CHSS Digest

November 16, 2021

CHSS Digest November 16, 2021
Announcements & Resources
University prepares for in-person 2021 Winter Graduation activities

University prepares for in-person 2021 Winter Graduation activities

CHSS fall 2021 graduates will have two options for in-person Winter Graduation celebrations: attend a Patriot Procession event on December 14-15, or a formal Graduation Ceremony on December 16.

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Reminder: Mary Roper Award ceremony December 8

Reminder: Mary Roper Award ceremony December 8

This year's Mary Roper Award ceremony will take place virtually on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, with a reception following in the Horizon Hall kitchen. More information to come!

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Be a part of the CHSS Planning Committee for Mason’s 50th Anniversary

Be a part of the CHSS Planning Committee for Mason’s 50th Anniversary

In April, Mason celebrates the 50th anniversary of the date that it became an independent institution. CHSS faculty and staff are invited to nominate themselves to help plan the college's part in this celebration.

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CHSSWeb leads Mason on site accessibility

CHSSWeb leads Mason on site accessibility

We work hard to keep our sites accessible. Mason's accessibility tool, Dubbot, ranks CHSSWeb sites 20% better than all Mason sites taken together and 15% better than the next comparably-sized group of college web sites.

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Winter Faculty Writing Retreat welcomes faculty and staff working on research and creative projects

Winter Faculty Writing Retreat welcomes faculty and staff working on research and creative projects

On January 12-14, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, Writing Across the Curriculum, and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development are offering a writing retreat open to faculty and staff working on research and creative projects. Register by December 10 (Photo by Nick Morrison on Unsplash).

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Apply for 2022 Summer Team Impact projects by December 3

The Office of Undergraduate Education, OSCAR, and the Office of Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECiL) will fund multidisciplinary summer projects of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members.

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Center for Humanities Research announces 2022-23 theme, seeks applications for residential fellows

Center for Humanities Research announces 2022-23 theme, seeks applications for residential fellows

The Center for Humanities Research has announced its 2022-23 theme, Connecting/Not Connecting: Formations of Community, Solidarity, Alienation, Antipathy, and seeks applications for faculty and advanced doctoral students to join CHR as residential fellows.

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Community and Catalysts: Achievements, Awards, and Innovations

Community and Catalysts: Achievements, Awards, and Innovations

Don't miss the CHSS Community and Catalysts event on Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, and students will be recognized for their leadership, research, service, and contributions.

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Instructional Guidelines & Support
New tool promotes a more equitable system of higher education

New tool promotes a more equitable system of higher education

The Institute for Higher Education Policy has announced a data tool, the Equitable Value Explorer, to help institutional leaders, researchers, and policymakers explore the economic value that colleges and universities deliver to students.

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Research News
Allison Redlich sees the recognition of her efforts rolling in

Allison Redlich sees the recognition of her efforts rolling in

Criminology professor Allison Redlich has been honored twice in recent weeks for her efforts in the field of psychology and law, elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and honored with the 2021 American Society of Criminology Mentor Award.

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FY 2022 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education has announced the opening of the competition for the FY 2022 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program. The GPA Program provides grants to institutions and private, nonprofit education entities that organize programs for K–12 teachers, college students, and faculty to engage in short-term or long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 11, 2022.

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Rashmi Sadana interviewed about the academic publishing process and how to get writing done

Rashmi Sadana interviewed about the academic publishing process and how to get writing done

Associate anthropology professor Rashmi Sadana is a Weatherhead fellow at the School for Advanced Research, which presents this Q&A that explores Sadana's research and writing process.

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Featured funding opportunities for November 16, 2021

Each edition of the CHSS Digest features upcoming funding opportunities. In this issue: National Endowment for the Humanities Public Humanities Projects and National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections; also see Digest article about FY 2022 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program

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Introduction to Mason's Research Institutes

CHSS Research

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The executive directors for the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA), Institute for Biohealth Innovation (IBI), and Institute for Sustainable Earth (ISE) will tell participants about their institutes and opportunities for those in the humanities and social sciences to get involved. This event will also include a time for networking with the directors and other participants.

