December Accolades

Posted: December 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.


Aikwan Chong, Virtual Library of Virginia Project, had her short piece, “Autobiography as Haiku,” appear in the Washington Post‘s “Life is Short” column in the Style section. The poetic piece, which is accompanied by a picture of her with her daughter, Virginia Tam, reflects on her ancestry and the role of women.

Stanley Taylor
Stanley Taylor

Stanley E. Taylor, Arlington Campus, has been selected as the 2004 chair-elect and 2005 chair for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. “Being the chair will provide George Mason University an opportunity to meet many new individuals throughout the region and, hopefully, create new working relationships,” says Taylor.

College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Balint, Environmental Science and Policy, was a coeditor of Mongolia Today: Science, Culture, Environment, and Development, which was published by Routledge. He was also a coauthor of one of the book’s chapters, “Conservation Case Study of the Gobi Bear.” Balint wrote “Risk and Uncertainty in Management of the Sierra Nevada National Forests,” with Ron Stewart, Environmental Science and Policy, L.C. Walters and A. Desai. The paper was a report to the Regional Forester of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region.

Carl Ernst, Environmental Science and Policy, was coauthor of two books being published by Smithsonian Institution Press. The first, Snakes of the United States and Canada, written with Evelyn Ernst (National Science Resource Center), was published in April. The second, Snakes in Question, second edition, written with G.R. Zug, is in press. Ernst contributed a chapter, “Systematics, Taxonomy, and Geographic Distribution of Snapping Turtles, Family Chelydridae,” to Life History and Ecology of the Snapping Turtle, which also will be published by Smithsonian Institution Press. Ernst, R G.M. Altenburg (University of Amsterdam), and Roger W. Barbour (University of Amsterdam) revised Turtles of the World, part of Springer-Verlag’s World Biodiversity Database CD-ROM Series.

Patrick Gillevet, Environmental Science and Policy, and J. Tang wrote “Renaming ATCC 9341 to Kocuria rhizophila,” which was published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Steve Harlan, Environmental Science and Policy, is spending two years as a visiting program director in the Tectonics Program in the Geosciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He was lead author of “Paleomagnetism and Geochronology of an Early Proterozoic Quartz Diorite in the Southern Wind River Range, Wyoming, USA,” which was published in Tectonophysics, and author of a USGS Professional Paper, “40Ar/39Ar and K-AR Geochronology and Tectonic Significance of the Late Cretaceous Adel Mountains Volcanics and Spatially Associated Igneous Rocks, Northwestern Montana.” Harlan was a coauthor of “The Floor of Yellowstone Lake Is Anything But Quiet!” which was published in Yellowstone Science.

Gail B. Kettlewell, Community College Education, and Star Muir, DoIT, presented a paper at the League for Innovation 2003 Conference on Information Technology. Their presentation, “Leadership Development for Effective Curricular Infusion of Education Technology,” called on faculty to integrate technology into teaching practices and to implement changes that enhance student achievement.

James Lawrey, Environmental Science and Policy, and P. Diederich wrote “Lichenicolous Fungi: Interactions, Evolution, and Biodiversity,” which was published in The Bryologist.

Carol Litchfield, Environmental Science and Policy, contributed the chapter “Molecular and Physiological Diversity in Hypersaline Environments” to Halophilic Microorganisms, which was published by Springer-Verlag earlier this year. She also wrote “The Ruffner Family: Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the Kanawha Valley,” which was included in Great Kanawha Valley Chemical Heritage, Symposium Proceedings, published by the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology, West Virginia University. Litchfield and Patrick Gillevet, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote “Microbial Diversity and Complexity in Hypersaline Environments: A Preliminary Assessment,” which was published in the Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology.

Ann Ludwick, Public and International Affairs, co-wrote the article with Tom Hennessey,Office of the President, “You Have Your M.P.A., Now What?” The article, which discusses how to succeed with a career in public service, appeared in the October 2003 education supplement of the PA Times, a monthly newsletter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Randy McBride, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP), and Marci Robinson, an ESP graduate student, contributed two chapters–“Geomorphic Evolution and Geology of Old Currituck Inlet and Its Flood Tidal Delta, Virginia/North Carolina, USA (Part I)” and “Old Currituck Inlet, Virginia/North Carolina: Inlet History Documented by Foraminiferal Evidence (Part II)–to Coastal Sediments ’03, American Society of Civil Engineers, a CD-ROM published by World Scientific Publishing.

Larry Rockwood, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote Laboratory and Field Exercises in Ecology, which was published earlier this year by Pearson.

Jay Shaffer, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote “Peoria insularis: A New Species of Peoriini (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Phycitinae) from Mississippi and Louisiana” and “New Peoriini (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Phycitinae) from Brazil,” which were published in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Dan Steinhilber
Dan Steinhilber

Dan Steinhilber, Art and Visual Technology, gave a gallery talk about his solo exhibition on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. The exhibition will be open through January 4, 2004.

