April 2004 Accolades

Posted: April 1, 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.


David C. Atkins, Johnson Center and Student Unions Operations, received the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award from the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The national award recognizes one student union or student activities professional each year for significant contributions, commitment, creativity, and relentless support of multicultural education and empowerment of people of color on his or her campus and within ACUI. The association also recognized Atkins for serving as one of its 15 regional directors.

Chayla Haynes, Orientation, has been named the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding New Professional Award from the American College Personnel Association Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs. She will formally receive the award at the annual convention in Philadelphia.

Anne Scrivener Agee, Department of Instructional and Technology Support Services, and Dee Ann Holisky, College of Arts and Sciences, have written an entry for the newly published encyclopedia, Education and Technology. Their article, “Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) presents George Mason’s TAC initiative as a model for the programmatic integration of technology skills into the undergraduate curriculum.

College of Arts and Sciences

Don Boileau
Don Boileu
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Don M. Boileau, Communication, served as parliamentarian for the delegate assembly and board of directors of the Association of Teacher Educators at its recent convention in Dallas. This was his 31st year in that role.

Alan Cheuse, English, gave a talk, “The Nonfiction in the Fiction Writer’s Backpack,” for the University of Michigan’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Rick Diecchio, Environmental Science and Policy, was co-chair of the combined meeting in March of the Geological Society of America northeastern and southeastern sections, which include the eastern United States and all of Canada. The meeting was cosponsored by George Mason’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy.

Shona Jackson, English, is founder and coeditor of the Caribbean Studies Book Series at Lexington Books, a Maryland-based independent scholarly press. The series, which officially got under way several months ago, expects to publish its first two titles this year. The web site is here.

Roger Lancaster, Cultural Studies, is one of 20 authors tapped to write a piece for an ethics reader being prepared by the German Hygiene Museum in concert with its exhibit, “The Ten Commandments.”

Ed Maguire, Administration of Justice, presented “Police Departments as Learning Laboratories” in the Ideas in American Policing guest lecture series at the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C. He was also invited to sit on the Police Foundation’s research advisory board.

August McCarthy, English, won Honorable Mention in the National Animal Advocacy Competition held at Harvard Law School in February. He argued on behalf of an animal owner whose companion animal was killed by the negligence of a pharmacist who put the wrong dosage on a bottle of medication. The case was fashioned after an actual case, although the outcome of the competition was not binding on any party. The competition is the only animal advocacy competition in the country, and participants from eight states competed.

Randy McBride, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP), presented “High-Resolution Geologic Evidence of a Former Wave-Dominated Tidal Inlet System: Old Currituck Inlet, Virginia/North Carolina,” which he cowrote with Ilya Buynevich, U.S. Geological Survey, and Marci M. Robinson, an ESP doctoral student. He presented this talk at the joint meeting of the northeastern and southeastern sections of the Geological Society of America in March in McLean, Va. At the same meeting, Robinson presented “Paleo-inlet Dynamics Recorded by Foraminifera: Old Currituck Inlet, Virginia/North Carolina,” a paper co-written with McBride. Other ESP research presented at the meetings were the posters “Salinity Extremes: The Dynamic History of an Outer Banks Estuary,” by Ernie Waterfield (deceased), Robinson, and McBride; and “Geology of a Bayhead Delta within a Potomac River Tidal-Freshwater Estuary: Pohick Bay, Virginia,” by McBride and Christopher Stone, an ESP master’s student.

Ellen Moody, English, wrote a paper, “Continent Not Isolated: Jane Austen Among French Women,” which she presented at the East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies meeting at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensboro.

Doug Mose
Doug Mose

Doug Mose, Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented “Contamination Caused by Acid Mine Drainage and Other Point Sources in the Prince William Forest National Park in Northern Virginia,” a poster by Michael Komalowski, Mose, and George Mushrush, Chemistry and Biochemistry, at the joint meeting of the northeastern and southeastern sections of the Geological Society of America in March in McLean, Va.

Roy Rosenzweig, History and Art History, was awarded the Forrest G. Pogue Award for Excellence in Oral History in March by Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Victoria Salmon
Victoria Salmon
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Victoria N. Salmon, Doctor of Arts in Community College Education Program, presented “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: An Innovative Doctoral Program” at the 2004 Innovations Conference of the League for Innovation in San Francisco.

