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Forget the Plank, Matey, and Tell Me about Your Bottom Line

By Colleen Kearney Rich on October 7, 2009

When the Leesons took their eight-year-old son Peter to Disney World, they could not have anticipated that his experience with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride would lead to a research project and book. In his book The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates (Princeton University Press, April 2009), Peter T. Leeson, MA, PhD…

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Five Tips for Creating Happiness and Fulfillment

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 7, 2009

How can we feel positive and devote effort toward a meaningful life in these unstable, uncertain times? How do we find solace when our budget is shrinking and stressors at home and work are growing? Many of us are finding ourselves on life paths that we never expected as cortisol surges through our veins. Many…

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Professors We Love: School of Nursing

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 4, 2009

My story actually begins in the 1960s in isolation on a pediatric ward. Weeks of hospitalization gave me the desire to become a nurse. At that time, I envisioned a nurse to be a caring person who gave out ice cream while donning a hat that singularly represented the profession. It was years before I…

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The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 4, 2009

The latest book by Mason economics professor Russell Roberts is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). Told in the form of a novel, it is the story of how prosperity is created and sustained, and the unseen order and harmony that shape people’s lives. This book is…

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Did You Know…

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on April 4, 2009

Mason chemistry professor Abul Hussam was named an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The initiative recognizes the significant achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Previous recipients include former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, actor Andy Garcia, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

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Top Five: Ways to Shed Those Extra Pounds

By Leah Kerkman Fogarty on April 1, 2009

We’re beginning a new tradition here at the Spirit. With the great access we have to some of the top experts in their respective fields, it made sense to have Mason professors share a bit of their knowledge with our readers. So we’re starting the Top Five, in which we’ll ask a leading authority in…

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Coaches We Love: Gordon Bradley

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 1, 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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