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Evolving STEM Perceptions Are Key to Success

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 4, 2016

College of Science Dean Peggy Agouris believes she knows why so many young people opt out of STEM—and what Mason can do to reverse it.

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Fenwick Renovation in Detail

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 3, 2016

Made possible by state funding, the new Fenwick Library was designed by Boston architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch and built by Whiting-Turner to LEED silver standards. The facility has greatly expanded services, learning spaces, and digital technology and resources for the Mason community.

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Dusting Off the Library

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 2, 2016

Forget out-of-date hardcovers, uncomfortable wooden chairs, and a strict no talking policy. This is the new Fenwick Library.

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Bringing STEM into FOCUS

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 28, 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 28, 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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Celebrating the Best and the Brightest

By Jamie Rogers on August 10, 2016

A Mason faculty member and several alumni were recognized for their significant accomplishments and their outstanding support of the university.

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5 Myths about the Liberal Arts

By Robert Matz on July 19, 2016

When the United States began falling behind other countries in math and science, there was a big push for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Soon liberal arts were getting a bad rap.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 18, 2016

Different Takes on Summer Breaks

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Saving a Historic Site in Nicaragua

By Jamie Rogers on July 18, 2016

When George Mason University anthropology major Bryan Dalton stepped off the plane in Nicaragua last summer, he was quickly whisked away to help save an archaeological site on the brink of destruction. It was June in the Central American country, and heavy tropical rains had flooded the Huellas de Acahualinca Museum, endangering the 2,100-year-old footprints encased in volcanic ash that the museum is built around.

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Studying Coral Reef Ecology in the Bahamas

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 18, 2016

Can you earn credit while swimming with sharks? Yes, you can. For the past 13 years, School of Integrative Studies professors Greg Justice and Tom Wood have been traveling to the Bahamas each summer with students for their Coral Reef Ecology class. In the 3-credit course, students learn about reef ecosystems while living on board…

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