February 2009 Accolades

Posted: February 2, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest achievements of Mason faculty and staff members.

Send information to gazette@gmu.edu. Please note: The next Accolades column will be published on March 2. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 23.


Rick Davis, associate provost for undergraduate education, published a volume of translations and commentaries titled “Calderon de la Barca: Four Great Plays of the Golden Age” (Smith and Kraus, 2009).

Derek Kan, Information Technology, gave a presentation titled “Constructing a Framework for IT Project Management: Our True Story” at the Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia in January.

Tara Laskowski, Media and Public Relations, is the winner of the 2009 Kathy Fish Fellowship and will be a “writer in residence” for the literary publication SmokeLong Quarterly for each of the four issues to be published in 2009.

David Lee, Key Control, published an article titled “Mortise Screw Removal” in the December 2008 issue of National Locksmith.

Dan Waxman, University Services, published two articles, “An Array of Tray Options” and “Celebrating Local Heritage,” in the NACAS College Services magazine.

College of Education and Human Development

David Anderson and Devashish Chhetri conducted a workshop in November 2008 titled “COMPASS Roadmap: Destination Health” at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Meeting on Alcohol, Drug and Violence Prevention in St. Paul. The workshop highlighted the healthy living approach focusing on Mason first-year students, including the COMPASS: A Roadmap to Healthy Living resource. The workshop was organized around the Implementation Guide developed by Mason’s Center for Advancement of Public Health (CAPH) and included the use of interactive decision software. Anderson also conducted a dinner discussion and workshop in November with 50 grantees of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s CHOICES program in St. Paul. “The Best of CHOICES” session highlighted campus-based successes and challenges; offered evaluation guidance and technical assistance; and showed the content of the upcoming print and DVD resource CAPH is preparing.

Bill Brozo and a colleague wrote a book titled “Bright Beginnings for Boys: Engaging Young Boys in Active Literacy,” which focuses on the theory and practice of literacy development for primary school-age boys. In January, Brozo provided professional development workshops for the Recovery School District (RSD) teachers in New Orleans. Workshop participants included reading and math coaches and lead teachers. He has been working with the RSD for two years in support of Louisiana’s new literacy initiatives.

Rita Chi-Ying Chung has completed a training video titled “Working with Immigrants” for the American Psychological Association Psychotherapy Video Services. The video was filmed in Chicago and is being distributed by APA. In November 2008, she gave a presentation titled “Child Trafficking, Human Rights and Social Justice” to the United Nations in New York.

Dimiter Dimitrov returned from his study leave in Madrid, Spain, where he taught two courses on latent trait modeling for research education and psychology. While there, he also worked on research projects at the University Complutense de Madrid’s Department of Education and the University Autonoma de Madrid’s Department of Psychology. In addition, he published a textbook titled “Quantitative Research in Education: Intermediate and Advanced Methods” and a paper titled “Initial trends in MSP-related changes in Student Achievement with MIS Data” in the Peabody Journal of Education.

Earle Reybold published an article titled “Academic Transitions in Adult and Higher Education: A Developmental Perspective of Women Faculty Experiences” in the Journal of Career Development.

Lynne Schrum and her colleagues presented a paper in November 2008 titled “Web 2.0 and Social Software: Challenges and Complexity of Communication in Education” at the HCI and Usability for Education and Work: 4th Symposium of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering of the Austrian Computer Society in Austria. In addition, Schrum and her colleagues published an article titled “Framing Research on Technology and Student Learning in the Content Areas: Implications for Educators.”

Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri published a book titled “Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Vol. 21, Personnel Preparation.”

College of Health and Human Services

Jack Hadley, Health Administration and Policy, and his colleagues published a paper titled “Covering the Uninsured in 2008: Current Costs, Sources of Payment and Incremental Costs,” which is one of the top 20 most-read papers in Health Affairs in 2008.

P.J. Maddox, Health Administration and Policy, and her colleagues published an article in January titled “The Economic Value of Professional Nursing” in Medical Care Vol. 41. The article details the results of research to develop and test a new model to quantify the economic value of nursing.

Margaret Miklancie, School of Nursing, passed the exam to be a certified nurse educator.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Donald Boudreaux, Economics, published an article titled “Bankruptcy Doesn’t Equal Death” in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 11, 2008.

James M. Buchanan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics, was a discussant at the “Leadership in Times of Crisis: Economic Science and the Constitution” conference held at the University of Richmond in January.

Benedict Carton, History and Art History, is one of 15 finalists for the Inspire Integrity Awards, a national award recognizing faculty members who have had a significant impact on their students’ lives and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity. The awards are presented by The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, an honor society inviting high-achieving freshmen and sophomores. The winner and runner-up will be named in February.

