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Mason's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy to host the Public Philosophy Network’s 6th conference

Mason's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy to host the Public Philosophy Network’s 6th conference

The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University is serving as the institutional host for the Public Philosophy Network’s 6th Conference. The conference will feature three exciting plenary sessions, which explore the themes of climate and the environment, science and technology for the public good, and bioethics and public philosophy. Each plenary is free and open to the public.

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4-VA Collaborative Research Grants awarded to 11 Mason faculty members across disciplines

4-VA Collaborative Research Grants awarded to 11 Mason faculty members across disciplines

Backed by a statewide initiative, 4-VA@Mason has awarded 11 grants to Mason faculty for the 2021-2022 academic year, providing seed funding to launch innovations in education and original research. Cher Wexia Chen and Mills Kelly were awarded for new 4-VA@Mason research projects, and Kelly Schrum and E. Shelley Reid received funding for continuation and expansion of their 4-VA@Mason projects.

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In memoriam: University Professor Martin Sherwin

In memoriam: University Professor Martin Sherwin

University Professor of History and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Martin Sherwin, 84, died Wednesday, October 6, 2021. He taught at Mason since 2007, and was renowned for his scholarship on the nuclear age: the development of atomic energy and nuclear proliferation, and its impact on American and world history.(Photo: Susan Sherwin.)

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Immigrant Nobel Laureates

Immigrant Nobel Laureates

Seven of the 13 2021 Nobel Prize Laureates are from the United States, and five of the U.S. winners were not born in the United States. Since 2010, there have been 28 foreign-born U.S. winners.

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Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Conference Recap

Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Conference Recap

The Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference was hosted live via Zoom during the week of October 4-8, 2021. The conference featured various sessions covering the grant proposal submission process and other useful research development resources. 

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Join Mason Speakers - Connecting the Campus with the Community

Join Mason Speakers - Connecting the Campus with the Community

Mason's Office of Community and Local Government Relations enthusiastically invites faculty and staff to join your colleagues who volunteer to provide lectures and guest presentations to organizations and businesses through Mason Speakers. (Photo: Matthew Jungling, Unsplash.com)

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ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grant Program

ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grant Program

The American Council of Learned Societies announces the launch of the Sustaining Public Engagement Grant Program, a $3.5 million responsive funding program made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan initiative.

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October Events with CHSS Research

October Events with CHSS Research

CHSS Research will host two events in October. October 7 is the Introduction to International and Foreign Language Education programs in the Department of Education, and October 22 is the Research Support Overview and Refresher.

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Fall Open Call Portrait Session

Fall Open Call Portrait Session

Creative Services Photography will be holding a FREE OPEN CALL photo session for new faculty, staff, and administrators on October 6. Participants must sign up for a time slot.

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Linda Seligmann Named to the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors

Linda Seligmann Named to the Virginia Humanities Board of Directors

Dr. Linda Seligmann, Professor Emerita in Anthropology, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to a three-year term to the Virginia Humanities Foundation Board. The Virginia Humanities Board of Directors, made up of individuals who are passionate about the humanities, oversees organizational policy and programming. The board members are broadly representative of the citizens of the Commonwealth and its various civic, ethnic, and minority group interests.

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Mason Nation Masks Up to Fight COVID-19

Mason Nation Masks Up to Fight COVID-19

Please help reduce the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks indoors, unless actively eating or drinking, and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. Unvaccinated members of the community are expected to wear masks at all times while on campus.

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Social Annotation in Teaching

Social Annotation in Teaching

Vivek Narayanan, assistant professor in the Department of English and the Creative Writing program, is speaking at the Stearns Center’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference this week on “social annotation,” for collaborative close reading of texts that has worked successfully for his students.

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Amaka Okechukwu Named a 2021-22 Fenwick Fellow

Amaka Okechukwu Named a 2021-22 Fenwick Fellow

Amaka Okechukwu, assistant professor of sociology, has been named as one of two Fenwick Fellows for 2021-22. During the fellowship, she will work on her digital humanities project, Black Belt Brooklyn: Mapping Community Building and Social Life during the Urban Crisis.

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Maddux notes the well-being benefits of skiing Headlines

Maddux notes the well-being benefits of skiing

In an article linking skiing to decreased anxiety, James Maddux, University Professor Emeritus of psychology and senior scholar at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, suggests that the tranquil setting of ski activity enhances the positive effect of exercise on well-being.

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Office of Sponsored Programs has posted an updated document for Letters of Intent Procedures

Office of Sponsored Programs has posted an updated document for Letters of Intent Procedures

A Letter of Intent, also called a White Paper, Pre-Proposal, Concept Paper, or Quad Chart (hereafter called LOI), is a shortened version of a complete grant proposal. Typically, sponsors will request LOIs to allow them to assess whether or not there is a good match between the proposed project and their interests. The Office of Sponsored programs has a document explaining procedures for letters of intent.

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Writing Prize Honors Mason Alum who Died at the Pentagon on 9/11

Writing Prize Honors Mason Alum who Died at the Pentagon on 9/11

The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation honors the memory of Shelley Marshall, BA Public Administration ’87. To celebrate her love of short stories, the foundation, along with Mason's Creative Writing Program, awards a fiction prize in her name to a currently-enrolled Mason student each spring.

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Maria Dakake awarded Templeton Grant

Maria Dakake awarded Templeton Grant

Maria Dakake, associate professor in religious studies, and co-investigator Martin Nguyen of Fairfield University, in partnership with Mason's Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies, have been awarded a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation for their project, “Islamic Moral Theology in Conversation with the Future” (IMTF).

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What Are You Up To? Please Let Us Know!

What Are You Up To? Please Let Us Know!

Please don't forget to share your research and teaching news with the CHSS marcomm team. With numerous outlets available through college and university channels, there are many opportunities to get the word out.

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Find Funding Opportunities Using SPIN

Find Funding Opportunities Using SPIN

Keep in mind the multitude of tools available to aid faculty in their searches for external funding opportunities. One of those tools is the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN).

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NSF Announces Enhancements for Proposal Submissions

NSF Announces Enhancements for Proposal Submissions

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has enabled a number of enhancements for proposals submitted in Research.gov, FastLane, and Grants.gov. In addition, the updated NSF-approved biographical sketch and current and pending support SciENcv and fillable PDF formats that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1) will be available to preview by September 17, 2021.

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Mason Senior's Immersive Summer of Education

Mason Senior's Immersive Summer of Education

Integrative studies student Dominique Dowling spent the summer as a Governor's Fellow: working in the office of Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Quarni, MA History 2009, she was one of twenty-five students and recent graduates who learned up close how Virginia's executive branch works.

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Lebovic wins NEH Fellowship

Lebovic wins NEH Fellowship

Associate history professor Sam Lebovic has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Public Scholars Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award will enable him to complete work on a new book on the history of the Espionage Act. 

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Center for Mason Legacies Releases Preliminary Findings of Latest Project, Black Lives Next Door

Center for Mason Legacies Releases Preliminary Findings of Latest Project, Black Lives Next Door

The Center for Mason Legacies' newly created digital project, Black Lives Next Door: George Mason and Northern Virginia in an Age of Disparity and Opportunity, explores the formative years of George Mason College--Mason's parent institution--and its relationships with neighbors, near and far. Three exhibits—Campus, Community, and Education—reveal perspectives of another time and space.

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Have You Checked These Off?

Have You Checked These Off?

The start of the fall 2021 semester brings with it unusual levels of preparation, and we humbly add a few more items to your list (photo by Estée Janssens on Unsplash.com).

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Return to Research

Return to Research

Mason’s Research Continuity Working Group announced the university will no longer have separate research-related protocols for COVID-19. The group’s website now redirects the community to the university’s main COVID-19 guidance. Additionally, the Return to Research form is no longer necessary.

