Gazette Archive: A Closer Look

Mason Professor Brings History to Costume Design

Posted: March 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Just as an actor immerses himself in his character when preparing for a role, a costume designer must also consider every aspect of the character for whom he designs a costume. No one understands this better than Howard Kurtz, associate professor in Mason’s Department of Theater.

Getting On Board with Genocide Prevention: Education, Training Are Key

Posted: March 2, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In 1948, in the wake of the human atrocities committed by Nazi Germany, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. More than 60 years later, Andrea Bartoli, Mason professor and Drucie French Cumbie Chair for the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, believes the world is still struggling to understand genocidal trends and respond to threats appropriately.

Mason and Inova Health System Forge New Research Collaboration

Posted: February 23, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For more than nine years, researchers at Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System and George Mason University have been collaborating on groundbreaking research on obesity, liver disease and cancer. Now, the two have taken the relationship one step further with the establishment of the Inova Life Sciences Research Collaboration Fund – GMU.

Examining the Faces of Transnational and Transracial Adoption

Posted: February 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

People face any number of decisions and complications when adopting a child. Beyond the most basic of decisions — whether or not to become a parent and raise another human being — they make more subtle choices, such as where to adopt a child and how to create the conditions for their child to feel part of their family.

Mason and City of Fairfax Celebrate 50 Years of Partnership

Posted: February 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ever since the then-town, now City, of Fairfax handed over a deed to land where Mason’s Fairfax Campus now sits, the partnership between Mason and the city has generated countless mutually beneficial programs. Some have introduced the community to new cultural arts, others have expanded public interest in education, while others have brought solutions to transportation dilemmas.

Another Look at Offshore Outsourcing: Applying a Mathematical Analysis

Posted: February 2, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Although the issue of offshore outsourcing was overshadowed by broader economic concerns during the 2008 presidential campaign, offshore outsourcing of U.S. jobs was a hot-button issue four years ago. The 2004 presidential candidates debated the subject, as did CEOs, unions, workers and even talk show hosts. These often volatile discussions made Mason engineering systems expert Janos Gertler want to see a detailed analysis of the data to help him to formulate his own opinion.

Can the Circle Be Broken? Results of Study on Prisoners May Help

Posted: January 26, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Some studies estimate that more than one in 100 Americans live behind bars, and two of every three prisoners who leave jail will head back there within three years. Mason psychology professor June Tangney hopes her research will help break this cycle of recidivism.

Mason Professor Chronicles African Americans in Sports

Posted: January 20, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

When Mason professor David K. Wiggins talks passionately about the intersection of race, nationalism and politics, it is sometimes difficult to believe he is discussing sports. In this particular case, he is speaking about the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, often called the “Nazi Olympics,” a topic about which Wiggins has written extensively.

Mason Professor Looks at Historical Events through an Economic Lens

Posted: January 12, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At first glance, French wine imports, Filipino colonial history, and Soviet chess players wouldn’t seem to have a whole lot to do with the economy — but they do. According to Mason economist John Nye, they are all fertile ground for historical economic research.

Running the Government: Mason Partners with Consultants to Guide Public Administration

Posted: January 5, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

When Barack Obama takes over the job of president later this month, he will oversee a federal workforce of nearly two million. And these federal workers will in turn manage an even larger contractor workforce of more than 7.6 million. Mason’s Department of Public and International Affairs is partnering with consulting companies to educate these workforces about the pressing issues that face modern government management.