Linda J. Seligmann, Sociology and Anthropology, wrote the ethnography, Peruvian Street Lives: Culture, Power, and Economy among Market Women of Cuzco, which offers a humane,yet incisive,portrayal of the women’s lives through vignettes and photographs. Her book recently was published by University of Illinois Press. Over 20 years, Seligmann walked the city and countryside of Peru, talking to the women who work in the informal open-air markets of the Andean highlands of Cuzco.

Laura Ellen Scott, English, wrote a number of short stories that recently were published. “Carrion Flower” was published in the Ink Pot Special Edition: Short Story and Flash Fiction Contest Winners. “The Cool Aunt,” appeared in the politics issue of Mississippi Reviewonline and “Petey Prickles vs. Funeral Steve” also appeared in the Mississippi Review online. “Adult Education,” was included in Eclectica Magazine’s Best Fiction issue, and “name your next cat after a forgotten musician or a famous general,” was published online at Fiction Warehouse and was also selected for the story/South Million Writers Award for Fiction, Notable Online Short Stories of 2003. Her short story, “Rot,” can be found online at Identity Theory.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Beth Bullard, Music and World Music Studies, delivered a paper, “Women at Home with Musical Instruments in Nineteenth-Century America,” in March at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, as part of the institution’s monthlong celebration of women musicians and women’s historical contributions to the art form. See the web site.

Helen Frederick, Art and Visual Technology, presented an artist’s talk at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C.

Maria Karametou, Art and Visual Technology, was one of eight artists commissioned by the Embassy of Greece Olympic Arts Festival 2004 to participate in an exhibit, “Penelopeia: The Other Journey,” at Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, D.C. Inspired by Homer’s Penelope in The Odyssey, the exhibit attempted to connect and explore women’s issues of common interest through varied artistic media.

Patricia Miller, Music, was honored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and the Washington, D.C., Alumnae Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity with a Musicale and Tribute in February at the Fairfax Old Town Hall. Several George Mason University representatives attended and spoke. Most recently, Miller appeared in a March performance at the Schlesinger Center in Alexandria as mezzo-soprano soloist in the world premiere of the cantata, A Journey of Freedom, Honor, and Glory. Commissioned by the Reston Chorale, Journey is based on the life and death of John Daniels, civil rights freedom fighter. The CD is forthcoming.

Linda Apple Monson, Music, gave a lecture-recital in March at the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., featuring the music of George Mason composer Glenn Smith.

Graduate School of Education

Anastasia Kitsantas
Anastasia Kitsantas
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Nada Dabbagh and Anastasia Kitsantas wrote an article, “Supporting Self-Regulation in Student-Centered Web-Based Learning Environments,” which was published in the International Journal on E-Learning.

Joe Gagnon and M.J. McLaughlin wrote an article, “Curriculum, Assessment, and Accountability in Day Treatment and Residential Schools,” which is featured in Exceptional Children.

Patricia Moyer wrote the chapter, “A Remainder of One: Exploring Partitive Division” which appears in Exploring Mathematics through Literature: Articles and Lessons for Prekindergarten through Grade 8, edited by D. Thiessen and published in Reston, Va., by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

David Weaver wrote the chapter, “Manifestations of Ecotourism in the Caribbean,” which was published in early March in Tourism in the Caribbean: Trends, Development, Prospects, edited by D.T. Duval and published by Routledge.

Robinson Professors

Hugh Heclo
Hugh Heclo
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Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, was named to the executive branch commission for the Annenberg Foundation’s project, “Institutions of Democracy,” at the University of Pennsylvania.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, wrote, with D. Eric Smith, “Searching for the Laws of Life,” which was published in the SFI Bulletin, winter 2004. He gave an address, “Science, Ethics, and Religion,” at the Washington Academy of Sciences.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave an address, “Rule of Law in Nigeria, Shari’a, and Perspectives of Northern Leaders,” at the U.S. Department of State.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave lectures on “Scientific Literacy” and “Who Killed the Dinosaurs?” at Gettysburg College.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, gave an address, “The Relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Africa,” at DePaul University.

School of Computational Sciences

Juan Cebral, Fluids and Materials, presented a poster at the International Society for Optical Engineering SPIE Medical Imaging Conference in February that was selected best poster of the Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images session. The poster described his collaborative work with doctors from the Interventional Neuroradiology Department of Inova Fairfax Hospital to better understand the blood flow dynamics in diseased carotid arteries, which are the main arteries feeding the brain, and to improve interventional procedures used for treatment.

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