September 2005 Accolades

Posted: September 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 to Electronic photos with submissions are welcome.


Cathy Hubbs, ITU, gave a joint presentation with Rodney Peterson of Educause at an all-day training event at the Security Boot Camp for User Services and IT Support Staff in Charlotte, N.C.

Erik Melis, Office of Financial Aid, was elected president of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for the 2006-07 academic year.

Leslie Thomas, Office of Financial Aid, was elected secretary of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years.

College of Arts and Sciences

Sergei Andronikov
Sergei Andronikov

Sergei Andronikov, Geography, presented two papers, “GIS Education and Educational Institutions: Questions and Problems” and “Design the Geodatabases for Institutional Purposes,” at the 25th Annual International ESRI GIS Conference in San Diego.

Alan Cheuse, English, gave a lecture, “A Brief History of Point of View,” at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers (SVCW) Conference in Squaw Valley, Calif. He was also recently named to the board of directors of the SVCW.

Tyler Cowen, Economics and the Mercatus Center, was a guest of the New Zealand Business Roundtable and presented the Sir Ronald Trotter Lecture in Wellington inAugust. His lecture was titled “The Future of Culture in a Globalised World.”

Jane Flinn, Psychology, won a $25,000 seed grant from the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund for her research project, “The Effect of Enhanced Levels of Zinc and Iron in Drinking Water on Memory, Amyloid Configuration and Plaque Development in Transgenic Mice.”

Tim Gibson, Communication, had his book, “Securing the Spectacular City: The Politics of Revitalization and Homelessness in Downtown Seattle,” published.

Pamela Greenwood, Psychology, and Karl Fryxell, Molecular and Microbiology, won a $25,000 seed grant from the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund for their research project, “Use of Allelic Association to Study the Genetics of Cognitive Aging.”

Emmet Rosenfeld, Northern Virginia Writing Project teacher consultant and adjunct professor, is featured in a book called “Supertest: How the International Baccalaureate can Strengthen our Schools” by Jay Mathews and Ian Hill.

Dan Verner, Northern Virginia Writing Project teacher consultant, was featured in an article by Jay Mathews titled “The SAT Grader Next Door,” in the Washington Post on July 31, 2005.

Andrew Wingfield
Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield, New Century College, had his first novel, “Hear Him Roar,” published by Utah State University Press.

Cathy Wright, Communication, received her PhD in Communication from Regent University.

College of Education and Human Development

Dominique Banville, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, co-wrote a paper, “A Cross-Cultural Investigation of the Use of Teaching Styles,” which was published in the journal Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.

David Bever, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, was selected to serve on the Virginia Organizing Committee for the 2013 World Police and Fire Games.

Joe Gagnon
Joe Gagnon

Joe Gagnon, Graduate School of Education, and P.E. Leone had their article, “Day and Residential Schools: Program Characteristics and Entrance and Exit Policies,” published in the journal Remedial and Special Education. He gave a presentation, “Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability in Day and Residential Schools,” at the 2005 China-U.S. Education Conference in Beijing, China. With colleague L.M. Rhim, he presented “Access and Accountability for Students with Disabilities in Schools of Choice and Alternative Schools” at the 2004 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Research Project Directors Conference in Washington, D.C.; with colleagues K.W. Malmgren, E. Stierli and P. Maccini he presented “Policies and Teacher Practices in Residential and Day Treatment Schools for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders” at the same conference.

Betty Sturtevant, Graduate School of Education, was an invited speaker at the Alliance for Excellent Education’s High School Achievement Forum in Washington, D.C.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rachel Bergman
Rachel Bergman

Rachel Bergman and Linda Apple Monson, Music, gave a joint lecture and recital, “A Return to Jewish Roots: Viktor Ullman’s Variations and Fugue on a Hebrew Melody,” at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Madrid, Spain.

Helen Frederick and Susan Goldman, Art and Visual Technology, are invited presenters for the international conference IMPACT/KONTAKT that takes place in Berlin and Poznan this month. Frederick is chairing a panel “Book Kontakt–An International Perspective of Inter Media Devices,” and Goldman’s presentation is “Transforming Contemporary Academic Curriculum through Professional Visiting Artist Programs.”

Chawky Frenn, Art and Visual Technology, participated in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ 73rd Annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition in Hagerstown, Md. He also participated in New Erotix @ Large in New York City. He served as a judge for the arts at the Beacon Conference at Montgomery College.

Linda Apple Monson, Music, was a featured lecturer and recitalist at the College Music Society’s International Conference in Madrid, Spain. At the conference, she gave a presentation, “Spanish Dance Rhythms in the Solo Piano Music of Joaquin Turina,” and served as chair for the session “Improvisation: The Creative Process.”

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Mark Goodale’s essay, “On Universality and the Transnational Validity of Human Rights,” was one of 20 selected as a finalist in international competition. Authors of the selected papers will participate in an October workshop, “Berlin Roundtable on Reframing Human Rights,” sponsored by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation, the Social Science Research Center and Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany.

Ho-Won Jeong recently published “Peacebuilding in Postconflict Societies” (Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner, 2005), which will soon be followed by the release of a second book, “Globalization and the Environment” (Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2005).

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Kenneth De Jong received this year’s IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer award.

Steven Schiff received a grant for “Dynamics and Control of Neuronal Pattern Formation” from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

School of Computational Sciences

Kim Blackwell received a $181,250 grant from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse to work on the project “Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Dopamine Activated 2nd Messenger Pathways.” She was also the co-recipient of a grant for $112,500 from the Human Frontiers Science Program.

School of Public Policy

Jack Goldstone received a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award for his book “States, Parties and Social Movements,” published by Cambridge University Press.

Posted Aug. 31, 2005

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