May 2005 Accolades

Posted: May 2, 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. Note: Because of the summer break, Accolades will next be published on Aug. 1, 2005.


Marilyn McKenzie
Marilyn McKenzie

Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, associate provost for educational programs, was one of the leaders of a workshop focusing on works by Toni Morrison held at Garfield High School in Woodbridge, Va., in April.

Susan Shaver Kehoe, GMU-TV, has joined the ResearchChannel’s Programming Committee, which defines the production standards and acceptable content for the channel’s programs and educates participants about good production quality and cost-effective production techniques.

College of Arts and Sciences

Rei Berroa, Modern and Classical Languages, delivered a keynote lecture at the eighth annual International Book Fair in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Doris Bitler, Donna Fox, and Walter Rankin, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, along with Jamie Cooper, Graduate Academic Affairs, delivered presentations at the American College Personnel Association Convention in Nashville.

Kathleen Burns, Communication, presented a talk on the difference between U.S. and Australian media law at a seminar held April 29-30 at Harvard University. The seminar was sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America.

Susan Crate, Environmental Science and Policy, was appointed for a two-year term as head of the International Committee on Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, a part of the Northern Research Forum.

Carol Gould
Carol Gould

Carol Gould, Philosophy, participated in the hour-long program “Odyssey,” which was produced by Chicago Public Radio and broadcast on NPR stations nationwide. She presented a paper, “Democratic Governance and the Idea of Self-Determination,” at the conference on Transnational Democracy, Global Ethics, and the Nation-State, which was held at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She also participated in a panel discussion on her book, Globalizing Democracy and Human Rights, which was published in 2004 by Cambridge University Press, at the American Philosophical Association’s Pacific Division in San Francisco. She also presented invited talks at the Human Sciences Seminar, held at the George Washington University, and at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Deborah Kaplan, English, had an article, “The Pride of Austen Critics: A Prejudice?” published in the March 11, 2005, issue of The Chronicle Review.

Jim Kimble, Communication, was awarded a $5,000 summer stipend from the National Endowment of the Humanities to complete research for his book on the domestic propaganda of the War Advertising Council during World War II. The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History also awarded him a travel grant for research on the same project.

Robert Lichter
Robert Lichter

Robert Lichter, Communication, delivered a guest lecture in March, “Images of Election Campaigns in News and Entertainment Media,” to the University of California at Berkeley’s Washington Program. He also gave a lecture on “Patterns of Change: Transformation of Traditional Media” at a conference on Framing the News, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University.

James Maddux and Lois Tetrick, Psychology, were named to the 12-person committee that establishes the national licensing exam in psychology.

Robert Matz, English, was one of the speakers at the conference Encountering the Other: Colonialism, Art, and Sexuality in Early-Modern Europe held at American University in April.

Ramonu Sanusi, Modern and Classical Languages, has had a novel, The Spirit Child, published by Spectrum Books.

Bob Smith, Psychology, was at the College of William and Mary’s colloquium in April, where he delivered a lecture, “Drug Use During Adolescence: Changing the Brain.”

Thomas Stratmann, Economics, received the 2005 Duncan Black Prize along with former George Mason economics student Jared Garner for their paper, “Judicial Selection: Politics, Biases, and Constituency Demands,” which was published in a 2004 issue of Public Choice.

Daniele Struppa, Dean, was featured with Rick Davis, associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, on Washington, D.C.’s WGMS 103.5 radio station, speaking on “The Intersection of Arts and Sciences.”

College of Education and Human Development

Bill Brozo, Graduate School of Education, was appointed to the editorial review board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He also went to Macedonia for 10 days? Months? to conduct classroom observations and provide training to secondary vocational education teachers as part of a USAID project.

Elijah Mirochnik, Graduate School of Education, had a photographic essay, “Angry Young Kids,” appear in the Japanese Habitat Journal’s Winter 2005 issue, no. 2.

