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Archive for October, 2008

Bringing History to Life

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

Mason’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM) has launched the National History Education Clearinghouse, an online project that gives U.S. history teachers high-quality support and resources. In October 2007, the U.S. Department of Education awarded a $7 million contract (if fully funded over five years) to CHNM, in partnership with Stanford University, the American…

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Honoring the Fallen

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 1st, 2008

On that tragic day in September seven years ago, we all felt a sense of loss. We were scared and vulnerable, full of sympathy and remorse. But some, such as Jim Laychak, BS Accounting ’83 and BS Decision Sciences ’83, experienced an even greater loss. His brother, David, a civilian working for the Army at…

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Archiving a Troubled Past

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

People tell Rebecca Erbelding, MA History ’06, secrets that they won’t even tell their spouses, their siblings, or their children. As an archivist for the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., the Mason doctoral student gets to hear many of the survivors’ stories firsthand. Others she gleans from the diaries, journals, and photographs that arrive…

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The One to Watch

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 1st, 2008

It’s been an exciting few years for the Mason community. From chasing hoop dreams to making progress in AIDS and cancer research, it’s been quite the ride. And now Mason’s received another feather for its cap: This year, George Mason University took the No. 1 spot in a listing of universities to watch in U.S.News…

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New Software Identifies Network Vulnerabilities

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

Hear the word “cauldron” and it probably conjures up images of bubbling elixirs and Halloween parties. But it will soon be synonymous with computer network security. That’s because researchers at Mason’s Center for Secure Information Systems have developed new software meant to reduce the damage caused by cyber attacks and computer hackers. How does it…

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From Our Readers

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

All In The Family Both my husband and I graduated from Mason, then called GMU, in 1980. My husband also got his MBA there in 1987. We have four children, three of whom chose Mason as their first college choice. We do have one renegade son, who graduated from James Madison University, but what can you do?…

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Coaches We Love: Gordon Bradley

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

“Use your left foot.” Those were the words of a skinny, grinning Englishman who towered over my little four-year-old frame. Below my knees was a miniature soccer ball. Above me was Gordon Bradley. This is my first memory of the Mason coach. My father worked in the university’s Sports Information Department at the time, and…

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

How did America’s airports become so congested, and what can be done to alleviate the backups? Mason researchers believe they have a solution, and if the powers that be are listening, passengers may be able to say “buh-bye” to what has become terminal chaos.

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Talking Locally about Talking Globally

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 1st, 2008

As we have for the past 12 years, my wife, Sally, and I had the opportunity to be in the City of Fairfax’s Fourth of July Parade. While I was sitting in the viewing stand, it occurred to me that I really love this country and I love it more when we are reaching out…

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Sasha Hollinger

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on October 1st, 2008

Year: Senior Major: Dance Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia Citizen of the World: Hollinger and her older sister were born in England. Her family moved back to the United States when she was a baby. Claim to Fame: Hollinger was awarded a full dance talent scholarship, funded by Friends of Dance. One or two incoming freshmen who…

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