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Military Deployment Affects Health of Women and Teens

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

A recent study completed by Mason researcher Mona Ternus found that a woman’s military deployment affects her health, as well as that of her adolescent children. The research shows that deployment served as a catalyst for health and behavior change of both mothers and their adolescent children—and the longer the deployment, the greater the effect….

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Looking for Life on Jupiter’s Icy Moons

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Think of the coldest place on Earth—and then multiply that cold dozens of times. That’s the average temperature of some of the moons orbiting Jupiter. Evidence suggests that oceans may lie beneath the icy surfaces of Jupiter’s moons Titan and Europa. But could living organisms possibly survive in such a place? Mason biochemist Paul Cooper…

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Putting Dinos on a Diet

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Dinosaurs have been depicted throughout popular culture as the largest animals to have ever walked on Earth. While they still retain this status, a new study suggests that some dinosaurs may actually have weighed as little as half as much as previously thought. Geoffrey Birchard, associate professor of environmental science and policy at Mason, was…

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The Power of Apologies

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Apologizing for negative outcomes—a practice common even with children—may lead accounting auditors to receive more favorable verdicts in court, according to a study by researchers at George Mason University and Oklahoma State University. Assistant accounting professors Rick Warne of Mason and Robert Cornell of Oklahoma State found that remedial tactics, such as apologizing or first-person…

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Helping to Protect the Nation’s Most Valuable Assets

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

Malicious hackers from Russia and China have infected software programs related to the U.S. electrical grid that could be used to shut down the system at any time. Sound like a plot from the television series 24? Unfortunately, the situation was not created by Hollywood. In April 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that national…

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Building Legacies

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

When you think back on your college years, there most likely is a special professor who made your experience richer, going the extra mile to answer your questions after class. You may recall a staff member who was particularly helpful in the career center or financial aid office. For most university employees, it’s all in…

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Top Five “Staycation” Ideas for the D.C. Area

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

The economic horizon remains dim at best, so many feel the need to cut out annual high-budget vacations. But even during a financial crunch, we all deserve to have some fun, so become a tourist in your own town! Maggie Daniels, associate professor of tourism and events management, did some brainstorming with her tourism and…

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Lights, Camera, Admissions!

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

With today’s technology, you don’t have to be a budding Spielberg to make your own movie. Now Mason’s Office of Admissions is encouraging applicants to submit a video essay on why they are Mason material. From break dancing to busting rhymes, potential Mason Patriots are using inventive methods to show off their talents. And while…

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AIDS Quilt Comes to Mason

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 1st, 2010

On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2009, more than 100 panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display in Mason’s Dewberry Hall. Altogether, the quilt is made up of 40,000 total panels and is the largest ongoing community arts project in the world.

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Mason Law Moot Court Team Scores Trip to Nationals

by Leah Kerkman Fogarty on April 1st, 2010

Two Mason School of Law moot court teams swept all possible top awards in the qualifying rounds of the National Moot Court Competition. Held in Richmond, Virginia, the qualifying round drew participants from 20 top law schools from Virginia and surrounding states. This year’s competition represented the first time that both Mason teams reached the…

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