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Intro to Pathway Studio Feb 20 & 22

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:34

By integrating a vast knowledgebase of biological relationships harvested from millions of published articles (full-text and abstracts) with analytical and visualization tools, Pathway Studio enables scientists to explore molecular interactions along with the cause and effect relationships associated with biological processes across multiple organisms. Register now to get an overview of this tool on February 20 (Fenwick Library) or February 22 (Colgan Hall, SciTech Campus). Come and learn how Pathway Studio can help you:

  • Analyze and interpret your experimental results in the context of published data with greater confidence
  • Rapidly develop and confirm experimental hypotheses for new drug targets, biomarkers and drug repurposing projects
  • Unravel cell and immunology interactions associated with disease biology
  • Understand the underlying biology that affects development, disease progression and drug responsiveness

For more information, contact Carl Leak, cleak@gmu.edu, 703-993-8347.

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Mason Author Series: Lincoln Mullen

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:03

Join us on Thursday, March 1, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, for our next Mason Author Series event with Dr. Lincoln Mullen, Assistant Professor, History and Art History.

While the United States has a long history of religious pluralism, Americans have often believed their faith determines their eternal destiny. The result is that Americans switch religions more often than any other nation. The Chance of Salvation traces the history of the distinctively American idea that religion is a matter of individual choice.

Lincoln Mullen shows how Americans’ willingness to change faiths has created a shared assumption that religious identity is a decision. As Americans confronted a growing array of religious options in the 19th century, pressures to convert altered the basis of American religion. Evangelical Protestants, Cherokees, enslaved and freed African Americans, Mormons, American Jews, and Catholics each experienced their own patterns of conversion.

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Author: Lincoln A. Mullen is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Mullen is a historian of American religion and also teaches digital history, U.S. history, and the history of Christianity.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Feb. 7: Libraries open at 10 a.m.

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 06:40

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries will open at 10 a.m. today, February 7.

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Valentine’s Day: Music in the Lobby

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:59

Music + Food = Love. Play On!  At 12:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Mason Strings Department will perform selected pieces in Fenwick Lobby. Refreshments provided by Argo Tea Cafe. Join us – you’ll love it!

For more information, please contact Steve Gerber, sgerber@gmu.edu

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Research Reflections with Dr. Jacquelyn Williamson

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 14:54

Join us at 2 p.m. on February 22, for our first Research Reflections in the Reading Room, a new Mason Libraries’ series this spring.

Professor Jacquelyn Williamson, an Egyptologist with a special focus on gender and religious power, will discuss her work and recent book, Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna. She is involved in the ongoing investigation of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt, the site of a sun temple associated with Queen Nefertiti (the subject of her first book).

Professor Williamson has been a member of several archaeological missions in Egypt and has worked in many museums including the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Harvard Semitic Museum, and has held teaching and research positions at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, and Brandeis University. Dr. Williamson teaches classes on the art and archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean World.

For more information, please contact Jen Stevens, Team Lead, Arts and Humanities, at jsteven7@gmu.edu.

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Fenwick Elevator Closures

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:35

Graphics installation on Fenwick new edition and Wing C public elevators is ongoing and expected to be completed this week. Work on the new edition elevators will be completed today, and installation on the Wing C elevators will take place on Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31 from 6am to 1:30pm each day. We apologize for any inconvenience!

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University Records Management Training Workshop

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:31

Questions about managing your physical and electronic records? Join University Records Management for a 2-hour training session from 10am to 12pm on Friday, February 16, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. The session will be hosted in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2400). Please RSVP at recmgt@gmu.edu as seating is limited.

About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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New Photography Exhibit Opens

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:38

From the early days of 19th century daguerreotypes and tintypes to current digital images captured on smartphones, photographers have documented human life and the world around us in vivid detail. The technologies and processes they use have changed dramatically over the years, but the desire to capture a moment with some degree of permanence remains the same.

