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George Mason University psychology professor Adam Winsler is an expert on kids and their development, especially how language, ethnicity, poverty and other factors play a role. Not long ago, he turned his eye toward the importance of sleep, and how a lack of it can deeply affect teenagers’ mental health.

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Studying How Whales Swapped Feet for Fins

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 2, 2016

Professor Mark D. Uhen in Mason’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences has long been fascinated with cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and how they’ve evolved throughout history. While it’s common scientific knowledge these creatures evolved from terrestrial mammals, it was recently discovered that whales evolved from artiodactyls—the “even-toed ungulates” like cows and hippos.

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Lyme Disease Bites

By Michele McDonald on July 14, 2016

But a new test can now detect it earlier so treatment can start sooner.

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A Fresh Look at Freedom of the Press

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 12, 2016

In his first book, Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America (Harvard University Press, 2016), Mason historian Sam Lebovic takes a historical look at freedom of the press and asks new questions about the role of the press in American democracy.

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Race and Justice in America

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 4, 2016

In the new book Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System (New York University Press, 2015), Mason criminology, law and society professor Devon Johnson and coeditors Patricia Y. Warren of Florida State University and Amy Farrell of Northwestern University use the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case to explore how highly publicized criminal cases shape public opinion about offenders, the criminal process, and justice in the United States.

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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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