February 2007 Accolades

Posted: February 1, 2007 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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Terri Crowl, Office of International Programs and Services, was the facilitator at a four-day nonresident alien tax training session in Boston given by Windstar Technologies Inc.

Kevin Gibson, Technology Systems Division, was selected as the February 2007 Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month.

Renate Guilford, Enrollment Planning and Summer Term, was elected vice president for the Middle States Region for the North American Association of Summer Sessions. Her term, which began in November, will be for two years.

Sandarshi Gunawardena, Office of International Programs and Services, presented “The International Student Services Office: More Than an Immigration Stop,” at the Northern Virginia Foreign Student Advisor breakfast meeting at Marymount University.

Rob Hopke, Technology Systems Division, was selected as the January 2007 Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month.

Rebecca Walter and Dennis Webster, Multicultural Research and Resource Center, presented a workshop titled “The Personal is Political: Integrating NCBI Principles and Methodology into the Curriculum” at the National Coalition Building Institute Campus Conference at Columbia University in New York.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson provided leadership for Step up Loudoun, an event coordinated by the Loudoun Youth Initiative in November. The day-long event featured keynote speakers and planning sessions for more than 250 participants. In conjunction with Laurie Dopkins, Sociology, he provided the research and needs assessment foundations for action items discussed by 10 youth groups and one parent group. The groups were led by co-facilitators trained by Anderson and Dopkins during a special session beforehand. Facilitators of the parent group included Luanne Norden and Candace Parham. Anderson and Dopkins followed up with an overall strategic plan for Loudoun County’s youth initiative in December.

Joan Isenberg received the Outstanding Teacher Educator Award, a lifetime achievement award recognizing meritorious leadership, professionalism, self-reflective practices, and mentoring in early childhood teacher education. The award, given by Allyn & Bacon, was presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators in Atlanta in November.

Peggy King-Sears published an article titled “Self-Management for Students with Disabilities: The Importance of Teacher Follow-Up” in The International Journal of Special Education, vol. 21.

Anastasia Kitsantis and colleague B. J. Zimmerman published an article titled “Enhancing Self-Regulation of Practice: The Influence of Graphing and Self-Evaluation Standards” in Metacognition and Learning.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Deborah Boehm-Davis, Psychology, moderated a panel of speakers at a congressional briefing highlighting award-winning research on making workplaces and public places safer. An article describing the session was published in the Psychological Science Agenda published by the Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association.

Lawrence Butler, History and Art History, wrote an article on Silk Road art in American museum collections for East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies and co-wrote a guide to American art museums, “The Museum Experience: East” (Thomson Wadsworth, 2007). Last spring, he gave a series of lectures on Chinese ports of call in maritime Southeast Asia at the Smithsonian Institution.

Alan Cheuse, English, has a new short story titled “Gribnis” in the winter issue of Prairie Schooner.

Robert DeCaroli, History and Art History, presented a paper at the University of Virginia as part of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation Lectures in the Arts of Asia. His recent publications include a book chapter on serpent imagery on early south Indian Buddhist sites for a volume on Indian Buddhist architecture, and the entry on Buddhist sculpture for the recently published Encyclopedia of India. In January, DeCaroli began a residential fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.

Sheila ffolliott, History and Art History, was one of three speakers in the plenary panel on Recent Trends: Women in the Renaissance at the 2006 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. ffolliott contributed an essay on Italian women patrons for the catalogue of an exhibition, Italian Women Artists from Renaissance to Baroque, which will open in March at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Michele Greet, History and Art History, received research support from the Hazel Junior Faculty Award and an Allan and Gwen Nelson Travel Grant for work on her book manuscript, “Beyond National Identity: Pictorial Indigenism as a Modernist Strategy in Andean Art, 1920–1960.” In 2006, she published two articles in Global Studies Review and Revista de Historia Procesos and presented papers at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., and the Latin American Studies Association annual conference. She will present a paper, “Depolarizing American Modernism, 1915–1940,” at the conference of the College Art Association in New York this month.

Todd Kashdan, Psychology, was invited to join the editorial board for the Journal of Research in Personality.

Maria Kozhevnikov, Psychology, has received a new award from the Office of Naval Research for her project, “Individual Differences in Visual/Spatial Abilities.” She also received a grant, in partnership with Harvard University, from the National Science Foundation, for the project “Cognitive Style: Individual Differences in Object and Spatial Imagery.”

William McAuley, Sociology and Anthropology, has become editor in chief of The Gerontologist, the journal of the Gerontological Society of America. He also received the Tibbitts Award in 2006 from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education for his contributions to the field.

Christopher Monk, Psychology, wrote an editorial in the Oct. 15, 2006 issue of Newsday about the driving fatality rates in Suffolk and Nassau counties in Long Island, N.Y.

Roger Paden, Philosophy, has published a new book, “Mysticism and Architecture: Wittgenstein and the Meanings of the Palais Stonborough” (Lexington Books, 2007). The book is a multidisciplinary study of the Viennese palais that the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein helped design and build for his sister.

