Archive for March, 2009

Another Downside to the Downturn: Workplace Discrimination Increases

Posted: March 4, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Eden King

When the economy worsens, what happens to diversity programs and affirmative action policies in the workplace? New research suggests that workplace discrimination can actually increase when people feel threatened by outside factors such as finances.

Spring Recognition Award Nominations Due March 6

Posted: March 4, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This is the last week to nominate Mason employees for recognition awards presented by the Office of Human Resources and Payroll.

Strike Up the Band! (With a Bit of Technology, Too)

Posted: March 4, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

When something works well, it doesn’t hurt to try it again.

Stearns, Scherrens to Hold Faculty Budget Forum Today

Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason Provost Peter Stearns and Senior Vice President Morrie Scherrens will discuss the current state of the budget, planned adjustments, and take questions and suggestions.

March 2009 Accolades

Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Accolades is a monthly column that recognizes the latest achievements of George Mason faculty and staff members.

Burr, Alligood to Lead New Honors College

Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Zofia Burr and Kathleen Alligood might seem an unlikely pair. Burr, an English professor, is a writer and a literary scholar, specializing in the field of poetry and poetics. Math professor Alligood studies nonlinear dynamics and topology.

Board of Visitors Votes to Withdraw from RAK Partnership at Semester’s End

Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Last week, Mason’s Board of Visitors (BOV) voted to rescind the university’s participation in the campus in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in the United Arab Emirates at the conclusion of the current spring semester.

Stress Test

Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Observers examine a popsicle stick bridge undergoing a test to see how much weight it can bear. The bridge-building contest for high school students was part of recent Engineers Day activities sponsored by the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering. Cash prizes went to the top three teams.Photo by Laura Sikes

Robyn Madar Is the March Employee of the Month

Posted: March 3, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Robyn Madar

Mason’s Human Resources and Payroll (HR) office is teeming with activity – busy people rush around and work hard to meet staff needs. In the back corner of this office works Robyn Madar, trainer for HR and Mason’s March Employee of the Month.

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.