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4-VA Grant to Support Communication Skills

4-VA Grant to Support Communication Skills

Melissa Broeckelman-Post, introductory communication course director, associate professor in the Department of Communication and a senior scholar in Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, is leading a team to help students continue to learn vital communication skills after completing the required COMM 101 course.

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Student Video Brings #MasonComm to Life: "This is Mason COMM"

Student Video Brings #MasonComm to Life: "This is Mason COMM"

Senior Alexandra Tubell created the video as part of COMM 411, Public Relations Practicum, in which students worked as the in-house PR agency for the communication department. They brainstormed various message strategies and ultimately developed the theme line "Collaborate. Create. Communicate." which has been adopted and incorporated into the department's brand.

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Communication Hosts Conference Inviting Top Minds in Health Communication

Communication Hosts Conference Inviting Top Minds in Health Communication

"The D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC), organized by the department and the Center for Health and Risk Communication, recently brought graduate students, as well as early to senior level scholars, together to hear about the latest research and advancements within the field through panels and roundtable discussions."

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Logging on to Innovative Learning

Logging on to Innovative Learning

Mason is expanding its online course and program offerings that have already helped students such as communication major Jennifer Kasse-Wanzer manage their busy lifestyles.

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Mason COMM Students at VACAS 2019

Mason COMM Students at VACAS 2019

Earlier this semester, four Communication majors--Kier Askew, Tifara Davis, Phanida Langer, and Melanie Miller--presented their media criticism papers at VACAS 2019, the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences, held this year at Radford University last March.

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D.C. Health Communication Conference 2019

D.C. Health Communication Conference 2019

The 5th biennial D.C. Health Communication conference will be held Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27, 2019. The theme for 2019 is "International and Global Health Communication Research".

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COMM 208: Intro to Media Production will be offered this Summer!

COMM 208: Intro to Media Production will be offered this Summer!

This summer, the media production program is extending an extraordinary opportunity specifically to our undergraduate students in Journalism and Public Relations. We’ve heard your calls for providing a way for your students to gain valuable skills necessary for entry into the media market and the MPC is prepared to deliver!

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The Spring 2019 Communication Newsletter

The Spring 2019 Communication Newsletter

The Department of Communication has re-vamped it's Alumni Newsletter, now called the "Communication Connection". It is for all COMM Alumni, current and new students, faculty, and any one interested in the Department of Communication at Mason!

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Creative Industry Week

Creative Industry Week

"Are your students passionate about the arts? Help them break into the creative industries during this week of events. Students can explore careers in creative fields like design, arts, theater, arts management, public relations and marketing, and more!"

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UKPR19 Sizzle Reel

UKPR19 Sizzle Reel

The 2019 Global Public Relations Study Abroad Program in London (#UKPR19), hosted by George Mason University, a public research institution in Fairfax, VA, is a fast-track immersion into the world of professional communications. From boutique agencies to a Fortune 500 company, students visit global leaders in public relations, public affairs and nonprofit and corporate communication.

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The 2019 Communication Career Fair

The 2019 Communication Career Fair

The annual Communication Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:30am in Dewberry Hall. It is free for both employers and students. Students must dress professionally and bring their resumes.

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Communication Alumni Awards

Communication Alumni Awards

Nominate an outstanding Mason alumnus who earned an undergraduate or a graduate degree in Communication for recognition by the George Mason University Department of Communication!

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Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the Midterm Elections, Nov. 28, 5-7pm

Immigration and the 2018 Midterm Elections Wednesday, November 28, 2018 5-7pm Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, 3rd Floor The results of the 2018 midterm elections are in, and there will likely be important consequences for immigration policy. Come hear expert panelists and policymakers discuss their predictions for immigration in 2019 and beyond.

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Pathways to your Future Press Release

Pathways to your Future Press Release

George Mason’s Department of Communication and the Insight Committee host the annual communication forum, Pathways to your Future, on Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018. The venue is Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Sports broadcaster, Lindsay Czarniak, gives the keynote address. All students are welcome to attend.

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Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Webinar October 17, 2018 1-2pm EDT

Immigrants in our communities thrive when they are given the opportunity to participate in the decisions that affect their lives. In this free webinar, learn what local leaders can do to include immigrants' interests, safeguard their families, and ensure they can contribute to their fullest potential.

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IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

IIR Hosts Film Screening of "Human Flow"

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

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Mason Debate Team Updates

Mason Debate Team Updates

Mason's Debate Team wins big at the season opening tournament at Binghamton University, where they won both the novice and junior varsity divisions.

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The Success of Online Courses in COMM

The Success of Online Courses in COMM

"With 40 students per semester, the course is a success not only due to its high attendance, but also for the increasing student satisfaction around the learning methods applied by course coordinator David J. Miller. The initiative made him one of the winners at the 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Awards for Teaching and Learning."

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Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Well-being is more than just a concept – it’s a way of living. At Mason, we aim to thrive together. A vital part of that is inspiring each other. Have you screwed up? We all do sometimes. Tell us your rebound resilience story. Do you enjoy a certain well-being practice? Let us know.

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Life without Writing

Life without Writing

What role does writing play in our lives? Professionals from three different fields (history, journalism, law) discuss the importance of writing in the 21st century. In Spanish and English. Thursday, March 29, from 12:00-1:15 PM

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Community Member Spotlight: Jessica Smith

Community Member Spotlight: Jessica Smith

We would like you to meet Jessica Smith of the Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia where she connects women, minorities and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals with the resources they need to build sustainable businesses. She has also presented her work at the Women and Gender Studies Annual Gender Research Conference in the past.

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On NPR, Kreps addresses flu fears

On NPR, Kreps addresses flu fears

KUT 90.5, Austin's NPR station, features Gary L. Kreps, University Distinguished Professor of Communication and director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication, who counsels calm in the face of fearsome flu reports, as well as vaccinations and hand-washing.