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Study Leave for Tenured Instructional Faculty - Deadline October 15, 2021

Study Leave for Tenured Instructional Faculty - Deadline October 15, 2021

Study leaves for tenured instructional faculty, funded by the provost, are intended to provide paid temporary leave for advancing scholarly research, teaching, and/or creative activity, including the development of innovative teaching approaches and methods. The college encourages its full-time, tenured faculty with six or more years of service to Mason to pursue this opportunity.

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Redesigned Wilkins Plaza on Fairfax Campus

Redesigned Wilkins Plaza on Fairfax Campus

In mid-August, Wilkins Plaza reopened after two-plus years of construction. Named for the late Roger Wilkins, the famed civil rights leader, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, it is anchored by the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial.

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Dale Receives Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan

Dale Receives Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan

Dr. John Dale received an Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He will be working with his colleague, Nobuhiro Aizawa at Kyushu University from early November 2021 through January 2022. The title of the research project is "Re-Working Japan’s Automated Warehouses: Cobotics, Social Autonomy, and Human Rights."

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Summer Horizon News-Zine is Here!

Summer Horizon News-Zine is Here!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to present its summer 2021 edition of Horizon, its news-zine on the the programs, students, faculty, and staff that make up the CHSS community.

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Mason's Honeybee Initiative Supported by CHSS Volunteers

Mason's Honeybee Initiative Supported by CHSS Volunteers

Mason's Honeybee Initiative, founded in 2013 and now housed in the School of Business, offers meaningful experiences for volunteers such as Debra Lattanzi Shutika, chair, Department of English, MA American Literature '93, and integrative studies alumna Alessandra Castaneda, BS Individualized Study '19.

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Immigrant workers in "green" jobs

Immigrant workers in "green" jobs

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) has released a new paper, "Foreign-Born Green Job Workers in the United States." This paper highlights the role immigrant workers play in green jobs - those jobs that either benefit the environment directly or make their establishment's production more environmentally friendly. Twenty-three percent of all green job workers in the United States are foreign born and, in some sectors like building cleaning and maintenance, the share of immigrant workers is much higher.

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Cynthia Lum named University Professor

Cynthia Lum named University Professor

Professor Cynthia Lum, faculty member in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and director of Mason's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, has been named a University Professor by Mason's Board of Visitors.

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Communication Student Soon to Be a Published Author

Communication Student Soon to Be a Published Author

Sudiksha Kochi, a communication major with concentrations in journalism and media production/criticism, has used the experience gained from internships to write a book on misinformation: how it spreads and how to combat it (image provided).

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Winter/Spring Edition of Horizon Newszine

Winter/Spring Edition of Horizon Newszine

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents its winter/spring edition of the Horizon newszine, featuring the work of the Institute for Immigration Research and updates from around CHSS.

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CHSS Anti-Racism Resources

CHSS Anti-Racism Resources

An up-to-date, evolving source for anti-racism learning and support reflecting a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and opportunities available to the George Mason University community.

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College Recognizes 2021 Doctoral Graduates

College Recognizes 2021 Doctoral Graduates

“While they represent a small fraction of our 2021 graduating class, our PhD graduates are a signature element of CHSS’s contributions to Mason as an R1,” said CHSS Dean Ann Ardis. "“Please join me in a shout-out congratulations to our newest colleagues in the global community of scholars, our 2021 PhD graduates."

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On NPR, Christy Pichichero discusses discriminatory gaslighting Headlines

On NPR, Christy Pichichero discusses discriminatory gaslighting

Christy Pichichero, associate professor of history and foreign languages, and the college's director of faculty diversity, speaks with National Public Radio about the concept of "discriminatory gaslighting" and how it can more precisely describe reactions attributed to imposter syndrome.

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Robyn Mehlenbeck's Community Service Lauded with 2021 Jack Wood Award

Robyn Mehlenbeck's Community Service Lauded with 2021 Jack Wood Award

Robyn Mehlenbeck, director of the George Mason University Center for Psychological Services, a training clinic for doctoral students in clinical psychology that serves the Northern Virginia community, is being recognized for her numerous partnerships with community organizations to facilitate mental health.

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Melissa Broeckelman-Post Elected Faculty Senate Chair

Melissa Broeckelman-Post Elected Faculty Senate Chair

Melissa Broeckelman-Post, associate professor of communication, has been elected to serve as the chair of Mason's Faculty Senate, stepping into the position previously held by Shannon Davis, who begins a new post as associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at Mason’s Korea campus.

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Mason Safe Return to Campus: Update on travel

Mason Safe Return to Campus: Update on travel

Effective May 1, 2021, University Travel Advisory Committee (UTAC) approval will no longer be required for university domestic travel. Requests to travel domestically shall revert back to the pre-Covid process. Mason is maintaining its prohibition on all university international travel (with the exception of travel to South Korea) until further notice.

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Video: "The Next System and the Academy"

Video: "The Next System and the Academy"

On Wednesday, April 21st, 2021, hundreds of leading policymakers, innovators, community organizers, and academics came together to take up the challenge of preparing our society for a transition to a system that provides the best outcomes for all. "The Next System and the Academy: Systemic Crises, Movements, and Change in the 2020s," featured keynote speaker U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (2nd CD, WI), Kali Akuno (Cooperation Jackson), Dr. Gar Alperovitz (Democracy Collaborative), Dr. Amy Best (George Mason University), Dr. Diane Fujino (UC Santa Barbara), Peter Knowlton (UE General President, retired), Dr. Ben Manski (George Mason University), and Mike Strode (U.S. Solidarity Economy Network).

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Leading the Way in Next System Studies

Leading the Way in Next System Studies

"To borrow from Lev Tolstoy, ‘What then must society do?’ Or to paraphrase Gar Alperovitz, ‘system change is coming; what kind of system do we want and how do we get there?’ These are the questions at the center of next system studies.” 

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Talking about racial injustice and restorative action with Black leaders

Talking about racial injustice and restorative action with Black leaders

Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, and Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of U.S. History and former director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, met in a virtual discussion hosted by the Center for Humanities Research. Stefan Wheelock, associate professor in the Department of English, moderated.

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Qualtrics Offers Free Webinars

Qualtrics Offers Free Webinars

Qualtrics offers you the opportunity to register for one or multiple of their free live training webinars to help you become more proficient with Qualtrics.

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Support CHSS Scholarships on Giving Day

Support CHSS Scholarships on Giving Day

The college strives to help as many students as possible with their financial obligations. Your gift will improve access and affordability for learners eager to participate in our nationally and globally ranked programs. Support them April 8 during our 24-hour Giving Day Challenge with a gift to the CHSS Scholarship Fund. Together, we are Mason.

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Research Brief: The Baltimore Orioles' City Impact

Research Brief: The Baltimore Orioles' City Impact

Richard Hardesty, a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Art History, describes his efforts to research the impact of the Baltimore Orioles on their city, and the challenges of doing so during the COVID-19 shutdowns of 2020.

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Spotlight CHSS Students with Departmental Awards

Spotlight CHSS Students with Departmental Awards

It's awards season! Despite the virtual nature of many Spring Commencement events, we are now collecting information about student awards and we ask departments to enter awardees' names in the CHSSWeb system (photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash).

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Ideas in Conversation on Horizon Hall’s Word Wall

Ideas in Conversation on Horizon Hall’s Word Wall

The multistory Word Wall feature in the atrium of Horizon Hall, in the center of Mason's Fairfax Campus, is a striking representation of the concept of a crossroad where faculty and students in many disciplines can meet and exchange ideas. Learn about how it works and how you can contribute to its conversation.

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Please note Qualtrics is available to CHSS researchers

Please note Qualtrics is available to CHSS researchers

Qualtrics is an cloud-based platform for creating and distributing web-based surveys, to which Mason has a university subscription. CHSS “Departmental Administrators” work with researchers to create logins, and follow departmental preferences on surveys, etc.

