Archive for June, 2008

New Major Reflects Growing Interest in Chinese Language Program

Posted: June 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

As one of the most rapidly developing countries in the world, China has been playing a strong role in business, politics and finance in recent years. At the same time, it is home to a powerful and ancient culture known for its innovative artistic and scientific contributions.

No More Photocopies for this Mason Alum

Posted: June 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sarasin Booppanon

While a doctoral student, Sarasin Booppanon, PhD Public Policy ’08, discovered that he spent hours at the library photocopying sections of books assigned by professors.

New Study Highlights Practice of Informed Trading Prior to Analyst Downgrades

Posted: June 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A new study by Mason finance professors reveals that not only are there abnormally high levels of short selling of NASDAQ stocks prior to the public release of analyst downgrades, but evidence suggests that the short sellers are informed traders.

Short selling is the practice of selling securities the seller does not then own, in the hope of repurchasing them later at a lower price. This is done in an attempt to profit from an expected decline in price of a security, such as a stock or a bond, in contrast to the ordinary investment practice, where an investor “goes long” by purchasing a security in the hope the price will rise.

Mason to Collaborate on Regional Research Initiatives

Posted: June 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason joined four other universities this week in a partnership directed at improving the Washington, D.C., region’s ability to transfer research into products and businesses.

Be a Part of Studio A Summer Shows

Posted: June 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

GMU-TV and the Film and Video Studies Program are offering members of the Mason community an opportunity to be a part of two Studio A summer shows this month.

Mason Community Members Show Their Stuff at Artomatic

Posted: June 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A number of Mason faculty, staff and students are participating in this year’s Artomatic, a month-long multimedia arts event.

Dennis Hicks Has Big Plans for the Weekend

Posted: June 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Dennis Hicks

While the Weekends at Mason web site continues to keep students up to speed on Thursday-through-Sunday activities, University Life (UL) has added a new member to their team to help spread the word.

Provost Presents at Al Gore Climate Conference

Posted: June 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Provost Peter Stearns was one of a select group of scholars from around the world invited to speak at the Alliance for Climate Protection’s Climate Change Solutions Summit last month in Nashville with former Vice President Al Gore.

The purpose of the summit was to probe more deeply into concrete solutions for climate change to help develop government policies and invoke massive social behavior change.

16th Annual Washington Health Policy Institute Begins

Posted: June 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The 16th Annual Washington Health Policy Institute, presented by Mason’s Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics in the College of Health and Human Services, begins today.

Candidates for Vice President for Research to Give Presentations Beginning Today

Posted: June 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The first of four candidates for the position of vice president for research will make a presentation today.