October 2011 Accolades

Posted: October 3, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 3, 2011 at 7:06 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 Nov. 1, 2011. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 25, 2011.


Friedgard Cowan, University Libraries, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was named the October 2011 ITU Employee of the Month.

William Jordan Patty, University Libraries, wrote “Newsletters,” which appeared in “Public Relations and Marketing for Archives,” edited by Russell D. James and Peter J. Wosh and published by Neal-Schuman Publishers and Society of American Archivists, 2011.

Dan Waxman, Auxiliary Enterprises, is now a certified manager through the Institute of Certified Professional Managers. Successful completion of the certification is a reliable indicator of managerial competency and leadership potential.

College of Education and Human Development

Susan Bon and doctoral student Adam Bigbee published “Special Education Leadership: Integrating Professional and Personal Codes of Ethics to Serve the Best Interest of the Child” in the Journal of School Leadership. Bon provided continuing education training on personnel and employment law issues for teachers attending the Penn State Dickinson School of Law 2011 Law and Education Institute in June.    

Erin Peters Burton and G. K. Mattietti published “Cognition and Self-Efficacy of Stratigraphy and Geologic Time: Implications for Improving Undergraduate Student Performance in Geological Reasoning” in the Journal of Geoscience Education. During the 2010–11 school year, Burton co-taught an ecology and nature of science class at Rodney Thompson Middle School in Stafford County, Va., with two former Mason students who are now middle school teachers. The teachers also took 40 middle school students to Henlopen, Del., in June to do a weeklong horseshoe crab population count for a Citizen Science project of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Anastasia Kitsantas was elected member at large of the Educational Psychology division of the American Psychological Association for the term 2011–14. Kitsantas and M. Kavussanu wrote “Acquisition of Sport Knowledge and Skill: The Role of Self-Regulatory Processes” in the Handbook of Self-Regulation of Learning and Performance, which was edited by B. J. Zimmerman and D. Schunk and published by Routledge.

Anna Evmenova, with colleagues Michael Behrmann, Margo Mastropieri, Pam Baker and Heidi Graff, published an article titled “The Effects of Video Adaptations on Comprehension of Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” in the Journal of Special Education Technology. Evmenova and Behrmann published an article titled “Research-Based Strategies for Teaching Content to Students with Intellectual Disabilities: Adapted Videos” in the latest issue of Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. They also published a chapter titled “Communication Technology Integration in the Content Areas for Students with High-Incidence Disabilities: A Case Study of One School System” in the book “Communication Technology for Students in Special Education or Gifted Programs,” which was edited by J. E. Aitken, J. P. Fairley and J. K. Carlson and published by IGI Global.

Rob Smith was appointed by the Arlington County Board to chair the Mason’s Arlington Campus Advisory Board. The board has 15 members, 10 selected by the Arlington County Board and five by Mason. The board’s mission is to advise both the county and the university on matters related to development of the Arlington Campus and ways the county and the university can work together on mutual goals. Smith was also appointed as a Mason representative to the Northern Virginia Teaching with Primary Sources (TPSNVA) Board of Directors. TPSNVA works with the Library of Congress and teachers in the Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Fairfax school systems to promote the use of primary sources in instruction across the disciplines. TPSNVA also offers interested teachers professional development on the use of such resources available through the Library of Congress.

College of Health and Human Services

Randall E. Keyser, Rehabilitation Science and the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, presented “Cardiorespiratory Insufficiency in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: An Orphaned Collagen Vascular Disease” at the EPS Global International Heart Congress in Chongqing, China.

Tony Yang, Health Administration and Policy, was selected to serve as an editorial board member of the Beijing Law Review, a new English-language law journal based in China.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Karen Bune, adjunct in Criminology, Law and Society, will be honored with American University’s Alumni Recognition Award.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, are coauthors of the article “The Return of the Honeymoon: Television News Coverage of New Presidents, 1981−2009,” which was published in the September 2011 issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Mark N. Katz, Public and International Affairs, was a panelist at a symposium titled “Ten Years After 9/11: Analyzes and Reflections,” which was held at Michigan State University on Sept. 15.

Roger Lancaster, Cultural Studies, author of the book “Sex Panic and the Punitive State,” won the 2011 Ruth Benedict Book Prize Competition from the Association for Queer Anthropology for outstanding anthropological scholarship on a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender topic.

Cynthia Lum and Christopher Koper, Criminology, Law and Society and Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, were awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for $750,000 for the “Matrix Demonstration Project,” which uses the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix to create infrastructure in police agencies to institutionalize the use of research in daily practices.

