December Accolades

Posted: December 2, 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.


Susan Collins and Stephanie Ellison, Intercollegiate Athletics, presented the NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements at the Fairfax County College Night to high school student-athletes interested in participating in intercollegiate athletics. Collins also discussed changes in the NCAA Initial Eligibility Requirements on School Scene, a Fairfax County Public Schools television program.


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Stephen Greenfeld

Stephen Greenfeld, Student Academic Affairs and Advising, presented a paper, “Mapping the Terrain of Academic Advisement to Improve Student Retention and the Graduation Rate,” at the ninth annual Community College Showcase in Atlantic City.

Upendra (Upen) Malani, Arlington Campus Operations, was appointed to the board of directors of the Ballston Partnership for two years. Malani has served as the George Mason University representative on the Ballston Partnership for the past two years.

College of Arts and Sciences

Anna Baranova, Biology, presented a seminar at the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Department of Biological Sciences on “Pannexins: A Newly Discovered Family of Mammalian Proteins Homologous to Invertebrate Gap Junction Proteins.”

Geoff Birchard, Biology, co-wrote “Captive Management and Growth,” a chapter in Biology and Conservation of Komodo Dragons, published by Smithsonian Press.

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Alan Cheuse

Alan Cheuse, English, had an essay on travels in Bali published in the November issue of Gourmet magazine, and an essay on fiction about Indonesia, “Reading the Archipelago,” published in the fall Antioch Review. His essay collection, Listening to the Page: Adventures in Reading and Writing, was released in paperback by Columbia University Press.

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Center for Social Complexity, and School of Computational Sciences, was named vice president for international relations of the newly established North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Sciences (NAACSOS). This is the first North American professional organization in the young field of computational social sciences. Cioffi-Revilla will act as liaison to parallel organizations overseas and represent NAACSOS at foreign venues.

Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, spoke to sixth-graders at Hart Middle School and Maury Elementary School about remote sensing and the Earth’s place in space. His talk was part of the Challenger Center’s Journey through the Universe outreach program in Washington, D.C.

Roger Mellen, Communication, was interviewed about journalism ethics regarding leaks of information from the sniper attacks, which angered investigators. The interviews were aired on television newscasts on ABC7 and NewsChannel 8.

Marcella Ridlen Ray, Sociology and Anthropology, and School of Public Policy, wrote The Changing and Unchanging Face of U.S. Civil Society, published by Transaction Publishers, 2002.

Linda J. Seligmann, Anthropology, presented “The Lives of Andean Market Women: Trading Accounts and Accounts of Trade,” at the Harvard-Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. The talk was part of a conference, “Women, Money and Power,” held in conjunction with the opening of the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library exhibit, “Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business.” Seligmann also presided over and commented on “Andean Spaces and Modern Visions of Latin America,” a session at the Southern Historical Association Meetings in Baltimore.

Frank Sesno, Public Policy and Communication, co-hosted with Darrell Hammond “Who Counts: Election Reform in America,” which aired on PBS. Hammond, from the television show Saturday Night Live, and others provided comic relief. Sesno also hosted “Gridlock” on WETA, which included some George Mason students who shot footage for the program. Sesno also filmed “Ronald Reagan: A Legacy Remembered,” which aired on The History Channel.

Judith Skog, Biology, wrote “Additional Support for Two Subgenera of Anemia (Schizeaceae) from Data for the Chloroplast Intergenic Spacer Region trnL-F and Morphology,” which was published in American Fern Journal.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, Center for the Arts and Theater of the First Amendment, directed the world premiere production of A Light in the Storm by Mary Hall Surface. The play, adapted from a book by Karen Hesse, is part of Scholastic Publications’ “Dear America” series. Davis directed the piece through two years of development that included a fully staged workshop production, a performance run at the Kennedy Center, and a national tour. The playwright, Mary Hall Surface, has also collaborated with Theater of the First Amendment on Sing Down the Moon and Perseus Bayou.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Farrokh Alemi, Graduate Health Science, wrote a paper on the cost of counseling for the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics. The paper shows that the cost of one hour of counseling depends not only on the provider’s hourly rate but also on the severity of the patient’s illness.

Rita Carty received the Sister Bernadette Amiger Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The award recognizes a nurse leader who has made significant contributions to AACN, to nursing education, and to the advancement of the profession of nursing.

Georgine Redman and Jeanne Sorrell’s book, Community-Based Nursing Curriculum: A Faculty Guide, published by F.A. Davis, has been selected by the American Journal of Nursing as Book of the Year for 2003.

Graduate School of Education

David Anderson, Center for the Advancement of Public Health, was a co-moderator of the general session of the College Conference on alcohol issues when the Virginia College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Standards were unveiled. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council, of which Anderson is a member, and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Anderson was the primary author of the 40-page document, which incorporates 186 tenets within 14 focus areas for addressing alcohol abuse and related issues on college campuses. The standards are being reviewed by colleagues throughout the state for ultimate release next spring.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Margorie Kagawa-Singer wrote a book chapter, “Towards a New Paradigm: A Cultural Systems Approach,” that was published in Asian American Mental Health: Assessment Theories and Methods, edited by K.S. Kuraski, S. Okazaki and S. Sue, and published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum.

Gretchen Givens Generett, Initiatives in Education Transformation, participated in a symposium, “Amazing Grace: Black Teacher, Spirituality, and Audacious Hope,” at the 2002 annual meeting of the American Educational Studies Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Eamonn Kelly attended the launch of his co-authored book, Understanding the Brain: Towards a New Learning Science at the National Science Foundation, which cosponsored the launch with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, publisher of the book.

