May 2004 Accolades

Posted: May 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades is a monthly column recognizing the latest professional 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.

Accolades will next appear in August 2004. Please continue to submit your accomplishments over the summer.


Rosemary Chase, University Copyright Office, presented a paper, “Copyright Issues: An Update for Higher Education,” at Temple University, Philadelphia, at the Association of College and University Printers annual conference. She also had an article, “Copyright Permission in the Digital Age,” published in In-Plant Graphics,April 2004. In honor of National Library Week, Chase presented “Media Copyright Workshop: Is It Legal to Use That Video or Image You Downloaded, Scanned, or Copied?” at Marymount University, Arlington Campus.

Sarah Gingerich, Information Technology Unit, Prince William Campus, received the Gold Star Award, presented in April by the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce. The award, given monthly, goes to a member who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” in support of the chamber and its mission. Gingerich was recognized for her work at the chamber’s recent M.A.P. Your Success Breakfast held at the Prince William Campus.

Derek Kan and Dan Veloce, Information Technology Unit (ITU), presented an overview of the ITU “Project Sandbox” at the Association of Collegiate Computing Services spring workshop in Richmond. Project Sandbox addresses the problem of patch management and control of virus activity on student computers in the residence halls.

Susan Kehoe
Susan Kehoe

Susan Shaver Kehoe, GMU-TV, received the second annual Randy Goldman Fund Scholarship from Women in Film and Video in partnership with the International Film and Television Workshop of Rockport, Me. The workshop will match the $1,250 scholarship by donating fees and services for a total award of $2,500 to cover tuition, room and board, and travel. The scholarship is designed to enable women in the film community to continue professional development throughout their careers.

Tara Laskowski, Creative Services, won the Department of English Dan Rudy Fiction Award for her short story, “Death Wishes,” and the Shelley A. Marshall Fiction Contest for her short story, “Witness.” Her story, “Minimum Wage,” was published in The Scrivener, the George Mason School of Law’s literary journal. She also had a photograph, “Moonlight Drive-In,” published in the literary journal, Phoebe.

College of Arts and Sciences

Richard Bausch, English, was one of five noted authors who spoke at the Westchester Library System’s 13th Annual Book and Author Luncheon held in Tarrytown, N.Y., in celebration of National Library Week. Bausch also gave a reading and was a member of the panel, “Novelists on Their Movies,” at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville.

Doris Bitler, Donna Fox, Heather Murray, and Walter Rankin, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, gave five presentations on topics such as customer service in academe and providing support to students who have psychological issues at the National American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention in Philadelphia. They serve on the ACPA Academic Affairs Administrators and the ACPA Academic Support in Higher Education Commissions; Bitler and Rankin are also members of the ACPA Media Board.

Don Boileau, Communication, was named to a reconciliation commission to work out theological differences arising from the recent consecration of an openly homosexual bishop. Boileau is a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke, Va.

Alan Cheuse, English, wrote the novella, Paradise, or, Eat Your Face, which is published in the Winter 2004 issue of the Idaho Review.

Greg Foster, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-wrote with Cherie V. Miller and Brenda Feit-Majedi “Baseflow and Stormflow Metal Fluxes from Two Small Agricultural Catchments in the Coastal Plain of the Chesapeake Bay Basin, United States,” which appeared in the April 2003 Applied Geochemistry. Foster and Shahamat U. Khan, Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with Sashi Singh, co-wrote “Microwave-assisted Extraction for the Simultaneous Determination of Thiamethoxam, Imidacloprid, and Carbendazim Residues in Fresh and Cooked Vegetable Samples,” which was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry earlier this year.

Wayne Froman, Philosophy, spoke at the Internationaler Franz Rosenzweig Kongress, Franz Rosenzweigs Neues Denken, at the University of Kassel, Germany. Froman’s topic was “‘Der Augenblick’ (‘The Moment’) in Rosenzweig and Heidegger.” Froman also gave a lecture on that same topic at Northwestern University under the auspices of German Languages and Literature, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, and Religion. Froman is a founding member of the Internationale Franz Rosenzweig Gesellschaft, and is serving his second year as an elected director of the Colloque International de la Phe’nome’nologie, which will meet during the summer in Europe.

Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, was a judge at the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. He also spoke to the American Association of Physics Teachers, Chesapeake section.

Gail Kettlewell, Community College Education, participated in a leadership summit for University Community College Programs in Washington, D.C. The summit was sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Lynn Leavitt, Center for Service and Leadership, was invited to facilitate a reconference workshop for the American Association of Colleges and Universities Pedagogies of Engagement conference. Her workshop was titled “Service-Learning: Pedagogy and Practice.” Leavitt and Heather Hare facilitated discussions with students from around the United States at the Summer Symposium in Washington, D.C., in April. The topics included health and service-learning and leadership issues that affect college students.

