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December 2015 Accolades

December 18, 2015

Accolades celebrates the professional achievements of George Mason University’s faculty and staff. The next installment will be published in February; the deadline for submissions is Jan. 25. Please send submissions to


Steven Gerber, University Libraries, presented a research paper “Behind the Benign: Reading and Contextualizing a Photograph of Girls Playing Recorders” to Association RIdIM at the 15th international conference, Visual Manifestations of Power and Repression in Music, Dance, and Dramatic Arts, at Ohio State University in November. Gerber’s presentation concerned a 1933 photograph of Hitler Youth girls, owned by Mason Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives.

Melitta Igwe and Aysha Puhl, Center for Academic Advising, presented “Elevating Advising: Utilizing Peer Academic Advisors for Student Success” at the 2015 Annual National Academic Advising Association conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Jeannie Brown Leonard, Student Academic Affairs, presented “Measuring the Impact of Interdisciplinary Learning: A Panel Discussion of Effective Assessment” at the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Annual Meeting, Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.

Courtney Shewak, Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics, was invited to the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Reception at the White House on July 20, 2015. Shewak attended event with former Missouri state senator and current associate director of the Great Plains ADA Center, Chuck Graham. Shewak also attended the Jean Kennedy Smith Series: Disability + Culture event at the Kennedy Center, as well as the National Disability Leadership Alliance Gala in Washington, D.C.


College of Health and Human Services


Holly Childs, Nutrition and Food Studies, presented her research, “Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake is Associated with Decreased Sleep Latency in Healthy Adults” during Obesity Week on Nov. 2.

Lisa Chin, Rehabilitation Science, was a keynote speaker at the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado’s annual professional conference, held in November in Denver. Her presentation, “Exercise and TBI: A Rehabilitative Strategy with Untapped Potential,” focused on ongoing research utilizing aerobic exercise in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). She also presented “Exercise and TBI: Is it for me?” to TBI survivors, families, and caregivers at the Journey Conference held by Brain Injury Services of Virginia on Oct. 30, and presented “Benefits Associated with Aerobic Exercise Training in Individuals with TBI” at the Rehabilitation Medicine Department's Grand Rounds at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center on Oct. 16.

Lynn Gerber, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability and Health Administration and Policy, cowrote a study, “Novel Use of Elastography to Quantify Muscle Tissue Changes after Dry Needling of Myofascial Trigger Points in Patients with Chronic Myofascial Pain,” in the Journal of Ultrasound Medicine (Oct. 21). She also presented “Exercise: The Type and Dose Needed for Treating Fatty Liver Disease” at the American Association of Liver Disease conference in November.

Michelle Harris-Love, Rehabilitation Science, had several abstracts presented at professional meetings in October. “Distribution of Corrective Movements in People Post-Stroke During Paretic Arm Reaching” and “Comparing Disruption of Bi-Hemispheric Motor Sites on a Reaching Task in Mild and Severe Arm Impairment After Stroke” were presented at the American Society of Neurorehabilitation’s meeting. “Inter-Trial Variability during Forward Reaching Differs with Severity in People Post-Stroke” was presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. “Roles of Lesion Volume and Lesion Location in Post-Stroke Arm Impairment” and “Reliability of Corticomotor Excitability in Proximal Upper-extremity Muscles of Severely Impaired Chronic Stroke Patients” were presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine meeting.

Lisa Lindley, Global and Community Health, delivered a keynote address on “Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: Enhancing Understanding, Improving Health” at the South Carolina HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Conference in October.

Ali Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability and Global and Community Health, co-published an article, “Mental and Emotional Impairment in Patients with Hepatitis C Is Related to Lower Work Productivity,” in the journal Psychosomatics (Oct. 23).

Art Williams, Health Administration and Policy, published a study, “The Talking Card: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Novel Audio-Recording Tool for Asthma Control,” in Asthma and Allergy Proceedings (Sept. 1).

Tony Yang, Health Administration and Policy, published a study, “Sociodemographic Predictors of Vaccination Exemptions on the Basis of Personal Belief in California,” in the American Journal of Public Health (Nov. 12). Yang also received the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Early Career Award for Excellence in Public Health Law for 2015 during the Law Section awards ceremony at APHA’s annual meeting in Chicago on Nov. 2.


College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Paul Dragos Aligica, Economics, published “Addressing Limits to Mainstream Economic Analysis of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations: The ‘Austrian’ Alternative” in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. His paper “Economic Coordination in Environments with Incomplete Pricing” (with Richard E. Wagner) was presented at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association in New Orleans, La.

