December 2005 Accolades

Posted: December 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.


Susan Kehoe and Richard Wood, Division of Instructional and Technology Support Services and GMU-TV, produced a video, “Introduction to Editing with Final Cut Pro,” that won an International Telly Award.

Kathryn Mangus, Student Media and Broadside, received a $40,000 grant with the City of Fairfax to fund two projects, a Spanish-language version of the award-winning On Cue bus guide and a shopping and dining guide.

College of Arts and Sciences

Don Boileau, Communication, delivered a lecture, “Classroom Communication,” to faculty and staff at the Mettitt Academy in October.

Steve Klein
Steve Klein

Steve Klein, Communication, received a fellowship to attend the American Press Institute’s WeMedia journalism conference in October at the Associated Press offices in New York City.

Peter Mandaville, Public and International Affairs and the Center for Global Studies, had an article, “Toward a Virtual Caliphate,” published on YaleGlobal Online.

Carol Mattusch, History and Art History, was named the Senior Paul Mellon Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art and is working on translating for the first time into English since 1771 Winckelmann’s “Critical Account of the Situation at Herculaneum.”

Vicki Salmon, Higher Education Program, had an essay, “The National Center for Community College Education: A Doctoral Program with Difference,” cited in The Two Year College English Association’s Guidelines for the Academic Preparation of English Faculty at Two Year Colleges.

Debra Shutika, English, was featured on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Radio’s program, “With Good Reason,” on Nov. 12 on the issue of Latino immigrants in Northern Virginia.

Lisa Sparks, Communication, co-wrote an article, “Listening for the Communicative Signals of Humor, Narratives and Self-Disclosure in the Family Caregiving Interview,” for the journal Health and Social Work, vol. 30.

Art Taylor, English, wrote a review of Victoria Vinton’s novel, “The Jungle Law” for the Washington Post Book World.

College of Education and Human Development

Bill Brozo, Graduate School of Education, provided mentoring and other assistance to teachers as part of an ongoing USAID project in Macedonia.

Nada Dabbagh, Graduate School of Education, was an invited participant at a satellite televised teleconference, “Pedagogy 201 for Distance Learning: Enhancing Interactivity,” sponsored by STARLINK and the Dallas County Community College in Texas. She also had a paper, “Pedagogical Models for eLearning: A Theory-based Design Framework,” published in the International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning.

Dennis Dunklee and Robert Shoop’s book, “Anatomy of a Lawsuit: What Every Education Leader Should Know About Legal Actions,” has been published by Corwin Press/Sage Publications.

Anastasia Kitsantas and Nada Dabbagh, Graduate School of Education, had a paper, “Using Web-based Pedagogical Tools as Scaffolds for Self-Regulated Learning,” published in Instructional Science.

Margo Mastropieri
Margo Mastropieri

Margo Mastropieri presented a keynote address titled “Current Issues and Future Challenges for the Fielding of Learning Disabilities” at the annual World Congress on Learning Disabilities in Burlington, Mass., in October. Mastropieri and Tom Scruggs published “Feasibility and Consequences of Response to Intervention: Examination of the Issues and Scientific Evidence as a Model for the Identification of Individuals with Learning Disabilities” in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, vol. 38.

Eva K. Thorpe, Graduate School of Education, was reappointed to the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council by Gov. Mark Warner.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, wrote a review of Dilip Hiro’s book, “The Iranian Labyrinth,” for the Washington Post Book World.

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theatre and English, had his play, “Nathan the Wise,” published by Dramatists Play Service Inc. “Nathan the Wise” will be performed in a 35-show run at the Chicago Festival of the Arts this winter.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, delivered the Mineralogical Society of America’s Presidential Address, “Rocks, Minerals and the Geochemical Origins of Life,” at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. He also presented lectures on his new book, “Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life’s Origin,” at the National Academy of Sciences, the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the George Mason chapter of Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center (IDEA). The Teaching Company released his 24-lecture course, “Origins of Life,” which he recorded based on his book. He was also appointed to the National Academy of Sciences commission to revise its influential publication “Science and Creationism.”

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter, “Sixties Civics,” for “The Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism,” edited by S.M. Milkis and J.M. Mileur.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, delivered the address, “Evolutionary Emergence and the Divine,” at the Washington Theological Consortium in Washington, D.C.

John Paden
John Paden

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, had a book, “Muslim Civic Cultures and Conflict Resolution: The Challenge of Democratic Federalism in Nigeria,” published by The Brookings Institution.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, delivered the keynote speech, “Scientific Literacy,” at the Alabama Science Teachers Association and the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association state conventions. He delivered a lecture, “Science in the Courtroom,” at the Delaware Judicial Conference in Rehoboth Beach, Del. He had an article, “The Accident that Saved the Big Bang,” published in the October issue of the journal Astronomy. His book “Laws of Nature” was translated into Japanese and Russian and his book “Human Nature” was translated into Spanish. He reviewed Dava Sobel’s book, “The Planets,” for the Washington Post Book World. He also appeared at Boston University’s “The Great Debate” series, which addressed the topic, “Should Public Schools Teach Intelligent Design along with Evolution?”

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, won the Africa-America Institute’s 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. He delivered an address, “The Significance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” at Wright State University where he is the Visiting Scholar for Fall 2005 at the African and African American Studies Program. He also delivered an address, “Quality Education,” to the Coalition for Community Schools’ annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

George Donohue
George Donohue

George Donohue, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was an invited speaker at the Air Traffic Controllers Association Training Symposium in Washington, D.C., where he delivered a lecture on issues confronting the training of future air traffic controllers.

Karla Hoffman, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, won the George E. Kimball Medal from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

School of Public Policy

David Armor
David Armor

David J. Armor moderated a panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Scholars in November in Charlottesville.

Marshall Ferrin, Mason Enterprise Center, won the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce’s annual small business award in appreciation for his outstanding achievement in small business advocacy in the local business community.

Richard Florida, Hirst Professor of Public Policy, was selected as one of 2005’s “Best & Brightest” by Esquire magazine.

Jeremy Mayer was a keynote speaker at a the symposium, “Church and State: Blurring the Line?,” which was sponsored by the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida. He delivered a speech, “One Nation under Whose God? Two Modern Establishment Clauses.”

James Pfiffner had an op-ed, “Rating Scootergate: Washington Scandals Run the Gamut, from Greed to Sex, but Abuse of Power Threatens the Health of Our Republic,” published in Newsday.

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