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Does a struggling economy make people and companies more likely to commit financial fraud? Mason fraud expert Keith Jones says not necessarily. According to Jones, fraud is more common during the booms and the “bubbles.” It is when the economy takes a downward turn that these fraudulent activities and creative accounting practices are finally exposed.

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Privacy as a Value

March 8, 2013

“We’ve updated our privacy policy!” Those words can strike fear into the hearts of social media and technology users. To use services by companies such as Apple, Google, and Facebook, you must first agree to a terms of usage agreement. As these agreements get longer and contain more legalese, are we losing our right to privacy when we click “Agree”? But the larger question may be, Do we care?

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No one knows better than Mason researcher Kevin Rockmann just how complex relationships—personal and professional—can be. With so many dynamics at play, the question of how relationships are built, develop, evolve, and dissolve over time becomes an important issue. With a background in organizational behavior, Rockmann, associate professor in Mason’s School of Management, has devoted his research to answering this multifaceted question. Specifically, his research revolves around the psychological attachments that individuals maintain with organizations, teams, and each other.

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While many of us rely on face-to-face conversations, phone calls, and e-mails for daily professional communication, what we say, or the medium we use to say it, may not be as important as how our interactions occur. This challenge is the focus behind the research of Mason’s Ann Baker, a senior associate dean and professor in the School of Public Policy. Baker has been exploring the intricacies involved in group and organizational communication, specifically examining how differences among people—differences that could keep them from effectively communicating—can actually be catalysts for creating new knowledge and more multifaceted understanding.

Continue Reading Can We Talk? Exploring How Colleagues Communicate (Or Don’t)


An average person might make dozens of conscious decisions at work each day—from what project to tackle first to how to respond to an e-mail.

But we are also making many other choices from moment to moment on a personal level. Our interpersonal decisions at work decide who we are. Every day, we choose which part of our identity to reveal or conceal to co-workers and supervisors. How we do that, why, and with what consequences are of great interest to Mason psychologist Eden King.

Continue Reading Researcher Explores the Psychology behind Revelations at the Office


Over her 31 years at Mason, Julianne Mahler has studied many government bureaus, but NASA holds a particular fascination for the professor of public and international affairs. “It’s a symbol of American progress and strength and scientific expertise,” says Mahler, an amateur astronomer. “If [media] want to show America triumphant, they show a shuttle taking off, or they show Earthrise over the moon—these are symbols of the greatness of America.”

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It’s a pretty common occurrence that happens every day — you notice your smartphone needs charging so you quickly hook it up to a computer. You continue on with your daily tasks, trusting that the smartphone is doing nothing more than powering up or synching your calendar and contacts.

All the while, the smartphone may be actively and stealthily taking over your computer.

Continue Reading New Research Shows How USB Cable Can Become Attack Tool


Although football season has come to a close, reports of players sustaining major concussions were all too common this year. As a result, the NFL and other sports leagues—from professional to youth levels—are increasingly concerned about making the sport safer for its players. Keeping players safe is what Shane Caswell, associate professor of athletic training

Continue Reading Mason Researcher Sheds Light on Concussion Trends in High School Sports


Mason biochemist Barney Bishop and his team of researchers are looking to magnets as a way to separate nanoparticles out of solutions. The research may lead to reducing the use of centrifuges, which can be time-consuming and damaging to nanoparticles.

Continue Reading A Magnetic Attraction to Nanoparticles


Mason computational physicist Estela Blaisten-Barojas is an expert in nanotechnology, a science that deals with substances at the atomic and molecular level in scale. She and her team created an automated way to classify zeolites according to their internal nanostructure network.

Continue Reading Exploiting the Properties of Very Small Objects


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