February Accolades

Posted: February 1, 2006 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.


Steven Gerber, University Libraries, presented an illustrated lecture, “The Civil War, The Sentimental Aesthetic and William Henry Fry’s Dying Soldier Symphony,” at the fall conference of the Music Library Association’s Atlantic Chapter at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Jan Hardiman, director of ITU Finance and Procurement, has been selected as the February 2006 ITU Employee of the Month.

Peter Nassetta, chaplain and director of Catholic Campus Ministry, received the Ex Corde Award at the annual Youth and Campus Ministry Appreciation Dinner in December.

College of Arts and Sciences

Sheila ffolliott, History and Art History, wrote an essay, “Catherine de’ Médicis: La Reine-Patronne Ideale de la Rénaissance?” which will appear in the first compilation on women as art patrons and collectors in 16th century France titled “Les Femmes et les arts à la Renaissance: Patronnes et mécènes, d’Anne de France à Catherine de Médicis” to be published by the University of Saint-Étienne in Paris.

Lois Horton, Sociology and Anthropology, gave a lecture in December on the role of women in the U.S. antislavery movement at the New York Historical Society.

Roger Lancaster
Roger Lancaster

Roger Lancaster, Cultural Studies, appeared on BBC TV News International in December to discuss science, religion and the federal court Intelligent Design ruling in Pennsylvania. He also had an article, “Sex, Science and Pseudoscience in the Public Sphere,” published in Identities magazine.

Cynthia Lont, Communication, won the Crystal Communicator Award of Excellence from The Communicator for her GMU-TV video module “Women and Media.”

Dawn Parker, Geography, and Maksim Tsvetovat, Public and International Affairs, were among a team of scholars from George Mason, the Smithsonian Institution and several international organizations to receive a $583,773 grant from the Human and Social Dynamics Program of the National Science Foundation.

David Wilson, Administration of Justice, has been appointed the editor-in-chief of publications for the Crime and Justice Coordinating Group of the Campbell Collaboration.

Martin Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote an article, “Neo-Mythologism: Apollo and the Muses on Screen,” for the Winter 2005 International Journal of the Classical Tradition.

College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Graduate School of Education, took 14 graduate students from the Counseling and Development Program to provide counseling for disaster survivors from Hurricane Katrina at seven Disaster Recovery Relief Centers.

Sharon Castle and Rebecca Fox, Graduate School of Education, and alumna Kathleen Souder published an article, “Do Professional Development Schools Make a Difference? A Comparative Study of PDS and Non-PDS Teacher Candidates,” in the January 2006 Journal of Teacher Education.

Nada Dabbagh, Graduate School of Education, and Danny Menasce, School of Information Technology and Engineering, wrote a paper, “Student Perceptions of Engineering Entrepreneurship: An Exploratory Study,” that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Engineering Education.

Peter Dieke, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, was an invited guest in a two-hour special edition of a November Ghana FM Radio Program, “Tourism as an Instrument of Prosperity, Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction,” as a part of its “The Development of Africa Series.”

Lloyd Duck
Lloyd Duck

Lloyd Duck, Graduate School of Education, presented a workshop session, “Case Study Analysis: Elizabeth Howe and the Salem Witch Trials,” about the power of religion in Colonial New England, at the National Council for the Social Studies’ annual meeting in Kansas City. The workshop was an extension of ideas in his article, “Teaching about Religion’s Power in Colonial New England: The Case of Elizabeth Jackson Howe,” which appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of The Social Studies.

Julie Kidd, Sylvia Sánchez and Eva Thorp, Graduate School of Education, published an article, “Cracking the Challenge of Changing Dispositions: Changing Hearts and Minds through Stories, Narratives and Direct Cultural Interactions,” in Volume 26 of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Anastasia Kitsantis, Graduate School of Education, and B.J. Zimmerman had an article, “Students’ Perceived Responsibility and Completion of Homework: The Role of Self-Regulatory Beliefs and Processes,” published in Contemporary Education Psychology.

Margo Mastropieri and Tom Scruggs, Graduate School of Education, received the Council for Exceptional Children Special Education Research Award for research that has made significant contributions to the education of exceptional children and youth.

Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Graduate School of Education, and Jenefer Husman have published an article, “Integrating Coursework and Field Placements: The Impact on Preservice Elementary Mathematics Teachers’ Connections to Teaching,” in Teacher Education Quarterly, vol. 33.

Bob Ruhling, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, received the Distinguished Service Award at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education in San Diego.

Donna Sterling, Graduate School of Education, and alumnus Kevin Quinlan published an article, “Inquiry-Based Investigation on the Internet: Sound and the Human Ear,” in the January 2006 issue of Science Scope.

Shelley Wong, Graduate School of Education, had her book, “Dialogic Approaches to TESOL: Where the Ginkgo Tree Grows,” published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Beth Bullard, Music, delivered a paper, “The Gralla – Barcelona’s Shawm with Regionalistic Overtones,” at the Study Session for the American Musical Instrument Society held as part of the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Washington, D.C.

James Carroll, Music, led two clinics, “Beginning Improvisation” and “An Analytical Study of the Music of Charlie Parker,” at the International Sax Symposium.

Howard Kurtz
Howard Kurtz

Howard Kurtz, Theater, was nominated for two Washington Area Theatre Community Honors Awards, Outstanding Director of a Play for “Biloxi Blues” at the Little Theatre of Alexandria and Outstanding Hair Design for “Das Barbecu” at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Laura Mann, Music, premiered her new program “Opera-tunity” as one of the featured artists for First Night Annapolis during its gala New Year’s Eve celebration.

