Monday, September 30, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/30

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/30

This Week at Mason:

ODIME Film: Immigration Monologues
  • September 30, 2013
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Johnson Center, Cinema

  • Join the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education (ODIME) in exploring intersections of immigrant identities entering and living in the United States hoping for better opportunities in this highly anticipated third annual event. Short monologues on stories of our resilience are presented. Interested performers should email for information.

  • Workshops: Engaging Students in Research and Inquiry

  • October 1, 2013 
  • 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Research Hall, Room 163

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, are thrilled to announce that Professor Mick Healey, expert on inquiry-based learning, will presenting two workshops for Mason faculty.
Workshop 1:  Designing Inquiry-Based Learning
This interactive workshop aims to explore practical ways of incorporating inquiry-based learning into courses and discusses the issues staff and students face in this mode of learning.
 Workshop 2: Engaging Students in Research and Inquiry: From First to Final Year
The argument of this interactive workshop can be simply stated: all undergraduate students in all higher education institutions should experience learning through and about research.
If you are interested in attending and haven't yet received an invitation please email.
Samira Lloyd, (703) 993-3794,, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence

Cyber Security Awareness Month Info Session: Navigating Your PC

  • October 1, 2013 
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Johnson Center, Room F

The first session for Cyber Security Awareness Month will tackle how to navigate your computer.  Everything from how to check your operating system version to how to secure your wireless connection. Questions must be submitted beforehand to, and our technicians will answer them in detail over this one hour session, as well as provide additional tips and tricks.
You are strongly encouraged to bring your laptop so you can follow along. You are also encouraged to bring your lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.
Register at

SCAR Book Launch: Kevin Avruch, Chris Mitchell, Solon Simmons, Alicia Pfund, Landon Hancock
October 2, 2013 
  • 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Arlington Campus, Metropolitan Building, Room 5183

  • Please join the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) for an evening to recognize Kevin Avruch, Solon Simmons, Alicia Pfund, Christopher Mitchell and Landon Hancock for their recent books. Reception will begin at 5:30, followed by discussion of each of the books at 6:00pm.

Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Culture, Identity, Power, and Practice by Kevin Avruch
The Eclipse of Equality: Arguing America on Meet the Press by Solon Simmons
From Conflict Resolution to Social Justice: The Work and Legacy of Wallace Warfield by Alicia Pfund
Local Peacebuilding and National Peace: Interaction Between Grassroots and Elite Processes by Christopher Mitchell and Landon E. Hanckock
Conflict Resolution and Human Needs: Linking Theory and Practice by Kevin Avruch and Christopher Mitchell

Visual Voices: Lothar Osterburg
  • October 3, 2013 
  • 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Harris Theater

Visual Voices presents Lothar Osterburg's A Bookmobile for Dreamers.
Visual Voices is a lecture series sponsored by the School of Art. It brings nationally recognized visiting artists and designers to speak about their work and the world of art and design. This series will offer the opportunity for Mason students to interact with top professionals. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

USTF Grant at Work: Final Report for EfID's Sabana Grande, Nicaragua Project Now Completed

     Sabana Grande Water Distribution Implementation Report (2013)

This report discusses the recent implementation trip to the community of Sabana Grande, Nicaragua by Mason Engineers for International Development (Mason EfID). This implementation trip was the first of a two phase project. With help of USTF grant, the team, made up of five students and one technical advisor, worked on site from August 13, 2013 to August 21, 2013.

During the implementation trip in August, EfID installed a 200 foot deep drinking water well, a water pump, a pressure tank and switch, an 800 watt solar powered array, 1,500 linear feet of water distribution piping and fittings, multiple water kiosks, and a security fence.

Monday, September 23, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/22

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/22

This Week at Mason:

Spanning the Seas: Music Across Borders

  • September 22, 2013 
  • Begins at 4:00 pm
  • Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, Prince William Campus.

