February 2016 Accolades

Accolades celebrates the professional achievements of George Mason University’s faculty and staff. The deadline for submissions for the next column is March 29. Send submissions to univnews@gmu.edu.

College of Health and Human Services

Alison Cuellar, Health Administration and Policy, has been selected to serve on the Institute of Medicine committee, Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States.

Anna Pollack, Global and Community Health, co-wrote a study, “Dietary fat intake and reproductive hormone concentrations and ovulation in regularly menstruating women,” published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Feb. 3). She was recently asked to serve on the advisory committee of the Virginia State Biomonitoring Program.

Kathy Prudden, Social Work, has been selected as an educational instructor for the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program.

Matthew Rossheim, Global and Community Health, was lead author on the study, “Alcohol mixed with energy drink: Use may be a consequence of heavy drinking,” published in the journal Addictive Behaviors (Feb. 10).

Ali A. Weinstein, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability and Global and Community Health, gave an invited talk, “The Psychological Aspects of Chronic Illness,” at the American Psychological Association’s State Leadership Conference on Feb. 28.

Tony Yang, Health Administration and Policy, and Kathryn Jacobsen, Global and Community Health, co-wrote a commentary, “Europe Should Consider Mandatory Measles Immunization for School Entry,” in the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (Feb. 23).

 

College of Science

Stephanie Barksdale, National Center Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, presented a poster at ASM Biodefense 2016 on the topic of antimicrobial peptides active against multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumanii. This project is supported by the Defense Threat Reducation Agency through a grant titled “Translational Peptide Research for Personnel Protection.”

The Biology Department has been invited by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to join the HHMI Science Education Alliance’s Phage Hunters Advancing Genomic and Evolutionary Science (SEA-PHAGES) program for the 2016-17 academic year. The proposal was a collaborative effort by Anne Scherer and Reid Schwebach, STEM Accelerator and others within the department.

Rodrigo Bombardi, Subhadeep Halder, James L. Kinter III, Larry Marx, Edwin K. Schneider, Chul-Su Shin, and Zichang Guo, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, presented five papers on climate modeling and sub seasonal to seasonal climate forecasting at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in New Orleans.

Liang Chen, Atmospheric Oceanic and Earth Sciences, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies, won the Climate Specialty Group "Paper of the Year Award" from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) for his paper "Impacts of urbanization on future climate in China" published in Climate Dynamics. He will be recognized with a special invited lecture and cash award at the AAG annual meeting in March in San Francisco.

Susan Crate, Environmental Science and Policy, along with her daughter, was featured in the documentary film The Anthropologist, in a part response to climate change and sea level rise.

Lorelei Crerar, Biology, along with Chris Parsons, Environmental Science and Policy, published a paper titled “Serendipity in research-investigation into illegal wildlife trade discovers a new population of Stellar’s sea cows: A reply to Pyenson et al. (2016)” in Biology Letters.

Kim de Mutsert, Environmental Science and Policy, published a paper titled “Exploring effects of hypoxia on fish and fisheries on the northern Gulf of Mexico using a dynamic spatially explicit ecosystem model” in the special issue of Ecological Modelling.

Paul Dirmeyer, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, co-wrote with Liang Chen "Adapting observationally based metrics of biogeophysical feedback from land cover change to climate modeling,” published in Environmental Science Letters.

Mary Ewell, Physics and Astronomy, was awarded $40,000 by the Dominion Foundation for her work on GMUF/O/Dominion/Project PROGRESS.

Karl Fryxell, School of Systems Biology, was awarded $29,995 by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Virginia Commonwealth University for his work on VCU/VFHY/CD81 Gene Adolescent.

Harold Geller, Physics and Astronomy, served as a judge in the aerospace and aviation arena for the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

Leila Hamdan, Environmental Science and Policy, and her lab members were interviewed by the Public Information Office for the American Geophysical Union (AGU) about papers that were presented at the Ocean Sciences 2016 meeting in New Orleans concerning the Deep Water Horizon work.  

