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From the Archives: Mason Day Revisited

by Colleen Kearney Rich on April 22nd, 2010

The following is an excerpt from a Mason Spirit article that ran many years ago and is not in the digital archives. I believe Mike McDermott was still the university marshal at the time of the writing. If we were to say George Mason University has one long-standing tradition that tradition would definitely have to be Mason…

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Recognizing Extraordinary Students

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 13th, 2010

More than 100 guests celebrated scholarship giving at a special reception held at Mason on March 31. The annual reception provided an opportunity for donors to meet the students who benefit from their gifts and for students to thank donors for their generosity. One student, nursing major Augusto Paredes-Ubillus, spoke to guests about receiving the Bette Burch…

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Torture as Public Policy: Restoring U.S. Credibility on the World Stage

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Torture as Public Policy: Restoring U.S. Credibility on the World Stage James P. Pfiffner, University Professor, School of Public Policy Torture as Public Policy: Restoring U.S. Credibility on the World Stage Stage (Paradigm Publishers, October 2009) is a model of detailed policy analysis that demonstrates how greatly public policy matters beyond the back corridors of…

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Women of Color on the Rise

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Women of Color on the Rise Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi, associate professor of social work, with Wilma Peebles Wilkins In Women of Color on the Rise Rise (Columbia University Press, November 2009), Ofahengaue Vakalahi presents essays by African American, Asian American, Latina, Pacific Islander, and Native American women on their experiences working within the field…

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Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput: Operations Management Solutions for Health Care Decision Makers Jay Shiver, assistant professor, Health Administration and Policy, with David Eitel Featuring articles by 20 of the most successful health care reformers in the country, Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput: Operations Management Solutions for Health Care Decision Maker (CRC Press, 2009) focuses on providing…

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Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice Jack A. Naglieri, professor of psychology, with Sam Goldstein The first in-depth treatment of the theory, definition, and evaluation of this core concept, Assessing Impairment: From Theory to Practice (Springer, June 2009) cuts through the confusion and cross-talk. Leading scholars and clinicians offer evidence for a much-needed reconceptualization of…

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Brain-Compatible Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners Marjorie Hall Haley, associate professor, College of Education and Human Development Brain-Compatible Differentiated Instruction for English Language Learners (Allyn & Bacon/Merrill, June 2009) is written for teachers looking for solid instructional practices that work well with mainstream and English language learners. Drawing on current neuroscience research, the book…

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Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World Tyler Cowen, BS Economics ’83, professor of economics In Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World (Dutton, July 2009), Cowen shows that the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a long time….

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Giving Peace a Chance

by Colleen Kearney Rich on April 1st, 2010

Mason education professor Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo is passionate about peace education and believes it should be introduced in school curricula. She is using her native country of Burundi to show how such programs can be implemented. Widely published on the topic, Ndura-Ouédraogo recently contributed to 147 Practical Tips for Teaching Peace and Reconciliation (Atwood Publishing, July…

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Vassily Aksyonov

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

I stood in the back parking lot of a Fairfax bar awaiting my professor, Vassily Aksyonov. He was a famous guy, but I hardly knew him, hardly knew that generations of Russians had made of him something of a hero. All I knew was that he was an affable guy and an enthusiastic teacher. When…

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