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09/30/2016

Mason Research is taking a break from Facebook to get some research done.

Mason Robinson professor of U.S. history Spencer Crew is curator of the “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom” exhibi...
09/20/2016
You May Choke Up at Some of the Items on Display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Mason Robinson professor of U.S. history Spencer Crew is curator of the “Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom” exhibition at the National Museum of African American History and Culture: http://bit.ly/2cugoWA

A wide-eyed Lance Spencer, 12, stood against the wall, between a stone block once used to auction slaves and a glass-boxed gallery where a worker was adjusting the lights on a shawl that belonged to abolitionist Harriet Tubman. “It’s cool!” the seventh-grader at Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washingto...

Mason associate professor of educational psychology Kimberly Sheridan and student researcher Abigail Konopasky studied c...
09/17/2016
Where Creativity Comes From

Mason associate professor of educational psychology Kimberly Sheridan and student researcher Abigail Konopasky studied children's use of tools. They found that 3-4-year-olds showed predicted low innovation rates and that 4-7-year-olds showed higher rates of innovation than the younger children and than reported in prior studies. In a second experiment, the researchers found that children who were 5-6 and 6-7 were more likely to choose tools that they owned than to choose tools owned by the experimenter: http://bit.ly/2cjp02K

Studies of humans and other animals indicate that inventiveness often stems from factors other than need

Researchers at Mason, The George Washington University and SRI International studied inclusive science, technology, engi...
09/16/2016
Education World: STEM News Roundup: Report Determines What Successful STEM High Schools Have in Common

Researchers at Mason, The George Washington University and SRI International studied inclusive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) high schools that target underrepresented minority students. The researchers identified 14 critical components that eight exemplary inclusive STEM high schools had in common. They also prepared a toolkit to help schools self-assess their STEM programs, using the inclusive STEM schools in this study as exemplars: http://bit.ly/2d69qcn

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Mason psychology professor Eva Wiese, five doctoral students and 15 undergraduate students are studying how to make inte...
09/16/2016

Mason psychology professor Eva Wiese, five doctoral students and 15 undergraduate students are studying how to make interacting with a robot similar to interacting with a human: http://bit.ly/2cTSwua

Mason associate professor of environmental science and policy Alonso Aguirre will discuss his book: "Tropical Conservati...
09/14/2016

Mason associate professor of environmental science and policy Alonso Aguirre will discuss his book: "Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities" at Fall for the Book, September 26 at 3:00 p.m.. He will be joined by contributors to the book. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/2bB9CBk

Mason researcher Sita Nataraj Slavov, Utah State University researchers Frank Caliendo and Aspen Gorry and California St...
09/14/2016
How to Prevent Forced Retirement From Ruining Your Golden Years

Mason researcher Sita Nataraj Slavov, Utah State University researchers Frank Caliendo and Aspen Gorry and California State University, Fullerton researcher Maria Casanova used the national Health and Retirement Study to measure retirement timing uncertainty directly as the standard deviation of the difference between self-reported retirement expectations and actual retirement dates. They found deviations ranging from 4.28 to 6.92 years, depending on the sample.

The researchers found that individuals would give up 2.6% to 5.7% of total lifetime consumption to fully insure the risk of retirement date uncertainty, and 1.9% to 4% of lifetime consumption just to know for sure their actual retirement date at age 23: http://ti.me/2cmLUJm

You need a Plan B because many workers end up retiring years earlier than planned.

Mason School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution professor Thomas Flores and Georgetown University professor Irfan Noor...
09/13/2016

Mason School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution professor Thomas Flores and Georgetown University professor Irfan Nooruddin are the authors of a new book: Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century.

Researchers at Mason, The George Washington University and SRI International studied inclusive science, technology, engi...
09/13/2016
Researchers find common traits that account for strong STEM outcomes in schools

Researchers at Mason, The George Washington University and SRI International studied inclusive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) high schools that target underrepresented minority students. The researchers identified 14 critical components that eight exemplary inclusive STEM high schools had in common. They also prepared a toolkit to help schools self-assess their STEM programs, using the inclusive STEM schools in this study as exemplars: http://bit.ly/2cWe5xf

Five years ago, researchers at the George Washington University, SRI International and George Mason University began a study of inclusive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) high schools that target underrepresented minority students. The National Science Foundation-funded study, "Oppor...

09/09/2016
Retirement Date Uncertainty Puts Lifetime Income at Risk | PLANSPONSOR

Researchers from Mason, Utah State University and California State University, Fullerton used the national Health and Retirement Study to measure retirement timing uncertainty directly as the standard deviation of the difference between self-reported retirement expectations and actual retirement dates. They found deviations ranging from 4.28 to 6.92 years, depending on the sample.

The researchers found that individuals would give up 2.6% to 5.7% of total lifetime consumption to fully insure the risk of retirement date uncertainty, and 1.9% to 4% of lifetime consumption just to know for sure their actual retirement date at age 23: http://bit.ly/2cKS7i4

Research found individuals would forego up to 5.7% of total lifetime consumption to fully insure the risk of retirement date uncertainty.

