September Accolades

Posted: September 2, 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.


Anne Agee, Information Technology Unit, gave a presentation on “Building Collaboration from the Inside Out” for the Wellesley College Leadership Symposium, which focused on the recently published book, Leadership, Higher Education, and the Information Age.

Traci Claar, Community Relations, was appointed by Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins to serve a three-year term on the Fairfax County Commission for Women, which advises the Board of Supervisors on ways to remove barriers to women and girls in the county.

Julia Findlay, International Programs and Services, attended the Association of International Educators conference where she presented on two panels, “Reclaiming Your Professional Identity: International Education in a Post 9/11 Age” and “Foundations of International Education: International Student Advising.”

Paras Kaul, Electronic Publications, exhibited her digital image, “Alien Encounter,” in the Art Gallery at SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego. The curated and juried exhibition focused on work that presents a visual force both driven by and reflective of the postmodern mosaic called reality.

Susan Kehoe, GMU-TV, was awarded the Randy Goldman Scholarship by Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C., during the 2003 Women of Vision Awards Gala. The scholarship covers airfare, tuition, and room and board for an International Film and Television workshop held in Rockport, Me. This marks the first time the award went to an educator.

Patricia (Pat) Morgan, Information Technology Unit, presented “Local and Remote Systems Monitoring Using SiteScope” at the Association of Collegiate Computing Services workshop in Richmond. Bob Peraino, also from ITU, assisted Morgan in the development of the presentation.

Ron Secrest, Information Technology Unit, presented “Evolution of the Data Center” at the Association of Collegiate Computing Services workshop in Richmond, and led a roundtable discussion on the topic.

College of Arts and Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, has a new novella, Days Given Over to Travel, which appeared in a recent issue of Prairie Schooner.

Mark Crain, Economics and Center for Study of Public Choice, had his book, Volatile States: Economic Policy and Performance in American States, published by University of Michigan Press.

Carolyn Forché, English, has had her fourth collection of poetry, Blue Hour: Poems, published by HarperCollins. Forché gave poetry readings at the Dublin Writer’s Festival, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and the Village Voice in Paris. Her prose memoir in progress, The Horse on Our Balcony, has been accepted for publication by HarperCollins in 2004, along with a volume of essays to be published by them in 2005.

John O'Connor
John O’Connor

Kim Eby, Rose Pascarell, John O’Connor, and Heather Hare from New Century College attended an American Association of Higher Education Summer Institute in Utah for development of curriculum issues. The team was funded through a Ford Foundation grant in an attempt to further develop New Century College’s Community Studies concentration.

Steve Goodwin, English, had his novel, Breaking Her Fall, published by Harcourt.

Gail Kettlewell and Victoria Salmon, Community College Education, gave a presentation at the Council for the Study of Community Colleges conference. In addition, Kettlewell was a member of a panel, “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” at the Eastern Communication Association conference.

Cindy Lont, Communication, has been asked to serve on the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Publications Committee for a three-year term. Lont completed her term as Mass Communication Division Chair for the Eastern Communication Association with the conference held in Washington, D.C. She also gave a presentation at the Girl Power conference aimed at 9 to 15 year-old girls in Alexandria, Va. The focus was on careers for women and included firefighters, athletic coaches, police officers, drill sergeants, judges, and aerospace engineers.

Peter Mandaville
Peter Mandaville

Peter Mandaville, Public and International Affairs, was a guest on Al-Jazeera’s news discussion show, From Washington, talking about U.S.-Gulf relations.

Ellen Moody, English, presented her paper, “A Website: Freedom of the Press Belongs to the Woman Who Owns One,” at the conference of the East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (EC/ASECS). Moody wrote a review article which appeared in the newsletter of the EC/ASECS, as well as an essay review for the journal Studies in the Novel, titled “Taking Sides: An Invited Essay-Review of Leah Price’s The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel, Neil McCaw’s George Eliot and Victorian Historiography: Imagining the National Past,and Barbara Tepa Lupack, ed. Nineteenth Century Women at the Movies: Adapting Classic Women’s Fiction to Film.

Hazel McFerson
Hazel McFerson

Hazel McFerson, Public and International Affairs and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, was a guest on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, to discuss conflict in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, and the Bush War on Terrorism.

Robert Nadeau, English, has written his eighth book, The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Has Failed the Environment, which was published by Columbia University Press.

Walter Rankin, deputy associate dean, was honored with the award for Excellence in the Profession of Academic Support by the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education at the 2003 National Conference of the American College Personnel Association in Minneapolis. Rankin was recognized for developing programs to help students in academic jeopardy, as well as for his commitment to both learning and teaching. At the conference, he co-presented four sessions with Doris Bitler, also CAS, and Ron Sinacore, Affirmative Action.

