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CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its graduates in the Class of 2020 with a message from Dean Ann Ardis, a musical tribute from the Green Machine, and more.

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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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Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

Immigrant Stories Project Adds Pakistan

The Immigrant Stories Project includes information about immigrants from Pakistan living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. In addition to a fact sheet and analysis, there is also a new inspirational interview with a Pakistani immigrant.

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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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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.

Mental Health First Aid Well-Being Course Begins this Fall

Mental Health First Aid Well-Being Course Begins this Fall

A new well-being course will teach students how to assist people who are dealing with a mental health or substance use-related crisis. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-week course students can take to earn one academic credit from Mason and a certificate from Mental Health First Aid USA, part of the National Council of Behavioral Health.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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New website aims to help students "Hear the Americas"

New website aims to help students "Hear the Americas"

Brennan, Karush and O'Malley lead project aimed at placing 20th-century popular music in a context that makes it more accessible and understandable through the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media's newest effort supported by a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

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Students and their mentors shine at the sixth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

Students and their mentors shine at the sixth annual Celebration of Student Scholarship

The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) took over the Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 for their 6th Annual Celebration of Student Scholarship. The college is pleased to congratulate professor Julie E. Owen, and students from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Leila Martinez-Bentley, and Chrysanthi Violaris who were among this year's award recipients.

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Lichter comments on late-night abundance of anti-Trump humor In The Media

Lichter comments on late-night abundance of anti-Trump humor

In an article on the Associated Press website, Robert Lichter, faculty member in the Department of Communication and director of Mason's Center for Media and Public Affairs, links the level of presidential-related late-night humor to the "polarization of politics" in the United States.

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DEAR WORLD: Stories from Women and Gender Studies

DEAR WORLD: Stories from Women and Gender Studies

Some of the students, staff, faculty, and affiliated faculty of Mason's Women and Gender Studies program -- including philosophy Professor Rose Cherubin -- shared their stories with the Dear World project when it was on campus during International Week.

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Overcoming obstacles

Overcoming obstacles

The George Mason University PhD student wanted to enroll in History 688: Digital Storytelling, but Salamone, who is visually impaired, wanted to make sure he would be able to do the course work and that the professor, Kelly Schrum, would be willing to make the curriculum more accessible to him.

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Weisburd honored by the American Society of Criminology

Weisburd honored by the American Society of Criminology

The American Society of Criminology (ASC) has just announced David Weisburd as the 2017 recipient of their prestigious August Vollmer Award. Established in 1959, the August Vollmer Award recognizes an individual whose scholarship or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Seeds of Change Recognition Event

Fairfax, VA April 18, 2017- The center for Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) at George Mason University recently hosted their first annual Seeds of Change recognition event in Merten Hall. This event celebrated and recognized the impactful work that Mason students, staff and community partners have been able to facilitate over the past year.

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Charlotte Gill awarded prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

Charlotte Gill awarded prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

Charlotte Gill, faculty member, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and deputy director, Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, has been named a 2017 Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for her work in police-community partnerships in crime prevention in Appalachian Kentucky.

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An evening with Richard Ford

An evening with Richard Ford

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University will present an evening with acclaimed American novelist Richard Ford. One of the preeminent writers working in the United States, Ford will be in conversation with Maureen Corrigan of NPR's "Fresh Air" about his new memoir Between Them.

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Ferreiro named 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history

Ferreiro named 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist in history

Larrie Ferreiro, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History and in the Volgenau School of Engineering, was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book, "Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It."

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A route to senior leadership in government

A route to senior leadership in government

Psychology alumna, Charlotte Brock MA '16, discusses how the Presidential Management Fellowship program accelerated her career in government, concluding "If someone wants to work in government and is getting their master’s, there’s no reason not to apply.”

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Greet named president of the Association for Latin American Art

Greet named president of the Association for Latin American Art

An associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, Greet specializes in twentieth century Andean art, as well as Latin American artists in Europe. Greet was previously serving as ALAA’s vice president and began her three year term as president at the organization’s annual conference in February 2017.

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Gallehr celebrates 50 years of teaching at Mason

Gallehr celebrates 50 years of teaching at Mason

English professor Don Gallehr marks a Mason first this month: celebrating 50 years as a faculty member here. Gallehr will be recognized for his longtime commitment to teaching Mason students as part of this year’s University Day Service Awards, April 5-6.

