April 2012 Accolades

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April 2012 Accolades

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

The next Accolades column will be published on Tuesday, May 1. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 24. Send news to univnews@gmu.edu.


Janette Kenner Muir, associate provost, is the editor of “Coming to Terms: The Collected Works of Jane Blankenship,” which was published by Lexington Books, 2011.

College of Health and Human Services

Andy Carle, Health Administration and Policy, provided a keynote at the Senior Living 100 Conference in San Diego in March. The title of the presentation was “Connecting the Dots: Technology, Innovation and the Next Generation of Senior Housing.”

Kathleen Gaffney, School of Nursing, was a speaker at the Serving Texas Through Health Disparities Research conference in March. The conference was sponsored by the St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

Lynn Gerber, Rehabilitation Science and Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, was invited to participate in a forum of the Institute of Medicine addressing aging, disability and independence. She co-wrote the following abstracts selected for presentation at the Digestive Disease Week: “Relationships Between Exercise Performance, Metabolic Measures and Inflammatory Markers in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease”; “Anthropometric and Clinical Factors Associated with Overall and Liver-Specific Mortality in Subjects with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”; and “Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Have the Lowest Level of Physical Activity.” She also co-wrote the following for presentation at the European Society for the Study of Liver Disease: “Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Is Associated with Low Level of Physical Activity: A Population-Based Study”; “Clinical and Anthropometric Factors Associated with Liver-Specific Mortality in Subjects with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).”

Lisa Pawloski and Constance Gewa, Nutrition and Food Studies, wrote “Maternal-Child Overweight/Obesity and Undernutrition in Kenya: A Geographic Analysis” for Public Health Nutrition. Pawloski wrote with colleagues “Obesity and Overweight in the Mekong Basin Region: A Literature Review” for the Journal of Global Medical Policy and Practices. She also wrote with colleagues “Caffeine Is Protective in Patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD),” which was published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Gilbert Gimm and Tony Yang, Health Administration and Policy, received a $20,000 research grant from the Borchard Foundation on Law and Aging to study the effect of paid leave policies on family caregivers for the elderly.  This research grant will be for the period Jan. 25, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.

Ali Weinstein, Rehabilitation Science and Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability, published a paper titled “Exercise as an Intervention Depends on Both Clinician and Patient Acceptance,” which was published in Physical Therapy Reviews. Weinstein gave an invited presentation at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium, titled “Depression and Physical Activity in the Older Adult.” Weinstein is a co-author on an abstract presented at the American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting in Athens, Greece, titled “Fatigue Reduction in Pulmonary Hypertension: A Preliminary Report on a NIH Exercise Trial.” Weinstein was also named to the Editorial Board for Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Steven A. Barnes, History and Art History, delivered the annual Conrad M. Wingate Memorial Lecture at Washington College on March 6. The title of his lecture was “Understanding the Soviet Gulag in Light of the Nazi Concentration Camps.”

Christopher S. Koper, Criminology, Law and Society, led a congressional briefing by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at the Rayburn House Office Building on “Reducing Gun Violence: Lessons from Research and Practice.” Ten of the top experts in the field presented to an audience representing more than 100 organizations.

Cynthia Lum, Criminology, Law and Society, was named to the Board of Trustees of the Pretrial Justice Institute in Washington, D.C.

James Willis, Criminology, Law and Society, delivered the Ideas in American Policing Lecture at the Police Foundation in February. His topic was “The Craft of Policing.”

College of Science

Kirk Borne, Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences, was invited to participate on a panel at the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2012 in New Orleans. He spoke on the emerging career opportunities for data scientists and the importance of teaching data science in all academic disciplines. He also presented a poster on “Data Science: The Revolution in Science Education.”

Robinson Professors

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, presented lectures on “origins of life” at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; the University of South Dakota; and the University of California, Davis. He also presented a lecture on “diamond synthesis” at Brown University, as well as lectures on “mineral evolution” at Brown University and the Smithsonian Institute. His work on deep carbon science was featured in an article in the American Chemical Society’s Chemical and Engineering News.

Carma Hinton, Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, was the keynote speaker at Denison University’s East Asian Film and Lecture Series, “Politics and Culture in Post-’89 China.” She also discussed the challenges of making her film, “The Gate of Heavenly Peace.”

