September 2006


Recognition of the awards, honors, and recent publications of the GW faculty and staff


Gordon Adams, professor of the practice of international affairs; Bruce J. Dickson, professor of political science and international affairs; Cynthia McClintock, professor of political science and international affairs; and Michael Yahuda, visiting
scholar at GW’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies, have been awarded fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The professors will
use the yearlong fellowships to advance research in their respective fields.

Gil Brown, financial analyst for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, presented “How to Engage 30,000 People in University Finances” with Sherman Bloomer, dean of science at Oregon State University, and Brad Dennis, chief business officer at Oregon State University, at “The Campus of the Future” joint annual meeting of the National Association of College and University Business
Officers and Society for College and University Planning in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jonathan Chavez, professor of Chinese, CCAS, led the East Asian literature sessions for George Mason University’s “Cultural Encounters,” a series of National Endowment for the Humanitiesfunded workshops on the literatures of the world.

Liliana Florea, assistant professor of computer science, SEAS, was awarded a prestigious Sloan Fellowship for her work in computational techniques addressing biomedical problems, including the human Hepatitis C virus and E. coli. She also
received a Dilthey faculty fellowship for “An Extensible Visualization Environment for Alternative Splicing Genes and its Regulation.”

Dick Golden, special assistant for broadcast operations and university events, was honored by Cape Cod Community College for his contributions to Cape Cod radio. For 35 years, Golden was heard on local Cape Cod radio stations, for 28 of those, hosting the Cape’s longest continuously-aired radio program “Nightlights.” In his honor, the Friends of Dick Golden established a scholarship through the Cape Cod Community College Educational Foundation to generate at least one $1,000 scholarship per year to a student who has been involved with its WKKL radio club and who plans to pursue a career in the broadcasting/entertainment industry.

Michelle Honey, director of facilities planning, was selected to join the American Institute of Architects prestigious College of Fellows. She is one of 15 women and the only architect from the District of Columbia to receive this honor. Honey received her fellowship medal June 9 in Los Angeles.

Laura E. Maldonado, librarian at Gelman Library System, has been selected to be a National Chapter representative for REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an affiliate of the American Library Association.

Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs and Human Behavior, has been reappointed senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Vladislav Sadtchenko, professor of chemistry, delivered a keynote lecture at the 11th International Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Ice held this July in Bremerhaven, Germany. Sadtchenko described the results of his five-year investigation of transport phenomena, phase transitions, and reactions in ice with the novel experimental techniques developed in his laboratory in the Chemistry Department.


Shmuel Ben-Gad, reference and collection development librarian, Gelman Library, had his reviews of The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God and Other Storiesby Etgar Keret and The Triumph of Military Zionism: Nationalism and the Origins of
the Israeli Rightby Colin Shindler published in the May/June 2006 issue of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ newsletter.

Lori A. Brainard, associate professor of public policy and public administration, and Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, associate professor of public administration, international business, and international affairs, CCAS and ESIA, published “Sovereignty Under Siege or a Circuitous Path to Strengthening the State?: Digital Diasporas and Human Rights” in the special issue on state hollowing and state sovereignty in the International Journal of Public Administration.

David Alan Grier, associate professor of international affairs and associate dean, ESIA, received the 2006 Independent Publisher’s Award for the best computer/Internet book of the year for his book When Computers were Human.

Samuel Kotz, professor of engineering and applied science, SEAS, had several articles published, including “Survey of Developments in the Theory of Skewed Distributions” in Metron—International Journal of Statistics,“A Note on the Ratio of Normal and Laplace Random Variables” in Statistical Methods and Applications, and “Exact Distribution of X≅Y for the Elliptically Symmetric Pearson Type II Distributions” in the Ameri can Journal of Mathematics and Management Sciences.

Frank Lee, associate professor of physics, CCAS, together with graduate student Leming Zhou, published a paper titled “Magnetic Polarizability of Hadrons from Lattice QCD in the Background Field Method” in Physical Review.

Mirghani Mohamed, assistant director of Information Systems and Services, and Michael Stankosky, associate professor of systems engineering, SEAS, with co-author Arthur Murray, published “Knowledge Management and Information Technology: Can They Work in Perfect Harmony?” in the Journal of Knowledge Management.

Gregory D. Squires, professor of sociology and of public policy and public administration and Department of Sociology chair, and Charis E. Kubrin, associate professor of sociology, CCAS, have published Privileged Places: Race, Residence, and the Structure of Opportunity.

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