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NEH Virtual Grant Workshops

NEH Virtual Grant Workshops

Join a live virtual workshop with National Endowment for the Humanities program staff to hear about NEH grant opportunities, deadlines, and application information.

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CommonHealth offers Weekly Wellnotes Tips

CommonHealth offers Weekly Wellnotes Tips

CommonHealth, the Virginia employee wellness program, offers wellness tips on stress reduction, better sleep, and healthy recipes. Each week, Mason HR updates its website to share CommonHealth's latest information. Check it out!

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GMU Forensics Takes Second Place in National Speech Championships

GMU Forensics Takes Second Place in National Speech Championships

On March 20 and 21, Mason's forensics team competed in the National Speech Championships, an online tournament featuring many of top speech programs in the country. Mason placed second out of almost 40 schools, edging out teams from University of Illinois, Seton Hall, Yale, University of Texas at Austin, and Illinois State University. Photo: Tyler Watkins.

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GMU Forensics Takes Second Place in National Speech Championships

GMU Forensics Takes Second Place in National Speech Championships

On March 20 and 21, George Mason University Forensics competed in the National Speech Championships, an online tournament featuring many of top speech programs in the country. Mason placed second out of almost 40 schools, edging out teams from University of Illinois, Seton Hall, Yale, University of Texas at Austin, and Illinois State University.

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Stearns Center Continues Development Workshops

Stearns Center Continues Development Workshops

The Stearns Center wraps up its continuing development program with a final workshop during spring 2021 semester, Alternative and Authentic Assessments: Student Perspectives. Learn more about the program and register for the workshop.

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Redlich examines delays in compensating the wrongfully convicted

Redlich examines delays in compensating the wrongfully convicted

Dr. Allison Redlich, a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, has received a National Science Foundation grant with a colleague to study wrongful convictions within the U.S. criminal justice system, the factors that initially lead to them, and the many delays from various states in doing right by the wrongfully incarcerated after their release.

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Institute for Digital InnovAtion 2021 Seed Funding Proposals Due May 14

Institute for Digital InnovAtion 2021 Seed Funding Proposals Due May 14

IDIA is excited to announce their first cycle of seed funding to the Mason research community. This funding is aligned with their mission to connect members of the Mason community internally and with businesses, organizations, and agencies so that, together, they can collaborate on disruptive digital innovation (DDI). These innovations should help organizations reduce costs, improve services, or bring a paradigm shift.

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Andrew Peterson honored by SCHEV with Outstanding Faculty Award

Andrew Peterson honored by SCHEV with Outstanding Faculty Award

Andrew Peterson, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, was among the 12 educators from around the state who were formally recognized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) with 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards during a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, March 2.

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Call for Nominations: CHSS Alumni Awards

Call for Nominations: CHSS Alumni Awards

Each year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents awards to recognize alumni from every department who are making a remarkable difference in the world. Please consider making a nomination before the May 31 deadline.

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Jen Barnard is Mason's March Employee of the Month

Jen Barnard is Mason's March Employee of the Month

Jen Barnard, office manager in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, coordinates the department's 100+ faculty and staff members and over 1,000 students. Described as having a "Swiss Army knife" of skills, she was honored by Mason president Gregory Washington on March 1.

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2021 Sojourner Truth Lecture: the Power of Politics and Protest

2021 Sojourner Truth Lecture: the Power of Politics and Protest

The 2021 Sojourner Truth Lecture explores the power of politics and protest in the pursuit of justice, and features Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, PhD, and Mason alumna Aja Clark. Yevette Richards Jordan, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and African and African American Studies, moderates the conversation.

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Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Call for Proposals

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Call for Proposals

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) has released a call for proposals for The Role of Cybersecurity in the Spread of Disinformation and Misinformation. CCI seeks proposals from multi-disciplinary teams in the CCI network to conduct research on the how cybersecurity and artificial intelligence tools and concepts may help to limit, deter, or stop the creation and spread of disinformation and misinformation. The objectives of the program are: to provide seed funding for multi-disciplinary teams to address a research question that requires the combination of technical expertise in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence with expertise in the social sciences, humanities, and/or law; to generate research findings that advance the state of the art on the topic; and to increase the competitiveness of the teams for extramural funding.

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Remember to use SciENcv for NSF biosketches and current and pending documents

Remember to use SciENcv for NSF biosketches and current and pending documents

The Mason Office of Sponsored Programs asks faculty to use SciENcv for the preparation of National Science Foundation (NSF) Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. As of October 2020 NSF began enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents.

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Experts discuss publishing in the humanities and social sciences

Experts discuss publishing in the humanities and social sciences

On February 19, 2021 CHSS Research hosted an event with a panel of publishing experts representing Duke University Press, Mason Publishing Group, and CHSS English, who discussed various topics regarding publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Topics included descriptions of types of publishing, how to engage with publishers, how to secure a contract for publishing, review processes, and more.

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CHSS Interdisciplinary Support Fund

CHSS Interdisciplinary Support Fund

Faculty, staff and graduate students are encouraged to apply to the CHSS Interdisciplinary Support Fund for resources to encourage activities that highlight interdisciplinary, social justice, or global issues.

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CHSS Research Virtual Coffees

CHSS Research Virtual Coffees

CHSS Research hosts monthly virtual coffees that provide a place where faculty at varying stages of academic careers and experience can meet to discuss their research and scholarship: their own work as well as challenges in the current environment.

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Communication Major Wins International Film Award

Communication Major Wins International Film Award

Layth Alwatban, working on his bachelor's/accelerated master's degree in communication, has been recognized with Best Documentary honors for his short, Food for Others. He created the film for his COMM 331: Public Relations Campaigns class.

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Provost's Vision Series to Launch February 22

Provost's Vision Series to Launch February 22

The Provost's Vision Series kicks off in spring semester 2021, with Cynthia Lum, professor of criminology, law and society and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, who will address “A Vision for American Policing Reform.” View live on February 22 at 7 pm.

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NSF to Support a Series of Workshops on Pandemic Prediction and Prevention

NSF to Support a Series of Workshops on Pandemic Prediction and Prevention

The Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Engineering (ENG); Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE); and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) are jointly supporting a series of interdisciplinary workshops to engage research communities around the topic of Predictive Intelligence for Pandemic Prevention.

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Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Sociologists Responding to Change

Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Sociologists Responding to Change

In the summer of 2020, The Justice 21 Committee of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) released two rapid-response digital volumes: Social Problems in the Age of COVID‐19 to clarify the far-reaching effects of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic on an array of national and global social problems, from mass incarceration, isolation and inequality in education, and access to mental health care, to precarious and crowded housing and homelessness, unemployment, workplace closures, and exposure risk.

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NEH 2021 Fellowship Program

NEH 2021 Fellowship Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting applications for the 2021 Fellowships program. NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications are due April 14, 2021.

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4-VA@Mason Calls for Proposals

4-VA@Mason Calls for Proposals

The 4-VA mission is to promote inter-university collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in order to accomplish more than any individual university could achieve alone. Proposals are accepted March through April.

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Horizon Hall open for classes on Jan. 25

Horizon Hall open for classes on Jan. 25

Horizon Hall, the 6-floor, 218,000 square-foot building that is the center of the Core Campus project, nears completion and will welcome students to its active learning classrooms at the beginning of the spring 2021 semester.

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Saluting our 2020 Graduating Students

Saluting our 2020 Graduating Students

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to introduce a remarkable group of 2020 fall graduates who have been nominated by their departments for academic achievement, contributions to their fields of study, and involvement with the Mason community.

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Andrew Peterson Named SCHEV Rising Star Outstanding Faculty

Andrew Peterson Named SCHEV Rising Star Outstanding Faculty

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Energy have announced the recipients of the 2021 Outstanding Faculty Awards. Among them is Andrew Peterson, assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, who received a Rising Star (early career achievement) award.

