April 2007 Accolades

Posted: April 2, 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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Jane Daly, Information Technology Administration, was selected as the April 2007 ITU Employee of the Month.

Darryl Wallace, Technology Systems Division, was selected as the Information Technology Unit Employee of the Month for March 2007.

College of Education and Human Development

Margret Hjalmarson and colleagues Monica Cardella and Robin Adams published a chapter titled “Uncertainty and Iteration in Design Task for Engineering Students” in Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education, 409-429 (2007). Hjalmarson and colleagues Fred Martin and Philip Wankat published a chapter titled

“When the Model Is a Program” in Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education, 395-408 (2007).

Peggy King-Sears published an article titled “Designing and Delivering Learning Center Instruction” in Intervention in School and Clinic (42), 129-147 (2007).

Anastasia Kitsantis and colleague A. Chow published an article titled “College Students’ Perceived Threat and Preference for Seeking Help in Traditional, Distributed and Distance Learning Environments” in Computers and Education, 48 (3), 383-395.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alan Cheuse, English, gave a talk, “Classics of the Future,” and a reading of short fiction at the James Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. “Classics of the Future” will appear in essay form in the next issue of the Antioch Review. Cheuse is also a judge (with Joyce Carol Oates and Rita Dove) for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Voices Prize for Fiction and the newly inaugurated National Award for Arts Writing.

Rebecca Goldin, Mathematical Sciences, is the first recipient of the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize given by the Association for Women in Mathematics. The Michler Prize grants a mid-career woman in academe a residential fellowship in the Cornell University mathematics department without teaching obligations.

Andrew Hughes Hallett, Economics and Public Policy, wrote an op-ed in the March 20 issue of the Herald (UK) titled “Why Scotland Can Do Better on Her Own.”

Roy Rosenzweig, History and Art History, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Organization of American Historians at the organization’s 100th annual meeting in Minneapolis in March. The award is given to an individual or individuals whose contributions have significantly enriched the understanding and appreciation of American history.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Marc Gopin spoke at Emory University in March on interfaith diplomacy as part of the university’s religion, conflict and peace building initiative.

Robinson Professors

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, is a visiting scholar at Arizona State University in the Biodesign Institute. He gave two lectures to the Bioengineering Seminar and the workshop, “Life as an Emergent System,” featuring his lecture “The Emergence of Biochemistry from Geochemistry.”

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, gave a lecture, “The Origin of Life: An Introduction,” at the Santa Fe Institute Museum Group and consulted there on a traveling museum exhibit on the same subject. He also wrote an article, “Toward a Theory of Aging,” that appeared in the Santa Fe Institute Bulletin, Winter 2007, 4-9.

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, was honored at the Brookings Institution with “An Evening with Roger Wilkins: A 75th Birthday Celebration,” moderated by E. J. Dionne Jr.

School of Law

Craig Lerner was on a panel, “Regulation through Criminalization,” which was part of a conference on Corporate Criminality: Legal, Ethical, and Managerial Implications at the Georgetown University Law Center in March. The conference was hosted by the Georgetown Business Ethics Institute in partnership with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform and the American Criminal Law Review.

Kyndra Rotunda wrote an op-ed titled “Denying Self-Defense to GIs in Iraq” that ran in the March 2 Christian Science Monitor.

Ronald Rotunda wrote an op-ed titled “The Case for a Libby Pardon” that appeared in the March 7 Wall Street Journal.

School of Management

Linda Parsons, Accounting, had the article “Misreporting Fundraising: How Do Nonprofit Organizations Account for Telemarketing Campaigns?” (co-written with Elizabeth K. Keating and Andrea A. Roberts) published in the proceedings of the American Accounting Association Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting.

School of Public Policy

Brent Eastwood had an article, “Is Science the Key to the Middle East?” published on Feb. 1 in Amercian.com magazine.

R. W. “Bill” Farrand, affiliated with SPP’s Peace Operations Policy Program, spoke at a CSIS-organized conference on “The Future of Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia and Herzegovina” on Feb. 22 in Washington, D.C. He also participated as a senior advisor and civilian role-player in the annual “Yama Sakura ’51” Japanese/U.S. military exercise held in Osaka, Japan, Feb. 2–16.

Stephen Fuller presented his findings about the Fredericksburg area’s economy at a breakfast for community leaders in Fredericksburg in March.

Jack High had a book, “Humane Economics: Essays in Honor of Don Lavoie,” published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

James Pfiffner wrote the article, “The First MBA President: George W. Bush as Public Administrator,” for the January-February 2007 issue of Public Administration Review.

Tojo Thatchenkery wrote with Dilpreet Chuwdhry, “Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management: A Social Constructionist Perspective.” The book will be published this month by Edward Elgar Publishing.

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