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February 2012 Accolades

January 31, 2012

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

The next Accolades column will be published on Thursday, March 1. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 23.


David C. Atkins, Auxiliary Enterprises, was selected to receive the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) Membership Initiative Stipend Award. Atkins will attend the ICLA Winter Symposium at Salt Lake City in March.

Mark Craft, Technology Systems Division, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was named the January 2012 ITU Employee of the Month.  

Raechel Hester, University Career Services, was elected to a Directorate board position for the Commission for Career Development within the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She will begin her three-year term this spring at the 2012 ACPA convention.

Christine Y. Cruzvergara, University Career Services, is the new chair for the Commission for Career Development within ACPA and will serve for two years. She has served on the Directorate board for the past three years.

Dan Waxman, Auxiliary Services, wrote an article, “Planting Seeds of Sustainability,” which was published in the winter 2011 College Services Magazine. The article details the garden project and other activities at the George Mason University Child Development Center.

Stephanie Werhane, Technology Systems Division, Information Technology Unit (ITU), was named the February 2012 ITU Employee of the Month.

College of Education and Human Development

Jatin Ambegaonkar, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, with co-authors, gave a research poster presentation titled “Development of a Dynamometer Anchoring System for Collection of Maximal Voluntary Isometric Contractions in Biomechanics Research on Dancers.” The presentation was given in October 2011 at the 21st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science in Washington, D.C. This poster won the Best Research Poster Award at the conference.

Fred Bemak, Graduate School of Education, was funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education as a research visiting scholar. He visited Taiwan during October 2011 to investigate policy, training and practices related to school counseling. While in Taiwan he gave three invited presentations: “Global Perspectives in Counseling and Counseling Psychology” at National Taiwan University; “Counseling in Post-Disaster Situations” at the National University of Kaohsiung; and “New Perspectives on Counseling Immigrants” at Toko University. Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Graduate School of Education, were invited keynote speakers at the Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Association National Student Congress in Erzurum, Turkey, in July 2011. Their keynote speech was titled “The Counseling Field: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Trends and Practices.” Bemak and Chung gave an invited presentation in July 2011 at Eges University in Izmir, Turkey. Their presentation was titled “Culturally Responsive Post-Disaster Counseling: The Disaster Cross-Cultural Counseling (DCCC) Model.” They also gave a presentation in July 2011 at the 12th Annual European Congress of Psychology in Istanbul, Turkey. The presentation was titled “Integrating Human Rights and Social Justice with Diversity in Psychology Education and Training: Multiculturalism, Immigration, Trafficking and the U.N.”

Russell Brayley, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, presented a paper at a meeting of the World Cultural Tourism Association held in October 2011 in Istanbul. His paper was titled “Protection and Presentation: The Ongoing Battle of the American Civil War.” Based on his case study of sesquicentennial commemoration activities at the Manassas Battlefield Park in Virginia, Brayley discussed with a diverse international group of scholars the challenges of preserving and protecting hallowed cultural resources while exploiting them as educational and touristic resources.

Bill Brozo, Graduate School of Education, participated in planning and curriculum development in Braga, Portugal, in September 2011 with project team members on a grant funded by the European Union called Basic Curriculum for Teachers’ In-Service Training in Content Area Literacy in Secondary Schools (BaCuLit).  Brozo is one of two U.S. consultants with the BaCuLit team, which is composed of literacy scholars from across Europe. The team is creating professional development modules on content literacy practices that are being delivered to secondary teachers in several European countries. Brozo will return over the next two years to provide technical assistance to professional developers, help conduct project evaluations and meet with the BaCuLit team.

Dimiter Dimitrov, Graduate School of Education, has written a book titled “Statistical Methods for Validation of Assessment Scale Data in Counseling and Related Fields,” which was published by the American Counseling Association.

James Kozlowski, School of Recreation, Health and Tourism, was selected for the Legends of the Parks and Recreation Program. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration instituted the Legends Program to create an archive of video interviews of “distinguished administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the field of parks and recreation.” The interviewees describe their personal background, professional insights, advice and philosophical beliefs.

Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo, Multilingual/Multicultural Education Program, received the 2011 Peace Educator of the Year award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association at a banquet and awards ceremony hosted by the association and the Gandhi-King Conference in October 2011 in Memphis.

