October 2006 Accolades

Posted: October 2, 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. Send information to gazette@gmu.edu.


James Barricelli, University Career Services, received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Utica College of Syracuse University. He is only the second alumnus to receive this award.

Kirsten DeLashmutt, Information Technology Unit, Technology Systems Division, has been selected as the October 2006 ITU Employee of the Month.

Mike Dyer, Office of Admissions, has been selected as the September Enrollment Services Employee of the Month.

Paras Kaul
Paras Kaul

Paras Kaul, Web Communications, wrote an article, “Brain Wave Games 4Learning” for GameCareerGuide.com, and another article, “Brain Wave Interactive Learning: Where Multimedia and Neuroscience Converge,” in the book, “Advances in Systems, Computing Sciences and Software Engineering: Proceedings of SCSS 2005” published by Springer.

College of Education and Human Development

Scott Bauer and David Brazer, Graduate School of Education, published an article in the fall 2006 issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly titled “Redesigning Leadership Programs: 4 Puzzles.” The article is an analysis and reflection on their work with three grant-supported innovative licensure programs involving Loudoun, Fairfax and a consortium of Falls Church, Arlington and Alexandria school systems.

Bill Brozo, Graduate School of Education, published an article titled “Bridges to Literacy for Boys” in the September 2006 issue of Educational Leadership.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Fred Bemak, Graduate School of Education, wrote a book chapter titled “Asian Immigrants and Refugees” in the “Handbook of Asian American Psychology” (2nd edition) published by Sage Publications.

Peter Dieke, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, had an article accepted for publication in Tourism Analysis. The paper, titled “Analyzing the Total Productivity Change in Travel Agencies” and co-authored with Carlos Barros of the Technical University of Lisbon, discusses the efficiency of travel agencies operating in the Portuguese market. Dieke also contributed a chapter, “Understanding Tourism Economics,” in the book “Issues in Tourism Planning and Development” edited by Pat U. Okpoko and published by Afro-Orbis.

Becky Fox, Graduate School of Education, and researcher Rosario Diaz-Greenberg of California State University, San Marcos, had an article titled “Culture, Multiculturalism and Foreign/World Language Standards in U.S. Teacher Preparation Programs: Toward a Discourse of Dissonance” published in the August issue of the European Journal of Teacher Education.

Mark Goor
Mark Goor

Mark Goor, Graduate School of Education, published an article, “Culturally Responsive School Leadership for Exceptional Learners,” in Multicultural Special Education: Culturally Responsive


Margret Hjalmarson, Graduate School of Education, cowrote two articles that were published in the Journal of STEM Education, 7(1&2): “Quantifying Aluminum Crystal Size Part 1: The Model-Eliciting Activity,” and “Quantifying Aluminum Crystal Size Part 2: The Model-Development Sequence.”

Betty Sturtevant, Graduate School of Education, wrote the article, “The Role of the Literacy Professional in the Middle and High School: Historical Perspectives and Current Policy Issues,” which was published in “Building Bridges to Literacy, Yearbook of the College Reading Association.”

College of Health and Human Services

P. J. Maddox, Health Administration and Policy, received a funding award to develop a strategic plan for school health services in Fairfax County.

Sue Palsbo
Sue Palsbo

Sue Palsbo, Global and Community Health, and Jessica Lin, Computer Science, received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to investigate “The Business Case for Disability Care Coordination.” Their goal is to measure the business case for disability care coordination from the perspective of the payer, such as a state Medicaid program, by showing that the additional expenses of paying for care coordination are offset in the form of reduced total program expenditures.

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Deborah Boehm-Davis, Psychology, received incremental funding of $92,500 for additional work on a project funded by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Peter Boettke, Economics and the Mercatus Center, wrote an op-ed piece, “The Gulf Coast’s Other Disaster: Moral Hazard,” for the Sept. 8 issue of the Christian Science Monitor.

Daniel Cohen, History, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Digital Innovation Fellowship for 2005. His study project is “A Scholarly Web Browser as a Gateway into the Digital Humanities.”

