December 2011 Accolades

Posted: December 1, 2011 at 5:03 am, Last Updated: December 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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

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Susan Graziano, Lee Krinzman, Richena Purnell-Sayle and Anne Schiller, Office of Global and International Strategies, presented “Certificate and Training Programs in the Global Office: Innovative Initiatives” at the NAFSA Region VIII Conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 4.

Jeffrey W. Pollard, Counseling and Psychological Services, wrote “How Paterno Can Promote Healing” for the Nov. 14 Opinion column.

Rita Rowand, Office of Global and International Strategies, and Posiah M. Isa from the Embassy of Malaysia presented “Considerations for University Partners When Hosting Sponsored Students” at the NAFSA Region VIII Conference in Philadelphia on Nov. 4.

Whitney Sublett, Administrative Services, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was named the December 2011 ITU Employee of the Month.

College of Health and Human Services

Kathy Dickman, School of Nursing, was awarded the Founder’s Day Award, the highest honor presented by the Board of Directors of the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic in Herndon, Va.

Lisa Eckenwiler, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, was a speaker in the Gender and Bioethics Conference organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Kazan State Medical University in Kazan, Russian Federation, in November 2011.

Randall Keyser, Rehabilitation Science and Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, presented with colleagues the first preliminary results from the ongoing clinical trial “The NIH Exercise Therapy for Advanced Lung Disease Trials: Response and Adaptation to Aerobic Exercise in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension” at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Honolulu in October. The title of the presentation was “Improved Six-minute Walk Distance and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Following an Intensive Exercise Program.”

Ann Maradiegue, School of Nursing, wrote a book chapter with colleagues, “Genetics and the Family History” in “Advanced Health Assessment: Interpreting Findings and Formulating Differential Diagnosis,” 3rd edition, edited by Mary Jo Goolsby and Laurie Grubbs and published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2011. Maradiegue also presented “Clinical Applications of Genetics/Genomics as It Relates to Nursing Curriculum” at the International Society of Nurses in Genetics meeting in Montreal in October. She presented with colleagues “Nurses Leading the Way in Genetic Education: A Five-Year Follow-Up of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s Integration of Medical Genetics into Curriculum” at the same meeting. She was an invited participant in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing research project, “Expanding RN Scope of Practice: A Method for Introducing a New Competency into Nursing Practice.”

Miriam Raskin, Social Work, wrote with colleagues “Field Education as the Signature Pedagogy of Social Work Education,” which received this year’s Best Conceptual Article citation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Editorial Advisory Board at CSWE’s 57th Annual Program meeting held in Atlanta in October.

Robin Remsburg, School of Nursing, served on the Food and Dining Standards Task Force sponsored by the Pioneer Network: A Rothschild Regulatory Task Force. To support the development of the standards, Remsburg wrote a paper based on her research evaluating the impact of home-style dining on dietary intake and nutrition on nursing home residents and her synthesis of the literature on dining practices in nursing homes. She also participated in the two-year deliberations to develop these new standards.

Kathy Richards, School of Nursing, received a new NIH grant to support her study, “Mild Cognitive Impairment and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.”

Lynn Gerber, Rehabilitation Science and Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, wrote with colleagues “Racial Disparities in Physical and Functional Domains in Women with Early Breast Cancer,” which was published in Support Care Cancer in October. She also wrote with colleagues “Segmental Limb Volume Changes as a Predictor of the Onset of Lymphedema in Women with Early Breast Cancer,” which was published in PM&R in October. She also wrote with colleagues “Objective Sonographic Measures for Characterizing Myofascial Trigger Points Associated With Cervical Pain,” which was published in the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. Gerber is the co-principal investigator with Steve Garfinkel on a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research funded grant. This is a joint effort between Mason, Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases and the American Institutes for Research. The grant is for five years and will establish a Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center. The Model Systems of Care is a national network of rehabilitation specialists and researchers for spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and burns.