Raja Parasuraman, Psychology, wrote a new book, “Neuroergonomics: The Brain at Work,” which was recently published by Oxford University Press. The book shows how neuroergonomics has built upon modern neuroscience and human-factors psychology to further our understanding of the role of brain function in the complex tasks of everyday life. He also received an award from Aptima and the Air Force Research Lab to investigate “A Quantitative Model of Human Attention Allocation.”

Koraly Perez-Edgar, Psychology, was named a “Young Investigator” by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and was awarded $59,000 for her research in this area. She also received an award from the National Institutes of Health for her project, “Threat and Attention in Adolescent Anxiety.” Perez-Edgar also received a travel award to present an invited poster to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Conference.

Paul Posner, Public and International Affairs, was elected vice president of the American Society of Public Administration, the flagship organization for public administration and the publisher of its leading journal.

Ellen Todd, History and Art History, spent the winter and spring quarters as a distinguished visiting professor at Stanford University. She taught a seminar on women artists from 1890 to 1935 and a lecture course, American Art from Ragtime to Swingtime.

Martin Winkler, Modern and Classical Languages, is the editor of “Spartacus: Film and History” (Blackwell, 2007.) This collection of essays examines the iconic 1960 Stanley Kubrick film from different historical, political, and cinematic perspectives. The volume includes two chapters by Martin, “The Holy Cause of Freedom: American Ideals in Spartacus” and “Culturally Significant and Not Just Simple Entertainment: History and the Marketing of Spartacus.”

Steve Zaccaro, Psychology, has received an additional increment on his project, “Identifying Individual Attributes and Learning Principles that Foster Adaptive Performance and Promote Rapid Adaptability Skill Acquisition through Multiple Modes of Development.” The project is sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Institute.

College of Science

Estela Blaisten-Barojas, Computational and Data Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; and Chemistry was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society “for pioneering work in the computational simulation of atomic and molecular clusters including significant advances in the understanding of the structure and other important properties of nanoscale systems.” She will be recognized in March at the 2007 APS meeting in Denver.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, visited the University of Karachi in Pakistan to teach a weeklong course on marine mammal conservation to students, members of environmental groups and government scientists studying and researching in Pakistan. Parsons (with Claire Howard, Edinburgh University) also published a paper on “Attitudes of Scottish City Inhabitants to Cetacean [whale and dolphin] Conservation” in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation (Vol. 15). Parsons has also published an article on whale watching in the journal Tourism in Marine Environments with Mason graduate student Jill Lewandowski and Michael Luck.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rick Davis, associate dean, is the librettist for “The Songbird and the Eagle,” a major new work (with composer Kim D. Sherman) for soloists, orchestra and chorus, which had its world premiere with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra in San Jose, Calif., in December. The work was commissioned by the orchestra and the Aubrey’s End foundation. He also participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities at the Reston Community Center, appearing on a panel titled “Using Your Roots” on the subject of the role of the arts in advancing educational opportunities for young people.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dennis Sandole had his new book, “Peace and Security in the Postmodern World: The OSCE and Conflict Resolution,” published in December 2006 by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

School of Management

Richard Coffinberger, Management, delivered the presentation, “The Ninth Circuit and Sexual Stereotyping: Did the Ninth Circuit Get It Right?” at the annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Tampa, Fla.

Catherine Cramton, Management, delivered the presentation, “Leadership Processes in the Development of Internationally Distributed Team Collaborations,” at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Atlanta, Ga. She also presented “Design and Validation Strategies for Qualitative Study of International Teams” at the research conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sidhartha Das, DMIS, had the article, “Examining a Firm’s Decisions with a Contingency Framework for Manufacturing Flexibility,” published in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Richard Klimoski, dean, had the article “Training and Development of Human Capital at Work: Is the State of Our Science Strong?” published in the proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Michael Naor, DMIS, delivered the presentation, “The Mismatch between Organizational and National Culture: Does Culture Fit Effect Performance?” at the annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute in San Antonio, Tex.

Alison O’Brien, associate dean of undergraduate programs, presented the paper, “The Impact of Individual Time Management on Work-Life Conflict: Above and Beyond the Amount of Work Hours,” at the regional meeting of the Academy of Business Disciplines in Ft. Myer, Fla.

Linda Parsons, Accounting, delivered the presentations, “Misreporting Fundraising: How Do Nonprofit Organizations Account for Telemarketing Campaigns?” and “The Role of Information and Charitable Giving: An Experiment” at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in Chicago, Ill.

Alexei Zhdanov, Finance, had the article, “Underinvestment or Overinvestment: The Effects of Financial Leverage on Investment,” published in the proceedings of the American Finance Association.

School of Public Policy

Philip Auerswald, School of Public Policy, wrote an op-ed in the Jan. 23, 2007, edition of the Boston Globe titled “Calling an End to Oil Alarmism.” The article was reprinted the same day in the International Herald Tribune under the title “Let’s Call an End to Oil Alarmism.”

Jeremy Mayer, School of Public Policy, wrote an article in the online publication, The Politico, titled “Fusion Is the Ticket for 2008.”

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Jeff Offutt, Information and Software Engineering, has been named editor-in-chief of the journal of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, published by Wiley. STVR is the premier international journal in the field of testing software.

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