Xianjun Hao, Environmental Science and Technology Center, was awarded $56,640 by NOAA and ERT Inc. for his work on ERT/NOAA/Satellite Data CDR Program.

Robert Jonas, Environmental Science and Policy, was awarded $121,749 by the U.S. Geological Survey for his work on USGS/Eco-Socio-Economic Framework.

Younsung Kim, Environmental Science and Policy, co-published an article titled “Business-government Collaboration May Help Solve Complex Social Issues” on LSE Business Review Eblog on Feb. 5.

Kristy A. Lewis, Environmental Science and Policy, published a paper titled “Employing ecosystem models and geographic information systems (GIS) to investigate the response of changing marsh edge on historical biomass of estuarine nekton in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, USA” in the special issue of Ecological Modelling.

David Luther, Biology, published the following articles: “The Language of Sparrows” in the Bay Nature magazine, "Not so sexy in the city: Urban birds adjust songs to noise but compromise vocal performance" in Behavioral Ecology and “Atlantic Song Sparrow Migratory Status, Winter Subspecies Interactions and Habitat Segregation” in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology. On Feb. 22, Luther presented “It’s tough to be heard in the city: Adaptations of bird song in urban environments” for the Conservation Biology Institute. He also presented “How Does Noise Affect Birds’ Communication?” on Feb. 28 for Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria, Va.

Emanuel Petricoin, School of Systems Biology, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, was awarded $50,000 by USAMRAA and the University of North Carolina for his work on UNC/USAMRAA/Pancreatic Cancer.

Matthias Renz, Computational and Data Sciences, along with colleagues received the DASFAA 10-year Best Paper Award at the 21st International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications in Dallas, Texas.

Shobita Satyapal, Physics and Astronomy, was awarded $97,138 by NASA and the Smithsonian Institute for her work on SAO/NASA/Chandra Follow-up Study.

Jagadish Shukla, Atmospheric Oceanic and Earth Sciences, was awarded Honorary Membership in the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the atmospheric and related sciences at its Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Cynthia Smith, Environmental Science and Policy, was awarded $3,153 by the Dominion Foundation and James Madison University for her work on JMU/Dominion Foundation/KidWind.

Lee Talbot, Environmental Science and Policy, has been selected by the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., to be the Powell Award and Lecture speaker in celebration of the club’s founder, John Wesley Powell. Talbot will speak on “Exploring for Conservation” on March 24 at the ceremony.

Monique van Hoek, School of Systems Biology, co-wrote a paper titled “Potentation of Francisella Resistance to Conventional Antibiotics through Small Molecule Adjuvants” in MedChemComm, the official journal of the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry, in collaboration with researchers at NCSU and UMD-Baltimore. She also co-wrote a paper, with one of her students, on the characterization of novel antimicrobial peptides the Cimex lectularis in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. This work was partially supported by a 4-VA grant. Van Hoek presented a talk, with one of her students, at ASM Biodefense 2-16 on the topic of antimicrobial peptides active against Bacillus anthracis. This project was supported by DTRA through a grant titled Translational Peptide Research for Personnel Protection.

Erhai Zhao, and Zhenyu Zhou, Physics and Astronomy, and other collaborators published a paper titled “Spin-orbital exchange of strongly interacting fermions on the p-band of a two-dimensional optical lattice” in the journal Physical Review Letters. Erhai Zhao was also awarded $635,068 by the University of Pittsburgh and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for his work on University of Pittsburgh/AFOSR/Opt.Lattic.

 

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Claire Huschle, Arts Management Program, moderated a discussion, "Running an Artist-Centered Organization—What Artists Want You to Know," which examined how arts influencers can strike a balance between creativity and management, while better serving artists in their careers. This event was part of the "Making Connections: Transforming Arts Leadership" series, which features arts leaders addressing contemporary topics in arts management. 