Carlos Sluzki, Global and Community Health, gave a keynote presentation on “Social Networks and Health” at the Mediterranean Congress of the International Association for Group Therapy and Group Processes, Porto, Portugal, in September.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Meg Brindle, Public and International Affairs, developed a training curriculum in intellectual property business strategies with a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Part of a strategy aimed at poverty alleviation in Uganda and Tanzania, the project included a full-scale curriculum for government and the ministerial level, the export sector and farmers/producers. Over the summer, she presented a two-week program to the Maasai of Tanzania; a three-day workshop that included the Tanzanian trade minister; and a three-day workshop in Zanzibar. She also participated on a panel, “Aid or Entrepreneurship?” at the Skoll Foundation Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University in November.

Tyler Cowen, Economics, was named in the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine “for finding markets in everything.” Others on the list include President Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Bill Bernanke, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Krugman, among others.

David F. Ericson, Public and International Affairs, wrote a book, “Slavery in the American Republic: Developing the Federal Government, 1791-1861,” which was published by the University Press of Kansas.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, cowrote the article “The Structure of Scientific Opinion on Climate Change,” which was published in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Todd Kashdan, Psychology, and J.E. Roberts wrote “Comorbid Social Anxiety Disorder in Clients With Depressive Disorders: Predicting Changes in Depressive Symptoms, Therapeutic Relationships, and Focus of Attention in Group Treatment” in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy. Kashdan also presented the keynote titled “Curiosity and Living a Well-Lived Life” for Harvey Speaks at the Harvey School in Katonah, N.Y., in November as well as a workshop at the same program on “Becoming a Curious Explorer.”

Cynthia Lum, Criminology, Law and Society, edited with Leslie W. Kennedy the book “Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy,” which was published by Springer-Verlag.

Robyn Mehlenbeck and Christy Esposito-Smythers, Psychology, were awarded a $5,000 grant from Mason’s Office of Research and Economic Development for “Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Overweight Adolescents with Co-Occurring Depression.” 

Keith Renshaw, Psychology, and colleagues gave several presentations at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies held in November in Toronto. Presentations were “Perceived and Self-Stigma as Barriers to Care in OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD”; “Hostile and Non-Hostile Criticism: Associations with Support and Conflicts Are Moderated by Depression”; “Couple’s Communication during Deployment: Associations with PTSD, Social Support and Relationship Satisfaction”; “Internal Anger and External Aggression in OEF/OIF Combat Veterans: Importance of Considering Age”; and “Relatives’ Attributions for Disorder vs. Non-Disorder Events: Associations with Relatives’ Expressed Emotion and Patients’ Treatment Outcome.” He also presented with colleagues at the same meeting the following posters: “The Association of Controllable Attributions for Psychological Distress and Stigma in Returning OEF/OIF Service Members”; “Mindfulness and Anger: The Importance of Studying Specific Facets of Mindfulness”; “Associations of Perceived Criticism from Parents and Friends With Relationship Satisfaction, Depression, Anxiety and Stress”; “Neuroticism and Depression in Undergraduates: The Role of Dating Relationships in Reducing Vulnerability to Depression”; and “Distress in Spouses of Vietnam Veterans: The Role of General and Vietnam-Specific Communication.” Renshaw and colleagues presented “Disclosure of Emotions and Combat Events Following Deployment: Effects Among OEF/OIF Veterans” and “Perceptions of Service Members’ Deployment Experiences Moderate Associations Between Service Members’ PTSD-Related Avoidance and Spouses’ General Distress” at the annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in November in Baltimore. He was also a discussant for a session on “Couples Issues and Interventions in Trauma Populations” at the same meeting.

Susan Ridley, Psychology, was presented with the Mary Roper Award, which honors a classified staff member who has shown outstanding service in support of the core goals of CHSS.

Mark Sagoff, Philosophy, was named a senior fellow by the Breakthrough Institute, an independent public policy think tank.

David Weisburd, Criminology, Law and Society, was appointed to the jury that will select the winner of the Stockholm Prize. Weisburd won the prize in 2010.

College of Science

Jie Zhang, Computational and Data Sciences, attended the 2011 Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium held Nov. 17–19 in California. The symposium, which is for distinguished young scientists, is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and is by invitation only. Zhang, one of five persons representing the astronomy and astrophysics category, presented on “Toward Understanding Solar Storms and Space Weather Prediction.”