Jorge Rivera, Public and International Affairs, won this year’s McDougal Prize from the Policy Studies Association for his article, “Assessing a Volunteer Initiative in the Developing World: The Costa Rican Certification for Sustainable Tourism.” The award is given annually for the best published article.

Charles Rowley, Duncan Black Professor of Economics, coedited with Fritz Schneider The Encyclopedia of Public Choice published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. The 1,000-page encyclopedia contains entries by more than 300 contributors who are leading specialists in their fields. The first volume of the encyclopedia will be dedicated to essays and biographies, and the second to concepts.

Victoria Salmon, Doctor of Arts in Community College Education, began a three-year appointment to Georgetown University’s Board of Regents in July. The board includes 100 distinguished individuals from the United States and abroad. In addition, Salmon was appointed to her second three-year term as a member of Georgetown University’s College Board of Advisors. This group serves the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown in academic, business, and fundraising activities.

Karen Sauer, Physics and Astronomy, received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The $5,000 award, which will be matched by George Mason, will help support her research on nuclear quadruple resonance, a technology that may prove useful in detecting explosive material during baggage and package screening, as well as in finding landmines.

Larissa Tracy, English, had her book, Women of the Gilte Legende: A Selection of Middle English Saints’ Lives, published by D.S. Brewer.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis received his D.F.A. in dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and criticism from the Yale School of Drama. A portion of his dissertation (on Calderon de la Barca) will appear in the forthcoming issue of Theater. His collaborative translations (with Brian Johnston) of Ibsen’s A Doll House and Hedda Gabler appear in the just-released Norton Critical Anthology of Ibsen, along with an excerpt from his essay “The Smiling Ibsen.” This summer he completed a translation of Calderon’s Life Is A Dream for New York’s Voice and Vision Theater.

Linda Monson, Music, presented a lecture-recital, “Ross Lee Finney’s Creative Use of Aspects of Tonality within a Twelve-Tone Framework” for the International College Music Society Meeting. Her lecture-recital featured theoretical analysis and solo piano performance of contemporary American composer Ross Lee Finney’s “Variations on a Theme by Alban Berg.”

Susan Shields, Dance, has been commissioned by Pittsburgh Ballet to create a new piece. The ballet company will premier the piece at Wolf Trap in summer 2004.

Graduate School of Education

David Anderson, Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, and Center for the Advancement of Public Health, conducted an all-day workshop on “Qualitative Evaluation” with Amr Abdalla, School of Public Policy, Program on Peacekeeping Policy, in Richmond. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control sponsored the workshop.

Maggie Daniels, Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources (HFRR), co-wrote “Estimating the Economic Impact of Seven Regular Sport Tourism Events,” which was accepted for publication in Volume 8, No. 3, 2003, of The Journal of Sport Tourism. Her co-author is Bill Norman from Clemson University.

Carla Deniz, Kristy Dunlap, Julie Kidd, Betty Sturtevant, and Steve White presented a paper, “Building an Effective Volunteer Tutoring Program to Meet the Needs of Diverse Middle School Learners: Perspectives of the Volunteer Tutors,” at the 2003 convention of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. The theme of the convention was “Accountability for Educational Quality: Shared Responsibility.”

Mary Ann Dzama served as one of the external reviewers for the Arlington Diocese Designs for Excellence School evaluation.

Joe Gagnon gave a presentation at the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention annual meeting “Strategies for Supporting Youth Involved with Juvenile Corrections” in Baltimore.

Barbara Given, an invited presenter at the Sixth International Athens Institute on Education and Research Conference, gave an overview of the federally funded middle school phonemic awareness research project currently in progress.

Marjorie Hall Haley was selected as the guest feature editor for the journal Academic Exchange Quarterly for summer 2004. The focus will be on teacher action research. She also presented a paper, “A Teacher Educator’s Action Research Study of Teacher as Learner,” at the International Conference for Language Teacher Educators in Minneapolis.

Layne Kalbfleisch presented a workshop on critical thinking and problem solving for fellows in the Regional Scholar Exchange Program with the International Research and Exchanges Board, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. State Department.

Laura Lawton, Health, Fitness and Recreation Resources, has been appointed as editor-in-chief of Tourism Review International, a peer reviewed academic journal that publishes leading-edge empirical and theoretical research from all parts of the world.

Elijah Mirochnik presented his research related to art and identity in Israeli classroom culture as part of a symposium panel, “Connecting Peoples and Places: Cross-cultural Learning in Environmental Design,” at the Environmental Design Research Association annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Bill Martin was the recipient of this year’s Kappa Delta Pi “Point of Excellence” Award.

Patricia Moyer-Packenham was selected to serve on the Virginia Department of Education Teacher Preparation Task Force.

