Posted: February 2, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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David Lee, Key Control, Police Department, had an article published in the November 2003 issue of National Locksmith on a new technique he developed for improving combination padlock manipulation.

Peter Stearns, provost, presented “Making Digital History Count: Tenure and Academic Rewards” during the annual conference of the American Historical Association, held in Washington, D.C., in January.

Nicole Thompson and Megan Bittenbender, Human Resources, passed the Professional in Human Resources exam last month. Passing this comprehensive four-hour exam, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management, is a major professional milestone within the human resources profession.

College of Arts and Sciences

Bhavani Arabandi, Sociology, received an Alumni-sponsored award from the South Asian Studies Center to teach Sociology 320 Advanced Problems in Global Society as outreach instructor at George Mason for the spring semester. Arabandi, who earned a master’s degree in 2000 from Mason, could have taught the course–which emphasizes Modern South Asia–at any university in Virginia, but chose to return to her alma mater.

Deborah Boehm-Davis

Deborah Boehm-Davis, Psychology, earned a position on the advisory board of the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration. Boehm-Davis was the chair of the Federal Aviation Administration Research Engineering and Development Advisory Committee for two terms.

Peter Brunette, English and Film Studies, served on the International Critics’ Jury at the Bangkok International Film Festival.

Alan Christensen, Molecular and Microbiology Department, is director for the 2004 U.S.A. Biology Team, which will travel to the 15th annual International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Brisbane, Australia. He served as assistant director for the U.S.A. team last year and spearheaded the team’s first trip to the IBO last year in Belarus. The IBO is an annual celebration of the world’s best secondary school biology students sponsored by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The Center for Excellence in Education in Vienna, Va., sponsors the U.S. team.

James Conant, Public and International Affairs, was awarded a $259,000 grant by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The three-year grant is designed to facilitate a close working relationship between TSA and George Mason’s MPA program in four main areas–the design and delivery of a graduate research seminar, paid internships, applied research, and academic research.

Lisa Gring-Pemble, New Century College, wrote a book, Grim Fairy Tales: The Rhetorical Construction of American Welfare Policy. The book examines so-called welfare queens, deadbeat dads, dysfunctional families–the stories woven throughout contemporary welfare reform hearings and debates, illustrating the significant role of language in shaping public policy.

Walter Hays, Environmental Science and Policy, appeared on the Dec. 31 Voice of America television program Newsline to discuss earthquake-proof building techniques, especially in relation to Iran.

Dee Holisky

Dee Holisky, senior associate dean and associate professor of English, teamed up with Kevin Tuite, fellow graduate student from the University of Chicago, to edit John Benjamin’s collected papers from May 1997, derived from the last of a series of conferences on non-Slavic languages of the Soviet Union. The papers, compiled in honor of Howard I. Aronson, Holisky’s major professor of Georgian, were published as Current Trends in Caucasian, East European, and Inner Asian Linguistics.

T. Mills Kelly, History and Art History, was chair of a panel that presented “Creating Alternatives to Assessment Regimes: A Standards and Outcomes Approach to Postsecondary History Education,” during the American Historical Association’s annual conference, held in Washington, D.C., in January.

Jim Kimble, Communication, presented a paper, “Toward a Grammar of Emnification: Images of the Enemy in the U.S. Domestic Propaganda, 1942-1945,” in New York City at the Library of Social Science Symposium on the Psychological Interpretation of War. He also received the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Dissertation Award, which recognizes up to three scholars who recently completed their dissertations and contributed significant research to the field of communication. He was recognized by the National Communication Association at a conference in Miami for his dissertation, “Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds, Morale, and the U.S. Treasury’s Domestic Propaganda Campaign, 1942-1945.”

Steve Klein, Communication, wrote about a Pew Center report for a weblog hosted by the Poynter Institute called “E-Media Tidbits.” Klein is one of 20 international media experts who contribute to this blog. Klein also was cited in an Editor & Publisher article written by Steve Outing, “News Is Really Continuous at; 2nd Coming of Joe Gibbs Illustrates Operation,” Friday, Jan. 14. The article can be accessed at Poynteronline E-Media Tidbits.

Michael McDonald, Public and International Affairs, has been named a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Jack Naglieri, Psychology and Center for Cognitive Development, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article, Dec. 29, 2003, “Initiative to Leave No Child Behind Leaves Out Gifted,” written by Daniel Golden. The article also can be accessed by clicking on “Press Releases” on Naglieri’s web site.

Roy Rosenzweig

Roy Rosenzweig, History and Art History, presented an address during the workshop, “Entering the Second Stage of Online History Scholarship” at the American Historical Association annual conference, held in Washington, D.C., in January.