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New Leaves Writers' Conference 2017

New Leaves Writers' Conference 2017

Readings, panels, and presentations highlight the 2017 New Leaves Festival, to be held Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7, and hosted by the Creative Writing program at George Mason University. Except as noted, all events are open to the public and take place at locations on Mason’s Fairfax, VA, campus.

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Students well represented at Southern Sociological Society meeting

Students well represented at Southern Sociological Society meeting

At the SSS meeting in Greenville, SC March 29-April 1, 2017, the department was represented by undergraduate students Selena Chaivaranon, Sarah Wagner, Laurel Robinson, and Jordan Wicht (all pictured here), graduate students Marisa Allison, Emily McDonald, and Melissa Gouge, and faculty member Shannon Davis.

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Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it:  A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Workplace Well-Being – Indeed, love has a lot to do with it: A spotlight on the research of Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Dr. O’Neill, a Senior Scientist for the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB) and Assistant Professor of Management in the George Mason University School of Business, along with faculty in the Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology program - ranked 10th in North America - contribute to this unique body of knowledge. Dr. O’Neill’s work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous prestigious academic journals.

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Williams honored as 2017 recipient of the Bradley Prize

Williams honored as 2017 recipient of the Bradley Prize

Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, is one of this year’s winners of the distinguished Bradley Prize, for “individuals of extraordinary talent and determination who have made contributions of excellence” in areas consistent with the mission of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

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Russillo becomes first female deputy superintendent

Russillo becomes first female deputy superintendent

“From the first time I sat in a police car, I knew this is what I wanted to do.” Criminology, Law and Society alumna, Tracy Russillo, (Law Enforcement '88) is a 28-year veteran of the Virginia State Police and the first woman to be appointed deputy superintendent of the department.

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CARP Research Lab hosts inaugural conference

CARP Research Lab hosts inaugural conference

The Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Research Lab is led by an interdisciplinary research team of scholars particularly interested in the deliberate destruction of an individual’s reputation or credibility through character attacks. The Lab’s first major event was held at Mason’s Arlington campus March 3 - 5, 2017 and hosted scholars from across campus, from all over the country, and from around the world.

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CNN: Ed Maibach's 5 key facts about climate change (with video) In The Media

CNN: Ed Maibach's 5 key facts about climate change (with video)

Houser in PNAS: impulse control can be practiced and developed. In The Media

Houser in PNAS: impulse control can be practiced and developed.

In a study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daniel Houser, chair, Department of Economics, and director, Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science, worked with a team that found that regular acts of self control can increase a subject's ability to resist other selfish impulses.

Boudreaux argues for Econ 101 in National Review In The Media

Boudreaux argues for Econ 101 in National Review

In an article on the website for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal, cited in The National Review’s site, Donald Boudreaux, faculty member in the Department of Economics argues for the utility of Economics 101 courses.

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Reporting from the Executive Mansion

Reporting from the Executive Mansion

Communication majors Fareeha Rehman and Lottye Lockhart were selected by the Office of Student Media to represent Mason at a luncheon for college reporters with Governor Terry McAuliffe and several members of his staff.

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Sisters gain perspective on overseas experiences

Sisters gain perspective on overseas experiences

Rachael and Lauren Agnello—sisters from Pittsburgh and both students in the college--said their parents always encouraged them to learn the way they saw best. What was best, the sisters decided, was to get out of the country, experience other cultures and learn new languages.

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A communication program that is anything but 'basic'

A communication program that is anything but 'basic'

Mason's Basic Communication Course program has received the Program of Excellence award from the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association, denoting it a model for other programs across the country. See why this course is VERY "Mason."

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2017 Leading to Well-Being Conference

2017 Leading to Well-Being Conference

Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being is pleased to announce its 2017 Leading to Well-Being Conference. Now in its eighth year, this year's theme will look at the many ways well-being and leadership practices can empower your workplace to maximize success.

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Sheila Brennan shares how the National Mall became "America's front yard" on the Kojo NNamdi Show In The Media

Sheila Brennan shares how the National Mall became "America's front yard" on the Kojo NNamdi Show

Civil War on Campus

Civil War on Campus

Mason students visited a Civil War redoubt (earthen fortification) located on the university's campus. Though covered with underbrush, the structure remains intact and is clearly visible—a valuable historic structure, right under our noses, tucked behind a parking lot on the Mason campus.

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Two college faculty members featured on With Good Reason

Two college faculty members featured on With Good Reason

This week college faculty members will bring their expertise to two important issues affecting teen health today. Associate professor of neuroscience, Nadine Kabbani, and professor of psychology, Adam Winsler, will both appear on the public radio broadcast of With Good Reason.

