CHSS Digest

October 4, 2022

CHSS Digest October 4, 2022

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Announcements & Resources
ARIE Conference: Vision and Action for a New Era

ARIE Conference: Vision and Action for a New Era

Registration is now open for Mason's inaugural Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Conference, to be held on Monday, October 24, at Mason Square, Arlington. Free for Mason faculty, staff, and students; deadline to submit posters is October 7.

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Fall for the Book festival celebrates the world of reading October 6 - 11

Fall for the Book festival celebrates the world of reading October 6 - 11

Fall for the Book, Northern Virginia's oldest and largest festival of literature and the arts, launches its 24th annual event on October 6. Featuring in-person and virtual events, the festival welcomes more than 90 authors, poets, essayists, memoirists, and editors, and many enthusiastic readers.

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Mason Vision Series to feature Garrett Jones: A Forecast of the National and Global Economy

Mason Vision Series to feature Garrett Jones: A Forecast of the National and Global Economy

Garrett Jones, associate professor of economics and the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, will be featured on the October 17 edition of the Provost's Vision Series, discussing the factors that will play into the national and global economy.

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Two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion townhalls scheduled

Two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion townhalls scheduled

Mark your calendars for two townhalls to continue collaborating with the college's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. The events, to be held November 1, 2022, and March 30, 2023, will be virtual and will require an rsvp (photo by Pixabay).

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Horizon Hall emergency preparedness workshop

Horizon Hall emergency preparedness workshop

Is your office in Horizon Hall? If so, please join us for an emergency preparedness workshop on October 18 with Beth Brown, emergency planner in Mason’s Environmental Health & Safety office. Learn more and register.

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Shout-Outs, October 4

Shout-Outs, October 4

On the first Tuesday of each month, the CHSS Digest will include Shout-Outs to faculty and staff. Have news to share? Send it our way so we can spread the word! (Photo by Santiago Lacara on Unsplash.)

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Research News
Registration opens October 13 at noon - Sessions fill up quickly!

Registration opens October 13 at noon - Sessions fill up quickly!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) virtual conference is a great opportunity to learn about agency programs, proposal preparation, the merit review process, NSF directorates, and much more. Registrations fill up quickly so be ready to register on October 13!

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NIH program will expand the use of artificial intelligence in biomedical and behavioral research

NIH program will expand the use of artificial intelligence in biomedical and behavioral research

The National Institutes of Health will invest $130 million over four years, pending the availability of funds, to accelerate the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) by the biomedical and behavioral research communities.

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CHSS holds memberships in many notable humanities societies and organizations

CHSS holds memberships in many notable humanities societies and organizations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences values our memberships in notable humanities societies and organizations, affirming our deep respect and understanding of the importance of the humanities.

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HR News
Nomination period for CHSS Staff and Administrative Faculty Advisory Council extended to October 7

Nomination period for CHSS Staff and Administrative Faculty Advisory Council extended to October 7

Staff and administrative faculty members, please consider nominating yourselves for the newly-formed CHSS Staff and Administrative Faculty Advisory Council. The period for nomination has been extended to COB October 7 (photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash).

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Updates are coming to Patriot Web's Employee Services tab

Updates are coming to Patriot Web's Employee Services tab

On October 10, 2022, Patriot Web's Employee Services Tab will be changing. Mason's Office of HR & Payroll advises that you familiarize yourself with the new dashboard now. (Photo by Christina Morillo on Pexels)

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Performance evaluation updates

Performance evaluation updates

The university's performance evaluation process is changing. Read on for a summary of the changes (photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash).

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Performance evaluation resources

Performance evaluation resources

The Office of HR & Payroll is offering a host of opportunities to guide you through the changing performance evaluation process. Register for trainings via MasonLEAPS (photo by Arek Socha on Pixabay).

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Mason Chooses Kindness

Mason Chooses Kindness

Mason Chooses Kindness is seeking its second cohort of Kindness Ambassadors to sustain a kindness revolution at Mason. Nominate a student, faculty or staff member, or alumnus by October 12, 2022.

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CHSS in the Media

Justin Ramsdell contributes to Denver Post article on a violent police encounter

Justin Ramsdell, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, contributed to a Denver Post article about law enforcement failure to de-escalate an interaction with a man experiencing a mental health crisis, which resulted in the man's death.

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Northern Virginia Magazine talks with Kara Oakleaf and Suzy Rigdon about the Fall for the Book podcast

With the Fall for the Book festival opening in October, Northern Virginia Magazine interviews Suzy Rigdon, festival manager, and Kara Oakleaf, director of the festival, about the Fall for the Book podcast, which introduces authors and their work throughout the year.