Alan Cheuse, English, was awarded the Grub Street Writers National Book Prize for Fiction 2009 for his book titled “To Catch the Lightning.” The prize will be awarded at the organization’s annual conference in Boston in April.

Marion Deshmukh, History and Art History, presented two lectures on “Berlin: Two Centuries of Cultural Transformation” for the Smithsonian Associates at the German Embassy in November 2008. She also published an article in December 2008 titled “Artistic and Cultural Migration in the 1930s and 1940s: A Literature Review” in Central European History.

Al Fuertes, New Century College, published a book titled “Community Based Warviews, Resiliency and Healing” in October 2008.

Laura Fyfe, Modern and Classical Languages, published a chapter titled “Finding a Safe Space on Rue Félix-Faure” in the book “Emerging Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices.”

Helon Habila, English, was the featured speaker at the first Writer’s Read program at Eastern Mennonite University in January. Habila read from and commented on his prize-winning works.

David M. Levy, Economics, was an organizer and discussion leader for the “Leadership in Times of Crisis: Economic Science and the Constitution” conference held at the University of Richmond in January.

Mike O’Malley, History and Art History, published a book titled “The Cultural Turn in U.S. History.”

Martin Sherwin, History and Art History, was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize for his book titled “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.” The award is presented each year to the best work of history, biography or political science published in English or French.

Richard E. Wagner, Economics, was a discussant at the “Leadership in Times of Crisis: Economic Science and the Constitution” conference held at the University of Richmond in January.

College of Science

Nicole Darnall, Environmental Science and Policy, published two articles titled “Do Environmental Management Systems Improve Business Performance in an International Setting?” in the Journal of International Management Business and Management; and “What the Federal Government Can Do to Encourage Green Production” in the Business of Government fall/winter issue. She also gave presentations titled “Adopting Proactive Environmental Practices: The Influence of Stakeholders and Organizational Size” at the Decision Science Institute in Baltimore in November 2008, and “Assessing the Linkages Between Environmental Sustainability and Competitiveness in Select North American Sectors” to the Joint Public Advisory Committee, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in December 2008.

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, was elected president of the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section and will sit on the Society’s Board of Governors. The society will hold the first International Marine Conservation Congress at Mason in May 2009.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Tom Ashcraft, Art and Visual Technology, taught sculpture in Cortona, Italy, for the University of Georgia Cortona Program. His most recent projects include the H Street Project, which is a Workingman Collective intervention/installation project used by the oldest Washington, D.C., barbershop as a starting point for navigating the community; Site/Cite/Sight at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C.; and Synchrony, a partnership with the Shenandoah and Potomac Garden Railway Club at the Delaplaine Visual Art Center in Fredrick, Md.

Mark Cooley, Art and Visual Technology, won the WPA Experimental Media Prize for the group show titled “When Absence Becomes Presence.” The show and screening were at the Washington Project for the Arts and the Phillips Collection.

Steven Cushner, Art and Visual Technology, was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship by the DC Commission on the Arts for 2009.

Mary Del Popolo, Art and Visual Technology, was one of two artists selected to contribute a series of photographs titled “Self” that appeared in “Witness: Number Five” in fall 2008. She also participated as one of the artists in the Floating Lab Collective’s project “Bartering in the Land of Abundance” at the Transformer Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Katzen Center at the American University in fall 2008.

Helen Frederick, Art and Visual Technology, received accolades for her one-person exhibition “Indefinite States of Emergency” in the Gazette by critic Claudia Rousseau and on WETA’s “All Around Town.”

Chawky Frenn, Art and Visual Technology, has an upcoming show titled “Can Humankind Save Itself?” at LaGrange College in Georgia from Feb. 12 through April 23.

Harold Linton, Art and Visual Technology, published a book titled “Graphic Design Portfolio Strategies for Print and Digital Media.” He also published an article titled “An Enviable Design Portfolio” in Design Intelligence in the November/December edition. He has two upcoming books that will be published titled “Portfolio Design for INTERIORS” and the fourth edition of “Portfolio Design.”

Kirby Malone and Gail Scott White, Art and Visual Technology, published an article titled “The Case for Live Movies: The Training of New-Media Projection Designers Will Mean New Aesthetics, New Audiences” in the January issue of American Theater magazine. They also created new media scenography and projection design for a “surveillance state” production of “Hamlet” at the Temple Theatre in Sanford, N.C., which ran throughout January.

Sean Watkins, Ben Ashworth, Art and Visual Technology, and their colleagues created a multiple show exhibition titled “Breaking Ground.” The project documented a community-designed-and-built skate park that was transformed into a dance and video exhibition. The dance and video were combined in performances at Arlington’s Powhatan Skate Park, the Warehouse, the Woolly Mammoth and the Navy Memorial’s stage. Watkins and Ashworth are continuing ongoing interdisciplinary experiments that bring together skateboarders; video projections and company dancers; District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia youth; and culturally diverse populations to create live performances.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Susan Allen Nan published an op-ed titled “A Resolution to the Caucasus War?” in the Georgia Times on Nov. 11, 2008. She also published a letter to the editor titled “Fierce Blame Game in Georgia” in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 8, 2008.