Earle Reybold, Graduate School of Education, was invited to participate in two panel sessions offered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) as part of NSF ADVANCE: Ten Years of Broadening Participation and Inclusion. NSF and AWIS share the goal of increasing the participation of women in academic science careers and leadership. Reybold discussed women and minority faculty experiences in relation to faculty success and rewards, especially in terms of promotion, tenure and institutional fit.

Rob Smith, Graduate School of Education, with colleagues, wrote “Gaining on the Gap: Changing Hearts, Minds, and Practice,” which was published in September 2011 by Rowman and Littlefield and the American Association of School Administrators. The book is a reflection on the work of narrowing achievement gaps, with particular attention paid by the other authors to their work in cultural competence training.

Jenice View, Initiatives in Educational Transformation, edited with colleagues “Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching,” which was named by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance as one of the top 20 “enduring classics” of the last 20 years and “one of the best professional development resources for teachers.” The book has also been adopted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as the core text for its summer education institute. This book has been the foundation for View’s ongoing projects in Mississippi.

College of Health and Human Services

Cara Frankenfeld, Global and Community Health, was selected as an expert by the North American Menopause Society for a panel that reviewed studies done on soy to arrive at recommendations for clinicians to give their patients. Frankenfeld was tapped because of her extensive previous research on soy.

Randall Keyser, Rehabilitation Science and Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, received the Alfred Soffer Research Award on behalf of his research team for outstanding original research and presentation of the abstract “Improved Six-Minute Walk Distance and Cardiorespiratory Function in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Following an Intensive Exercise Program.” The award was presented by the American College of Chest Physicians at the CHEST 2011 meeting in Honolulu.

Len Nichols, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, was selected for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program. He is one of 73 individuals from 27 states and the District of Columbia participating in the Innovation Advisors Program. After an initial orientation phase, Innovation Advisors will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Rachel Chazan-Cohen, Psychology, and a colleague edited “Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health: A Practical Guide for Professionals,” which was published by Brookes Publishing in 2011.

Susanne Denham, Psychology, and colleagues wrote “Emotional Intelligence in the First Five Years of Life” in Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, which was edited by R. E. Tremblay, R. DeV. Peters, M. Boivin and R. G. Barr and published by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development in 2011. Denham wrote with colleagues “Emotions and Peer Relationships,” which was published in the 2011 Wiley/Blackwell Handbook of Childhood Social Development, second edition, and edited by C. Hart and P. K. Smith.

Christianne Esposito-Smythers, Todd Kashdan, Psychology, and colleagues presented “Adolescents with SAD and Serious Aggression Problems: A Person-Centered Approach to Psychopathology” at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Toronto in November 2011.

Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter, Communication, wrote the chapter “How Television Covers the Presidential Nomination Process,” which was published in the book “The Making of the Presidential Candidates, 2012,” in December 2011.

Christine Hernandez, Women and Gender Studies, received two awards from the American College Personnel Association. The association’s Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs named her Outstanding New Professional, and the Standing Committee for Women named her the Outstanding Emerging Professional.

Garett Jones, Economics, wrote “The Best People Leave First,” which was included in the Dec. 7, 2011, “Room for Debate” column in the New York Times.

Todd Kashdan, Psychology, and colleagues presented “Sharing In or Missing Out on the Amusement of Romantic Partners” at two sessions of the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies in Toronto in November 2011. He also presented with colleagues “Nuanced Emotions: Adding Some Flexibility” and “Exploring Links Between Dimensions of Emotional Awareness, Emotion Regulation and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” at the same conference.  Kashdan was editor of a special issue of the Journal of Personality in 2011 on “Understanding How Personality Operates in the Social World,” and he wrote two articles for the issue with Patrick McKnight, psychology, and colleagues: “When Curiosity Breeds Intimacy: Taking Advantage of Intimacy Opportunities and Transforming Boring Conversations” and “Dynamic, Contextual Approaches to Studying Personality in the Social World.” Kashdan also presented “Personality and the Perils and Promises of Everyday Life: Lessons on Sex, Violence and Purpose in Life” at the University of Toledo in December 2011.

Patrick McKnight and Todd Kashdan, psychology, presented “Diagnostic Status as a Moderator of the Symptom-Functioning Relationship in Depression” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies in Toronto in November 2011.

