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Down by the Bay

By Colleen Kearney Rich on August 11, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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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Buzzing with Activity

By Damian Cristodero on August 9, 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 9, 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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The Effects of War on Veterans

By Michele McDonald on May 12, 2017

Jesse Kirkpatrick, assistant director of Mason’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, is leading a project looking at the effects of war on veterans.

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The Dancing Brain

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 12, 2017

How dancers move and learn may make them the perfect collaborators for Mason researchers.

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Ancient Digs Fit for a Queen

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 10, 2017

In her book Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna , Mason Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson examines stone relief fragments excavated from the site of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, dating back to approximately 1350 BCE. This is the first time relief fragments can be associated with a specific wall from a specific temple at Tell el-Amarna. And this one just happened to belong to Queen Nefertiti.

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