09/09/2016
New Hair Protein Analysis Technique Might be as Good as DNA Profiling

Mason researchers have collaborated with a Utah startup company, Protein-Based Identification Technologies, LLC, and scientists from several other universities, including Utah Valley University, the University of Utah, Montana State University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, and the University of Washington and developed a protein identification technique.

The researchers published their work in PLOS ONE and explain how the technique zeroes in on the 1,000 genetic markers inherent in hair’s protein mutations that make us separate individuals. They also describe proteins in other tissues, such as bones, skin follicles, and teeth, and they’re now moving to identify their usefulness as well – particularly bones and teeth: http://bit.ly/2c2jhhr

The new protein identification technique will offer another tool to law enforcement authorities for crime scene investigations.

Mason environmental science and policy professor Lee Talbot to receive two awards for his work: http://bit.ly/2c1rNgQ
09/08/2016

Mason environmental science and policy professor Lee Talbot to receive two awards for his work: http://bit.ly/2c1rNgQ

Mason psychology professors Patrick E. McKnight and Pamela Greenwood and student researchers Cyrus K. Foroughi, Samuel S...
09/08/2016

Mason psychology professors Patrick E. McKnight and Pamela Greenwood and student researchers Cyrus K. Foroughi, Samuel S. Monfort and Martin Kaczynski recruited participants to a study in two ways. They posted flyers with brain-training buzzwords and posted other flyers without the keywords. Both groups of participants then played a brain-training game.

Those recruited via the buzzword flyers saw a 5 to 10 point IQ boost after playing the game. Those who were recruited via the plain flyer showed no improvement. The researchers concluded game benefits could be a placebo effect: http://bit.ly/2cwn4lw

Mason researchers have collaborated with a Utah startup company, Protein-Based Identification Technologies, LLC, and sci...
09/08/2016
Say goodbye to DNA testing: US researchers tout revolutionary hair-protein identification method

Mason researchers have collaborated with a Utah startup company, Protein-Based Identification Technologies, LLC, and scientists from several other universities, including Utah Valley University, the University of Utah, Montana State University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, and the University of Washington and developed a protein identification technique.

The researchers published their work in PLOS ONE and explain how the technique zeroes in on the 1,000 genetic markers inherent in hair’s protein mutations that make us separate individuals. They also describe proteins in other tissues, such as bones, skin follicles, and teeth, and they’re now moving to identify their usefulness as well – particularly bones and teeth: http://bit.ly/2c0IBV4

A potential forensic game-changer is emerging, as US government scientists have found a substitute for DNA testing for identification purposes. The new technique identifies genetic protein mutations in human hair, offering a striking level of precision.

Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Patrick A. McLaughlin and Duke University researchers Bentley Coffey and Pietro Peretto ...
09/07/2016
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Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Patrick A. McLaughlin and Duke University researchers Bentley Coffey and Pietro Peretto looked at regulations imposed since 1977 on 22 different industries, those industries' real growth rates, and what might have happened if those regulations had not been imposed. They found the U.S. economy was 25% smaller in 2012 than it would have been if regulation had been held constant since 1980: http://bit.ly/2ca8l0R

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Mason psychology professors Patrick E. McKnight and Pamela Greenwood and student researchers Cyrus K. Foroughi, Samuel S...
09/07/2016
U.S. Cracking Down on "Brain Training" Games

Mason psychology professors Patrick E. McKnight and Pamela Greenwood and student researchers Cyrus K. Foroughi, Samuel S. Monfort and Martin Kaczynski recruited participants to a study in two ways. They posted flyers with brain-training buzzwords and posted other flyers without the keywords. Both groups of participants then played a brain-training game.

Those recruited via the buzzword flyers saw a 5-10-point IQ boost after playing the game. Those who were recruited via the plain flyer showed no improvement. The researchers concluded game benefits could be a placebo effect: http://bit.ly/2cpW8ne

The Federal Trade Commission will be sending out rebates to thousands of Lumosity customers misled by company ads

Mason history professor Lincoln Mullen created a digital tool to examine bible verses in historic newspapers. Mullen rec...
09/06/2016

Mason history professor Lincoln Mullen created a digital tool to examine bible verses in historic newspapers. Mullen recently took first place in "Chronicling America Data Challenge" for his work. His project, "America's Public Bible: Biblical Quotations in US Newspapers" will be featured at a conference at the Library of Congress (LOC) in September, where Mullen will receive a prize of $5,000: http://bit.ly/2c10dix

Mason is spearheading a state-wide effort to reduce fatal drug overdoses in Virginia. As part of the effort, Mason will ...
09/02/2016
Fatal Drug Overdoses: GMU Leading $8.3M Treatment Research

Mason is spearheading a state-wide effort to reduce fatal drug overdoses in Virginia. As part of the effort, Mason will train and connect health care and behavioral health specialists at 11 clinics in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. Mason will also create a central data repository so health care professionals can analyze trends and improve strategies: http://bit.ly/2bIm552

The school will train and connect health care and behavioral health specialists at 11 clinics in Northern Virginia and Shenandoah Valley.

