Posted: April 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Susan Kehoe, GMU-TV, was the executive producer of the DVD, “Motherhood Lost: Normalizing Miscarriage through Popular Culture” that won a Gracie Allen Award from the American Women of Radio and Television.

Bobbi Ritz, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was selected as the April ITU Employee of the Month.

Lori Ann Roth, Human Resources and Payroll, was chosen as one of eight training and development professionals from around the United States to assess the new Certified Performance and Learning Professional certificate program by the American Society of Training and Development.

College of Arts and Sciences

Rei Berroa
Rei Berroa

Rei Berroa, Modern and Classical Languages, was a guest on “Que Pasa,” a television program on Montgomery County, Maryland’s Channel 16, and spoke about the 14th La Pluma y la Palabra Poetry Marathon in Washington, D.C.

John Barclay Burns, Religious Studies, wrote a chapter on Ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom for the five-volume reference work “World Empires,” forthcoming from Facts on File.

Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, History and Art History, wrote an essay, “No Computer Left Behind,” for the Feb. 24 issue of “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

Paula Gilbert, Modern and Classical Languages, co-wrote an article, “Transforming Visions: Pedagogical Approaches to Léa Pool’s Emporte-moi (Set Me Free),” with Miléna Santoro of Georgetown University, which was published in Women in French Journal: French Literature and Culture through Film.

Carol Gould, Philosophy, delivered a lecture, “Conceptualizing Solidarity in Global Ethics,” at Vanderbilt University and at Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and the Third Sector.

Gary Kreps, Communication, was named the 2006 Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Health Literacy/Clear Health Communication.

Robert Lichter
Robert Lichter
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Robert Lichter, Communication, gave a talk, “The Most Powerful Voice in America,” to local news networks in Chicago. He delivered a speech on media ethics at Hillside College in Michigan. He wrote an article, “The 2004 New Hampshire Democratic Primary and Network News,” for the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics. He wrote an article, “Reporting on Two Presidencies: News Coverage of George W. Bush’s First Year in Office,” for “Congress and the Presidency.” He had a book, “The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance,” co-authored with Stephen Farnsworth, published by Rowman and Littlefield. He also wrote an article, “Local Television News and Campaign 2000: Assessing Efforts to Increase Substantive Content,” for Politics and Policy.

Lance Liotta, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, was selected to present the 2006 Alando J. Ballantyne Distinguished Lectureship by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tex.

Cynthia Lont, Communication, received a Gracie Allen Award from the American Women of Radio and Television for her DVD, “Women and Media.”

William McAuley, Sociology and Anthropology and Communication, received the Clark Tibbits Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Laura McCloskey, History and Art History, received the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Service Award for March 2006.

Emanuel Petricoin, III, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, delivered a keynote address at the University of Louisville’s 2006 Institute for Molecular Diversity and Drug Design Symposium. He was a plenary speaker at the session “Integrative Research in Cancer Proteomics” at the inaugural Systems Biology Summit in Richmond. He also was a featured speaker at the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s fifth annual Human Genome Party in Washington, D.C.

John Riskind, Psychology, delivered a talk, “Looming Vulnerability Theory: Applications to Anxiety, Stress and Health,” at the Grand Rounds of the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Institute.

Kathy Rowan
Kathy Rowan

Kathy Rowan, Communication, delivered a lecture, “Communicating Cancer Risk to Patients: Evidence-based Approaches,” at the Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquium.

Vicki Salmon, Higher Education Program, conducted a workshop for the graduate faculty of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff in Fort Belvoir, Va.

College of Education and Human Development

Jennifer Garvey Berger, Graduate School of Education, is on a research, writing and conference trip to Australia and New Zealand. She helped organize “Meaning Making in Organizations,” an international symposium held in Canberra, New South Wales, and presented a paper, “Mapping Complexity of Mind: The Subject-Object Interview as Professional Development.”

Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Graduate School of Education, delivered the keynote lecture, “Multiculturalism and Social Justice: School Counselors Moving Forward,” at the 50th annual conference of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association. She also led a workshop, “Challenges in Being a Multicultural Competent School Counselor,” at that conference.

Nada Dabbagh, Graduate School of Education, has been commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety Health Administration to develop a state-of-the-art training program for coal mine supervisors.

Joe Gagnon
Joe Gagnon

Joe Gagnon, Graduate School of Education, co-wrote an article, “Day and Residential Schools for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Characteristics of Educators and Students,” with P.E. Leone, which was published in Education and Treatment of Children, vol. 29.