Peter Boettke, Economics, published “What Is Old Should Be New Again: Methodological Individualism, Institutional Analysis and Spontaneous Order” (with Rosolino Candela) in Sociologia. He served as co-author of the introduction (with Christopher Coyne), and co-edited a symposium on, William Easterly’s “The Tyranny of Experts in The Review of Austrian Economics,” featuring contributions from Nobel laureate Angus Deaton, Loren Lomasky, Jack Goldstone, and William Easterly. Boettke published “A Humane Nobel Economist: Angus Deaton Shows Us How to Be Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” in Politico. In “Peter Boettke on Katrina, Ten Years After,” Russ Roberts interviewed Boettke in an EconTalk podcast about the political and economic lessons he learned as program director of the Gulf Coast Recovery Project, a Mercatus Center research project on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The papers “Unproductive Entrepreneurship and Transitional Political Economy” and “Money as Meta-Rule: Buchanan’s Constitutional Political Economics as a Necessity for Monetary Stability” (with Daniel J. Smith and Alexander Salter) were presented at the 2015 Meetings of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) in New Orleans, La. Boettke also moderated a session on “The Morality of Capitalism: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina and Post-Disaster Recovery on the Gulf Coast 10 Years On” and chaired the Don Lavoie Memorial Prize Graduate Student Paper Session at the SEA meetings.

Donald Boudreaux, Economics, published “Thomas Piketty’s Flawed Analyses of Public Debt and Executive Compensation” in The Independent Review. He also published “Crazy Crony Notions” and “Happy Minimum-Wage Tales Unrealistic” in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Pope Francis’ Condemnation of Capitalism Undercuts His Call to End Poverty” in U.S. News & World Report and “Pope Francis Misses the Sizeable Moral Dimensions of Capitalism” in Investor’s Business Daily.

Tyler Cowen, Economics, published “Obamacare Not as Egalitarian as it Appears” at the New York Times’ The Upshot and “Cheating Gets the Most Attention, but Doesn’t Do the Most Damage” at the New York Times Room for Debate Forum. Cowen hosted investment strategist Cliff Asness for another installment of the Mercatus Center’s “Conversations with Tyler” event series. Marginal Revolution University released a new “Everyday Economics” video featuring Cowen on “The Rise and Fall of the Chinese Economy.”

Christopher Coyne, Economics, served as co-author of the introduction (with Peter Boettke) to, and co-editor of a symposium on, William Easterly’s “The Tyranny of Experts in The Review of Austrian Economics,” featuring contributions from Nobel laureate Angus Deaton, Loren Lomasky, Jack Goldstone and William Easterly. He also published “Lobotomizing the Defense Brain” in The Review of Austrian Economics. In October, Coyne gave a lecture at the Institute of World Politics on “Doing Good or Doing Bad? Humanitarian Action and U.S. Grand Policy,” drawing on his recent book “Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails.” The papers “Expanding Economic Waste in the Permanent War Economy” (with Thomas K. Duncan), “Foreign Intervention and Human Rights Abuses in the U.S.” (with Abigail R. Hall), and “Rules, Not Greed: The Political Economy of Unproductive Entrepreneurship in the Rebuilding of Afghanistan and Iraq” (with Rachel Reese and Courtney Michaluk) were presented at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association in New Orleans, La.

Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, Economics, published “Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) with Virgil Storr and Laura E. Grube. In November, she gave a talk about this book at Politics & Prose, at Busboys and Poets, Takoma, and at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship for the Charles Koch Institute’s The Butcher, The Brewer, & The Baker book series. The paper “The Case for Unreasonableness in a Free Society: A Critique of the Infants, Idiots, and the Insane Exclusions of Mill, Hayek, and Buchanan” (with Virgil Storr) was presented at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association in New Orleans, La.

Garett Jones, Economics, published “Hive Mind: How Your Nation’s IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own” with Stanford University Press.

Daniel Klein, Economics, participated in a Mercatus Center panel discussion on “Economists on the Welfare State and the Regulatory State: Why Don’t Any Argue in Favor of One and Against the Other?” based on a symposium in the January 2015 issue of Econ Journal Watch.

Mark Koyama, Economics, presented “Jewish Communities and City Growth in Europe, 1100-1850” at a conference on The Role of History and Diversity in Understanding Development in Moscow, Russia, organized by the New Economic School’s Centre for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions and the University of Namur’s Centre for Research in Economic Development. He also presented “Bones, Bacteria, and Break Points: The Heterogeneous Effects of the Black Death and Long Run Growth” for an economic history seminar at the University of Michigan.

Peter Leeson, Economics, published “The Economic Effects of International Labor Mobility” (with Zachary Gochenour) in “The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy” (Oxford University Press, 2015), edited by Benjamin Powell. In a recent “Research on Religion” podcast, Tony Gill interviewed Leeson about his research on the economics of witch trials and human sacrifice. The papers “An Economic Interpretation of the Magna Carta” (with Joshua T. Pierson), “Child Brides” (with Paola A. Suarez) and “The Homeless as Rational Actors” (with R. August Hardy) were presented at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association in New Orleans, La.

Joanna Mollerstrom, Economics, published “Luck Choice, and Responsibility: An Experimental Study of Fairness Views” in the Journal of Public Economics.