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Special CHSS Research Virtual Coffee: The Narrative of Productive Failure

CHSS Research

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All academics have received discouraging news. Even when it is constructive criticism, it is not easy to hear or read. For this virtual coffee, participants will hear a panel of CHSS faculty talk about the actions they have taken after having an application or manuscript declined or getting a less than optimal review.

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CHSS in the Media

Shannon Fyfe co-authors opinion piece about the transfer of 400 DC Jail residents

Assistant philosophy professor Shannon Fyfe co-authors a Washington Post opinion piece with Anthony Petty, outlining the reasons why transferring 400 DC Jail residents to the federal Lewisberg, PA, facility is no solution.

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In the Washington Post, Tyler Cowen considers roots of current economic pessimism

In a Washington Post (and Bloomberg) opinion post, Tyler Cowen, economics professor and general director, Center for Study of Public Choice, shares gloomy prospects for the economy in the near-term.

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Zachary Schrag debunks Georgetown transit lore

In the Washingtonian, history professor Zachary Schrag, is noted for his 2006 history on the Washington, D.C., Metro system, which counters common assumptions behind the lack of a Georgetown station.

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In Washington Post, Tyler Cowen discusses the coming 'teleshock'

In a Washington Post (and Bloomberg) opinion post about the changes wrought by the rise in telecommuting, Tyler Cowen, economics professor and general director, Center for Study of Public Choice, considers likely outcomes for workers and employers.

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On NPR, Mike O'Malley discusses origin of daylight saving time

In an NPR piece on the bi-annual changing of clocks for the beginning and end of daylight saving time, history professor Mike O'Malley notes the business forces behind the tradition's origins.

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HR News
CHSS faculty and staff recognized at University Day Service Awards

CHSS faculty and staff recognized at University Day Service Awards

Sixty-five staff and faculty of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were among the Mason employees recognized at the 2021 University Days of Services.

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Events & Deadlines

Webinar: Celebrating immigrant entrepreneurs and how communities can support them

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Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute to the United States, hire American workers, and play critical roles in the economy. This webinar features immigrant entrepreneurs who took different paths to come to the United States and establish successful businesses, and highlights community efforts to identify obstacles to entrepreneurship and support immigrants and refugees who want to start their own businesses.

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Community and Catalysts: Achievements, Awards, and Innovations Presented by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Join us for a celebration of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our event will feature updates from Dean Ann Ardis, a glimpse into Horizon Hall (the newest building on the Fairfax Campus), the transformation of Wilkins Plaza, which includes the Enslaved People of George Mason Memorial, and highlights from our distinguished alumni, faculty, and staff.

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African and African American Studies salutes its faculty authors: Keith Clark

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At this inaugural event, the African and African American Studies program invites you to celebrate the work of Keith Clark, professor of English and African and African American Studies.

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Fall 2021 NSF Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee Meeting

National Science Foundation

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On December 2 and 3, 2021, noon to 5:00PM each day, the Advisory Committee for NSF's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate meets twice yearly to provide advice, recommendations and oversight to the directorate concerning support for research, education and human resources. The meeting is open and members of the public are welcome to attend as observers. Advance registration is required.

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Stretching Disciplinary Boundaries: Discussing Possibilities at the Intersection of the Humanities and Social Sciences

A Panel Co-hosted by Mason's Center for Humanities Research and Center for Social Science Research

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ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grant Program

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

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The ACLS Sustaining Public Engagement Grants will support programs based at accredited American colleges and universities devoted to the co-creation of knowledge with diverse communities outside academia that have experienced staffing reductions related to pandemic conditions, programming setbacks, and/or loss of institutional capacity for publicly engaged work. Applications due by 9 pm EST on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

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