University News

Community Voice Project Joins Human Rights Film Series

American University News - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 00:00
Giving a voice to those otherwise voiceless, telling stories of Washington otherwise gone untol.d
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Biodiversity Transcription Blitz 10/21

George Mason University - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 14:18 is an international event (October 20-23, 2016) that raises awareness of the importance of biodiversity research collections and engages volunteers in liberating data from these collections so that more people can access them for research and educational purposes. On October 21, we are holding a 4-hour blitz at George Mason University to contribute to this effort. The Blitz is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library (Main Reading Room).

We welcome Mason participants to sign up for one of four time-slots and bring a laptop with wireless capability to the event. Tickets are free and limited to 80 participants per time slot.

Mason participants will be transcribing label information from very high-resolution images of natural history collections via a user-friendly web interface called Many of the specimens are from Virginia and from Mason research collections. Each 40 minute time slot will include an introduction to the field of biodiversity informatics, the Notes from Nature project, and the opportunity for participants to build the global research database with their transcriptions. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

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Tuesday Tune Ups Start 10/18

George Mason University - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:47

Does your resume or cover letter need a quick tune up? Starting Tuesday, October 18 through December 6, University Career Services is offering 15 minute walk-in review sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. in 1201 Fenwick Library. (The last walk-in session will take place at 6:45 p.m.)

During the Tuesday Tune Up, a Peer Career Advisor can review your resume or cover letter, answer your HireMason questions, provide you with internship search tips, and so much more. Please bring a printed copy of your resume/cover letter for review. No reservation required for this event.

For more information about Tuesday Tune Up, please contact Raechel Timbers, University Career Services,, 703-993-4021.


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Extremist Marketing: How ISIS Recruits with Killer Messaging

American University News - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 00:00
SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon says it’s a good time to reflect on what has and hasn’t worked to combat the war on terror - particularly in the fight that is taking place online.
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The Discipline of Investment

American University News - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 00:00
Sovereign Wealth Funds aren't just an investment vehicle -- they're a discipline. Read more to find out why.
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Why are Men Disappearing from the American Workforce?

American University News - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 00:00
Sandra Black, professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Obama Administration Council of Economic Advisers, spoke at an event hosted by SPA about this trend and the possible explanations behind it.
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Help Us Improve Your Online Experience

The George Washington University - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:48
October 11, 2016

We want to hear your thoughts about our website! The libraries are looking for GW undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, staff, and faculty to talk to us about how they use and help us to test out changes. Is there something you've had a hard time finding? Are you confused by something you've seen? Let us know so we can improve our website for everyone.

There are 2 ways to help:

  • Click here for a fast and easy way to give us feedback on anything and everything about the libraries' web presence.
  • Want to have an even greater impact? Come to Gelman and help us to do a usability test. As a participant, you'll show us where our website goes wrong and give your opinions on how to make it better. Partcipants will earn our eternal gratitude, a better library web experience for all, and a Starbuck’s Gift Card. Email Student Liaison Yesenia Yepez for more details or to sign up. 

SIS endows Matthew C. Shlonsky Memorial Fund

American University News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 00:00
SIS has officially endowed a memorial fund honoring late alumnus Matthew Shlonsky, SIS/BA '14, that will support collaborative research on challenges that face the city of Washington, DC.
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Meet Annika Hemdal, 2016 recipient of AU Alumni Association Scholarship

American University News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 00:00
Annika is a legacy student whose mother attended AU in the ’80s.
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SIS endows Matthew C. Shlonsky Memorial Fund

American University News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 00:00
SIS has officially endowed a memorial fund honoring late alumnus Matthew Shlonsky, SIS/BA '14, that will support collaborative research on challenges that face the city of Washington, DC.
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SIS welcomes new Mohamed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace

American University News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 00:00
This semester, the School of International Service welcomes new faculty member and Mohamed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace Elizabeth Thompson. We sat down with Professor Thompson to get to know her.
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Documentary on Women’s Role in Maidan Debuts

American University News - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:00
Alumnus shares latest film exploring a unique perspective to the Ukrainian revolution
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Alumni Spotlight: Sydney Baldwin

American University News - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:00
Alumni Spotlight on Dance Program
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CNN Political Commentators Meet at AU

American University News - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 00:00
Ana Navarro and Patti Solis Doyle discussed the 2016 election with professor Jane Hall and AU students.
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Data Workshops

The George Washington University - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:32
October 8, 2016

Are you mystified by research data? Learn more about data at these back-to-back workshops taught by data librarian Mandy Gooch.