Linda Merola, Criminology, Law and Society, published “Transmitting the Threat: Media Content and the Discussion of Critical Civil Liberties Issues Since 9/11” in Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya Suhnhee Kim, affiliate research professor, presented a lecture and performance, “Liszt-2011,” in celebration of the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt at Waehring City Hall in Vienna, Austria. She lectured on topics that included “Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt in Vienna ― An Inspiration for Liszt” and demonstrated piano music by Beethoven and Liszt that was inspired by poetry and the visual arts.


Qiliang Li (principal investigator, or PI), Nathalia Peixoto (co-PI) and Dimitrios Ioannou (co-PI), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Erhai Zhao (co-PI) and Rob Cressman (co-PI), Physics and Astronomy, received $251,950 from National Science Foundation for their project “MRI: Acquisition of Electron Beam Evaporation System for Multidisciplinary Research and Education.” The award period is Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2013.

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, served as town hall moderator and speaker at the 2011 American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting in Richmond, Va.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, participated in a seminar on origins of life at Montana State University. He also lectured on the Deep Carbon Observatory at the Sloan Foundation in New York, and on mineral evolution at the joint Carnegie-Japan symposium in Washington, D.C., and in Pisa, Italy.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote the chapter, “Whose Presidency Is This Anyhow?” in The Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency published by Oxford University Press.

Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, wrote an economic review, which was published in the Washington Post, on the book “Grand Pursuit, The Story of Economic Genius” by Sylvia Nasar.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was interviewed for National Geographic Weekend radio as the principal science consultant for the book “Big Idea.” He also participated in the Liberal Arts Council at Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City.

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Aziz Abu Sarah wrote an article for the Sept. 24 issue of +972 magazine titled “Alquds: Abbas Is Considering Dismantling the P.A.”

Andrea Bartoli wrote a chapter with colleagues titled “Mathematical Models of the Dynamics of Social Conflict” in the book “Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human-Environment Well-Being” edited by Alice Ware Davidson, Marilyn Anne Ray and Marian C. Turkel and published by Springer Publishers (2011). Bartoli also wrote a preface to the forthcoming Christopher R. Mitchell and Landon Hancock book on “Local Zones of Peace and Linking National-Level Peacemaking with Grassroots Peacebuilding” to be published by Continuum. Bartoli offered the keynote speech at the 9/11 commemoration in New York City at St. John’s University with a video link to the International Prayer for Peace gathering organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Munich, Germany. He also served as a reviewer of the following peer-review manuscripts: “Participatory Approaches to Environment and Conflict Resolution in Cyprus” published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly and “Crisis of Natural Resource Control in Nigeria: The Case of Niger Delta Region” published in Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

Susan Hirsch delivered a talk titled “Mountains and Metaphors: Conflict Over Mining in Southern Appalachia” in the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation series.

Karina Korostelina received a grant from the Spenser Foundation to conduct research on “History Teachers as Agents of Nation Building.” She will conduct this research in the Ukraine in the spring to investigate the role that teachers play in transforming specific connotations of national identity represented in state-controlled history textbooks to high school children and how teachers’ meaning and concepts of national identity mediate this process. Korostelina was also a key speaker at the Diversity Dialogue week organized by the Texas A&M University. She presented the idea of an identity-based approach to interfaith dialogue.

Patricia A. Maulden presented a paper on “Dialogue and Difference: A Pathway Toward Understanding” at the Dialog of Civilizations Platform, “Us and Them: Constructing the ‘Other’ and Pathways for Dialog” Conference held at the University of Houston’s Gulen Institute.

Carlos E. Sluzki published two books: “The Presence of the Absence: Therapy with Families and Ghosts” in Spanish; and “Shame and Humiliation: A Dialogue between Psychoanalytic and Systemic Approaches” written with C.G. Bigliani and R. Mogillanski in Portuguese. Sluzki also delivered a keynote address, “Social Networks: Advances and Challenges,” to the 2011 International Congress of Group Therapy and Group Dynamics in August in Porto, Portugal.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, was nominated for the Rising Star Outstanding Faculty Award sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Catherine Cramton, Management, presented the paper “Writing Research Proposals for the U.S. National Science Foundation” at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Management and Marketing.

Edward Douthett, Accounting, presented the paper “Shareholder Expropriation and the Provision of Assurance Services in the Market for New Issues” at the 2011 Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference.

Amitava Dutta, Information Systems and Operations Management, wrote with coauthors, “Software Bundling for Competitive Advantage: Vendor Strategies and Public Policy Implications,” which was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems.

James Harvey, Marketing, presented the paper “Threat Awareness and Improved Security Behavior” at the Computer Security Institute, Security Awareness Peer Group Webinar in New York. The presentation was also published in the proceedings from the conference.