Elijah Mirochnik co-edited with Debora Sherman Passion and Pedagogy: Relation, Creation, and Transformation in Teaching, which received the 2002 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award. The book was published by Peter Lang Publishing, 2002. Mirochnik also presented an interactive multimedia session, “Can’t Imagine: Hearing John Lennon and Other Teachers’ September 11th Silenced Voices,” at the annual conference of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing in Dayton, Ohio.

Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri wrote an article, “On Babies and Bathwater: Addressing the Problems of Identification of Learning Disabilities,” which appeared in the 2002 summer issue of Learning Disabilities Quarterly. The article was selected as one of the three best research articles in learning disabilities for 2002 at the 24th Annual International Conference on Learning Disabilities, sponsored by the Council on Learning Disabilities, held in Denver, Colorado.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)

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Sandra Cheldelin

Sandra Cheldelin received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State Newly Independent States College and University Partnerships Program for a partnership and exchange program with Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. She received another grant to lead the George Mason effort in the Community Resilience Project of Fairfax County, a partnership that involves intercommunity dialogues in different areas of Fairfax County and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Cheldelin is also the principal investigator of a partnership program with National Taurida Vernadsky University (NTVU) in Simferopol, Crimea (Ukraine). ICAR recently hosted a two-week Institute on Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Ukrainian students and faculty from NTVU. Cheldelin serves on the development committee of the Board of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a merged organization of the Conflict Resolution Education Network, Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, and Academy of Family Mediators. She has also been a guest co-editor of the October 2002 edition of Negotiation Journal.

Daniel Druckman was named recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) to be given at the 2003 IACM conference in Melbourne, Australia. The award recognizes an individual whose life and work over a period of decades has generated outstanding contributions to the field of conflict management. The committee selected Druckman “as a simply outstanding example of a life of science and practice with wide impact that crosses disciplines as well as the boundaries of theory and practice,” said the IACM Fall/Winter 2002 newsletter Signal.

Richard Rubenstein addressed the annual United Nations Day dinner of the Wake County (North Carolina) United Nations Association. His subject was “American Power and Conflict Resolution: Recent Developments.” He also lectured on “Alternatives to War with Iraq” at Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, Virginia; at the Annandale United Methodist Church; and at an ICAR Brown Bag Seminar.

Dennis Sandole contributed a chapter to a book that was written by members of the ICAR Working Group on War, Violence, and Terrorism, edited by R. Scott Moore, and published by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Co-authors of Terrorism: Concepts, Causes, and Conflict Resolution are B.J. Cunningham, Adina Friedman, Chip Hauss, Matt Hersey, Rick Langille, R. Scott Moore, Sascha Sheehan, and Evis Vasili.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Tomasz Arciszewski and Michael Goode, Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, led a session on “Educating Next Generation Engineers” at The Infrastructure Security Partnership’s first annual Congress on Infrastructure Security for the Built Environment held in Washington, D.C.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, presented “What Future for Political Reform in Iran?” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

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Paul D’Andrea

The WETA production of Nathan the Wise that was adapted by Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, was shown at the annual conference of the American Literary Scholars and Critics Association in Washington, D.C.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave lectures on the origin of life themes at the University of Puget Sound, Washington; California State University, Fresno; University of California at Berkeley; Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland; Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and the Carnegie Institution Centennial Symposium, Washington, D.C. Hazen also read from his chapter, “Life’s Rocky Start,” included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing of 2001,” edited by N. Angier, and published by Houghton-Mifflin. The reading was at Olssen’s Books in Washington, D.C.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, presented “The Strand of Religion in the Secular Realm,” at the Adult Forum, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C. He also gave a paper, “How to Identify a Serious Moral Problem,” at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, presented “Biotechnology and Complexity in Agriculture and Medicine,” in Bozeman, Montana, and gave an address, “The Origin of Intermediate Metabolism,” at the conference on “Microbial Evolution: Concepts and Controversies,” at the University of Quebec at Montreal. Morowitz wrote a response to an article, “The Emergence of Spirit,” in the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Bulletin, No. 20.4.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, and Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, took part in the Conference on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, sponsored by the Brookings Institution in Doha, Qatar.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote a book, Cassell’s Laws of Nature: An A-Z of Laws and Principles Governing the Working of Our Universe, published by Cassell, United Kingdom, 2002.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, made a presentation at the National Symposium on Felony Disenfranchisement in Washington, D.C.; and gave the keynote address at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Silicon-On-Insulator Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia.

School of Public Policy

Rex Brown wrote “Environmental Regulation: Paradigm Shift for Determining Requirements and Compliance” for the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems; “How Quantitative Methods Mislead Decision Makers” for Interfaces; “Toward a Consensus on Decision-Aiding Language and Concepts” for The Journal of Decision Analysis; and “Logic and Motivation in Risk Research: a Nuclear Waste Test Case” for Risk Analysis.

Catherine Rudder received the Erika Fairchild Award of the Women’s Caucus of the Southern Political Science Association in recognition of her work advancing the cause of women in the American Political Science Association. This award is given to a political scientist who has a strong record of scholarship, commitment to students, teaching and mentoring of women in the field, and who is a thoughtful, caring, and good citizen of the discipline and exhibits a collegial spirit.

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