August 2005 Accolades

Posted: August 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.


Pat Carretta, Career Services, received the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2005 Kauffman Award.

Karen Gentemann and Ying Zhou, Office of Institutional Assessment, presented “Using Embedded Assessment Techniques” for a Virginia Assessment Group workshop. They also presented “Freshmen from Immigrant Backgrounds at a Large, Metropolitan University” during the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Gentemann also participated in an on-site visit to Georgia Tech as part of the reaccreditation committee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She also gave the commencement address at Webster University’s Bolling Air Force Base Campus.

Linda Harber
Linda Harber

Linda Harber, Human Resources and Payroll, won the 2005 College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Distinguished Service Award.

Kathryn Mangus, Student Media, and faculty advisor for Broadside, oversaw the creation and publication of the On Cue Dining Guide, now available through the Broadside office, in partnership with the On Cue Project and the City of Fairfax. She also wrote a successful grant proposal for an additional $40,000 to produce and publish new editions of the On Cue Directory, including a Spanish-language version

Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, Office of the Provost, participated in the “Language Matters II: Reading and Teaching Toni Morrison, the Cardozo Project Model” seminar at Northern Kentucky University in July.

Stanley Taylor
Stanley Taylor

Stanley Taylor, vice president of the Arlington Campus, was appointed to the Arlington County Board’s Affordable Housing Roundtable.

College of Arts and Sciences

Doris Bitler, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, received the American College Personnel Association Award for Excellence in the Profession of Academic Affairs.

John Barclay Burns, Religious Studies, wrote articles on “Byblos,” “Middle Kingdom, Egypt,” “New Kingdom, Egypt,” and “Thebes” for the Encyclopedia of World History, forthcoming from Facts on File.

Rosie Clark, Communication, had an article about her experience with television in the United States as a Latino published in the new book, Color Television: Fifty Years of African American and Latino Images in Prime Time Television, edited by Tina Pieraccini and Doug Alligdood.

Rebecca Goldin
Rebecca Goldin

Rebecca Goldin, Mathematical Sciences, presented two posters at a conference on “Algebraic Geometry, Symplectic Geometry, and Theoretical Physics,” at the University of Pennsylvania. She also gave a talk titled “Orbifold Cohomology” at the Geometry-Topology seminar at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Tim Gibson, Gary Kreps, Kathy Rowan, Lisa Sparks, Sergei Samoilenko, and Troy Bogino, Communication, participated in a panel discussion on health, risk, and crisis communication education during the International Communication Association’s annual meeting in New York City.

Igor Griva, Mathematical Sciences, presented a paper, “Convergence Analysis of a Robust Primal-dual Interior-Point Method” at the Implementation and Robustness for Nonlinear Programming Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sumaiya Hamdani, History and Art History, will have her book, Between Revolution and State: Qadi al-Nu‘man and the Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy, published this fall by I.B. Tauris.

Mark Krekeler, Environmental Science and Policy, was the lead author of “Microscopy Studies of the Palygorskite to Smectite Transformation,” which appeared in the February 2005 edition of Clays and Clay Minerals.

Gary Kreps, Communication, was awarded the Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Clear Health Communication for the 2005-06 academic year. With Kathy Rowan, Carl Botan, and Lisa Sparks, Communication, and L. Neuhauser, he authored an article, “Responding to Terrorism: Communication and Crisis Management,” for Terrorism: Communication and Rhetorical Perspectives, published by Hampton Press. Kreps, with Rowan, Sparks; Ken Alibek and Charles Bailey, Life Sciences; and Neuhauser, authored an article, “Emergency/Risk Communication to Promote Public Health and Respond to Biological Threats,” in Global Public Health Communication: Challenges, Perspectives, and Strategies, published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Along with Rowan, Sparks, Alibek, Bailey, and Neuhauser, he authored an article, “The Critical Role of Communication in Preparing for Biological Threats: Prevention, Mobilization, and Response,” in Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism: Communication and the Media, published by Praeger.

Roger Lancaster, Cultural Studies, was invited to submit his essay, “Sex and Race in the Long Shadow of the Human Genome Project,” to the web forum, “Is Race Real?,” which is organized by the Social Science Research Council.

Robert Lichter, Communication, has his article, “Politics and Professional Advancement Among College Faculty,” published in The Forum, vol. 3, no. 1, an online journal published by Berkeley Electronic Press.

Cynthia Lum, Administration of Justice, was awarded a grant from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to conduct a research project, “Tip Line Technologies: Intelligence Gathering and Analysis Systems.”

Hazel McFerson
Hazel McFerson

Hazel McFerson, Public and International Affairs and the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, has been appointed to the Institute of International Education’s National Screening Committee, Southeast Asia Fulbright-Hayes Program, for the 2006-09 term.

Janette Muir, New Century College, will be the 2006-08 editor of Communication Quarterly.

