November 2005 Accolades

Posted: November 1, 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.


Linda Harber
Linda Harber

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

Mark A. Kidd, associate dean of University Life, was recently elected as vice president for partnerships of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs.

Peter Stearns, provost, had his book, “Global Outrage: The Impact of World Opinion on Contemporary History,” published by Oneworld Publications. He also edited a book, “American Behavioral History,” that was published by New York University Press.

College of Arts and Sciences

Joel Foreman, John Foster, Amal Amireh, Tamara Harvey, and Alok Yadav, English, received a grant of more than $68,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The money was given as part of the NEH’s project, “Cultural Encounters in Global Contexts: Teaching World Literature in General Education English Courses.”

Rosemary Jann, English, was interviewed by WETA’s Robert Aubry Davis at an event the network held to celebrate the airing of “Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking.”

Michelle Ramos-Pellicia, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote a chapter, “The Pronunciation of Spanish in Lorain, Ohio,” for “Language Diversity in Michigan and Ohio: Towards Two State Linguistic Profiles,” published by Caravan Books.

Karen Rosenblum, Sociology and Anthropology, and Toni-Michelle Travis, Public and International Affairs, had a fourth edition of their textbook-reader, “The Meaning of Difference,” published by McGraw-Hill.

Sufumi So, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote a chapter, “Emotion Processes in Second Language Acquisition,” with Rocio Dominguez for “Learners’ Stories: Difference and Diversity in Language Learning,” published by Cambridge University Press.

College of Education and Human Development

Michael Behrmann
Michael Behrmann

Mike Behrmann and Marci Kinas Jerome, Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, were awarded a federal grant for “Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities” to support the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Severe Disabilities. The grant will provide $200,000 a year for four years.

Fred Bemak, Graduate School of Education, gave a presentation, “Realizing America’s Promise: Embracing Diversity, Discovery, and Change,” at the American Council on Education’s National Conference in Phoenix.

Susan Bon served as guest editor for a special theme issue of the American Secondary Education Journal. She also had an article, “30 Years of Providing Services for Children with Disabilities: Implications for Secondary Education,” coauthored with S.C. Faircloth and J. Chapple, published in the same journal.

Bonnie Bell Carter and Vicky Spencer, Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, wrote an article, “The Fear Factor: Bullying and Students with Disabilities,” which was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Special Education.

Margaret Daniels, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, wrote an article, “Motivations of Equestrian Tourists: An Analysis of the Colonial Cup Races,” with Bill Norman that was published in the Journal of Sport Tourism. She also co-wrote three chapters for the book “Quality Tourism Experiences,” published by Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

Laurie Harmon, School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, and Mark Gleason of Michigan Technological University taught an education session on the use of underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles as a method for people to interact with the natural environment at the National Park and Recreation Association meeting in San Antonio.

Margaret Hjalmarson, Graduate School of Education, and Kathleen Wage, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a National Science Foundation grant for $153,000 for their project, “Collaborative Proposal: The Signals and Systems Concept Inventory.”

Elijah Mirochnik, Graduate School of Education, exhibited his installation, an air-inflated soft plastic sculpture called “Plastic Fantastic,” in Albuquerque.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Lorrie Berkshire Brown, Music, was a chosen participant in the Oxford Round Table at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.

David Sternbach
David Sternbach

David Sternbach, Music, was a keynote speaker for “Body/Mind/Performance Symposium: Healthy Performing and the Creative Flow” held at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, where he delivered a lecture, “When Bad Things Happen to Good Musicians.”

School of Computational Sciences

Liping Di
Liping Di

Liping Di, Laboratory for Advanced Information Technologies and Standards, was elected chair of Data Archiving and Distribution at the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Hassan Gomaa, Information and Software Engineering, was the keynote speaker at the 11th Asia Pacific Software Engineering Conference in Busan, South Korea. His speech was titled “Real-Time Software Design for Embedded Systems: From Centralized Control to Distributed Component-Based Product Lines.”

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, received a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Lab for the proposal, “Enhanced Topological Vulnerability Analysis and Visualization.”

Ravi Sandhu
Ravi Sandhu

Ravi Sandhu, Information and Software Engineering, was awarded the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Achievement Award for 2004.

Jon Whittle, Information and Software Engineering, received the Software Premium Award from the IEEE for his paper, “Scenario Modeling with Aspects,” written with Joao Araujo.

School of Public Policy

Philip Auerswald, Center for Science and Technology Policy, and Todd LaPorte, wrote an article, “The Challenge of Protecting Critical Infrastructure,” with Lewis Branscomb and Erwann Michel-Kerjan that was published in Issues in Science and Technology from the National Academy of Sciences.

Frank Manheim was an invited speaker at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

Mark Rozell moderated a debate between candidates David Bulova and John Mason on Oct. 27, in an event sponsored by the Fairfax City Democratic and Republican Committees.

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