Katherine Rowan, Communication, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for excellence in teaching and exemplary research to enhance science communication, particularly the role of media in effective, accurate outreach to audiences.” She will receive the honor on Feb. 18 at the 2012 AAAS Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

Robinson Professors

Spencer R. Crew, Robinson Professor of American, African American and Public History, was interviewed by Annette Windhorn, coordinator of the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program, about the Underground Railroad for a podcast series to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented a lecture on mineral evolution at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, presented the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Northern Virginia Chapter of NAIOP, the association of real estate investors and developers. He was also selected as an outstanding leader by a committee of experts on leadership convened by the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, participated in a meeting of the Liberal Arts Council of Western Governors University via phone conference. He also served on a selection committee for Marshall-Sherfield Fellowships in Washington, D.C.

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Kevin Avruch spent December 2011 as a Fulbright Specialist grantee working with colleagues in the Malaviya Peace Research Centre of the Banaras Hindu University in India. He led a workshop on intercultural conflict and conflict resolution, gave a paper on approaches to multiculturalism at an international conference hosted by the Malaviya Centre, and consulted with colleagues, postdoctoral students and postgraduate students on their research, and with Priyankar Upadhyaya, holder of the UNESCO Chair and coordinator of the center, on matters of curriculum development and future collaborative research. Avruch had his book, “Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Culture, Identity, Power and Practice,” published by Paradigm Publishers in January 2012. Avruch wrote with co-authors “Peace through Economic Opportunity, Cross-Cultural Understanding and Public-Private Partnership: A Case Study of the Irish Peace Process Cultural Training Programme,” which was published in The Journal of Peacebuilding and Development in December 2011.

Andrea Bartoli delivered a speech at Banca Intesa in Milan on “The Evolution of International Conflicts and the Role of the U.S. Government” in December 2011. Bartoli is the leader on the Engaging Governments on Genocide Prevention program, which was awarded a grant by Columbia University in January 2012, and he is the leader on the project “Genocide Prevention Program: Operationalization of Prevention at the National, Regional and International Levels,” which was awarded a grant by the government of Switzerland in January 2012.

Terrence Lyons taught a course in January 2012 at the graduate program of the Center for Human Rights at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. The U.S. Fulbright Specialist Program sponsored this collaboration as part of its ongoing efforts to facilitate partnerships with Ethiopian universities.

School of Management

Mikhail Pevzner, and Long Chen, Accounting, published an article titled “Pro-Forma Disclosures, Audit Fees and Auditor Resignations” in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Chen also presented the paper titled “How do Auditors Respond to Corporate Social Responsibility Performance?” at the 2012 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in Savannah in October. The presentation was also published in the conference proceedings.

Matthew Cronin, Management, received the 2011 Best Published Paper Award from the Risk Analysis Journal for the paper titled “Why Near-Miss Events Can Decrease an Individual’s Protective Response to Hurricanes.” Cronin also had the paper titled “Task Conflict, Problem Solving and Yielding: Effects on Cognition and Performance in Functionally Diverse Innovation Teams” honored as the Best Published Paper from Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.

David Kravitz, Management, published an article titled “Post-9/11 GI Bill Helps Support Higher Education Opportunities of Minorities in Armed Services” in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Nacef Mouri, Marketing, published an article titled “Marketing Capabilities and Innovation-Based Strategies for Environmental Sustainability: An Exploratory Investigation of B2B Firms” in Industrial Marketing Management.

Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “The Culture-Effectiveness Linkage: Looking Through a Resource-Based View Lens in a Manufacturing Arena” at the Academy of Management Conference in San Antonio.

Paige Wolf, Management, presented the paper titled “Team Processes and Shared Leadership in Project Teams” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in San Diego.

School of Public Policy

Katrin Anacker co-presented “Analyzing Determinants of Foreclosure among High-Income African American and Hispanic Borrowers in Prince George’s County, Maryland” at the Association for Public Policy Analysis Management’s 2011 Annual Fall Research Conference. She also co-wrote “Queering the Suburbs: Analyzing Property Values in Male and Female Same-Sex Suburbs in the United States” in “Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice,” published by Farnham: Ashgate.

David Armor was a panelist at the release of the Second Index of Family Belonging and Rejection, produced by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute.

John Earle was keynote speaker at the German Day on Development at the World Bank, where he spoke on the topic “FDI and Wages.”

