December 2013 Accolades

Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American History, served as seminar leader for a session discussing what it means be a public historian at the Seminar for Historical Administration in Indianapolis for the American Association for State and Local History. He also presented his essay, “Lincoln and the Issue of the Contraband” at Carleton University. He was the keynote speaker of the ninth annual Fairfax County History Conference, giving a lecture titled “The Underground Railroad in Fairfax County.” Finally, he co-wrote the article “Museums and Race,” which appears in the November/December issue of Museum magazine.

Robert Hazen, Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, released “The Origin and Evolution of Earth: From the Big Bang to the Future of Human Existence” with Great Courses, a series that produces college-level audio and video courses through The Teaching Company.

John Paden, Robinson Professor of International Studies, gave a presentation at the State Department concerning the upcoming Nigerian elections. He presented “Countering Violent Extremism in Northern Nigeria: Development Options” at a USAID conference. Also, he hosted two university presidents from Nigeria and facilitated in the signing of linkage agreements between George Mason and their respective universities.

Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs, lectured on the morality of capitalism at Randolph Macon College.

Laurie O. Robinson, Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, chaired the Research Advisory Committee and moderated a panel on “Police Culture and Policing Research — Finding Common Ground,” organized by Mason criminology professor Cynthia Lum, at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. Robinson also was among a small group of criminal justice scholars who provided advice to Thomas Abt, the new cabinet-level head of public safety for Governor Cuomo.

James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics, presented “Scientific Literacy: Why, What, and How?” at the sixth International Conference on Science in Society in Warsaw, Poland.

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