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Econ's Leeson studies pirates

Econ's Leeson studies pirates

In his book, “The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates” (Princeton University Press, May 2009), Mason economist Peter T. Leeson, MA, PhD Economics ’05, looks at legendary pirate captains such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack Rackam. He found that pirates’ search for plunder led them to pioneer forward-thinking practices, such as workers’ compensation and branding.

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Roman-Mendoza Receives Award

Roman-Mendoza Receives Award

Esperanza Roman-Mendoza, associate professor of Spanish, was awarded the 2009 Teaching with Technology Award. She was one of six Teaching Excellence Award winners that were selected by the university through a competitive process in which they documented their educational excellence. Award winners received a $2,000 stipend and $1,000 to support their teaching and learning activities.

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Kennedy-Orr Used BIS Program to Weave Military Experience into College Credit

Kennedy-Orr Used BIS Program to Weave Military Experience into College Credit

Susan Kennedy-Orr, a military police officer who became a bodyguard for Department of Defense officials, was able to apply her military experience as she pursued a bachelor's degree of individualized studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. The college recently caught up with Kennedy-Orr. Here’s what she had to say:

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Religious Studies Welcomes Islamic Studies Professor

Religious Studies Welcomes Islamic Studies Professor

This fall, the Religious Studies Department welcomes Dr. Juliane Hammer to its distinguished list of professors. Dr. Hammer, who received her PhD in Islamic studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, has a wealth of experience in teaching Islamic studies having taught at Princeton, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Elon University.

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Putting a Spin on Basketball in India

Putting a Spin on Basketball in India

Senior Robin Brahmbhatt, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Individualized Study degree with a sport management concentration, has been studying the prospects of basketball in India, a country dominated by cricket.

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Dean's Note - September 2009

Dean's Note - September 2009

The summer months have passed quickly, and I am looking forward to another school year beginning. One of my top priorities this fall is to communicate more often with you and your fellow alumni. Today, I'd like to tell you about a few of the terrific events coming up that I hope you will be able to attend.

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VIDEO: Colleges Announce Winners of Award for Scholarship

VIDEO: Colleges Announce Winners of Award for Scholarship

Economics professor Tyler Cowen is the 2009 recipient of the Award for Scholarship. He will be recognized at the Celebration of Scholarship on October 2 along with Professor Jagadish Shukla, the recipient of the College of Science Award for Scholarship. This year's recipients are featured in a slide-show.

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