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In Memoriam: Walter J. Mircea-Pines

In Memoriam: Walter J. Mircea-Pines

It is with sadness that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences informs the George Mason University community of the death of Dr. Walter Mircea-Pines, a faculty member and colleague within the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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She left her "harp" at Mason

She left her "harp" at Mason

Though she’s known for playing the harp, Kelsi Gray is planning to work for a Northern Virginia public relations firm after graduation, thanks to one of her Mason classes.

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Comoros Bound: Zoe Siepert

Comoros Bound: Zoe Siepert

Siepert, a global affairs major with a concentration in Middle East and North Africa and a minor in international security, worked with Mason's Peace Corp prep program to successfully apply for Peace Corps Service.

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Following their footsteps

Following their footsteps

Anthropology professor Justin Lowry and his students are using a 3D printer in Mason's Innovation Lab to produce prints of ancient footprints preserved in volcanic ash in a suburb of Managua, Nicaragua.

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Danielle Rudes selected for Mason's 2015-16 Emerging Researcher/Scholar/ Creator Award

Danielle Rudes selected for Mason's 2015-16 Emerging Researcher/Scholar/ Creator Award

Rudes was one of three young faculty recognized for innovative research that truly changes lives. With grants from the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Rudes and her team are helping the departments of corrections in three states translate research into practice to change lives and decrease recidivism rates by helping former inmates return to society.

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Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

In a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening, brothers Lance and Brandon Kramer shared with students the process of making their first feature film, “City of Trees.” They also discussed their most recent project, “The Messy Truth,” which focuses on starting healthy conversations in the aftermath of a hyper-political election season.

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Cheuse's legacy lives on in new center

Cheuse's legacy lives on in new center

The Alan Cheuse International Writers Center will encourage Mason's graduate creative writing students to study abroad, offer a home for established writers with residencies at Mason, and provide a hub for diverse conversations about art, literature and international issues, said Matthew Davis, the center’s founding director.

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The History of the Election of 2016

The History of the Election of 2016

This semester, classes in the Department of History and Art History have examined issues raised in the presidential election from a variety of contexts. Prior Election Day, the public was invited to join in!

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Tangney's research on shame cited in Washington Post In The Media

Tangney's research on shame cited in Washington Post

A 2014 study co-authored by University Professor June Tangney, faculty member in the Department of Psychology, which considers shame and its role in predicting recidivism, is mentioned in a Washington Post article on the societal benefits of shame.

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Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Wendi Manuel-Scott will moderate a dialogue with thought leaders Laurie Robinson, Earl Smith, Rita Chi-Ying Chung and Shirley Ginwright on policing and crimes against people of color, including current issues and the national climate, for this semester's President's Freedom and Learning Forum.

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Turning the Lens

Turning the Lens

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association and Mason’s Center for Social Science Research are in their second year of a project to assess the patterns of who actually gets published in a premier academic journal, the American Sociological Review, and what the enigmatic process really looks like from start to finish.

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Dunne Named SIS Executive Director

Dunne Named SIS Executive Director

This academic year, the School of Integrative Studies (SIS) welcomes a familiar face in a new role. As of August 1, Kelly Dunne assumed leadership of the recently-renamed unit and began her work as its executive director.

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The fall Career Fair is here. Get ready.

The fall Career Fair is here. Get ready.

The entire University Career Services staff is preparing for their fall signature event, the Career Fair. Over 200 employers will be on campus during the week of the fair and will be actively recruiting students at every level and in every course of study.

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Social Sciences ranked 51st in the world in the 2016 Shanghai Rankings

Social Sciences ranked 51st in the world in the 2016 Shanghai Rankings

Once again, George Mason University has been recognized by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its 2016 Academic Rankings of World Universities, also known as the “Shanghai Rankings." Most impressive, Mason is ranked 51st in the field of social sciences out of the 200 universities listed. In these field and subject rankings, Mason was awarded more points than any other institution in Virginia or Washington D.C.

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Witte Co-organizes Megacities Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

Witte Co-organizes Megacities Conference in Karachi, Pakistan

In a partnership between Mason and the University of Karachi, James Witte, director, Center for Social Science Research and the Institute for Immigration Research, trained doctoral students from Karachi in statistical survey techniques to promote empirically based research in policy-making. The conference marked the culmination of a three-year project between the two universities.

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Talk to Shed New Light on 1770's Boston Massacre

Talk to Shed New Light on 1770's Boston Massacre

On September 26, 2016, Professor Serena Zabin of Carleton College will present a talk, "The Boston Massacre: An Intimate History," which examines the social and familial circumstances surrounding the event, offering insight into of the direct causes of the Revolutionary War.

