March Accolades

Posted: March 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 Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.


Peter Stearns, Provost, was profiled as a distinguished contributor to the study of addictive behavior in the context of his research, much of which focuses on the history of American behaviors, with particular attention to the emergence of current concerns and behavioral patterns from causes in the past. His profile is on the home page of the Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School,

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Michael Wood

William Michael Wood, Institutional Research and Reporting, was re-elected as communication coordinator for the Virginia Association for Management Analysis and Planning.

College of Arts and Sciences

Roy Rosenzweig, History, was recently elected vice president for research of the American Historical Association, the largest historical society in the United States and the umbrella organization for all historians.

Graduate School of Education

Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung were among 50 “internationally recognized scholars” invited to contribute a chapter in the four-volume series, The Psychology of Terrorism, which was published last month by Praeger Publishers. Their chapter is titled “Refugees and Terrorism: Cultural Innovations in Clinical Practice.” Chung and Bemak also co-presented “Social Justice Issues in Forced Migration: Training at the Graduate Level” at the Eighth Biannual International Association for the Study of Forced Migration Conference held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Bemak also presented “Forced Migration and Adaptation: A Culturally Responsive Model Addressing Postmigration Adjustment and Human Rights” at the conference, while Chi-Ying Chung presented “Unique Challenges Facing Refugee Women: A Model Towards Postmigration Adjustment and Social Justice” and “Refugee Women’s Voices on Human Rights.”

Jeff Gorrell organized and participated in a symposium titled “Entrepreneurism as the Future of Schools of Education” at the annual American Association for Colleges and Teacher Education conference in New Orleans. His presentation described the context for entrepreneurial activity at George Mason University and within the Graduate School of Education. He also spent two weeks in Sri Lanka working closely with the country’s Ministry of Education to raise the capacity of their research unit. He consulted extensively with them on a large-scale, longitudinal study that follows 1,000 children from the first through the fifth grade, charting their progress in attaining grade-level competencies, their participation in school, and their familial background. He also consulted on emerging research projects, the development of a research course of study for education professionals, and the improvement of the ministry’s education research journals.

Jack Levy was invited to serve on the U.S. State Department’s Future of Iraq Workgroup on Education, and was one of only two non-Iraqi, nongovernmental representatives. The group’s task is to develop plans for educational reform in Iraq in the event of a regime change.

Jorge Osterling has been invited to serve as President of the Virginia Chapter of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). NABE is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both the interests of language-minority students and the bilingual education professionals who serve them.

Jim Upperman has been selected to chair the Northern Virginia Region Superintendent of the Year selection process. This year’s recipient will be honored at the annual Virginia Association of School Superintendents banquet, and will become eligible for recognition as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Jeremy Allnutt, Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a co-author with Timothy Pratt and Charles Bostian of the textbook, Satellite Communications, published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. in Nov. 2002.

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Dimitrios Ioannou

Dimitrios Ioannou, Electrical and Computer Engineering, spoke at a session on advanced transistors at the Fifth Annual Topical Research Conference on Reliability organized by the Semiconductor Research and Semtech Corporations.

Bijan Jabbari, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was named Engineer of the Year for 2003 by the Washington, D.C., Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies. Selection was based on dedication, effort, quality, and clearly successful accomplishment and achievement in advancing the technical and professional aims of the engineering professions.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Maria Karametou, Art and Visual Technology, recently had her work selected to be included in the collection of His Excellency the U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Mrs. Thomas Miller. The work has been installed in the living room of the ambassador’s residence. An exhibition titled “Greek Contributions to Mankind–An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art,” accompanied by a catalog, is currently on view at the U.S. Embassy in Athens. Karametou was an invited guest to the ambassador’s residence this past summer to discuss her work.

Cheryl Bartholomew, Women’s Studies, authored the textbook, Gender Sensitive Therapy: Principles and Practices (Waveland Press, 2003). She also presented “Teaching and Raising Emotionally Healthy Children in a Toxic Environment” at Fairfax Town Hall, and was quoted in an article in Cosmopolitan magazine titled “Are Guys Getting Too Sensitive?” (Dec. 2002), and in Shape magazine, “Question and Answer Column” (March, 2003). Bartholomew originated and directed the HORIZONS! summer camp at George Mason University for gifted and talented students, fifth through eighth grades.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave a keynote speech, “Emergence and the Origin of Life,” at the American Association

for the Advancement of Science Origin of Life Workshop at Gallaudet

University. He also presented three papers at NASA Astrobiology Institute General Meeting 2003, in Tempe, Ariz., including “Protometabolism under Hydrothermal Conditions” and “Combining High-Pressure Physics with Biology.”

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, edited a book, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, with Wilfred M. McClay, and wrote the “Introduction.” It was published by Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. Heclo also spoke on “Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America” with McClay and E.J. Dionne Jr. at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Heclo’s article, “The Wall that Never Was,” was published in the Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2003; and another article, “The Spirit of Public Administration,” (John Gaus Lecture), appeared in Political Science and Politics, Dec. 2002.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was the featured speaker in a roundtable on “Nigeria’s 2003 Elections: Challenges Ahead” sponsored by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and The Carter Center.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a public lecture on “Scientific Literacy: What It Is, Why We Don’t Have It, and What We Can Do about It” at the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Wyoming. He was also appointed a Visiting Scholar for 2003-04 by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. In that capacity he will visit universities and colleges with Phi Beta Kappa chapters, spending two days on each campus meeting with students, participating in lectures and seminars, and giving a major address to the academic community.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, gave the M. Carl Holman Memorial Lecture at the Black Leadership Forum’s “Symposium on Race and Justice” at the Kennedy Center; and the “2003 A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History” at the Seattle Public Library. Wilkins gave the keynote speech for the “Forum on Civil Rights in a 21st Century America,” at the Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C.; and gave the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Address at Washington and Lee University. He also participated in the forum, “Affirmative Action in University Admissions: Diversity-Inclusiveness on Campuses,” at Texas Christian University. Wilkins’ resignation from the District of Columbia Board of Education was the subject of an editorial in The Washington Post, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003.

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