Farnoosh Shahrokhi made a presentation, “Assessment and Data-based Decision Making: What Leaders Need to Know,” at the two-day Contemporary Issues in Elementary Level Education and Teacher Training Regional Conference in Yerevan, Armenia. The goal of the regional conference was to bring together academic advisors from the United States and educators from Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia to share their experiences and to develop plans for strengthening the education system through regional cooperation and dissemination of innovative teaching approaches.

Betty Sturtevant, co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research, represented the journal at the meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Reading Conference in Orlando. She presented “What We ‘Know’ about Adolescence-Fact, Myth or Stereotype?” for the Institute on Adolescent Literacy held at the International Reading Association’s Annual Convention in Orlando. At the gathering, Sturtevant also chaired a symposium, “Improving Literacy Learning in Middle-Level Schools: What Leaders Need to Know,” and made a presentation, “Collaborative Efforts Between the National Middle School Association and the International Reading Association,” at the symposium.

David Weaver and Laura Lawton co-wrote an article, “Visitor Attitudes Toward Tourism Development and Product Integration in an Australian Urban-rural Fringe,” which was accepted for publication in The Journal of Travel Research. They also co-wrote a chapter, “Segmentation of Educational Tendencies Among Tourist Markets: Ecolodge Patrons at Lamington National Park, Australia,” which appeared in Managing Educational Tourism, edited by B. Ritchie and published by Clevedon, UK: Channel View, pp. 73-77.

Mary Williams was a keynote panelist on the topic “What the Research Tells Us Works in Character Education” at the Florida State Conference on Character Education in Orlando. While at the conference, she also gave a workshop for school administrator participants on “How to Start a Character Education Program.”

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)

Christopher Mitchell chaired and was the main speaker for “catedra abierta” (open space), a symposium for discussion of local problems, on a field trip to Colombia in connection with ICAR’s “Local Zones of Peace in Colombia” project. The catedra was hosted by the Instituto Popular de Capitacion, the Corporacion Corazonverde, and the municipios of RioNegro and Marinilla. The focus of discussion was on “The Treatment of Conflict in the Context of Open War,” and what local people might be able to do to mitigate some of the effects of the widespread fighting that has resulted from the breakdown of the Colombian peace process.

Richard Rubenstein gave a lecture on “The New American Empire” at the Free University of Berlin, and was a featured speaker at the meeting of Jack Kent Cooke Fellows at Georgetown University on the subject of religion and conflict.

Dennis Sandole wrote “Violent Ethnocentrism and Conflict Intractability: Puzzles and Challenges for Third Party Intervenors,” which appeared in Peace and Conflict Studies, vol. 10, no. 1, Spring, 2003; and “Combating Crime in Southeastern Europe: An Integrated, Coordinated, Multilevel Approach,” which was included in the book In Crushing Crime in South East Europe: A Struggle of Domestic, Regional and European Dimensions published in Vienna by the National Defense Academy and Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management. Sandole also wrote “Validating Simulation-based Models of Conflict,” which was published in Simulation and Gaming, vol. 34, no. 2, June, 2003; and “Typology,” which appeared in In Conflict: From Analysis to Intervention, edited by Sandra Cheldelin, Daniel Druckman, and Larissa Fast, also of ICAR, and published in New York and London by Continuum International. Sandole’s letter to the editor, “War’s Teachable Moments,” appeared in the August 10, 2003, issue of the Washington Post Magazine.

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

James Olds was appointed to the Hard Sciences Advisory Committee of the Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science. The committee is charged to evaluate the economic environment and capabilities of the commonwealth to contribute to and benefit from the growth of new technologies and industries.

Office of Continuing Professional Education

Christopher Hodges, faculty member of the Facility Management Certificate Program and president of Facility Engineering Associates P.C., has earned the International Facility Management Association’s Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation. Hodges is also serving as president of the Capital Chapter of the International Facility Management Association.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, joined the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution as a visiting fellow. Bakhash will conduct research and write about the prospects for internal reform in Iran and the conditions most likely to produce meaningful change. Bakhash gave an address, “The Role of Iraq’s Shi’ites in the Political Future of Iraq,” as part of a panel presentation on Iran to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He spoke about Iran to a group of visiting military officers at the National Defense University, and spoke on the impact of the Iraq war on Iran’s foreign and domestic politics to the Seminar on the United States and the Islamic World at the Saban Center, the Brookings Institution. He was quoted recently by Reuters and in Congressional Quarterly, National Review, and U.S. News & World Report.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was the keynote speaker at the Third International Conference on Biochemical Chirality at Modena, Italy. He was an invited speaker at the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans, and, as part of the Mineralogical Society of America’s Distinguished Lecture Series, lectured on aspects of astrobiology at Johns Hopkins University, Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University, and Tennessee Tech, and also at German universities in Kiel, Greifswald, Freiberg, Bochum, Cologne, and Muenster.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, led a reading and discussion group on “Laws of Life” at the Santa Fe Institute.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was part of a panel on the U. S. Institute of Peace senior scholar competition for grants on “Governance in the Muslim World.”