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OSCAR Opportunities and Resources

OSCAR Opportunities and Resources

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research promotes undergraduate research opportunities for undergraduate students, including research assistantships and mentorship from faculty members.

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IIR Releases New Report on Immigrants Working on Covid-19 Vaccine

IIR Releases New Report on Immigrants Working on Covid-19 Vaccine

In 2020, none of the Nobel Prize winners from the United States are foreign-born individuals. However, four of this year’s 12 Laureates are foreign born and have been associated with U.S. research institutions or universities at some point in their careers. In addition, four of the 21 MacArthur Fellows and at least four of the 22 Schmidt Science Fellows are foreign born and living in the United States. Moreover, immigrants are among the scientists and researchers working to find a COVID-19 vaccine. This report profiles all of these high-achieving immigrants.

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Results of the CHSS Faculty Research and Scholarship Needs Survey

Results of the CHSS Faculty Research and Scholarship Needs Survey

Read about the results of the October 2020 Faculty Research and Scholarship Needs Survey. The survey was distributed to CHSS tenured, tenure-track, term, and administrative faculty with the purpose of determining which services and resources would be the most helpful as they pursue external funding for their research and scholarship.

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Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Deadlines for December

Office of Sponsored Programs Proposal Deadlines for December

In accordance with George Mason University’s Winter Break schedule, the Office of Sponsored Programs will be closed December 21, 2020 and will re-open on January 04, 2021. Any proposals due during this period must be submitted to the sponsor prior to the Winter Break. For proposals due between December 21, 2020 through January 5, 2021, final documents must be received by OSP on December 14, 2020, in order to be submitted by December 18, 2020.

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CHSS Spring 2021 Teaching Support Proposal

CHSS Spring 2021 Teaching Support Proposal

To assist faculty in promoting active learning and critical thinking in their online courses, CHSS is offering our faculty supplemental teaching support for Spring 2021 undergraduate courses in the form of graduate teaching assistants, student wage workers, and/or federal work study student support.

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International Scholarship Events Announced

International Scholarship Events Announced

Two opportunities have been announced to understand the international impact of Covid-19 and climate change. Learn more about Palgrave MacMillan's event at this year's Being Human Festival, as well as Seventeenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

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Crystal Anderson on BTS's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter Faculty News

Crystal Anderson on BTS's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, which has organized protests across the United States following the death of George Floyd in police custody, was of special importance to BTS fans, said Crystal Anderson, a faculty member at George Mason University and author of Soul in Seoul: African American Music and K-pop.

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University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

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Popular Zombies class digs up history of the living dead

Popular Zombies class digs up history of the living dead

More than 140 students are enrolled in an online anthropology class that “looks at the cultures where zombies and related folklore about the undead come from, and examines zombies from an ethnohistorical, medical anthropology, and anthropology of religion perspectives.”

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Informal Virtual Coffee Offers Research Conversation, Support

Informal Virtual Coffee Offers Research Conversation, Support

On October 23, the CHSS dean’s office held a virtual Research Coffee as “a place of solace and escape,” where faculty at varying stages of academic careers and experience could meet to discuss their research and scholarship: their own work as well as challenges in the current environment.

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The College Greets President Gregory Washington

The College Greets President Gregory Washington

On Tuesday, October 6, the college met virtually with Mason's 8th president, Gregory Washington, who discussed the challenges facing the university and the larger community, and the role of the humanities in addressing them.

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A New Vehicle for CHSS News

A New Vehicle for CHSS News

The CHSS Digest Newsletter is a monthly publication designed to share news that will be useful to the college's faculty and staff. It is created with a newsletter tool developed by the CHSSWeb team, a tool that is available to all CHSS programs and departments.

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Keep it Up, Do Your Part, Wear a Mask

Keep it Up, Do Your Part, Wear a Mask

Mason President Gregory Washington, in his meeting with the college on October 6, noted that Mason has had the best-managed return to campus of any institution in Virginia. Let's keep it up!

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Trying to Stay Healthy During a Global Pandemic?

Trying to Stay Healthy During a Global Pandemic?

The worldwide spread of Covid-19 has changed our lives. It is especially important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle during this crisis in order to adapt and to limit our exposure. The following strategies can help you stay healthy during this challenging time.

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CHSS Digest First Issue

CHSS Digest First Issue

The CHSS Digest launched this month. Growing out of the CHSS Community Digest this newsletter provides important monthly updates to the CHSS community.

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George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Creates New Center Devoted to Literary Presentation and Innovation

George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Creates New Center Devoted to Literary Presentation and Innovation

Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice brings under one umbrella the robust and diverse initiatives that have sprouted from the Creative Writing Program since its launch in 1980. The center, which provides an efficient and effective way to articulate the community that these initiatives help cultivate, includes Fall for the Book, Stillhouse Press, the Cheuse Center for International Writers, Poetry Daily, and the Northern Virginia Writing Project, as well as literary journals phoebe and So to Speak. Each entity maintains its own focused mission, governance structure, and budget, but will benefit individually and collectively through more strategic collaboration. Watershed Lit will also foster research by faculty and professional development of students, serving as a catalyst of transformational experiences.

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Mason Career Influencers Network

Mason Career Influencers Network

Support your students' career readiness by becoming a part of Mason's Career Influencers Network. Training sessions for faculty and staff in September and November will prepare you to advise your students in career development as you help them pursue their goals.

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Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

The Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, the signature annual event for the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, offers over 60 live/synchronous and on-demand sessions where Mason instructors share their best teaching strategies. Join in September 21-25.

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Masks at Mason

Masks at Mason

University Policy 1415 requires appropriate face coverings for all faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors on campus. Learn more about this important element of the Safe Return to Campus plan.

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Another New Horizon

Another New Horizon

The college is proud to introduce a new publication, Horizon, that will feature news of its alumni, students, faculty, and staff. Check out our inaugural issue!

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CHSS Community Digest #14

CHSS Community Digest #14

Safe Return to Campus FAQs; Updating Biographies; MasonLEAPs; Research Update; Libraries News; Safe Return to Campus Training; State of the College September 10; ITL Conference; Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Resources for Faculty; Book Orders; Stearns Center Fall & Syllabus Support

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Finalists Announced for the New American Voices Award

Finalists Announced for the New American Voices Award

The three finalists for the 2020 Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award are novelists Ishmael Beah, author of Little Family; Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and Lysley Tenorio, author of The Son of Good Fortune.

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CPS Responds to COVID-19

CPS Responds to COVID-19

The George Mason University Center for Psychological Services (GMUCPS) is working hard, and creatively, to make sure accessible, affordable psychological services are available for all of Northern Virginia.  

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Educators examine and explain algorithm ethics

Educators examine and explain algorithm ethics

Professors from the Volgenau School of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are working to educate engineering and technology students on how biased algorithms affect different facets of society.

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Community Digest #13

Community Digest #13

Faculty Work Featured in Racial and Social Justice Resources; Social Media for a Safe Return to Campus; College Colors Day; WebEx Retiring; American Jewish Life; Faculty Book Orders; New Adjunct Faculty Orientation; Compelling Synchronous Sessions Webinar; Parallel Pandemic Project

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American Jewish Life Launches

American Jewish Life Launches

The Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) has launched a new digital archive entitled American Jewish Life. This project is a more particular collecting site linked to the center's larger Pandemic Religion project. The new site is the fruit of a partnership formed with six Jewish archives and institutions: the Capital Jewish Museum (opening in DC in 2022), Yeshiva University, Hebrew Theological College, the Breman Museum, the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, and the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice University.

