Tuesday, February 26, 2013

OSCAR Mentor and Student Award Nominations due March 1

Know a faculty member, advanced graduate student, or staff who is excellent at supporting undergraduates in their research or creative projects?  Or the one who is always encouraging students to seek these opportunities and giving them information about OSCAR?  Or who is spearheading the effort in your program to get classes designated as Research and Scholarship Intensive?

What about students who come early and stay late to work on research or creative projects? Help other students find mentors? Have presented their project at a meeting or other showcase?

We want to help you recognize these outstanding students and mentors.  Nominations take only a few minutes, but they are due March 1!

For more information and to submit nominations, see: 

OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award: http://oscar.gmu.edu/fac-staff/oscar-mentor-award.cfm 
OSCAR Student Excellence Award: http://oscar.gmu.edu/students/OSCAR-Student-Excellence-Award.cfm

Thank you for your continuing support of undergraduate student scholarship, creative activities, and research at Mason!

Monday, February 25, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/25

This Week at Mason:

Dr. Michael Furukawa Presents Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

February 25, 2013

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Mason Hall, D3

Members of the Mason community are invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Michael Furukawa titled Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records. Dr. Furukawa is the Director of the Office of Economic Analysis, Evaluation, and Modeling (OEM) within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A light lunch will be provided.
The presentation will discuss progress towards the goals of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 under the Electronic Health Record Incentive (Meaningful Use) Program; It will also examine drivers of Meaningful Use among hospitals and discuss interim lessons learned from the HITECH evaluations. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the policy implications as the HITECH program enters its third year.

Black History in the Making

February 26, 2013

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

This interactive scenario-based program is focused on the various cycles that exist in the black community, such as poverty, interracial relationships, and violence. The purpose is to educate and discuss the situational decision-making processes and potential outcomes. Sponsored by Chase Dreams Not Boys.

Sexversations: Gender Violence in Communities of Color

February 27, 2013

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Johnson Center, George's Restaurant

Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES) staff will facilitate an activity-based interactive program and discussion encouraging real talk about sex, intimacy, relationships, safety, and sexuality to open students’ minds and help them set high standards for their sex lives. Sponsored by Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education and Services.

Cultural Studies Colloquium: America Beyond Capitalism

February 28, 2013

4:30 pm

Mason Hall, Room D005

Discontent with the status quo mounts in the wake of deep recession and sputtering economic performance. Income and wealth disparities have become severe and corrosive of democratic possibilities. Gar Alperovitz’s recent book tracks alternatives to corporate capitalism: worker-ownership, cooperatives, community land trusts, social enterprises, and more. These "bottom-up" efforts, he argues, are emerging precisely because the larger system offers no solution to increasing numbers of Americans. The new approaches democratize wealth and potentially point the way toward an economy that could be vibrant, sustainable, and more just. CO-SPONSORED BY UNIVERSITY LIFE, INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM COLLABORATIVE, AND HISTORY.

Gar Alperovitz has had a distinguished career as a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and government official. He is the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative.

Following the Money to Combat Terrorism & Crime:Case Studies in Mexico & Afghanistan

March 1, 2013

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 118

On Friday, March 1st from 12:00-1:30pm, the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) will be hosting Professor Celina Realuyo, who will give a talk entitled "Following the Money to Combat Terrorism and Crime: Case Studies in Mexico and Afghanistan". The event is free and open to everyone.

Celina Realuyo is Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University.

Monday, February 18, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/18

This Week at Mason:

Vision Series: Steve Fuller 

February 18, 2013

7:15 pm

Arlington Campus

The Shape of the Future Washington Area Economy: Opportunities and Challenges presented by Steve Fuller, University Professor and Schar Faculty Chair; Director, Center for Regional Analysis.

Ni Un Muerto Mas! - No More Killings! 

February 19, 2013

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Johnson Center, Room C

In the 15 months since president Ollanta Humala took office in Peru, some 20 people have been killed by security forces in the context of social protests, mostly over mining concessions. Why? Latin American Studies and the Human Rights & Global Justice Working Group welcome renowned Peruvian poet, literary critic and human rights activist RocĂ­o Silva Santisteban to discuss the factors that have contributed to this tragic situation. Silva Santisteban, who teaches at the Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University, is currently the Executive Secretary of the Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, a coalition of Peru's major human rights organizations.