Jonathan Gifford gave a presentation on secondary road devolution to the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Legislative Forum in Charlottesville, Va.  He was invited because of his recent report on devolution. He also published a chapter, “Psychology and Rationality in User Behavior: The Case of Scarcity,” in A Handbook of Transport Economics.

John Gordon was a keynote presenter at the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Dinner, hosted by the Naval Order of the United States.

Richard Kauzlarich gave presentations to the European Area Studies class at the Foreign Service Institute on Caspian Energy Geopolitics and European Energy Security. He also participated on a panel regarding Bosnia and the future of the Dayton peace process at a CSIS conference on the Balkans, and he moderated a panel on Azerbaijan at a Carnegie Conference regarding the South Caucasus: 20 Years On.

Stuart Malawer wrote “Foreign Students Can Boost Economic Development” for the Jan. 29 Commentary section of the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Arnauld Nicogossian co-wrote “Modeling Urban Atmospheric Anthrax Spores Dispersion: Assessment of Health Impacts and Policy Implications,” with Laurie Schintler and others in World Medical & Health Policy. He also co-wrote “The Use of U.S. Academic Institutions in Community Medical Disaster Recovery,” in World Medical & Health Policy. At the NASA Annual Occupational Health Conference, Nicogossian gave a presentation titled “Updates and Trends in Occupational Health and Safety.”

Ramkishen Rajan published “Management of Exchange Rate Regimes in Emerging Asia” for the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Working Paper series. He also participated in a panel discussion on “EU and East Asia – Leadership and Governance in a Post-Crisis Landscape,” at an event organized by the EU Centre in Singapore.

Mark Rozell presented a post-election analysis and perspective at the Dulles Area Democrats’ November breakfast.  He wrote with Paul Goldman “Here Come the Romneys — America’s latest political Royalty,” an opinion piece that was published on on Jan. 11.

Steve Ruth published “Reducing ICT-Related Carbon Emissions — An Exemplar for Global Energy Policy?” in IETE Technical Review. He also published “ICT Development Resources for Researchers — Is Free a Good Price to Pay?” in Information Technology in Developing Countries and “Can ICT Do More to Reduce Higher Ed Costs? A Return on Investment Perspective” in the International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning.

Louise Shelley spoke on “Political Power and Financial Power in Russia on the Eve of the Elections” at the Center for International Relations in Paris. She also participated in the panel “Leveraging Anti-Money Laundering Regimes to Combat Human Trafficking” at the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons seminar in Vienna, Austria, sponsored by OSCE and UNODC. She also participated in the Third Session of the International Forum on Crime and Criminal Law in the Global Era, which focused on Trends and Strategies of International Anti-Terrorism in the Post-Bin Laden Era. Her paper was titled “New Security Challenges: The Hybrid of Corruption, Crime and Terrorism.” Shelley also talked on “Human Trafficking in the Region” at the Conference on Gender-Based Violence in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, at the Foreign Service Institute, and she  spoke at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting on “Litigation as a Key to Investment Strategies of Organized Crime.”

The Volgenau School of Engineering

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems, was awarded a patent titled “Protecting Sensitive Data Associations” in December 2011.

Brian Mark, Electrical and Computer Engineering, wrote with colleagues “Probability, Random Processes and Statistical Analysis,” which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Daniel Menascé, Computer Science, and a former PhD student were awarded a patent titledMeta-protocol” in December 2011.

Ami Motro, Computer Science, and PhD in IT student Joshua Church received the best paper award at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications for their paper “Learning Service Behavior with Progressive Testing.”

Lance Sherry, Systems Engineering and Operations Research and Center for Air Transportation Systems Research, and John Shortle, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, received $235,356 from the University of Maryland for their project titled “Wake Turbulence Analysis and Research to Study NextGen Operations.” The period of performance is Sept. 22, 2011, to Sept. 21, 2013.

Kathleen Wage, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $4,000 from the Office of Naval Research for an anticipated total funding of $330,232 for her project “Random Matrix Theory for Adaptive Beamforming.” The period of performance is Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2014.

Harry Wechsler, Computer Science, and a colleague were awarded a patent titled “Data Stream Change Detector” in December 2011. Weschler and colleagues were awarded a patent titled “Recognition by Parts Using Adaptive and Robust Correlation Filters” in December 2011.