November Accolades

Posted: November 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades is a monthly column recognizing the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members. Submit Accolades information [by the 15th of the month preceding] to Attn: Daily Gazette, by mail to 4C5, by fax to (703) 993-8784, or by e-mail to Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.


Julia Findlay, International Programs and Services, responded to the Washington Post question on how Sept. 11 changed your life for a commemorative edition of the newspaper. Her entry, one of 30 published, said, “September 11th took the idealism out of my job and replaced it with suspicion. Instead of spending the past year creating new programs to help international students successfully adjust to life at a large American university, I spent the year developing procedures for tracking and reporting on them. September 11th so profoundly changed the image and nature of international education that I’m not sure I want to be in this profession any longer.”

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Anne Agee

Anne Agee, DoIT, and Dee Ann Holisky, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a pre-conference seminar on developing a collaborative information technology environment at the EDUCAUSE national conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jeremy Lasich, Media Relations and Daily Mason Gazette editor, was on a panel discussing daily online newspapers at the College Communicators Association conference held in Norfolk.

College of Arts and Sciences

Amal Amireh, English, co-edited a book, Etel Adnan: Critical Essays on the Arab-American Writer and Artist, with poet and scholar Lisa Suhair Majaj. The book was published recently by McFarland and Company, North Carolina.

Joel Clark, Public and International Affairs, wrote Intern to Success, which was recently published by Houghton Mifflin. He also wrote the front piece chapter for Peterson’s Internships 2003.

Jon Gould, Administration of Justice (ADJ), spoke at the annual meeting of Virginia Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) held on the Arlington Campus, about the honors clinical course he conducted on the death penalty, including recommendations from George Mason undergraduates to reform capital prosecutions. CURE is a national organization committed to rectifying the criminal justice system. Also, Gould and the ADJ program hosted Laure Ortiz, director and professor at the Institute of Political Science in Toulouse, France. Dr. Ortiz’s visit was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to learn about the regulatory role of American law.

Barry Haack, Geography, made a presentation on “Perspectives on Remote Sensing Technology Transfer in Africa” to the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Geographic Information for Sustainable Development.

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Ed Maguire

Ed Maguire, Administration of Justice, presented “A White Paper on Police Agency Performance Measures” at a meeting of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Stephen Mastrofski, Administration of Justice, presented “Compstat and Organizational Change” to the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners on the historic R.M.S. Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, California.

Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, English and African American Studies, served as Scholar-in-Residence at Bard College for the New York Council for the Humanities Teacher Institute on Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s Beloved. The institute featured an interdisciplinary approach to “American Literature and the Institution of Slavery” for teachers from the state of New York. Also, McKenzie wrote the chapter, “Labor Above and Beyond the Call: A Black Woman Scholar in the Academy,” which appears in Sister Circle: Black Women and Work, edited by Sharon Harley and the Black Women and Work Collective. The book was published by Rutgers University Press in July 2002. She discussed her essay and the publication of the book at this year’s Fall for the Book Festival in a joint discussion with author Deborah Perry.

Roger Mellen, Communication, wrote an article on “Breaking News in the Classroom” about teaching the events of Sept. 11 for the Oct. 1 issue of Static, the newsletter of the Radio-Television Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Mellen was also a panelist for “Do First Amendment Rights Support Terrorists?” at the Eastern Communication Association Convention, held in New York City.

Allan Turner, Administration of Justice, and Center for Justice Leadership and Management, co-presented “Keeping Drugs Out of Prisons and Jails in the United States” at the 2002 Gordon Research Conference held at Queens College, Oxford University, United Kingdom. In addition, Turner visited the Police Scientific Development Branch technology research and development facilities at Sandridge and Langhurst, and H.M. Prison Frankland in Durham as a guest of the British government.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Martin Atherton, Health Science, received the college’s Teacher of the Year Award, based on student evaluations from graduate classes.

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Andrew Carle

Andrew Carle, Health Science, received the college’s Teacher of the Year Award based on student evaluations from undergraduate classes.

Farrokh Alemi, Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics, has joined the editorial board of the Quality Management Healthcare Journal.

Stephanie Ferguson was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States for a three-year term.

Graduate School of Education

Brenda Bannan-Ritland wrote “Computer-mediated Communication, eLearning and Interactivity: A Review of the Research,” which was published in the Quarterly Review of Distance Education.

