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

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Jeanette Blanchard, Information Technology Unit, is the September 2006 recipient of the Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month award.

Traci Claar
Traci Claar

Traci Claar, Community Relations, was named to the Board of Directors of Leadership Fairfax (LFI). LFI is a nonprofit community leadership organization that identifies current and emerging leaders and brings them together to study community issues and effect change in the community.

Craig Gibson, University Libraries, is the editor of a book, “Student Engagement and Information Literacy,” recently published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.

Leslie Painter, Patriot Computers, has accepted a volunteer position with the Campus Computer Resellers Alliance, a special interest group of the National Association of College Stores. As a member of the Partnership Development Committee, Painter will meet with vendors to discuss issues in higher education, share expertise and develop a more comprehensive understanding of how vendors and resellers can work together to improve the industry.

Ron Shayka, Intercollegiate Athletics, has been named chair of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Committee. He is entering his third year of a four-year term as part of the committee, which has a hand in choosing the field for the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship.

College of Education and Human Development

Andrew Carle, Program in Assisted Living/Senior Housing, won two Silver 2006 National Mature Media Awards in the Housing category. One was for best book for “Moments, Memories and Mission – Stories from the Field of Assisted Living.” Carle was editor of the book and Marie Kodadek, Jim Metcalf and Mary Anne Noble served as essay judges for the book. The second was for best article, “Defining Assisted Living,” which Carle wrote for McKnight’s Assisted Living magazine.

College of Health and Human Services

Dennis Ritchie, Social Work, was appointed to a three-year term on the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Global Social Work Education and named chair of CSWE’s Council on Global Learning, Research and Practice.

Shirley Travis
Shirley Travis

Shirley Travis, dean, is the 2006 recipient of the National Gerontological Nursing Association Distinguished Service Award.

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Karen L. Bune, Administration of Justice, spoke on “Domestic Violence: Understanding the Issues, Dealing with the Problem” at the international conference of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. Bune, who is board certified in domestic violence and is a board certified expert in traumatic stress, is employed as a victim specialist in the domestic violence unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County, Md. She is also a consultant on victim issues for the U. S. Department of Justice.

Paula Ruth Gilbert, Modern and Classical Languages, and graduate student Colleen Lester, wrote “A Post-Apocalyptic World: The Excremental, Abject Female Warriors of Josée Yvon,” which appeared in “Novels of the Contemporary Extreme,” edited by Alain-Philippe Durand and Naomi Mandel and published by Continuum in 2006. Gilbert and Lester’s article presents a study of the late Québec novelist Josée Yvon and her female warriors whose degraded and publicly exposed bodies question, resist and upset one’s notions of the geographies of power and the concept of male and female space.

Gary Kreps, Communication, edited “Handbook of Communication and Cancer Care” with Dan O’Hair and Lisa Sparks, which was published by Hampton Press. He also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, vol. 11, supplement 1, titled “The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS): Research from the Baseline.” In that issue, he co-wrote the lead article of the same title. He also wrote a commentary, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Adapting Communication to the Needs and Literacy Levels of Individuals,” published on June 7 in the online Annals of Family Medicine. In June, he attended the National Breast Cancer Education Summit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he gave the opening keynote address and presented a paper, “The Global Scenario for Breast Cancer Education,” as well as a pre-summit scientific presentation and paper, “Public Access to Relevant Cancer Information: Results from the Health Information National Trends Survey and Implications for Breast Cancer Education in Malaysia.”

Stephen Mastrofski and James Willis, Administration of Justice, gave an invited presentation, “Compstat and Community Policing: Are They Compatible?” at the National Community Policing Conference held in Washington, D.C., in July. They presented national survey data that were collected by Mason’s Center for Justice Leadership and Management through a grant from the Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services.

Carol Mattusch, History and Art History, received the College Art Association’s Charles Rufus Morey award for the best art history book of 2005. She produced, with Henry Lie, “The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection” (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2005).

Hazel McFerson, Public and International Affairs, was a commentator at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a panel discussion in July on “Plumbing the Past: The Impact of History on Philippine Institutions and Democracy.”

Raja Parasuraman
Raja Parasuraman

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, and a member of the Arch Laboratory, received the 2006 Paul M. Fitts Education Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the education and training of human factors/ergonomics professionals. Parasuraman received the award for his dedication to scholarly activities, student advising and administrative service. Parasuraman has graduated more than 20 PhD and 50 MA students in two decades of teaching and research.

Peter Pober, Communication, was elected the national vice-president of the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Committee.

David B. Wilson, Administration of Justice, gave an invited plenary presentation titled “Illustrating Social Sciences Contribution to Crime Policy through a Systematic Review of Drug Court Effects on Recidivism” at the Evidence-Based Systems and Indicators Conference held in London in July. The conference was organized by the UK Home Office.

Martin M. Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages, edited “Troy: From Homer’s Iliad to Hollywood Epic,” which was published by Blackwell Publishing this year. The book examines Wolfgang Petersen’s epic film “Troy” from archeological, literary, cultural and cinematic perspectives. Martin also contributed the introduction and chapters on the Trojan War on the screen and the Iliad and the cinema.

College of Science

Ancha Baranova, Molecular and Microbiology, coauthored the article, “Functional Implications of Calcium Permeability of the Channel Formed by Pannexin 1,” published in the Aug.14 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis
Rick Davis

Rick Davis, associate dean, had his translation (with Brian Johnston of Carnegie Mellon University) of Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People” produced at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. The play runs through Oct. 22, 2006.

Jandos Rothstein, Art and Visual Technology, wrote a profile of book artist and best-selling novelist Audrey Niffennegger in the Aug.-Sept. issue of Print Magazine. He also wrote a piece on credit card design for Voice: the AIGA Journal of Design.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, wrote a review of “Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty,” by A. Gheissari and V. Nasr in the Aug. 13 Washington Post Book World.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, lectured on “The Emergence of Life” at National Institutes of Health and the Brookings Institution, and “Complexity Theory” at Harvard University’s Gordon Research Conference, The Origin of Life, which he co-chaired.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote the chapter: “Thinking Institutionally” in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions, R. A. W. Rhodes, et al., eds., 2006.

Thelma Z. Lavine, Emerita Robinson Professor of Philosophy and American Culture, had her biographical and bibiliographical information included in the four-volume Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, J. R. Shook, ed., Thoemmes Press, UK, 2005.

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, lectured on “Laws of Life” at the Santa Fe Institute. He was appointed chairman emeritus of the Science Advisory Board, Santa Fe Institute, and appointed to the editorial board of the Princeton University Press “SFI Primers in Complex Systems” series. He wrote “In Defense of Emergence” in the July-August 2006 issue of Science and Theology News.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, wrote “How Life Began” for the Winter 2006 Santa Fe Institute Bulletin. He was named to Board of Directors of the Philosophical Society of Washington. In July, he gave the keynote address, “Big Ideas As a Way of Presenting Science,” for the Michigan Science Education Leadership Association.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, lectured on “Thomas Jefferson” in the National Portrait Gallery series on Portraits of the Presidents. He received the Lifetime Exemplary Leadership Award from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; the Lifetime Achievement Award from DC Appleseed (Solving DC Problems); and the 2006 Wiley A. Branton Award on behalf of civil rights advocacy from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He gave the keynote address, “Civil Rights: Celebrating Our Gains and Planning for the Future,” at the Educational Forum, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

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