 

Robinson Professors

Paul D’Andrea, Robinson Professor of Theater and English, was recognized recently at a reception given by President Ángel Cabrera for Mason nominees and winners of the Commonwealth of Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, lectured on "Chance and necessity in Earth's evolution" at the Philosophical Society of Washington. His recently published article "On the nature and significance of rarity in mineralogy," which described thousands of mineral species much rarer than diamonds or rubies, became the number one international science story on Google over the Valentine's Day weekend.

Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, briefed top White House officials and members of Congress in February on recommendations from the Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, a bipartisan body of policymakers and criminal justice experts established by Congress in response to mounting concerns about the scale and cost of the federal prison system. 

School of Business

Jagadison Aier, Accounting, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business for faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Jackie Brown, Business Foundations, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business for faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Megan Cosgrove, Accounting, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business for faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Sidhartha Das, Information Systems and Operations Management, and Mahesh Joshi, Management, published an article titled, “Antecedents of Innovativeness in Technology-Based Services (TBS): Peering into the Black Box of Entrepreneurial Orientation,” (coauthored with Nacef Mouri) in Decision Sciences.

Cheryl Druehl, Information Systems and Operations Management, published an article titled, “Introduction to Innovation within and Across Borders: A Review and Future Directions” (coauthored with Janice Carrillo, and Juliana Hsuan) in Decision Sciences. Druehl also received a Summer Research Award from George Mason School of Business for the paper titled "Investigating Problem-Solving Approaches in Unblind Innovation Contests” and a University Service Award from George Mason School of Business.

Janet Faughnan, Accounting, received a Teaching Award from CIA.

Greg Hampe, Information Systems and Operations Management, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business for faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Syed Hasan, Accounting, received a Teaching Award for Outstanding Faculty of the Year for Undergraduate Education from Beta Alpha Psi.

Christopher Joiner, Marketing, received a University Service Award from George Mason’s School of Business.

Maheshkumar Joshi, Management, published the presentation “Strategic Fit: A Case Study in U.S. Federal Government Setting” in the proceedings from the Eastern Academy of Management International Division (with coauthors Anil Patel).

Kumar Mehta, Information Systems and Operations Management, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business for faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Nirup Menon, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper “Network Externality from Information Technology Investments and its Consequences in Medical Fraud” at the INFORMS Healthcare in Nashville, Tennessee. Menon also received a University Service Award from George Mason University.

David Miller, Management, was nominated for the Career Connection Faculty Award from George Mason University Career Services for faculty who have made a positive impact on students’ career goals, employment plans or graduate school preparation. 

Olivia O’Neill, Managment, received a Research Award from the Academy of Management Discoveries (AMD) and was nominated for a Teaching Award from OSCAR.

Cindy Parker, Management, was nominated for the Career Connection Faculty Award from George Mason University Career Services for faculty who have made a positive impact on students’ career goals, employment plans or graduate school preparation. 

Tiago Requeijo, Finance, received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the MS in Management Program from George Mason School of Business in 2015.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business for faculty recognized for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Francisco Roman, Accounting, had the presentation “Evolución y Avances a las Reformas de Gobierno Corporativo en México. Han Funcionado?” published in the proceedings from the Conferencia Iberoamericana en Gobierno Corporativo y Empresa Familiar.

Betsy Tretola, Marketing, received a Teaching Award from George Mason School of Business students for recognition from students as a faculty member having a significant impact on their experience at Mason.

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Sara Cobb and Jenny White hosted “New Narrative Dimensions of Arab Uprisings: Form, Ideology, and Aesthetics in an Age of Revolution with Dr. Nathaniel Greenberg.” This session explored the narratives of the Arab uprisings.

Leslie Dwyer and Lisa Mclean help to bring the play “Neda Wants to Die” to the Arlington Campus. The play was commissioned by the World Bank as part of a three-day exhibition to raise awareness of the epidemic of gender-based violence. Following the play was a panel discussion with the writer and director, Luigi Laraia, as well as S-CAR professors Sandra Cheldelin and Sara Cobb.

Leslie Dwyer, Lisa Mclean and Krystal Thomas hosted a session titled “World Learning: Transforming Access, Agency and Power (TAAP)—Tapping into the Voices and Skills of All People, ” a tool for practitioners to create inclusionary processes.