The MLC Girls' School (Sydney, Australia) is known as one of the finest schools in Australia for learning and performing orchestral and choral works.  Recently featured in the documentary film, "Mrs. Carey's Concert," conductor Karen Carey, will lead this extraordinary group of musicians in a concert featuring music by Australian composers, arrangers and indigenous music.  MLC has received awards from the Australian Music Centre, the Fellowship of Australian Society for Music Education, and the Orchestra of Australian Network, among others.  The Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir are regularly invited to perform in concerts around Sydney and New South Wales and have embarked on international tours to Scandinavia, France, Austria, Britain and Spain.  The US Army Orchestra, The US Army Chorus and Voices will also present music to showcase American Heritage as well as join the Australian musicians in combined numbers.

Vision Series: Bassam Haddad: Understanding the Arab Uprisings and Their Aftermath

  • September 23, 2013
  • 7:00 pm
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

This talk addresses the causes of the Arab uprisings and the seemingly troubled aftermath. The speaker argues that while generalizing is useful, it often times obscures the particular dynamics in each case of the Arab revolutions, and goes on to address the factors that will continue to spur mass protests if elected governments do not adequately deal with them.

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series

  • September 24, 2013 
  •  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Mason Inn, Junior Ballroom

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series presents Sandy Lerner, Entrepreneur, Author, and Environmentalist. 
A trailblazer and true Renaissance woman, Sandy Lerner is a global revolutionary who has made an impact in diverse industries, from technology with the founding of Cisco Systems and cosmetics by founding Urban Decay, to the preservation of English literature and heritage breeds of livestock. With an astute pioneering instinct for innovative and successful business models, Lerner has shifted her focus to the development of humane, sustainable and profitable farming practices at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Virginia.
Sandy is credited with: Co-founding Cisco systems; founding Urban Decay cosmetics; writing and publishing Second Impressions, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; owning and operating Ayrshire Farm, the first organic farm in Virginia

Fall for the Book: Cultural Anthropologist Lisa Breglia

  • September 26, 2013 
  • 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Outside Johnson Center

Breglia, the director of Mason’s Global Affairs Program and Global Interdisciplinary Programs, talks about her new book Living With Oil: Promises, Peaks, and Declines on Mexico’s Gulf Coast, an ethnographic investigation of the effects of Mexico’s intensive offshore oil industry on Gulf coast communities. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

Jonathan Beller: Presentation: Image, Code, Financialization

  • September 26, 2013 
  • 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Johnson Center, Room H (Gold Room)

This talk explores media environments, media-ecologies, and what Beller calls the pathologistics of visualization in the context of postfordism and attention economies. It situates the attention theory of value firmly in the context of the labor theory of value in order to disclose the dissymetrical exchange endemic in the interactivity that goes under the name social media and repeatedly traverses the circuit image-code-image.

Monday, September 16, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/16

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/16

This Week at Mason:

September Brown Bag Presentation: Early Childhood Educators Emotional Labor and Well-Being

September 16, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Research Hall, Room 163

Presenters: Elizabeth Levine Brown, Ph.D. and Colleen Vesely, Ph.D.
Recent empirical research shows that early childhood educators lack preparation in anticipating the emotional demands of their jobs (also theorized as emotional labor), which can lead to deficits in well-being, and ultimately challenges interacting sensitively with young children and families.  In this presentation, Drs. Brown and Vesely will discuss a new study designed to assess ho
w early childhood educators’ emotional labor and well-being influences teacher sensitivity during interactions with marginalized children and families, and, longitudinally, the developmental and academic outcomes for young children. 
*To access the live webcast for these brown bag presentations, please go to

Cool Jobs in Science Panel

September 16, 2013
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
University Career Services Resource Room/Library SUB I, Room 3400