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Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book: a Fairfax Tradition

Fall for the Book brings writers, readers, and scholars together like no other event in the region. In its eighteenth year, Fall for the Book is a weeklong literary festival with events taking place on Mason's Fairfax campus and at other venues across the region between September 25 and September 30.

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Politico Names Bob Inglis Among its Politico 50

Politico Names Bob Inglis Among its Politico 50

Bob Inglis, executive director of George Mason University’s Energy and Enterprise Initiative, and advisor Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor of Atmospheric Science at Texas Tech University, were ranked number 46 on the Politico 50 on Monday for their work on what Politico called “the conservative case for fighting climate change.”

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Dr. Eden King Named Mason Presidential Fellow

Dr. Eden King Named Mason Presidential Fellow

Dr. King, an industrial and organizational psychologist, will assist university president Dr. Ángel Cabrera on "projects related to campus and workplace dynamics, with a specific interest in diversity and inclusion."

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Light Op-Eds on Paris Climate Agreement In The Media

Light Op-Eds on Paris Climate Agreement

Andrew Light, University Professor and director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, co-authors (with Gwynne Taraska) an op-ed piece on ThinkProgress about America's participation in the Paris climate agreement.

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Turner wins Fenwick Fellowship

Turner wins Fenwick Fellowship

John Turner, associate professor of religious studies, has been selected as one of two Fenwick Fellows for this academic year. This year he plans to begin research on a seminal group in the American religious narrative, the pilgrims, whose strenuous journey was far from over when the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock in the 1620.

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Lichter on Bannon's Role in Trump Campaign In The Media

Lichter on Bannon's Role in Trump Campaign

In an article on the Wired site, Robert Lichter, faculty member in the Department of Communication and director of Mason's Center for Media and Public Affairs, discusses the implications of media executive Steve Bannon serving as the CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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Philip Burnham on the August 23rd Edition of Your Call

Philip Burnham on the August 23rd Edition of Your Call

Yellowstone was the first national park, established in 1872. It was an era of westward expansion and Native American removal. Nearly every national park and monument was once inhabited by indigenous people. What is the full and honest history of our national parks? How can we address the wrongs of the past and protect wild places for the future?

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Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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Nigeria's First Lady Visits George Mason University

Nigeria's First Lady Visits George Mason University

Last week, Her Excellency Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, wife of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, visited George Mason University at the invitation of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, along with the Office of Global Strategy, Office of Admissions, and the College of Health and Human Services.

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5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

In this issue of the Mason SPIRIT, the college's senior associate Dean, Robert Matz, takes a look at some misconceptions about getting a liberal arts degree and how the degree meets up with what employers are looking for in a challenging job market.

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A Culture of Discovery

A Culture of Discovery

This year has seen Mason triumph in the world of research. It was named as an R-1 Doctoral University (Highest Research Activity) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education. This is the highest research status available.

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Tyler Cowen in Bloomberg: Op-Ed on the Global Migration of National 'Bad Moods' In The Media

Tyler Cowen in Bloomberg: Op-Ed on the Global Migration of National 'Bad Moods'

Tyler Cowen, faculty member in the Department of Economics and columnist with Bloomsberg View, explains how a bad mood in one country can move readily to another country and how emotional and ideological contagion can become a source of systemic risk.

Innovation through Interdisciplinarity

Innovation through Interdisciplinarity

The provost’s multidisciplinary research initiative, now in its second year, gives interdisciplinary teams from Mason faculty, staff, students, and/or community partners an opportunity to showcase their creativity as they respond to important challenges facing the region, nation, or world.

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Gulag Wives

Gulag Wives

"They arrested them not for themselves supposedly being criminals, but just for having been married to this person who was arrested and in almost in every case, someone who was arrested and executed."

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Matz Emphasizes Data on English Majors' Careers

Matz Emphasizes Data on English Majors' Careers

In an opinion piece on the Inside Higher Ed website, the college's senior associate dean, Robert Matz, offers data on the post-graduate employment of English majors to refute the familiar image of the food service counter as their inevitable landing place.

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Moving Faster, Farther with George Mason University

Moving Faster, Farther with George Mason University

Mason has moved faster and advanced farther than anyone anticipated. And the university is just getting started. The Faster, Farther campaign seeks to celebrate and build on this success, providing resources to support its award-winning faculty, diverse student body, and thriving campus.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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New Programs in Forensic Pyschology

New Programs in Forensic Pyschology

Forensic psychology is where the science of the mind meets criminal justice. This aptly describes the new forensic psychology minor and concentrations being offered at George Mason University in fall 2016.

