October 2004 Accolades

Posted: October 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 Lee, University Police Key Control, wrote an article, “Emergency Spare Key,” which was published in the September 2004 issue of National Locksmith.

College of Arts and Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, wrote a travel essay, “On Location in Paradise,” which was published in the September issue of Gourmet.

Art Taylor, English, wrote a short story, “Visions and Revisions,” which was a finalist for the first annual Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize and was published in the May-August 2004 issue of North American Review, which sponsored the prize. Also, his essay, “Magical Realism and the Mississippi Delta,” was published in the Fall 2004 issue of Mississippi Quarterly.

Greg Trafton, Psychology, who works with the Human Factors and Applied Cognitive faculty and students, won the Earl A. Alluisi Award for Early Career Contributions. He received the award at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Honolulu.

College of Education and Human Development

Shane Caswell co-wrote an article titled “Simultaneous Traumatic Brain Injuries During Soccer: A Case Study” for Athletic Therapy Today, vol. 9, no. 4, 2004. The co-authors were Amy M. Roberts, Avila University; Trenton E. Gould, University of Southern Mississippi; and Richard G. Deivert, Fairfax County Public Schools.

Penny Earley, Center for Education Policy, is the contact person for information on submitting an article or being a reviewer for an online publication being launched by the center, Policy Perspectives.

Gary Galluzzo was a guest on the PBS television program Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg on June 20 when he was interviewed on the No Child Left Behind Act. He also spoke to university administrators from Bosnia on the role of universities in the reform of teaching and teacher education. The talk was sponsored by the Meridian Center in Washington, D.C.

Barbara Given’s book, Teaching to the Brain’s Natural Learning Systems, was translated into Korean, and she has been invited to give a presentation in Korea. She went to Finland for presentations at a daylong workshop and a two-hour interactive presentation.

Marjorie Hall Haley wrote an article, “Implications of Using Case Study Instruction in a Foreign/Second Language Methods Course,” which was published in the Summer 2004 issue of Foreign Language Annals, vol. 37, no. 2.

Mark Hicks was named the Libra Scholar-in-Residence, an endowed teaching and scholarship award, at the University of Southern Maine for the fall 2004 term. He will be teaching, giving public lectures, and conducting workshops at the university on issues of identity, teaching, and learning. He has also won the John B. Muir Award for the most significant contribution to the Journal of College Admission, 2003. The award will be presented at the National Association of College Admission’s Annual Meeting, October 2004. This award is the culmination of a two-year research project, piloted at Fordham University, that evidenced how a transformative approach to the college admission process opens portals of access for underrepresented students in American colleges and universities.

Julie Kidd, Sylvia Sanchez, and Eva Thorp wrote an article titled “Gathering Family Stories: Facilitating Preservice Teachers’ Cultural Awareness and Responsiveness,” which appeared in the Spring 2004 issue of Action in Teacher Education.

Anastasia Kitsantas; B. Reiser, Florida State University; and J. Doster, student, wrote an article, “Goal Setting, Cues, and Evaluation During Acquisition of Procedural Skills: Empowering Students’ Learning During Independent Practice,” which was published in the Journal of Experimental Education, vol. 72, no. 4.

Margo Mastropieri
Margo Mastropieri

Margo Mastropieri and Tom Scruggs edited “Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities” in vol. 17 of Research in Secondary Schools, published by Elsevier Science/JAI Press. They also wrote with E. Agosta “Teacher-Researcher Partnerships to Improve Social Behavior with Social Stories” which appeared in Intervention in School and Clinic, vol. 39. Mastropieri, Scruggs, and H.Z. Uberti wrote “Check It off: Individualizing a Math Algorithm for Students with Disabilities Using Individualized Self-Monitoring Checklists Within an Inclusive Classroom” which also appeared in Intervention in School and Clinic, vol. 39. Scruggs and Mastropieri wrote “Science and Schooling for Students with LD: A Discussion of the Symposium,” which appeared in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol. 37. Scruggs, Mastropieri, and C. Terrill wrote “SAT Vocabulary Instruction for High School Students with Learning Disabilities,” which was published in Intervention in School and Clinic, vol. 39.

Elijah Mirochnik’s article, “Ownership and Authorship: Rewriting Traditional Platonic Pedagogy in the Beginning Design Studio” was published in Democracy and Education Journal, volume 15, no. 1, Spring 2004.

Patricia Moyer, visiting scholar Hae-Ja Heo, and doctoral student Jennifer Suh wrote “Impacting Student Confidence: The Effects of Using Virtual Manipulatives and Increasing Fraction Understanding,” which appeared in The Journal of Educational Research in Mathematics, vol. 14, no. 2.

Bonnie Pfoutz was recognized by Gov. Mark Warner for her contributions to business and education partnerships. She was one of 12 who received the award on behalf of the Northern Virginia Community College Education Foundation.

