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Archive for April, 2014

The Challenges of International Adoption

by Colleen Kearney Rich on April 8th, 2014

When Mason anthropology professor Linda J. Seligmann and her husband adopted a baby girl from China in 2000, the reception they received triggered her professional, as well as personal, curiosity. The experience led to her latest book, Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation (Stanford University Press, 2013), which focuses on families who have adopted children from China and Russia, and families who have adopted African American children transracially.

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Patriot Profile: Christopher Vo

by Catherine Probst on April 8th, 2014

The Washington, D.C., region is a hotbed of personal drone development, and PhD student Christopher Vo is getting in on the action. The drones he develops—and he’s built nearly 15 of them—are called quadcopters because they are lifted and propelled by four rotors. You may have even seen Vo’s quadcopter zooming through the air when he was producing an aerial video of the Fairfax Campus.

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Producing Big Hits for the Small Screen

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 8th, 2014

Since 2006, Mason alumnus Any Reaser has worked for ABC Family, writing for or producing The Middleman, Huge, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, GCB, and the award-winning Pretty Little Liars.

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Top 5: Tips for Getting Words on Paper

by Mason Spirit contributor on April 8th, 2014

All of us have to write, whether it is to fulfill assignments, send memos and create proposals on the job, or even follow our passion for writing by writing memoirs, fiction, or even poetry. While each of us has our own writing process, we sometimes do things that don’t work. Here are a few tips from George Mason University English professor Don Gallehr to make it easier for you to write and eventually to write well.

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Mason Alumna Empowers Girls, Promotes Diversity

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on April 7th, 2014

Mason alumna Lidia Soto-Harmon is the chief executive officer of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, a position she’s held since 2010. She says experiencing Girl Scouting through others, including her own daughter, has helped her appreciate its impact on young lives.

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