Posted: October 3, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members.


Jevita de Freitas, Financial Aid, was chosen as one of eight financial aid officers featured in a new book published by Sallie Mae, “How To Pay for College: A Practical Guide for Families.”

Molly Grove, Campus Relations-Prince William Campus, won the Gold Star Award from the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce for her work on the Virtual Bus Tour of Prince William County.

Keshia Woods, Academic Advising, was a panel judge for the First Annual International Student Ethics Award for high school students, sponsored by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

College of Arts and Sciences

Donald J. Boudreaux, Economics, writes a twice-monthly column, “Donald J. Boudreaux’s Economics in Many Lessons,” for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Jo-Marie Burt, Public and International Affairs, was an invited speaker at the Summer Institute for Educators at Yale University.

Darren Cambridge, New Century College, has been working with the Instructional Management System Global Learning Consortium to develop a specification that would allow users’ ePortfolios to be more versatile and universally applicable.

Mark Katz
Mark Katz

Mark Katz, Public and International Affairs, will write a weekly column focusing on the Middle East for United Press International.

Lance Liotta, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, was named as a member of the conference faculty for the “Proteomics: A New Diagnostic Frontier” conference in Washington, D.C., held by the Proteomics Division of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Hazel McFerson, Public and International Affairs, will have her book, “Blacks and Asians: Crossings, Conflict and Commonality,” published by Carolina Academic Press. She accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. She was also invited to speak at the 28th annual Fulbright Conference, to be held on Nov. 12.

Esperanza Román-Mendoza, Modern and Classical Languages, co-authored a textbook on teaching elementary Spanish language, “Sol y Viento,” which was published by McGraw-Hill.

Robert Oerter, Physics and Astronomy, had his book, “The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics,” published by Pearson Books.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, wrote an article, “Public Awareness of Whale-Watching Opportunities in Scotland,” with Claire Howard, which was published in the journal Tourism in Marine Environments. He also authored two articles with Naomi Scott, “A Survey of Public Opinions in Southwest Scotland on Cetacean Conservation Issues” in the journal Aquatic Conservation and “A Survey of Public Opinion on Seal Management in Southwest Scotland” in the journal Aquatic Mammals.

Emanuel F. Petricoin, III, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, was an invited speaker at the 4th Swedish Proteomics Society Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden. He also was an invited speaker at the 11th Annual Penn State Cancer Institute Symposium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Wanner, Mathematical Sciences, was awarded nearly $300,000 in grant funding by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to conduct research with faculty at George Tech and Florida Atlantic University.

College of Education and Human Development

Bob Baker, Bob Ruhling and Dave Wiggins, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, met on Sept. 6 with 10 baseball coaches and administrators from Venezuela who are visiting the United States through the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the Department of State.

Pam Baker had an article, “Managing Student Behavior: How Ready are Teachers to Meet the Challenge?” published in American Secondary Education.

Fred Bemak
Fred Bemak

Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Graduate School of Education, with Linda Siroskey-Sabdo had an article, “Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: An Innovative Approach to Prevent High-School Failure for At-Risk Urban African American Girls,” published in the Professional School Counselor. Bemak was invited to write a rejoinder to the five responses and published an article, “Reflections on Multiculturalism, Social Justice and Empowerment Groups for Academic Success: A Critical Discourse for Contemporary Schools,” in the same issue.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Graduate School of Education, had an article, “Women, Human Rights and Counseling: Crossing International Boundaries,” published in The Journal of Counseling & Development. She and Fred Bemak, Graduate School of Education, had a book chapter, “Counseling Americans of Southeast Asian Descent: The Impact of the Refugee Experience,” published in C. Lee’s “Multicultural Issues in Counseling: New Approaches to Diversity,”3rd Edition.

Marjorie Hall Haley, Graduate School of Education, was an invited scholar/researcher at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2.

Peggy King-Sears had an article, “Are You Highly-Qualified? The Plight of Effective Special Educators for Students with Learning Disabilities,” published in Learning Disability Quarterly.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Irene Clouthier, Art and Visual Technology, had an exhibit, “Mirrors: Contemporary Mexican Artists in the United States,” displayed at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

Helen Frederick and Susan Goldman, Art and Visual Technology, attended the international IMPACT/KONTAKT Conference in Berlin and Poznan, Germany. Frederick chaired a panel on “Book Kontakt: An International Perspective of Inter Media Devices.” Goldman gave a presentation, “Transforming Contemporary Academic Curriculum through Professional Visiting Artist Programs.”

Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

Steven Schiff, Center for Neural Dynamics, is listed in the “Guide to America’s Top Physicians,” published by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, wrote an article, “Letter from Evin Prison,” for The New York Review’s Sept. 22 issue.

Robert Hazen
Robert Hazen

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, had a book, “Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin,” published by the Joseph Henry Press and the National Academies Press.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter, “Inequality and American Governance,” with L.M. Bartels, R.E. Hero and L.R. Jacobs for Inequality and American Democracy.

Thelma Z. Lavine, Robinson Professor of Philosophy and American Culture Emerita, wrote an article, “Charles Frankel: An Account of His Life and Works,” for the “Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers,” published by Thoemmes Press.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, wrote an article, “Teilhard’s Two Energies,” with H. Schmitz-Moormann and J.R. Salmon in Zygon, Vol. 40, No. 3. He also wrote an article, “Intelligent Design Has No Place in the Science Curriculum,” with Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, and James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, for The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Sept. 3 issue.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote an article, “The Accident that Saved the Big Bang,” for the October 2005 issue of Astronomy. He also wrote an essay, “Big Ideas as a Way of Presenting Science,” which was posted on Education News’ web site and read aloud by its author on National Public Radio’s program “The Best of Our Knowledge,” on July 18.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, wrote an op-ed, “The Watts Riots, Burned Into Memory,” for the Washington Post’s Aug. 23 issue. He also cochaired a national task force on public education sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Institute for America. He had an essay, “Closing the Achievement Gap,” published on and

School of Law

John McCarthy, Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, had an op-ed, “Securing Infrastructure: Telecoms Must Take Steps to Ensure Communications,” published in the Sept. 11 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Ronald Rotunda wrote an article, “A Shaky Ethics Charge,” which was published in the Sept. 6 edition of the Washington Post.

School of Public Policy

Richard Florida spoke about his book, “The Flight of the Creative Class,” at a Greater Washington Initiative Board of Trustees meeting in September.

Frank Sesno produced a six-minute report for a CNN special on how civil unrest and the crises involving first responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have forced planners and educators to re-examine how they teach and train for future natural disasters. He also produced another CNN special on how a biological attack or a flu pandemic could become the public health equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.

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