August Accolades

Posted: August 2, 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 Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.


Bill Fleming, University Libraries, wrote “To License or Not to License” and “Fedora and the Digital Library Architecture at the University of Virginia,” which were published in the Virginia Library Association (VLA) Conference 2003 Session Report in Virginia Libraries, vol. 50, no.1, 2004. He presented “Where Are the History Books?” a Reference Services Workshop, at the VLA Paraprofessional Forum in Richmond and at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus.

Ann Genovese and Kathy Gillette, DoIT Client Services, presented “Putting Support at the Center: A New Model for Help Desk Staffing” at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference in Atlanta. The presentation described Information Technology Unit (ITU) Support Center ASK ME (Abilities, Skills, Knowledge for Mason Education), a three-month program in which ITU staff work part time in the Support Center to develop core professional skills such as critical thinking, technical know-how, problem solving, and customer service.

Heather Groves Hannan, University Libraries, wrote “Aligning the Stars: Organizing Professionals to Win,” which was published in The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances.

Joy Hughes and Cathy Hubbs, Information Technology Unit, were quoted in “Stolen ID,” an article in the July/August issue of Higher Learning magazine, available at the Teach Magazine web site.

Cathy Hubbs, ITU, presented with Shirley C. Payne, University of Virginia, “Advancing Security Programs Through Partnerships” at the Security Professionals Workshop sponsored by EDUCAUSE and Internet2, and held in Washington, D.C. Hubbs also co-presented “Fighting Back with an Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking” at the Commonwealth University Auditors of Virginia Workshop in Roanoke. Other presenters were Wayne Donald, Virginia Tech; Payne; and Darlene Quackenbush, James Madison University.

Alan G. Merten, president, accepted an appointment as a new independent director to Xybernaut Corp.’s board of directors. Edward G. Newman, chairman and CEO of Xybernaut, noted Merten’s leadership in the greater Washington, D.C., business community and contributions to the Northern Virginia and regional technology communities.

Victoria Shelton, University Libraries, co-presented “Open Access Publishing and Membership—Who Benefits, Who Pays?” at the 2004 Virginia Library Association annual conference.

Peter Stearns, provost, was invited to join the board of the Toynbee Prize Foundation. The foundation, chartered in 1987, encourages developments in the social sciences with a broad view of human society and global history.

College of Arts and Sciences

Karen L. Bune, Criminal Justice, who is an expert and diplomate in traumatic stress, received her board certification in domestic violence. She accepted a position in the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office in the domestic violence unit. Bune was presented a certificate of appreciation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, in recognition of her dedication and hard work on behalf of America’s crime victims, and a plaque of appreciation for her presentation on mass trauma and terrorism.

Winnie Keaney, Robert Matz, Amelia Rutledge, and Marilyn McKenzie, English, received a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for a one-week summer institute for area high school teachers. The institute, “Slavery, Literacy, Freedom: African American Literature, Folklore, and Culture in the Secondary School Classroom,” was cooperatively developed last summer by English Department faculty and area high school teachers.

Jennifer Leeman, Modern and Classical Languages, presented “Multilingualism, National Identity, and the State: Census Language Questions in the United States and Canada” with Gabriella Modan of Ohio State University at the American Association of Applied Linguistics Convention.

Cindy Lont
Cindy Lont

Cindy Lont, Communication, was elected representative to the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) nominating committee and representative to the ECA executive council for 2004-07. She is past chair of the ECA mass communication section.

Johannes Rojahn, Psychology, is president-elect of American Psychological Association Division 33: Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. He has also been cited in professional literature as one of the five most published authors in the last 20 years on the subject of applied developmental disabilities.

Rex Wade, History and Art History, received the Senior Scholar Award, which recognizes excellence of scholarly achievement over a lifetime, at the 42nd annual meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies. Wade also edited a book, Revolutionary Russia: New Approaches to the Russian Revolution of 1917, which was published by Routledge.

College of Education and Human Development

Margo Mastropieri, Tom Scruggs, and Cathy Terrill, former master’s student, published an article, “SAT Vocabulary Instruction for High School Students with Learning Disabilities,” in Intervention in School and Clinic, vol. 39, May 2004. Mastropieri, Scruggs, Ellen Agosta, former master’s student, and Jan Graetz, former doctoral student, published an article, “Teacher-Researcher Partnerships to Improve Social Behavior through Social Stories,” in the same journal. Mastropieri, Scruggs, and Heather Uberti, former master’s student, published an article, “Check It Off: Individualizing a Math Algorithm for Students with Disabilities Via Self-Monitoring Checklists,” also in the journal.