Peter N. Stearns, History and Art History, has published “Guiding the American University, Contemporary Challenges and Choices” with Routledge, and “Debating the Industrial Revolution” with Bloomsbury. An Arabic translation of “Childhood in World History” has been published in Kuwait. In October he spoke about “Dignity in the Contemporary World” at the Ikeda Center in Cambridge in October, and attended the triennial Phi Beta Kappa meetings in Denver, representing the Mason chapter. He also commented on papers concerning emotions history at the American Intellectual History conference in Washington, D.C. in October.

Virgil Storr, Economics, published “Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) with Stefanie Haeffele-Balch and Laura E. Grube. The Mercatus Center launched a book trailer to accompany the release of this book, which can be viewed at Storr gave a talk at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship for the Charles Koch Institute’s The Butcher, The Brewer, & The Baker book series. He also published “After the Storm: Local Entrepreneurs Should Be Allowed to Lead the Recovery from Hurricane Patricia” (with Stefanie Haeffele-Balch) in U.S. News & World Report. The papers “The Case for Unreasonableness in a Free Society: A Critique of the Infants, Idiots, and the Insane Exclusions of Mill, Hayek, and Buchanan” (with Stefanie Haeffele-Balch) and “The Emergence of Social Relationships in Markets: An Experiment” (with Sueng Ginny Choi) were presented at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) in New Orleans, La. Storr also served as a panelist on a session on “The Morality of Capitalism: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina and Post-Disaster Recovery on the Gulf Coast 10 Years On” and a discussant on the Don Lavoie Memorial Prize Graduate Student Paper Session at the SEA meetings.

Richard Wagner, Economics, present the paper “Economic Coordination in Environments with Incomplete Pricing” (with Paul Dragos Aligica) at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) in New Orleans, La. Wagner also served as a panelist for a panel discussion on private governance at the SEA meetings.

Lawrence H. White, Economics, published “Liberalism in India” (with Shruti Rajagopalan and Daniel Sutter) in Econ Journal Watch. Serious Science released a video featuring White on the “History and Prospects of Private Money.” He gave a talk on “Business Cycles and the Great Recession” at the Fall Student Economics Seminar hosted by the Friedberg Economics Institute. He presented the paper “What Economists (Qua Economists) Can Say about Policies to Redistribute” at the 2015 meetings of the Southern Economic Association in New Orleans, La.


College of Science

Rob Axtell, Computational and Data Sciences, was an invited speaker at an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development meeting on “Complexity Economics and Policy” in Paris and again in Mexico on the same topic to an audience consisting of researchers and policymakers.

Ernest Barreto and Paul So, Physics and Astronomy, along with two students, served as co-authors of the paper “Effects of Polarization Induced by Non-Weak Electric Fields on the Excitability of Elongated Neurons with Active Dendrites” in the Journal of Computational NeuroScience. Barreto was named to the editorial board for the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience.

Dieter Bilitza, Physics and Astronomy, was the main organizer of a highly successful Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Capacity Building Workshop on Space Weather in Bangkok, Thailand. The COSPAR-supported activity trained students from 13 Southeast Asian countries in monitoring and modeling the Earth’s ionosphere, with special emphasis on GPS applications.

Natalie Burls, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, co-authored the paper "Tightly Linked Zonal and Meridional Sea Surface Temperature Gradients over the Past Five Million Years,” published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Susan Crate, Environmental Science and Policy, celebrated the premiere of the documentary “The Anthropologist” at the DOCNYC film fest. The documentary focuses on the human face of climate change and Crate is the lead. The film is funded by the National Science Foundation and is being screened at multiple film festivals nationally and across the world. Crate will also showcase the film at the Paris Climate talks, which will air on PBS in 2016. Full information can be found at:

Arie Croitoru, Geography and Geoinformation Science, was awarded $73,263 by the Human Geo Group LLC for his research project HumanGeo/Global Terrorism Database.

Paul Dirmeyer, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, along with his student, co-published “Climate Response to Amazon Forest Replacement by Heterogeneous Crop Cover" in the journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and "Remote Tropical and Sub-Tropical Responses to Amazon Deforestation" in the journal Climate Dynamics.

Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, presented two talks at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute titled "It's Problem-Based Not Problematic" and "Flip the Lecture, Flip the Lab: The Problem Based Lab Fad.” Geller also presented a talk at the Chesapeake Section American Association of Physics Teachers regional conference titled "Physics Concepts and Problem Based Learning in a Laboratory Setting."

Leila Hamdan, Environmental Science and Policy, was the scientific program chair for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation’s (CERF) 23rd biennial conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference was the largest in CERF's history, with around 1,600 attendees, and was organized around the theme Grand Challenges in Coastal and Estuarine Science: Securing the Future. Seven scientists from the Environmental Science and Policy Department presented original research at the conference. 