Tom Scheinfeldt, History and Art History, was chair of a panel that presented “September 11, 2001: Collection, Exhibition, and Education,” during the American Historical Association annual conference, held in Washington, D.C., in January.

Kelly Schrum, History and Art History, chaired a roundtable on the Center for History and New Media, “Possibilities and Pitfalls: Teaching History through New Media,” presented during the American Historical Association annual conference, held in Washington, D.C., in January.

Alex Tabarrok, Economics, was interview by Washington Times writer Christian Toto for the Jan. 12 story, “Online Blogging,” which also featured doctoral candidate in economics Kevin Brancato.

Lee Talbot, Environmental Science and Policy, was interviewed by NBC reporter Roger O’Neil for a segment on “Endangered Species” that aired on Nightly News with Tom Brokaw on Dec. 22, 2003. Brokaw accepted Talbot’s proposal for the theme, “The Endangered Species Act is Endangered,” and framed the “In Depth” segment around that theme. Earlier in December, Talbot had joined U.S. Rep. John Dingell at two functions to celebrate the 30th birthday of the Endangered Species Act (ESA): a congressional briefing in the Rayburn Building and a press briefing on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol, where Dingell referred to Talbot as an author of the ESA.

Larry Walters and Peter Balint, Public and International Affairs, Ron Stewart, Environmental Science and Policy, and Anand Desai, Ohio State University, submitted to the regional forester of the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) their conclusions from a year-long, $220,000 grant-funded study to improve the processes in making forestry decisions for the Sierra Nevada region. The U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service funded the research on “Incorporating Risk and Uncertainty into the Policy Choices for the National Forests: The Sierra Nevada Case.” The study advises the regional forester on how to address a large-scale, controversial, and complex process.

Rosemarie Zagarri, History and Art History, is a member of the American Historical Association Committee on the Master’s Degree in History, which presented “Retrieving the Master’s Degree from the Dustbin of History” during the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Carole Jennings, Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics, was invited to become a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She is founding editor-in-chief of Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, a quarterly publication with national and international circulation.

Graduate School of Education

David Anderson conducted two workshops for new grantees of the U.S. Department of Education, titled “Evaluation and Accountability: From Goals to Results.” The workshop materials and related resources are posted on the web site of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health. Anderson also made a presentation on mature drivers, “Strategic Planning for Mature Drivers: Foundations and Strategies,” to leadership personnel at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. This session will serve as the foundation for a detailed strategic plan regarding older drivers for Virginia.

Jennifer Garvey Berger gave an invited presentation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Mass. The topic of her presentation was “Psychological Spaciousness Reconsidered: Combining Theories of Motion with Theories of Stability.”

Linda Rikard, Susan Johnson, and Ava Walker presented clinics on nutrition, hydration, and conditioning/warm-up exercises for snow shoeing participation as part of the ninth annual Winter Trails Day at Wintergreen Resort. The event featured the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the American Hiking Society.

David Wiggins edited a two-volume historical dictionary titled African Americans in Sports, published in Armonk, N.Y., by M.E. Sharpe.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Ho-Won Jeong is a senior editor of the International Journal of Peace Studies, the official journal of the International Peace Research Association.

Rich Rubenstein

Rich Rubenstein’s new book, Aristotle’s Children, was excerpted on page B4 of the Jan. 9 issue of “The Chronicle Review” supplement to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Robinson Professors

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theatre and English, who had adapted the play Nathan the Wise, by G. E. Lessing, saw his adaptation produced in Rome by Centro Dionysia and the National Academy of Dramatic Art and broadcast by RAI/TV in Italian.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote the chapter, “The Political Ethos of George W. Bush,” in The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment, edited by F. I. Greenstein and published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2003. Heclo contributed to the book launch for Reagan Presidency: Pragmatic Conservatism and Its Legacies at the Wilson Center. Seventeen scholars from the fields of history, political science, and economics discussed rhetoric, foreign and social policies, and economic agendas during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, gave an address, “Implication of Complexity on Shared Infrastructure,” at a conference on Complexity and the Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities at the National Defense University.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, reviewed Tales of the Cheetah by Stephen J. O’Brien for “Book World,” in the Washington Post. He also addressed the Institute on Science in the Courts for Judges at Longboat Key, Fla., on “The Good, the Bad, and the Junk,” and “Frontiers of Science.” Trefil gave the keynote address, “Scientific Literacy–Its Importance in Middle School,” at the conference, Developing a Science Program, in Evanston, Ill. He also presented the Phi Beta Kappa lecture, “Who Killed the Dinosaurs?” at Western Michigan University.

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