Sheryl Conrad Cozart, Graduate School of Education, took part in a panel presentation, “Black Women, Identity, and Schooling: Reclaiming Our Work in Shifting Contexts,” at the International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference at Washington State University.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Keith Thompson, Dance, had his piece, “Jump Cut,” selected to be performed at the Gala Concert of the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival in Richmond.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, chaired a meeting, “Iran’s Nuclear Program: The Challenge for Transparency,” which was sponsored by the United Nations Association-USA/Carnegie Foundation.

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theatre and English, had his play, Two-Bit Taj Mahal, workshopped at the Theater of the First Amendment First Light Festival and presented in a public reading on March 20. Also, the Dramatists Play Service, Inc. published his play, The Einstein Project,co-written with Jon Klein.

Jean-Paul Dumont, Robinson Professor of Anthropology, participated in a conference, “The Republic Is Dead, Long Live the Republic: Religion, Politics, and Citizenship in Crisis in Contemporary France,” at Georgetown University.

Robert Hazen
Robert Hazen

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, delivered an address, “Origin of Life,” at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute in Boulder, Colo.

Thelma Lavine, Robinson Professor of Philosophy and American Culture-Emerita, wrote the introduction to Charles Frankel’s The Case for Modern Liberalism, which was included in the Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, published by Thoemmel Press.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, delivered an address, “The Influence of Teilhard’s Thought on Scientific Research,” at the Teilhard 2005 conference, held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He also delivered an address, “Teilhard and Science: The Two Energies,” at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Forum.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, was a member of the U.S. Institute of Peace review panel that awards doctoral grants on research concerning conflict resolution in Africa. He delivered a lecture, “The Challenge of Democratic Federalism in Nigeria,” at the Foreign Service Institute. His paper, “Conflict in West Africa,” was presented at the Academy for Genocide Prevention at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as part of its West Africa Roundtable. He also delivered a lecture, “Muslim Civic Cultures and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria: Re-Shaping the Historical Legacy,” at the Fulbright Workshop on Rethinking Conflict: Integrating the Global and Local, held at the University of Maryland and sponsored by the Foreign Service Institute.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, delivered the keynote address, “Managing the Planet: Hard Sciences and Hard Choices,” at the Chesapeake Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, was a member of the selection committee for the National Portrait Gallery’s Paul Peck Presidential Awards. He also cochaired “Renewing Our Schools, Securing Our Future: A National Task Force on Public Education,” sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Institute for America’s Future. He was also awarded a residency for June and July at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, where he will work on a project exploring the educational plight of inner-city minority children.

School of Computational Sciences

Ben Kirtman, Climate Dynamics, was named associate editor of the journal Climate Dynamics.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Kathleen Wage, Computer Engineering, received a 2005 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a three-year award worth $100,000 per year, for her project, “Design of Robust Adaptive Array Processors for Non-Stationary Ocean Environments.”

School of Management

Gerald Hanweck
Gerald Hanweck

Gerald Hanweck, Finance, was elected president of the Washington Area Finance Association.

Frank Allen Philpot, Marketing, is conducting a marketing research project for the Pohanka Automobile Group in Washington. He is using focus groups to assess customer satisfaction among present and former customers of the company’s Lexus service departments.

Ed Douthett, Accounting, presented a paper titled, “Sophisticated Investors and the Demand for Auditing in the Market for Initial Public Offerings,” at the American Accounting Association 2005 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Philadelphia in March.

Michelle Marks, Management, and Leslie DeChurch of Florida International University had their research paper, “Leadership in Multi-Team Systems,” accepted for publication by the Journal of Applied Psychology. Marks also presented her research on blended approaches to delivering graduate education in organizational behavior at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology in Los Angeles. At the same conference, Marks co-presented research findings in a presentation titled, “The Truth about Job Negotiations: Who, When, and Why People Negotiate for Jobs.”

School of Law

Michael Krauss was awarded a fellowship from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a security think tank.

School of Public Policy

Frank Sesno
Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno, Public Policy and Communication, is returning to CNN as a special correspondent. He will provide enterprise reporting and analysis for the network on a wide range of issues, and his work will premiere on Paula Zahn Now, CNN Presents, and other CNN programs. Sesno will continue teaching at Mason in the next academic year with a reduced load, teaching one course per semester.

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