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

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Jerry Ellig, Mercatus Center, wrote an opinion piece, “Politicians Shake Down the Net,” which was published in the June 27 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Molly Grove, Prince William Campus Relations, was honored as Chamber Member of the Year by the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce.

Tracy Holt and Cathy Hubbs, Information Technology Unit, presented “The Phishing Ecosystem: Analyzing the Dynamics for Maximum Defense,” at the annual Educause and Internet2 Security Professionals Conference in Denver. Hubbs also presented “Staying Out of the Security Headlines.”

Paras Kaul, Web Communications, presented “Neurological Gaming Environments for Robotic and Artificial Intelligence Applications” at the Conference on Computational Models of Creativity in the Arts. Kaul also participated in a performance/exhibition event curated by Blip, a forum for artists, scientists and others interested in new forms of art, and the Computer Arts Society at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre.

Cheryl Sims, Human Resources and Payroll, received a Citation of Merit from the American Payroll Association for outstanding service to the members of the organization.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson, Center for the Advancement of Public Health, was a featured speaker at a news conference on data about underage drinking and its consequences sponsored by the Safe Community Coalition and McLean High School.

David Anderson, Candace Parham, Justin Lux and Craig Wilkinson, Center for the Advancement of Public Health, were recently notified that the Healthy Expectations Program, which incorporates the COMPASS CD-ROM, was named as a model program by the U.S. Department of Education. One of four awarded, this designation results in funding for enhancements at Mason and its first-year students, as well as dissemination nationwide for replication and adaptation.

Fred Bemak was invited to make a special presentation titled “Critical Issues in Refugee Mental Health.” to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

David Bever, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, had his research findings on the effectiveness of fitness programs in reducing workers’ compensation costs and reducing law enforcement liability claims published in “The 2006 Risk Management Yearbook.” The article is titled ‘LawFit: A Job-Related Health and Fitness Program for Law Enforcement Personnel.”

Susan Bon co-wrote “Ethical Leadership: A Case Study Framework,” which was published in Academic Exchange Quarterly.

Bill Brozo co-wrote the book, “50 Content Area Strategies for Adolescent Literacy,” published by Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Bonnie Bell Carter and Vicky Spencer, Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, wrote, “The Fear Factor: Bullying and Students with Disabilities” which was recently published in International Journal of Special Education.

Sharon Castle and Bev Shaklee edited the book “Assessing Teacher Education: Performance-based Assessment in Teacher Education.”

Shane Caswell co-wrote the peer-reviewed research article, “Preferred Teaching and Testing Methods of Athletic Training Students and Program Directors and the Relationship to Styles” for a recent issue of The Journal of Allied Health.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung gave three presentations at Texas Tech: “Cross-cultural Work toward Social Justice,” “Cross-cultural Competences in Working with Immigrants and Refugees,” and “Barriers toward Dealing with Racism.”

Kabba Colley wrote an article, “Understanding Ecology Content Knowledge and Acquiring Science Process Skills through Project-Based Science Instruction,” which was published in the spring 2006 issue of Science Activities.

Jeff Gorrell has been named to the advisory board of Higher Education for Development.

Elavie Ndura has returned from a research trip in Burundi, Africa, where she collected data on educators’ perceptions of the role of education in the quest for sustainable peace in the African Great Lakes region. She also published “Transcending the Majority Rights and Minority Protection Dichotomy through Multicultural Reflective Citizenship in the African Great Lakes Region” in Intercultural Education. She co-wrote the chapter “The Roots of Contemporary Ethnic Conflict and Violence in Burundi” in S.C. Santosh’s book, “Perspectives on Contemporary Ethnic Conflict: Primal Violence or the Politics of Conviction?”

David Wiggins

Vicky Spencer wrote an article, “Peer Tutoring and Students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders: A Review of the Literature,” for Behavioral Disorders. She co-wrote an article, “Influencing Learning Experiences: Let’s Ask the Students!” for Intervention School and Clinic.

David Wiggins wrote an essay, “Marvin Eyler and His Students: A Legacy of Scholarship in Sport History,” for the Journal of Sport History.

College of Health and Human Services

Lynn Gerber

Lynn Gerber has been selected as the 2006 recipient of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Distinguished Public Service Award.

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

John Barclay Burns, Religious Studies, wrote a chapter on ancient Egypt’s empire for “The Encyclopedia of World Empires,” forthcoming from Facts on File.

Dan Druckman

Dan Druckman, Public and International Affairs, received the outstanding book award from the International Association for Conflict Management for his book, “Doing Research: Methods of Inquiry for Conflict Analysis,” published in 2005 by Sage. The award, which is given every other year, was presented at the association’s annual meeting in Montreal in June. The book was chosen from nominations of books published in 2004-05. At the meeting, Druckman also received an award for Best Applied Paper with co-authors Carsten Tripscha and William Donohue from Michigan State University for the paper, “Forward/Backward Contextual Frames Surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo I Accords.”

Jon Gould, Public and International Affairs, was a co-winner of the Law and Society Association’s Herbert Jacob Book Prize for “Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation.” Gould received the award at the group’s annual meeting in Baltimore; the prize recognizes new, outstanding work in the field.

Hazel McFerson, Public and International Affairs, accepted an invitation to join the board of advisers for One World Foundation of New York. She also contributed an entry, “Legal Transplants and Institutional Development,” in the “Encyclopedia of Law and Society American and Global Perspectives,” published by Sage Publications.

Ramonu Sanusi, Modern and Classical Languages, wrote, “Romancières francophones de l’Afrique noire: Rupture du silence et des interdits?,” which appeared in Nouvelles Etudes Francophones.

College of Science

Lance Liotta, Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, presented two educational session seminars at the American Society of Clinical Oncologists’ annual meeting in Atlanta.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, co-wrote “Attitudes of Scottish City Inhabitants to Cetacean Conservation” in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation and “It’s Not Just Poor Science, Japan’s ‘Scientific’ Whaling is a Human Health Risk, Too” in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Emanuel F. Petricoin III, Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, was invited by the Advanced Medical Technology Association to discuss the need for personalized medicine as part of a congressional briefing on the Advanced Laboratory Diagnostics Act. He also gave a presentation on cancer biomarker discovery at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute Biomarker World Congress 2006 in Philadelphia and was the session chair and a presenter on “Array Technologies for Protein Biomarker Applications” at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute Beyond Genome annual meeting in San Francisco. He was the plenary session speaker at the HPLC World Congress in San Francisco.

Chi Yang, Computational and Data Sciences, received the Best Paper Award from the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers at its 16th annual Conference.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Laura Mann, Music, was a featured artist at the Chautauqua Summer Festival in Wytheville, Va.

School of Public Policy

Kingsley Haynes was selected as a fellow of Regional Science Association International.

Mark Rozell wrote “The Election after Reform,” which was published in March by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Robinson Professors

James Trefil, Physics, wrote the feature article, “Where is the Universe Heading?” for the July issue of Astronomy magazine.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Bill Rosenberger

George Donohue spoke at a teleconference “The FAA and Creating a New Traffic Control System.”

Bill Rosenberger, Applied and Engineering Statistics, was selected to receive the Thomas W. Teal Statistics Award for his paper, “Development of Interactive Software for Bayesian Optimal Phase 1 Clinical Trial Design,” published in the Drug Information Journal.

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