Robert Hazen, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, was inducted as a fellow of the Geological Society of America, and was named the 2016 Roebling Medalist of the Mineralogical Society of America.

Cing-Dao Kan, Center for Collision Safety and Analysis, was awarded $611,703 by Arizona State University and NASA for his research project ASU/NASA/Orthotropic Plasticity.

Younsung Kim, Environmental Science and Policy, presented her paper “Climate Adaptive Governance in Coastal Communities: Information, Planning, and Preparedness” at the 37th Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference in Miami, Florida.

Jason Kinser, Computational and Data Sciences, published the book "Kinematic Labs with Mobile Devices" (IOP Science, Morgan & Claypool Publishers).

Jim Kinter, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, has been elected to the Council of the American Meteorological Society.

Alex Koufos, Computational and Data Sciences, along with Dimitrios Papaconstantopoulos, Computational and Data Sciences, published the article "Pressure-Induced Insulator to Metal Transition and Superconductivity of the Inert Gases" in the Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, 28:3525-3533 in 2015.

Edward Megman, Computational and Data Science, co-published the papers "Relative Brain Signature: A Population-Based Feature Extraction to Identify Functional Biomarkers in the Brains of Alcoholics” in Brain and Behavior and "Comparison of Different Classification Methods on Glass Identification for Forensic Research," in the Journal of Statistical Science and Applications, in press.

Mary Nelson, Mathematical Sciences, was awarded $159,998 by the National Science Foundation for her research project NSF/Scaling STEM (SUSTAINED).

Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Cetacean Society and was also appointed the society’s conservation committee chair. He was a co-author on the articles “Back off, Man, I’m a Scientist!,” “When Marine Conservation Science Meets Policy,” “Competitive Outreach in the 21st Century: Why We Need Conservation Marketing” and “The Modeling and Assessment of Whale-Watching Impacts” in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management, as well as the articleIs Marine Conservation Science Becoming Irrelevant to Policy Makers?” in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

Linda Perry, Geography and Geoinfomation Science, published the paper “Barnyard Grasses Were Processed with Rice around 10,000 Years Ago” in Scientific Reports.

Esther Peters, Environmental Science and Policy, co-published three book chapters: “Anatomy” and “20 Skeletal Growth Anomalies in Corals” in Diseases of Corals and "Diseases of Coral Reef Organisms" in Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene.

Jacek Radzikowski, Anthony Stefanidis, Arie Croitoru and Paul Delamate, Geography and Geoinformation Science, along with Kathryn Jacobsen (Global and Community Health, CHHS) and Andrew Crooks, Computational and Data Sciences, published the paper “A Quantitative Analysis of the Measles Vaccination Narrative in Twitter” in the Journal of Medical Internet Research: Public Health and Surveillance. 

Edwin Schneider, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, was an invited speaker at the CLIVAR-ICTP Workshop on Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability in Trieste, Italy.

Cristiana Stan and Kathy Pegion, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, were invited speakers at the S2S Workshop at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts in Reading, England. Erik Swenson presented a poster at the workshop.

Michael Summers, Physics and Astronomy, presented the talk “Haze Particle Production and Sedimentation” and “Photochemistry, Ion Chemistry, and Haze Formation in Pluto’s Atmosphere.” Summers was the co-author of 9 presentations on results of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and Charon, and was the co-author of 12 presentations at the NASA/New Horizons Science team.

Laurie Trenary, Tim DelSole, and Brian Doty, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, were co-authors of the paper “Was the Cold Eastern U.S. Winter of 2014 Due to Increased Variability?” published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society special supplement “Explaining Extreme Events of 2014.” Trenary was interviewed by Climate Central about the paper.

Robert Tucker, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences, gave an invited seminar at Virginia Tech in the Department of Geosciences.

Krishna Vemuru, Physics and Astronomy, published a chapter titled "Additive Manufacturing of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets" in the book “Additive Manufacturing: Innovations, Advances, and Applications.”

Edward Wegman, Computational and Data Sciences, co-published two papers: “Relative Brain Signature: A Population-Based Feature Extraction to Identify Functional Biomarkers in the Brains of Alcoholics” in the journal Brain and Behavior and “Comparison of Different Classification Methods on Glass Identification for Forensic Research” in the Journal of Statistical Science and Applications.

Erdal Yiğit, Physics and Astronomy, published SpringerBriefs book “Atmospheric and Space Sciences: Neutral atmospheres (Volume 1).” He also co-published recent results from NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars: “High-Altitude Gravity Waves in the Martian Thermosphere Observed by MAVEN/NGIMS and Modeled by a Gravity Wave Scheme,” Geophysical Research Letters. 


The 2016 4VA Awards were announced, and the awardees from the College of Science are Julia Nord, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences; Lance Liotta and Monique van Hoek, School of Systems Biology; Claudette Davis, Biology; James Schwebach, College of Science; Changwoo Ahn and Cynthia Smith, Environmental Science and Policy; Paul Houser, Geography and Geoinformation Science; and Shobita Satyapal, Physics and Astronomy.


