March 2005 Accolades

Posted: March 1, 2005 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.

College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Anderson, Mathematical Sciences, gave an invited talk, “Convection in Solidifying Ternary Alloys,” at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics in Seattle in November 2004.

Geoffrey Birchard, Environmental Science and Policy, contributed a chapter, “Effects of Incubation Temperature,” to Reptilian Incubation: Environment, Evolution, and Behaviour, edited by D.C. Deeming and published by Nottingham University Press in 2004.

Kathleen Burns, Communication, recently gave seven lectures in Australia. She spoke at a national journalism conference sponsored by the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism in Sydney; the University of Technology and Macquarie University in Sydney; Canberra University and the Australian Defense Forces University in Canberra; and before the professional historians at The War Memorial, the Seapower Center in Canberra, the Naval Historians Organization in Sydney, and the Australian Department of Defense. Her papers included “U.S. Media and the Current Coverage of Foreign Wars and Domestic Strife: Lap Dog, Watch Dog or Pit Bull?,” “Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know: U.S. Media Coverage Since 9/11,” “Sailing into History: The 1908 Voyage of the U.S. Navy’s Great White Fleet to Australia, as Seen Through the Eyes of the Media,” and “The Australian-U.S. Free Trade Agreement Proposals.” Three of the talks will be published in formal publications.

Susan Crate, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote “The Gendered Nature of Viliui Sakha Post-Soviet Adaptation,” a chapter in Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in March 2004. She also contributed the entry on Sakha to the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender edited by Carol and Melvin Ember and published by Kluwer in 2004.

Keith Davies, Chemistry, received a three-year, $142,234 National Institutes of Health grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study “Diazeniumdiolate Reactivity in Lung Surfactant Media.”

Daniel Houser, Economics, was cited in the January 20, 2005, issue of The Economist for his work on evolutionary stable strategies.

Steve Klein, Communication, participated in the panel discussion, “Is Blogging Really Journalism?,” sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, at the Sumner School in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Leeman, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote an article, “Racializing Language: A History of Linguistic Ideologies in the U.S. Census,” which was published recently in the Journal of Language and Politics.

Dawn Parker, Environmental Science and Policy, with Darla Munroe, presented “Edge-effect Externalities, External Scale Economies, and Spatial Clustering: Implications for the Evolution of Organic Farming Landscapes” in the Drivers of Land-Use Change session in the Integrated Assessment of the Land Use System workshop in Amsterdam in October 2004.

Roman Polyak
Roman Polyak

Roman Polyak, Mathematical Sciences, gave an invited talk on recent advances in nonlinear optimization at the University of Arizona in December 2004.

Evelyn Sander, Mathematical Sciences, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to support her learning more about activities that occur during seizures.

Lisa Sparks, Communication, authored Communication Research Style Manual: A Short and Savvy Approach, published by Bent Tree Press in January.

Scott Trafton, English, had his book, Egypt Land: Race and Nineteenth-Century American Egyptomania, published by Duke University Press.

Rex Weil, Art and Visual Technology, delivered a paper, “Automatism and Automation: Mapping the Self,” at the College Art Association in Atlanta in February.

David Wilson, Administration of Justice, was recognized in December 2004 for his academic work. The president of the American Society of Criminology identified Wilson at a speech in Nashville as one of 12 individuals who “saved rehabilitation” as a justice strategy.

Grace Zhou, Modern and Classical Languages, had her essay, “The Chinese Renaissance: a Transcultural Reading,” accepted by the Modern Language Association.

Lizette Zietsman, Mathematical Sciences, gave a talk, “On Strong Convergence of Feedback Operators for Non-Normal Distributed Parameter Systems” at the 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, in December 2004.

College of Education and Human Development

Bill Brozo published “Gender and Reading Literacy” in Reading Today, vol. 22, no.r 18. He and C.H. Hargis published “Taking Seriously the Idea of Reform: One High School’s Efforts to Make Reading More Responsive to All Students” in P. Shannon and J. Edmondson’s edited volume Reading Education Policy, published by the International Reading Association.

Nada Dabbagh, Instructional Design and Development, gave a presentation to the Creative Learning Solutions Group of the Central Intelligence Agency in January titled “Linking Theory to Practice: A Theory-Based Design Framework.”

Dimiter Dimitrov, Quantitative Research Methods, wrote an article with Debra Shelestak, Kent State, that appeared in the Journal of Nursing Measurement 11(3) titled “Psychometric Analysis of Performance on Categories of Client Needs and Nursing Process with the Diagnostic Readiness Test.”

Margret Hjalmarson, Mathematics Education, was the invited presenter at the Models and Modeling for Engineering Education Conference at Purdue University from Feb. 27-Mar. 2.

Jorge Osterling and Rebecca Fox, Center for Language and Culture, were highlighted in the Research, Publications, and Resources section of the February Newsline of the Office of English Language Acquisition. They also published “The Power of Perspectives: Building a Cross-cultural Community of Learners” in the International Journal of Bilingual Education & Bilingualism, vol. 7, no. 6.

Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Mathematics Education, and Deborah Niezgoda, published “Navigating Through Data Analysis” in the February 2005 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics. Moyer-Packenham also recently published an article with CEHD alumna Kelly Reimer titled “Third Graders Learn About Fractions Using Virtual Manipulatives: A Classroom Study” in the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 24(1), 5-25 (2005).

