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Engineering Safer Bridge Inspections

By Michele McDonald on April 29, 2016

Mason engineering professor and students test a new technique in Alaska to inspect aging bridges
that is easier and safer, not withstanding the occasional wildlife encounter.

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The (Literary) South Does Rise Again

By Colleen Kearney Rich on January 28, 2016

It was at the 2012 Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference that Mason English professor Eric Gary Anderson and coeditors Taylor Haygood of Florida Atlantic University and Daniel Cross Turner at Coastal Carolina University started hatching the idea for the anthology Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture (LSU Press, 2015).

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Class Invites Students to Make Themselves Uncomfortable

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on January 28, 2016

Renowned psychologist Todd Kashdan pushes students out of their comfort zones to spur growth in his Science of Well-Being class.

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Mason history professor Alison Landsberg doesn’t see films and television as an escape. She believes they can be rich historical sources, offering a window onto the social, political, cultural, and economic landscapes of their historical moment. In her latest book, Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia University Press, 2015), she looks at how these “texts” provoke historical thinking.

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Research of Consequence Is a Mason Hallmark

By Michele McDonald on November 2, 2015

From innovative cancer treatments to concussion detection, George Mason University researchers are pioneering techniques designed to change the lives of patients and their families.

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Unto the Breach

By Preston Williams on November 2, 2015

Few people know the Mason alumnus Brian Krebs is often the first person to know about a security breach like the ones faced by corporations such as Target and Home Depot. But the hackers know.

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Hands-On Healing

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 21, 2015

College of Health and Human Services students are doing their part to improve health care, from rural West Virginia to Swaziland.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

By Colleen Kearney Rich on January 28, 2015

The senior scientist at Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being says our pursuit of happiness is actually making us unhappy,

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Conservation Work Improves Outcomes of Red Pandas

By Mason Spirit contributor on January 28, 2015

Conservation biologist Elizabeth Freeman says the birth of panda cubs at Mason’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute demonstrates how improved captive breeding programs and species survival can be accomplished across the globe.

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Identity and Power in Ukraine

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on September 12, 2014

At the time of the publication of Mason professor Karina Korostelina’s book, Constructing the Narratives of Identity and Power: Self-Imagination in a Young Ukrainian Nation (Lexington Books, 2013), Ukraine had stepped to the forefront of the world’s news as the power struggle between the country, independent since the early 1990s, and Russia’s subsequent usurpation of Crimea grew violently hostile.

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