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Tracey Bell, Arts Management, served as an advisory review panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ 2016 Grants-in-Aid program.

Janet Fries, Arts Management, participated in a panel discussing “Hot Topics in the Visual Arts: Painting, Photography, and Sculpture,” at the United States Patent and Trade Office’s copyright seminar: Copyright, Culture, Art and Science in the Digital Age, Sept. 14-18. Fries, a board member of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, also spoke at Wheaton Arts Festival on the panel Law for Artists and Creative Professionals, which addressed general principles of law relevant to creative endeavors including, in particular, the visual arts.

Christine Hollins, Arts Management, served as an advisory review panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ 2016 UPSTART program, a capacity building program that awards grants to established D.C.-based arts and humanities nonprofit organizations that face operational and infrastructure challenges and financial limitations that prevent organizational and programmatic sustainability.

Claire Huschle, Arts Management, attended Hand-in-Glove 2015, a national convening for the field of alternative art spaces, artist-led projects and artists’ organizations, presented by Common Field, Sept. 17–20 in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

Karalee Dawn MacKay, Arts Management, recently presented her paper, “Blood, Birth, Tartans and Clans: The Staging and Claiming of Scotland at Highland Games & Gatherings” at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. This presentation expanded upon her dissertation, “Today We Are All Scottish: Performances of Self, Community, and Nation at Highland Games and Gatherings,” currently under consideration for publication.

Nicole Springer, Arts Management, performed in “Let Freedom Ring,” as a violinist for the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra. 


School of Business

Constant Cheng, Marketing, presented the paper “Using Partial Least Square—Structural Equation Model to Measure the Impact of Social Status on the Subjective Well-Being of the Chinese People in Hong Kong” at the International Interdisciplinary Business Economics Advancement Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Catherine Cramton, Management, presented the paper “Culture as Dynamic System or Static Entity: Implications for Global Team Building” at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Edward Douthett, Accounting, presented the paper titled “The Usefulness of Segment Information” at the American Accounting Association Southeast Regional Meeting in Asheville, N.C. Douthett also received the George Mason University School of Management Faculty Service Award.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “Innovation Across the Supply Chain” (with co-authors Janice Carrillo and Juliana Hsuan) and
the paper “The Environmental Impact of Product Design Choices in Primary and Secondary Markets under Regulation” (with co-authors Gal Raz and Vered Blass) at the INFORMS annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif. Druehl also presented the paper “Summary of Management of Innovation within and across Borders” at the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fla. (with co-authors Janice Carrillo and Juliana Hsuan).

Derek Horstmeyer, Finance, received a Summer Research Award from George Mason University School of Business.

Keith Jones, Accounting, presented the paper “How Big Data and Analytics Can Detect and Prevent Fraud” at the George Mason and IBM Symposium on Diverse Data Analytics Applications in Fairfax, Va.

Hun Lee, Management, presented the paper “The Social Construction of Innovation” at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada-British Columbia (with co-authors Abbie Oliver, Robert Campbell, and Michael Pfarrer).
Yan Ling, and Richard Klimoski, Management, presented the paper “Benefiting from CEOs' Empowerment of TMTs: Does CEO–TMT Dissimilarity Matter?” at the Academy of Management Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. (with coauthor Liqun Wei).

Nirup Menon and Shun Ye, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “What Affects Software Development Project Performance in the Crowdsourcing Context?” at the Production and Operations Management Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Menon also presented the paper “Network Effects of Information Sharing Across Hospitals” (with co-author Pankaj Setia) at that same conference. Menon and Ye also presented the paper “An Empirical Analysis of Multi-Phased System Development in Crowdsourcing” at the Workshop on eBusiness in Auckland, New Zealand.

Anant Mishra, Information Systems and Operations Management, received a teaching award from George Mason University’s School of Business.
Olivia O’Neill, Management, presented the paper “Companionate Love in Work Organizations” at the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education’s Compassion and Business Conference in Stanford, Calif. O’Neill also presented the paper “The Effects of Joking in a Technology Training Center” at the Academy of Management annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada (with co-author Reuben Thomas).

Alexander Philipov, Finance, presented the paper “Analysts' Forecast Bias and the Mispricing of High Credit Risk Stocks” at the American Finance Association in Boston, Mass. (with co-authors Mark Grinblatt, and Gergana Jostova).

Pallab Sanyal, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “Jump Bidding in Combinatorial Auction Markets: A Laboratory Experiment” at the Workshop on Experimental and Behavioral Economics in Information Systems in West Lafayette, Ind., and at the Workshop on eBusiness in Auckland, New Zealand. Sanyal was also nominated for a teaching award from George Mason University.

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Tom Duncan presented “Overlapping Conflicts: Leadership Techniques for Transforming Multiple Simultaneous Challenges,” written with co-authors Susan Allen and Laura Villanueva, on Oct. 13, at the Fairfax Campus.