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya Suhnhee Kim, affiliate research professor, presented a piano recital sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Recreation Association and the State of the Arts Cultural Series at the State Department in Washington, D.C. She performed works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Liszt. In a review, John Bentel of the State Magazine said of her recital, “She played with great aplomb and won resounding applause.”


Amy Brener, Information Technology Unit, was appointed area governor by Toastmasters International District 29. Brener, Andy Finn, Communication, and Lori Ann Roth, Human Resources and Payroll, were interviewed in Toastmasters’ Mastering Business Communications television series. They discussed how Toastmasters benefits experienced speakers as well as novices. The series aired on Comcast Channel 28.

Joy Hughes and Amy Brener, Information Technology Unit, and Lihong Wang and Gao Qing, Confucius Institute (CI@Mason), presented at the Pan-Confucius Institute Global Conference in Milan, Italy. Hughes spoke on “Leaving a Lasting Legacy,” Brener spoke on “How Video Technology Has Changed the Teaching of Chinese,” Wang spoke on “Alternative Way for Chinese Language Teacher Supply for K-12 Schools in the U.S.,” and Qing spoke on the “Social Studies: Traveling Trunks” program. They were joined by Alice Reilly, head of social studies for Fairfax County Public Schools, who discussed how CI@Mason is assisting the schools.

Joe Pancrazio, Bioengineering, Nathalia Peixoto, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Robert Smith, Psychology, received $604,712 from an anticipated total funding of $3,234,626 from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific for the project “Biocompatibility of Advanced Materials for Brain Interfaces (BAMBI).” Pancrazio is principal investigator (PI) on the project. The period of performance is Nov. 14, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2013.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented a keynote lecture on mineral evolution at the Dasan Conference on Earth Evolution in Gyeong-ju, Korea. He also presented the lecture “Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins” at Hampshire College, and “Mineralogical Coevolution of the Geo-Sphere and Biosphere” at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, presented a lecture, “Life, the Fourth Geosphere,” as part of an Open Questions forum at the Potomac School in McLean, Va. He also wrote “Life on Venus,” which was published in Astrobiology, Vol.11, No. 9. He was appointed special articles editor of the Astrobiology Journal.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, presented “Science and the Law” for the Judicial Advisory Council of the Law and Economics Center in Fairfax, Va. He also wrote with a student, “Problems with Problem Sets” for Physics Today, November 2011.

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Andrea Bartoli presented the paper “Notes on UN Mediation Experiences and Peace Processes in Africa” at the African Studies Association’s 54th annual meeting held in November in Washington, D.C. Bartoli discussed the importance of peacemaking for Catholics and the Catholic tradition at the Center for Catholic Thought at Creighton University in November.

Sandra Cheldelin was a contributor to the U.S. State Department’s roundtable on gender-based violence in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia.

Richard E. Rubenstein had his book, “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War,” (Bloomsbury, 2010) reviewed by Rev. Mark Byers, with a response by Rubenstein, in Conversations in Religion & Theology in November.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Cheryl Dreuhl and Anant Mishra, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “Participation Strategy and Likelihood of Winning in Unblinded Innovation Contests: An Empirical Study” at the INFORMS annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in October.

Long Chen and Suning Zhang, Accounting, presented the paper “Stock Repurchase and Debt Contracting” at the Fall 2011 GWU-GMU Joint Accounting Research Seminar in Washington, D.C., in October. Chen also presented with coauthors the paper “Did Audit Fee Cuts in 2009 Impair Earnings Quality?” at the 2011 American Accounting Association annual meeting in Denver in August.

Jessica Hoppner, Marketing, published with coauthors the article “The Role of Reciprocity in Clarifying the Performance Payoff of Relational Behavior” in the Journal of Marketing Research.

Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, Nacef Mouri, Marketing, and Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, had the presentation “TSFs: Technology Orientation, Autonomy, Risk-Taking Propensity and Innovativeness” published in the proceedings from the Academy of Management annual conference.

