Mason Faculty Featured on ‘With Good Reason’

Posted: March 3, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: March 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

A number of Mason faculty members have recently been featured or are scheduled on the “With Good Reason” weekly public radio show.

Scheduled for a March 19 broadcast interview is Fred Gibbs of Mason’s Center for History and New Media (CHNM) in a piece titled The Victorians Get the Google Treatment.” Gibbs and CHNM director Dan Cohen created a project using digital tools that allows them to search and then chart how frequently certain words — like “God,” “love,” and “science” — appear in all of 19th-century British literature. This new approach to literary analysis provides some fascinating insights into the minds of the Victorians.

In February, bioengineer Nathalia Peixoto, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was featured in a segment titledMysteries of the Brain that discussed her work connecting a computer to the brain. Peixoto uses electrodes, prosthetic devices and microchips to help improve people’s lives.

And last November, Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo of the Initiatives in Educational Transformation program, was interviewed for Will There Ever Be Peace on Earth? to discuss the importance of and strategies for infusing peace education in the curriculum. On the same program, David Haines, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, discussed America’s complicated relationship with its refugee population and his research that resulted in the book, “Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America.”

These and other episodes are archived on the “With Good Reason” website. The “With Good Reason” radio program is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium and is broadcast on public radio stations in Virginia and Washington, D.C., including WGMU Radio.

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