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Fairfax Patch highlights upcoming Food For Thought fundraiser for Mason's Center for Psychological Services

The Fairfax Patch highlights the work of the Center for Psychological Services and interviews center director Robin Mehlenbeck in an article about the October 3 Food For Thought fundraiser.

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Events & Deadlines

“Alienation and Belonging” Roundtable: A Discussion about the CHR’s Community Engaged History Project

Clock Icon for Thursday, October  6, 2022  7:20 PM to  8:45 PM EDTThursday, October 6, 2022 7:20 PM to 8:45 PM EDT

Map Icon for Hybrid Event: Merten 1204 or via Zoom (registration required; link below)Hybrid Event: Merten 1204 or via Zoom (registration required; link below)

Associate Professor Gabrielle Tayac will moderate this roundtable discussion among the researchers engaged in the CHR's public humanities project, Shifting Cultural Landscapes in Northern Virginia.

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Dedication and Tour of a Preserved and Interpreted Civil War Redoubt

Clock Icon for Friday, October  7, 2022 10:00 AM EDTFriday, October 7, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

Map Icon for Fairfax Campus, Parking Lot KFairfax Campus, Parking Lot K

Visit a site of Civil War history preserved on Mason's Fairfax Campus. At the western tree line of Parking Lot K, near the intersection of Braddock and Ox Roads, lies an earthen fortification built in 1861 and used by United States and Confederate States troops throughout the Civil War.

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The Meaning of the Maidan: Looking back at the Revolution of Dignity, Eight Years Later

Yale University Historian Marci Shore

Clock Icon for Monday, October 10, 2022  3:30 PM to  4:45 PM EDTMonday, October 10, 2022 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM EDT

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CHR Fellow Talk: Associate Professor Char Miller (Schar School), “‘Box the Compass’: Life and Identity In Paul and Michel Serres”

Clock Icon for Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:00 PM to  1:00 PM EDTWednesday, October 12, 2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Hybrid Event: Horizon Hall 6325 or via ZoomHybrid Event: Horizon Hall 6325 or via Zoom

Visiting Filmmakers Series: Ashley O'Shay, Unapologetic

Clock Icon for Thursday, October 13, 2022  6:00 PM to  8:30 PM EDTThursday, October 13, 2022 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

Map Icon for Johnson Center, CinemaJohnson Center, Cinema

Unapologetic illuminates the love underpinning the anger and frustration that comes with being Black, queer women in the US, and elevates those who are most often leading the way while being denied the spotlight.

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5th Annual New American Voices Award Ceremony

Clock Icon for Thursday, October 13, 2022  7:30 PM EDTThursday, October 13, 2022 7:30 PM EDT

Map Icon for Center for the Arts, Grand Tier IIICenter for the Arts, Grand Tier III

Enjoy the three finalists - and celebrate the winner - of the Fifth Annual New American Voices Award for immigrant writers: Sindya Bhanoo, author of Seeking Fortune Elsewhere, Daphne Palasi Andreades, author of Brown Girls, and Aamina Ahmad, author of The Return of Faraz Ali. They will be joined by this year’s judges: Christopher Castellani, Patricia Engel, and Huan Hsu. Sponsored by the Institute for Immigration Research. Free tickets to this event will be released on Eventbrite a week prior to this event.

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Public Humanities Showcase with Lloyd Wolf, Sushmita Mazumdar, Lara Ajami, and Dewey Tron

A Panel moderated by Catherine Olien

Clock Icon for Friday, October 14, 2022  2:00 PM to  4:30 PM EDTFriday, October 14, 2022 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT

Map Icon for Hybrid Event: Horizon Hall 6325 on MasonHybrid Event: Horizon Hall 6325 on Mason's Fairfax Campus or via Zoom (registration required; link below)

Please join the Center for Humanities Research in its first public humanities showcase, intended to highlight the possibilities of this methodology to form a bridge between the academy and the community.

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Military History and Russia's War on Ukraine

George Mason University Historian Christopher Hamner

Clock Icon for Monday, October 17, 2022  3:00 PM to  4:15 PM EDTMonday, October 17, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT

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CHSS/CHR/Phi Beta Kappa at Mason Present: Maya Jasanoff in conversation with Rick Smith, “Ancestors: Where do we come from and why do we care?”

in conjunction with the Center for Humanities Research Annual Theme, "Connecting/Not Connecting"

Clock Icon for Friday, October 21, 2022  1:30 PM to  3:00 PM EDTFriday, October 21, 2022 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Hybrid Event (Merten 1201 and via Zoom, RSVP required, link below)Hybrid Event (Merten 1201 and via Zoom, RSVP required, link below)