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New After-hours Crisis Service for Mason Students Headlines

New After-hours Crisis Service for Mason Students

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is partnering with ProtoCall Services to provide after-hours crisis services for Mason students. Students may call ProtoCall for reasons ranging from anxiety or relationship distress to suicidal ideation or other serious mental health issues. Learn more about how to help a student in crisis or what to do if you If you are a faculty or staff member with concerns about a student.

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Daily Energy Insider cites Mason poll on clean energy Headlines

Daily Energy Insider cites Mason poll on clean energy

A Daily Energy Insider article on a solar energy income tax credit refers to a poll conducted by Mason's Center for Climate Change Communication, where 75 percent of those asked indicated that their states should prioritize funding the clean energy industry over the fossil fuel industry with recovery money.

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CHSS Community Digest #12

CHSS Community Digest #12

Safe Return to Campus (SRTC) activities - Link to SRTC training - Telework agreements and COVID-19 accommodations - CHSS leadership updates - Curriculum Impact Grants - MIX survey - Well-being resources: mindset

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Jack Censer co-authors tribute to historian Robert Forster Headlines

Jack Censer co-authors tribute to historian Robert Forster

In Perspectives on History magazine, Jack Censer, emeritus faculty, Department of History and Art History and former dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, co-wrote a tribute to historian Robert Forster, a distinguished scholar of the Old Regime and the French Revolution.

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A message supporting our international students

A message supporting our international students

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F-1 visas who take all of their courses for the semester online. This decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens to interrupt the academic work of more than 3,000 students here at George Mason University.

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CHSS Community Digest #11

CHSS Community Digest #11

Center for Mason Legacies. University Travel Policy. Safe Return to Campus. University Master Plan. Stearns Center Online Professional Development Support. UNIV 391: COVID and Mason Impact. Thriving Together Well-Being Weekly. Morning Adventures with My Children. Fall for the Book Online Trivia Night.

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CHSS Community Digest #10

CHSS Community Digest #10

Plans for Phase 2 Announced. New CHSS Resource on Racial and Social Justice. University Life Black Lives Matter Resources. Research on Campus Requests. Building Keys Return Information. NEH Summer Stipends Workshop. Course Development Options for the Fall. Well-Being Resources.

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On WAMU, David Weisburd discusses stop-and-frisk Headlines

On WAMU, David Weisburd discusses stop-and-frisk

In an on-air segment about the objectives of the Black Lives Matter movement in Washington, DC, David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor of Criminology and executive director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, discusses disproportional use of stop-and-frisk.

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New academic building has a name: Horizon Hall

New academic building has a name: Horizon Hall

George Mason University's Board of Visitors has approved a name for Mason's newest academic building: Horizon Hall. The building will be the home for many of the college's departments and interdisciplinary programs. (Photo courtesy of Mason Facilities.)

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Today is Blursday: How Lockdown Warps Time

Today is Blursday: How Lockdown Warps Time

“The general idea is that people take certain events during the week that are cyclical, and they anchor themselves to it, and the farther you get out from that anchor, the harder it is to tell when it is,” says Martin Wiener, PhD, an assistant professor of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

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CHSS Community Digest #9

CHSS Community Digest #9

Class of 2020 Celebration. CHSS Graduating Senior Spotlights. Virtual Faculty Orientation. Mason's Professional Development Program. Stearns Center Active Learning. Virtual Poster Session. Thriving Together.

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Mills Kelly Receives Gutenberg Teaching Award

Mills Kelly Receives Gutenberg Teaching Award

In recognition of his career-spanning work in the scholarship of teaching and learning, Mills Kelly, history professor and interim executive director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, has been awarded the Gutenberg Teaching Award.

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Teleworking and Parenting during COVID-19

Teleworking and Parenting during COVID-19

These are unprecedented times and circumstances, forcing many of us to adapt new ways of living and working. And for those now working with kids at home, this transition has been an even greater challenge.  

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Community Digest #8

Community Digest #8

Shannon Davis reelected Faculty Senate President, Teaching Excellence Award winners, "Coping During Covid-19" study, Celebrating the Class of 2020 virtual event, Fall registration begins May 1, Deferral of faculty study leaves, Virtual faculty orientation, advocacy for social sciences in Covid crisis, OSCAR

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Seven Faculty Members Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Seven Faculty Members Recognized for Teaching Excellence

The college congratulates seven faculty members who have received Teaching Excellence Awards, Adjunct Teaching Excellence Awards, Teaching Excellence Teachers of Distinction, and Online Teaching Excellence Teachers of Distinction recognition from Mason's Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Community Digest #7

Community Digest #7

Hiring approval process. Patriots helping Patriots. Town hall recording. Grad student virtual coffee hour. New student policies. Associate dean interviews. Stearns center resources. IP statement for faculty. CWB Resources. NCFDD Resources. Celebrating Shakespeare.

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Community Digest #6

Community Digest #6

Faculty assembly meeting. Catalog released. Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs interviews. Graduating student profiles. Mason town hall. Graduate education policies and student grades. CHSS instructional designer. New resources from The Stearns Center. Resilience and cognitive flexibility. Mason counseling and psychological resources.

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In Guardian, June Tangney discusses social distance shaming Headlines

In Guardian, June Tangney discusses social distance shaming

In an article on the Guardian website about the phenomenon of publicly shaming those who do not appear to be observing pandemic-driven social distance requirements, psychology professor June Tangney suggests that such shaming is not likely to have the desired outcome.

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Community Digest #5

Community Digest #5

Virtual defense; Covid-19 risk assessment; defeating Zoombombing; winning CHSS advisors; Patriots Helping Patriots/Giving Day; WGST Scholar's Lecture; research administration resources; student messaging.

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Community Digest #4

Community Digest #4

Giving Day: Patriots Helping Patriots, Alternative Degree Celebration, Submit Student Award Winners, Visiting Filmmakers Series Goes Virtual, Mentor Fellows, Well-Being Resources, Mail Update, Instructional Guidelines and Support, Online Dissertation Defense Tips, FERPA and Virtual Learning, CHSS Instructional Designer, Teaching Buddies, NCFDD

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Five Tips for Success in Virtual Learning

Five Tips for Success in Virtual Learning

Melissa Broeckelman-Post, faculty member in the Department of Communication and a senior scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, presents important tips for student success in an online environment.

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Astronaut alumnus has advice for coping with isolation

Astronaut alumnus has advice for coping with isolation

Mounir Alafrangy, BA History '10, is no stranger work in an isolated environment, after a forty-five-day experiment as an analog astronaut with NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog Mission XX. His experience informs anyone working remotely. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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Latest University Information on COVID-19

Latest University Information on COVID-19

George Mason University is committed to protecting the health of its community. Its resources include up-to-date plans and procedures, identification of student health services clinics, and attention to its study-abroad programs.

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Sojourner Truth Lecture marks 20 years

Sojourner Truth Lecture marks 20 years

As Mason's Women and Gender Studies and African and African American Studies programs prepare to present the university's 20th Sojourner Truth Lecture, it welcomes back Marilyn Mobley, one of the founding mothers of both programs.

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On CGTN, Kevin Matthews discusses Brexit and its impact Headlines

On CGTN, Kevin Matthews discusses Brexit and its impact

In a video on the China Global Television Network, Kevin Matthews, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, discusses Brexit and the impact that it will have on the United Kingdom's relationship with Europe and the United States.

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Kathryn Yeargin: Pursuing a Future in Law and Justice

Kathryn Yeargin: Pursuing a Future in Law and Justice

Legal studies has been an objective for Kathryn from the time she applied to Mason, and it led to her interest in criminology. She was motivated to learn as much as she could about the criminal justice system before considering it as a future vocation.

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Kierner examines ‘culture of disaster’ in new book

Kierner examines ‘culture of disaster’ in new book

History professor Cynthia Kierner discusses Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood, which explores how early American responses to natural and man-made calamities shape our societal reactions today.