Sarah Federman hosted a campus-wide discussion “ISIS World Cafe: Considering Our Experiences of and Responses to ISIS” in response to the Paris attacks and was an open forum for people to discuss their reactions and views.

Pamina Firchow was selected as a USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow for 2015-16. Her project is an empirical attempt to bridge the gap between liberal peace and justice interventions and community needs.

Susan Hirsch delivered a lecture titled “Strong Language: Negotiating Deep Differences while Promoting Peace” at San Anton Palace in Malta. Hirsch and Franklin Dukes’s book titled “Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia: Understanding Stakeholders and Change in Environmental Conflict” was reviewed by the Tennessee Libraries Association.
Hirsch and Thanos Gatsias conducted a “Workshop on Verbal Violence and Social Media” with teenagers from Italy and Malta at a national event on Jan. 27 at Verdala Palace in Malta sponsored by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society and the Italian Embassy, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Karina Korostelina and nine graduate students traveled to Brazil during winter break to explore the interrelations between categorical violence, national identity building, and intergroup relations in Brazil. The groups conducted 38 interviews to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural factors that contribute to inequality and the exclusion of social groups in Brazil, in addition to examining the consequences for social cohesion in the society. 

Nathaniel Lash and Mara Schoeny organized and hosted the Conflict Analysis and Resolution eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium highlighting capstone projects of graduating students.

Terrence Lyons published a journal article titled “Ethiopia: The 100% Election” in the Journal of Democracy. Lyons also published an article titled “The Importance of Winning: Victorious Insurgent Groups and Authoritarian Politics” in the Journal of Comparative Politics. 

Lisa Mclean hosted a town hall meeting on inclusion in the classroom to discuss how to address issues of voice and inclusion within the school and the university. This session was held partly in response to the student protests and activities at The University of Missouri.

Patricia Maulden presented a paper titled “Burundi: Conflict and Displacement” for the Burundi Situation Briefing for the Red Cross Case Workers. Maulden and Charles Davidson presented a paper at the George Mason Security Symposium titled “’Radicalized’ Youth: Global Human Insecurity and Its Effects.”

Christopher Mitchell and Laura Villanueva presented a weekend-long joint problem-solving workshop with the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at American University at the Point of View site.

Christopher Mitchell’s book “The Nature of Intractable Conflict: Resolution in the 21st Century” was reviewed in the African Journal on Conflict Resolution.

Sixte Vigny Nimuraba testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health-Foreign Relations on the political and security crisis in Burundi.

Oded Adomi Leshem and Thomas Flores published a journal article, “Instilling Hope for Peace During Intractable Conflicts” in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Agnieszka Paczynska was named a nonresident fellow at the Stimson Center. 

Daniel Rothbart was appointed as a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies organization, which is committed to promoting the dignity of all people worldwide.

Richard Rubenstein organized and facilitated a conference at the United Nations in January on the topic of "Poverty, Inequality, and Global Conflict." The conference was co-sponsored by S-CAR, the United Nations Academic Impact and the People Programme International. The UN will publish a summary of the discussions.

Richard Rubenstein and Adeeb Yousif Abdel Alla hosted a panel presentation on peace journalism as a form of peace education.

Dennis Sandole and Ingrid Sandole-Staroste, published an article titled “Making the Case for Systematic, Gender-based Analysis in Sustainable Peace Building'," in the Conflict Resolution Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 23, Winter 2015.

Dennis Sandole published an article in the Partnership for Peace Consortium Study Group Proceedings titled “The Return of Geopolitics to Europe: A Serious Threat to Peace Consolidation? "

Lisa Shaw, Cassie Ammen and Claudine Kuradusenge organized a Martin Luther King Day weeklong series of events and workshops starting with a Departmental Day of Service.  Other events included a presentation on “Understanding Privilege” with Tehema Lopez-Bunyasi, another on “Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education with Elavie Ndura,” and a session on “Political Rhetoric and Islamophobia,” which included presentations by Mara Schoeny, Patricia Maulden, Remaz Abdelgader, and Asha Noor.
 