Panel of individuals with science/tech/engineering/arts/math/health career backgrounds who are doing some really cool things in the science field that most people don't even know exist. Panelists include:
1. Andrew Yip, Materials Coordinator at The North Face: Bachelor of Science in Physics, Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering (Google Hangout from CA)
2. David Paller, Medical Orthopedic consultant/Research Faculty at Brown University: M.S. in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering and MBA in Leadership in Healthcare (Google Hangout from RI)
3. Elin Hughes, Cytogenetic Technologist at Quest Diagnostics: COS Mason Alumni (Live)
4. Saad Khan, Forensic Scientist at Collaborative Testing Services: Recent Graduate from VCU with Bachelors in Forensic Science Live)

Day in the Life of a Civil Engineer Career Panel

September 18, 2013
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 4201

Day in the Life of a Civil Engineer" is a career panel that is co-sponsored with George Mason University's American Society of Civil Engineers and University Career Services as a part of Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math (STEAM) week.  This career panel will feature employers representing various sectors of Civil Engineering including Construction, Transportation, Land Development, Water Resources and Geo-Technical.   You won't want to miss this opportunity to network with employers and learn more about what it takes to be successful in the field.
Participating Employers: Virginia Department of Transportation, Kiewit, Dewberry, Geotechnical Associates

Ask the Professionals: Accounting & Financial Services 

September 19, 2013 
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Research I, Room 163

The School of Management invites you to be a part of our Ask the Professionals event series.  For this event we will be focusing on students with an interest in the Accounting & Financial Services Industries. This event provides you with the opportunity to interact with employers from industries you may pursue. 
The night will begin with an employer panel and end with networking.  Please dress professionally. 
RSVP by sending your RESUME to

Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference

September 20, 2013
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Johnson Center

Throughout the day, Mason faculty from across ranks and disciplines will share their best practices and newest ideas around the themes of critical thinking, teaching with new technologies, engaging students, incorporating research and scholarship into the curriculum, online education, and working with diverse students.
This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Susan A. Ambrose, is the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern University and Co-author of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010).

For registration and more information, visit

Monday, September 9, 2013

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 9/9

This Week at Mason:

Historical Memory, Piety, and Politics: Sectarianization of Syria's Civil War 

September 9, 2013
3:00 pm
Mason Hall, Room D3AB

Join us for a guest lecture by Christopher Anzalone on current events in Syria.
For more details visit:

ADP Colloquia Series: Latent transitions in children's coping with peer victimization. 

September 11, 2013
12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Enterprise Hall, Room 274
Applied Developmental Psychology Colloquia Series featuring Dr. Kari Visconti to discuss Latent transitions in children's coping with peer victimization

School of Public Policy Brown Bag Seminar featuring Steve Ruth 

September 11, 2013
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room TBD

Recent Developments in Distance Learning in Higher Education: A Public Policy Perspective

Speaker: Steve Ruth, Professor; Director, ICASIT
Moderated by: David Hart, Acting Senior Associate Dean; Professor; Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy

Where Soldiers Come From: Screening and Director Q&A 

September 11, 2013
4:30 pm
Johnson Center, Cinema

Where Soldiers Come From is an intimate look at three young men who join the National Guard and go to Afghanistan. The film follows their experiences and their families back in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Hailing from the same small town, director Heather Courtney has unusual access to Dom, Cole, and Bodi when they return and must struggle to readjust to civilian life, economic hardships, and the Veteran Administration's notorious bureaucracy. The film shows the effects on family, friendship, and community when young people go off to fight and come home.

Cybersecurity Innovation Forum 

September 12, 2013
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Research Hall, Room 163

Join us for a series of short case study presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators from throughout the region. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with plenty of opportunity for discussion and discovery.

The focus of the evening will be on cybersecurity innovations that address current and evolving challenges and have had a real, measurable impact.

Presenters will include:
Vic Winkler -- Chief Technology Officer, Covata
Avinash Srinivasan, Ph.D. -- Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University
Tiernan Wallace -- Chief Security Officer, Convergence Technology Solutions
John Prisco -- President and CEO, Triumfant

Reception and event begin at 7 p.m.
Visitor parking (paid) available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck, located next to Research Hall.

