April 2005 Accolades

Posted: April 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 gazette@gmu.edu. Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.


Anne Agee, Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services (DoIT), participated in a panel, “Expanding the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through Electronic Journals,” at the 2005 Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Atlanta, Ga. She spoke on the development of Inventio: A Journal of Creative Thinking About Learning and Teaching, which DoIT has sponsored since 1999.

George Oberle, University Libraries, received the Movers & Shakers Award from the Library Journal, the profession’s leading trade magazine, for innovative achievements in advancing library services to the public.

Peter Stearns, provost, gave the Edmonson Historical Lectures at Baylor University on “Childhood in World History Perspective” and “Childhood Amid Modernization and Globalization.” He was also appointed chair of the AP World History Test Development Committee for 2006.

College of Arts and Sciences

Don Boileau, Communication, served as parliamentarian for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) in Chicago. He also delivered a presentation, “The Rights and Responsibilities of ATE Delegates,” and received an award recognizing his 32 years of service as ATE parliamentarian for the Delegate Assembly and the Board of Directors.

Darren Cambridge and Lesley Smith, New Century College, Mary Zamon, Office of the Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Debra Sprague, College of Education and Human Development, were selected to join the American Association on Higher Education’s funded National Coalition on Electronic Portfolio Research Project.

Jack Censer
Jack Censer

Jack Censer, History and Art History, coauthored an online article, “Imaging the French Revolution: Depictions of the French Revolutionary Crowd,” published by the American Historical Review.

Robert DeCaroli, History and Art History, delivered a lecture on his book, Haunting the Buddha: Indian Popular Religions and the Formation of Buddhism, at the Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.

David Gerleman, History and Art History, was one of the recipients of a 2005 Research Fellowship from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Steve Gladis, Communication, had his book, Survival Writing for Business, published by the Human Resource Development Press.

Gary Kreps
Gary Kreps

Gary Kreps, Communication, served as chair at the National Institutes of Health Research Grant Review Group for the program “Understanding and Improving Health Literacy.” He also served on the Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy Roundtable at the National Academy of Sciences. He was cochair of the National Cancer Institute’s Health Information National Trends Survey Research Conference, and gave the keynote address at the Fourth Hispanic Congress on Health Related Professions.

Jennifer Leeman, Modern and Classical Languages, had her article, “Racializing Language: A History of Linguistic Ideologies in the U.S. Census,” published in the Journal of Language and Politics, volume 3, number 3.

Michael McDonald, Public and International Affairs, received a visiting fellowship at the Brookings Institution to aid in its redistricting reform efforts.

Colleen Shogan, Public and International Affairs, received a Congressional Fellowship position supported by the American Political Science Association.

Lisa Sparks, Communication, coauthored the article, “Negotiating Cancer Care Through Agency,” in Health Communication in Practice: A Case Study Approach, second edition, edited by E.B. Ray.

College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak, Counseling and Development, presented a lecture, “A Psychosocial Approach to Innovative Cross-Cultural Interventions with Refugee Youth,” at the34th Annual Conference of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research. He also organized, along with Lewis Atpekar, a one-day international symposium, “Children in Particularly Difficult Circumstances: Cross-Cultural Research,” at that conference. He and Robert Coyne editedJourneys to Professional Excellence: Lessons from Leading Counselor Educators and Practitioners, a book published by the American Counseling Association.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Counseling and Development, presented a lecture, “Cross-Cultural Psychosocial Effects of Trafficking Girls,” at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research.

Penelope Earley, Center for Education Policy, was named coeditor of the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership and is currently writing a biweekly policy commentary for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Her article, “Searching for the Common Good in Federal Policy,” was included in a recently published book, Teacher Education for Democracy and Social Justice, edited by Nicholas M. Michelli and David Lee Keiser.

Mark Hicks, Initiatives in Educational Transformation, held the Martin Luther King Jr. Guestship at Elmhurst College in Chicago, for which he delivered several guest lectures and delivered the annual King Lecture, “Beyond the Dream: Working for Chance in Communities of Difference.”

Elijah Mirochnik, Initiatives in Educational Transformation, facilitated the arts-based leadership workshop, “The Academic Power of the Arts in the Classroom,” as part of the Washington, D.C., Public Schools’ Principals’ Leadership Conference.

Linda Rikard and Dominique Banville, Recreation, Health, and Tourism, had their research, “High School Physical Education Teacher Perceptions of Block Scheduling,” published in the February-March 2005 edition of The High School Journal.

Debra Sprague
Debra Sprague

Debra Sprague and Cyndi Pixley, Instructional Technology, were chosen to represent George Mason in the National Coalition on Electronic Research.

David Wiggins, Recreation, Health, and Tourism, and Patrick B. Miller had their book, The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport, published in a paperback edition by the University of Illinois Press. Wiggins also delivered the keynote address, “With All Deliberate Speed: Sport, Race, and Brown v. Board of Education,” in February at the University of West Virginia’s Brown v. Board of Education Celebration.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, Theater of the First Amendment/Center for the Arts, directed an operatic evening, “Mediterranean Valentine,” for the IN Series at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, located in Washington, D.C. He was also elected to the Board of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People’s U.S. branch.

Mary Del Popolo, Art and Visual Technology, had an exhibition, “Faces of the Fallen,” at the Woman in Military Memorial in the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. She also had an exhibit of paintings and photographs, “Exploring the Female form as Metaphor for the Human Condition,” presented at the Gender and Visuality Symposium organized by the Woman’s and Gender Studies at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her exhibit, “Room Full of Mirrors II,” was presented at the Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Steven Schiff served as chair at the National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, delivered a lecture, “Left & Right: Geochemical Origins of Life’s Molecular Handedness,” at the Cosmos Club for the Philosophical Society of Washington.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, authored with S.D. Copley and E. Smith, “A Mechanism for the Association of Amino Acids with their Codons and the Origin of the Genetic Code,” published in PNAS. He also authored “The Debate Between Science and Religion: Exploring Roads Less Traveled,” which was published in Zygon, volume 40, number 1.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, was a guest at “Separate and Unequal in Buckingham County: An Exhibition and Symposium on Segregation and Desegregation in Virginia.” He also delivered a lecture, “Reflections on Black History Month,” at the Washington Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C.

School of Computational Sciences

Estela Blaisten-Barojas
Estela Blaisten-


Estela Blaisten-Barojas has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of Computing Letters. She is also serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Carlotta Domeniconi, Information and Software Engineering, received the National Science Foundation Career Award for her work on the project “Learning Local Feature Relevance for Pattern Classification and Clustering.” The award comes with funding of $400,000 for the period of Feb. 1, 2005, to Jan. 31, 2010.

School of Law

John Marsh was named to the new Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee at the Department of Homeland Security.

School of Public Policy

Jack Goldstone authored an article, “How to Construct Stable Democracies,” with Jay Ulfelder that was published in volume 28, number 1 of The Washington Quarterly.

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