Josephine Pacheco, Professor Emerita of History, had her book, The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac, published by the University of North Carolina Press.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, served as a national delegate at the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting, held this year in Ulsan, South Korea. At the meeting, he presented the “State of the Cetacean Environment Report.”

Roman Polyak, Mathematical Sciences and Systems Engineering and Operations Research, gave a talk and organized a session on “Recent Advances in Nonlinear Optimization” at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Optimization in Stockholm. He also gave an invited talk, “Regularized Newton Method for Unconstrained Convex Optimization,” at the International Conference on Optimization and Control in Moscow.

Evelyn Sander, Mathematical Sciences, attended the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems in Snowbird, Utah, where she gave a talk during the symposium, “Pattern Formation and Wave Dynamics in the Brain.”

Timothy Sauer, Mathematical Sciences, was recently awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant for collaborative research of computational methods in application of nonlinear dynamics. Additionally, he lectured on research to international audiences at a symposium in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and a conference in Freiburg, Germany.

Jay Shapiro, Mathematical Sciences, presented a paper, “Descent of Minimal Overrings of Integrally Closed Domains to Fixed Rings,” at an American Mathematical Society Sectional Meeting in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Valeriu Soltan, Mathematical Sciences, attended the workshop, Convex and Abstract Poloytopes, in Banff, Calgary, Canada, where he gave an invited talk, “The Characteristic Intersection Property of Generalized Simplexes.” He also gave an invited talk, “Isothetic Parallelotopes and the Binary Intersection Property,” as part of the section on discrete geometry at the Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung, and the Oesterreichische Mathematische Gesellschaft held at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.

Lisa Sparks
Lisa Sparks

Lisa Sparks, Carl Botan, Gary Kreps, and Kathy Rowan, Communication, wrote an article, “Responding to Terrorism: Translating Communication Research into Practice,” in Communication Research Reports, vol. 22. Sparks wrote an article, “Social Identity and Perceptions of Terrorist Groups: How Others See Them and How They See Themselves,” in Community Preparedness and Response to Terrorism: Communication and the Media, published by Praeger.

Rex Wade, History and Art History, was inducted into Southwestern College’s Alumni Scholars Hall of Fame.

David Walnut, Mathematical Sciences, gave a contributed talk, “Local Reconstruction from Averages and Sampling Theory,” at an American Mathematical Society Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta.

Thomas Wanner, Mathematical Sciences, organized a mini-symposium on Topological Analysis of Patterns at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems held in Snowbird, Utah, where he also presented an invited talk, “The Effects of Noise on Transient Pattern Formation.”

Tom Wood
Tom Wood

Tom Wood, New Century College, served as a judge for the 2005 American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Awards.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson, School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, gave the keynote address, “Inspired Leadership: Visions of a Holistic Future for Preventing Substance Abuse,” at the Utah Prevention Spring Conference in Park City, Utah. He led several sessions at the conference. He also conducted a preconference workshop, “Coordinating an Advisory Group: Overcoming Challenges and Creating Opportunities,” with campus abuse prevention coordinators from colleges throughout Utah. He also made a presentation, “Making a Case for Meaningful Action: Perspectives, Partners, Planning, Prevention, and Potential,” at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Fred Bemak
Fred Bemak

Fred Bemak, Graduate School of Education, was a featured speaker at the opening session of the International Association of Counseling’s conference in Buenos Aires. His speech was titled, “Counseling as a Response to International Crisis.” He also presented a paper, “Social Inequities and Counseling: Training Counselors to be Social Justice Advocates,” and chaired the Working Group on Poverty at the conference.

Bill Brozo, Graduate School of Education, had an essay, “My Brilliant Invention,” published in Guys Write for Guys Read, edited by J. Scieszka. He was invited to coedit the journal Thinking Classroom/Peremena, and had an article, “Tales Out of School: Accounting for Adolescents in a Literacy Reform Community,” published in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He also wrote a chapter, “It’s the First Book I Read All the Way Through: Helping Students Find Entry Points to Literacy,” in Thinking Classroom/Peremena.

Heather Bowen and Maggie Daniels, School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, had their learning activity, “The Horseshoe Club: A Case Study of Deviant Leisure,” accepted for publication in SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education. They also had an article, “Does the Music Matter? Motivations for Attending a Music Festival,” accepted for publication in Event Management. Daniels had an article, “Running Solo,” accepted for publication in Tourism Review International.

Lloyd Duck, Graduate School of Education, wrote an article, “Teaching about Religion’s Power in Colonial New England: The Case of Elizabeth Jackson Howe,” which was published in the March/April 2005 issue of The Social Studies.

Joe Gagnon, Graduate School of Education, and K.W. Malmgren had their article, “School Mobility and Students with Emotional Disturbance,” published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Gagnon and P. Maccini had their article, “Mathematics and Technology-based Interventions for Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities,” published in The Handbook of Special Education Technology Research and Practice, edited by D. Edyburn, K. Higgins, and R. R. Boone.

