CHSS Digest

January 10, 2023

CHSS Digest January 10, 2023

(Updated January 10 edition sent to correct typographical errors)

Important Reminders

The New Year brings new changes. The CHSS Digest will shift to a monthly publication. Look for the next edition on February 7.

The first day of classes for the spring 2023 semester is January 23. Patriots, we can't wait to welcome you back!

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Announcements & Resources
Faculty: remind your students about George Mason University Foundation scholarships

Faculty: remind your students about George Mason University Foundation scholarships

Please let your students know that George Mason University Foundation scholarships are available and are open to all continuing undergraduates, admitted transfers, and graduate students.

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Now is a good time to spring clean bios and websites

Now is a good time to spring clean bios and websites

The beginning of the semester is a great time to make sure our bio pages and our websites are accurate and up-to-date. And it's easy! Don't know where to start? Check out this great resource from the CHSSWeb team.

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Access to Excellence podcast delves into CHSS research

Access to Excellence podcast delves into CHSS research

Mason's Access to Excellence podcast, hosted by Mason President Gregory Washington and media relations manager John Hollis, was launched in February 2020, and its episodes have featured a variety of CHSS researchers.

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Check in with your social media

Check in with your social media

With the onset of a new semester and a new calendar year, it's a good opportunity to assess and update your department’s social media platforms. The CHSS marketing and communication team has prepared a clear and handy Social Media Metrics 101 resource guide.

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Instructional Guidelines & Support
Graduate education news: summer research fellowships

Graduate education news: summer research fellowships

The deadline to apply for summer research fellowships is Thursday, February 2, 2023. Learn more about eligibility on Mason's Graduate Division website.

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3MT® preliminary registration due January 27

3MT® preliminary registration due January 27

Doctoral candidates, register now for the Three-Minute Thesis competition: present your research to a non-specialist audience, with a single visual aid, in three minutes. Registration closes January 27.

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Research News
IDIA AI Innovation Symposium

IDIA AI Innovation Symposium

The Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) symposium, to be held on February 3 from 9:30 -2:30 p.m. in Dewberry Hall (Fairfax), will bring together faculty from across the university to catalyze transdisciplinary research teams. The symposium is designed to foster substantial interactions with colleagues in a relaxed and fun format.

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Making sure we get it right!

Making sure we get it right!

CHSS pre-award research administration will feature timely and important updates related to external proposal submission on a regular basis. Read on for information about NSF's use of SciENcv and shutting down FastLane; NIH data management and sharing policy (and where to go for help with writing data management and sharing plans); Mason's RAMP implementation; and CHSS proposal submission policies!

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Third annual Research and Scholarship at Mason (Zoom event)

Third annual Research and Scholarship at Mason (Zoom event)

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact (ORIEI) at Mason is offering two sessions on January 18, 2023 to familiarize researchers with the grant lifecycle process (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) and with grant seeking and grant writing 101 (3:00 - 4:30 p.m.).

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HR News
Call for nominations: Outstanding Achievement Awards

Call for nominations: Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Outstanding Achievement Awards honor Mason’s faculty and staff across sixteen award categories and celebrate their hard work, dedication, and contributions to the university. We hope to see many CHSS awardees this year! Submit your nominations by February 25.

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Free health and wellness webinars

Free health and wellness webinars

Join Kaiser Permanente and CommonHealth for a series of three webinars free to Commonwealth employees: Taking Care of YourSELF, Take Ten to Thrive, and Food and Mood.

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New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop to be held January 14

New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop to be held January 14

The New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop -- to be held virtually -- helps new adjunct faculty members transition into their roles at Mason with professional development support, resources, and friendly faces on campus.

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Faculty Matters workshop series kicks off January 18

Faculty Matters workshop series kicks off January 18

Join Mason's Office of Faculty Affairs and Development and Office of Research Development as they co-sponsor the Faculty Matters workshop series. The first session focuses on grant seeking and grant writing.

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CHSS in the Media

In New York Times, Todd Kashdan helps you identify your triggers

In the New York Times, psychology professor Todd Kashdan offers a quiz to help readers determine what aggravates them most.

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In Bloomberg and the Washington Post, Tyler Cowen cites problems in higher education

In an article in Bloomberg and the Washington Post, economics professor Tyler Cowen identifies some fundamental weaknesses in the United States higher education system.

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In the Indian Express, Rashmi Sadana writes op-ed about the metro's impact on mobility

In an op-ed piece in the Indian Express, Rashmi Sadana, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, writes about the new opportunities made possible by the introduction of the Delhi Metro transportation system.

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In the Associated Press, Marissa Kiss comments on family ties in NFL coaching

In an AP article about the preponderance of family ties in the NFL coaching ranks, Marissa Kiss, graduate research assistant with the Institute for Immigration Research, comments on how the phenomenon further blocks minority advancement in the profession.

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In Insider, Peter Stearns comments on the decline of "Fat Men's Clubs"

In an article about Fat Men's Clubs in the early 20th century, Insider quotes the book, "Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West" (NYU Press 2002), by University Professor and Provost Emeritus Peter Stearns, to note that the use of weight as a status symbol declined in the 1910s.

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In the Washington Post, Huwy-min Lucia Liu comments on Chinese use of crematoriums

In a Washington Post article about evidence of increased activity in Chinese crematorium facilities in the past weeks, Huwy-min Lucia Liu, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, remarks on traditional urban cremation practices.

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Washington Post article on the life lessons of theater cites Thalia Goldstein

The Washington Post reports on a study, co-authored by Thalia Goldstein, associate professor of applied developmental psychology, that looks at the impact of theater classes on children's communication skills.

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In the Washington Post, Tyler Cowen comments on the closure of upscale Noma restaurant

In a Washington Post article on the closure of Noma, a renowned restaurant in Copenhagen, Tyler Cowen, economics professor and noted restaurant enthusiast, comments on the chef's possible motivations for the decision.

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In Reason, Bryan Caplan cited for promoting housing deregulation to create jobs

A Reason article written by Professor Ilya Somin, Scalia Law School, cites economics professor Bryan Caplan -- as well as economics professor Donald Boudreaux -- for his support for significant housing deregulation as a tool to create well-paying, meaningful jobs for working class adults.

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