Fred Bemak presented “Youth At-Risk: Cross-Cultural Counseling Issues and Interventions” at the International Association of Counseling annual convention in Jamaica. He also traveled to Belfast and greater Northern Ireland, where he was a consultant to the Department of Health and Social Services and the North and West Trust of Belfast about the sectarian conflict, community and school development, and the high rates of youth suicide.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung presented “Cross-cultural Coping Strategies in Dealing with Racism” at the annual International Association of Counseling conference in Jamaica. She was elected to the International Association of Counseling executive council.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Andrew Carle received the 2004 Mentor Leadership Award from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Tom Ashcraft, Art and Visual Technology (AVT), was privately commissioned to create a two-acre environmental sculpture, Table to Chair, in Floyd, Va. He will also design and construct a large-scale sculptural courtyard in collaboration with David Chung, AVT, in Silver Spring, Md. They will work with the Patriot Group Developers and A.R. Meyers and Associates Architects.

Chawky Frenn
Chawky Frenn
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Chawky Frenn, Art and Visual Technology, has had his work appear recently in five publications from three continents: a book cover for Devenir un Dieu by Patrick Bruneteaux (Paris, France: edition Publibook Université, 2004); an illustration in Terrain 42 Homme/Femme by Patrick Bruneteaux, in the chapter “Obstacle aux recherches sur les camps de la mort” (Paris: Maison des sciences de l’homme, Ministère de la Culture et la Communication, 2004); in Amam al-Lawha by Cesar Nammour (Beirut, Lebanon: Dar al Founoun al-Jamila, 2004); in New American Paintings: Catalog of the Ninth Open Studios Mid-Atlantic Competition, 2004, published in Boston; and in 2004 Artist Directory, by Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, published in Washington, D.C. Frenn was one of three jurors of the 49th Boardwalk Art Show and Festival produced by the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach. He also participated in a panel discussion on “Portrait of the Artist” presented by the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, Va.

Walter Kravitz, Art and Visual Technology, was a finalist for a new terminal commission at the San Antonio Airport, and also a finalist for a Hutchinson School commission in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was commissioned for work at the Florida International University in Miami.

Patricia Miller, Music, performed at the international symposia for the Salzburg Seminar, held in the Schloss Leopoldskron palace in Austria. The palace, which was built in 1724 for Austrian royalty, was the filming site for The Sound of Music. Miller sang Mozart, Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Hugo Wolf German lieder (art songs) for the first half of her recital, and African-American composers and spirituals for the second half. She also performed the “Habanera” from Bizet’s Carmen as one of two encores.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Agneska Paczynska presented “Democratization in the Middle East—Lessons from Eastern Europe?” at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in Washington, D.C., and “Confronting Change: Trade Unions and the Transition to a Market Economy,” at the International Studies Association Conference in Montreal. Her two recent publications are “Recreating the Helsinki Process: Lessons of East European Transition for Middle East Democratization,” which appeared in The Cooperative Security Program: Opinions Series by the Center for Transatlantic Relations; and “Globalization and Pressure to Conform: Contesting Labor Law Reform in Egypt,” Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Working Paper, no. 23.

Dennis Sandole
Dennis Sandole
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Dennis J.D. Sandole, while in Vienna as Fulbright Visiting Professor of International Studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DAK), participated in “The Final Debate of the International Conference on The New [EU] Member States’ Contribution to the Development of the EU-Russia-USA Relations.” He was interviewed about terrorism by Austrian Radio. He presented “The New European Peace and Security System (NEPSS): Toward Comprehensive and Collaborative Security in Post-Cold War Europe” and “Marketing the United States’ War Against Iraq: How Did Bush Pull it Off?” at the 45th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in Montreal. Sandole gave a public lecture on “The ‘New’ Terrorism: Causes, Conditions, and Conflict Resolution,” at the DAK and a lecture on terrorism and conflict resolution to a class on “International Relations: Theory and Security,” at the University of Vienna. Sandole also conducted seminars and workshops on terrorism, research methods, and the role of complex scenarios development in peace building at the European University Center for Peace Studies in Stadtschlaining, Austria; and gave a lecture on “Building the Case for War Against Saddam Hussein: An Analysis and Critique of the Bush Strategy,” at the Fulbright Seminar in American Studies in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria. At a workshop in Reichenau, Austria, Sandole presented “Building Peace in Post-NATO Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Recommended EU Strategy and Plan of Action.”

School of Computational Sciences

Peter A. Becker is researching the theory of x-ray pulsar spectral formation at the Naval Research Laboratory this summer as a result of a faculty fellowship.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Carlotta Domeniconi
Carlotta Domeniconi
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Carlotta Domeniconi, Information and Software Engineering, received a $5,000 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

David Schum, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, who is also honorary professor of evidence science at University College, London, delivered a series of three lectures on “An Integrated Science of Evidence” at the college.

