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All the President’s Czars

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 31, 2012

“Czars are a constitutional aberration,” says Mason policy professor Mark Rozell. “There is no official title of executive branch ‘czar’ in the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, or government manuals. Czars may in theory exist to merely provide advice to presidents, but the reality is that many of these officers have gone well beyond merely advising and often supervised statutory programs, administered a policy area, controlled appropriated funds, or regulated industries. White House and executive branch aides who exercise decision-making authority that has the force of law and are not confirmed by the Senate violate the U.S. Constitution.”

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Creating a Blueprint for Health Research

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 24, 2011

Kathryn Jacobsen is an old hand at writing textbooks. After the success of this associate professor in the Department of Global and Community Health’s 2007 text Introduction to Global Health, she decided to tackle the world of research in Introduction to Health Research Methods (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2011). An epidemiologist, Jacobsen explains that her…

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Right of Way

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

The stories in Right of Way (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2010)describe fictional Cleave Springs, a gentrifying neighborhood in the nation’s capital. These insightful stories introduce the neighborhood’s dazzling variety of characters—longtime survivors and new arrivals, preservationists and visionaries, black people and white people—as they navigate the complexities of diversity and change, and strive to realize…

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The Big Book of Christian Mysticism

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism (Hampton Roads Publishers, 2010) celebrates the beautiful and profound tradition of experiential and conscious spirituality within the Christian faith. From the recognition of mystery in the New Testament to the austere spirituality of the desert fathers and mothers, to the insights of the great visionaries and contemplatives of the…

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Born a Refugee: A Novel of One Palestinian Family

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 10, 2011

Born a Refugee: A Novel of One Palestinian Family (CreateSpace, 2010) is about two brothers and their widowed mother living in the Kalandia Refugee Camp and how they survive and even triumph over the hardships of poverty and oppression. This novel seeks to humanize the Palestinian refugee narrative, which is often reduced to a controversial…

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Prior to coming to Mason in 1997, anthropology professor David Haines worked for the federal government’s refugee resettlement program. A two-time Fulbright scholar, he has worked on and written about immigration issues for much of his career. In his most recent book, Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America, Haines examines seven decades of…

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In Barefoot in Baghdad (Sourcebooks, 2010), Manal Omar, BA International Studies ’96, an American aid worker of Arab descent, tells a story in which the chaos of war and occupation dramatically shifts the fortunes of Iraqi women, destroying any hopes they had for a more liberated lifestyle. Omar’s various identities gave her a unique perspective…

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Self-Study Teacher Research: Improving Your Practice through Collaborative Inquiry Anastasia P. Samaras, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education Designed to help teachers plan, implement, and assess a manageable self-study research project, Self-Study Teacher Research: Improving Your Practice through Collaborative Inquiry (Sage Publications, April 2010), this textbook covers the foundation, history, theoretical underpinnings, and methods of…

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Organizational Learning at NASA: The Challenger and Columbia Accidents

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 2, 2010

Organizational Learning at NASA: The Challenger and Columbia Accidents Julianne G. Mahler, Associate Professor of Government and Politics Organizational Learning at NASA: The Challenger and Columbia Accidents (Georgetown University Press, April 2009) thoroughly examines NASA’s loss of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. After offering an account of the processes that constitute organizational learning, Mahler…

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Real Stories of Nursing Research: The Quest for Magnet Recognition

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 2, 2010

Real Stories of Nursing Research: The Quest for Magnet Recognition M. Maureen Kirkpatrick McLaughlin (PhD Nursing ’04), Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing, and Sally A. Bulla (PhD Nursing ’03) Real Stories of Nursing Research: The Quest for Magnet Recognition (Jones and Bartlett, 2010) demonstrates how direct care nurses in clinical settings can conduct nursing research…

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