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Vraga assesses Facebook efforts to combat fake news

Vraga assesses Facebook efforts to combat fake news

Emily Vraga, faculty member in the Department of Communication, contributes to a Politico article on Facebook’s efforts to fact-check news shared on its site: she explains that including “related articles” alongside disputed "news" offers additional information instead of emphasizing the dispute itself.

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More than sticks and stones

More than sticks and stones

The 2017 Conference on Character Assassination in Theory and Practice welcomed U.S. and international researchers who represented nearly 30 colleges and universities, as well as practitioners in crisis management, journalism, and public relations.

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Toxic Talk

Toxic Talk

The Department of Communication launched a new and timely research lab in fall 2016. The Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Research Lab is led by an interdisciplinary research team of scholars particularly interested in the deliberate destruction of an individual’s reputation or credibility through character attacks. More importantly, the team is examining how to combat these attacks in an ever-changing media landscape.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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Lichter comments on late-night abundance of anti-Trump humor

Lichter comments on late-night abundance of anti-Trump humor

In an article on the Associated Press website, Robert Lichter, faculty member in the Department of Communication and director of Mason's Center for Media and Public Affairs, links the level of presidential-related late-night humor to the "polarization of politics" in the United States.

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The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The college welcomes Edward Lengel and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin to the 2017 degree celebrations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the May 2017 degree celebrations will be led by two outstanding alumni: chief historian for the White House Historical Association, Edward Lengel, and Lt. Col. Suzanne Devlin, a former acting chief of police for the Fairfax County Police Department and the current supervisor of safety and security for Loudoun County Public Schools.

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Mason Forensics Team Triumphs Again

Mason Forensics Team Triumphs Again

For the 29th time in the last 40 years, Mason Forensics has finished in the top five nationally! The team has just returned from the American Forensics Association National Tournament and the team placed third in the nation.

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CARP Research Lab hosts inaugural conference

CARP Research Lab hosts inaugural conference

The Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Research Lab is led by an interdisciplinary research team of scholars particularly interested in the deliberate destruction of an individual’s reputation or credibility through character attacks. The Lab’s first major event was held at Mason’s Arlington campus March 3 - 5, 2017 and hosted scholars from across campus, from all over the country, and from around the world.

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CNN: Ed Maibach's 5 key facts about climate change (with video)

CNN: Ed Maibach's 5 key facts about climate change (with video)

Reporting from the Executive Mansion

Reporting from the Executive Mansion

Communication majors Fareeha Rehman and Lottye Lockhart were selected by the Office of Student Media to represent Mason at a luncheon for college reporters with Governor Terry McAuliffe and several members of his staff.

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A communication program that is anything but 'basic'

A communication program that is anything but 'basic'

Mason's Basic Communication Course program has received the Program of Excellence award from the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association, denoting it a model for other programs across the country. See why this course is VERY "Mason."

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She left her "harp" at Mason

She left her "harp" at Mason

Though she’s known for playing the harp, Kelsi Gray is planning to work for a Northern Virginia public relations firm after graduation, thanks to one of her Mason classes.

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GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

GMU Visiting Filmmakers Series: City of Trees on 9 November

In a Q&A with the filmmakers following the screening, brothers Lance and Brandon Kramer shared with students the process of making their first feature film, “City of Trees.” They also discussed their most recent project, “The Messy Truth,” which focuses on starting healthy conversations in the aftermath of a hyper-political election season.

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The History of the Election of 2016

The History of the Election of 2016

This semester, classes in the Department of History and Art History have examined issues raised in the presidential election from a variety of contexts. Prior Election Day, the public was invited to join in!

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Students Seek Career Advice from Top Communication Professionals

Students Seek Career Advice from Top Communication Professionals

Top professionals from the Washington D.C. area shared career advice with George Mason students seeking to break into the communications field. A one-on-one mentoring event offered students the opportunity to ask professionals individual questions at the annual Communication Industry Forum.

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Most Americans Want to Learn More about Climate Change

Most Americans Want to Learn More about Climate Change

Through our polling research, we've learned that most Americans rarely read or hear about climate change in the news, or hear people they know talking about it. This lack of public and interpersonal communication about the issue is so prevalent that it is often referred to as a "climate silence."

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Judges Sought for Mason Forensics Tournament

Judges Sought for Mason Forensics Tournament

The George Mason Forensics team is now seeking judges for the 2016 Virginia is for Lovers Forensics tournament. Forensics is public speaking and oral interpretation of literature, with events designed to focus on each of the ways the spoken word can be used to persuade or move an audience.

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George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

George Mason University Graduate Showcase: Registration Now Open

Mason's Office of Graduate Admissions cordially invites you to attend our largest annual event for prospective graduate students. Learn about graduate degree programs, graduate certificates, and professional degrees. Come see the excitement of our campus, meet our faculty, and speak with admissions representatives.

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The End of the Line

The End of the Line

Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act, brought on by overfishing.

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Donald Trump Is Guaranteed to Win -- as Top Joke Target

Donald Trump Is Guaranteed to Win -- as Top Joke Target

In every election year since 1992, the Republican candidate was mocked more by comedians than the Democrat. Republicans maintained that status even though Bill Clinton was the most joked-about politician during the past 24 years, said Robert Lichter, director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

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Lichter on Bannon's Role in Trump Campaign

Lichter on Bannon's Role in Trump Campaign

In an article on the Wired site, Robert Lichter, faculty member in the Department of Communication and director of Mason's Center for Media and Public Affairs, discusses the implications of media executive Steve Bannon serving as the CEO of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Looking for a Fall Course? Here Are Some Good Ones!

Educational inequality. Social innovation. Public relations. Human rights. These courses, offered in fall 2016, will expand your view on real issues that affect the world around us. No matter what your major, your awareness of any of these big issues will bring new perspective to your education. Learn more!