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Coming this fall!  The Global Health Fellows

Coming this fall! The Global Health Fellows

The Global Affairs program and the Department of Philosophy are teaming up to offer a unique opportunity for their undergraduate students. The inaugural cohort of the Global Health Fellows will spend its fall semester at the Arlington campus focusing on the realities of today’s global health challenges and the resources offered from a humanities and social sciences perspective.

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Jesse Kirkpatrick Featured in Slate Magazine

Jesse Kirkpatrick Featured in Slate Magazine

On the Slate website, Jesse Kirkpatrick, assistant director of Mason's Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, considers the complex ethical issues surrounding self-driving cars and their crash optimization algorithms.

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Bringing Early Modern English Drama into Focus

Bringing Early Modern English Drama into Focus

The Folger Shakespeare Library recently began a massive undertaking. The new project hopes to create a digital platform that will allow users to browse, search, download, curate, and read first edition plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries in a variety of formats. This is just the sort of project that Mason’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) does best.

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Guardian Website: Kashdan Regards "Rage Rooms" In The Media

Guardian Website: Kashdan Regards "Rage Rooms"

Todd Kashdan, faculty member in the Department of Psychology and senior scientist with the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, speaks about channeling anger in a Guardian article about “rage rooms,” where clients pay to vent anger and frustration through demolition.

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She Volunteered for a Cause and Found a Career

She Volunteered for a Cause and Found a Career

Katherine Quigley said that when she came to George Mason University as a freshman, she had no concrete plan for her life. But during a year in which she volunteered with the university’s Office of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), Quigley found her calling.

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Hamner Discusses Hiroshima in Washington Post In The Media

Hamner Discusses Hiroshima in Washington Post

In a Washington Post article on President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Hiroshima, Christopher Hamner, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History, describes how textbooks addressing the bombings have changed.

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Bill Miller honored with Jack Wood Award

Bill Miller honored with Jack Wood Award

Since 2014, the Jack Wood Award for Town Gown Relations has honored individuals, groups, businesses and nonprofits that demonstrate leadership in fostering mutually beneficial relationships between the university and the community.

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Hattery Talks Work/Family Balance with WalletHub In The Media

Hattery Talks Work/Family Balance with WalletHub

Angie Hattery, director of Mason's Women and Gender Studies program, contributed to WalletHub's report on their Best and Worst States for Working Moms. Hattery has been writing about these issues for over 20 years and facilitates the family advocacy group at Mason.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

Find new ways to see your world with FAMS Summer courses. Titles include Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights; Film and Video Forms; Film and Video Screenwriting; Intro to Film; Samurai On Screen; Women in Media.

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Destination Robinson

Destination Robinson

College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, staff, and students have an opportunity to take part in the planning for a new Robinson Hall. Find out how.

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Spend a Day with George Mason

Spend a Day with George Mason

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes all Mason alumni to join us as we clean up the George Mason Memorial in Washington, DC, and as we gather for lunch and insights from university archivist Robert Vay.

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The New Realities in the Middle East with David Imad Ramadan

The New Realities in the Middle East with David Imad Ramadan

The complexities of the region make the course a perfect fit for the Global Affairs program’s interdisciplinary approach. The goal of the course is to provide students with rich knowledge of the Middle East that is not just history and not just politics, that allows students to really work through the context and complexities of current events.

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Debating Modern Revolution; Jack Censer Launches Latest Book

Debating Modern Revolution; Jack Censer Launches Latest Book

The book is a consideration of "modern" revolutions, those that seek to bring about changes to society that implement a new ideal, as opposed to a reversion to any system in place before. “The idea of revolution is only going to run out of steam when people stop believing in positive changes that can be made here on Earth,” Censer explains.

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Keith Honored with Guggenheim Fellowship

Keith Honored with Guggenheim Fellowship

Sally Keith, poet and faculty member in the Departments of English and Creative Writing, has received a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. The author of four collections of poetry, Keith teaches graduate and undergraduate students.

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Joan Mlotkowski is George Mason University's Employee of the Month

Joan Mlotkowski is George Mason University's Employee of the Month

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce that Joan Mlotkowski, our human resources coordinator, has been named George Mason University's Employee of the Month for April, 2016. University president Ángel Cabrera presented the award in a ceremony attended by Joan's colleagues and friends.

