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American University Ranked Highly Among Peace Corps Programs in 2014

American University News - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 16:30
The Peace Corps today released its top 2014 Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows programs for volunteers, and American University ranks No. 10 among Master’s International programs nationwide and No. 9 among Fellows programs.
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Racking Up Recognition: Kogod Students and Faculty Earn Awards

American University News - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:59
Students and faculty receive awards from the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, American University, and other groups, as academic year comes to a close.
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Cadets Meet the Challenge

American University News - Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:56
ROTC graduates reflect on their time at AU.
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Passion Prevails for Sprunt

American University News - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:32
SOC undergraduate speaker, Barbara Sprunt, discusses her formula for success.
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Professor Amitav Acharya Sees a “Multiplex” World

American University News - Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:01
In his new book, The End of American World Order, SIS Professor and UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance Amitav Acharya argues that the American-led liberal international order, as we have come to know it, is coming to an end.
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Government Professor Accompanies Congressional Delegation to Ireland

American University News - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 17:21
Kimberly Cowell-Meyers traveled with Rep. John Lewis, Sen. Mazie Hirono, and Gov. Martin O'Malley as part of a trip focused on sharing stories and lessons of peace and reconciliation.
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Students Partner with Washington, D.C. Community on Heart of Petworth Project

American University News - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 16:23
Marketing project introduces business students to emerging D.C. neighborhood and real-life group of clients.
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Portfolio in Motion Uncut: Cutting-edge Fashion and Jhane Barnes Honored

Marymount University - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:45
With Redskins apparel for women fans, evening and bridal wear, business attire, sportswear and swimwear, menswear and children’s clothing, Portfolio in Motion Uncut, Marymount University’s 2014 student fashion show, had it all!
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Rated YA

American University News - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 12:01
The AU Library has a great collection of YA novels and their film adaptations. Come check out Divergent or The Giver before seeing them in the theater. Or check out our range of videos, including the entire Harry Potter series.
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Labor History Research Center Hosts Progressive Student Union Program on Wage Theft

The George Washington University - Tue, 05/06/2014 - 08:36

The Teamsters Labor History Research Center hosted a Progressive Student Union program on wage theft on April 24, 2014.

SIS Alumnus of the Year Chad Bissonnette, SIS/BA '05, Exemplifies International Service

American University News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 17:30
Chad Bissonnette, SIS/BA '05, is SIS Alumnus of the the Year 2014
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An Amazing Journey

American University News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 16:25
Serge Okogo overcomes significant obstacles to earn his master’s degree.
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Emerging From Tragedy

American University News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 15:31
Through organ donation, AU master’s graduate Sarah Gray brings a message of hope.
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Doctoral Student Wins Grant to Study Violence Against Indigenous Communities in Peru

American University News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:31
Marcela Torres, an anthropologist, lawyer and Ph.D, student in the School of Public Affairs, has won an internationally competitive grant from the Inter-American Foundation for her research in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico.
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Doctoral Student Wins Grant to Study Violence Against Indigenous Communities in Peru

American University News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 14:31
Marcela Torres, an anthropologist, lawyer and Ph.D, student in the School of Public Affairs, has won an internationally competitive grant from the Inter-American Foundation for her research in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico.
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Prestigious Award, Presidential Internship

American University News - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:05
One SOC student’s path to success.
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Project background: Social Feed Manager

The George Washington University - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 11:00
May 5, 2014Daniel Chudnov, Director, Scholarly Technology

Not long after I joined GW Libraries I read about the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism study "How Mainstream Media Outlets Use Twitter" researched in part by Kimberly Gross of GWU's School of Media and Public Affairs, part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. This work caught my interest because I had been swimming in Twitter data in my prior position, where I had supported the Library of Congress project to preserve all public tweets. Before I came to GW, I enjoyed working on that large project because of its long-term impact, but it was clear that in the short term our team was unable to respond to the hundreds of requests for access to historical Twitter data from researchers all over. And here was a GW researcher getting important work done with some of the same data - I had to know more.

I reached out to Professor Gross and learned quickly upon meeting with her that her data collection techniques were essentially manual - she and her research assistants were copying and pasting tweets one at a time. We agreed this wasn't a sustainable model, and I offered to develop a small app that would automate the collection process using Twitter's public API. After making some progress on this app and reviewing it with Professor Gross, it became clear that there were many more opportunities to put a tool like our app -- rudimentary though it was at the time -- to use in other research contexts on campus. She introduced us to colleagues doing similar work and all of a sudden we had several new connections with faculty and graduate students to support their research and studies.  This aligns well with a key role libraries have always served, in our case connecting people at GW with information resources and facilitating their use.  In this case we are automating data collection from Twitter, or Weibo, or YouTube, but that's just a new take on the kind of relationship we've always worked to build in research libraries.

Not long after this, our colleague Mark Phillips, assistant dean for digital libraries at the University of North Texas, visited GW Libraries to talk about web archiving and pointed out to us that this project, which we called "Social Feed Manager" (that's what it does, after all - find it on github at https://github.com/gwu-libraries/social-feed-manager), was something that other institutions like his could put to good use. Mark encouraged us to apply for an Sparks Ignition Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We took this advice to heart, sent in a proposal, and were lucky to be awarded a grant from IMLS (#LG-46-13-0257) in the summer of 2013. As the first grant we've received for software development, we're still pretty excited about it. More importantly, in the months since, we've made several improvements to the app, put it to use with more researchers and students here at GW, and started to see its adoption at other institutions.

As we wrote in the proposal abstract (attached here as a PDF), with this grant "we will develop our prototype Social Feed Manager application into a well-documented tool that can be implemented and used at diverse cultural heritage institutions." We've been making progress toward this goal and we plan to tell you a lot more about it, so please stay tuned to this channel, as they say, and don't hesitate to get in touch.

Files:  20130717-imls-sparks-abstract-final.pdf

Remembrance Day: Celebrating Lives through Service

Marymount University - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 06:37
It was a time for the Marymount community to honor those in the MU family who have died by lending a hand at L’Arche.
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SAAC Raises Over $7,500 for St. Jude’s

Marymount University - Mon, 05/05/2014 - 06:37
"Battle of the Sexes" another success for Marymount Athletics
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IMI Hosts 15th Annual Conference on Intercultural Relations

American University News - Fri, 05/02/2014 - 14:21
The Intercultural Management Institute (IMI) at American University’s School of International Service held its 15th Annual IMI Conference on Intercultural Relations on March 13-14.
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