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Cultural Worldviews Affect Sea Level Rise Risk Perceptions

Cultural Worldviews Affect Sea Level Rise Risk Perceptions

We are pleased to announce two new resources by Mason 4C researchers Karen Akerlof, Kathy Rowan and their colleagues. In a newly published paper in Environmental Science & Policy they explore public perceptions of sea level rise risks and the use of deliberation to facilitate community-based decision-making in Maryland.

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FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

FAMS Courses for Fall 2016

Courses include Bollywood and Beyond, Film and Video Forms, Global Horror Film, History of World Cinema, International Mysteries, Intro Documentary, Intro Film, Japanese Cinema, Music Video Experimentation, and War and International Film.

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PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

PopMatters Internship Fall 2016

Internship available for aspiring film reviewer at PopMatters. This is a chance to gain experience in writing reviews of film, television, and internet programming for a respected daily cultural studies magazine.

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Go Call Your Mom. Science Says It’ll Make You Feel Better.

Go Call Your Mom. Science Says It’ll Make You Feel Better.

Carla L. Fisher, an assistant professor at George Mason University, studies communication between family members and how that’s essential to health, with specific attention to mothers and daughters who are dealing with breast cancer. "There’s something about mothers and daughters...It’s just such a profound relationship," she says.

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Job Posting: Communication Intern

Job Posting: Communication Intern

The role of the Communication Intern is to recruit new students to join Student Media, assist with summer office projects and initiatives, maintain and increase social media presence, and provide support for the upcoming Fall semester.

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FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

FAMS Courses for Summer 2016

Find new ways to see your world with FAMS Summer courses. Titles include Conflict, Terrorism, Human Rights; Film and Video Forms; Film and Video Screenwriting; Intro to Film; Samurai On Screen; Women in Media.

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Mason Students Vote in Virginia Primary

Mason Students Vote in Virginia Primary

Watch a video of "exit interviews" of Mason students from Super Tuesday (3/1). Over 1,100 students showed up at the Merten Hall on-campus polling place for the 2016 presidential primary -- a dramatic increase over 2012 primary voter turnout.

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NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

NPR Correspondent Tom Gjelten speaks at IIR Colloquium

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) hosted Tom Gjelten, correspondent for National Public Radio and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story, at the April colloquium. Mr. Gjelten shared his insights on how the landscape of America has changed over the past fifty years with the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, as told through the experiences of families in one suburban county in Virginia.

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Climate Change's Unseen Consensus

Climate Change's Unseen Consensus

In the history of science, there have been few instances in which almost all experts in a particular field were in complete agreement. Climate change is one of those instances.

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Study Sports Management in Switzerland

Study Sports Management in Switzerland

This program, hosted at Franklin University, will provide an opportunity for students to experience Europe while also learning about how sport organizations make policy, the governance structure of sport organizations, and also discover the many types of sports organizations around the world.

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Student Media Content Spotlight

Student Media Content Spotlight

On Thursday, January 7th, President Obama and CNN host Anderson Cooper sat down with a hand-picked audience for a town hall discussion about "Guns in America." The hour-long event was broadcast live from the Johnson Center's Dewberry Hall on Mason's Fairfax campus.

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Student Media Content Spotlight

Student Media Content Spotlight

The Mason LIFE (Learning into Future Environments) Program is a supportive academic university experience offering a four-year curriculum of study to post-secondary students, 18-23 years of age, with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Views of Allergists on the Effects of Climate Change

Views of Allergists on the Effects of Climate Change

The George Mason Program on Climate and Health collaborated with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) to assess their members' knowledge, attitudes, and experiences with the health effects of climate change and their preferred actions.

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How Pope Francis Changed the Conversation about Global Warming

How Pope Francis Changed the Conversation about Global Warming

We are pleased to announce the release of a special report from our new study: The Francis Effect: How Pope Francis changed the conversation about global warming. Today more Americans and more American Catholics are worried about global warming than six months ago and more believe it will have significant impacts on human beings.

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Bernie Sanders Comforts Mason Student

Bernie Sanders Comforts Mason Student

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Bernie Sanders spoke to both the Mason community and students on over 300 college campuses across the country live from the RAC. Student Media was there to cover the action with original reporting by Mason Cable Network, Fourth Estate, and WGMU Radio.

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Marylanders Support State Climate and Energy Policies

Marylanders Support State Climate and Energy Policies

For the third year in a row, a majority of Marylanders say they support most state climate and energy policies, including expanding government-backed incentives for energy-efficiency programs and mandating energy suppliers to meet the current target for renewable energy, according to a new survey.

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2016 Candidates Flock to New Class of Late-night Show Hosts

2016 Candidates Flock to New Class of Late-night Show Hosts

"These shows give candidates the chance to show off their humanity, and it's a way of introducing themselves to people who don't watch the news," said Robert Lichter, a professor at George Mason University who studies the intersection of politics and late-night humor.

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SPJ on the Move

SPJ on the Move

The George Mason University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has a newly-elected president. Fernanda Rodriguez was elected to lead SPJ Mason members for fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters.

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Bob Inglis Featured on New Weather Channel Series

Bob Inglis Featured on New Weather Channel Series

The Weather Channel has released a new series called "The Climate 25: Conversations With 25 Of The Smartest Voices on Climate, Security, Energy and Peace." Our Mason 4C colleague Bob Inglis was one of the 25 individuals included along with fellow conservatives Henry Paulson, Christine Todd Whitman and Eli Lehrer, among others.

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Lichter: Washington Times Editorial on Anti-bacterial Soap Regulations

Lichter: Washington Times Editorial on Anti-bacterial Soap Regulations

In an editorial in the Washington Times, Robert Lichter, faculty member, Department of Communication and director of Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, expresses concern that proposed US Food and Drug Administration rules regulating antibacterial hand soaps are not supported by a balanced analysis of evidence.