Richard Rubenstein was awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy, for four weeks in March and April 2009. Rubenstein will use the residency to work on his forthcoming book titled “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Go to War.”

Dennis Sandole published a letter to the editor titled “G20 Momentum Could Spur Collective Climate Action” in the Financial Times on Dec. 16, 2008.


Igor Griva, Mathematical Sciences, Stephen Nash, Systems Engineering and Operations Research and Ariela Sofer, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, had their book, “Linear and Nonlinear Optimization,” published by the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Robinson Professors

Shaul Bakhash, Robinson Professor of History, reviewed the book, “The Devil We Know – Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower,” by Robert Baer in the Washington Post Book World on Nov. 30, 2008. Bakhash was also part of a panel at the Woodrow Wilson Center in January examining a new biography of Mohammad Reza Shah, the last monarch of Iran. In addition, Bakhash spoke in January on Iran’s domestic politics at a conference at the Center for International and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Hugh Heclo, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, wrote a chapter titled “Is America a Christian Nation?” in the book “The Future of Religion in American Politics.”

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, and his colleagues wrote a chapter titled “Core Metabolism” in the book “Protocells Bridging Nonliving and Living Matter.”

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Affairs, gave several presentations while in Nigeria in January: “Reflections on Higher Education and the First Generation of Northern Nigerian Scholars” at a dinner given by a federal minister in Abuja; a lecture at Arewa House, Kaduna, for the launch of his new book, “Faith and Politics in Nigeria;” “The Legacy of Ahmadu Bello and Lessons for the Future” at the Centre for Peace Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University; and “Faith and Politics in Global Perspective: The Challenges of Inter-Faith Cooperation” as the keynote lecture at Usmanu Danfodiyo Sokoto for a national conference on “Religion and International Relations in the Post-Cold War Era.” In addition, Paden helped consolidate the linkage agreement between Mason and Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto, Nigeria, especially with the Centre for Peace Studies with its focus on inter-faith conflict prevention and mediation.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, reviewed two books in December 2008 in the Washington Post Book World: “Passing Game – Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football” by Murray Greenberg and “The Age of Entanglement – When Quantum Physics Was Reborn” by Louisa Gilder. He also served as a discussion leader in December 2008 for the George Mason Law and Economics Center Institute for judges on Science in the Courts, where he gave presentations titled “How Scientists Judge Science” and “Frontiers of Health: Biotech” in Captive, Fla. He also gave presentations in January titled “Innovation and Technology as a Framework in Ecosystem Sustainability – A Case for Optimism” at the Green Highways Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.; and “Science Education for Everyone: A Story in Three Heresies” at the 2,248th meeting of the Philosophical Society of Washington.

School of Law

Todd Zywicki published an op-ed titled “Bankruptcy is the Perfect Remedy for Detroit” in the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 16, 2008.

School of Management

Jesse Bockstedt, Information Systems and Operations Management, was awarded the Best Practitioner Paper Award in October 2008 for the paper “Optimal Staffing at Multiple Locations for a Multi-Skill Service Provider” at the 17th Annual Frontiers in Service Conference in Washington, D.C. Bockstedt and his colleagues published articles titled “Understanding Evolution in Technology Ecosystems” in the Communications of ACM in October 2008, and “CTREND: Temporal Cluster Graphs for Identifying and Visualizing Trends in Multi-Attribute Transactional Data” in the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering in June 2008.

Karen Hallows, Finance, and Michelle Marks and Paige Wolf, Management, presented a paper in August 2008 titled “Short-Term Study Abroad Programs for Graduate Students” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. Hallows also presented two papers, “Fundamentals of Finance for the Global Entrepreneur” and “Cash Flow vs. Economic Value,” at Corporate Ventures — The Art of Business in the Global Economy in Herndon, Va., in September 2008.

David Kravitz, Management, presented papers titled “Does Diversity Training Reduce Discrimination? A Longitudinal, Multilevel Study” and “Enhancing Diversity Training Outcomes: Recognizing Bias about Bias” at the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology annual meeting in New Orleans. Kravitz also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Kevin McCrohan, Marketing, published his presentation titled “Market Segmentation, Service Level, and Income Tax Compliance, Internal Revenue Service Measuring the Indirect Effects of Services and Enforcement on Taxpayer Compliance” in the proceedings from the IRS Research Conference.