Come visit our current exhibition in the Special Collections Research Center‘s exhibition space (located on the second floor of Fenwick Library), and trace the evolution of photographic processes and subject matter through our Special Collections Research Center’s holdings of amateur and professional photography. Items on display include Civil War-era tintypes; late 19th century cartes de visite; Vietnam war photographs from a U.S. military advisor; prints from Richard Nixon’s official White House photographer; examples of photographic tools from various eras; and more!

Exhibition Reception & Talk: Please join us on Monday, February 19 from 2-4 pm in the Special Collections Research Center seminar room (Fenwick Library 2400). Professor Vanessa Schulman of the History and Art History department will provide remarks, and Argo Tea will provide refreshments.

Exhibition on display through April 1, 2018.

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University Records Management Faculty Workshop

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:20

Are you faculty or adjunct faculty with questions about managing your records responsibilities? Join University Records Management for a 1-hour training session from 10am to 11am on Friday, February 9, bring your questions, and pick up boxes for records storage. The session will be hosted in the Special Collections Research Center Seminar Room (Fenwick Library 2400). Please RSVP at recmgt@gmu.edu as seating is limited.

About University Records Management: University Records Management assists with the retention and disposal of non-permanent university records regardless of format. It minimizes the space, equipment, and personnel required to store and maintain records. Records Management assists with the timely disposal of records in full compliance with university policy, state retention requirements, and federal law. For more information, see this blog post on “The Difference Between Archiving and Records Management.”

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Welcome Back from the Mason Libraries

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 13:03

It’s a new semester! Don’t forget the Mason Libraries are here to help you succeed!

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore our 775+ database subscriptions, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance).

Need a quick refresher on where everything is in Fenwick Library? Check out our online tour guide. Not sure where a certain book might be located? Enter the call number and find it on this map of the Fenwick stacks. Looking for open educational resources? Check out our new OER Metafinder. Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to working with you and helping you succeed in your academic and professional careers!

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Mason Author Series: Shelley Wong

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 12:58

Join us on Thursday, February 1, from 3 to 4:30pm in the Fenwick Main Reading Room, for our next Mason Author Series event. Shelley Wong, Associate Professor in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education, will discuss her contributions to Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching DREAMers and Undocumented Students. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be provided.

From Teachers College Press: Learn how to engage and advocate for undocumented children and youth with this new resource written by and for teachers. Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students’ day-to-day lives and learning. Offering teaching strategies that address the needs of DREAMers and undocumented youth as they move through their K–12 and college education, this timely book offers a broad range of curriculum connections and resources.

About Shelley Wong: Dr. Shelley Wong is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education. She began her teaching career in teaching English at a girls middle school in Hong Kong where she went as a Chinese American to study Cantonese and learn about her cultural roots over thirty years ago. Before coming to George Mason, Shelley was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and an associate professor in the Foreign/Second Language Education with a Specialization in Language, Literacy and Culture at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She received her BA in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz (U.C.S.C.), her California teaching credentials, TESL certificate and MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, and her Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia Teachers College.

About the Mason Author Series: The University Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For more information about the Mason Author Series, please contact John Warren, Head, Mason Publishing, jwarre13@gmu.edu, or Jessica Clark, Development & Communications Officer, jclarkw@gmu.edu.

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Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:28

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines (George Mason University Press, 2017) explores strategies for online teaching with an emphasis on distinct approaches for different academic disciplines. The book offers innovative, practical and successful teaching tools from Indiana University East faculty in a wide range of disciplines designed to keep students engaged. With detailed examples, charts and rubrics, Best Practices provides faculty members the tools to design better curriculum and enhance online learning for their students.

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines. Edited by Ross C. Alexander. Paperback. 300 pages. George Mason University Press. This book can be purchased from Amazon, or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by the University of Virginia Press.

The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. For more information, contact John W. Warren, Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing Group, 703-993-3636, gmupress@gmu.edu

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Jan 9: Libraries Open at 10:30 a.m.

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 06:54

Mason Libraries will open at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9.