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Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections

Lichter in LA Times: Late-Night Television's Role in Elections

In a piece in the Los Angeles Times regarding the “new generation” of late-night television hosts, Robert Lichter, faculty member, Department of Communication and director of Mason’s Center for Media and Public Affairs, discusses the importance of late-night television to political campaigns.

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Maibach Discusses Climate Change at White House Event

Maibach Discusses Climate Change at White House Event

George Mason University professor Edward Maibach, faculty member in the Department of Communication and director, Center for Climate Change Communication, participated in the White House Public Health and Climate Change Summit as part of the panel on “Actionable Information for Prevention: From Science to Social Media.”

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COMM Students Seize Presidential Opportunity

COMM Students Seize Presidential Opportunity

Students in Professor Beth Jannery's summer term section of COMM 303: Writing Across the Media have the chance to cover history in the making, thanks to Mason's Issues Forum 2016, which aims to bring 2016 presidential candidates to Mason's Arlington Campus.

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Unraveling Understandings of Feminism

Unraveling Understandings of Feminism

When asking Mason students about their thoughts on feminism anonymously over the popular app, Yik Yak, responses varied from "it needs to be eradicated," to "equality," to "female extremists," and to "Tumblr." One person posted, "I feel like the ideals behind feminism are noble and necessary, it's just being handled so poorly."

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Send in the Clowns (and out the Elephants)

Send in the Clowns (and out the Elephants)

The circus is back in town. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus returned to the Patriot Center Wednesday Apr. 8 for its annual visit to Mason, an event that draws large crowds from the surrounding Fairfax area as well as the attention of animal rights activists.

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Communication Skills Are #1 Most Valued by Corporations

Communication Skills Are #1 Most Valued by Corporations

After reaching out to more than 1,000 MBA recruiters, Bloomberg Businessweek found that good communication skills are most sought after by employers. Recruiters who took the survey could were given a list of 14 employee skills and could chose up to five that they most wanted to see in potential employees.

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Smoking out the Health Risks of Vaping

Smoking out the Health Risks of Vaping

The rising popularity of electronic cigarettes and vaporizers have exposed an omission in Mason’s smoking policy that allows people to smoke inside, but students and faculty have started to question whether there should be a rule against smoking e-cigarettes and vaping inside and in class.

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Climate Change in the American Christian Mind

Climate Change in the American Christian Mind

We are pleased to announce the release of the first report from our new national survey: Climate Change in the American Christian Mind. Many Americans draw, at least in part, upon their religious beliefs to guide their understanding and interpretation of climate change causes, impacts, and solutions.

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Student Journalists Score Awards, Internships

Student Journalists Score Awards, Internships

Let's hear a big round of applause for Student Media's own Hau Chu who was named the Region 2 winner of the SPJ Mark of Excellence Award in the sports writing category for his article, "A Second Chance At Life." Hau now goes on to compete nationally alongside fellow journalists from across the country.

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Studying Abroad in Florence

Studying Abroad in Florence

Twenty-three Mason undergraduates are currently living and studying in Florence, Italy through the Center for Global Education’s Florence Semester. The program allows students to earn class credit while taking in the enriching atmosphere of Florentine arts and culture.

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Alumni Featured in NCA Publication

Alumni Featured in NCA Publication

Mason faculty and alumni were featured in the March 2015 issue of Spectra, a publication of the National Communication Association. Mason alumna LaKesha Anderson developed the concept for this issue of Spectra which presents recent research on health and risk communication.

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Health Impacts of Global Warming Unknown, Even among the Concerned

Health Impacts of Global Warming Unknown, Even among the Concerned

We are pleased to announce the release of a new report, Global Warming's Six Americas, October 2014: Perceptions of the Health Consequences of Global Warming and Update on Key Beliefs, by Connie Roser-Renouf, Edward Maibach and Jennifer Kreslake of George Mason University, and Geoff Feinberg, Seth Rosenthal and Anthony Leiserowitz at Yale.

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New App Will Allow Students to Order from Class

New App Will Allow Students to Order from Class

Door busting lines at the new Panera Bread and Starbucks may be familiar sights, but George Mason University is introducing Tapingo, an app that aims “to create a world with no lines.” Tapingo uses a mobile platform to allow users to place an order from anywhere.

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Marylanders Believe Climate Change Damages Health

Marylanders Believe Climate Change Damages Health

A majority of Marylanders expect people's health in their communities to be affected by climate change in the next several years (55%), according to a new survey from the Center for Climate Change Communication in partnership with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland.

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Media Panel Gives Career Advice to Students

Media Panel Gives Career Advice to Students

The Department of Communication, The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mason Chapter, The Office of Student Media and The Office of Career Services held a compelling evening event on 2/11 that included a Media Panel with speakers from CNN, USA Today, PBS and NewsPebbles (a crowdsourcing start-up).

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Why Black History Month?

Why Black History Month?

Every February, college professors like myself are tasked with reminding students and the general public of the significance of Black History Month. Undoubtedly, many people understand the potential value behind a designated month dedicated to this part of American history.

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Positions open at Mason Cable Network

Positions open at Mason Cable Network

Mason Cable Network, Mason's student run television network, is looking to fill various production positions, including production assistants, camera operators, and video editors. These positions are unpaid, but they are a great resume builder for those looking for practical experience.

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Plans for new building will provide a central location for CHHS

Plans for new building will provide a central location for CHHS

The Office of Facilities has yet to publicly release the construction start date for the proposed $73 million building intended to house the College of Health and Human Services. According to a June 2014 press release from the university, Mason secured $65 million in state funding and was still looking to raise $8 million in donations.

