October Accolades

Posted: October 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 gazette@gmu.edu. Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.


Anne Agee, Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services (DoIT), Dee Ann Holisky, College of Arts and Sciences, and Star Muir, DoIT, published an article in the September/October issue of The Technology Source titled “Faculty Development: The Hammer in Search of a Nail.” The article explains how George Mason’s Technology Across the Curriculum initiative uses a targeted approach to faculty development and includes examples of assignments developed by Mason faculty to improve student skills with databases and imaging technologies. The article is available online.

Peter Stearns
Peter Stearns

Peter Stearns, provost, wrote the book, Western Civilization in World History, which has just been published by Routledge. The text, designed for use in both Western civilization and world history courses, is intended to stimulate debate around topics often assumed rather than discussed-including what have been and are the central features of Western civilization.

College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Brunette, English, was named chief critic for the award-winning film web site, indieWIRE.com, which has 200,000 viewers per month and reaches 35,000 people through daily e-mail.

Karen L. Bune, Administration of Justice, has been elected president of the American Society of Public Administration, Northern Virginia Chapter. A victim services professional, Bune has also been selected to appear in the 2004 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in the World.

Cindy Lont, Communication, made a presentation at the Virginia Association for Communication, Arts, and Science held at James Madison University. She served with communication department chairs from many Virginia universities on a panel that focused on issues relevant to them.

August McCarthy, English, wrote an article, “The Lost Futures of Lead-Poisoned Children: Race-Based Damage Awards and the Limits of Constitutionality,” that appeared in the fall volume of the Civil Rights Law Journal at George Mason University School of Law.

Hazel M. McFerson, Public and International Affairs, was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, George Mason University branch. She gave the keynote speech on “George Mason: The Man and Leadership.”

Ellen Moody, English, wrote “Continent Isolated: Anglocentricity in Austen Criticism” which was published in a book by the University of Bologna in Italy. She was also part of a roundtable discussion on Jane Austen.

Meryle Secrest, English, was interviewed for the article, “Chasing Beauty: The Art World and Its Intrigues,” that appeared in the July/August issue of Humanities, a publication of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). NEH Chairman Bruce Cole talked with her about the nature of biography and her numerous biographies of figures in American culture.

Lisa Sparks, Communication, served as guest editor of a special issue of Health Communication that focused on current trends in cancer communication and aging. In addition, she wrote “An Introduction to Cancer Communication and Aging: Theoretical and Research Insights;” and co-authored “Social Identity and Health: An Intergroup Communication Approach to Cancer” and “The CAUSE Model: A Research Supported Aid for Physicians Communicating about Cancer Risk.”

Art Taylor, English, presented “Magical Realism and the Mississippi Delta” at the Southern Writers Symposium at Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Ming Wan
Ming Wan

Ming Wan, Public and International Affairs, made a guest appearance on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and Voice of America (VOA) television shows. He was also interviewed and quoted by The Los Angeles Times, VOA and Radio Free Asia.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Stephen Douglas Burton, Heritage Chair in Music, and Glenn Smith, Music, were recently recognized with composer awards by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Stanley Engebretson, Music, appeared as accompanist and associate conductor for the Gospel and American Music Atelier with the Europa Cantat in Barcelona, Spain, this summer. This workshop is held every three years throughout Europe, with more than 4,000 singers participating. Engebretson also led his fifth Smithsonian Associates Seminar at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., which featured performances of world artists in the magical venues in old-country Charleston.

Glenn Smith, Music, produced a recording that was nominated for a Wammie, the award given by the Washington Area Music Association for area musicians. The award recognized Mosaic, the first CD from the group Alexandria Guitar Trio in the classical category. Smith, who frequently performs with the trio, also composed two songs on the CD: “Bethany’s Lullaby” and “Song of the Winding Light.” The Alexandria Guitar Trio comprises Sean Dodson, Jeffrey Baker, and Tim Evans, all Mason music alumni. Alumna Alexandra Baldwin, a flutist, also performed on the album.

Boris Willis, Dance, and his company, Boris Willis Moves, collaborated with documentary filmmaker Todd Clark, playwright Lara Naughton, and composer Jeffrey Mumford to create The Grey Album, a technologically sophisticated and emotionally charged work based on photographer K.C. Bailey’s The Grey Album and Willis’ own biracial experiences. The piece was commissioned by the Kennedy Center and performed on the Millennium Stage.