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Jan 8: Mason Libraries Close at 2 p.m.

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:03

Due to inclement weather, Mason Libraries are closing at 2 p.m. Monday, January 8.

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There’s No Time Like the Present!

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 05:53

The Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR) offers all Mason graduate and professional students the opportunity to publish their work in an interdisciplinary, open-access venue. Manuscripts are published using the Open Journal System (OJS) hosted by Mason Publishing Group. Authors publish through JGMR at no cost.

Register and submit your work to journals.gmu.edu/jmgr. While submissions are welcome year-round, special priority for this year’s volume will be given to manuscripts received by January 31, 2018. Read more

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Reminder about NY Times Accounts

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:28

REMINDER: Mason Libraries provides Mason students, faculty, and staff with full, free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps, including Spanish and Chinese editions, breaking news articles, blogs, videos, and interactive features. Includes archives from 1851 to the present (articles from 1923 to 1980 are limited to five per day per user; unlimited access to the archives is available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers).

Users can share and comment on articles, set up daily or weekly email alerts by topic or keyword, and save articles or links for later reading. Users are also encouraged to download the NYTimes app, which is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

You can create your NYTimes account with your Mason username and password. Once registered, you can access NYTimes.com directly from any location.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you’ve set up your account, you will need to renew it annually to confirm your Mason affiliation and to keep your account active.

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TEAR: TORN in the Fenwick Gallery

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:08

From December 11, 2017 through February 2, 2018, the Fenwick Gallery will host an exhibition of works by Erica Hopkins entitled TEAR: TORN.

About the Exhibition: TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third-year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. The work exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.

About the Artist: Erica Hopkins, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand the artists she studied. Her work utilizes the various mediums of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. The space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives.

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Online Resources: Relax + Refresh!

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:39

Need to relax as you finish your papers and projects? Thinking about the winter break? Check out what Mason Libraries has for you:

  • Watch Oscar winning independent films, such as Twilight Samurai or The Scent of Green Papaya, in our New World Cinema database, which includes 200 full-length feature films and award-winning short films.
  • Stream a variety of documentaries and social issue films on Docuseek
  • Kick back with one of the 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books housed in Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection in Gateway Library
  • Listen to the blues music of Muddy Waters or folk songs by Bob Dylan in Music Online: American Music.
  • Choose a classic Mozart symphony, holiday music from a dozen countries around the world, or one of the 44,000 tracks of blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, spoken word, and more – available in Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. 

Mason Libraries’ online resources are available 24/7 – free – for all Mason faculty, students, and staff. For more information or more choices, browse our A-Z list or subject collections of online resources. Enjoy your break – short or long!

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De-Stress@The Library

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 06:27

Gatway Library is hosting De-Stress@The Library on December 7 from 3-7 p.m.Stop by for some Lego-ing and art therapy. Free! Fun! Relaxation and refreshments are yours to enjoy as you prepare for Final Exams. For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, aoconnor at gmu.edu

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Forthcoming Mason Press Title: Playfair

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 17:33

William Playfair, when he is known today, is remembered as the inventor of “statistical graphics,” including the line, bar, and pie charts that we still use regularly today (and built into Microsoft Excel). He’s a sometime-hero of the Infogeek community. Edward Tufte cited him extensively in The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and called Playfair one of the great inventors of modern graphical design, who created the “first time series using economic data.” (Tufte, Edward, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press, 1983, 9, 32-34, 64-65, 91-92)

In the George Mason University Press’ forthcoming titlePlayfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, author Bruce Berkowitz reveals a journey to uncover a truth that is often hidden, opaque, distorted, refracted by lenses of luck, fate, and personal conflicts of interest.

Playfair: The True Story of the British Secret Agent Who Changed How We See the World, by Bruce Berkowitz, will be published by the George Mason University Press in November 2017. It can be ordered from Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by University of Virginia Press and Longleaf Distribution.

For more information about the George Mason University Press, please contact John Warren, jwarre13@gmu.edu

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