American Collaborations” at the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research Conference in Arlington, Va.; at the Department of Communications, Cornell University; and at the Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary.

Edward Douthett, Accounting, presented the paper “Client Importance and Auditor Independence: A Partner-Level Analysis” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “Reviving the Electric Car Movement: Developing Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Transportation” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Amitava Dutta,
Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Informational Determinants of Customer Acquisition and eTailer Revenue” at the Americas Conference on Information Systems in Lima, Peru. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings. Dutta also presented the paper titled “Knowledge Management or Knowledge Leadership” at the INFORMS-ALIO in Buenos Aires.

James Harvey, Marketing, presented the paper titled “Curriculum and Resources for Cyber Security” and “Customer Satisfaction in E-Commerce: Issues and Solutions” at the South Asian Institute of Management in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Jessica Hoppner, Marketing, published an article with coauthors titled “Firm-Specific Assets, Multinationality and Financial Performance: A Meta-Analytic Review and Theoretical Integration” in the Academy of Management Journal.

Keith Jones, Accounting, presented the paper titled “The Impact of Office-Level vs. Firm-Level Auditors’ Industry Expertise on Conservatism?” at the University of Kansas Accounting Workshop and at the Brigham Young University Accounting Workshop.

Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, presented the paper titled “Small Business Succession Plan: Who is Prepared?” at the International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Family Business and Innovation in Ankara, Turkey.

Richard Klimoski, Management, presented the paper titled “Evidence Based Practice – Evidence on the Nature of Organizational Leadership” at the American Psychological Association in San Diego. Klimoski also presented the paper titled “Manager: Know Thyself” at the Annual Conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Chicago.

Chi-Hyon Lee, Management, presented the paper titled “Compete or Forbear? The Effects of Competitive Advantage, Complementarities and Multimarket Contact” at the Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium in College Park, Md. Lee also presented the paper titled “Flying Greener with Smarter Operational Decisions: How Does It and Analytics Capabilities Reduce Carbon Emissions of Airlines?” at the Center for Information Systems Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hun Lee, Management, presented the paper titled “Compete or Forbear? Disentangling the Effects of Competitive Advantage, Complementarities and Multimarket Contact” at the Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium in College Park, Md.

Ning Li, Marketing, was awarded the Research Excellence Award from the School of Management.

Yan Ling, Management, was awarded the 2011 JOM Scholarly Impact Award from the Journal of Management for the article titled “Ambidexterity and Performance in Small- to Medium-Sized Firms: The Pivotal Role of Top Management Team Behavioral Integration.”

Ling Lisic, 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, and at the 2011 UTS Australian Summer Accounting Symposium in Sydney.

Anne Magro, Accounting, presented the paper “Adaptive Reasoning and Tax-Research Performance” at the Behavioral Tax Symposium in Fairfax, Va.

Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, presented the paper titled “Security in Internet Commerce: Emerging Threats to Customer Trust” at the American Institute of Higher Education: 6th International Conference in Charleston, S.C.

Laurie Meamber, Marketing, presented the paper titled “Roundtable Session: Barbara Stern’s Legacy to Consumer Research” at the Association for Consumer Research Conference in Jacksonville, Fla.

Nirup Menon and Sid Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article with coauthors titled “The Effect of Information Technology Investments in Healthcare: A Longitudinal Study of its Lag, Duration, and Economic Value” in IEEE Transactions On Engineering Management.

Anant Mishra, Information Systems and Operations Management, received the 2010 INFORMS Technology Management Section Best Dissertation Award. Mishra also presented the paper titled “The Architecture of Partnering Alliances in R&D Projects: The Role of Partnering Size, Focus and Integration on Quality” at the POMS Annual Conference in Reno.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, had the presentation titled “The Relationship between Customer Satisfaction and Affect” published in the proceedings from the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators.

Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “New Industry Formation for Sustainable Transportation” at the Operations Research Society of Israel in Akko, Israel. Naor also presented the paper “Rigorously Assessing and Framing the Theory of Constraints Foundations” at the Decision Science Institute Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Sarah Nutter and Anne Magro, Accounting, published an article titled “Evaluating the Strength of Evidence: How Experience Affects the Use of Analogical Reasoning and Configural Information Processing in Tax” in the the Accounting Review.

Mikhail Pevzner and Ling Lisic, Accounting, published an article with coauthors titled “Is Enhanced Audit Quality Associated with Greater Real Earnings Management?” in Accounting Horizons in June 2011.

Alexander Philipov, Finance, presented the paper titled “Momentum in Corporate Bond Returns” at the Financial Intermediation Research Society Conference in Sydney, Australia; at the World Finance Conference in Rhodes, Greece; at the Financial Management Association’s Annual Conference in New York; at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.; and at the State Street Global Advisors in Boston.

Timothy Porter, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article with coauthors titled “Culture and KM in China” in the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management.

Anthony Sanders, Finance, presented the paper titled “Regional Variation in Commercial Mortgage Defaults” at Syracuse University.

Nicola Scott, Marketing, was awarded the SEGUE Grant in 2011.

Bernard Sharfman, Management, published an article titled “How the Strong Negotiating Position of Wall Street Employees Impacts the Corporate Governance of Financial Firms” in Virginia Law & Business Review.

Christof Stahel, Finance, presented the paper titled “Momentum in Coprorate Bond Returns” at the Financial Intermediation Research Society Conference in Sydney, Australia; at the State Street Global Advisors in Boston; and at the Asian Finance Association in Macao, China.

James Wolfe, Management, presented the paper titled “Driving Corporate Growth Through Entrepreneurship and Innovation” at the CFO Alliance Roundtable Meeting in Bethesda, Md.

Fei Xie, Finance, published an article with coauthors titled “Do Executive Stock Options Induce Excessive Risk Taking?” in the Journal of Banking and Finance.

Masoud Yasai, Management, presented the paper “Compete or Forbear? Disentangling the Effects of Competitive Advantage, Complementarities and Multimarket Contact” at the Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium in College Park, Md., and at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented the paper “Equity-Based Compensation of Outside Directors and Corporate Information Quality” at the Washington Area Accounting Conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

The Volgenau School of Engineering

Jeremy Allnutt, Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently published his third book: “Satellite-to-Ground Radiowave Propagation,” second edition. The book was published by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Gerald Cook, Electrical and Computer Engineering, published the book “Mobile Robots: Navigation, Control and Remote Sensing” (John Wiley & Sons, 2011).

Nathalia Peixoto and Vasiliki Ikonomidou, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $125,000 from the National Science Foundation for their project “GARDE: EQuaLS: Enhancing Quality of Life of Students Through Senior Designs.” The period of performance is 1/1/12-12/31/16.

Bob Simon and Hakan Aydin, Computer Science, received $430,000 from the National Science Foundation for their project “CSR: Small: Energy Harvesting for Performance Sensitive Wireless Sensor Networks.” The period of performance is 8/15/11-7/31/14.

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