Betty Sturtevant visited the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia to conduct workshops for secondary teachers and write materials for a five-year teacher development project. The project, called the Secondary Education Activity, is sponsored by the International Reading Association in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the American Institute for Research. Sturtevant is part of a team of 11 North American and European educators who are volunteering time and expertise to the project. Bill Brozo, a new CEHD faculty member, is also a member of the team.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Veronica Feeg
Veronica Feeg

Veronica Feeg has been selected as the 2004-05 Institute of Medicine (IOM) senior nurse scholar-in-residence at the National Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the American Academy of Nursing and American Nurses Foundation. The IOM is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that provides unbiased, evidence-based information concerning health and science policy to policy makers, professional leaders, and the public at large. Feeg will spend the year at the IOM participating in projects and activities related to her pediatric research interests and focusing on health policy issues that affect children and families.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, CVPA, Center for the Arts, and Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), was quoted in an article, “Days of Our Lives: 20 Theatre Artists Riff about Politically Resonant Productions Slated for This Election Year,” which appeared in the September issue of American Theatre. In discussing TFA’s productions of Nathan the Wise and Open the Door, Virginia, he said, “I see I’ve used the word ‘healing’ to describe both projects. I think it’s a word that is too seldom invoked in politics, and even in art. Perhaps our theatrical contribution to the national political discourse this fall and winter will be centered around that word.”

Chawky Frenn, Art and Visual Technology, had an exhibition, US and THEM, open at the Bethesda Fraser Gallery last month. As a part of the exhibit, Frenn gave an artist’s talk. His paintings, which marry intense political, sexual, and religious imagery, will be on display until Oct. 6 at the gallery. More information is available on his web site. Frenn’s exhibit was reviewed by Michael O’Sullivan in the Sept. 17 Washington Post and by Dave Jamieson in the Sept. 10 Washington City Paper.

Kathryn Hearden, Voice, has sung during the past two summers as guest artist of the White House Orchestra, the chamber orchestra of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. She was featured in a rare concert performance of Arnold Schönberg’s String Quartet No. 2 arrangement for string orchestra, and for another appearance, sang “Knoxville: Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber.

Patricia Miller, Vocal Studies, was invited to serve as a member of the Opera Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C. She also served on the selection panel of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for National Graduate Fellowship Awards in Leesburg, Va. Miller performed a solo voice recital of the works of Handel, Bach, Brahms, Barber, Bizet, Burleigh, and Hall Johnson as part of the “Concerts at the Beach” chamber music series in Bethany Beach. This performance was in collaboration with members of the George Washington and American Universities’ music faculties.

Glenn Smith, Music, edited and produced a music CD titled Jammin’ at the Middleburg ESSO. He digitally remastered tapes from performances of nearly 40 years ago at the former ESSO gas station, which is now an antique shop. The CD features the local townspeople who congregated at the ESSO regularly from the mid-’50s to the early ’70s. The music is authentic folk and traditional Virginia country music in the local Piedmont style. Following the release of the CD, a full-page historical remembrance and story was written by famed Middleburg historian and author Audrey Windsor Bergner for the July issue of Middleburg Life. Smith also presented a workshop on Music and Healing at the National Conference of the Unitarian-Universalist Musicians Network at the Arlington Unitarian Church in Virginia.

Phillip Warnell, Art and Visual Technology, had an exhibit titled Host (Guest + Host = Ghost) on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy. He swallowed a pill-sized camera that recorded its journey through his gastrointestinal tract. The resulting 16mm film is a documentary of that event.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)

Christopher Mitchell and ICAR alumnus Davin Bremner participated in a two-week workshop, Conflict Prevention and Transformation, for postgraduate students at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Byblos, Lebanon. It focused on education and training and was sponsored by the UN Department of Politics and LAU. Students-including three young people from one of the Palestinian camps in Lebanon-came from Lebanese universities as well as from Syria, Greece, and other universities throughout the Middle East. Mitchell also was keynote speaker at the annual conference of the British Conflict Research Society, held in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. His presentation looked back over the history of the society from the 1960s, and he shared the platform with Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume.

Richard E. Rubenstein’s book, Aristotle’s Children: How Christians, Muslims, and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom and Illuminated the Middle Ages, was released in paperback by Harcourt Books and was reviewed favorably in Christian Century magazine.

Dennis J.D. Sandole wrote a letter to the editor, “Kerry Must Focus on Risks of Strikes against Iran,” which appeared in FT.com Comment and Analysis Letters, the online version of Financial Times, on Sept. 21, 2004. He also wrote an article, “Conflict and Education: Some Personal Reflections,” which appeared in Conflict Resolution Quarterly, vol. 21, no. 4, Summer 2004.

School of Computational Sciences

Jagadish Shukla
Jagadish Shukla

Jagadish Shukla has been invited to join a small team of internationally recognized authors on the next report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change established by the World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Program. The report is issued once every seven years and assesses for policymakers the scientific and socioeconomic aspects of climate change.

School of Management

Stephen Christophe and Michael Ferri, Finance, wrote a comprehensive study, “Short-Selling Prior to Earnings Announcements,” which was published in the August 2004 edition of the Journal of Finance, a publication of the American Finance Association. The article explored abnormal trends in short-sales investment transactions preceding earnings announcements by Nasdaq-listed firms. The article was co-written with James J. Angel from Georgetown University.

