January Accolades

Posted: January 5, 2004 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.

College of Arts and Sciences

Changwoo Ahn, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote “A Dynamic Model of Moist-Soil Plants to Restore Illinois Floodplain-River Ecosystem,” which was published in River Research and Application.

Bianca Diaz, English, has poems appearing in the literary magazines Alligator Juniper, Blue Mesa Review, and The Mochila Review.

Stephen Goodwin, English, wrote an essay, “Breaking the Silence: A Writer Returns,” which was published in the November/December 2003 issue of Poets & Writers. He was also a guest on National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show in November and discussed his latest novel, Breaking Her Fall.

Cindy Lont, Communication, presented a paper, “The Face of the Front Page: A Content Analysis of U.S. Newspapers,” at the 89th National Communication Association Convention in Miami. She also served on the Mass Communication Competitive Papers Panel on Gender and the Media at the convention.

Randy McBride and Rick Diecchio, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote with T.F. Moslow and H.H. Roberts the article, “Late Quaternary Geology of the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Shelf: Sedimentology, Depositional History, and Ancient Analogs in a Major Shelf Sand Sheet of the Modern Transgressive Systems Tract,” which was published in a Society for Sedimentary Geology special publication, Late Quaternary Stratigraphic Evolution of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Basin.

Hazel McFerson
Hazel McFerson

Hazel M. McFerson, Public and International Affairs and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, contributed entries on former and current American overseas territories to the recently published three-volume set, Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia, published by ABC Clio Press.

Daniele Struppa, dean, was invited to deliver a talk, “A World of Light and Shadows: The Mathematics of Perception,” at the Science and Technology Museum Leonardo da Vinci in Milano, Italy. The magazine Scienza ed Esperienza published an article on the speech.

Anita Taylor
Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, Communication, was presented with the Mentor Award at the 89th National Communication Association Convention in Miami. This is among the top awards the association gives and is presented to only three members annually.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Linda Apple Monson, Music, gave a lecture-recital that focused on the piano music of contemporary American composer Ross Lee Finney at the national conference of the College Music Society in Miami.

Laura Mann, Music, is a touring artist under the auspices of the Virginia Commission for the Arts. In this connection, she performed her one-woman opera, The White Cliffs, at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and at Mount Empire Community College.

Graduate School of Education

Gerald Bracey delivered keynote talks to the Colorado Society of School Psychologists; the Washington and Oregon Association of School Personnel; the Vancouver, Washington, School District; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and the School of Education, Castleton College, Vermont. He received the John Dewey Research award from the Vermont Society for the Study of School Evaluation, Middlebury College, Vermont.

Steve Constantino delivered the keynote address and presided over concurrent training sessions at the annual National Community Education Association Conference held in New Orleans.

The Education Leadership Program (EDLE) was awarded national recognition by the Educational Leadership Constituency Council at the national conference of the National Council for Professors of Educational Administration. This national recognition elevates the EDLE Program at George Mason to participate in an elite group of institutions that have demonstrated the ability to prepare educational administrators for the challenges they will face leading our nation’s schools and school districts.

Debra Sprague
Debra Sprague

Debra Sprague has been awarded a Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) Journal Technology Award in the category of exemplary use of technology in an introductory technology course. She won the award for a required course for the Elementary Education Program, EDCI 557: Integrating Technology in the Elementary Curriculum. A description of the course will be featured in the Spring 2004 issue of CITE Journal.

Betty Sturtevant wrote a policy paper, “The Literacy Coach: A Key to Improving Teaching and Learning in Secondary Schools,” which was published by the Alliance for Excellent Education. She presented the paper at the American High School Policy Conference, held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The complete paper is available here.

David Weaver has recently joined the editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. He now serves on five editorial boards of international, peer-reviewed tourism and hospitality journals.

David Wiggins co-edited with Patrick Miller of Northeastern Illinois University Sport and the Color Line: Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth-Century America, published by Routledge.

Susan Yamamoto, Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, and president of the Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area, was presented with a Meritorious Service Award and a Chapter Recognition Award at the National Hemophilia Foundation’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City. In making the presentation, Jordan Lurie, the foundation president, lauded Yamamoto for her advocacy efforts and her tireless work on fundraising events.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Terrence Lyons
Terrence Lyons

Terrence Lyons spoke to the U.S. State Department’s Senior Seminar at the Foreign Service Institute. This seminar brings together senior-level government officials for a 10-month program on national security and leadership development. Lyons gave a presentation on the regional conflict in West Africa and analyzed the potential for both regional organizations and the United States to support peace-building efforts.

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Kim T. Blackwell and Ji Ling Mo, also in the School of Computational Sciences, wrote the article, “Comparison of Hermissenda Type A and Type B Photoreceptors: Response to Light as a Function of Intensity and Duration,” which was published in the September 2003 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Blackwell, along with Uwe Czubayko and Dietmar Plenz, co-wrote “Quantitative Estimate of Synaptic Inputs to Striatal Neurons During Up and Down States In Vitro,” which appeared in the October 2003 issue of the same journal.

School of Computational Sciences

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, Center for Social Complexity, was invited to join the Washington Academy of Sciences.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Gheorghe Tecuci, Computer Science, has been recognized by the Department of the Army with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious service while a visiting professor of artificial intelligence at the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College. Tecuci led a team of researchers and experts from George Mason and the war college in studying the development of intelligent agents for center of gravity analysis and their use in the education of strategic leaders at the war college.

Jeff Offutt
Jeff Offutt

Jeff Offutt, Information and Software Engineering, was selected as a subcontractor by INDUS Corporation, based in Vienna, Va., for a $100,000 contract to develop a web-based software system that will be used by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to validate the reliability of software system components.

School of Management

Ellen Fagenson-Eland participated in a session of scholars who helped in the search for a new editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

Vernon Hsu was appointed to the editorial review board of the research journal Production and Operations Management.

Minder Chen and Mary Meixell wrote a paper, “Web-Services Enabled Procurement in the Extended Enterprise: An Architectural Design and Implementation,” which appeared in the November issue of the Journal of Electronic Commerce.

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