Martha Galicia presented “Perspectives from the Field: Implementing Conflict Resolution in Indigenous Communities in Oaxaca, Mexico,” written with co-authors Susan Allen and Laura Villanueva, on Nov. 10, at the Arlington Campus.

Sandra Cheldelin and Martha Mutisi published a book titled “Deconstructing Women, Peace and Security” with HSRC Press. It includes the chapters “Women’s Lives After Warfare: Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Female Combatants in Nepal and Sri Lanka,” by Maneshka Eliatamby; “Gender Mainstreaming: The Case of Liberia,” by Yves-Renee Jennings; “Paved With Good Intentions: The Need for Conceptualizing Gender as a Social Structure in Policy Construction of Gender Quotas,” by Elizabeth Mount; “Reclaiming Women’s Agency in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies: Women’s Use of Political Space in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe,” by Ismael Muvingi; “The Impact of Women’s Political Participation in Rwanda,” by Peace Uwineza; and “Egyptian Women as Catalysts of Change in the Arab Spring,” by Saira Yamin. Chedelin also published a book chapter titled "Gender and Conflict: What do we Know?" Chapter 2, Volume I, in “Women, War and Violence: Topography, Resistance and Hope,” Mariam M. Kurtz and Lester R. Kurtz, editors (Praeger Security International, 2015). She also conducted two-day consultancy with EPA ADR/conflict resolution staff on Methods of Inquiry.

Sara Cobb organized and hosted a conference titled The Politics of Victimhood in Conflict Resolution, which intended to create a dialogic space for inquiry into the complexities of violence and the treatment of victims and perpetrators in research, theory and practice. Cobb, Jenny White and Jessica Smith hosted two public events related to their Open Discourse Project: a Republican Debate Watch party, and a Democratic Debate Watch session. Cobb and Sarah Federman organized an open forum for campus members to discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in a session titled “Town Hall Discussion—Barbarism vs. Civilization? Paris, Beirut, and Beyond.”

Leslie Dwyer hosted a graduate student panel about “Stories from the Field: Reflections on Qualitative Research in Indonesia” that included staff members. The panel included Jessica Smith’s paper “Visualizing Voice: An Arts-based Approach to Participatory Action Research”; Charisse Cardenas’s paper “Embracing Collaborative Research: Stories of Fieldwork in Yogyakarta, Indonesia”; Lisa McLean’s paper “Walking the Walk: The Successes and Challenges of Applying a Feminist Methodology in Yogyakarta”; and Alice Peck’s paper “Engendering Justice: Dismantling Essentialisms of Gender and Sexual Violence in Yogyakarta.”

Pamina Firchow was awarded a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship for the 2015-16 year with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Her residency at USIP begins Jan. 4, 2016.

Jackie Finch hosted a job search workshop focusing on LinkedIn that was attended by Arlington Campus students.

Adina Friedman invited and hosted Ariel Dloomy and Wafa Eben-Beri to discuss peacebuilding initiatives between Israel and Israel’s Bedouin community. The open session was titled “Intercommunal Relations and Community Development in the Negev.”


Karina Korostelina, Laura Collins and Claudine Kuradusenge hosted Barbara Christophe, who explored methodologies on how to teach children about war in her presentation titled “Teaching the Cold War—Memory Practices in the Classroom.” Korostelina also coordinated and hosted a presentation on “The Role and Impact of the Memory of Past Violence on Contemporary Politics, Society, and Culture” at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Patricia Maulden hosted a university-wide Dialogue and Difference Series workshop on the issue of “Conflicts and Their Effects: Migrants, Refugees, & Internally Displaced Persons.”

Lisa McLean and Krystal Thomas hosted a university-wide event discussing students’ experiences with harassment and other challenges associated with structures rooted in gender inequality in a program called “Gendered Challenges in Academia.”

Agnieszka Paczynska and Jeremy Tomlinson organized a presentation as part of the Project on Contentious Politics with Adrienne LeBas exploring “The Limits of Elite Manipulation: Explaining Persistent Electoral Violence in Africa.”

Daniel Rothbart presented a paper "Response to Racism in the Rwanda Genocide: Hutus Saving Tutsis," at the conference "Breaking Down Shades of Color: Power, Privilege and Potential in Race Conflicts," Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, Calif." He also participated in the Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, at Columbia University, sponsored by Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and in a panel discussion at the Symposium on Women and Genocide in the 21st Century: The Case of Darfur, sponsored by the Genocide prevention group. He presented a paper on ‘Power, Humiliation and Conflict; Understanding Identity based violence.” Rothbart co-organized a conference "Towards a Paradigm Shift in Conflict Resolution," held at University of Bahri, Khartoum, Sudan, and presented a workshop on graduate publishing, organized by Molly Tepper, as part of the department’s John Burton Library Workshop Fall Workshop Series.