Kumar Mehta, Information Systems and Operations Management, served in December 2008 as chair of the Prototype and Technology Instructional Tools Session of the annual international Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems in Paris.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, served as track chair of the Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship Track for the Federation of Business Disciplines Conference in Oklahoma City.

Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, was selected as a finalist for the Decision Sciences Journal Best Article Award in 2008. In November 2008, Naor presented the paper, “Revisiting the Culture-Performance Linkage,” and chaired the session, “Productivity: Gender, Culture and Stress,” at the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, presented the paper, “Accounting Conservatism in Fraud Firms: An Empirical Investigation,” in December 2008 at the University of Maryland Accounting Department Workshop in College Park, Md.

George Wang, Finance, and his colleagues published an article in December 2008 titled “Large Trades and Intraday Futures Price Behavior” in the Journal of Futures Markets.

Rick Warne, Accounting, presented the paper, “The Effects of Non-Current Asset Fair-Value Recognition on Nonprofessional Investors’ Judgments,” in January at the Contemporary Accounting Research and Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics Joint Symposium in Hong Kong. The presentation was published in the conference proceedings.

Ali Sher, Business Administration, RAK Campus, published a research paper titled “Assessing and Comparing Interaction Dynamics, Student Learning and Satisfaction within Web-based Online Learning Programs” in the December 2008 MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.

School of Public Policy

Zoltan Acs and his colleague wrote an article titled “The Startup Process” for the special December 2008 “Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Approach,” which is part of the Estudios de Economia journal series.

Jonathan Gifford gave a presentation titled “The National Perspective: Federal Policy and the States” during the session on Understanding the Funding Environment: State and National Perspectives at the 2008 Pennsylvania State Senate Republican Caucus-Transportation Summit in Harrisburg, Penn., on Nov. 17, 2008.

Jack Goldstone was one of 50 people who served on expert groups supporting the Genocide Prevention Task Force chairs, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. The task force released a report titled “Preventing Genocide: A Blueprint for U.S. Policy Makers” in December 2008. Goldstone also gave the Reitman/Degrange Memorial Lecture titled “Democracy and Development: New Insights from Graphic Analysis” at Dartmouth University in November 2008. Building on the work of former Hazel Professor Seymour Martin Lipset, Goldstone spoke about the complex pathways by which economic growth and the development of democratic institutions are linked. In addition, Goldstone discussed the fate of young democracies at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., in December 2008.

Jeremy Mayer gave a presentation in November 2008 titled “Legislative Leaders: Post-Election Wrap Up” to business and government leaders at an event sponsored by the Prince William County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

John McClain was the keynote speaker at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s 84th annual meeting in Arlington, Va., in December 2008. McClain spoke about the economic issues of the region.

Hilton Root discussed his book, “Alliance Curse: How America Lost the Third World,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., in November 2008. In the same month, Root also spoke about his book and topic in San Francisco at the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Mark Rozell and his colleagues edited the book titled “Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension between Faith and Power.” He also wrote a chapter for the book titled “Political Marriage of Convenience? The Evolution of the Conservative Catholic-Evangelical Alliance.” In addition, Rozell and his colleagues published an article, “Executive Privilege and the Bush Presidency,” in the winter 2008 Journal of Law and Politics and the chapter, “Congress and the Media,” in The Handbook of Political Communication. Rozell also served on the Executive Privilege: Bush and Presidential Secrecy Panel, which was part of the Bush Legacy Conference held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in December 2008. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Presidency Studies at Grand Valley State University.

Louise Shelley served on a panel in November 2008 at the Counterterrorism Agenda for the New Administration: U.S. and International Perspectives Seminar at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va. Shelley was also at the November 2008 World Summit of the World Economic Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In addition, she is a member of the Council on Illicit Trade.

Bonnie Stabile gave a presentation in December 2008 titled “From Cloning to Stem Cell Research: Looking to the Laboratory of the States” at the Dupont Summit held at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Sponsored by the Policy Studies Organization, the meeting was held to discuss pressing science and technology issues for consideration by the new administration.

Tojo Thatchenkery delivered the keynote address, “Developing Your Appreciative Intelligence for Innovation and Organizational Transformation,” at the International Conference on Management Cases in Ghaziabad, India, in December 2008. He also presented a paper, “The Role of Appreciative Intelligence in Creating High-Performing Organizations: A Case Study of Rocky Flats Nuclear Waste Cleanup.”

The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

Karla Hoffman, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, was awarded the first Harvey J. Greenberg Service Award of the INFORMS Computing Society for her contributions to the Society at the 2009 INFORMS Computing Society Conference in Charleston, S.C.

David Schum, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Gheorghe Tecuci, Computer Science, and Mihai Boicu, Applied Information Technology, published an article titled “Analyzing Evidence and Its Chain of Custody: A Mixed-Initiative Computational Approach” in the International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence.

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