University News

SOC Introduces Backpack Documentary en Español

American University News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 00:00
AU SOC will offer its first Spanish-language class this fall
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Associate Professor Awarded Fellowship with the US State Department

American University News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 00:00
Evan Berry receives AAR-Luce Fellowship to research religion and the environment
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The Magic of Words (and Teleprompters)

American University News - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 00:00
SOC professor co-edits new book on Democratic orators.
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March…into Data!

George Mason University - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:20

In March, University Libraries’ Data Services Group is offering several special events for Mason graduate students, faculty and staff. All events are scheduled on the Fairfax campus; registration is required, and attendees should bring their own laptop to the sessions.

March 9 & 10, 2016 / Data Management Bootcamp

George Mason graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff interested in learning more about data management issues, best practices and tools are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, March 9 & 10, 2016. This free, collaborative event will feature experts from across the state and will provide opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience. Presenters will be from remote and local locations. The Bootcamp will take place on the Fairfax campus. Registration is limited to current George Mason University students, staff and faculty.

The Data Management Bootcamp is a collaborative initiative of the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.

March 18, 2016 / Noon – 3 p.m. / Center for Open Science: Increasing Openness & Reproducibility in Quantitative Research Workshop  

Learn easy, practical steps researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish. This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, and students across disciplines, who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows. This workshop is hands-on; attendees should bring their own laptops. Speaker April Clyburne-Sherin, MSc will cover these topics: Project Documentation; Version Control; Pre-analysis Plans, and Open Source Tools such as the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow. Registration Required: RSVP Here

For more information about any of these upcoming events, please contact Wendy Mann, Head, Data Services,

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Gallery Features Students' Photos for Black History Month

American University News - Fri, 02/19/2016 - 00:00
AU photography students teamed up with UDC to create an exhibition celebrating Black History Month at Studio Gallery.
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Harvard’s Robert Putnam Talks About Social Class Lines and Children Divided

American University News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 00:00
Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, spoke to a packed audience as part of SPA Policy Forum series about the growing separation between rich and poor children in America
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Environmental Leadership: The 2016 William K. Reilly Awards

American University News - Thu, 02/18/2016 - 00:00
The 2016 William K. Reilly Awards will be held on March 31, 2016. The awards recognize leaders from the private, non-profit and government sectors in environmental and energy policy.
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Gelman to Close Overnight on Saturday, February 20

The George Washington University - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 16:00
February 17, 2016

Gelman Library will close on Saturday, February 20 at 10:30 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, February 21 at 9 a.m. No building access will be available during this time. This overnight closure is required to safely complete necessary construction activities for the National Churchill Library and Center on Gelman’s 1st floor. Work is being performed at night to minimize disruption to our library users.

Investigating Dark Money

American University News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 00:00
Jane Mayer is coming to AU to have a conversation about her new book on the Koch brothers.
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James Casey Co-Chairs Global Biotech & The Law Conference

American University News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 00:00
Members of the AU community encouraged to attend.
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Built to Last

American University News - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 00:00
AUWCL’s Tenley Campus ribbon cutting included Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Muriel Bowser.
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Help Transcribe Churchill’s WWII Calendar

The George Washington University - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 14:11
February 16, 2016

Help the GW Libraries discover and decode history by transcribing appointments from Sir Winston Churchill’s World War II engagement diary. This crowdsourcing project will make Churchill’s wartime activities widely available for the first time to students and scholars around the world. Participants will gain new insight into the day-to-day process of national leadership, learn about Churchill and WWII, and provide a valuable service to historians around the world. Follow #ChurchillsDay on twitter where we'll share some interesting results of this project as they become available. 

This collection of handwritten cards details Winston Churchill’s appointments during World War II, including such historic events as Victory in Europe (VE) Day and the British prime minister’s regular meetings with the King of England and President Franklin Roosevelt. The collection of 30 cards will be featured in the new National Churchill Library and Center on Gelman's 1st floor. 

Learn more about the project and participate at

About the National Churchill Library and Center

The National Churchill Library and Center, slated to open in 2016, is part of a philanthropic partnership with the George Washington University and the Chicago-based Churchill Centre. Housed on the first floor of Gelman Library, this will be the first major research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill.

Mason Libraries Open 11:30 am 2/16

George Mason University - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 08:50

Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries will open at 11:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, February 16.

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AU Professor Wins Best Documentary Award

American University News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 00:00
Denise Saunders Thompson was recognized at San Diego Black Film Festival.
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All Mason Libraries Closed 2/15

George Mason University - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 07:04

Due to inclement weather, all Mason Libraries are closed today, Monday, February 15. Online collections and services are available via Virtual reference service will be online as regularly scheduled.

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President's Day Workshops Canceled due to Weather

The George Washington University - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 05:59
February 15, 2016

Due to icy conditions, the Lit Review How To and Data Bootcamp workshops scheduled for President's Day have been CANCELED. We apologize for any inconvenience.

You can find much of the information from these sessions in the research guide, "What Graduate Students Need to Know."

Data Bootcamp sessions will be offered again on Thursday, March 10.  You can also find much of the information to be covered in research guides: "Data Management," "Maps, Cartographic Data, and GIS Information," and "Uploading your ETD." 

For immediate research help, use the Research Calendar to make an appointment with a librarian. If the available times don't work for you, send an email and we'll contact you.


Student Video Competition!

George Mason University - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 13:42

George Mason University Libraries invites you to join the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library by participating in a Student Video Competition. This competition highlights the transformative role that the Mason Libraries play in the living and learning environment on campus. All university students are invited to enter and are eligible to win amazing prizes!

To participate, submit a video (not to exceed 60 seconds) themed “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.” Students are encouraged, but not required, to use smartphones for creating videos. Recording studios are available for use in the Gateway Library (One Button Studio) and Fenwick Library (Presentation Practice Rooms). Videos must incorporate and feature a library/or libraries on any of the Mason campuses. Work will be featured online, as well as on digital displays at the new Fenwick Library. Winning videos will be announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Submit your entry by 5 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, March 15. For more information, visit

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Digital Diplomacy: Changing the World of Communication

American University News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:00
SOC professor, Priya Doshi talks about her panel, digital diplomacy and careers in the field.
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SIS launches foreign policy discussion series featuring Ambassador Thomas Pickering on March 1

American University News - Fri, 02/12/2016 - 00:00
Join the School of International Service (SIS) for a series of foreign policy conversations with distinguished Ambassador Thomas Pickering.
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Welcome, Mason Alumni!

George Mason University - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 20:38

University Libraries welcome all Mason alums home this weekend! While you’re meandering through memories, places and spaces on the Fairfax Campus, be sure to visit the new Fenwick Library! Then head over to the Johnson Center and see what’s new in Gateway Library.

More items of interest for alumni include these selected online collections:

Mason alumni are welcome to use the Libraries‘ physical and online collections in person at any Mason Library: Fenwick, Gateway, Arlington Campus and Mercer. We welcome you back, and welcome your continued interest and support. Go Mason!

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