February Accolades

Posted: February 3, 2003 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 gazette@gmu.edu. Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.

Administration

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Anne Agee

Anne Agee, Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services, and Dee Ann Holisky, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a pre-conference seminar on “Building a Culture of Collaboration” for the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore.

Paras Kaul, Electronic Publications in Creative Services, and Robert Nakles, Information Technology Unit, presented “Unraveling Web Development” for the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore.

College of Arts and Sciences

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Kim Eby

Kim Eby, New Century College, made two workshop presentations at The Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Learning Community Network’s Curriculum Planning Retreat on “Collaborative Learning in Process and Practice.”

Libby Hall, Bachelor of Independent Studies, New Century College, attended the Board of Examiners weeklong training for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education as a nominee of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Training included a site simulation exercise at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Hall completed the training and will serve a three-year term on the board.

Mary Higgins, New Century College, has been working with the National Library of Medicine on a Flash-based pilot program that is a guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. The web site, toxtown.nlm.nih.gov, went live to the public in October.

Stephen Mastrofski, Administration of Justice, was appointed to the Advisory Group for the Study of Prosecution Accountability, Performance Measures, and Best Practices, conducted by the American Prosecutor Research Institute. The project will examine prosecution goals, measures, practices, and research. He has also been appointed by the Police Executive Research Forum to serve as a core researcher on the project Local Law Enforcement and the Terrorism Threat.

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Janette Muir

Janette Muir, New Century College, participated in roundtables on “Issues Affecting Women in Communication Administration,” and “Challenges and Successes for Administrators in Higher Education” at the National Communication Association Convention in New Orleans.

Roger Mellen, Communication, was interviewed by television and radio stations about the future of AOL/Time Warner after Steve Case’s resignation. WUSA CBS 9, WJLA ABC 7, Newschannel 8, and WTOP radio used interview segments in their newscasts. Mellen recently completed a research paper, AOL/Time Warner Vice Chairman Ted Turner, a Possible Successor.

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Lisa Gring-Pemble

Lisa Gring-Pemble, New Century College, presented the paper, In Search of an Exigence to Warrant Reform: The Role of Social Science in Welfare Policymaking, at the National Communication Association Convention in New Orleans.

Jim Young, New Century College, was invited to the National Meeting of Electronic Portfolio Leaders sponsored by the American Association of Higher Education.

Graduate School of Education

Sharon Castle was named by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education to serve on the Board of Examiners of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. She completed the training and will serve a three-year term.

Mary M. Williams presented the closing keynote address at the Association for Independent and Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education’s biannual forum in San Diego, California. Williams’ presentation was titled “Educating Hearts and Minds: The Ethical Bottom Line.”

Information Technology and Engineering

Edgar Sibley, Information and Software Engineering, was selected as the HuiSun Chair, a lifetime appointment, at the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan. He was also the keynote speaker at the 2002 Conference on Electronic Commerce and Econometrics.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Kevin Avruch, ICAR and CAS, wrote a chapter, “What Do I Need to Know About Culture? A Researcher Says…,” in A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm, edited by John Paul Lederach and Janice Moomaw Jenner (JosseyBass, 2002).

Christopher R. Mitchell spoke at a symposium held by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on “Conducting Dialogues for Peace: A Symposium on Best Practices.” The cases covered included Tajikistan, Burundi, Kosovo, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Moldova. In the conference wrap-up, Mitchell referenced A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm, edited by John Paul Lederach and Janice Moomaw Jenner (JosseyBass, 2002), to which he had contributed the chapter, “How Much Do I Need to Know?” Also, Mitchell presented a public lecture in Medellin, Colombia, as part of a one-day forum on “Humanitarian Contacts in Conditions of Escalating Conflict,” held under the auspices of the University of Antioquia and a number of key nongovernmental organizations from the Antioquia region of Colombia. Mitchell talked about the experiences of local peace-building efforts in other countries–Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Tajikistan–that might provide useful ideas for Colombia. Mitchell was also able, during his visit to Medellin, to contact a number of organizations and individuals interested in local peace-building work, and to confer with the field workers collaborating with the ICAR project on “Local Zones of Peace in Colombia.”

Wallace Warfield wrote a chapter, “Is This the Right Thing to Do? A Practical Framework for Ethical Decisions,” in A Handbook of International Peacebuilding: Into the Eye of the Storm, edited by John Paul Lederach and Janice Moomaw Jenner (JosseyBass, 2002).

Robinson Professors

The play Nathan the Wise, adapted by Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, will open at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles on May 15. The Public Broadcasting System video production of the play, taped last spring at the Center for the Arts, is available through Amazon.com.

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