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Americans in the Dark About Health Risks of Global Warming

Americans in the Dark About Health Risks of Global Warming

We are pleased to announce a new report, Public Perceptions of the Health Consequences of Global Warming, based on data from our national survey conducted in October 2014. We find that Americans are generally unaware of the potential health consequences of global warming.

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Holiday Gift Guide: College Budget Edition

Holiday Gift Guide: College Budget Edition

As the holidays approach and the Secret Santa sticks are drawn, college students everywhere are on a budget and struggling to find decent presents for their friends and family. With the end of the semester also looming near and finals on the mind, time is of the essence.

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CHSS Class Minimums Raised Due to University Budget Cuts

CHSS Class Minimums Raised Due to University Budget Cuts

Communication classes that do not have at least 15 students registered by Dec. 15 may be cancelled. This change has been made in order to contribute to recent university budget cuts that were the result of a state tax shortfall totaling $2.4 billion for fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The previous class minimum was 12 students.

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State of the Student Body Fall 2014 Address

State of the Student Body Fall 2014 Address

Student Body President Phil Abbruscato and Vice-President Dilan Wickrema spoke with Fourth Estate and Mason Cable Network during the first State of the Student Body address where they detailed what Student Government has accomplished this semester and what they plan to do in the future.

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Rising American Electorate Responds to Climate Change

Rising American Electorate Responds to Climate Change

Though climate change is not a top-tier issue for voters in the midterm elections, environmental groups are currently spending record amounts of money on environment and energy campaign ads, and candidates in hotly contested races are using the issue to distinguish themselves from their opponents.

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2014 Elections Recap: Republicans Triumph in Midterms

2014 Elections Recap: Republicans Triumph in Midterms

As the 2014 midterm elections wind down, here’s a brief recap of the major outcomes from important races in Virginia and around the nation and what those results mean for political control. Before Tuesday, the Senate makeup stood at 53 Democratic seats and 45 Republican seats, with 2 Independents.

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WGMU to Broadcast Mason Basketball Games

WGMU to Broadcast Mason Basketball Games

WGMU is partnering up with Mason Athletics for another basketball season. WGMU will be broadcasting all Men’s Basketball games, as well as all Women’s Basketball home games and select away games.

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Communication Forum Discusses Social Media in Global Context

Communication Forum Discusses Social Media in Global Context

The Department of Communication sponsored their fourth annual career forum on Tuesday that focused on building connections between students, faculty, and communications professionals. This year’s forum, titled #AllThingsSocial, allowed panelists to share insights about social media and digital communication in a global context.

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Coming out in a Cisgender Normative World: It’s Not Always Safe

Coming out in a Cisgender Normative World: It’s Not Always Safe

In light of the celebration of National Coming Out Week at Mason Oct. 6-12, students are pointing to a lacking balance in visibility and knowledge of different identities in the LGBTQ community as well as obstacles faced by those trying to come out safely due to the misunderstanding of non-cisgendered people.

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4C Reviews High School Climate Education Program

4C Reviews High School Climate Education Program

In 2009, 4C presented the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) -- a non-profit organization that conducts climate education assembly programs in high schools across the country -- with its Climate Change Communicator of the Year Award.

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Communication Studies Rise to Relevance

Communication Studies Rise to Relevance

As an academic discipline, Communication Studies is posting strong growth in relation to undergraduate majors, undergraduate degrees awarded, student popularity, and number of institutions offering the degree according to a newly released American Academy of Arts & Sciences Humanities Indicator assessment.

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#AllThingsSocial Career Forum

#AllThingsSocial Career Forum

Mason students will have the opportunity to engage with some of the nation's leading communication professionals during a special career forum on October 28.

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PR and Social Media Blog

PR and Social Media Blog

Technology and social media have altered public relations as it has been practiced for the past 100 years, but teaching public relations at Mason is keeping pace. Students enrolled in fall semester's Contemporary Public Relations and Social Media are exploring the new world of PR, one tweet at a time.

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Communication Major to Require Fewer Theory Courses

Communication Major to Require Fewer Theory Courses

The Department of Communication at George Mason University has finalized years of changes requiring fewer theory classes for a communications degree. The changes are an effort to teach more practical courses geared toward specific concentrations to prepare students for the real world.

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Survey Shows Maryland Strongly Supports Renewable Energy

Survey Shows Maryland Strongly Supports Renewable Energy

A new survey from George Mason University in partnership with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland demonstrates strong support for increasing the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources, like solar and wind, and mandated increases in the amount of renewable energy provided by electricity suppliers.

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Dr. Carla L. Fisher to Teach Course in Mother-Daughter Communication

Dr. Carla L. Fisher to Teach Course in Mother-Daughter Communication

The mother-daughter relationship can be both deeply intimate and tremendously complex. Using popular culture, films and TV shows, documentaries, short stories, research, and books, we can explore this unique tie from a variety of lens (sociological, cultural, historical, psychological, developmental, narrative, medical).

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Forensics Success at Virginia is for Lovers Tournament

Forensics Success at Virginia is for Lovers Tournament

Mason Forensics competed in the Virginia is for Lovers Tournament at GMU on Saturday October 5thand had another impressive weekend. 11 speech events were represented at the tournament. Mason brought home 7 Champions and multiple final round contestants.

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New Brand Profile Phases out “Where Innovation Is Tradition”

New Brand Profile Phases out “Where Innovation Is Tradition”

George Mason University has created its first “brand profile,” a creative strategy for communication with recruits, students and alumni. The university will use this profile as a resource for communication and marketing and will phase out the university’s tagline “Where Innovation is Tradition.”

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Annual Patriot Debate Institute Has Another Successful Summer

Annual Patriot Debate Institute Has Another Successful Summer

Each summer, the coaches and debaters of the GMU Debate Team convene on campus to instruct a three week debate camp called the GMU Patriot Debate Institute. The summer workshop is open to middle school and high school students who want to improve their public speaking and debate skills.

