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Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

American University News - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 00:00
LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes.
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Film Screening: The Anthropologist

George Mason University - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 20:47

The University Libraries, the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology present a screening of  THE ANTHROPOLOGIST, a documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. This event will be held Wednesday, February 24, 3 to 5 pm, JC Cinema, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Light refreshments will be provided! A Q&A session hosted by Dr. Susie Crate will follow.

“Climate change forces us to have to learn the family business,” says Mary Catherine Bateson, the daughter of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead.

And so begins the story of Katie Yegorov-Crate, a thirteen-year-old girl from Fairfax, Virginia. She is carted around the globe by her mother, noted environmental anthropologist Susie Crate. Susie studies the effects of climate change on centuries-old indigenous communities.

Margaret Mead also analyzed how communities confront change which results from war and modernity. Her daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, now 76 and a cultural anthropologist in her own right, provides extraordinary insight into what Susie and Katie discover.

Filmed over the course of five years, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST is a meditation on change, both individual and societal. Susie and Katie work with people in Siberia, the South Pacific, the Andes, and the nearby Chesapeake Bay, who struggle to reconfigure how and where they live.

In Siberia, where Susie met Katie’s father while doing research, Katie’s relatives can no longer farm on land they’ve occupied for generations. Katie’s roots are also threatened by the inhospitable soil.

“I don’t think we can change the world,” counsels Susie. “I think that we change, and that changes the world.” Katie’s plan as she sets out on her own will test her mother’s theory.

For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu.

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Water Two Days in Two Ways

American University News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Late March holds two events focusing on water and environmental conservation.
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Speaking Frankly about Entertainment and Social Change

American University News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Caty Borum Chattoo will speak on social change and media at the frank2016 conference.
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Words of Wisdom from the Science Guy

American University News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Bill Nye gives an impassioned speech to the AU community.
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Book Notes: Daydreamers

American University News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
Alumnus Jonathan Harper publishes new collection of short stories.
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Introducing 2016 William K. Reilly Award Winner: Robert Perciasepe

American University News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
One of the nation’s foremost figures in environmental policy, Robert Perciasepe, will be awarded the William. K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership at the 2016 Reilly Awards on March 28.
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SPA’s Hyde Releases New Edition of <em>Classics of Public Administration</em>

American University News - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00
An eighth edition of Classics of Public Administration, the work of SPA Scholar in Residence Albert C. Hyde, has been released by Cengage Learning.
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Case Closed

American University News - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:00
What do Walmart and Monsanto have in common? Prior to Kogod’s case competition this past Saturday, most students would not have an answer.
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OER Workshop February 26

George Mason University - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 20:06

CREATE A DYNAMIC CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE USING OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES: a workshop for curious educators

February 26, 2016 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Fenwick Library, Room 1014A, Fairfax Campus

Presented by:

  • Jane Rosecrans, Karyn Pallay and Josh Watson, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Claudia Holland, George Mason University Libraries

Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and creativity than ever to tailor their courses. You have the freedom to reuse all types of media, to modify content to suit your pedagogy and your students’ learning styles, and to create completely new material.

Furthermore, you have the opportunity to reduce textbook costs for your students!

But how do you know when content on the web can be modified and reused? Can you rely on the purported quality of, for example, open textbooks? What can you do to share materials you create with a broader audience and still get credit for the time and effort you put into them? Why consider using anything but the traditional textbook you have selected for a course? You might already be using open resources in your courses. Are you making this cost-savings known to potential enrollees?

The Virginia Community College System is a nationally recognized leader in using and building open educational resources. Join this experienced team of faculty in an interactive two-hour workshop to explore answers to these questions and learn more about the following topics:

  • Why OER?
  • Defining OER Terms and Concepts
  • Finding and Evaluating OER and free course materials
  • Building an OER Course
  • Understanding Creative Commons Licenses and applying them to your own course materials
  • Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of OER materials in your course
  • OER and Student Success and Retention

The University Libraries wants to hear how your use of open resources can be supported. Only 35 seats are available! Please register for this workshop today to save your place! 

For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu

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AU Grad Student Publishes Cutting-Edge Research

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Martha Falkenstein’s work focuses on trichotillomania treatments.
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Diversity in the Newsroom and Standing Out in the Media Landscape

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
AU Association of Black Journalists hosts its second annual "Voices" panel with local DC communicators of color.
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AU Grad Student Publishes Cutting-Edge Research

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Martha Falkenstein’s work focuses on trichotillomania treatments.
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Alexander Chee to Visit AU

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Award-winning author speaks on Wednesday, February 10
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AU Writing Professor’s Groundbreaking Research on Domestic Violence

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Rachel Louise Snyder on an unrecognized consequence of brain injury.
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Professor, Alumna, wins award for scholarship of teaching and learning

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Cohn, SIS/PhD ’95, of the School of International Service (SIS) received the Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award this past December.
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The Power of the LGBTQ Language Experience

American University News - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Celebrating its 23rd year at American University in Washington, D.C., Lavender Languages is North America’s longest-running academic conference on language use in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life.
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Spring into GRADReCon!

George Mason University - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:36

By popular demand, GRADReCon, Graduate Research Connections, is set for Friday, February 19. A variety of workshops to increase and enhance grad students’ research skills and productivity will be offered. Sponsored by Mason Libraries, Mason Grad Life, and Mason Learning Support Services. More details forthcoming.

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Have you tried TextSelect?

George Mason University - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:30

Mason Libraries’ TextSelect program provides required textbooks for selected required classes. Through TextSelect, textbooks which cost more than $50.00 are purchased by the libraries. This popular collection now includes required textbooks for the following selected 100, 200, 300 & 400 level required courses:

  • Required General Education classes
  • Required School of Business classes
  • Required Conflict Resolution classes
  • Required Economics classes
  • Required Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Nursing classes

TextSelect also includes selected textbooks under $50.00 as well as selected graduate-level textbooks in these class subject areas (above). TextSelect textbooks are placed on 2-hour reserve in the Gateway Library, located in the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Check the the Mason Libraries Catalog or the Course Reserve Catalog to find TextSelect textbooks on reserve. Students may also suggest a textbook purchase.

For more information on TextSelect, please contact Madeline Kelly, mkelly25 at gmu.edu, 703-993-2849, or your subject librarian.

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Tour the New Fenwick!

George Mason University - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 14:06

Come and see what’s new – and what’s in it for you! Take a guided tour of the new Fenwick Library. All tours start in the Fenwick Library Atrium; dates and times are posted on the tour schedule. For more information, please contact Chris Magee, cmagee@gmu.edu

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