Jessica Hoppner, Marketing, presented the paper “The Role of Reciprocity in Clarifying the Performance Payoff of Relational Behavior” at the DC Marketing Colloquium in Fairfax, Va.

Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, had his presentation “Process Renewal and the Internet: Linkages to Corporate Entrepreneurship and Organizational Renewal” published in the proceedings from the Decision Sciences Institute Conference.

Richard Klimoski, Management, presented the paper “Transforming Students into Leaders” at the University of Kentucky. Klimoski also presented the paper “Enhancing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Through Publication” at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in Montreal.

Ning Li, Marketing, presented the paper “A Cross-Cultural Study of Unethical Sales Behaviors” at the 2011 American Marketing Association Summer Educators’ Conference. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

Yan Ling, Management, presented the paper “Influence of CEO Demography on Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Moderating Role of Competitive Intensity” at the Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Beijing.

Ling Lisic, Accounting, presented the paper “Shareholder Expropriation and the Provision of Assurance Services in the Market for New Issues” at the 2011 Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference.

Anne Magro, Accounting, presented the paper “Behavioral Perspectives” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August.

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

Laurie Meamber, Marketing, wrote with coauthors, “Consuming the Authentic Past: Aesthetics and the Social Construction of Authenticity in the Historically Themed Experience,” which was published in Consumption, Markets and Culture in June.

Nirup Menon, Information Systems and Operations Management, wrote the chapter “Information Determinants of Customer Acquisition and eTailer Revenue,” which appeared in “Sustainable e-Business Management” published by Springer-Verlag.

Anant Mishra, Information Systems and Operations Management, received an honorable mention in the Elwood Buffa Dissertation Competition from the Decision Sciences Institute. Mishra also presented the paper “Team Design, Work Design, and Psychological Safety: An Empirical Analysis of R&D Projects” at the Decision Sciences Institute in San Diego. Mishra also published with coauthors “The Development and Application of a Process Model for R&D Project Management in a High Technology Firm: A Field Study,” which was published in the Journal of Operations Management in July.

Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “The Culture-Effectiveness Linkage: Looking Through a Resource-Based View Lens in a Manufacturing Arena” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Naor and Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “New Product and Service Development for Sustainable Transportation: A Case Study of an Innovative Infrastructure and Business Model Designed to Cut the World’s Dependency on Oil Using Electric Vehicles” at the Workshop on New Product Development, Innovation and Sustainability at the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University Bloomington.

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

Mikhail Pevzner and Ling Lisic, Accounting, wrote with coauthors “Is Enhanced Audit Quality Associated with Greater Real Earnings Management?” which was published in Accounting Horizons in June.

Timothy Porter, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “Project Management Lessons Learned in Multicultural Projects” at the Project Management Institute Lunch Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Christof Stahel, Finance, wrote with coauthors “Hedge Fund Contagion and Liquidity Shocks” in the Journal of Finance. Stahel also wrote the chapter “Liquidity and Hedge Fund Contagion” in “Financial Contagion: The Viral Threat to the Wealth of Nations,” which was published by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

James Wolfe, Management, presented the paper “What Makes Successful Local Entrepreneurship?” at the George Mason University Business Roundtable in McLean, Va.

Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented the paper “The Effect of Accounting Versus Economic Determinants on the use of Broad-Based Option Plans” at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August.

School of Public Policy

Mark Addleson gave the keynote address to 1,100 human resources professionals in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at its biennial training conference.

Phil Auerswald moderated a session at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on “Engaging the Global Diaspora: Collaboration, Communication and Community.”

Audrey Cronin spoke at a British Academy event in London titled “9/11: Ten Years On.” The event was jointly organized with the University of St. Andrews. She also appeared at a symposium at Washington College marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Jack Goldstone spoke at the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley on “How to be Realistic About Fixing the U.S. Economy in a Global Era.”

Jonathan Gifford spoke at the VTCA-VDOT Consultant Forum about his report “Policy Options for Secondary Road Constructions and Management in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” He was also invited to speak at a Strategic Planning Session of the Commonwealth Transportation Board about the report.

Jessica Heineman-Pieper’s paper, “The Structural Violence of Globalization,” won the Best Paper in Critical Management Studies awarded by the journal Critical Perspectives on International Business. The same paper also won the divisional nomination from the Critical Management Studies division for the academy-wide Carolyn Dexter Award for best international paper. She also received an award for Best Developmental Reviewer from the Critical Management Studies Division for her work reviewing papers for the Academy of Management conference in 2011.

Naoru Koizumi spoke about her National Institutes of Health grant project that analyzes geographic disparity in access to organ transplants during the plenary session of the 2011 ESRI Health GIS Conference.

Stuart Malawer recently attended the board meeting of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Malawer was appointed to the board in 2009 by then-Gov. Tim Kaine.