School of Management

Catherine Cramton, Management, gave an invited talk to the organizational behavior faculty at Harvard Business School on her research concerning conflict and learning in internationally distributed software development teams. She was elected by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division members of the National Academy of Management to a three-year term as representative-at-large on the division’s executive committee. Cramton served as a discussant for four papers in the virtual teams research area and presented methodology for doing international research on groups and teams at the Academy of Management national meeting.

Siddartha Das, DMIS, wrote “Scheduling Batches of Parts with Sequence Dependent Setup Times in a Multi-Cell Flexible Manufacturing System,” which was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Production Economics. He was the chair for one of the operations strategy sessions at the Production Operations Management Society annual conference in Cancun, Mexico. Das also presented a paper, co-written with Mahesh Joshi, Management, on “The Effect of Process Innovativeness on the Performance of Technology Service Organizations (TSOs),” at the same conference.

Ed Douthett
Ed Douthett
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Ed Douthett, Accounting, co-wrote with Kooyul Jung and Wikil Kwak the paper, “Japanese Corporate Groupings (Keiretsu) and the Characteristics of Analysts’ Forecasts,” which was accepted for publication in the Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Connie Hylton, Accounting, was honored by Beta Alpha Psi with the Phillip A. Blanchard Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

David Kravitz, Management, chaired a symposium, “Affirmative Action: Public Beliefs versus the Law,” and presented “A Test of Knowledge of Workplace Affirmative Action Law and Regulations” with Ronald Sinacore, University Equity and Diversity Services, and Janet Yun at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in New Orleans. Kravitz also contributed to the doctoral consortium of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, and to sessions on teaching and career development, and coordinated a session on research issues. He was elected to a three-year term on the executive committee of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management.

Gopal Krishnan, Accounting, who is a Virginia CPA and a member of the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA), was named Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs Professor in Public Accounting and will serve as liaison to the Northern Virginia accounting profession. The VSCPA Professorship in Public Accounting was established at George Mason University in 1995, and funded by 2002, to enhance the collaboration of the academic and professional accounting communities in Northern Virginia. Krishnan’s paper, “The Association between Big Six Auditor Industry Expertise and the Asymmetric Timeliness of Earning,” was published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance.

Hun Lee, Management, Curtis Grimm, and Ken Smith won the Journal of Management Best Article Award for 2003 for “The Effect of New Product Radicality and Scope on the Extent and Speed of Innovation Diffusion,” which appeared in the October 2003 issue.

Martha Martin, career consultant, became a certified Career Development Facilitator upon completing training in May.

Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, presented a paper, “Creating the Resilient Corporation—the Role of Information,” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard meeting in Albany. McCrohan was also an invited participant at the George Mason University-Kennedy School of Government workshop on “Private Efficiency, Public Vulnerability.”

Mary J. Meixell and Chien-Yu Chen, DMIS, presented their paper, which was published in the conference proceedings, on “A Scenario-Based Bayesian Forecasting Engine for a Stochastic ATP Planning Problem” at the Production Operations Management Society annual meeting in Cancun. Meixell also gave an invited talk on “Managing Multiple Schedule Releases in a Collaborative Manufacturing Supply Chain” at a seminar at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Sarah E. Nutter, Accounting, spoke at the Freedom to Prosper Economic Educational Retreat cosponsored by the Gillette Companies and the Mercatus Center for staff members of the Congressional Black Caucus, its associated foundation, and the NAACP. The retreat, held at Aspen Institute’s Wye River Conference Center, focused on understanding the economic way of thinking. Nutter’s session, “Fun with Numbers,” focused on how statistics can be manipulated.

Linda Parsons, Accounting, conducted a workshop on “Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector—Do Donors Care?” at the third annual Government and Nonprofit Conference sponsored by the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels
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Linda B. Samuels wrote “Is Dilution a Delusion?” which was published in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. Another article, co-written with Jeffrey M. Samuels, “Key Trademark Decisions Relating to PTO Practice,” appeared in the same journal. She presented the article, “International Trademark Prosecution Streamlined: The Madrid Protocol Comes into Force in the United States,” which she and Jeffrey M. Samuels co-wrote, at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Law Association at the University of Maryland. The article was published by the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.

John Stanbury, Marketing, taught a course, Managing in the Global Business Environment, in the MBA program at the Inter-University of Macau, China, for the fourth successive year. He also presented his case, “Dial V for Venezuela,” at the Society for Case Research annual workshop in Kansas City, Mo.

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