Harold Morowitz, Robinson Professor of Biology and Natural Philosophy, was appointed a senior editor of Astrobiology, the official journal of the Astrobiological Society. He also wrote “The Planetary Biology Subcommittee Versus Richard M. Nixon,” which appeared in the February 2012 issue of Astrobiology.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, participated in the Liberal Arts Council at the Western Governors University in Salt Lake City. He also attended the Economics Institute for Judges, in Orange, Calif., and presented “The Scientific Method, Elements of Scientific Decision Making and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs: The Scientific Method in Action.”

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR)

Andrea Bartoli participated in the Basque Model conference held in Bilbao, Spain onFeb. 16-17. This conference provided a forum to critically engage with a research document that was produced in a collaborative process between S-CAR and Juan-Jose Ibarretxe, former president of the Basque Country. The conference also provided an opportunity to engage with recent developments in the Basque peace process. Bartoli also delivered a talk in March at the Genocide Prevention Advisory Network meeting at The Hague organized by the Genocide Prevention Program at S-CAR in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In March, he also participated in the Peace and Conflict Studies Workshop at the University of Notre Dame. This workshop was designed to compare best practices in peace and conflict studies within 10 major departments/centers/institutes located within universities in North America, Europe and Africa; and to create a network and advance plans for greater collaboration among them.

Sandy Cheldelin was the invited luncheon speaker at the Women’s National Democratic Club on March 22 to talk about her book “Women Waging War and Peace: International Perspectives of Women’s Roles in Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.” On March 23, she was a co-leader of “Constructive Engagement of Conflict” on the Leadership Legacy program for selected next-generation leaders at Mason. She was also the keynote speaker and panel moderator on “The Role of Higher Education in Solving Global Problems” on March 24 at the Mason Global Problem Solving Consortium.

Mohammed Cherkaoui co-edited a book titled “Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence,” which was published by Routledge Press. For this book, he wrote the chapter “Civilians, Pundits and Mediatized Ideology” and “Civilians Overshadowed by Soldiers: Faceless Victims of the Public Media.” He also co-wrote the chapters “The Place and Plight of Civilians in Modern War” and “Conclusion: the Road Ahead.”

Susan Hirsch served as a member, for the third time, of the Final Selection Committee for the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation fellowships, which support students whose work offers significant potential for advancing academic scholarship related to ethics and/or religion.

Karina Korostelina co-edited the book “Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence,” which was published by Routledge Press. For this book she wrote the chapter “Devastating Civilians at Home: The Plight of Crimean Tatars and Californians of Asian Decent During World War II” and co-wrote the following chapters: “The Place and Plight of Civilians in Modern War”; “Double Victims: The Recruitment and Treatment of Child Soldiers in Chechnya”; and “Conclusion: the Road Ahead.” She gave a talk at the Radio Svoboda−Ukraine on “Ukraine — a Colony for Political and Business Elite.” She also presented her paper titled “Role of History Education in Identity-Based Conflicts” at the Workshop on Historical Discourse in the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict held at Humboldt University in Berlin, March 14-16. The workshop was organized by S-CAR PhD student Phil Gamaghelyan.

Daniel Rothbart co-edited “Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence,” which was published by Routledge Press. For this book he also co-wrote the following chapters: “The Place and Plight of Civilians in Modern War”; “The Politics of Civilian Identity”; and “Conclusion: the Road Ahead.” This book appears in the “War, Conflict and Ethics” series, which he co-edits. He also wrote an article titled “The Logicality of Targeting Civilians in Identity-based Conflicts” for the volume “Beyond Rationality: Contemporary Issues,” published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He also presented “The Evolution of War and the Prospects for Peace: The Continuing Crisis in Darfur” at the 2012 Fleming Lecture at Guildford College in North Carolina.

School of Management

Long Chen, Accounting, presented the paper titled “Corporate Social Responsibility, Audit Fees, and Audit Opinions” at the 2012 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Mid-Year Conference in Savannah, Ga., in January 2012.

Robert Grosse, Management, published an article titled “Latin American Company Strategies in the Financial Crisis” in the Global Journal of Emerging Market Economies in 2012.

Michael Naor, Information Systems and Operations Management, presented the paper titled “Rigorously Assessing and Framing the Theory of Constraints Foundations” at the Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting in Boston.

