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Archive for October, 2016

On the Bench with Mason Psychology Professor Lou Buffardi

by Colleen Kearney Rich on October 31st, 2016

Mason basketball superfan and psychology professor Lou Buffardi was one of the lucky 15 faculty and staff members chosen by lottery to be a sideline coach with the men’s basketball team during a home game.

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The Best Seat in the House

by Damian Cristodero on October 28th, 2016

The Sideline Coaching Program allows one Mason faculty or staff member per game to get an insider’s view by attending team meetings, practices, and meals, having access to opponent scouting reports and being in the locker room before games and at halftime. The topper, though, is being on the bench.

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Bringing STEM into FOCUS

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 28th, 2016

The not-so-lazy days of summer—A camp where girls participate in activities that revolve around STEM and leadership building.

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Meet the Happy Campers— and Counselors—of the FOCUS Camp

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 28th, 2016

No two days at the FOCUS Camp are alike, but all are filled with lively, stimulating activities that offer plenty of hands-on learning. Monday’s emphasis is science, Tuesday technology, Wednesday engineering, and Thursday math. Activities range from maneuvering a robotic arm and creating Play-Doh electron conductors, to designing computer games. Campers attend a final workshop on Friday, give poster presentations, and take part in an awards ceremony.

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Laying Down Tracks

by Jamie Rogers on October 28th, 2016

In a recording studio on the main floor of the Music/Theater Building last spring, students from the student recording company Mason Noise wrapped up production of a full-length studio album and began mastering the tracks. Each semester Mason Noise selects a student music artist and then records, mixes, engineers, produces, and distributes a full-length album.

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Turns Out, Crime Does Pay

by Mason Spirit contributor on October 28th, 2016

Inch by inch, students carefully make their way around a grid placed on a muddy forensic excavation and research site on the Fairfax Campus. Their assignment: to unearth evidence in a staged outdoor crime scene. It’s the stuff of hit TV drama series. But for these students, the day’s rain-soaked efforts deliver far more than drama. They deliver real-life forensic science training, critical to qualifying for a career that already is waiting for them.

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Mason Alumna Cast in Broadway’s Hamilton

by Jamie Rogers on October 26th, 2016

Dancer and actress Sasha Hollinger, BFA Dance ’09, is playing an important element of history in the Tony and Grammy award-winning Broadway musical, Hamilton.

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Student Profile: Chris Fernandez

by Damian Cristodero on October 26th, 2016

For biology major Chris Fernandez, receiving the $7,000 Udall Scholarship provides an opportunity, as the rising senior says, “to understand some of the roots of the conservation movement in the United States.” In August, at a four-day conference tied to the scholarship in Tucson, Arizona, he joined 60 scholarship recipients to work with professionals on case studies concerning environmental and Native American issues.

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Helping Others Is His Business

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 26th, 2016

After completing his MBA in 1995, Tom Bagamane moved to Los Angeles and was struck by the enormity of homelessness there. He decided to combine his new business skills and his compassion for the homeless to impact his new city by similarly affecting more lives—many more.

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Driving on Mars

by Martha Bushong on October 26th, 2016

Mason engineering alumna Ashley Stroupe, a staff engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was the first woman to “drive” on Mars.

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