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Mason Researchers Helping Military Couples Battle PTSD

Mason Researchers Helping Military Couples Battle PTSD

Led by Keith Renshaw, faculty member in the Department of Psychology, a team of George Mason University researchers is working toward developing new treatments for those with PTSD, aimed at helping to keep military couples’ relationships on solid ground.

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The Best Jobs Now Require You to Be a People Person

The Best Jobs Now Require You to Be a People Person

An article on the FiveThirtyEight site reports on research that shows that because technology is leading to the automation of purely technical jobs, "people skills" — communicating clearly, being a team player, appreciating social perceptiveness — are growing in demand.

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Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

History, business, psychology, sociology, and conflict analysis all contribute to an understanding of cultural shifts: their meaning and significance, how they happen, and how people can affect change in their own lives.

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Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

Understanding Change from Many Perspectives

History, business, psychology, sociology, and conflict analysis all contribute to an understanding of cultural shifts: their meaning and significance, how they happen, and how people can affect change in their own lives.

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Visiting Filmmaker Looks at Harlem through a Different Lens

Visiting Filmmaker Looks at Harlem through a Different Lens

Photographer and filmmaker Khalik Allah brings his award-winning film, Field Niggas, to Mason on April 5. The film visits a street corner in Harlem, presenting the people there with dignity, respect, and unblinking attention to the brutal honesty of their circumstances.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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Mason Students Share Election Opinions with Chronicle In The Media

Mason Students Share Election Opinions with Chronicle

The Chronicle of Higher Education spoke with a number of Mason students, including Kate Barton, a global affairs major, and Diamond Lanehart, a communication major, about their opinions on the Democrat candidates in the presidential race.

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Behavioral Economics, Explained

Behavioral Economics, Explained

On the occasion of the second edition of his Course in Behavioral Economics textbook, Erik Angner, faculty member, Department of Philosophy, and director, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, explains behavioral economics and how the discipline refines standard economic thought.

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Elena's Scholarships Support Students' Well-Being

Elena's Scholarships Support Students' Well-Being

Elena Prien, BIS '82, endowed scholarships with the goal of enhancing students’ well-being. Open to full-time, undergraduate students from all academic majors, the program will award $1,000 each year to six students who are intentionally pursuing their own well-being.

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TeleSur: Burt Explains Appeal of New Guatemalan President In The Media

TeleSur: Burt Explains Appeal of New Guatemalan President

In late January, Guatemala inaugurated President Jimmy Morales, who successfully ran as an anti-corruption political outsider. On the TeleSur website, Jo-Marie Burt, director of Mason's Latin American studies program, commented on the import of the election.

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An Unprecedented Art History Exhibition

An Unprecedented Art History Exhibition

Professors Carol Mattusch, Chris Gregg, and Richard Mason have offered instrumental contributions to a cutting-edge traveling exhibition, Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World, currently on display at the National Gallery of Art.

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Compassion for the Caregivers

Compassion for the Caregivers

For her capstone project, recent graduate Sami Engle BIS '15, studied the topic of compassion fatigue in veterinary and human health care. She's taken her research and designed an AAVSB approved continuing education workshop for practicing veterinarians!

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Mason Korea Student Featured in Korea Times

Mason Korea Student Featured in Korea Times

Mason Korea student Anastasia Gogiashvili, a freshman global affairs major, authors a piece in the Korea Times describing how her experience at Mason's Korea campus is a natural step in her journey to a diplomatic career.

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Sara Duval to Receive College's Mary Roper Award

Sara Duval to Receive College's Mary Roper Award

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents the Mary Roper Award annually to a classified staff member, nominated by his or her co-workers, who embodies the goals of the college. This year's awardee is Sara Duval, of the Department of History and Art History.

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Renowned Photojournalist Brings Her Talents to NCC This Spring

Renowned Photojournalist Brings Her Talents to NCC This Spring

Kasmauski’s career with National Geographic Magazine and her independent projects have repeatedly brought her face to face with the human side of global health crises and inequalities. Through these experiences, Kasmauski has developed a keen interest in how society views and forms opinions about science and medicine, which often drives collective health outcomes for better or for worse. It’s this connection that has her most excited about teaching “Science in the News” this coming semester.

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The South Does Rise Again

The South Does Rise Again

In a release well-timed for Halloween, Eric Gary Anderson, faculty member, Department of English, has published a new book, Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture (LSU Press, 2015). The book explores “undeadness” from the perspectives of the many sides of southern culture.