Engaging Students in Research and Inquiry: Workshops by Mick Healey

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research, are thrilled to announce that Professor Mick Healey, expert on inquiry-based learning, will presenting two workshops for Mason faculty on October 1, 2013. Dr Healey's work was very influential as we developed the Students as Scholars QEP initiative, and it is a pleasure to host him here at Mason and have him share his experience with our faculty.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at Seats are limited (and going fast), so you must be registered to attend. 


Light Breakfast, Informal Discussion 8.00am-9.00am

Workshop 1:  Designing Inquiry-Based Learning Activities 09.00am - 11.30am

“We want all students to access the benefits exposure to teaching informed by research can bring. ... We believe an understanding of the research process – asking the right questions in the right way; conducting experiments; and collating and evaluating information – must be a key part of any undergraduate curriculum.” 
Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Speech at University of Warwick, 25 Oct 2006

This interactive workshop aims to explore practical ways of incorporating inquiry-based learning into courses and discusses the issues staff and students face in this mode of learning. It will be relevant to staff and students who would like to explore this way of integrating inquiry based learning into the curriculum. Participants will leave this workshop with practical ways in which they can incorporate inquiry learning in to their course regardless of discipline or class size.

Buffet Lunch 12.00pm vegetarian options available

Workshop 2: Engaging Students in Research and Inquiry: From First to Final Year 12.30pm - 2.30pm

“For the students who are the professionals of the future, developing the ability to investigate problems, make judgments on the basis of sound evidence, take decisions on a rational basis, and understand what they are doing and why is vital.  Research and inquiry is not just for those who choose to pursue an academic career.  It is central to professional life in the twenty-first century.” 
Brew (2007, 7)

The argument of this interactive workshop can be simply stated: all undergraduate students in all higher education institutions should experience learning through and about research. My interest in developing students as researchers originated through explorations over the last few years into ways to enhance the linkage between teaching and discipline-based research. The conclusion to arise from that work is that one of the most effective ways to do this is to engage our students in research and inquiry; in other words, to see them as producers not just consumers of knowledge. Here it is suggested that the key to mainstreaming research and inquiry at undergraduate level is to integrate it into the curriculum. The workshop will explore the variety of ways in which research and inquiry based learning are undertaken in undergraduate programmes from first year to final year using numerous mini-case studies from different disciplines, departments and institutions in the UK, rest of Europe, Australasia and North America.

Faculty conversation and Sharing of Resources and Models 3.00pm-4.00pm

Dr Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Until 2010 he was Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. He is an an adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Australia and a Visiting Professor at University of Wales, Newport, UK. He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and to be made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is often asked to act as an advisor to projects, universities and national governments on aspects of teaching and learning in HE. For example, he has advised the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, the Canadian Federal government, the Higher Education Authority for Ireland, the HE Academy and the League of European Research Universities on research-based teaching and learning.  He has written and edited over 150 papers, chapters, books and guides.  Mick is an experienced presenter. Since 1995 he has given over 500 educational workshops, seminars and conference. He is a frequent visitor to North America. Last year he gave keynotes at the ISSoTL Conference in Hamilton, ON and the SoTL Commons Conference in Georgia. He is Joint International Editor of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly.

Some recent references on topic of the workshops 
2005 Linking research and teaching exploring disciplinary spaces and the role of inquiry-based learning, in Barnett, R (ed) Reshaping the university: new relationships between research, scholarship and teaching McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 67-78
2007 Linking teaching and research in departments and disciplines York: HE Academy (Jenkins A, Healey M and Zetter R) 96pp
2009 Developing undergraduate research and inquiry. York: HE Academy (Healey M and Jenkins A) 152pp
2013 Collaborative discipline-based curriculum change: applying Change Academy processes at department level, International Journal for Academic Development 18(1) (Healey M, Bradford M, Roberts C and Yolande K)
2013 Developing and enhancing undergraduate final year projects and dissertations. York: HE Academy (Healey M, Lannin M, Stibbe A, Derounian J) 93pp
****A full list of references may be found at