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Dr. Keith Renshaw wins the David W. Rossell Quill Award

Dr. Keith Renshaw wins the David W. Rossell Quill Award

This award recognizes individuals whose efforts exemplify the leadership and dedication of David W. Rossell, who retired from George Mason University in 2007 with over 20 years of loyal service. His devotion to the Mason community focused on leadership, teaching and fulfilling Mason’s mission.

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HFAC Alum's Ted Talk: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More

HFAC Alum's Ted Talk: The Brain Benefits of Deep Sleep and How to Get More

Dr. Daniel Gartenberg, HFAC alum is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep -- and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.

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Getting Graphic with Immigration Research

Getting Graphic with Immigration Research

Mason economics professor Bryan Caplan’s newest book, Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration (First Second, 2019), is a nonfiction graphic novel Illustrated by Zach Weinersmith (article image also by Zach Weinersmith).

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Wendi Manuel-Scott discusses Mason's legacy on Richmond, VA radio Headlines

Wendi Manuel-Scott discusses Mason's legacy on Richmond, VA radio

Wendi Manuel-Scott, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, School of Integrative Studies, African and African and African American Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies, discussed the complicated legacy of George Mason IV with radio station WRVA.

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BBC Podcast features Malcolm Gladwell's description of David Weisburd's work. Headlines

BBC Podcast features Malcolm Gladwell's description of David Weisburd's work.

BBC Sounds' Book of the Week is Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers; in a series where he discusses the work, he features Criminology, Law and Society's David Weisburd and his 'law of crime concentration,' where criminal activity is linked to location.

Available soon:   Caplan's graphic novel

Available soon: Caplan's graphic novel

In his timely book, Caplan's non-fiction graphic novel addresses the leading objections to open borders. His goal is to be part of the solution. #1 on Amazon's New Releases chart. Publication date: October 29, 2019.

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CHSS Faculty Receive Curriculum Impact Grant Awards

CHSS Faculty Receive Curriculum Impact Grant Awards

Each year, the university awards several Curriculum Impact Grants through the Office of the Provost to help teams of faculty revise and design innovative multidisciplinary curriculum. Six of the 2019 grants went to teams that included College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members.

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In memoriam: Jennifer Christine DiMauro

In memoriam: Jennifer Christine DiMauro

Jennifer entered Mason’s program in clinical psychology in 2012 and graduated in August 2018. She excelled in research, teaching, and clinical work, and is remembered as a supportive friend and classmate to those around her.

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New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

New IIR Report: The Experiences of Migrant Women and Human Smuggling

The news is filled with accounts of women and children from Central America arriving at the U.S. border and seeking asylum. While we are learning a great deal about their struggles once they arrive at the southern border, far less is known about their journey from Central America to the United States. Government statistics show that many women are migrating with their children, and the number of families apprehended at the border has increased in recent years. Many of these women rely on human smugglers to transport them and their children across Mexico to the U.S. border. This report reveals the reality of human smuggling from the perspective of migrant women from Central America. Their testimony and experiences can teach us about the trauma they face during migration and how it continues to impact them when they arrive in the United States.

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The Streak(s) Continue:  Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories

The Streak(s) Continue: Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories

With its 4-3 victory, the American League continues its recent dominance of the All Star Game, but despite the greater number of foreign born players on the National League roster, it was actually the American League team that played the greatest number of immigrant All-Stars, nine to the National League’s eight.

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MTV News cites Chen's work on activist burnout. Accolades

MTV News cites Chen's work on activist burnout.

MTV News, in an article about activism burnout and its impact on gun violence survivors, cites a paper written on the subject by the School of Integrative Studies faculty members Cher Weixia Chen and Paul Gorski.

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4-VA Grant to Support Communication Skills

4-VA Grant to Support Communication Skills

Melissa Broeckelman-Post, introductory communication course director, associate professor in the Department of Communication and a senior scholar in Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, is leading a team to help students continue to learn vital communication skills after completing the required COMM 101 course.

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Celebrating the College's Graduates

Celebrating the College's Graduates

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences held two degree celebration events: an afternoon ceremony recognizing its graduates in the humanities and interdisciplinary programs, and in the evening, an event to recognize its graduates in the social sciences.

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Stefan Wheelock Interviewed on With Good Reason Radio Show

Stefan Wheelock Interviewed on With Good Reason Radio Show

The European philosophers of the Enlightenment argued that Europeans were civilized, but Africans were barbarians. In this interview, Dr. Wheelock describes how radical African American writers used those same philosophical principles to unmask the barbarism of slavery.

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Logging on to Innovative Learning

Logging on to Innovative Learning

Mason is expanding its online course and program offerings that have already helped students such as communication major Jennifer Kasse-Wanzer manage their busy lifestyles.

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Honoring the Life of Marion Deshmukh

Honoring the Life of Marion Deshmukh

With regret and sadness, we note the passing of Marion Deshmukh on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Dr. Deshmukh was a giant at George Mason University whose broad impact on her field, her students, and campus was foundational.

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At George Mason, Ted McCord has seen it all

At George Mason, Ted McCord has seen it all

Associate Professor Dr. Ted McCord came to the university in 1963 and has been either a student, a member of the George Mason University Foundation Inc., an administrator, a coach or a professor ever since.

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Tracking the Benefits of Mentorship

Tracking the Benefits of Mentorship

Cristina M. Hernandez Gil de Lamadrid and her faculty mentor, Esperanza Roman-Mendoza, explore how mentorship can be documented and proven to be beneficial for graduate students and faculty, alike.

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Dr. Angela Hattery will speak at upcoming NASPA conference.

Dr. Angela Hattery will speak at upcoming NASPA conference.

WGST Director and Professor, Dr. Hattery and Sociologist Dr. Smith will speak at the 2019 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Conference on research from their newest book "Gender, Power and Violence: Responding to Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence and Society Today."

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New Report Traces Career Success for Liberal Arts Graduates

New Report Traces Career Success for Liberal Arts Graduates

The report, which examined over 36 million job postings and 100 million professional and social profiles, found that the skills learned in humanities and social sciences majors remain valuable in the labor market, but that students must understand how to translate their skills for potential employers.

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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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Making her mark at Mason

Making her mark at Mason

Economics major, Fatma Gdoura, is setting herself up for a robust career in Development Economics and Immigration Studies through her coursework, internships, and a fellowship with the Mercatus Center.

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Lincoln Mullen Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Lincoln Mullen Wins Prestigious Book Prize

Lincoln Mullen’s recent book, The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America (Harvard University Press, 2017), has just been awarded the “Best First Book in the History of Religions Award” by the American Academy of Religion.

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The Success of Online Courses in COMM

The Success of Online Courses in COMM

"With 40 students per semester, the course is a success not only due to its high attendance, but also for the increasing student satisfaction around the learning methods applied by course coordinator David J. Miller. The initiative made him one of the winners at the 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Awards for Teaching and Learning."

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Meet our new Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Dr. Shannon Fyfe

Meet our new Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Dr. Shannon Fyfe

The Department of Philosophy is proud to announce that Dr. Shannon Fyfe is joining us as a new Assistant Professor this Fall. Dr. Fyfe is also a new Fellow of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy (IPPP), with expertise in philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and ethics.

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CHSS faculty awarded Fenwick Fellowships

CHSS faculty awarded Fenwick Fellowships

Jacqueline M. Burek, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Mills Kelly, Professor of History, Department of History and Art History are both recipients of the annual Fenwick Fellowship. This award recognizes Mason faculty pursuing research that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in their fields.

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His PhD research hit close to home

His PhD research hit close to home

When the Supreme Court upheld President Trump's travel ban, Mason PhD student Ismail Nooraddini said he remembers thinking, "This doesn't make sense." Not only because his research showed how well immigrants from the banned countries have done in the United States, but because "someone was calling into question all of my father's hard work."