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College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

College Celebrates Alumni at Two Special Events

George Mason University celebrated its annual Alumni Weekend on September 19-21 this year, and welcomed many Patriots from far and near back to Fairfax Campus. Among the host of activities planned for the weekend, the college was able to add to the festivities by entertaining its alumni at two distinct events.

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Updated Minor Keeps Journalism Relevant at Mason

Updated Minor Keeps Journalism Relevant at Mason

George Mason University’s Communication Department faculty voted to change its electronic journalism minor into an updated journalism minor starting this semester. The decision comprises one component of the department’s ongoing efforts to better accommodate its students and their career ambitions.

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Dr. Boileau's Journey to Retirement

Dr. Boileau's Journey to Retirement

In 1981, Don Boileau moved from Michigan to Virginia to be an adjunct for what was a small university at the time. Why did he choose Mason? Boileau says, “It seemed to be innovative and adapt to what life might be like in the future.”

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College Faculty Members Honored for Excellence in Teaching

College Faculty Members Honored for Excellence in Teaching

Four faculty members from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences were recognized this year by the university's Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. We congratulate Eric Anderson, Alan More, Amy Best, and Jeremy Hodgson for their contributions to the excellent instruction of our students.

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The Communicator Celebrates 10 Years

The Communicator Celebrates 10 Years

The Communication Department’s publication, The Communicator, is about to experience its 10th anniversary. Initially published by the department in Fall 2004, The Communicator has successfully served as a student written and produced publication.

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The Craft of Drafting

The Craft of Drafting

Matthew Harrison, an alumnus from George Mason University, has always enjoyed making something of his own. He started out brewing beer as a pass time, but soon it became his passion.

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Merci Paris!

Merci Paris!

The Mason Forensics Team just returned from the 24th Annual International Forensics Association Tournament in Paris, France. Mason placed second overall solidifying a top-two placement internationally for the seventh year in a row.

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GMU Debate Team Brings Home a National Championship

GMU Debate Team Brings Home a National Championship

George Mason University hosted the JV/Novice National Championship on March 7-10. Two hundred debaters, coaches, and judges from across the country gathered at GMU to determine who the best junior varsity and novice debaters were for the 2013-2014 season.

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Forensics Bests Top Teams in Texas

Forensics Bests Top Teams in Texas

George Mason University’s Forensics Team declared itself the squad to beat in a dominating performance that saw the team take home eight of 22 individual championships and the overall team championship at the Hell Froze Over Swing tournament on Jan. 11 and 12 in Austin, Texas.

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Alumna Uses Running to Promote Healthy Relationships

Alumna Uses Running to Promote Healthy Relationships

Karen Bontranger, BA Communication '11, used the experience of an abusive relationship to spread a message of empowerment through running. She started the annual No Fear in Love Race in February, 2011; the run takes place in Fairfax on February 23, 2014.

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Public Relations Students Feed the Hungry, Fight the Flu, and Find Funds

Public Relations Students Feed the Hungry, Fight the Flu, and Find Funds

Mustaches, buffalo wings, live tweets and persistence helped George Mason University students generate results in a hands-on course project in public relations during fall semester. Six teams executed strategic communication plans for worthy causes including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Community Immunity, Movember and Operation School Bell.

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Black and White and in the Red

Black and White and in the Red

Mr. Reimold is also closely watching George Mason University’s Fourth Estate, a new campus news organization. This fall, the university’s 52-year-old student paper, Broadside, merged with Connect2Mason, a digital journalism site. “I think this is the perfect example that change can be achieved,” he said. “I hope they will serve as a role model for the future of student media.”

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Eleven Team Championships and More Than 300 Finalists!

Eleven Team Championships and More Than 300 Finalists!

The Fall 2013 Forensics Season has been great for Mason 43. Every one of the 32 members of the team has advanced to at least one Final Round during the Fall semester garnering more than 300 total finals, more than 75 individual event championships, and securing 41 national qualifications already.

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Debate Team Wins Big at Final Tournament

Debate Team Wins Big at Final Tournament

On November 15-18 the Debate Team traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Varsity debaters competed in an invitation only tournament at Wake Forest University against the top 80 varsity teams in the country, besting teams from Michigan State University, Harvard, University of Kentucky, Northwestern, Wyoming and the University Southern California.

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University Mourns Passing of Michael R. Kelley

University Mourns Passing of Michael R. Kelley

Michael R. Kelley, a Distinguished Service Professor whose diverse, four-decade George Mason University career included prominent stints as an English professor, telecommunications pioneer and professor in the School of Public Policy, died of cardiac arrest Monday afternoon, Nov. 11, at Washington Hospital Center. He was 73.

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Debate Team Wins Three Tournaments in a Row Making Them #1 in the Nation!

Debate Team Wins Three Tournaments in a Row Making Them #1 in the Nation!

The Debate Team is well into another successful season, winning three tournaments in a row! Varsity debaters, Kyle Lastovica & Young Kwon won the varsity division of the James Madison Tournament from October 11-13, besting teams from the University of Mary Washington, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, James Madison University, and the Naval Academy.

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Black and White and in the Red

Black and White and in the Red

Mr. Reimold is also closely watching George Mason University’s Fourth Estate, a new campus news organization. This fall, the university’s 52-year-old student paper, Broadside, merged with Connect2Mason, a digital journalism site. “I think this is the perfect example that change can be achieved,” he said. “I hope they will serve as a role model for the future of student media.”

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Focusing the Attention of Digital Natives - COMM 300

Focusing the Attention of Digital Natives - COMM 300

“Guest lectures” by Mister Spock, King Arthur, and Aristotle were part of Professor Star Muir’s strategic course design to help digital age students focus their attention in COMM 300 Foundations of Public Communication online. Professor Muir’s academic research focus is Digital Natives and the impact of continual partial attention to different media streams on the mind, mental processing, and mental habits.