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Smithsonian Fellowship and Internship Workshop Sponsored by OSCAR

Smithsonian Fellowship and Internship Workshop Sponsored by OSCAR

Learn about opportunities to intern with the Smithsonian Institution. Mason's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is hosting a workshop to learn about how to take advantage of the opportunities that the Smithsonian offers. To participate, you must register by November 9.

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Photographic Evidence, Now More Evident

Photographic Evidence, Now More Evident

Humanities researchers take thousands of digital images in the course of their work, and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is developing software that will help organize, catalogue, and share them. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has just awarded a significant grant to George Mason University to support the center's project.

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MIT Technology Review: Cowen Discusses Implications of Workplace Monitoring In The Media

MIT Technology Review: Cowen Discusses Implications of Workplace Monitoring

In MIT Technology Review, Tyler Cowen, faculty member in the Department of Economics and general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, describes how advancements in technology to monitor worker productivity can lead to wage inequality and higher productivity, but also lower employee morale and generally threaten employee privacy.

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Olson Named 2015-16 Fenwick Fellow

Olson Named 2015-16 Fenwick Fellow

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced the 2015-2016 Fenwick Fellow is Dr. Kristina M. Olson, Assistant Professor of Italian and the Coordinator of the Italian Program in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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Fritjof Capra to Present the 2015 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture

Fritjof Capra to Present the 2015 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture

Physicist, author, educator, and activist Fritjof Capra will present the 2015 Vernon and Marguerite Gras Lecture on September 23, 2015. Dr. Capra is the founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and has spent his career exploring the power of science to explain the systems of the universe.

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Why I Chose to Study English

Why I Chose to Study English

In a blog post on Payscale.com, a student with a STEM-heavy background reveals why she chose to major in English in college. Spoiler alert: it had to do with her job prospects.

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Report: Good Jobs Are Back

Report: Good Jobs Are Back

A new report by the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce shows that the economy in recent years has improved most in "good jobs" (minimum $53,000 / year annual salary, and often including benefits). The largest growth area among these good jobs? Jobs in the category managerial and professional office--the kind of jobs in which liberal arts graduates frequently find employment--more than double the next highest category, STEM (see page 14 of the report).

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Grad Student Welcome Days

Grad Student Welcome Days

New and continuing graduate and professional students are encouraged to CONNECT and ENGAGE in a variety of programs during the first six weeks of the fall semester.

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Mason's "First Couple" Weathers Life's Adventures with Grace

Mason's "First Couple" Weathers Life's Adventures with Grace

Each alumnus of George Mason University takes from the university a collection of experiences and memories that shapes who they will be in the future. Two alumni in particular walked forth from the very early days of George Mason with a foundation that has allowed them to continue to flourish.

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Forbes: Liberal Arts Degrees are Hot Tickets in Silicon Valley

Forbes: Liberal Arts Degrees are Hot Tickets in Silicon Valley

A "divide" between STEM and the liberal arts? An article on the Forbes website describes how the tech industry is seeking liberal arts graduates to connect with customers and drive creativity. The human touch in a humanities and social science education bridges the gap between the engineers coding new products and the people who will use them.

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College Mourns the Loss of Alan Cheuse

College Mourns the Loss of Alan Cheuse

The college is saddened to share news of the passing of George Mason University Professor Alan Cheuse, who died on Friday, July 31, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident two weeks ago. Professor Cheuse was a writer, teacher, longtime literary commentator, and a friend and colleague. His creativity and insight will be missed by all of those who were fortunate to have known him.

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The College's Offices Will Move on July 31

The College's Offices Will Move on July 31

The administrative offices for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are moving to a new location: Mason Hall, on George Mason University's Fairfax Campus. Offices of the deans and the college staff will be closed on Friday, July 31, and will reopen on Monday, August 3.

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Submissions Sought for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review

Submissions Sought for the Alan Cheuse Literary Review

Mason alumni Nicole Idar and Elizabeth Gutting have established the Alan Cheuse Literary Review, and ask the Mason community of writers, faculty and students alike, to submit written work to share their thoughts with Professor Cheuse as he recovers from a serious automobile accident.

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Wine, Wilson, and Song Alumni News

Wine, Wilson, and Song

George H. Wilson, BA English ’69, was on Mason’s first basketball, rugby, and baseball teams. Patriot fans can see him walk across the basketball court during Homecoming games.