Mark Goor, Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, and Pan Yi had their article, “Promoting Education for Students with Disabilities Via International Cooperation and Communication,” published in the Journal of International Special Needs Education.

Elijah Mirochnik, Graduate School of Education, was invited to give a roundtable talk, “Design Education and Student Cultural Exchanges,” at the International Design and Planning Beijing Office. He gave an invited lecture, “Children and Planning,” at Peiking University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He led a workshop, “Body Zone: Art as Action Research,” at a conference sponsored by the National Hsinchu Teacher’s College in Taiwan. He was an invited design reviewer at the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning at the National Taiwan University. He gave an invited lecture, “Using Art to Empower Children and Teachers,” at Taipei Municipal Teachers College’s Graduate School of Curriculum and Instruction. Finally, his photographs and essay, “New York to D.C. Chinatown Bus,” were published in the spring 2005 issue of Streetnotes: Ethnography, Poetry, and the Documentary Experience. His photograph, “Marit in Bee Costume,” was exhibited at the 16th Annual Viridian Gallery National Competition in New York City.

Jorge Osterling, Graduate School of Education, received a certificate of appreciation for his work with aspiring bilingual teachers and students at public schools in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties. He was also invited by the Manassas City Public Schools to present a talk, “Acknowledging Winds of Change: Creating Successful Diverse School Districts,” to its school board, senior administrators, and community leaders.

Ellen Rodgers, School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, chaired the 17th Annual Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium in Bolton Landing, New York.

Farnoosh Shahrokhi, Graduate School of Education, along with her Armenian team, authored two training books, School Leadership and Management Handbook and Guidelines for School Principals and Administrative Leadership Training, which will be used for training school leaders in Armenia.

Betty Sturtevant, Graduate School of Education, worked with secondary teachers and teacher trainers in Macedonia from June 19-30 as part of an International Reading Association volunteer expert team in secondary literacy.

College of Nursing and Health Science

J. Goodlett McDaniel, distance learning, was appointed by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to the Governor’s Task Force on Information Technology in Health Care.

Mark Meiners, Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics, testified before the Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Ways and Means’ April 18 hearing on issues related to long-term care.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya S. Kim
Sonya S. Kim

Sonya Suhnhee Kim, Music, performed a piano concert in Tirol, Austria, playing compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frederick Chopin, and Franz Schubert. She also performed a duo concert with Maria Würtl.

Jandos Rothstein, Art and Visual Technology, had an article, “Private Parts,” published in the March/April issue of PRINT magazine.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Terrence Lyons served as senior advisor to the Carter Center’s election observation mission to the May 15, 2005, elections. On June 7, Lyons briefed U.S. State Department officials on the outcome of the election.

Rich Rubenstein delivered the talk, “Hellenic Paideia and International Conflict Resolution: Beyond the Clash of Civilizations,” at the third International Education Forum in Athens, Greece, in early June. The conference, hosted by the International Foundation for Greek Language and Culture, was themed “Hellenic Paideia and Classical Values: Models for Political and Economic Activities.”

School of Computational Sciences

Rainald Lohner was named advisory professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, one of the top five universities in China and the foremost university in the field of naval architecture and ocean engineering. This award will enable him and the Computational Fluid Dynamics group at George Mason to collaborate with Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Chi Yang was awarded a Cheung Kong (Chang Jiang) Scholars Program Guest Chair Professor in the field of naval architecture and ocean engineering from the Chinese Ministry of Education. Her host university is Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

School of Law

Vernon Smith
Vernon Smith

Vernon Smith was the keynote speaker at the Electronic Power Research Institute’s International Conference on Global Electricity Industry Restructuring. He was the keynote speaker at the 2005 Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics conference on electric power. He was also the keynote speaker at a conference held at Nihon University’s Advanced Research Institute for Science and Humanities in Tokyo, Japan.

School of Information Technology and Engineering

Ravindra Athale, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded the Optical Society of America Leadership Award/New Focus-Bookham Prize recognizing his visionary leadership within the optics community through research contributions, innovations in teaching, and groundbreaking technology programs.

School of Public Policy

Judy Barral, Fairfax Innovation Center, Marshall Ferrin, and Roger Stough, Mason Enterprise Center, were featured presenters at the National Business Incubators Association’s 19th International Conference on Business Incubation held in May.

Kenneth Button received a Distinguished Transportation Research Award from the Transportation Research Forum.

Richard Florida received the inaugural Sid Parnes Pioneer Award at the Creative Education Foundation’s 51st international Creative Problem Solving Institute. Florida is the author of the 2002 best-seller, The Rise of the Creative Class, which Harvard Business Review named one of the top breakthrough ideas of 2004.

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