Mason assistant professor of public policy Justin Gest is the author of a new book: "The New Minority: White Working Cla...
09/02/2016

Mason assistant professor of public policy Justin Gest is the author of a new book: "The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in An Age of Immigration and Inequality." As part of his research, Gest solicited white Americans’ support for Donald Trump, but also for a hypothetical third party dedicated to “stopping mass immigration, providing American jobs to American workers, preserving America’s Christian heritage, and stopping the threat of Islam.” He found that 65% of white Americans would consider voting for such a party: http://bit.ly/2bKlgH5

Mercatus researchers Patrick McLaughlin and Laura Stanley examined a cross-section of 175 countries and found that those...
09/02/2016
How Detroit Can Liberate Its ‘Extreme Rebels’

Mercatus researchers Patrick McLaughlin and Laura Stanley examined a cross-section of 175 countries and found that those with more stringent occupation entry regulations tend to experience higher levels of income inequality: http://on.wsj.com/2bpNRmw

Jarrett Skorup and Jacob Weaver write that Detroit can boost job growth by rolling back occupational licensing laws.

09/02/2016

Between 2007 and 2015, the amount of money Mason officials spent on research increased 49%—going from $67.6 million in 2007 to $101 million in 2015. Mason now ranks among the top 20 public universities in the country for research in the social and economic sciences and among the top 50 for math and computer science. Mason has also been elevated to the tier of “highest research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education: http://bit.ly/2bX0HIg

Mason history professor Lincoln Mullen created a digital tool to examine bible verses in historic newspapers. Mullen rec...
09/01/2016

Mason history professor Lincoln Mullen created a digital tool to examine bible verses in historic newspapers. Mullen recently took first place in "Chronicling America Data Challenge" for his work. His project, "America's Public Bible: Biblical Quotations in US Newspapers" will be featured at a conference at the Library of Congress (LOC) in September, where Mullen will receive a prize of $5,000: http://strib.mn/2bWnfdF

Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Patrick A. McLaughlin and Duke University researchers Bentley Coffey and Pietro Peretto ...
08/31/2016
Did overregulation ground our flying cars and hoverboards? - TylerPaper.com

Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Patrick A. McLaughlin and Duke University researchers Bentley Coffey and Pietro Peretto looked at regulations imposed since 1977 on 22 different industries, those industries' real growth rate, and what might have happened if all those regulations had not been imposed. They found the U.S. economy was 25 percent smaller in 2012 than it would have been if regulation had been held constant since 1980: http://bit.ly/2bWl5s3

The year 2015 came and went, and we had no anti-gravity hoverboards. We were promised - promised...

Mason associate professor of environmental science and policy Alonso Aguirre will discuss his book: "Tropical Conservati...
08/31/2016

Mason associate professor of environmental science and policy Alonso Aguirre will discuss his book: "Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities" at Fall for the Book, September 26 at 3:00 p.m.. He will be joined by contributors to the book. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/2bB9CBk

Louise Shelley and Judy Deane of Mason's Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center write in a recent report t...
08/31/2016
The hard truth of doing business in Russia: it isn’t all about sanctions

Louise Shelley and Judy Deane of Mason's Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center write in a recent report that an array of Russian business entities--from state-owned oil companies to schools and hospitals--have fallen victim to asset grabbing at the hands of Russian raiders: http://on.ft.com/2ceo8NQ

Russia is suffering, that much is clear. After two years of dramatically lower oil prices and western sanctions the economy is shrinking, the fiscal deficit is growing and the budget gap is becoming increasingly hard to plug. Russia is fortunate that its professional central bank has played a key ro...

Nawa Sugiyama, an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Mason, is part of a project that will examine hom...
08/29/2016
ASU lab digs deep into ancient city's past

Nawa Sugiyama, an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Mason, is part of a project that will examine homes and community buildings, including ceremonial structures, in an area called Plaza of the Columns in Teotihuacan, Mexico. The project will involve excavation and other methods of analysis: http://bit.ly/2c8Qg50

Archaeology, at its heart, is about people. People who lived a very long time ago, and lived somewhat differently than us, but people nonetheless. So, although this is a story about a university’s archaeology lab at one of the greatest cities of the ancient world, it’s also a story about people, and...

Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D., an adjunct criminology professor at Mason, is co‐author of the recently released book, ISIS Def...
08/26/2016

Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D., an adjunct criminology professor at Mason, is co‐author of the recently released book, ISIS Defectors: Inside the Terrorist Caliphate, published by Advances Press: http://huff.to/2aJKpEn

Mercatus researchers Eileen Norcross and Olivia Gonzales ranked Connecticut 50th in their analysis of states' finances: ...
08/26/2016
Notable & Quotable: Connecticut’s Income Tax Turns 25

Mercatus researchers Eileen Norcross and Olivia Gonzales ranked Connecticut 50th in their analysis of states' finances: http://on.wsj.com/2bSzTGQ

A Notable & Quotable from “Where Has All the Money Gone?” published on Aug. 22 by the Yankee Institute: “Supporters promised the income tax would end Connecticut’s deficits once and for all.”

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