John McClain was a featured speaker at the Dulles Area Association of Realtors Economic Summit, an event to discuss housing, finance and economic forecasts and trends in the region.

Ramkishen Rajan and Sasidaran Gopalan are coauthors of the book “Crisis, Capital Flows and FDI in Emerging Asia,” published in August 2011. They also published “India’s Trade Recovery after the Global Financial Crisis: Good Luck or Good Policies?” a policy brief for the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Rajan also wrote the policy brief, “China, Currencies and the ‘Financial Balance of Terror,” with Javier Beverinotti.

Jim Pfiffner published “Decision Making in the Obama White House” in a recent issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly. He also published “Organizing the Obama White House,” a chapter in the book “Obama in Office,” and “Executive Power in the Bush and Obama Administrations,” in the Presidency Research Group Report.

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

Lisa Sturtevant was part of the Expert Panel Discussion on the Economic Impact of the Hispanic Population sponsored by the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Janine Wedel gave a presentation titled “New Pillars of Power: The Rise of Shadow Elites” at the Seventh Annual Stockholm Anthropology Roundtable at Stockholm University.

Volgenau School of Engineering

Dimitrios Ioannou, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $57,998, with an anticipated funding of $181,588, from the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) for his project “Metrology of Spin/Interfere − State Interaction in Spin − Polarized Transport CMOS-like Silicon Devices.” The period of performance is Aug. 1, 2011, through July 31, 2014.

Sushil Jajodia (PI), Applied Information Technology (AIT), Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), Brent Kang (co-PI), AIT and CSIS, and Kun Sun (co-PI), CSIS, received $199,380 from the Army Research Office for their project “A Laboratory for Cyber Situation Awareness Using Heterogeneous Virtual Machine Replication.” This award comes through CSIS. The period of performance is Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012. Jajodia also received $167,024 from the National Security Agency for his project “Information Assurance Scholarship Program.” The initial budget period is Aug. 17, 2011, through Nov. 16, 2012, with a 12-month option amount of $185,804 through Nov. 16, 2013.

Brent Kang, AIT and CSIS, received $49,258 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “Collaboration Research: Hands-on Exercises on DETER Testbed for Security Education.” This award comes through CSIS.  The period of performance is Dec. 1, 2010, through Aug. 31, 2012.

Jana Kosecka, Computer Science, received $39,291 from the Army Research Office for her project “Acquiring Semantically Meaningful Models for Robotic Localization, Mapping and Target Recognition.” The anticipated total funding amount is $365,917 and the performance period is Sept.  13, 2011, through Sept. 12, 2014.

Fei Li, Computer Science, received $69,872 from NSF for his project “CCF:AF:EAGER: Integrating Chip Reliability in Designing Energy-Saving Scheduling Algorithms.” The period of performance is Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012.

Jyh-Ming Lien, Computer Science, received $48,487, with an anticipated funding of $384,666, from the University of Arizona for the project “FHWA/DOT/ Advanced Research: VASTO Evolutionary Agent Systems for Transportation Outlook.” The project period is May 22, 2011, through March 31, 2012.

Rao Mulpuri, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $180,000 from the Army Research Office for his project “High Performance, Extended Short Wavelength Infrared HgCdTe Materials and Detectors.” The award period of performance is Aug. 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. Mulpuri also received $20,000 from the Army Research Office for his project “Ultra-fast Microwave Annealing to Increase Acceptor Activation in In-situ and Ion-implantation Doped Zn0.” The initial budget period is Oct. 1, 2011 to Nov. 30, 2011.

Bob Simon (PI) and Hakan Aydin (co-PI), Computer Science, received $430,000 from NSF for their project “CSR: Small: Energy Harvesting for Performance Sensitive Wireless Sensor Networks.” The period of performance is Aug. 15, 2011, through July 31, 2014. Simon also received $137,690 from VECTARE for his project “Wireless Sensor Network Research.” The period of performance is Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012.

Angelos Stavrou (PI), Computer Science, and Anup Ghosh (co-PI), CSIS, received $205,983 from the Army Research Office for their project “A VPN Proxy Cloud for Detecting HTTP and VolP Malware.” This award comes through CSIS. The period of performance for the award is Aug. 8, 2011, to Aug. 7, 2012. Stavrou also received $259,662 out of an expected $511,323 from DARPA, through Aterrasys, for his project “Securing Android Mobile Devices.” The award period of performance is Aug. 26, 2011, to Aug. 25, 2012. This award comes through CSIS. Stavrou also received $100,000 from NIST for his project “Automated Tools and Methods for Testing of Network-enabled Mobile Applications.” The award period of performance is Sept. 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012.


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