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March 4, 2003


Reba Carruth, assistant professor of business and public policy and international affairs, SBPM, presented a series of lectures focusing on the strategic management implications of transatlantic regulatory and industry standards in global biotechnology, financial services, and transport industries, in the Kyrgyzstan Republic. She also discussed the role of transatlantic and trilateral policy convergence for the Central Asian Economic Cooperation (CAEC). Carruth’s trip was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and the Academy of Management of Kyrgyzstan.

William Frawley, professor of anthropology and psychology, dean, CCAS, presented “What Amerindian Lexicography Can Say About Dictionary-Making In General” at the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), Jan. 2–5, in Atlanta. At the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held concurrently with SSILA, Frawley presented “The Role of Linguistics in Experience- and Competency-Based Undergraduate Education” at a special session on innovations in the undergraduate linguistics curriculum. Frawley also was named chair of the undergraduate program advisory committee for the society, serving through 2004.

William C. Handorf, professor of finance, SBPM, presented the William Schreyer Lecture, entitled “Monetary Policy, Interest Rates, and Business Finance,” at Penn State’s Smeal School of Business on Jan. 28. Handorf recently published “Commercial Real Estate Lending and the New Basel Capital Accord,” in Real Estate Review. He and Theodore M. Barnhill, professor of finance, SBPM, co-wrote “Latin American Credit Ratings, the New Basel Capital Accord and Portfolio Risk” in Economia Aplicada, a leading journal in Brazil.

David Ramaker, professor of chemistry, CCAS, completed a sabbatical at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), where he served as the Debye Professor of Physical Chemistry. As part of the appointment, Ramaker gave a number of talks to international audiences and was honored with a special dinner. In addition to his terms as the Debye professor, Ramaker used the semester to build further collaborations with other colleagues in Europe.

Charles Toftoy, associate professor of management science, SBPM, presented a competitive paper, “The Value of Mission Statements For Small Businesses,” at the 16th Annual National Conference of the US Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Hilton Head Island, SC, Jan. 23–25. Toftoy also conducted two workshops, “What Employers Learn From Student Teams” and “The Most Troublesome Small Business Issues: Interactive Discussion with Three Small Business Presidents.”

Joseph Pelton, research professor of engineering, SEAS, was appointed associate editor of Acta Astronautica for all publications in the field of telecommunications and informatics. The publication is a professional juried journal of the International Academy of Astronautics, headquartered in Paris, France.

Christopher Sten, professor of English, CCAS, recently was elected president of the Melville Society, an international organization of more than 700 members, founded in 1946. As the society’s new president, Sten delivered a lecture, “ ‘Trying Out’ the Whale: Moby-Dick as a Spiritual Quest Epic,” in connection with the Seventh Annual Marathon Reading of “Moby-Dick,” held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in New Bedford, MA, Jan. 3–4.

Hope M. Harrison, assistant professor of history and international affairs, CCAS, received a fellowship for spring 2004 at the American Academy in Berlin. Harrison will work on a book project examining united Germany’s efforts to come to terms with the East German communist past. Harrison also recently presented her work on the Soviet and East German decision to build the Berlin Wall at a conference at the Military History Research Institute in Potsdam, Germany.

John Lachin, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, and of statistics, director, graduate program in biostatistics and in epidemiology, SPHHS, co-wrote the book “Randomization in Clinical Trials: Theory and Practice” (John Wiley and Sons, 2002) with GW alumnus William Rosenberger, which has been named the Outstanding Professional and Scholarly Title of 2002 in Mathematics and Statistics, by the American Association of Publishers.

Harvey Feigenbaum, professor of political science and international affairs and associate dean, ESIA, wrote the article “Electronic Entertainment Jumps the Border” which appears in the March 2003 issue of Scientific American. The article examines the impact of new technologies on the ability of countries to resist Americanization.

Dennis W. Johnson, associate dean, Graduate School of Political Management, CCAS, wrote “Elections and Public Polling: Will the Media Get Online Polling Right?” published in the Journal of Psychology and Marketing, v. 19, n. 12 (Nov. 2002), pp. 1009–1023.

Christine Meloni, associate professor of English as a foreign language, CCAS, co-authored with Mark Warschauer and Heidi Shetzer (TESOL, 2000) the book “Internet for English Teaching,” which recently was translated into Japanese and published by Longman.

Mohammed Sharafuddin, visiting assistant professor of Arabic and Arabic program coordinator, Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures, CCAS, wrote the article “Religious Militancy and Universal Peace: A Muslim Perspective,” published in the v. 3, n. 3 of Al-Masar, a publication of the Yemen Heritage and Research Center of McLean, VA.

George Solomon, professorial lecturer in management science, SBPM, co-wrote the article “The State of Entrepreneurship Education in the United States: A Nationwide Survey and Analysis,” published in the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, with Susan Duffy and Ayman Tarabishy. Solomon and Lloyd W. Fernald co-wrote the chapter “Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Ask for Help,” and Solomon wrote the chapter “Entrepreneurship Education and Training in the United States: Policy, Strategy or Disjointed Incrementalism,” in “The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship Tan Wee Liang” (Prentice Hall Singapore, 2002). Solomon also co-wrote “Parental and Gender Influences on Entrepreneurial Intentions, Motivations, and Attitudes” with Cathy Ashley-Cotleur and Sandra King; “Understanding Entrepreneurial Leadership in Today’s Dynamic Markets" with Tarabishy and Fernald; and “The Value of Mission Statements for Small Businesses” with Charles Toftoy, associate professor of management science, SBPM, and Jaydeep Chatterjee, all published in the Proceedings of the 16th Annual United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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