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Archive for August, 2017

Down by the Bay

by Colleen Kearney Rich on August 11th, 2017

For more than 30 years, Mason ecologists have been monitoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed and finding ways to help the ecosystem repair itself. The opening of Mason’s new Potomac Science Center is providing a space to elevate and showcase the environmental research being done in this region.

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Stepping into the Past

by Colleen Kearney Rich on August 9th, 2017

A group of Mason students took a trip to an important Civil War site and never left the Fairfax Campus.

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Stranger Than We Can Imagine

by Arthur Wesley, BA '17 on August 9th, 2017

In his new book Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System (Smithsonian Press, 2017), Mason astronomy professor and NASA scientist Michael Summers shares the latest research on exoplanets, which are planets beyond our solar system. The book was written with co-author James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics at Mason.

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Where Cars Park, Green Roof Grows (Video)

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 9th, 2017

The Rappahannock River Parking Deck on Mason’s Fairfax Campus recently got a new roof—a green roof, to be specific—as part of a graduate research project. The green roof was built with the assistance of two graduate students, who will be conducting their own research on different aspects of the roof.

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Condensing Five Years into Three Minutes

by Arthur Wesley, BA '17 on August 9th, 2017

Who says the fun of competitions has to be reserved for sports and reality television? Mason’s new Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is changing that. An annual international competition that originated in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia, 3MT has quickly spread to more than 350 universities in 58 countries around the world. In it, PhD students compete to see who is best able to captivate an audience with their years of research in three minutes or less.

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Cutting the Gauze

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 9th, 2017

On May 12, the Mason and Partners (MAP) Clinic “cut the gauze” on a new permanent space in Manassas Park. Thanks to a generous grant by the Potomac Health Foundation and the hard work of the many MAP clinic partners, health care service scan now be expanded from one to five days a week in…

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“Date” with an Agent—and Destiny?

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on August 9th, 2017

MFA students and alumni submitted a query letter and the first few pages of their manuscripts before the “speed dating” with literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Erin Harris from New York’s Folio Literary Management.

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Buzzing with Activity

by Damian Cristodero on August 9th, 2017

About two years from now, German Perilla, MAIS ’12, hopes about four acres of the I-95 Landfill Complex in Lorton, Virginia, will be transformed intogreen meadows with grasses, wildflowers, and bees—lots of bees.

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Gaining Experience as an Environmental Scientist

by Arthur Wesley, BA '17 on August 9th, 2017

When Mason Environmental Science and Policy professor Cynthia Smith was getting ready to teach EVPP 302 Biomes and Human Dimensions for the first time, she did a little research first.

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Alumni Profile: Jason Von Kundra

by Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on August 4th, 2017

The phrase “farm to table” resonates with many of us these days, and for Jason Von Kundra, BS Earth Science ’12, it’s more than criteria for picking a restaurant—it’s a livelihood. Von Kundra lives and works at Harvest Table Farm in Meadowview, Virginia, supplying food year-round for nearby Harvest Table Restaurant.

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