Richard Rubenstein delivered an address sponsored by the President's Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society at Verdala Palace, Malta. The topic was "Europe's Migration Crisis: Causes and Cures." 

Maria Seniw presented a workshop on grant writing, organized by Molly Tepper, as part of the department’s John Burton Library Workshop Fall Workshop Series.

Carlos Sluzki, Sara Cobb and Jenny White presented a discussion on Sluzki’s new book “The Presence of the Absent: Therapy with Families and Their Ghosts.” He discussed the overall frame of his book, which discusses the noxious “ghosts” in our midst, and his work with a specific family with a “disappeared” member from a politically oppressive dictatorship.

Pamela Struss coordinated a panel and invited the Nepalese’s Ambassador, H.E. the Honorable Ambassador Dr. Arjun K. Karki, to speak on “Nepal’s New Constitution and Indian Reaction” at The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.


School of Law

Todd Zywicki discussed his new paper “The Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and Its Regulation” on an episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast.


School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

Zoltan Acs received a Kauffman Foundation award to study the Tampa Bay Ecosystem.

Katrin Anacker published, with Janes H. Carr, “The Complex History of the Federal Housing Administration: Building Wealth, Promoting Segregation, and Rescuing the U.S. Housing Market and the Economy” in the Banking and Financial Services Policy Report: A Journal of Trends in Regulation and Supervision 34.8 (2015): 10-18.

Enrique Arias delivered the keynote presentation at a conference on the Paradox of Violence in Venezuela at Tulane University on Oct. 29.

Philip Auerswald spoke at GEW 2015 in Seoul; the GEW 2015 event at the World Bank; the StartupNations Summit in Monterrey, Mexico; and the Startup Istanbul 2015 Conference.

Katharine Destler presented “Performance Management Hits the Streets: Street Level Bureaucrats, Organizational Climate and Education Reform” at the Association for Public Policy and Management annual conference.

Colin Dueck’s new book, “The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today,” was described as “required reading for 2016 presidential candidates and their staffs” in a review in the November issue of Foreign Affairs.

Jonathan Gifford participated in a roundtable on Nov. 4 co-sponsored by the Center for Transportation P3 Policy and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission titled “Public-Private Partnerships in Transit: Opportunities in Virginia.”

David Hart participated in a panel discussion of “Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors” at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation on Nov. 3.

Mark Katz published “Russian Intervention in the Syrian Civil War” in the Russian analytical digest, Convergent Hopes, Divergent Realities: Russia and the Gulf in a Time of Troubles, by the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW). Katz spoke at an AGSIW panel on the Gulf and Russian intervention in Syria.

Naoru Koizumi presented “Optimal Integration of Anti-body Reduction Therapy in Kidney Exchange Programs for Disparity Reduction” at the INFORMS annual meeting in November in Philadelphia.

Robert J. McGrath, with Jon C. Rogowski and Josh M. Ryan, published a book chapter “The Power of Institutional Design: Governors, Vetoes, and Legislative Outcomes” in “The American Governor: Power, Constraint, and Leadership in the States,” edited by David P. Redlawsk (New York, N.Y.: Palgrave MacMillan). He also published an article with Jon C. Rogowski and Josh M. Ryan, “Gubernatorial Veto Powers and the Size of Legislative Coalitions” in Legislative Studies Quarterly 40(4): 571-598.

Tonya Neaves served as the conference coordinator for the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA), hosted by the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, Nov. 5-7. Jessica Terman served as its academic co-chair while David Reed served as its practitioner co-chair. Neaves, along with her GRA Anne Fenley, and Aaron Kestner, a recent MPA graduate, traveled to the Republic of Cameroon to meet with leaders from the national government and its National School of Administration of Magistracy Nov. 20-27. Neaves, as the program director, also participated in the National Certified Public Manager Consortium annual business meeting, Oct. 28-30 in Phoenix, Ariz., in hopes of furthering accreditation for Virginia's recently established program as of this year.

Christine Pommerening was a panelist on "Transportation and Affiliated Infrastructures" at the National Workshop on Resilience Research, National Research Foundation, Arlington, Va., on Oct. 22. She was also a panelist on "Breaching the Bundestag: A Preliminary Study of the 2015 Cybersecurity Incident at the German Parliament" presented at the Naval Postgraduate School 9th Annual Homeland Security Education Summit in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 25-26.

Paul Posner was elected chair of the board for the National Academy for Public Administration, an organization consisting of 800 fellows elected as leaders in the field of public administration and policy from federal, state and local governments and academia. He also presented paper on “Budgeting and Management: Marriage or Cohabitation,” with Erica Ceka and Kurt Thurmaier at the annual conference of the Association for Budget and Financial Management in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2. Posner led a session on the 2016 elections and schools of public affairs at the annual conference of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration in Brooklyn on Oct. 16. He chaired a session on the federal budget process at the annual conference of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco on Sept. 3. He also presented paper coauthored with Tim Conlan, "American Federalism in an Age of Partisan Polarization" at the APSA conference on Sept. 4. 

