CHSS Digest

November 15, 2022

CHSS Digest November 15, 2022

 

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Announcements & Resources
Mental health resources available for all Mason students

Mental health resources available for all Mason students

Mason has partnered with TimelyMD, a mental health service provider that is now accessible for any Mason student at no cost to the student. TimelyCare offers 24/7 on-demand emotional support, scheduled counseling and psychiatric support, health coaching, and self-care.

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Mason brings together interdisciplinary panels to work through American polarization

Mason brings together interdisciplinary panels to work through American polarization

On November 18, two panels of scholars whose work centers on religion, race, history, and media, will discuss some of the historical causes of polarization in American society. Members of the Mason community are welcome.

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Patriot Pantry winter holiday support

Patriot Pantry winter holiday support

Through December 2, you can help Mason's Patriot Pantry provide food supplies to students while Mason is closed for winter break.

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IT security awareness training: do it now

IT security awareness training: do it now

If you have not completed the IT security awareness training, you must do so by tomorrow, Wednesday, November 16, or your MESA account will be disabled (image by Pixabay).

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CHSS staff and faculty celebrate milestone anniversaries

CHSS staff and faculty celebrate milestone anniversaries

Please join us in honoring our CHSS colleagues for their years of service to George Mason University. University Green and Gold Day events were held on November 8 and November 9, respectively.

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Announcing Community and Catalysts 2022 award recipients

Announcing Community and Catalysts 2022 award recipients

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University is proud to announce the 2022 recipients of our distinguished alumni, service, faculty, and student awards.

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For the love of CHSS

For the love of CHSS

CHSS alumni: did you meet your spouse or partner at Mason? Faculty members: do you have students who found love in your classes or laboratories? We want to know!

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Department and program milestones

Department and program milestones

Does your unit have an anniversary or milestone this year? Please contact Nikki Jerome Ouellette and Anne Reynolds so we can help spread your news (image by PhotoMIX Company from Pexels).

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Outstanding December graduates

Outstanding December graduates

Do you know of any December graduates who are superstars? Mason's Office of University Branding might like to spotlight them -- please send your information to Anne Reynolds.

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Professional headshots for CHSS staff and faculty

Professional headshots for CHSS staff and faculty

A few slots remain for our next headshot event, Wednesday, November 16. Click through for available times, signup link, and tips for a great professional image (photo by Wyron A. on Unsplash).

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Shout-Outs, November 15

Shout-Outs, November 15

A shout-out to an alumni author who is also an "alumna" of the dean's office. Have news to share? Send it our way so we can spread the word! (Photo by Santiago Lacara on Unsplash.)

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Instructional Guidelines & Support
Submit Summer Team Impact Project proposals by November 18

Submit Summer Team Impact Project proposals by November 18

The Office of the Provost is accepting proposals for Summer Team Impact Projects for summer 2023. These multidisciplinary summer projects of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members will be funded by the Office of Undergraduate Education, OSCAR, and CECiL (image by wxshutterbug on Unsplash).

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HR News
Commonwealth of Virginia 2022 bonus

Commonwealth of Virginia 2022 bonus

Full-time Mason faculty and classified staff who were hired into salaried positions at on or before August 10, 2022, and who remain active employees on November 10, 2022, will receive a $1,000 bonus. Part-time salaried faculty and staff who meet the same criteria will receive a prorated amount based on FTE as of November 10, 2022.

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2022 performance evaluation deadline is approaching

2022 performance evaluation deadline is approaching

Friday, November 18, is the date by which all reviews of classified staff must be completed (photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash).

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Mason extends MVP to eligible faculty and staff dependents

Mason extends MVP to eligible faculty and staff dependents

The Mason Virginia Promise (MVP) is now available to qualifying university employees in the form of Mason's first-ever MVP Employee Dependent Tuition Benefit. The program begins in the spring 20203 semester; the deadline to apply is November 28.

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Optional group life insurance special enrollment period ends November 30

Optional group life insurance special enrollment period ends November 30

Until November 30, Virginia Retirement System members may join the optional group life insurance program or, if already members, may increase their optional life insurance coverage without answering health questions (image by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay).