Patricia Moyer-Packenham, Dimiter Dimitrov, Johnna Bolyard, Margaret Hjalmarson, Eamonn Kelly, Anastasia Kitsantas and Hana Oh, Graduate School of Education, received a grant with Kathleen Alligood, Klaus Fischer, Tom Nuttall and Bob Sachs, Mathematical Sciences; and Maria Dworzecka and Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, to analyze data regarding findings of the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership program during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 academic years.

Elavie Ndura, Graduate School of Education, wrote a chapter, “Dashed Hopes and Uncertain Futures,” for “Suffer the Little Children: National and International Dimensions of Child Poverty and Public Policy,” which was published by Elsevier.

Lorraine Pierce, Graduate School of Education, was a speaker on a Professional Development WebCast, “Assessment of English Language Learners,” that aired on WETA.

Anastasia Samaras, Graduate School of Education, co-wrote a paper, “Beginning with Trusted Friends: Venturing Out to Work Collaboratively in Our Institutions,” with Clare Kosnick and Anne Freese, which will be published in “Collaboration and Community: Pushing Boundaries through Self-Study,” edited by L. Fitzgerald, M. Heson and D. Tidwell.

Tom Scruggs, Graduate School of Education, wrote a chapter, “The Narrative of the Life of David Crockett of the State of Tennessee,” which was published in “American History through Literature: 1820-1870.”

Betty Sturtevant and Bill Brozo, Graduate School of Education, co-wrote a book, “Principled Practices for Adolescent Literacy: A Framework for Instruction and Policy,” with Kathleen Hinchman, David Moore and Donna Alvermann.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Sonya Suhnee Kim, Music, was a participant in a 250th birthday concert for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Vienna, Austria.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash¸ Robinson Professor of History, delivered a lecture, “Iran between Reaction and Reform,” as the C.V. Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, at its public policy forum. He also delivered a talk, “Political Islam,” at Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean, Va., and a talk, “Iran-U.S. Relations” at Westminster in Lake Ridge and at the Asian-American Society.

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theatre and English, produced a play, “Nathan the Wise,” at Lake Braddock High School in Fairfax, Va., and a play, “The Einstein Project,” at Normandale Community College in Minnesota.

Robert Hazen
Robert Hazen

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, delivered an address, “Evolution on the Front Lines,” at the annual meeting of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science in St. Louis. He also delivered lectures, “Geochemical Origins of Life” and “Achieving Scientific Literacy,” at Franklin and Marshall College.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, delivered an address, “Democracy and Christianity in America,” as the 2nd Annual Alexis de Tocqueville Lecture on American Politics at Harvard University.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, had an article, “The Origin of Life…through Chemistry,” published in the March issue of National Geographic. He had a journal article, “Closure as a Scientific Concept and its Application to Ecosystem Efy and the Science of the Biosphere,” co-authored with J.P. Allen, M. Nelson and A. Alling, in Science Direct Advances in Space Research, vol. 36. He wrote with V. Srinivasan a journal cover article, “Ancient Genes in Contemporary Persistent Microbial Pathogens,” that was published in The Biological Bulletin, vol. 210. He also wrote with V. Srinivasan and E. Smith an article, “The Swiss Army Knife of Biological Catalysis,” in Complexity.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, delivered a lecture, “Democracy in the Muslim World,” at a conference hosted by the U.S. Department of State. He delivered a lecture, “The Challenge of Democratic Federalism in Nigeria,” at the Foreign Service Institute. He also delivered a lecture, “Sectarian Violence in Nigeria,” at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, was named to the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Grand Research Questions in the Solid-Earth Sciences. He delivered a lecture, “Scientific Experts and the Questions the Experts Don’t Want You to Ask,” at the Florida Judicial Conference.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, delivered an address, “Martin Luther King Jr.” at the University of Mary Washington. He delivered an address, “Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism,” at The Leadership Lab at The Brookings Institution. He was chosen to receive a lifetime achievement award from the D.C. Appleseed Center in Washington, D.C. He delivered an address and was awarded a Presidential Medallion for his leadership and service to education at the Annual Carter G. Woodson lecture at Millersville University in Millersville, Penn. He also had an article, “Martin Luther King Jr.: Because I Promised Them I Would Come,” published in The Cooley Journal of Ethics and Responsibility.

School of Public Policy

Monty Marshall was the keynote speaker at a conference, “What Shared Futures? Local and European Challenges in Diversity and Conflict Management,” at the University of Ulster.

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