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New Minor Crosses Disciplines to Meet Student Needs

New Minor Crosses Disciplines to Meet Student Needs

Mason's new digital media and web design minor brings together faculty and coursework from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Vogenau School of Engineering, to understand web design in a holistic way.

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Impacting a Child’s Success

Impacting a Child’s Success

A keen interest in the developmental process in young children has fueled the work of Katrina Gagliano as she has combined her master's degree studies with employment in childcare.

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20 Years of Fall for the Book

20 Years of Fall for the Book

To mark the occasion of the Fall for the Book Festival's 20th anniversary, festival manager -- and English department faculty member -- Suzy Rigdon, MFA '17, takes a look at its past and future growth.

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Keeping Mason (and Fairfax) Creative

Keeping Mason (and Fairfax) Creative

William (Bill) Miller, MFA '87, has been part of the literary life of Mason since 1983, when he enrolled in the nascent creative writing program. Learn how he has contributed to the creativity of the university and the community.

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From Teaching History to Making History

From Teaching History to Making History

In January 2018, alumnus Atif Qarni, MA History ’09, went from his position as a middle-school teacher to the Commonwealth of Virginia's Secretary of Education. Here, he speaks of his experience as an adult learner, his plans for education in the commonwealth, and how the classroom prepared him for his current role.

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20th Anniversary Fall for the Book Headliners Announced

20th Anniversary Fall for the Book Headliners Announced

Fall for the Book will turn 20 years old in style with a star-studded lineup of headliners including novelists Tayari Jones, Elizabeth Kostova, and Elizabeth Strout; YA author Angie Thomas; and Congressman John Lewis. Other major writers will include Paul Hawken, Tom McAllister, Leslie Pietrzyk, Khaled Beydoun, and Katharine Weber.

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Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Shannon Davis receives mentoring award from SSSP

Sociology professor Shannon Davis has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Photo: Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University.

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Dr. Andrew Peterson receives prestigious Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars award

Dr. Andrew Peterson receives prestigious Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars award

Dr. Andrew Peterson (Assistant Professor, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and Department of Philosophy) has been awarded a major career-development grant from the Greenwall Foundation. In Fall 2018, Dr. Peterson will become a Greenwall Faculty Scholar. The award was made to support Dr. Peterson's ground-breaking work on the ethical and policy issues arising from the diagnosis of severe brain injury.

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Graduating Philosophy Senior wins CHSS UG Research Symposium Award

Graduating Philosophy Senior wins CHSS UG Research Symposium Award

Graduating Philosophy Senior and Global Health Fellow Summer Claveau has added another feather to her cap: on Monday April 30th, she won the award for Best Overall Research & Scholarship Oral Presentation at the 10th annual College of Humanities and Social Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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Celebrating Undergraduate Research

Celebrating Undergraduate Research

For the tenth year, the college presented its Undergraduate Research Symposium, the longest-running on Mason's campus. Featuring returning alumni and myriad research topics, the event capped off the hard work of the participating students.

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Community Comes Together at GMU CPS' 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Community Comes Together at GMU CPS' 2nd Annual Fundraiser

With over 100 people attending the GMU Center for Psychological Services 2nd Annual Fundraiser, it was an evening to remember!  Over $15,000 was raised to support critical services for low income clients as well as to work toward enhancing the capacity of the Center to serve more clients in our community, and pledges and gifts are still coming in!

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A Blurred Line

A Blurred Line

In USA Today Professor Christopher Coyne and Mason alumna Abigail Hall look at the recent death of Stephon Clark. They examine the increasing militarization of the United States police force and how proactive foreign policy can result in a changed law enforcement operation.

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New Leaves Week, April 2-6

New Leaves Week, April 2-6

This year’s New Leaves week, April 2-6, brings reading by visiting writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in addition to special events and talks on making your way in the world as a writer. Watch creativewriting.gmu.edu soon for full details on individual events.

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Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Molly Hoke

Meet a WGST Graduate Student: Molly Hoke

One of my first graduate level women’s studies courses was Gender and Racial Ideologies of Early Jim Crow America. It was exactly as mind-blowing and unfortunately depressing as the title suggests. In that course, taught by the genius Dr. Yevette Richards Jordan, I learned about the truly systemic nature of racism in America post-Reconstruction era and the role, to my privileged surprise, white women played in the disenfranchisement of black men to amplify their own marginalized voices. It was a bit of another wake up call for me.

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German Integrating Immigrants

German Integrating Immigrants

Immigration has shaped Germany since World War II. In the wake of the refugee crisis, the number of mi-grants in Germany and Europe increased significantly. By the end of 2016, Germany was home to 10 million people with non-German citizenship. Migrants now make up a slightly bigger share of the population in Germany than in the United States.

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Glowing New York Times review for Mikkel Rosengaard's first novel In The Media

Glowing New York Times review for Mikkel Rosengaard's first novel

Mikkel Rosengaard, one of the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center's visiting international writers, received a stellar review in the NY Times for his first novel, The Invention of Ana - edited while he was a fellow at Mason. He will read from the novel on Thurs, March 29, at 6:30 at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C.

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Increased Learning or Increased Cheating?

Increased Learning or Increased Cheating?

César Martinelli's research featured in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy reveals the prevalence of cheating when high school students are incentivized with cash to perform well on exams.

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Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Hutnick honored with Spirit of King Faculty Award

Sociology doctoral student Carrie Hutnick has received the 2018 Spirit of King Faculty Award for her work as an instructor with Mason's Social Action and Integrative Learning program. She is among several CHSS students, alumni, and faculty members recognized.

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Dakake: room for gender equality in Quran interpretation

Dakake: room for gender equality in Quran interpretation

Religious studies professor Maria Dakake spoke at a conference on “Gender in the Quran,” held at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She discussed Islamic intellectual history scholarship that interprets open-ended, sometimes controversial texts with a consideration of gender equality.

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Mason Partners with HIDTA on Drug Enforcement and Treatment

Mason Partners with HIDTA on Drug Enforcement and Treatment

George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy has been selected to house a portion of the multimillion dollar Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, the largest of the 28 intelligence-driven drug enforcement and treatment programs in the country.

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In Memory of Yoonmee Chang

In Memory of Yoonmee Chang

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is saddened to announce the passing of our colleague, Dr. Yoonmee Chang. Yoonmee joined the faculty Mason in 2005, serving as an associate professor. She was the author of Writing in the Ghetto: Class, Authorship, and the Asian American Ethnic Enclave.

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On NPR, Kreps addresses flu fears In The Media

On NPR, Kreps addresses flu fears

KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, features Gary L. Kreps, University Distinguished Professor of Communication and director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, who counsels calm in the face of fearsome flu reports, as well as vaccinations and hand-washing.

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Book Talk: Race and Policing in the United States

Book Talk: Race and Policing in the United States

Devon Johnson, Angela Hattery and Earl Smith will speak about their books: Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race and the Criminal Justice System (Johnson) and Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives are Surveilled and How to Work for Change (Hattery and Smith).

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Vraga assesses Facebook efforts to combat fake news

Vraga assesses Facebook efforts to combat fake news

Emily Vraga, faculty member in the Department of Communication, contributes to a Politico article on Facebook’s efforts to fact-check news shared on its site: she explains that including “related articles” alongside disputed "news" offers additional information instead of emphasizing the dispute itself.

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Goldstein's Santa study cited in Salt Lake news In The Media

Goldstein's Santa study cited in Salt Lake news

Psychology faculty member Thalia Goldstein's study on parental promotion of Santa's helpers during the holiday season is cited in a Deseret News article examining the role of Santa in Christian holiday observances.