Richard Coffinberger, Business Legal Studies, presented two papers at the meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Ottowa, Canada. The first paper, co-written with Yvonne Demory, was “The Supreme Court Revisits Employer Liability for the Sexual Harassment of a Supervisor: Does a ‘Constructive Discharge’ Constitute a ‘Tangible Employment Action’?” The second paper was “Why Johnny Can’t Play ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’: An Analysis and Critique of the Second Circuit’s Recent Ruling in Clarett v. the National Football League.

Catherine Cramton
Catherine Cramton

Catherine Cramton, Management, was elected to the executive committee of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems division of the Academy of Management. She also gave two presentations at the Academy of Management annual meeting. Drawing on her ongoing study of software development teams in Germany, India, and the United States, she presented her ideas concerning methodological issues involved in conducting international teams research. She also was a discussant for four research papers on the subject of virtual teams.

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

Ellen Eland, Management, was elected to the executive committee of the Career Division of the Academy of Management.

Jim Hsieh, Finance, presented his research titled “Determinants and Implications of Arbitrage Holdings in Acquisitions” with Ralph Walkling of Ohio State University in the Conference for Contemporary Corporate Finance at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. The paper is forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics.

Connie Hylton, Accounting, received the Phillip A. Blanchard Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

Mahesh Joshi, Management, presented a paper with Torben Andersen, Copenhagen School of Business, at the Academy of International Business held in Stockholm. The paper focused on the internationalization strategies of firms. Joshi organized a half-day workshop on teaching strategic management with the use of innovative approaches for the Academy of Management Meeting annual conference in New Orleans.

David Kravitz, Management, was elected to the Gender and Diversity in Organizations division of the National Academy of Management. At the 2004 annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Kravitz and two colleagues, Janet Yun, graduate student in psychology, and Ron Sinacore, Equity and Diversity Services, presented a paper titled “A Test of Knowledge of Workplace Affirmative Action Law and Regulations” in a symposium on Affirmative Action: Public Beliefs versus the Law. Kravitz also organized and chaired the symposium.

Gopal Krishnan, Accounting, was elected as coordinator for 2004-05 for the Mid-Atlantic Region for the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. He presented a research paper, “Auditors’ Risk Management and Reputation Building in the Post-Enron Environment: An Examination of Earnings Conservatism of Former Andersen Clients,” at the International Symposium on Audit Research, Maastricht, the Netherlands. He also presented a research paper, “Are Audit and Nonaudit Services Associated with the Delayed Recognition of Bad News?” at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association, Orlando. Krishnan had a paper, “Did Houston Clients of Arthur Andersen Recognize Publicly Available Bad News in a Timely Fashion?” accepted for publication in Contemporary Accounting Research.

Carol Leary, Accounting, presented a paper, “An Examination of Environmental Disclosures and 10-K Reports,” at the American Accounting Association’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting.

Julia Makela, Career Services, co-presented a workshop, “Working Together to Connect Employers, Faculty, Staff, and Students,” at the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference in Pittsburgh. She presented the session with Ian Mooers, Employer Relations. Makela was also invited to serve on the program committee for the 2005 annual conference for the National Career Development Association.

Michelle Marks, Management, co-wrote “Using Scaled Worlds to Model Multi-Team Systems,” a featured article in Scaled Worlds: Development, Validation and Applications. Marks also co-wrote “Teamwork in Multi-Team Systems” for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology. She collaborated with other scholars on “Effectiveness: Mental Models, Conflict, and Coordination,” which they presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in New Orleans.

Prosenjit Mazumdar, Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences, was senior consultant on a team of technology providers consulting in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa. Mazumdar met with leading technology and telecommunications agencies and local ministers to analyze the scope and opportunities emerging in this promising region of West Africa, and provided a series of seminars and workshops to groups in prominent local telecommunications, defense, and academic institutions.

Linda Parsons, Accounting, conducted a workshop, “Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector-Do Donors Care?” at the third annual Government and Nonprofit Conference sponsored by the Virginia Society of CPAs. At the American Accounting Association’s 2004 annual meeting in Orlando, Parsons presented her study, “Financial Reporting Factors Affecting Donations to Charitable Organizations,” and served as a panelist at a workshop for instructors who teach nonprofit accounting.

Linda B. Samuels, Business Legal Studies, wrote “Is Dilution a Delusion?” which was published in the May 2004 volume of the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. She also co-wrote an article, “Key Trademark Decisions Relating to PTO Practice,” which was published in the same journal in April 2004 and will be translated into Japanese and reprinted in the journal of the Japanese group, AIPPI. Samuels also wrote “Protecting Trade Secrets During Employee Migration: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” which appeared in the August 2004 volume of the Labor Law Journal. Samuels attended the annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, where she presented the paper, “Niche Market Fame Under the Federal Trademark Dilution Act,” which she co-wrote.

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