Linda Apple Monson, Music, presented a lecture-recital, “Spanish

Dance Rhythms in the Solo Piano Music of Joaquin Turina,” for the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January.

Jandos Rothstein
Jandos Rothstein

Jandos Rothstein, Art and Visual Technology, had an article on saltshaker design, “Searching for My Lost Shaker of Salt: When Did This Common Object Become an Endangered Species?” in the December issue of ID magazine. He also had an article on the homeless newspaper movement, “Homeless Hawking: In Churches and Soup Kitchens, a Newspaper Revolution Is Taking Shape,” in the fall issue of Design Journal.

Susan Goldman, Art and Visual Technology, had an exhibit with Preston Sampson, “Colorsense & Sequence,” displayed with the Legacy Fine Art Group in Bethesda, Md.

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, appeared in December on National Public Radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show” as a panelist discussing “Science and Anti-Science.”

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter, “The Wall That Never Was,” for “Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader,” edited by G. Goshgarian and K. Krueger and published by Pearson Longman, 2006.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, was featured in the “Biophysicists in Profile” section of the Biophysical Society Newsletter marking its 50th anniversary, as he was a founding member.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, had his new book, “Muslim Civic Cultures and Conflict Resolution: The Challenge of Democratic Federalism in Nigeria,” launched in December at the Brookings Institution.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, wrote the chapter “The Civic Education of a Black American in a Great Big World” in “To Restore American Democracy; Political Education and the Modern University,” R. E. Calvert, ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 2006; and a book review of “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice” by Raymond Arsenault in The Washington Post BookWorld.

School of Law

Horace Cooper wrote an op-ed, “Not a Suicide Pact,” for townhall.com, on President George W. Bush’s authorization of the National Security Agency to monitor certain telephone calls believed to be connected to international terrorism.

School of Management

Phil Buchanan, Accounting, received the 2005 Outstanding Member’s Award from the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs.

Catherine Cramton
Catherine Cramton

Catherine Cramton, Management, gave invited talks at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and at the University of Maryland on her research on the dynamics of distributed work. She also made an invited visit to the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and gave a presentation on her research for the top management team of Boeing’s Space Exploration Systems group.

Gerald Hanweck, Finance, presented a paper, “Are Bank Holding Company Examination Ratings Biased Cyclically?” at the Southern Finance Association in Key West, Fla., with coauthors Tim Curry and Gary Fissel of the FDIC.

James Harvey and Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, presented a paper, “Deployment of Information Technology in Emerging Market Firms,” at the annual conference of the Association for Global Business in Miami Beach.

David Kravitz, Management, will have a co-written article, “Understanding Attitudes toward Affirmative Action Programs in Employment: Addressing Reactions to Redressing Discrimination,” published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. He wrote an article, “Diversity in Teams: A Two-edged Sword Requires Careful Handling,” that will be published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest. His paper, “Is it Possible to Create an Affirmative Action Plan that Everyone Considers Fair?” was accepted for presentation at the All-Academy Symposium “Organizational Justice and Public Concern” at the 2006 annual meeting of the Academy of Management. Kravitz and Laurie Fathe, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, had their presentation, “Who’s the Fairest of Them All: Perceptions of Fairness in the College Classroom,” accepted for the 2006 annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Michelle Marks, Management, delivered a talk, “Liquid Leadership: the Power of Group Synergy,” to senior managers at the Department of Defense who were taking part in an executive education program, Executive Leadership in a Changing Environment, provided by the Brookings Institution. She also presented a workshop, “How HR talks to the Line,” with Mike Twyman, vice president at Northrop Grumman, at the PWC-Saratoga conference in Phoenix. Marks also had her article, “Teamwork in Multiteam Systems,” published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Mary Meixell, DMIS, and Alex Talalayevsky, DMIS, and Manuel Nunez of the University of Connecticut had a paper, “Analyzing Activity Structures in a Project-based Environment: A Coordination Theory Perspective,” accepted at IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, and Richard White of the Institute for Defense Analysis, presented a paper, “Terrorism Update,” at the Information Sharing and Analysis Center Congress in Boca Raton, Fla.

Sarah Nutter, Accounting, spoke to congressional staff members and congressional committee staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in November in a talk titled “Searching for the Ideal Tax Policy: Exploring the Road to Reform.” She presented a lecture, “Fairness in Taxation: A Realistic Possibility?” at the Freedom to Prosper summer retreat for the Congressional Black Caucus, National Urban League and NAACP.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, recently received two outstanding reviewing awards in both the Organizational Behavior and the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Divisions for the Academy of Management national conference.

Linda Samuels, Management/Business Legal Studies, and Carol Bast of the University of Central Florida, wrote the article, “Strategies to Help Legal Studies Students Avoid Plagiarism,” which was accepted for spring 2006 publication in the Journal of Legal Studies Education.

Paige Wolf, Management, is currently engaged in consulting activities with Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Bank of America to develop competency models outlining high performance for professional and front-line jobs. She is also working with McGraw Hill Publishing Company on instructor supplements for an organizational behavior text and a human resource management text.

School of Public Policy

Nalin Jain, Arlington Small Business Development Center, was reappointed to the Virginia Asian Advisory Board.

James Pfiffner
James Pfiffner

James Pfiffner wrote an op-ed for Newsday on the case against Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Richard Cheney.

Frank Manheim presented a paper at the annual Geological Society of America National Meeting in October on the environmental effects that Hurricane Katrina had on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans.

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