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Hamner discusses Pearl Harbor history, teaching In The Media

Hamner discusses Pearl Harbor history, teaching

In the Yakima Herald, Christopher Hamner, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, discusses the importance of continuing relevance and perspective in teaching about the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

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Mason Students Present at the International Neuroethics Society

Mason Students Present at the International Neuroethics Society

The students involved come from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, and have been working with faculty mentors Dr. Andrew Peterson, Dr. Lisa Eckenwiler and Dr. Jesse Kirkpatrick, from the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.

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"18 IUS SOLI" : Film Screening

"18 IUS SOLI" : Film Screening

The Italian-Ghanian filmmaker Fred Kuwornu will be presenting his documentary, about the denial of citizenship rights to children born of immigrants in Italy.

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New York Times: Six Myths About Choosing a Major

New York Times: Six Myths About Choosing a Major

The New York Times discusses six student missteps in the selection of majors, such as choosing them too soon, believing that STEM fields are sure paths to lucrative careers, and negating the employability of liberal arts majors. This is a clear explanation of the many considerations that should go into a successful university career.

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A Daughter's Tribute

A Daughter's Tribute

Sharon M. Deane, MA History '10, is part of a team that is racing against time to make sure that the United States honors and personally thanks as many as possible of the nearly nine million Americans who served as part of the nation’s effort during the Vietnam War. 

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Providing Care in Humanitarian Crises

Providing Care in Humanitarian Crises

On November 14, at Mason's Arlington campus, philosophy professor Lisa Eckenwiler and the Global Health Fellows will host a panel on the ethical issues facing health workers and policy makers in the field of humanitarian health ethics.

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Celebrating New American Voices

Celebrating New American Voices

The New American Voices Award highlights the recently published works of literary fiction or creative non-fiction from immigrant writers. It will be awarded for the first time at next year's Fall for the Book festival.

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Stearns: shame in American culture In The Media

Stearns: shame in American culture

In an op-ed in the New Haven Register, Peter Stearns, Provost Emeritus and University Professor of History and Art History, writes about America’s shifting attitudes towards shame.

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Erakat takes part in VCU lecture on Balfour Declaration In The Media

Erakat takes part in VCU lecture on Balfour Declaration

Noura Erakat, faculty member in the School of Integrative Studies, took part in a lecture at Virginia Commonwealth University that marked the centennial of the Balfour Declaration, the 1917 document by which the British government expressed its support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

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A University Gift to Get the Tech World and Humanity Better Acquainted

A University Gift to Get the Tech World and Humanity Better Acquainted

Aiming to change the trajectory of tech innovation, the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity “will provide not only a foundation for students to develop the technical, intellectual and organizational skills they need to drive progress in the digital age, but also a context and ethical framework that will equip them to shape society for the better.”

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The Well Library Arrives at the Mason Club

The Well Library Arrives at the Mason Club

The Well Library, formerly a feature of the Mason Inn, has been revived and relocated to the Mason Club. At an open house on Monday, Oct. 23, faculty members Laura Scott and Rutledge Dennis, and faculty member emeritus Jack Censer, discussed and read from their work. More events to come!

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Professor Rob DeCaroli Curates Smithsonian Exhibit

Professor Rob DeCaroli Curates Smithsonian Exhibit

A New Exhibit of Buddhist Art Robert DeCaroli, Professor of Art History at Mason, is serving as one of three curators of a major new display of Buddhist art (“Encountering the Buddha”) that recently opened at the Smithsonian’s remodeled Sackler Gallery. The exhibit runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 29, 2020.

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New Americans Rebuilding Houston

New Americans Rebuilding Houston

We know Houston is struggling to get back on its feet after Hurricane Harvey. It is a particularly tough time for its immigrant population, who make up approximately 23 percent of the population in the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Area.

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Provost Announces Changes in the Dean's Office

Provost Announces Changes in the Dean's Office

Dean Deborah Boehm-Davis has stepped down from the management of the college for a position in the private sector. While the university searches for her successor, Interim Dean Robert Matz and Interim Senior Associate Dean Shannon Davis offer experience and leadership.

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Ashley, Yadav named Fenwick Fellows

Ashley, Yadav named Fenwick Fellows

Jennifer Ashley, a faculty member in the Global Affairs Program, and Alok Yadav, a faculty member in the Department of English, have been named 2017-18 Fenwick Fellows by Mason's university libraries.

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4th Annual Fear to Freedom: Creating a Safer Campus for Mason

4th Annual Fear to Freedom: Creating a Safer Campus for Mason

Fear 2 Freedom is an annual event that has become a catalyst for social change within the Mason community. In partnering with hospitals and community organizations, there is a sense of family, and everyone present truly takes the time to care with an open heart and open mind.

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TEDxGeorgeMasonU “Revival” and Recap

TEDxGeorgeMasonU “Revival” and Recap

After months of planning and collaboration, the re-scheduled TEDxGeorgeMasonU spring conference was hosted in Dewberry Hall on September 10. Several students and faculty gazed their attentions to intimate presentations set forth by prolific speakers across Mason’s many disciplines, including SIS faculty member Dr. Julie Owen.

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Mason students research George Mason as slaveholder

Mason students research George Mason as slaveholder

Funded by Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), history department faculty members Benedict Carton and Wendi Manuel-Scott led a team of students in exploring the largely untold story of George Mason's enslaved people.

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Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

Erakat takes her DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival to the Kennedy Center

The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival previews their seventh annual run (October 2nd) with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, musical ensemble, and theater. The cultural production, a contemporary expression of the colorful Palestinian diaspora, celebrates Palestine as a vision for the future as much as an object of commemoration.

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Toni Sala Visits The Cheuse Center

Toni Sala Visits The Cheuse Center

THIS WEEK: The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center is pleased to welcome our first writer in residence, Catalan writer Toni Sala. Join him September 20 to learn more about the upcoming Catalan independence vote.

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Share your well-being story

Share your well-being story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At George Mason University, we aim to thrive together as a well-being university community. We want to know how you’re doing on your human journey toward greater well-being. Thanks for sharing your story with our community through this form!

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Weisburd: organized crime and hot spot policing In The Media

Weisburd: organized crime and hot spot policing

In an article on Latin American policing strategies, David Weisburd, Distinguished Professor in Criminology, Law and Society and executive director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, considered the impact of organized crime on the efficacy of hot-spot policing.

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More than sticks and stones

More than sticks and stones

The 2017 Conference on Character Assassination in Theory and Practice welcomed U.S. and international researchers who represented nearly 30 colleges and universities, as well as practitioners in crisis management, journalism, and public relations.

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Why This Tech CEO Keeps Hiring Humanities Majors

Why This Tech CEO Keeps Hiring Humanities Majors

Michael Litt, cofounder and CEO of the video marketing platform Vidyard, writes in Fast Company about the value of employees who understand engineering as well as the forces that motivate people, skills that come from liberal arts education.

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Two Mason buildings renamed for Nobel laureates

Two Mason buildings renamed for Nobel laureates

As of July 1, 2017, Mason Hall, which houses the administrative offices of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is renamed James Buchanan Hall, and the Metropolitan Building in Arlington is renamed Vernon Smith Hall.

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The World Is Ending, Just As It's Always Been

The World Is Ending, Just As It's Always Been

Terri Pous of Buzzfeed has a discussion with Mason provost emeritus and professor of history Peter Stearns and others about the current climate of foreboding in American culture and places it in its context within our history and in doing so illustrates that things are not quite as dire as we may think.

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Best discusses mentorship in Alexandria Gazette Packet article

Best discusses mentorship in Alexandria Gazette Packet article

Amy Best, faculty member and director, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, talks about the attributes of effective mentors in an Alexandria Gazette Packet article on the WISE mentoring program at Northern Virginia Community College.

Come Join the Action

Come Join the Action

The celebration doesn’t end with your degree! Come join the growing number of CHSS alumni! The college’s growing group of CHSS alumni offers a wealth of opportunities for continued fun, learning, and community.

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