Lisa Shaw and Brendan Scott hosted the S-CAR Spring 2016 Graduate Student Orientation.

Lisa Shaw and Nathaniel Lash organized and hosted S-CAR’s Winter Recognition Ceremony, the school’s annual winter graduation ceremony. This event was followed by the community winter celebration, which was organized by Cassie Ammen and Claudine Kuradusenge.

School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

Zoltan Acs published “Global Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Incentives: The Mason Years” with Edward Elgar Publishers. He made a presentation about philanthropy to the American chapter of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences meeting in Long Beach, Calif.

David Armor and doctoral student Jill Rough presented their paper, “Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military: Trends and Responses,” at the March 3 Workshop on Women's Health in Global Perspective.

Katrin Anacker published “Saving While Black: From the Freeman’s Savings Bank, to Public Policy Missing in Action, to a New Downpayment Savings Product and Policy” in the Banking and Financial Services Policy Report: A Journal of Trends in Regulation and Supervision. She also presented “Aging in Place: Analyzing Homeowner Characteristics, Mortgage Status, and Property Values in Mature and Developing Suburbs” at the annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in Houston, Texas.

Philip Auerswald spoke at the PeaceTech Summit at USIP, the FutureWork Forum at NCSU, and at the I4J ECO Summit in Mountain View, Calif., co-hosted by Vint Cerf.

Jo-Marie Burt is an official observer for the Washington Office on Latin America, where she is a senior fellow, at the first-ever domestic trial to prosecute alleged sexual slavery and sexual abuse from the Guatemalan Civil War as international crimes is underway in Guatemala City.

Ahsan Butt published an article “Street Power: Friday Prayers, Islamist Protests, and Islamization in Pakistan” in the journal Politics and Religion.

Ken Button published “Public-private partnerships: A review of economic considerations with particular reference to transportation projects” in Transportation Planning and Technology. He co-wrote with G. Martini and D. Scotti, “Impacts of the Arab Spring on trade in airline services” in Applied Economics Letters.

James K. Conant and Peter Balint’s book “The Life Cycles of the Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency: 1970–2035” was published by Oxford University Press in March.

David Hart co-wrote a report, The Demographics of Innovation in the United States, for the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Michael Hayden released a new book, “Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror,” detailing his time as director of the CIA and NSA.

Mark Katz was on a panel on Russia in the Middle East at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.  He was also on a panel on the interests and objectives of regional powers in Syria at Princeton University.

Phillip Magness published "Abraham Lincoln and Colonization," on The Essential Civil War Curriculum website.

Stuart Malawer published an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Obama’s and Carter’s Iranian Hostage Agreements.”

Frank Manheim published three book reviews in CHOICE magazine: “Climate insurgency: a strategy for survival” by Jeremy Brecher; “Climatology versus pseudoscience: Exposing the failed predictions of global warming skeptics” by Dana Nuccitelli; and “Climate change and the coast: Building resilient communities,” edited by Bruce C. Glavovic et al.

Brian Mazanec published a book, “The Evolution of Cyber War,” which was highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Eric McGlinchey wrote a policy memo “Foreign Policy Consequences of Homegrown Eurasian Nationalism,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 418, (February 2016).

Robert McGrath gave a talk at the University of Virginia’s American Politics Workshop on “Expertise, Conflict, and Agency Rulemaking in the U.S. States.”

Paul Posner was elected chair of the board of the National Academy of Public Administration for 2016. He was invited to give a guest lecture on performance budgeting before the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. Posner also testified on unfunded mandates before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Feb. 24.

Pris Regan published an article "Response to Privacy as a Public Good" in the Duke Law Journal Online (February 2016).

Ken Reinert's textbook, An Introduction to International Economics: New Perspectives on the World Economy, has been translated into Chinese and published by Renmin University Press.