Donna R. Sterling, Science Education, published an article titled “Assessing Understanding” in the January 2005 issue of the journal Science Scope. She and Wendy Frazier, Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology, attended the Virginia Science Education Leadership Association meeting in Richmond in December. Sterling also represented George Mason at the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition fall meeting in Charlottesville, Va.

Eva Thorp, Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education, and Sylvia Sanchez, Early Childhood Education, along with colleagues from the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families and Alexandria’s Office for Early Childhood Development, published “Stories Change a Person’s Heart” in the fall issue of Zero to Three, the journal of the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Along with Dennis Webster, Multicultural Research and Resource Center; Salvador Moran, Unified Transformative Early Education Model (UTEEM) program graduate; and Silvia Calderon, UTEEM, Thorpe presented on the Educators without Borders project and the implications for recruitment and support of preservice teachers from underrepresented groups at the International Conference of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children at its December 2004 meeting in Chicago.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Patricia Miller, Music, was the featured mezzo-soprano soloist in a performance of the Beethoven Symphony no. 9 (Choral Symphony) with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the performances celebrating the opening of the new Music Center at Strathmore in February. She was joined by other soloists and the National Philharmonic Chorale. Stanley Engebretson is artistic director and conductor of the chorale.

Linda Apple Monson, Music, presented a solo piano recital at Mary Baldwin College in January, including works by Alban Berg, Ross Lee Finney, George Crumb, and Glenn Smith, professor of composition in the Department of Music at George Mason. In addition, Monson presented a piano master class at Mary Baldwin College on Beethoven, Chopin, and Bartok.

Peter Winant, Art and Visual Technology, worked with the collaborative artists group, Art Attack, which was part of the recent show “Flipside” at Artists Space in New York City.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Marc Gopin was interviewed in November at the National Press Club on “When American or Western Diplomacy Fails: A New Way of Looking at Healing Deep Conflicts.” Interviews with Gopin recently appeared in the Washington Diplomat, What is Enlightenment? and The Bottom Line magazines, as well as the Paris-based Arabies Trends. He also spent several weeks in Israel in December, where he worked in cooperation with preeminent interfaith organizations in Israel for a retreat of Israelis and Palestinians in which Gopin and a major Islamic scholar presented and guided discussions. While in Israel, Gopin trained Israelis and Palestinians in cooperation with Hamline-The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Program on Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions.

Neamat Nojumi is working on writing an article for the Brandywine Journal on Islam in Central Asia. He is also working on a project with the United States Institute of Peace on the role of customary law (norms and traditions used outside of the legislative court system, such as marriages and alternative dispute resolution forms) in the formal justice system in seven Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, organized a session on “Origins of Biological Chirality” at the Gordon Research Conference on Origin of Life, Ventura, Calif. He also delivered a lecture entitled “Hat Yoder’s Last Research: Rocks and the Geochemical Origins of Life,” to the Geological Society of Washington.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, authored a chapter, “The Robustness of Intermediary Metabolism,” with Daniel Broyles and Howard Lasus, in Microbial Phylogeny and Evolution: Concepts and Controversies, edited by Jan Sapp and published by Oxford University Press.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was a seminar panelist at Harvard University’s Religion, Politics, and Public Life Faculty Seminar Series. At the conference, he presented a paper, “Religion and Politics: A Comparative Analysis –Nigeria, India, Cuba.”

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was awarded the SB&F Editor’s Choice Prize by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, delivered a lecture, “The Politics of Equality,” at Old Dominion University’s President’s Lecture Series. He was also named to the board of directors of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Lloyd Griffiths
Lloyd Griffiths

Lloyd Griffiths, dean, was appointed an independent director on the board of Netfran Development Corp. after its merger with Ariel Way. Griffiths was also designated the chair of the company’s compensation committee.

School of Management

Paige Wolf, Management, and colleagues Sandy Fisher and Mike Wasserman received a research award from the Center for the Business of Government to conduct a study on effective practices in managing professional services contracts. Wolf also developed and delivered courses in communication, problem solving, and decision making to Prince William County Park Authority staff as part of the organization’s “Mini-University” program. Wolf is working with the Bank of America to develop competency models for personnel selection, performance management, and training and development.

Ed Douthett, Accounting, presented his paper, “Disclosure and Auditor Choice by Foreign Registrants in the United States,” at the 2005 International Accounting Section Midyear Meeting of the American Accounting Association in San Antonio, Tex.

Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, and Michael Keleher presented findings from their paper “CIP Planning for HISA” at the New York City Police Department’s Counter Terrorism Symposium in January.

Linda Parsons, Accounting, presented her study “Financial Reporting Factors Affecting Donations to Charitable Not-for-Profit Organizations” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in Los Angeles. She recently presented “Developments in GAAP: What is the word from Connecticut?” at a continuing education session for Frank & Company in McLean, Va.

Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels

Linda Samuels, Business Legal Studies, and Jeffrey Samuels published “International Trademark Prosecution Streamlined: The Madrid Protocol Comes into Force in the United States,” in the Fall 2004 issue of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Their publication, “Key Trademark Decisions Relating to PTO Practice,” will be translated into Japanese and reprinted in Journal of the Japanese Group A.I.P.P.I. this fall.

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