Thursday, October 13

Data Demystified
Gelman Library, Room 219

Research data is data that is collected, observed, or created, for purposes of analysis to produce original research results, but what are data and what does that really mean for your own work? Data librarian Mandy Gooch will define research data and data-related terms and discuss common data formats. You'll explore use agreements and restrictions, and identify library and campus services and resources related to data.

Data Management
Gelman Library, Room 219

Data management refers to activities that support the long-term preservation, access, and use of data. In this short workshop data Librarian Mandy Gooch will discuss best practices for data management and the tools, people, and resources the GW Libraries provide to help you.

Colonials Weekend at GW Libraries

The George Washington University - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:18
October 8, 2016

Join the GW Libraries on Saturday, October 15 as we celebrate Colonials Weekend 2016. Students, parents, and alumni are invited to visit and learn more about our services! 

Saturday, October 15:

11am - 2pm
Gelman Library Open House and Hands-on History Demonstrations
Don't miss a chance to visit Gelman Library, the intellectual hub of GW's Foggy Bottom campus. Library staff will be available to discuss the range of services and resources we offer to support your student. On display will be some of the historical documents and rare books that students can use to support their research and personal interests..

The Library's Role in Academic Success: What Parents Need to Know
Gelman Library, Room 219
The modern library is much more than just books and a place to study. In this short workshop, learn from teaching librarians how crucial the innovative services and technologies of the GW Libraries are to undergraduate success.

Managing and Preserving Your Digital Photos: A Personal Archiving Workshop
Gelman Library, Room 219
Christie Peterson, University Archivist, will lead this workshop and offer some easy-to-implement strategies for wrangling and preserving your vast digital photo library. Learn about the nature of the problem of digital photo management and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you keep your digital photos safe.

Noon - 2pm 
Celebrating the Creative Process
Eckles Library Main Reading Room
Join us for a celebration of research, music, and art as we award the 2016 Eckles Prize for Freshman Research Excellence and open the Women's Leadership Program's annual art show! Meet the student artists and writers, view exhibits, listen to performances, and enjoy refreshments. Parents, students, and faculty are all welcome. For more information, please see

Remembering Shimon Peres

American University News - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 00:00
Israeli leader, who inaugurated AU’s Center for Israel Studies, devoted his life to peace.
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Teaching Day 2016

The George Washington University - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 23:10
October 6, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016
8:30am to 1:30pm
Marvin Center 3rd Floor

GW’s sixth annual Teaching Day focuses on how to assess and support critical thinking and on GW faculty research on their teaching. All GW faculty are invited to attend all or part of the day with registration free of charge. 

Please join us for continental breakfast, conversation, and considerations around the latest research on teaching and learning. Register to reserve your seat today.

Interactive Keynote (9 am - Noon)

How to Assess and Support Critical Thinking: Looking together at student work and challenges. Professor Chris Anson

This session will widen participants’ toolbox of effective approaches to assessing student work and constructing assignments, activities, and feedback to help students develop critical capacities. Participants will examine samples of student work from multiple disciplines and engage with colleagues in discussing options and approaches. Our keynote presenter Chris Anson has spent a career exploring the development and use of critical thinking through writing across the disciplines with faculty across the U.S. and internationally.

GW Faculty Poster Session (Noon - 1:30 pm)

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Initiatives

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), research on your teaching, is a growing area of research and discussion at top universities across the country. We are excited to be joining their ranks through this inaugural effort of faculty work.

Come hear your faculty colleagues discuss their research efforts, big and small,  as they work to gauge changes over time, examine how students understand aspects or concepts in a course, assess the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment or intervention. It is an ultimate blending of research teaching know-how. This session is co-sponsored by GW’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

 Research strands:

  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Active Learning/Learning Environment
  • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign
  • Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Online Learning and Teaching

Sarah Gray Shining Light

American University News - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 00:00
New book from American University alumna Sara Gray on a tragedy that led her to a new calling.
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Student researches where anti-establishment movements and xenophobia collide

American University News - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 00:00
After completing an AU Summer Scholars Research Fellowship, Emily Dalgo, SIS/BA ’17, shares her experience researching the Trump and Sanders campaigns to understand why some anti-establishment movements contain xenophobic characteristics.
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