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Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research

Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research

In honor of Open Access Week, 5 members of the Mason Forensics Team presented speeches addressing the pros and cons of Open Access Journals and research. The presentations were followed by a lively discussion resulting in what Claudia Holland, the developer of the program, called, "one of the best programs we have ever had."

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Eight More Championships for Forensics!

Eight More Championships for Forensics!

Our team continued their incredible efforts at a competition hosted by James Madison University. Thirty-two of the thirty-three members of the team have now advanced to a Final Round in the first two weekends of the season.

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Alumnus Turner Named Top D.C. Decision Maker

Alumnus Turner Named Top D.C. Decision Maker

Shawn Turner, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has been named one of the National Journal's top Decision Makers of 2013. Turner earned an MA in crisis communication from George Mason University in 2006.

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Virginia Sea Grant Summer 2013 Science Communication Interns

Virginia Sea Grant Summer 2013 Science Communication Interns

The Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center is pleased to welcome two Virginia students for summer Science Communication Internships. Eric Olson will be working as the graduate intern for communication research, where he will study the information needs and communication preferences of policy makers and resource managers.

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Dr. Sheryl Friedley Reflects on Australian Trip

Dr. Sheryl Friedley Reflects on Australian Trip

The trip included a nice variety of large cities with all their impressive sights as well as small towns. Also toured the beautiful Blue Mountains, beautiful countryside with sheep sheering and lunch on the barbie, and the Parade of Penguins on Phillip Island -- you could set your watch by the 3,000 penguins that come ashore each night.

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Communication Internship Course

Communication Internship Course

Comm249 was launched in the spring of 2012. At first, the communication department only offered an internship course for students with at least 75 accumulated credits, but with CIE students with 45-to-75 credits and at least 6 communication credits can benefit from learning outside the classroom as well.

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Journalism Students Visit Newseum

Journalism Students Visit Newseum

Students from three of Prof. Steve Klein's Journalism classes visited the Newseum on November 15th to attend the Washington Ideas Forum and tour the museum. They were able to see many amazing exhibits showcasing events from history, including sections of the Berlin Wall.

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Debate Team Ranked #1 in the Nation

Debate Team Ranked #1 in the Nation

The Cross Examination Debate Association has the George Mason University Debate team, as of 19 November 2012, listed with a total of 111 points, 18 tiebreaker points, and is ranked at #1 for the nation!

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Mothers and Daughters and Breast Cancer

Mothers and Daughters and Breast Cancer

Dr. Carla L. Fisher, a professor at George Mason University, is an advocate for the importance of research in the field of family and health communication. With a plethora of experience working and doing research in the field, Dr. Fisher is a recognized authority on family, health communication related issues.

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Alumnus, Final Four Veteran Skinn Prepares for Olympics

Alumnus, Final Four Veteran Skinn Prepares for Olympics

GoMason.com caught up with Tony Skinn, BA '06, communication, as he prepares to become the first Patriots men's basketball player to reach the Olympics, starring for Nigeria. Skinn was the starting point guard on George Mason University's historic men's basketball team that reached the Final Four in 2006.

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GMU Students Dive into PR and Come Up with Results

GMU Students Dive into PR and Come Up with Results

(Fairfax, VA - May 9, 2012) -- In just 28 days, George Mason University students completed strategic projects which raised more than $2,000 for a one-woman cancer charity, collected 317 pairs of shoes for the needy, launched a bicycling community website, promoted recent award-winning music artists and more, all in a Spring semester foundation course in public relations.

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Student Interview with Dr. Catherine Wright

Student Interview with Dr. Catherine Wright

Have you ever experienced an event in your life, which made you feel terrible and made you think its end of the world? Maybe a case where you felt like you were almost done with one of the most important occasions in your life, and something came up that made you either start all over again or quit what you were doing?

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Communication Courses Cover Wide Spectrum of Skills

Communication Courses Cover Wide Spectrum of Skills

In the fall of 2011, the Department of Communication at George Mason University offers students the opportunity to pursue education in various tracks of the discipline, which include journalism, video production, video writing and communication studies.

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Communication Experts Discuss New Media and Democracy at Panel

Communication Experts Discuss New Media and Democracy at Panel

As part of International Week, the George Mason University Communication Department and the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution (CRDC) combined with Al Jazeera-English to present a timely panel discussion, "From Revolution to Evolution: How Emerging Media Empower Democracy", on April 11 at George Mason University's Johnson Center Cinema.

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Students Capture Milan on Camera During Summer Program

Students Capture Milan on Camera During Summer Program

Senior Suzanne Radcliffe and junior Allison Wruk, both majoring in communication, and junior Stephanie Knapp, majoring in art and visual technology, will present their photography of Milan, Italy, on Thursday, Nov. 4 between 12 and 2:30 p.m. in the second floor hallway of Science and Tech II.

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New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

New Leaders Highlight College Faculty Transitions

Over the summer, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomed many new faculty and staff members, while some current college employees added other responsibilities to their slate. The Global Affairs and Biodefense programs have new directors and the Department of Public and International Affairs has a new chair.

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College Faculty Members Discuss Media

College Faculty Members Discuss Media

Three College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members took the stage on Monday, Sept. 20, on a Fall for the Book panel discussing today’s media climate. All three of the panelists authored recent works.

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Villagran's Research Featured in Communication Currents

Villagran's Research Featured in Communication Currents

Communication faculty member Melinda Villagran is the lead author of a recent study about how clinicians can overcome communication challenges in the delivery of bad news to patients. This research is also featured in her recently published book, Patient and Provider Interaction, and in the latest issue of the scholarly journal Communication Education.

