University Projects

Feb 242011

In fall 2010, I added Digital Store Front (DSF), a new tool for submitting print jobs to the Johnson Center Copy Center. You can use any Mason computer to login, register, attach your print job, and send. In the past, customers sent jobs via e-mail or walked to the Johnson Center Copy Center. When customers open the DSF by going to, they will see detailed listings of the services we provide, the paper types and color, and finishing that the copy center provides. Once DSF is opened it is similar to the customer being at the center with a customer service representative. When the job is received at the copy center, an electronic reply is sent to the customer. We feel that the customer and Print Services save time and money. Since we introduced DSF, we’ve received approximately 1,200 jobs. We are still marketing DSF to the Mason Nation. Melvin Parada, Mike Richardson, and Marisol Rivera also helped set up the DSF.

Submitted by Hamid (Sam) Kasmai, technical manager, Print Services

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Feb 242011

On October 23, 2010, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) launched its new website, a knowledge management system (KMS) that showcases the activities of ICAR and highlights the contributions to the field made by our expanding community of scholars and practitioners. On the new site, visitors can quickly catch up on ICAR’s latest publications, media appearances, and upcoming events.

Each member of our community will be invited to participate in this new online home for ICAR by creating a profile and sharing information about their background, professional careers, and accomplishments. An important strength of the KMS is in our profile pages that highlight publications, projects, media appearances, courses taught, and presentations given. Profiles also feature blog entries and highlight participation in social media and networks.

The ICAR KMS is the result of a yearlong collaboration between ICAR’s Knowledge Management Team and Xululabs, a Drupal development firm based in Fairfax, Virginia. The ICAR staff has stepped up to provide the content of the new website, from information on admissions to events, and faculty members have been working to find a home on the site for their projects.

Partnering with faculty, alumni, and students, the staff of ICAR’s John Burton Library has used the KMS to organize and showcase an extremely large and robust collection of conflict resolution resources generated by ICAR’s community of scholars and practitioners. This process will be ongoing to keep us up to date and aware of the activities at ICAR. The concept of linked data is the foundation of the KMS. All of the content stored on ICAR’s website stands in relationship with other content, creating a web of information that highlights the connections among people, organizations, academic publications, media appearances, courses, events, topics, and geographical regions.

The goal of the ICAR KMS is to reach and communicate with ICAR’s core audiences: students, alumni, prospective students, practitioners in the field of conflict analysis and resolution, policymakers, the media, and the public. The site aims to inform visitors about conflict analysis and resolution and what it is that ICAR does to lead and contribute to this field. For the first time, ICAR has a repository that can store and share the accomplishments of our very active community members.

In addition, the site serves as a launch pad for students to publish articles, present at conferences, find jobs and internships, and develop their understanding of conflict analysis and resolution. The accomplishments of others at ICAR serve as a pathway, illuminating the journals that publish our work, the conferences that feature our papers, and the organizations that hire our people.

The ICAR KMS is a living virtual representation of ICAR’s activity that communicates what is already there: a vibrant community of scholars and practitioners who are building the field every day. We hope that you will find it professionally and academically useful, and that you share with us your ideas and hopes for what you would like to see it become. You are invited to visit the site at

Submitted by Paul Snodgrass, technology and knowledge management director, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

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Feb 102011

Sixty-five 19th-century plaster casts of ancient western and eastern, medieval, and renaissance works of art were acquired from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and have been stored, cleaned, catalogued, mounted, copied, and exhibited on the Fairfax and Prince William Campuses. Students, faculty, and administrators collaborated on the project. Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of History and Art History and a world-renowned expert on ancient bronzes, spearheaded the acquisition of the plaster casts, which had been in storage for decades after the museum replaced its cast collection with original works of art.

Submitted by Carol Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History

Feb 102011

In March, I initiated an effort to create the Fall Commuter Challenge between the University of Maryland and George Mason University. This ended up becoming a collaborative effort among Human Resources, Transportation, and Sustainability, and the University of Maryland, to encourage employees and students to use alternative modes of transportation, other than driving alone, to get to campus. Josh Cantor, director of parking and transportation, played a key role in making this event a reality.

The challenge ran from September 22 (car-free day) to October 22. We used Zimride to track the mode of transportation used by individuals during the challenge. Zimride is a website that helps people find carpooling opportunities. The challenge was designed to have a positive impact on the environment by reducing the number of commuting trips made in single occupancy vehicles. The University of Maryland led the way in all categories of the competition: number of registrations, participation in the event, number of trips saved, and amount of CO2 reduced. But Mason demonstrated a strong environmental focus with 186 registrations, 41 people tracking their commutes, 378 trips saved, and a reduction of 8,642 pounds of CO2. Overall, the challenge had a significant impact with both universities contributing to a reduction in traffic congestion, a reduction of CO2 emissions, and getting people to try alternative modes of transportation. The total amount of CO2 emissions reduced during the event amounted to 28,517 pounds, and there was a reduction in the amount of gasoline potentially used by approximately 1,622 gallons. This was an innovative way to bring members of the Mason team together to make a difference.

We are looking to hold another challenge in the spring, possibly involving other regional universities, as well. This time, we will reach out to Public Policy, Psychology, and Environmental Sciences to continue building a collaborative team effort. We hope to raise awareness and increase involvement for faculty, staff, and students during the spring event. This would also provide a great opportunity for different classes related to environmental studies, sustainability, public policy, and psychology to participate.

Submitted by Rick Holt, Human Resources and Payroll

Sep 082010

Since 1994, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history, that is, to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.

CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding. Each year, CHNM’s many project web sites receive more than 16 million visitors, and more than one million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn, and conduct research.

Visit the CHNM Website

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