Mikhail Pevzner, Accounting, published an article titled “Comments by the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association on the PCAOB Rulemaking Docket Matter No. 34: PCAOB Release No. 2011-003 Concept Release on Possible Revisions to PCOAB Standards Related to Report” in Current Issues in Auditing.

Bernard Sharfman, Management, presented the keynote address at the Journal of Corporation Law spring banquet in March. The address was titled “What’s Wrong with Shareholder Empowerment.”

Fiona Sussan and Laurie Meamber, Marketing, presented the paper titled “Student-Centered Learning about Consumer Behavior Using Feature Films” at the American Marketing Association Educators’ Conference in San Francisco.

Kevin Rockmann, Management, had the presentation titled “Rethinking Telecommuting and the Distributed Work Organization” published in the proceedings from the Academy of Management.

Paige Wolf, Management, published an article titled “Book Review: ‘Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best and Learn from the Worst’ by Robert I. Sutton” in Personnel Psychology.

The Volgenau School of Engineering

Paul Ammann and Jeff Offutt, Computer Science, received $128,993 from Dartmouth College for their project “Usability Analysis of Security Protocols.” The period of performance is Feb. 1, 2012, through July 31, 2013.

Tomasz Arciszewski, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, gave five lectures on inventive engineering and presented talks for faculty at James Madison University on “Successful Education” and “Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Necessary but Insufficient” in March.

Michael P. Cohen, Statistics, published “Sample Means of Independent Standard Cauchy Random Variables Are Standard Cauchy: A New Approach” in the March 2012 issue of the American Mathematical Monthly.

Mike Hieb, Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications Computing and Intelligence (C4I), received $25,000 from a total anticipated funding of $441,852 from ALION for his project “SIMCI Consultant Services.” The initial budget period is March 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2012. The anticipated end date is Sept. 30, 2016.

Kenneth Hintz, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a fellow to the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics and imaging. Hintz has been a part of the visiting lecturer program and has contributed to SPIE conferences since 1991. He has served on the program committee and as session chair each year since 1997 for the Signal Processing Sensor Fusion and Target Recognition conference at the SOIE Defense, Security and Sensing Symposium.

Sushil Jajodia, Center for Secure Information Systems (CSIS) and Applied Information Technology, and Massimiliano Albanese, Applied Information Technology, received $53,240 from the Office of Naval Research from an anticipated total funding of $363,097 for their project “Mission-Centric Operations Within Vulnerable Networks.” The initial budget period is July 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2012. The anticipated end date is June 30, 2015. This project comes through CSIS.

Sam Malek, Computer Science, received $499,077 from DARPA for his project “Engineering Highly Adaptive Resilient Software Systems.” The period of performance is April 25, 2011, to April 24, 2014. The project has options, which if implemented will bring the total to $749,065.

Brian L. Mark, Electrical and Computer Engineering, co-wrote the book “Probability, Random Processes and Statistical Analysis,” which was published by Cambridge University Press in March.

Jill Nelson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $80,000 from a total anticipated funding amount of $209,923 from the Office of Naval Research for her project “Incorporating Probabilistic Feature Information in the Tree-Search Tracker and in Other Bayesian Inference Based Tracking Techniques.” The initial budget period is March 1, 2012, through Feb. 28, 2014.

Wei Sun and Kathryn Laskey, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, are on the organizing committee for AAAI 2012 Fall Symposium on Machine Aggregation of Human Judgment, which will be held in Arlington, Va., in November. The Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control also recognized Sun as an outstanding reviewer.

Kathleen Wage, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $75,235 from the Office of Naval Research for her project “Deep Water Ambient Noise and Mode Processing.” The initial budget period is March 15, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. The anticipated total funding is $225,111, and the anticipated end date is Dec. 31, 2014.

Frank Wang and Songqing Chen, Computer Science, received a patent titled “Transparent Authentication of Continuous Data Streams,” which was issued March 6, 2012.

Duminda Wijesekera, Computer Science, received $110,000 from SRC Inc. for his project “Development of the Logical Calculus and Programming Architecture to Formalize and Automate the Reasoning and Argumentation Inherent in the Determination of Reasonableness in Risk Taking as Adjudicated by the Principles of U.S. Agency Law.” The budget period is Jan. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2012. This project comes through the Center for Secure Information Systems.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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