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Arab Media Boost Obama

Arab Media Boost Obama

A new study finds that President Obama’s news coverage is more positive in Arab and European television newscasts than on US network news. His most positive coverage came from Al-Jazeera, the controversial international news network based in Qatar, while his most negative coverage came from the US-based Fox News Channel.

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Courses Feature Mix of Past and Present

Courses Feature Mix of Past and Present

The fall 2010 semester may have started this week, but students have until Sept. 14 to add classes. College of Humanities and Social Sciences students have a variety of relevant and interesting options to choose from if they are looking for a last-minute course to plug into their fall schedule.

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Student Award Recipients

Student Award Recipients

Each year, departments and programs present awards to their outstanding students. The college is proud to announce the recipients of these awards for 2009-2010. Congratulations to all the department's students for their outstanding achievements.

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Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

Warren Brown and Robert Pinsky to Speak at Convocations

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies. Warren Brown, the founder and owner of successful bakery CakeLove and Love Café’, and poet and author Robert Pinsky are the speakers for this year’s convocation ceremonies.

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Communication's Farnsworth quoted in Post story about White House Communication Strategy

Communication's Farnsworth quoted in Post story about White House Communication Strategy

In this Washington Post article about White House communication strategy, George Mason University professor Stephen Farnsworth says "A diffident Obama PR strategy in the first year gave the Republicans an opening they have exploited." Farnsworth added of White House officials, "They simply have to play offense to try to win back the public support that they enjoyed during the campaign."

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Communication's Maibach on Conservation Attitudes

Communication's Maibach on Conservation Attitudes

Most Americans like the idea of conservation, but few practice it in their everyday lives. Mason's Ed Maibach along with researchers at Yale University conducted a national survey, which shows the discrepancy between attitudes and behaviors.

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Obama's Media Image – Compared to What?

Obama's Media Image – Compared to What?

President Obama finished his first year in office with more favorable coverage than other recent presidents received, but his media image has been mainly negative since an early “honeymoon” period, according to a new study by researchers at George Mason and Chapman Universities.

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Communication Major Learns Value of Networking

Communication Major Learns Value of Networking

Abbi Boose, a communication major with a concentration in public relations at George Mason, is interning at LeapFrog Solutions. She has accepted the challenges of her internship and knows that the opportunity will lead her to success. “Being at LeapFrog Solutions has helped me to learn how to communicate in a professional setting as well as develop my networking abilities that will aid me in the future,” said Boose.

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College Students Win Global Education Awards

College Students Win Global Education Awards

While many of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' students will travel abroad this winter, 20 of them are headed to places likes Israel, Palestine, London, Switzerland, Greece, and Turkey thanks to awards from Mason's Center for Global Education.

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Maibach Offers Perspectives on Climate Change

Maibach Offers Perspectives on Climate Change

Despite ads and awareness campaigns launched by the government and others, the number of Americans who believe climate change is a serious problem has been declining. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ed Maibach, director of George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication, about the challenges of launching public awareness campaigns about climate change.

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Villagran Cited on Crisis Communication

Villagran Cited on Crisis Communication

Melinda Villagran, a George Mason University associate professor of communication, was recently interviewed by the Wisconsin Law Journal about the changing nature of crisis communication. Dr. Villagran is a research associate at the Mason Law School Center for Infrastructure Protection and has been working with a team at CIP to study how federal laws shape public communication for emergency responders.

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AIDS Quilt Bound for Mason Campus on World AIDS Day

AIDS Quilt Bound for Mason Campus on World AIDS Day

George Mason University will commemorate World AIDS Day by bringing more than 100 blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to the Fairfax campus on Dec. 1, 2009. This event will be open to the public and is expected to be the largest display of the quilt on the east coast.

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Alum and WUSA-9 Anchor Has a Drive to Give

Alum and WUSA-9 Anchor Has a Drive to Give

Angie Goff, BA Communication 2001, is in motion at all times. Goff, traffic anchor, entertainment correspondent, lifestyle blogger and morning fill-in anchor for WUSA-9, joined the Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate in 2007 and has solidified her spot among the area's top media personalities.

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Steve Farnsworth Discusses Virginia Politics on NPR

Steve Farnsworth Discusses Virginia Politics on NPR

With a week to go before Election Day in Virginia. Candidates for Governor will make their final rounds in the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, pundits and party leaders are speculating about the national impact of the race. Mason's Steve Farnsworth joins WAMU's Morning Edition Host Matt McCleskey to talk about the races.

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Department of Communication Prepares for New Graduate Student Cohort

Department of Communication Prepares for New Graduate Student Cohort

The Department of Communication is busy preparing for the new cohort of MA and PhD students expected to arrive Thursday, August 27th for orientation. Directly following the Graduate Student Orientation for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the department will host a Welcome Reception at 7:00 on August 27th in Student Union Building II (SUB II), where students and faculty will have a chance to meet and discuss important issues for the upcoming semester. Please email Maria Carabelli to verify your attendance at this important event.

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Diversity on Campus Made Drag Queen’s Homecoming Victory Easy to Handle

Diversity on Campus Made Drag Queen’s Homecoming Victory Easy to Handle

Ryan Allen, a 22-year-old senior communication major from Virginia, has found what he called an amazing learning environment at Mason. An openly gay drag queen who performs at local nightclubs, Allen recently won Mason’s homecoming queen contest, kicking off a media swirl. But Allen said life on campus is the same as it ever was.

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2009 Undergraduate Research Symposium

2009 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The College is pleased to announce the 2009 Undergraduate Research Symposium. The symposium will showcase some of the excellent research and creative activity of CHSS undergraduate majors. The symposium is scheduled for April 14, 2009 from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Dewberry Hall Lobby of the Johnson Center. Additional information and application materials can be found here. If you are a Facebook member, the information is available on the CHSS Facebook Events Page.

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