November 2006 Accolades

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

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Michelle Guobadia, Fraternity and Sorority Life, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Black Alumni Organization for her alma mater, the University of Delaware.

Cathy Hubbs and Robert Nakles, Information Technology Unit, presented “Who Owns These Data Anyway? Corralling Data Stewardship,” at the Educause Annual Conference held in Dallas in October. They also presented “Deputize the Community: IT Security for All.”

Byung Kook, Technology Systems Division, has been selected as the November 2006 ITU Employee of the Month.

Alan Merten, Mason president, was invited in October to join the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) of the National Academies. GUIRR is a forum in which high-level federal research officials, joined by select industry and university leaders, deliberate a range of issues. He will serve a three-year term.

Jeff Pollard, Counseling Center, attended the annual meeting of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors where he presented “What They Never Told Me about Being a College Counseling Center Director.”

Cynthia Tasaki, Office of International Programs and Services, planned the conference content for the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference for Region VIII in Washington, D.C., to be held Nov. 8-11. Tasaki is conference chair/chair-elect for NAFSA Region VIII.

Stanley E. Taylor, vice president for metropolitan relations, has been appointed chair of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Taylor was appointed to the commission in 2001 by President George W. Bush. The Presidential Scholars program recognizes and honors some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school students.

College of Education and Human Development

Susan Bon and colleagues S. Faircloth and G.K. LeTendre had an article titled “The School Violence Dilemma: Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities While Maintaining Teachers’ Sense of Safety in Schools” published in the Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 17, (3).

Dimiter Dimitrov was invited to present his recent theoretical work and software for validation of cognitive structures at a seminar for faculty and doctoral students at the University Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, in June. Two doctoral students from this seminar will come for five months from April-September of 2007 to work with him. He will also serve as their advisor on dissertations in the area of advanced measurement. He recently had two book chapters published: “Reliability” in “Assessment for Counselors” (2006) published by Houghton-Mifflin/Lahaska Press; and “Validation of Cognitive Operations and Processes across Ability Levels and Individual Test Items” written with Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri included in “Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities,” Vol. 19, and published by Elsevier Ltd.

Donna Sterling
Donna Sterling

Donna Sterling and Patricia Moyer and former doctoral student Lorraine Smith published an article titled “Activities That Really Measure Up” in Science and Children, Vol. 44, (2). Sterling also published an article titled “Thinking Metric” in Science and Children Vol. 44, (2).

David K. Wiggins, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, is editor of the book, “Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African-American Athletes,” published this month by the University of Arkansas Press. The book includes an essay from Mason doctoral candidate in history, Jennifer H. Lansbury, titled “Alice Coachman: Quiet Champion of the 1940s,” and an essay from R. Pierre Rodgers and Ellen B. Drogin Rodgers titled “‘Ghetto Cinderellas’: Venus and Serena Williams and the Discourse of Racism.”

College of Health and Human Services

Mark Meiners, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, presented “Long Term Care Insurance Partnerships: A New Opportunity” at the National Academy of State Health Policy, 19th Annual State Health Policy Conference, in October.

Jeanne Sorrell, School of Nursing, received one of six Nursing Spectrum National Nursing Excellence Awards in the category of Teaching from Nursing Spectrum magazine.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, has had his short fiction published in a number of journals: “In the Kauri Forest,” in Ploughshares, Fall, 2006; “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941,” in New Letters, Fall, 2006; and “Thirty-Five Passages Over Water,” in The Antioch Review, Fall, 2006.

Andrew Ryan
Andrew Ryan

Andrew Ryan, New Century College, was on a hip-hop education panel during the program “The United Nations and Hip-Hop: Making a Difference Together” held in October at the University of California Washington, D.C., Center. It was the first-ever program during United Nations Week that featured the contributions of the hip-hop community in accord with the mission of the United Nations.