Priscilla Regan presented a paper, "Girls and Online Drama: Aggression, Surveillance or Entertainment" (written with political science doctoral student Diana Sweet), at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, Oct. 23-26. She also participated in a panel discussion on “Institutional Barriers to Cybersecurity,” sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and American University, Nov. 17 at the University Club in Washington, D.C.

Hilton Root published “Lootable Resources and Political Virtue: The Economic Governance of Lee Kuan Yew, Ferdinand Marcos and Chiang Kai Skek Compared,” in Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN, eds. Ronald Mendoza, Edsel L. Beja Fr., Julio C. Teehankee, Antonio G.M. La Vina and Maria Fe Villamejor Mendoza (Manilla: Anvil Publishing, 2015). He also presented at the Building Inclusive Democracy Consortium and Anvil Publishing launch “Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN” at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Philippine Economic Society, Nov. 10, 2015, Makati City, Philippines.

Jill A. Rough participated in a panel discussion on “Decoding the Abrams Doctrine for Army Structure” at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Mark J. Rozell published "Obama-Clinton Emails: No Basis for Withholding from Congress” in The Hill, Nov. 6 (with Mitchell A. Sollenberger); “Primaries are What Keep the GOP out of the White House” in Reuters, Oct. 28 (with Paul Goldman); “How Ryan Outfoxed the Freedom Caucus” in The Hill, Oct. 27 (with Paul Goldman); “Why the Democratic Party Wins if Biden Runs” on, Oct. 19 (with Paul Goldman); and “How to Solve the House Speaker Fight” in Reuters, Oct. 14 (with Paul Goldman).

William Schneider published “Fear Throws its Hat into the Ring for 2016 Race,” “Yes, the Media is to Blame for the GOP Primary Mess,” “NRA May be Losing its Grip on the Public’s Imagination” and “Republican Candidates Field a Resistance Movement Against Change” in Reuters.

Louise Shelley wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Nov. 20 on ISIS funding and how to defeat it. Shelley also spoke to the Italian Senate for a panel on terrorist financing.

Hugh Sockett presented a paper, “Knowledge and Virtue in Teaching and Learning," to the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain in Oxford, England on Nov. 18.

Bonnie Stabile presented a workshop on "Writing Policy" at the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health on Oct. 29.

Trevor Thrall published “Syria Will Be the Next Vietnam-Style War If Obama Doesn't Learn from History” in The Guardian, “Afghanistan Echoes Vietnam Again, as the Credibility Gap Looms” in the National Interest, and “Let the Syrian Refugees In—All of Them” in The Atlantic. Thrall made radio appearances on the “Gary Nova Radio Show” (Nov. 17) and on WBAL and WWL (Nov. 18) to discuss the Paris attacks, U.S. strategy and the refugee crisis.

Ming Wan published “Understanding Japan-China Relations: Theories and Issues” (Singapore: World Scientific, 2015). Wan presented “The Xi-Ma Summit,” at the Woodrow Wilson Center Ground Truth Briefings, Nov. 9, 2015; and “Sino-Japanese Relations” at the Northeast Asia Introductory Seminar, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Va., Oct. 22, 2015. He was a guest on CCTV America, “The Heat: President Xi’s Visits to Vietnam and Singapore,” Nov. 13; and was interviewed by the Radio Sputnik World Service on the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling on the South China Sea. Oct. 30, 2015.

R.B. Watts published a new book, “American Sea Power and the Obsolescence of Capital Ship Theory.”


Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, was named the 2016 Roebling Medalist of the Mineralogical Society of America—the highest career award in mineralogy. He was inducted as a fellow of the Geological Society of America at their annual meeting in Baltimore. He presented lectures on deep carbon in Providence, R.I., and on mineral-molecule interactions at a conference on origins of life in Washington, D.C. He also performed on trumpet in Bach's Cantata 110 at Emmanuel Music in Boston, Mass.

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, was a keynote speaker at the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association conference at Brown University.

Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs, moderated a roundtable panel at the Brookings Institution on the topic “Short-termism in Corporate America.”

Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, spoke on federal and state sentencing reform at the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys conference in Phoenix. She gave talks on policing reform before the White House Fellows Foundation in Washington, D.C., and at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, presented “Scientific Methodology” and “Expert Testimony” at the Economics Institute for Judges, George Mason University Law and Economics Center.


University Life

Rick Holt, Training and Organizational Development, Human Resources and Payroll, moderated a panel discussion with guest speakers on "Shaping the Urban Environment through Multimodal Transportation" at the Arlington Campus on Oct. 6. The panel discussion focused on the future of the urban environment as it is being re-imagined through multi-modal transportation, smarter travel technologies and places that are more inviting to people on foot and bike. The ev