Fourth Annual Film Series on Global Justice- Screening of "The Fourth World" 

February 19, 2013

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Johnson Center, Meeting Room B (Third Floor)

Synopsis: There's a hidden world out there that is getting ready to explode: The world of slums. A seething mass of humanity--1 billion people--inhabits this hidden world and if the United Nations is right--that number could triple in the years to come.Who are these people and waht are these slums? Are they a danger? A menace? Or are slums a breeding ground for entrepreneurs? The Fourth World Takes you inside slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world.

Brown Bag Seminar: Art Hauptman 

February 20, 2013

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 317

Join the School of Public Policy for a talk on "Demographics, Attainment Rates, and the Future Supply of College Graduates" given by Art Hauptman.

Cultural Studies Colloquium: Benjamin Cowan, Rashmi Sandani, & Craig Willse 

February 21, 2013

4:30 pm

Mason Hall, Room D005

New faculty members from History, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies preview recent research of interest to the Cultural Studies community.
  • Ben Cowan (HIST), "Policing Porn, and the Pill: Complicating Moralism in Military Brazil." 
  • Rashmi Sadana (ANTH), "The Gender Line on the Delhi Metro." 
  • Craig Willse (CULT), "Life, Race, and Housing Insecurity."

Monday, February 11, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/11

This Week at Mason:

Dr. Philip Rubin, OSTP, to speak at the Krasnow Institute 

February 11, 2013

4:00 pm 

Krasnow Building, Room 229

The Krasnow’s seminar series will feature a talk by Dr. Philip Rubin. The talk is entitled “Talking Heads: Speech and Embodied Cognition”.Dr. Rubin will provide a history and overview of some attempts to create human speech by modeling how speech is produced, including the contributions of the speech articulators (tongue, jaw, lips, etc.), facial information, and gesture. One particular tool will be featured: the Haskins articulatory synthesizer, an early system designed to help explore aspects of embodiment: i.e. how our physiology shapes, in part, our cognitive capacities.

2013 W.E.B. DuBois Lecture 

February 12, 2013

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm 

Mason Hall, Edwin Meese Conference Room

African and African American Studies' annual W.E.B. DuBois Lecture will feature speaker will be Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology and Director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum at the University of Pennsylvania. The title of his talk is: "The Problem of the Twenty-First Century? Race and Inequality from DuBois to Obama."


CCT Brown Bag with Dr. Beth Cabrera 

February 13, 2013

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 

Research Hall, Room 163

Join the Center for Consciousness and Transformation as the welcome Dr. Beth Cabrerea for a talk on "Thriving at Work: Using Positivity to Increase Your Success and Career Well-Being". In this presentation Dr. Beth Cabrera will discuss how positivity leads to thriving at work. She will also present specific strategies that you can use to increase your success and career wellbeing.
An expert in organizational psychology, Beth works with companies to help them create and maintain positive work environments where people thrive.  Her approach, based on the latest research from the field of positive psychology, is extremely effective in developing leaders, building teams, and advancing careers.  She also coaches individuals who want to lead more fulfilling lives.

Visual Voices: Meander, Materiality, and Meaning 

February 14, 2013

7:30 pm 

Harris Theater

Join the School of Art for a lecture by Dean Kessmann on Meander, Materiality, and Meaning.

Experimental Economics Seminar: Rob Letzler 

February 15, 2013

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm 

Arlington Campus, Truland Building, Room 648

Join speaker Rob Letzler for a talk titled "Everyone Believes in Redemption: Overoptimism and Nudges".

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Scholarships available for Leading to Well-Being Conference

The Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is offering up to 20 Scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students for the Leading to Well-Being Conference: Facilitating Leadership for a Well-Lived Life,  Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Mason Inn & Conference Center. 

If you are interested in attending the conference, please send a 250- to 500-word statement of interest to Jaime Lester, PhD, at jlester2@gmu.edu before February 22, 2012

In your statement, please indicate whether the conference relates directly to your work on leadership or well-being or whether you hope to benefit personally in your collegiate and work life as a result of attending the conference.