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Fidelity and TIAA-CREF participants, please update your information

Fidelity and TIAA-CREF participants, please update your information

Are you a participant in Fidelity or TIAA-CREF? Those companies are asking you to please update your information in your online accounts.

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion calendar for November now available

Diversity, equity, and inclusion calendar for November now available

The November 2022 Diversity, equity, and Inclusion calendar is now available on the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management website. The calendar includes information on the holidays recognized during the month; please review it while making plans that include our colleagues.

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CHSS in the Media

In Time, David Weisburd discusses community-building approaches to hotspot policing

Distinguished Professor David Weisburd, executive director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, contributed to a Time article about the efficacy of hotspot policing in deterring gun violence, citing his team's research about the importance of community interaction.

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In the Washington Post, Natasha Tonge comments on the stigma related to mental illness

In an article about a murder investigation in Virginia, Natasha Tonge, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, comments on the persistent stigma associated with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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In the DC Line, Shannon Fyfe coauthors opinion article urging the Bowser administration to establish local control over parole decisions in Washington D.C.

In a co-authored opinion piece in the DC Line, assistant philosophy professor Shannon Fyfe describes the impact of the U.S. Parole Commission, staffed by commissioners from Maryland and Kentucky, which is responsible for making parole decisions that affect Washington, DC residents.

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On NPR, Mike O’Malley discusses industries supporting the establishment of daylight saving time.

In an NPR article about the November transition from daylight saving time, history professor Mike O’Malley noted that the gardening industry, and professional baseball and tennis leagues, supported the original establishment of the time change.

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In the Los Angeles Times, Ed Maibach compares Republican and Democrat treatment of climate issues in mid-term elections

In an article about climate concerns in electoral politics, University Professor Edward Maibach, Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, noted that during recent mid-term elections, Republican candidates did not run on climate issues, suggesting broader support for reversing climate change.

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In Bloomberg and the Washington Post, economics professor Tyler Cowen discusses the theory of Keynesian economics and its applicability to today’s economic conditions

Economics professor Tyler Cowen considers several world economies and whether the traditional economic theory of John Maynard Keynes, that governments should boost spending during recessions to spur economic growth, applies to the choices available to them.

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Yahoo News discusses the Great Filter theory, first described by Robin Hanson

A Yahoo News article about the possibility of extraterrestrial life discusses the “Great Filter” theory, originally described by Robin Hanson, associate professor in the Department of Economics. The theory suggests that alien civilizations may have developed technology that destroyed them before they were able to make contact with humans.

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Events & Deadlines

CHR Fellow Talk: Assistant Professor Hatim El-Hibri (Film and Media; English), “What is the Arab street?”

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Intersectionality 101 Training Module (Virtual)

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The Women and Gender Studies Center invites students, faculty, and staff interested in applying intersectional theory to their work to join us in our intersectionality module! Throughout this course, you and other colleagues will learn about what intersectionality is, and how it can be applied in various areas of social justice work. This course is designed as a basic introductory module for all levels of familiarity. After finishing the course, you'll be able to: -Understand that intersectionality encompasses individual identities as well as systemic issues and how they affect the experiences of people in higher education. -Explain what intersectionality is and why it’s important for us as members of a university community. -Apply the concept of intersectionality into the work we are already doing in our own lives. -Reflect on how intersectionality can be used to assess peoples’ own privileges and marginalized identities.

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"The Mevleviye as a Generative Force in the Art Music of Muslim Anatolia and the Ottoman Empire"

ACGIS Guest Lecture with Walter Feldman

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Consuming Landscapes: What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters

In conjunction with The German Program (Dept of Modern and Classical Languages) and the Center for Humanities Research

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Historical Perceptions and Willingness to Fight or to support a Peace Agreement in the Russo-Ukrainian War

George Mason Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution Karina Korostelina

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Thanksgiving Recess

University Closed

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George Mason University is closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

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How History Writes the Present: A Conversation

Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian and Staff Writer for The Atlantic Anne Applebaum

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