Stephen Mastrofski, Administration of Justice, presented “Controlling Police Discretion” at the symposium, Making Our Streets Safer: Research and Police Practices in the United States, sponsored by the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He discussed his article that will appear in the May 2004 special edition of Annals, the academy’s journal. With other contributors to that edition, he discussed the issues raised in the recent National Research Council report, “Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence.” Mastrofski was a member of the committee that authored the report. The symposium was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Janette Muir
Janette Muir
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Janette Kenner Muir, New Century College, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) in April. The award is the highest honor given to recognize outstanding, long-term service to ECA. Muir is a past president of the association.

Cynthia Patterson, English, received a Smithsonian pre-doctoral fellowship for her project, “‘A Taste of Refined Culture:’ Imag(in)ing the Middle Class in the Philly Pictorials of the 1840s and 50s,” which she will research from May to August. Patterson is also a cultural studies doctoral candidate.

Vicki Salmon, Community College Education, has been appointed chair of the Main Campus Committee of the Board of Regents, Georgetown University. She will also serve on the board’s executive committee and will work on issues concerning the scholarship of teaching and learning at the undergraduate level.

Suzanne Sladen and Wayne Stalick, Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-wrote Organic Chemistry Laboratory Manual, which was published earlier this year by Pearson Custom Publishing.

Lisa Sparks, Communication, co-wrote “Cultural Issues in Communication and Aging,” which appeared in J.F. Nussbaum, and J. Coupland (Eds.), Handbook of Communication and Aging Research published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. She wrote Speak Up!, an instructional public speaking book emphasizing appropriate and effective integration of technology into presentations published by Thomson Learning. She has also been named editor of Communication Research Reports, a major social science research journal, for 2005-07. She is the first woman editor of the journal and also the youngest ever elected.

Ming Wan, Public and International Affairs, testified at a hearing, “The Taiwan Relations Act: The Next 25 Years,” held by the House Committee on International Relations. Since March 25, he has also been interviewed by Voice of America, BBC, and Deutsche Welle.

Martin M. Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages, edited Gladiator: Film and History, published by Blackwell in 2004. This volume comprises 10 essays by experts who examine the film Gladiator as a representation of history and as cinema. The book also includes translations of the film’s most important historical sources.

Thomas Wood
Thomas Wood
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Tom Wood, New Century College, presented “Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation” at the 25th anniversary symposium of the Society of College Science Teachers in Atlanta. He also spoke on improving educational opportunities at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and joined Robert Furey, New Century College, at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements) Annual Planning Conference in Washington, D.C., to present evidence of improved student self-assessments.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Linda Apple Monson, Music, recently served as a panelist and concert commentator for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra satellite program, “Music by Modern Masters,” which will be broadcast to all community colleges in the United States during the fall 2004 season.

David Sternbach presented a workshop, “The Role of Health and Wellness Training for Young Musicians,” at the Music Teachers National Association annual conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Graduate School of Education

Fred Bemak was a special presenter at the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools Teachers’ conference in Bangkok, Thailand. He made two presentations, “Rethinking International School Counseling in the International School Setting,” and “Cross-Cultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors and Teachers: Working with Difficult Student and Family Situations.”

Rita Chi-Ying Chung presented “Challenging Classism: The Intersect of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Class” at the Counselors for Social Justice Day of Action at the American Counseling Association conference.

Carmen Rioux-Bailey presented “The University Campus: Inclusive at Last?” at the Pacific Rim 2004 Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The session focused on the George Mason University LIFE (Learning Into Future Environments) Program, a Graduate School of Education model program for students with intellectual disabilities administered through the Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities. She also wrote an article “Access to Community Colleges for Students with Disabilities: Continuing Issues and New Directions,” published by the HEATH Resource Center, which is the National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities. The article can be accessed online.

Kmt Shockley was named Scholar in Residence at the annual National Black Graduate Student Association conference in Cincinnati, where he was a keynote lecturer for the conference. Shockley was also a Fulbright Scholars International Exchange of Scholars panelist discussing Africentric education, and was a keynote speaker for the Washington Alliance of Black School Educators at its conference in Seattle.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dennis Sandole, currently Fulbright Visiting Professor of International Studies, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, wrote a paper, “Hurting Stalemate in the Middle East,” which was featured as the April 2004 Focus of the Month article on the Dialogue Web page for Conflicts Worldwide (DWCW), sponsored by the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. The focus article is judged an outstanding contribution that stimulates productive dialogue on the conflict it discusses. Sandole’s paper uses a game theory situation-the Prisoners’ Dilemma-to analyze Palestinian reactions to Israeli actions, and vice versa, arguing that through dealing with the deep-rooted historical and structural factors, international actors could play an effective mediative role in this area. The paper can be accessed at the DWCW site. Sandole also had a letter to the editor published in the Financial Times on March 2, and another in the International Herald Tribune on March 10. He was interviewed on March 30 by Austrian Radio on terrorism for Reality Check, a program that encourages young Austrians to discuss global issues in English.

