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Driving on Mars

By Martha Bushong on October 26, 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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Meet the Mason Nation: Kara Oakleaf

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 26, 2016

Kara Oakleaf runs Mason’s Fall for the Book Festival, a staple on campus for the past 18 years. An adjunct English professor, Oakleaf has handled the event since 2010, and is in charge of contacting authors and figuring out where and how to fit them into the jam-packed program.

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Learning Hindi in India

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 18, 2016

This summer, global affairs major Beverly Harp is traveling to India for the fifth time. Two of her trips were partially funded by Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Working in Public Health in Swaziland

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 18, 2016

Community and global health major Erica Street, MPH ’16, admits she couldn’t have pointed out Swaziland on a map before traveling there last summer. But after hearing classmate Shannon Turner, MPH ’15, talk about her work in the south African country during the summer of 2014, Street knew she had to go there for her practicum.

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In the Lyme Light

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 18, 2016

Artist and writer David Michael Conner, BA English ’01, MFA Creative Writing ’09, knew something was wrong with him in early 2010. He was suffering from cluster headaches, temporary leg paralysis, double vision, panic attacks, hearing fluctuations, and bouts of fatigue so extreme he couldn’t drag himself out of bed. After years of enduring a battery of tests and struggling to get a concrete diagnosis—all while trying to work a full-time job in spite of his many symptoms—Conner discovered that all of his health issues traced back to an inadequate course of antibiotics he took for Lyme disease at the age of 18. Now Conner is speaking out internationally about Lyme disease and advocating for those who are chronically ill with it.

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A Serious Job with a Side of Cute

By Damian Cristodero on July 14, 2016

Alumnus Juan Rodriguez is one of three primary keepers for the adorable giant Pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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Patriot Profile: Lisa Struckmeyer

By Mason Spirit contributor on July 14, 2016

Anthropology master’s student Lisa Struckmeyer is “addicted to research” and this semester examined the often tight connection between bee keepers and their bees.

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School of Theater Alumni Inspire Pockets of Change

By Jamie Rogers on July 14, 2016

The Pocket Change Theatre Company performs at food trucks, restaurants, and preschools—unconventional, but contextually fitting, settings—that give children greater access to shows.

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Three-Time Mason Alumna One of Forbes “30 Under 30”

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on July 12, 2016

Writing about the effects of regulation on entrepreneurial capitalism and markets, economist Liya Palagashvili publishes pieces in major academic journals and media outlets, and is a Forbes “30 Under 30.”

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Mason Alumna’s Tubman Screenplay Wins $50K Prize

By Jamie Rogers on June 14, 2016

A grade-school fascination with Harriet Tubman led Mason history alumna Katherine Craddock to write a screenplay about the historical heroine. The piece garnered her a $50,000 prize—and the attention of companies offering her the chance to make it a major Hollywood production.

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