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Lichter: Washington Times Editorial on Anti-bacterial Soap Regulations In The Media

Lichter: Washington Times Editorial on Anti-bacterial Soap Regulations

In an editorial in the Washington Times, Robert Lichter, faculty member, Department of Communication and director of Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, expresses concern that proposed US Food and Drug Administration rules regulating antibacterial hand soaps are not supported by a balanced analysis of evidence.

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Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections In The Media

Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections

In a piece in the Los Angeles Times regarding the “new generation” of late-night television hosts, Robert Lichter, faculty member, Department of Communication and director of Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, discusses the importance of late-night television to political campaigns.

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Taxman Part of Panel to Review Virginia Parole System

Taxman Part of Panel to Review Virginia Parole System

University Professor Faye Taxman, faculty member in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and director of Mason's Center for the Advancement of Correctional Excellence, is part of the 27-member Parole Review Commission formed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. The panel is charged with reviewing the system and making recommendations to the governor in December 2015.

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Winsler's Study on Sleep Noted in Scientific American

Winsler's Study on Sleep Noted in Scientific American

Scientific American has highlighted the research of Adam Winsler, faculty member, Department of Psychology, linking teens' inadequate sleep with risk for mental health concerns. The study is based upon surveys of suburban high school students in Virginia.

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INTO Mason Connects Student to Admired Economics Professor

INTO Mason Connects Student to Admired Economics Professor

Brasilia, Brazil, native Hanna Hajjar completed his first year at George Mason in spring 2015 as part of the INTO Mason program for international students. The program has allowed him to not only dive into the study of his passion - economics, but to learn from one of his academic heroes.

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Liberal Arts in the Long Run

Liberal Arts in the Long Run

A career is a marathon, not a sprint. Peter Cappelli, the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton's Center for Human Resources, argues that pursuing a broad, liberal arts education provides a better career strategy than a major geared to one occupation.

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Maibach Discusses Climate Change at White House Event

Maibach Discusses Climate Change at White House Event

George Mason University professor Edward Maibach, faculty member in the Department of Communication and director, Center for Climate Change Communication, participated in the White House Public Health and Climate Change Summit as part of the panel on “Actionable Information for Prevention: From Science to Social Media.”

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Dalal Weighs Decision-making Apps In The Media

Dalal Weighs Decision-making Apps

In a television news feature, psychology department chair and professor Reeshad Dalal discusses the usefulness (or lack thereof) of apps that help people make small and large decisions.

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COMM Students Seize Presidential Opportunity

COMM Students Seize Presidential Opportunity

Students in Professor Beth Jannery's summer term section of COMM 303: Writing Across the Media have the chance to cover history in the making, thanks to Mason's Issues Forum 2016, which aims to bring 2016 presidential candidates to Mason's Arlington Campus.

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Institute for Immigration Research and Office on African Affairs to Research District's African Immigrant Population

Institute for Immigration Research and Office on African Affairs to Research District's African Immigrant Population

The District of Columbia Mayor’s Office on African Affairs and Mason's Institute for Immigration Research will collaborate on a survey research project focused on the African immigrant population in D.C. This agreement, issued on Africa Day 2015, marks a significant step forward in documenting demographic details such as age, employment, education, and linguistic and cultural diversity among African-born District residents.

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Lowry Lands Top Prize by Encouraging Student Involvement

Lowry Lands Top Prize by Encouraging Student Involvement

Justin Lowry, faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, has been awarded the Center for Public Anthropology's Franz Boas Global Citizenship Award for effectively encouraging his students to address real-world anthropological issues in the center's Community Action Project and elsewhere.

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Maibach on Audubon Site: Myths About Scientists and Climate Change In The Media

Maibach on Audubon Site: Myths About Scientists and Climate Change

Ed Maibach, director, Center for Climate Change Communication and faculty member, Department of Communication, discusses climate change with New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert. He stresses that scientists must communicate to dispel the myth of expert disagreement on climate change.

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O'Malley in Newsweek: Proposed Currency Face-Lift In The Media

O'Malley in Newsweek: Proposed Currency Face-Lift

In a story on Newsweek's site, Michael O'Malley, faculty member in the Department of History and Art History and associate director, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, discusses the relationship between "currency face-lifts" and public confidence, in reference to proposed Harriet Tubman twenty dollar bills.

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Raquel Friedmann, Senior of the Year

Raquel Friedmann, Senior of the Year

Raquel Friedmann, 2015 Senior of the Year, credits her parents with teaching her that every action has an impact. Part of that credo included being good environmental stewards in their home in southern California. Composting, recycling, and gardening were part of the family’s routine.

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