Robinson Professors

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, was a discussant of the book The Reagan Presidency; Pragmatic Conservatism and Its Legacies, at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He was also the featured commentator for the National Geographic Society’s special on the American presidency.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, was recognized with the 2004 Award for Scientific Achievement in Biological Sciences by the Washington Academy of Sciences. He wrote a chapter, “The ‘Trinitarian’ World of Neo-Pantheism: On Panentheism and Epistemology,” which appeared in In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections of God’s Presence in a Scientific World, edited by P. Clayton and A. Peacocke and published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. in 2004. He delivered “A Paradigm Shift?” the keynote address at the Capital Science 2004 conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, in Arlington, Va.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave a panel presentation, “Democratization in Non-Arab Muslim States,” with Akbar Ahmed and Edward Masters for the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.

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

School of Computational Sciences

Guan Ming Wang, D.A. Papaconstatopoulos, and Estela Blaisten-Barojas co-wrote “Pressure-Induced Transitions in Calcium: A Tight-Binding Approach,” which was published in the Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids last year.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Edward Wegman, Applied and Engineering Statistics, is the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa Alumni Association. The award will be presented in June on the campus of the University of Iowa, where he earned his MS and PhD degrees.

School of Management

Rick Coffinberger has been selected as a judge for the National Capital Business Ethics Award for 2004. He has also been appointed to the faculty of the Society for Human Resource Management Academy, and is developing a course for the academy titled Business Law for HR Professionals. In addition, his paper, “Driver Distraction, Cell Phones, and Public Safety: An Analysis of the Emerging Regulatory Schemes,” has been accepted for presentation at the 2004 Hawaii Conference on International Business in Honolulu. He also presented a paper with Yvonne Demory at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business in College Park, Maryland. The title of the paper is “Reverse Age Discrimination; Statutory Interpretation and the Supreme Court: An Analysis of General Dynamics v. Cline.”

Mahesh Joshi
Mahesh Joshi
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Sidhartha Das, Decision Sciences, and Mahesh P. Joshi, Management, presented “The Effect of Process Innovativeness on the Performance of High and Low Technology Service Companies” at the Second World Production and Operations Management Society Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

Malcolm Harris, Finance, presented a paper, “Firm Size and Creditworthiness: The Evidence from Bond Ratings,” at the Midwest Finance meetings in Chicago.

Jerry Hanweck, Finance, is president of the Washington Area Finance Association, a group of finance researchers from Washington, D.C.-area universities and regulatory agencies interested in promoting and facilitating high quality research.

Christopher Joiner, Marketing, wrote “Slavic Treasures” with Thomas Tiemann. The article was accepted for publication by Case Research Journal.

Allen Hughes, Decision Sciences and MIS, and Kenneth Kovach (deceased) and David Kravitz, Management, wrote the article, “Affirmative Action: How Can We Be So Lost When We Don’t Even Know Where We Are Going?” which was published in the Labor Law Journal. Kravitz also recently rejoined the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology, a journal for researchers in organizational behavior and human resource management.

Gopal Krishnan,Accounting, presented the paper, “Which Is More Useful for Predicting Future Cash Flows, IAS Earnings or U.S. GAAP Earnings?” at the Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in Prague. He also presented “Auditors’ Risk Management and Reputation Building in the Post-Enron Environment: An Examination of Earnings Conservatism of Former Andersen Clients,” at the Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, D.C.

Mary J. Meixell, Decision Sciences, gave a seminar at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., in its Women in OR series in the Industrial Engineering Department. She presented a paper titled “Collaboration in a Manufacturing Supply Chain with Mass Customized Products.”

Joseph F. Moraglio, Accounting, and Lawrence Singleton conducted a three-day training program titled “Application of Financial Management Techniques” to employees of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Linda B. Samuels,Business Law, had the article she co-wrote with Jeffrey M. Samuels, “Key Trademark Decisions Relating to PTO Practice,” accepted for publication by the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society.She also co-wrote with Kenneth Kovach (deceased), Mark Pruett, and Christopher Duvall an article, “Employee Migration and Trade Secret Protection,” that was accepted for publication by the Labor Law Journal. She also wrote with Rick Coffinberger “An Internet-Based Legal Environment Research and Advocacy Writing Project,” which was published in Volume 21, No. 1, of the Journal of Legal Studies Education.The journal is published by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and is the pedagogical journal for the teaching of law in schools of business and management.

School of Public Policy

Jack A. Goldstone was awarded the Arnaldo Momigliano Best Article in History Prize by the Historical Society (Boston) for his essay, “Efflorescences and Economic Growth in World History: Rethinking the ‘Rise of the West’ and the Industrial Revolution,” that appeared in the Journal of World History, Volume 13, 2002. The award citation reports, “this magisterial article…promises to energize and revitalize the study and teaching of Western civilization as well as world history.”

Catherine Rudder
Catherine Rudder

Catherine Rudder is the 2003 winner of the Women’s Caucus Outstanding Professional Achievement Award. She was honored at a roundtable April 16, where the members of the panel provided their perspectives on her contributions and accomplishments.

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