Susan Tichy, English, is the recipient of the 2006 Poetry Prize from the Indiana Review for “Gallowglass,” which will be published in the winter issue of the review.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, associate dean, spoke on Henrik Ibsen in conjunction with the production of Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., as part of the theater’s “Classics in Context” series on Oct. 14. Davis and Brian Johnston of Carnegie Mellon University translated the play, which ended its Shakespeare Theatre run on Oct. 22.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Terrence Lyons
Terrence Lyons

Terrence Lyons participated in an Expert Forum on Capacity Building for Peace and Development: Roles of Diasporas held last month in Toronto. Lyons led two working groups on conflict prevention and peace building and contributed a case study paper on “The Ethiopian Diaspora and Homeland Conflict.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, gave two lectures, “Emergency of Complexity,” at the Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C., and “Microbial Life at High Pressure,” at the Geological Society of American annual meeting in Philadelphia.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, had an article, “Relativity’s Infinite Beauty,” Published in “Astronomy,” Collector’s Edition 2006 (Cosmos – Before There Was Light).

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, was a panelist for the film screening of “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965,” sponsored by National Black Programming Consortium, Public Broadcasting Service, and Campus Progress. He was also a presenter with John Hope Franklin, Vernon Jordan and others of “A Celebration of the Life and Work of Kenneth B. Clark,” at City College of New York.

School of Law

Allison Hayward addressed students and faculty at an event cosponsored by the Federalist Society chapters at the Washington University School of Law and the St. Louis University School of Law on Oct. 16. Hayward, who formerly served as chief of staff and counsel to Federal Election Commissioner Bradley Smith, discussed government regulation of campaigns and campaign finance issues.

Elizabeth Keith will participate in a panel discussion on legal education at the Women, Law and Public Policy career conference on Nov. 5. The conference is sponsored by the Public Leadership Education Network, whose mission is to prepare women for leadership roles in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Michael Krauss
Michael Krauss

Michael Krauss discussed Israel’s right to determine its own borders when he was invited to speak at High Point University on Oct. 10. Krauss’ lecture was cosponsored by High Point’s department of history and political science, honors program and Pre-Law Society.

Ilya Somin delivered the presentation, “Your Land is My Land: Economic Development Takings after Kelo,” to students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Oct. 25. Somin’s lecture was sponsored by the Penn Law chapter of the Federalist Society.

School of Management

Matthew Cronin, Management, had his article, “Representational Gaps, Information Processing, and Conflict in Functionally Diverse Teams,” accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Review and the article, “A strategy for Improving Insight at Work,” published in the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Sidhartha Das, DMIS, recently had the article, “Process Innovativeness in Technology Services Organizations: Roles of Differentiation Strategy, Operational Autonomy and Risk Taking Propensity” accepted for publication in the Journal of Operations Management.

Edward Douthett, Accounting, had the article, “SOX: Unintended Dilemmas for Auditing” published in the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance.

James Harvey, Marketing, had the article, “Strategies for Gray and Black Market Risk,” published in the Journal of the International Society of Business Disciplines.

Jim Hsieh, Finance, had the article, “The History and Performance of Concept Stocks,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Banking and Finance.

David Kravitz, Management, had the article, “Understanding Attitudes toward Affirmative Action Programs in Employment: Addressing Reactions to Redressing Discrimination,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Yan Ling, Management, had the article, “Ambidexterity and Performance in Small- to Medium-Sized Firms: The Pivotal Role of TMT Behavioral Integration,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Management.

Michelle Marks, Management, had the article “Leadership in Multi-team systems” published in the Journal Of Applied Psychology.

Laurie Meamber, Marketing, recently had the article, “Arts and Aesthetics: Marketing and Cultural Production,” published in Marketing Theory.

Linda Parsons, Accounting, had the article, “An Experimental Investigation of Accounting Information’s Influence on the Individual Giving Process,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

Linda Samuels, Management, recently had the article, “Precential Court Decisions Affecting PTO Trademark Practice: The Year in Review,” published in the Journal of Patent and Trademark Office Society.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs has been recognized with the honorary “Honoris Causa Doctor” for his scholarly work and data development activity on the General Entrepreneurship Monitor and his work on the economics of entrepreneurship as well as contributing to the development of an entrepreneurship program in economics and business at the University of Pecs in Hungary.

Richard Florida presented the keynote address at the Washington, D.C., Economic Partnership Annual Meeting and Development Showcase luncheon in October.

Roger Stough has been recognized with the honorary “Honoris Causa Doctor” for his scholarship in regional economic development and aiding in the development of a new PhD program at the Jonkoping International Business University in Sweden.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Sushil Jajodia, director of the Center for Secure Information Systems, was a speaker at the 2006 International Conference on Privacy, Security and Trust hosted by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and held in Ontario, Canada.

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