Posted: May 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.

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Lisa Carr, Technology Services Department, was selected the ITU Employee of the Month for May 2006.

John Zenelis, University Libraries, gave a presentation, “2010 and Beyond Planning at the George Mason University Libraries: President’s Library Task Force,” for the Library Advisory Committee of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

College of Arts and Sciences

Rei Berroa, Modern and Classical Languages, was editor of “Voces y Memorias de la Luna,” published in Santo Domingo this year. He also appeared on the program “Que Pasa” on Maryland’s Montgomery County Channel 16 to talk about the “La Pluma y la Palabra” poetry marathon. He also wrote an article, “Walt Whitman: Le medida profética de su canto, 150 años de Hojas de Hierba,” which was published in the September/October 2005 Biblioteca de México.

Reuben Brigety, Public and International Affairs, received the International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations.

John Burt Foster,English and Cultural Studies, gave two invited talks at the University of Kansas in March. His topics were William Butler Yeats’ influence on Nietzsche’s theories of tragedy and the literature of Tolstoy.

Jeffrey Chamberlain, Modern and Classical Languages, and Lara Mangiafico had their book, “French Verb Workbook: Verb Exercises to Improve Your Fluency in Speaking, Writing and Understanding French” published by Barron’s.

Paula Ruth Gilbert, Modern and Classical Languages, had a book, “Violence and the Female Imagination: Quebec’s Women Writers Re-frame Gender in North American Cultures,” which was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Sumaiya Hamdani, History and Art History and Islamic Studies, will have her first book, “Between Revolution and State: The Path to Fatimid Statehood: Qadi al-Nu‘man and the Construction of Fatimid Legitimacy,” published by the I.B. Tauris and the Institute for Isma‘ili Studies.

Kyoko Mori, English, lectured on “Truth in Memoirs” as part of the Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy Lecture Series at St. Norbert College.

Robert Holder, New Century College, has been named one of Federal Computer Weekly’s Top 100 IT Executives for 2005 for his work with EDS Corporation after Hurricane Katrina.

Cynthia Lum, Public and International Affairs, delivered “Are Counter-Terrorism Programs Effective?” at a Congressional briefing, “Measuring Success, What Social Science Research Can Tell Policymakers,” in March.

Laura Scott, English, won Mason’s award for Academic Advisor of the Year.

Chris Thaiss, English, and Terry Myers Zawacki,Writing Across the Curriculum, wrote, “Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life,” which was published by Heinemann Books.

College of Education and Human Development

Fred Bemak and Ying Chung, Graduate School of Education, helped organize a featured session, “Senior Faculty Reflect on Best and Most Creative Teaching Moments: A Symposium for Faculty, Supervisors and Students,” at the American Counseling Association Conference in Montreal on April. Bemak and Robert Coyne presented a pre-conference learning institute, “Journeys to Professional Excellence: A Workshop to Reflect on and Share Your Own Professional Life,” at the same conference.

Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri, Graduate School of Education, received the Special Education Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.

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