The conference is co-sponsored by MasonLeads and the Center for Consciousness and Transformation. The format includes featured keynote speakers and interactive breakout sessions. You can learn more about this year's conference at wellbeing.onmason.com

School of Public Policy Graduate Student Research Conference

Second Annual
Graduate Student Research Conference
March 22, 2013
Founders Hall, Arlington Campus

The School of Public Policy is soliciting research papers for the second annual Graduate Student Research Conference. Last year’s conference drew over 100 attendees and 30 presenters from several colleges and universities.

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals using knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and theoretical or applied methods to further domestic or international public policy discourse. Areas of inquiry include social sciences, science, technology, government, national defense, environmental concerns, education, social welfare, and any other field concerning policy development.

Renowned faculty from the School of Public Policy will chair research panels and serve as discussants and subject experts. Each selected participant will have 10-15 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes for discussion.

Please submit the proposal to sppconf@gmu.edu no later than March 1, 2013. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled. If possible, please submit your proposal as soon as possible.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

OSCAR Video!

OSCAR and Students as Scholars has a new video! Share it with your friends, and show it in classes, to let students know about undergraduate scholarly activities!

Monday, February 4, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 2/4

This Week at Mason:

Vision Series: Chawky Frenn 

February 4, 2013

7:00 pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Art and Social Justice presented by Chawky Frenn, Associate Professor in the Art Department.


Dr. Joseph Nye Discusses American Foreign Policy 

February 6, 2013

9:30 am to 11:00 am

Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Dr. Joseph Nye is the former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He will visit George Mason University on February 6, 2013, where he will lecture on his latest work on the role of the presidency in America’s rise to global power.
Dr. Nye is the founder of the international relations school of neoliberalism, and coined the term “soft power,” a theory that has shaped the global policy of the Obama administration, notably in the context of the Arab Spring movement of 2011. 

CCT Screening: The Dream Share Project Screening 

February 6, 2013

12:00 pm

Johnson Center, Cinema

The Dream Share Project is an inspirational documentaqry film that follows Chip Hiden and Alexis Irvin, two recent college graduates, on a road trip across America, as they explore how successful people have chased their dreams. The Dream Share Project is a film that encourages people to live up to their fullest potential and reject societal pressure to "play it safe".

Mercatus Center Panel Discussion 

February 7, 2013

4:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel

Join in on a discussion on Dr. Israel M. Kirzner's Contributions to Market Process Theory and Entrepreneurship Studies.

Dissertation Defense: Michael Shank 

February 8, 2013

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Arlington Campus, Truland Building, Room 555

Join the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution for a dissertation defense on Climate Conflict: Positions and Frames Motivating Stakeholder Engagement by Michael Shank

Friday, February 1, 2013

Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU) at The Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is currently recruiting students for a Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU). This NSF-funded program provides full support for 10 students to work on mentored research projects for 10 weeks during the summer of 2013, from May 19 to July 28.

The MBG REU program focuses on the areas of plant systematics, conservation biology, and ethnobotany. Potential projects for this year include taxonomic description of new species and revisionary studies in Lythraceae, Araceae, Passifloraceae, and Tectariaceae (African ferns), DNA sequencing and phylogenetic analysis, DNA barcoding, pollen analysis, seed banking, conservation biology of threatened species, herbarium study of historically important collections, plants used as natural pesticides, and morphometrics of drought tolerance in native Vitis species. REU students have access to a herbarium of 6.2 million specimens, an excellent botanical library, rich garden collections, a 2,400 acre natural area, and a laboratory with facilities for plant anatomy, microscopy, digital imaging, SEM, and DNA analysis. 

Students are expected to work full-time on research and participate in twice-weekly lunch-time seminars and workshops, including subjects on botany, conservation, career development, ethics in research, writing, communication skills, and preparation for graduate school.

Students receive lodging near the Garden, a food allowance, research and travel expenses, plus a $500/week stipend.

The deadline for application is February 28, 2013.

For more information and application procedures please see the program website at http://www.mobot.org/mobot/research/reu/reu.shtml or contact the REU Coordinator at reu@mobot.org , or the PI David Bogler (david.bogler@mobot.org).