Fred Bemak, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Paul Pedersen co-wrote Counseling Refugees: A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Multicultural Interventions, which was published by Greenwood Press.

Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas wrote “Early Bilingual Programs Found to Boost Test Scores,” which appeared in Education Week. They also issued a national press release on their national longitudinal study of bilingual education programs.

Jeffrey Gorrell’s proposal, “Insurmountable Opportunities: Entrepreneurism as the Future for Schools of Education,” has been selected for presentation at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference’s 2003 Annual Meeting and Exhibits.

Jack Levy received two five-year grants totaling $1.8 million in ESOL teacher preparation from the Office of English Language Acquisition of the U.S. Department of Education. The first grant is pre-service, called Project FAST TRAIN, and is for $222,000 each year; the second, at the in-service level, is Project TESOL, and was funded for $138,000 each year.

Linda Rikard served on the steering committee for the First U.S.-China Conference on Best Practices in Physical Education in Beijing. The National Association of Sport and Physical Education sponsored Rikard’s participation as Strand Co-Chair for Curriculum and Macro Study of Physical Education.

Robert Ruhling received the 2002 Elly Doyle Park Service Special Recognition Honor Award sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Authority. He was recognized for a decade of service to the Park Authority as writer of the sports medicine question-and-answer column, “Ask Dr. Bob,” which appears in the quarterly magazine, Parktakes.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dennis Sandole was a presenter in the “Certificate Course on Peace Education in Mindanao,” hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines. The workshop was designed to bring together the Muslim Filipinos and central government of the Philippines who are in conflict in Mindanao in order to explore the utility of peace education. While in Manila, Sandole was interviewed by Manila Channel 5 TV on the meaning of Sept. 11 a year later, the U.S.-led “war on terror,” and the prospects for-and implications of-a U.S. war against Iraq.

Krasnow Institute

James Olds presented “Biometrics and Intelligence Gathering as a National Security Initiative” at the Council of Security and Strategic Technology Organizations conference held in Arlington, Virginia.

Robinson Professors

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Robert Hazen

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented the inaugural lecture in Cornell University’s 2002-03 “Biophysics Colloquium.” He also gave a lecture on “The Role of Mineral Surfaces in the Prebiotic Selection of Biomolecules” for the Carnegie Institution’s Centennial Symposium. Hazen was the keynote speaker at the Eighth International Diamond Conference, Melbourne, Australia, and presented “Emergence and the Origin of Life” in the “Physics in July” series at the University of Melbourne.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, wrote the Foreword to Molecular Biology and Pathogenicity of Mycoplasmas, edited by S. Razin and R. Herrmann, and published by Kluwer in 2002.

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John Paden

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, presented “Interpretations of the Shari’a Movement in Nigeria,” at the U.S. Department of State conference on “Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa.” He also presented “Consolidating Democracy in Nigeria: A Polity in Transition,” at the U.S. Department of State conference on “Consolidating Democracy in Nigeria.” Paden participated in the Center for International Policy conference on “Building Peace and Security in Nigeria.”

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, received the 2002 National Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Book Award for Adult Non-Fiction for his book, Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism.

School of Computational Sciences

Menas Kafatos, Center for Earth Observing and Space Research, spoke on “Virginia Access and Mid-Atlantic Geospatial Information Consortium (VAccess/MAGIC): Remote Sensing and GIS for Regional Applications” at the Chinese-American Ocean-Atmosphere Association’s annual meeting.

Paul Schopf was named chair of the Earth Systems Modeling Framework advisory board, a national priority modeling effort for super high-performance computing in Earth sciences sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Daniel Carr, Applied and Engineering Statistics, received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award of Merit “for exceptional scientific leadership in the conceptualization and development of a web-based cancer control planning tool.” He developed the State Cancer Profiles, part of the NIH Cancer Information System.

School of Management

Richard Coffinberger presented “Reining-In Corporate Abuses and Restoring Investor Trust: An Analysis of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 ” at the annual conference of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Vail, Colorado.

School of Public Policy

Ann C. Baker co-wrote Conversational Learning: An Experimental Approach to Knowledge Creation, with Patricia J. Jensen and David A. Kolb. The book was published by Quorum Books. Baker also presented three refereed papers at the International Academy of Management in Denver, and co-presented a paper with Michelle LeBaron, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, at the International Women’s World Congress in Kampala, Uganda.

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