Graduate School of Education,

Estella Landeros was a keynote speaker during the First International Seminar on “Technology and Integration of People with Disabilities” held in Lima, Peru. She was invited by the Peruvian government through the National Council on Disabilities. Landeros participated in two conferences: Assistive Technology for Students with Physical Disabilities, and The Importance of Assistive Technology in Teaching Children with Cognitive Problems and Learning Disabilities.

Eva Thorp was appointed by Governor Warner to serve on the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention (Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia). The Council advises and assists in the planning and implementation of Part C services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and is mandated under the act.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, gave a panel presentation on “Iran: Engagement versus Regime Change,” which was sponsored by Council on Foreign Relations, in New York City.

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, noted that his adaptation of Lessing’s classic on religious tolerance, Nathan the Wise, has been translated into Italian, and is being produced at the Centro Dionysia in Rome. This is a co-production of Centro Dionysia, the National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio D’Amico, and the Italian Ministry of culture. The Centro Dionysia is an arts center established at the renovated Renaissance villa of the great humanist Pope Eneas Sylvius, Pius II.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave lectures on “Mineral Surfaces” and “Chiral Adsorption” at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Seattle. He also made a presentation of the Distinguished Lecturer Award by the Mineralogical Society of America, as he began his duties as the next vice president and president elect of the society. Hazen also served on the panel, “Science and Society,” for the Galileo and Modern Society lecture series, at the Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, wrote the book, The Emergence of Everything: How the World Became Complex, which was reviewed in The Times Higher Education Supplement(London). Morowitz also gave a lecture, “Searching for the Laws of Life,” at the SCS Bioinformatics Colloquium.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote the article, “A Mind Can Be Open without Being Empty: Skepticism and Scientists,” which appeared in American Physical Society NEWS, November 2003. Trefil also gave the lectures, “Who Killed the Dinosaurs? A Scientific Detective Story,” the Phi Beta Kappa lecture at Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota; and “Scientific Literacy,” at John Carroll University, Ohio. He served on the panel, “Galileo: The Man, the Myth,” as part of the Galileo and Modern Society lecture series, Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Egon Verheyen, Robinson Professor of Humanities, gave the lecture, “Schoenberg und Kandinsky: Eine Freundschaft in Bildern und Musik,” at theGerman Language Society lecture series, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington, D.C.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, gave the keynote speech, “Defending the Right to Public Education from the 1950s to the Present,” at the American Friends Service Committee annual public gathering, Philadelphia. He presented the Spirit of Liberty award to Julian Bond at the People for the American Way ceremony at the Kennedy Center. Wilkins also gave three lectures: “Issues of Racial Discrimination,” to the Cosmos Club Legal Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.; and “Jefferson and 21st Century Journalism,” at the Truth and Ethics in Journalism conference, University of Texas; and “Styles of Governance and Presidential Objectives in the Presidencies of Washington, Kennedy and Johnson” in the 2003 Presidential Lecture Series, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas. Wilkins also made the panel presentation, “Understanding Patriotism in Our Time,” with Caroline Kennedy, at John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston. Also, The New York Times corrected its obituary of Walter Washington to state that Roger Wilkins (not his uncle Roy Wilkins) was President Lyndon Johnson’s initial choice to be the appointed mayor of Washington, D.C.

School of Management

Catherine Cramton
Catherine Cramton

Catherine Cramton, Management, wrote “Relationships Among Geographic Dispersion, Team Processes, and Effectiveness in Software Development Work Teams” along with Sheila Simsanrian Webber. The paper has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Research.

Jim Harvey, Phil Buchanan, Pam Allen, and Karen Hallows participated in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs, and Emerging Curricula Conference in Crystal City, Maryland.

Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, was commended at a Financial Services Information Sharing and Information Center (FS/ISAC) conference in Miami for his service to the FS/ISAC while on active duty at the National Infrastructure Protection Center and the Department of Homeland Security.

Laurie Meamber, Marketing, participated in a roundtable on markets and cultures at the Association for Consumer Research conference in Toronto, Canada. The conference is the premier annual meeting for consumer research scholars.

Linda Parsons, Accounting, presented her study, “The Influence of Voluntary, Nonfinancial Disclosures on Individual Charitable Donations,” coauthored with Steve Buchheit of Texas Tech University, at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in Denver, Colorado. She also presented her study, “The Impact of Financial Information and Voluntary Disclosures on Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations: A Field-Based Experiment” at an accounting workshop at George Washington University.

Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels

Linda Samuels wrote “U.S. Finally Joins Madrid Protocol,” which was published in the Marketing and the Law column in the winter issue of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. She also presented on the same topic at the annual meeting of the Tri State Academy of Legal Studies in Business, held in Cleveland, Ohio.

George Wang, Finance, with coauthors A.K. Karagozoglu and Terry Martel, wrote, “The Split of S&P 500 Futures Contracts: Effects of Liquidity and Market Dynamics,” which appeared in the December issue of The Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

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