Susanne Denham
Susanne Denham

Susanne Denham, Psychology, was named a fellow of Division 7 (Developmental) of the American Psychological Association.

Lois Horton, History and Art History, and her husband, James, delivered the Hartman Hotz lecture at the University of Arkansas in September. Their topic was “Slavery and the Making of America.” The Hortons co-authored a book of the same title, which was the companion book for the WNET PBS series that aired in February 2005. James Horton is a history professor at George Washington University and historian emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Past Hotz lecturers include Chief Justice Warren Burger and George McGovern.

Christopher Kello, Psychology, won a National Science Foundation award for “Excellence in Program Management.” It was given in recognition of his scholarly service to the cognitive science community in the context of the foundation’s mission.

Gary Kreps
Gary Kreps

Gary Kreps, Communication, wrote a paper with Katherine Rowan and Carl Botan, “Communicating Emergency Preparedness in Southeast Louisiana and Metropolitan Washington: What Emergency Officials and Communication Scholars Can Teach One Another,” that was presented in June at the International Communication Association’s annual conference in Dresden, Germany. He was also appointed editorial board member for the Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. He is a research team member for a National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, fast-track Small Business Technology Transfer Research Program grant, “Tendrils: A Multimedia Intervention for Women’s Sexual Dysfunction after Cancer,” as well as a National Science Foundation K-20 grant, “Center for Advancing Biotechnology and Climatology (ABC): Educating for Economic Growth in Oklahoma.” In June, at the National Summit on Breast Cancer Education: Voices of the Stakeholders, he was the international keynote speaker on “Culturally-Sensitive Communication and Breast Cancer Education” for the Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As the visiting scholar at the Universiti Putra Malaysia, he presented “The Advent of Health Communication Research and Education: Opportunities for the Future” to the faculty of the Department of Communication.

Peter Mandaville, Public and International Affairs, opened the Ithaca College lecture series, Global Fury/Global Fear: Engaging Muslims, with his lecture, “Critical Islam and Muslim Experience in the West: Comparative Reflections on the UK and USA” in September.

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, was elected a fellow of the International Ergonomics Association. He also received two grants: one for $29,902 from the Air Force Research Laboratory for “Quantitative Model of Human Dynamic Attention Allocation;” and one for $194,901 from the Department of Defense, Army Research Office, Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, for “Mitigating, Stress, Workload and Fatigue on the Electronic Battlefield.”

Roy Rosenzweig, History and Art History, gave a lecture in September at Concordia University, Canada, in conjunction with the opening of its new undergraduate honors program in public history. His topic was “Towards a Democratic Digital Past: Prospects and Problems.”

Adam Winsler, Psychology, was named a fellow of Division 7 (Developmental) of the American Psychological Association. He was also appointed editor of Early Childhood Research Quarterly and received a new grant, renewable annually, from the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe for $241,500 per year.

College of Science

Ryszard Michalski gave a banquet address to the 23rd International Conference on Machine Learning in June, held at Carnegie Mellon University. Michalski helped organize the first machine learning conference; he is director of Mason’s Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory.

Robert Ehrlich, Physics, discussed scientific ideas making news, such as global warming, the dangers of cholesterol and the effectiveness of a placebo, at Elon University, Elon, N.C.

Mercatus Center

Timothy Roemer, distinguished scholar, spoke at the University of Notre Dame on “Safeguarding America: National Security in the 21st Century” in September. Roemer, a former congressman from Indiana, served as one of the 10 members of the 9/11 Commission.

Robinson Professors

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, lectured on “Respect for the Game: A Visitor’s Guide to Thinking Institutionally” for the September 2006 Bradley Lecture in Political Philosophy, Boston College.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, was the invited reader of the U.S. Constitution at Georgetown University’s Constitution Day 2006. He also gave the lecture, “Jefferson’s Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism,” for the Leadership Lab of the Brookings Institution. He wrote a newspaper article, with David Keene, “Cameras in the District Can Protect Safety and Civil Liberties,” in the Sept. 8 issue of The Examiner.

School of Public Policy

Richard Florida wrote “Where the Brains Are” for the October issue of The Atlantic.

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