David Kravitz, Management, published with coauthors the article “The Research-Practice Gap: Diversity Predicts Performance” in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in September. Kravitz also published with coauthors an article, “Bridging the Research-Practice Gap: Leadership Affects Tie Between Diversity, Voluntary Turnover” in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Ling Lisic, Accounting, presented with coauthors the paper “The Continuing Impact of CEO Power on Audit Committee Effectiveness in the Post-SOX Era” at the 2011 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in Savannah, Ga. The presentation was also published in the conference proceedings.

Paige Wolf, Management, published with coauthors the article “Developing Efficacy Beliefs for Ethics and Diversity Management” in Academy of Management Learning & Education.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs was part of an expert discussion on the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) entrepreneurship framework at UNCTAD’s Expert Meeting and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Katrin Anaker cowrote “The Foreclosure Crisis and Its Impact on Communities of Color: Research and Solutions” for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She copresented a paper titled “Does Homesteading Matter? Analyzing Foreclosure Rates in Hillsborough County, Florida” and a paper titled “Analyzing the Marriage Gap for Single Female Homebuyers in Terms of Socioeconomic, Financial, and Mortgage Characteristics” at the annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. 

Phil Auerswald moderated a panel on “Collaborative Advantage: How Diaspora Entrepreneurs Are Creating Connections for Shared Prosperity” at the Inter-American Development Bank as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. He also spoke at “Accelerating Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Austerity,” hosted by Mason’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Ken Button published “Energy Use in the Transport Sector: Ways to Improve Efficiency” The Handbook of Sustainable Use of Energy. He also spoke at the Eno Transportation Foundation’s policy forum on “Transportation Investment as Part of a Deficit-Reduction Package.”

Ambassador (Ret.) Robert W. “Bill” Farrand wrote the book “Reconstruction and Peace Building in the Balkans: The Brčko Experience” in collaboration with Allison Frendak-Blume, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield as part of the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training―Diplomats and Diplomacy Series.

David Hart cowrote “Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System,” published by MIT Press.

Andrew Hughes Hallett was a discussant at a workshop on “Frequency Domain Research in Macroeconomics and Finance” in Helsinki.

Sonia Ketkar co-presented a paper titled “How Close Is Too Close? Firm Location and Corruption” at the Regional Science Association 2011 conference. She and Zoltan Acs also co-presented a paper titled “Cultural Burdens and Institutional Blessings: Internationalization by SMEs from Emerging Economies” at the Academy of Management Conference 2011.

Jeremy Mayer wrote “Tea Time,” a round-up review of several books related to the Tea Party, which was published in The American Interest magazine.

Wayne D. Perry published “Information Sharing Effectiveness in the Federal Sector” with David Coleman in the Proceedings of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference.

James Pfiffner published “Federalist No. 70: Is the President Too Powerful?” in Public Administration Review, December 2011.

Ramkishen Rajan and Sasidaran Gopalan cowrote a policy brief titled “International Currency Competition: Are There Alternatives to the U.S. Dollar?”

Mark Rozell presented a post-election analysis and perspective at the Dulles Area Democrats’ November breakfast.

Catherine Rudder was named one of 175 History Makers who graduated from Emory University. The university cited her work as the first female executive director of the American Political Science Association.

Susan Tolchin gave a speech at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah on “Government Watchdogs.” She also published “The Persistence of Political Patronage” in the “Political Bookworm” section of the Washington Post.

Janine Wedel published “Federalist No. 70: Where Does the Public Service Begin and End?” in Public Administration Review, December 2011.

Junyang Yuan presented a paper titled “Air Freight Transportation and Economic Development: An Examination of Causality” at the North American meetings of the Regional Science Association International.

Ed Zolnik published “A Spatial Analysis of Male and Female Unemployment in the USA” in a special issue on spatial and temporal analysis in the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research.

The Volgenau School of Engineering

Angelos Stavrou, Computer Science and Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS), and Fei Li, Computer Science, received $100,000 from Columbia University for their project “MEERKATS: Maintaining EnterprisE Resiliency via Kaleidoscopic Adaptation and Transformation of Software Services.” The initial budget period is Sept. 30, 2011, to March 31, 2012. The anticipated total funding amount is $800,000 and the anticipated end date is Sept. 29, 2015. Stavrou is PI and Li is co-PI on the project. This award comes through CSIS.










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