May Accolades

Posted: May 1, 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.


Stephen Greenfeld, Nancy Dickerson, and Paul Bousel, Student Academic Affairs and Advising, presented “When Advisors Teach and Professors Advise, Students Win: Enhancing the First-Year Experience at George Mason University” at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of the National Academic Advising Association, Pittsburgh.

Paras Kaul, Electronic Publications, is a neural multimedia artist and researcher who created Peace Streams, a brain wave multimedia DVD dedicated to her cousin, a burn victim from the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center. Kaul presented Peace Streams at the Plugged-In annual concert of the Contemporary Music Forum, held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. A web version of the DVD can be viewed here.

Keshia B. Woods, Student Academic Affairs and Advising, facilitated the workshop “Colleges, Careers and Great Expectations” at the Future Forum 2003 Student Conference in Englewood, N.J.

College of Arts and Sciences

Ken Alibek, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Center for Biodefense, presented “Technological, Medical, Political, and Economic Aspects of Bioterrorism and Biological Warfare” as part of the Anderson Lecture Series at Denison University in Ohio. Alibek has been elected chairman of the Science Advisory Board at Ganeden Biotech Inc., a Cleveland-based health care company.

Peter Brunette, English, was recently interviewed on Swiss TV5, which has 22 million viewers worldwide. Brunette critically analyzed the practice of “embedding” journalists among U.S. troops in Iraq. He also had an article published in the Boston Globe on March 9 about the trend of brutalization in art films. Brunette covered the Berlin Film Festival for the Australian film web site Senses of Cinema, and he wrote a review of the Mexican film Japon for the new web site, El Ojo QuePiensa/The Thinking Eye, devoted to Latin American Cinema.

Marion Deshmukh, History and Art History, published a review article in Central European History (35:3, 2002), on “Tradition and Modernity in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art.” She also presented talks on “Self-Fashioning: Max Liebermann’s Self-Portraits,” at the annual meeting of the German Studies Association, San Diego; and “Symbolic Representation without Symbols,” at the Self-Portraiture Conference, University of Toronto.

Roger Lancaster, Cultural Studies, has published his book, The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture, with the University of California Press. The book explores the cultural impact of sociobiology and evolutionary psychology on popular as well as scholarly understandings of gender, sexuality, and political economy.

Edward Maguire, Administration of Justice, presented his research on police department performance measurement at the annual conference of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in Orlando, Fla.

Carol Mattusch, History and Art History, has been appointed chair of the planning committee for the XVI International Congress of Classical Archaeology of the Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica (AIAC), meeting in Boston. This year’s congress, “Common Ground: Archaeology, Art, Science, and Humanities,” will be devoted to new research and discoveries in classical archaeology, historiography, museum studies, conservation, site preservation, and computer technology. It will be the first time the AIAC has met outside Europe.

Katherine Rowan, Communication, spoke at a University of Ottawa workshop on “Risk Communication in Government,” presented for officials of Health Canada. In addition, Rowan wrote a book chapter, “Informing and Explaining Skills,” for the 2003 Erlbaum volume Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills. She also coedited an article with Lisa Sparks, Communication, titled, “The CAUSE model: A Research-Supported Aid for Physicians Communicating with Patients about Cancer Risk,” which appears in the latest issue of the journal Health Communication.

Colleen Shogan, Public and International Affairs, was the featured speaker at the celebration of the 214th anniversary of the first inauguration of George Washington as President of the United States held at the George Washington Birthplace National Monument near Fredricksburg, Va. Shogan’s talk, “George Washington and the Importance of Laudable Character” develops a theme she started researching as an undergraduate, as to why Washington’s character was so essential to the first presidency.

Lesley Smith and Virginia Montecino, New Century College, and James Young, University Libraries, recently presented their work to the American Association of Higher Education in Washington, D.C. Funded by a College of Arts and Sciences Technology Across the Curriculum grant, the presentation included a workshop that modeled the principles of exchange, collaboration, and authority-sharing that support successful technology-enriched teaching and curriculum design. Their work for the presentation can be viewed here.