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, at the invitation of the Minister of Education, attended meetings in Scopje, Macedonia, as Foreign Advisor to the Commission to Modernize Science Education in Macedonia. Trefil wrote an article, “Two Modest Proposals Concerning Scientific Literacy,” which appeared in the Bulletin of the Chemists and Technologists of Macedonia, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp 55-60.

Egon Verheyen, Robinson Professor of Humanities, served as panel chair for the topic, “Bomb the Church-Rebuild the Castle,” at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Denver.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, was the keynote speaker at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in San Francisco. His topic was “Diversity: Education for an Emerging America.” He also served as a consultant to the leadership of the New York Times to address problems with its journalism revealed by the Jayson Blair plagiarizing and fabrications. Wilkins also gave an address, “The Founding Fathers and the 40th Anniversary of the March on Washington,” at the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Andrew Loerch, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, is president-elect of the Military Operations Research Society, a professional society sponsored by the United States military branches. Its main focus is the application of operations research in support of current military operations.

School of Management (SOM)

Chien-Yu Chen received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Rick Coffinberger presented a paper, “When Individual Freedom Clashes with Public Safety: A Primer on Regulation of Mobile Phone Use in Motor Vehicles,” at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business in College Park, Maryland. He also presented with Linda Samuels, also SOM, “Essay Choice: A Weighted Approach to Testing,” at the same conference. In addition, the two had their paper “An Internet Based Legal Environment Research and Advocacy Writing Project” accepted for publication in the Journal of Legal Studies Education, the premier journal of pedagogy published by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Ed Douthett
Ed Douthett

Ed Douthett presented “Endogeneity Issues in Governmental Research,” co-authored with Linda Parsons, SOM, at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association in Honolulu. Also, Parsons presented the finding from her study, “Are Donations Affected by the Financial Stability of Not-for-Profit Organizations?” and Sarah Nutter, SOM, led a workshop discussing performance measurement in federal government agencies.

Ellen Fagenson Eland was nominated for the Academy of Management’s Mentoring Best Practices Award and the Janet Chusmir Distinguished Service Award. The Mentoring Best Practices award is given to the person that develops and implements programs that promote mentoring within the academy. The Chusmir Service Award, for which Eland was also nominated in 2002, recognizes those who have developed or enhanced a field of study, or founded or creatively edited a journal. Eland has been the associate editor of the Academy of Management Executive since 2002.

Andres Fortino was elected president of the Technology Management Education Association.

Karen Hallows
Karen Hallows

Karen Hallows presented a seminar called “Financial Market Economics: The Fundamentals” to Capitol Hill staffers, one of a three-part series, “Exploring Financial Markets: An Economic Perspective,” in the Rayburn House Office Building. This is a program of the Capitol Hill Campus sponsored by the Mercatus Center of George Mason. Hallows and Richard Klimoski received the Century Club’s Diamond Partnership Award last month at the Mathy House Century Club/George Mason University Celebration of Partnership.

Jerry Hanweck
Jerry Hanweck

Jerry Hanweck completed a two-year IPA grant with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He published an FDIC Update, “Market to Book Value: an Indicator of Banking Company Financial Condition,” with Mary Garner of the FDIC Division of Insurance and Research, and presented “GSEs (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac): Too-Big-To-Fail?” at the Eastern Finance Association Annual Meetings in Orlando.

Nalin Jain, Arlington Small Business Development and Mason Enterprise Center, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, which advises ways to improve economic and cultural links between the state and Asian and Pacific Rim nations, with a focus on the areas of commerce and trade, art, education, and general government.

Bob Johnston and Sarah Nutter developed a two-day accounting and financial management seminar for employees of Sallie Mae, a company that currently is the nation’s leading provider of education loans. The seminar, repeated four times, helped employees in management positions become more familiar with accounting and financial issues.

Richard Klimoski was a keynote speaker at the fifth Australian Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference held in Melbourne. His presentation, “Making a Project of Project Teams,” addressed recent fieldwork designed to better understand project teams. The evidence reviewed was derived from a four-year study of project teams in the information technology industry.

David Kravitz presented “Employment Testing: Prospects in a Post-Affirmative Action World” as part of a symposium at the International Personnel Management Association Assessment Council’s 27th Annual Conference on Personnel Assessment in Baltimore. He also co-wrote an article with Steven Klineberg of Rice University, “Ethnic Differences in Predictors of Support for Municipal Affirmative Action Contracting,” which appeared in Social Sciences Quarterly in June.

Linda B. Samuels co-authored with Jeffrey M. Samuels, “Notable Court Decisions Affecting PTO Trademark Practice,” which appeared in the March 2003 issue of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.

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