Hilton Root published a paper, “The U.S. Foreign Aid Policy to the Middle East: The Political Economy of the U.S. Assistance to the Mena Region,” which was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for ERN: Other Development Economics: Regional & Country Studies (Topic) and PSN: Foreign Aid (Topic).

Jill A. Rough presented “Integrating Mom: An Exploratory Study of the Perceptions of and Challenges Facing Military Mothers," at the 2016 International Society of Military Ethics Conference in Annapolis, Md.

Mark Rozell published the following op-eds: “Why Trump Probably Wins Virginia” in the Washington Post, “Key to the Primary: Evangelicals Could Hold Cards” in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Taking Executive Privilege too Far” in The Hill, and “How Trump’s Winning the Religious Right” in the New York Daily News. He co-wrote an article in the Southern Political Report, “African-Americans: Bulwark of the Southern Democratic Primaries,” and published an op-ed with the same title in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Bill Schneider published the following articles on Reuters: “How Antonin Scalia’s Death Reshapes the 2016 election,” “Electability, Schmelectability: It’s the Year of the Angry, Angry Voter,” “Trump, the GOP’s Spleen, is Ripe for Surgery,” and “Donald Trump Becomes the Choice of the Republican Establishment.”

Frank Shafroth published a law review article, “2014: The Year of Walking the Fiscal Tightrope,” in the Wayne State Journal of Law in Society.

Louise Shelley wrote an op-ed “Slavery Infuses Supply Chains, Demanding Closer Scrutiny by Companies” for Brink News. She recently gave a talk in Berlin on terrorist financing at the conference "Eurasia and Armed Radicalism," organized by the NATO Defense College Foundation and the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Sita Slavov published a book review for Cambridge University Press on “Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security” by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller and Paul Solman (eds).

Roger Stough co-wrote with Mason PhD alumnus Ting Zhang (now professor of business administration at the University of Baltimore) "Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth in China,” World Scientific Publishers, Singapore. Stough was elected as the founding vice president of the Regional Science Academy at the Western Regional Science Meetings in Hawaii in February.

Nicholas Stroup was elected president of the District of Columbia College Personnel Association executive board.

Trevor Thrall published an article in The Diplomat, “Past or Prologue? What North Korea Teaches Us about Iran’s Nuclear Program.”

Jennifer Victor wrote an op-ed in the NY Times’ Room for Debate section, Does Money Really Matter in Politics, titled “An Arms Race with Limited Impact.” She wrote an op-ed for Vox, “If Trump and Sanders Win in Iowa and New Hampshire, Will They be the Nominees?”

Ming Wan gave a presentation on Sino-Japanese relations at Foreign Service Institute.

Janine Wedel gave a talk on her book “Unaccountable: Twenty-First Century Power Brokers and the New Corruption” at the Hertie School of Governance: Executive Master of Public Administration in course on good governance and anti-corruption.

University Life

Joey Allen, Housing and Residence Life, is currently serving a two-year term as Technology Coordinator for the Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers (VACUHO).

Caitlyn Buchanan, Housing and Residence Life, was recently named as the Marketing Committee Assessment Chair for the Virginia Student Services Conference (VSSC).

Emilie Dubert, Sally Lorentson, and Jackie Nash, Orientation and Family Programs and Services, presented “Navigating the Chutes and Ladders of a Student’s Experience,”at the 2016 National Conference on the First Year Experience in Orlando, Fla., in February.

Jason Hartsel, Student Media, is currently serving on the Steering Committee for the “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016,” a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, D.C., area.

Sally Lorentson, Orientation and Family Programs and Services, presented with colleagues from other institutions “On Being a Director: Lessons From 3 Who Learned the Hard Way,” at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) national conference in Indianapolis in March.

Zachary Pope, University Life Safety and Emergency Management, was awarded the credential of Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Pope also served as a panelist for a virtual roundtable sponsored by ACUHO-I on the topic of Gun Safety on Campus on Feb. 25.

Ashley Guinn Taylor, Housing and Residence Life, recently presented "Assignment Conflicts at the annual Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Conference 2016.