Lee Talbot, Environmental Science and Policy, gave presentations on “Energy and the Environment” for the GMU-TV public affairs program, Capital Commentary, and to the “Symposium on Environmental Ethics and Policy: Bringing Philosophy Down to Earth” at the University of California at Davis, which was sponsored by the University of California at Davis Law Review, the Environmental Law Society, and the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. He also gave talks on Laos to civic groups and the World Bank this spring, and made a presentation to WAGE Racing Radio, Leesburg. Talbot was the subject of an article, “Passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972,” which appeared in the Marine Mammal Protection Act Bulletin, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.

Dennis Young, English, published a review of the book Teaching With Your Mouth Shut by Donald Finkel. The article appeared in the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning,Volume 8, Winter 2002-2003.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Sara Cobb was moderator and closing speaker for the Montgomery College Town Meeting 2003 Panel, “Creating the Enemy: The Language of Ethnic and International Conflict.” This annual Community Conversations series explored the effects of language on citizens in times of conflict. She also was a panelist for a discussion, “Middle East Crisis: Compromise and Solutions,” sponsored by the Northern Virginia Area Council of Women’s American Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training in Tyson’s Corner.

Richard Rubenstein wrote Aristotle’s Children: How the Recovery of Ancient Knowledge Transformed Christianity and Ushered in the Modern World, published by Harcourt. He was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show, WAMU-FM, 88.5, talking about Iraq. Rubenstein was the moderator of a discussion on “Middle East Crisis: Compromise and Solutions,” sponsored by the Northern Virginia Area Council of Women’s American Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training in Tyson’s Corner.

Dennis Sandole was interviewed by Kathleen Dunn about-and discussed with callers-“the war” on the Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. He also was interviewed by Ken Vanlith, host of the talk show Vanlith Live in Canada. The subject included dropping U.N. sanctions and finding weapons in Iraq. He was also interviewed by Gloria LaBounty for her story on war anger for The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Rita L. Ailinger received the “Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education for 2003” from Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, at their 17th Annual Conference in Puebla, Mexico. Ailinger received the award for her work with George Mason students providing health care in Nicaragua.

School of Public Policy

John McClain, Center for Regional Analysis, predicted the region’s housing shortage could result in the loss of 288,400 jobs to the region in a presentation to the Regional Development Task Force, a new committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Steven Fuller is a member of the task force.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, recently gave lectures on some aspect of minerals, and the emergence and the origin of life, at Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Tennessee Technological University, and the American Chemical Society. He was nominated for the presidency of the Mineralogical Society of America.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, presented the paper “The Political Ethos of George W. Bush,” at the conference, “The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment,” held at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was moderator of the panel “International Trade and Security: The Challenges Ahead,” at the “Conference on International Trade and the War on Terrorism: East Asia Perspectives,” sponsored by the International Commerce and Policy Program and the Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, of which he is codirector, Arlington Campus. He traveled to Nigeria as part of the Election Observation Mission for the presidential and gubernatorial election. He also presented the historical overview as part of the “Political Context of the Nigerian Elections” briefing to the international delegation in Abuja. He co-wrote with Peter W. Singer the article “America Slams the Door (On Its Foot); Washington’s Destructive New Visa Policies,” which appeared in Foreign Affairs, May/June 2003.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, gave the keynote address, “The Civic Education of a Black American in a Great Big World,” at the DePauw University symposium, “Political Education and the Modern University,” in Greencastle, Ind.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Linda Monson, Music Department, presented a lecture-recital, “Ross Lee Finney’s Creative Use of Aspects of Tonality Within a Twelve-Tone Framework” for the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Meeting at Davidson College, Charlotte, N.C. She was also chosen to present lecture-recitals on American composer Ross Lee Finney’s piano music for the College Music Society International Meeting in Costa Rica and for the College Music Society National Meeting in Miami, Fla. Monson was one of three panelists whose discussion was videotaped for a television program titled Music from the Romantic Era. The discussion was combined with music from a live concert of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra; the ensuing program was broadcast to all community colleges nationwide on the Community College Network.

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