June Accolades

Posted: June 2, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades recognizes the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members. The next Accolades column will appear Sept. 1. Submit information by Aug.15 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.


Anne Agee (DoIT) and Dee Ann Holisky (CAS) have cowritten a chapter, “Crossing the Great Divide: Implementing Change by Creating Collaborative Relationships,” for the book, Leadership, Higher Education, and the Information Age: A New Era for Information Technology and Libraries. The book, published in May 2003, explores new paths in managing information technology within higher education.

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Jane Kirsch

Jane Kirsch, English Language Institute, was awarded a Michael J. O’Malley Action Research Grant, given by the Washington Area Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Kirsch will use the grant to further her research into the use of assistive technology programs in the English-as-a-second-language classroom. These programs are designed for people with special needs such as the learning disabled, vision impaired, and hearing impaired. Kirsch will use one or two pieces of software in an English Language Institute class this summer, focusing on two programs that help students with writing.

College of Arts and Sciences

Ken Alibek and Charles Bailey, Center for Biodefense, participated in a panel discussion on “Biodefense Issues and Opportunities” at the BioIT Coalition Spring Conference held recently in Tysons Corner. Alibek also made presentations on biological weapons, medical defense, and related issues to audiences in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Defense University, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut.

James Lawrey, Environmental Science and Policy, received a grant for $100,000 from the National Park Service for a three-year study of lichens in the national capital area. He is also a coauthor of “Marchandiomyces lignicola sp. Nov. Shows Recent and Repeated Transition between a Lignicolous and a Lichenicolous Habit,” which has been accepted for publication in Mycological Research.

Beverly Lowry, English, recently had her book, Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madame C. J. Walker,published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is a biography of Walker, the first female self-made millionaire in America.

Bruce Manchester, Communication, was honored by the institution of a grant in his name by the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) Committee for his lifelong dedication to forensic education and scholarship. The AFA-NIET’s new “Dr. Bruce Manchester NIET Scholar Series” will annually support an outstanding forensic research grant proposal with a $2,500 honorarium to the chosen scholar.

Marilyn McKenzie, English and African American Studies, wrote “Above and Beyond the Call: A Black Woman Scholar in the Academy,” which was a chapter in the book, Sister Circle: Black Women and Work, (Rutgers 2002). The book was nominated for the Gustavus Meyers Book Award from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America. The book is the result of a three-year collaboration of women scholars in history, literature, the arts, law and the social sciences from area institutions including George Mason, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian.

Jorge Rivera, Environmental Science and Policy, presented “Institutional Pressures and Voluntary Beyond Compliance Environmental Behavior in Developing Countries” at the International Studies Association annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, and gave a lecture on corporate environmental management to the George Washington University Business School. In addition, he wrote “Assessing a Voluntary Environmental Initiative in the Developing World: The Costa Rican Certification for Sustainable Tourism,” which appeared in Policy Sciences. Rivera also was appointed to serve as a member of the United Nations Millennium Ecosystems’ Policy Response Options Group.

Ron Stewart, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP), Peter Balint, ESP and Public and International Affairs (PIA), Larry Walters, PIA, and Anand Desai, Ohio State University, received a $200,000 grant to examine the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service decision process and how the Forest Service dealt with risk and uncertainty in the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment.

School of Computational Sciences

Saleet Jafri, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, was the principal resource person for the COMSTECH International Workshop on Bioinformatics held in Islamabad, Pakistan, and presented seven lectures during the four-day workshop. The George Mason program on bioinformatics was the only such program in the United States that was represented.

Chaowei (Phil) Yang and David Wong won second place for their innovative research and teaching in geographic information sciences in the International GeoMedia Best Practices Competition sponsored by Intergraph Mapping and GeoSpatial Solutions. They presented their project at the GeoSpatial World 2003 conference in New Orleans last month. Details are posted online.

Graduate School of Education

David Anderson made two presentations at the annual conference of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in St. Louis, Missouri. His first presentation,”Legacies of Life: Creating Proactive Norms through Healthy Transitions to College,” focused on the Healthy Expectations project. His second was “Keeping History from Repeating Itself: Reflections and Directions for Substance Abuse Prevention,” which focused on the results of the College Alcohol Survey and the Promising Practices project. All presentation materials are posted on the web site of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health.

Fred Bemak introduced and facilitated an international research project at the International Association of Counseling in Geneva, Switzerland, focusing on global social justice and counseling. Participants in this developing project include individuals from India, the United Kingdom, Israel, Switzerland, Romania, and the United States.

Brenda Bannan-Ritland received a CAREER grant award from the National Science Foundation titled “Comprehension Strategy Support in Inquiry-based Science” in the amount of $617,181. The Faculty Early Career Development award recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become academic leaders.

Ellen Rodgers has been reappointed by the American Academy of Park and Recreation Administration to serve a third three-year term as coeditor (for traditional papers and resource reviews) of the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dennis Sandole was one of the commentators participating in an electronic symposium jointly sponsored by The Japan Center for Conflict Prevention and The Japan Times on “Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? How Can Peace Be Achieved In Palestine, Chechnya and Other Conflict Zones?” Seven presenters initially set out their views online, followed by responses from seven commentators. Sandole was interviewed live on Talk America Radio for a program on “What Roles Will the U.N. and the U.S. Play in Restoring Order in Iraq?” and gave a live interview about the war in Iraq to the host of “Viewpoint with Jean Dean,” which airs on WRVC AM930 in the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. He was also interviewed live by Tom Greenard of BBC Radio 5 on the “unconventional warfare” that has yet to materialize in the Iraq war.

School of Law

The George Mason Inn of Court won the award for Best Special Project in the American Inn of Court 2003 National Program Awards presented in Philadelphia. The award was for the “Electronic Journal of Trial Advocacy” program, which was available online.

Eugene Kontorovich was awarded a fellowship by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to travel to Israel to study the theory and practice of defending democracy against terrorism. While there, he will participate in a 10-day course on “Defending Democracy, Defeating Terrorism,” taught in conjunction with the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, participated in a panel on “Shi’ite Religious and Political Aspirations in Iraq” at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

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John Paden

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, wrote an article on “The World Trade Organization and Rule of Law in China: A First-year Assessment,” which appeared in Virginia Lawyer, April 2003.

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James Trefil

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was appointed chair of the Gemant Award Committee of the American Institute of Physics.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, participated in a panel on “The Return to Morality in Foreign Affairs: A Closing Conversation in Honor of Richard Ullman” at The Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs. Wilkins also gave the keynote address, “Strengthening Partnerships for Public Schools: Democracy in Action,” at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

School of Public Policy

Amr Abdalla won the Evaluation Research Award from the National Association of Student Assistance Professionals (NASAP) for exemplary research in the Student Assistance field. He was research and evaluation director of a project for staff training on the evaluation process for the Prince Williams Schools; his project was presented at the NASAP 2003 National Conference in New Orleans.

Frank Sesno, SPP and Communication, is moderating a weekly

series on WETA TV 26 called WorldTalk. The half-hour series examines key issues and provides images and perspectives from other continents. Sesno conducts interviews and hosts a panel of leading Washington-based international correspondents who present viewpoints of world news. The series will run until the end of June. More information about WorldTalk can be found here.

Roger Stough, SPP and Mason Enterprise Center, was named the 2003 Small Business Research Advocate of the Year by the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office of the Small Business Administration. Stough was recognized for his research on entrepreneurship, as well as his efforts to stimulate the development and implementation of eight courses in entrepreneurship across the Mason curriculum.

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