Graduate School of Education

Gary Galluzzo made a presentation on “Current Trends in the Education of Teachers” to a delegation of educators from Middle East and North African nations at the Institute for International Education in Washington, D.C.

Priscilla Norton
Priscilla Norton

Priscilla Norton recently received the Distance Education Best Paper award for her SITE2003 paper, “COPLS*: An Alternative to Traditional Online Course Management Tools,” which appeared in Technology and Teacher Education International Conference Annual, Vol. 2003, published by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Mark Spikell was presented with a plaque from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in recognition of his service as the first President of the Association.

Mary Williams was invited by the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis to join the former chief of naval operations and former secretary of energy, the CEOs of Amgen and Nextel Communications, and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Command for a conference, “Ethics in Business and the Military: Building Better Organizations,” sponsored by the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics. This group explored solutions for creating organizational cultures in which ethics and values are expected, supported, and sustained by looking at various techniques and frameworks for making ethical decisions.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Sandra Cheldelin, Daniel Druckman, and Larissa Fast were co-editors of a major new textbook from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Conflict: From Analysis to Intervention, that analyzes the emergent role of conflict analysis and resolution. Covering theory, research and practice, the contributors to the book provide a comprehensive typology of conflict, as well as an in-depth analysis of the structural, strategic, and cultural factors that influence conflict. They explore its management and resolution, paying particular attention to the concepts of negotiation, mediation, and peace-building.

Richard Rubenstein wrote the book, Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Dark Ages, published by Harcourt Books. Jack Miles, author of God: A Biography, described it in his review as an intellectual thriller. The book has been named a featured selection of the History Book Club and the Book of the Month Club. Rubenstein lectured about it to the Washington Area chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and will speak about it at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

Robinson Professors

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, presented a paper with Eric Smith on “Energetics and Origins” at the conference Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter, sponsored by the Center for Space Science and Exploration and the Santa Fe Institute.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, and Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, co-wrote the book, The Sciences; An Integrated Approach (4th edition), which was published by John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, wrote an article, “Benjamin Mays,” which appeared in The Nation, July, 2003, and which will also be a chapter in the anthology American Rebels. He also gave an address, “Patriotism in Interesting Times,” at the conference on The Many Faces of Patriotism at the Center for the Study of Citizenship, Detroit.

School of Management

Andres Fortino was appointed by the Arlington County Board to serve on the Arlington Economic Development Commission.

Ed Douthett and Linda Parsons, both of Accounting, wrote “Endogeneity Issues in Governmental Research,” which was published in Volume 11 of the Research in Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting journal.

Stephen E. Christophe and Michael G. Ferri, both of Finance, wrote “Short-Selling Prior to Earnings Announcements,” which was published in the Journal of Finance; “A Close Look at Short-Selling on the Nasdaq Market,” which appeared in the Financial Analysts Journal; and “Does the Market Underestimate the Persistence of Changes in the Foreign Earnings of U.S. Firms?” published in the Journal of Investing. Christophe and Hun Lee, Management, also co-wrote “What Matters about Internationalization: A Market-Based Assessment,” which appeared in the Journal of Business Research.

School of Public Policy

Catherine Rudder
Catherine Rudder

Catherine Rudder was elected to a six-year term in the Phi Beta Kappa Society Senate. She also currently serves on the Phi Beta Kappa committee that oversees the society’s Visiting Scholar Program. Rudder was selected for the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Women’s Caucus Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, an honor bestowed on a senior woman in the discipline who has made a substantial contribution to political science scholarship (not necessarily in the area of women and politics), who has made significant contributions to the association and the profession, who has actively mentored women either at her own institution or elsewhere, and who serves as a positive role model for women in the profession. The selection committee cited Rudder for her many contributions to political science, particularly her outstanding role as an advocate and mentor for women. The association plans to organize a panel to honor Rudder at the annual meeting of the MPSA in Chicago.

Frank Sesno, Public Policy and Communication, was a guest on National Public Radio for the Diane Rehm Show weekly News Roundup, her most popular segment of the week, where he discussed the American role in Iraq and other topical issues. Sesno also served twice as guest host of the national news program NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS-TV, discussing national security and the war in Iraq, and also the report of the Sept. 11, 2001, commission. Transcripts of the both programs are available online.

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