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Leading Groundbreaking Research Initiatives

For Masonomics, Market Keeps Rising

Mason’s world-class Economics Department produces economists and scholars who influence public policy and society through the power of their ideas. Thanks to the generosity of the Charles Koch Foundation, which in 2018 made a $5 million gift, the department is adding three tenure-track faculty members, including a senior scholar, bolstering teaching and research.

Ian Robinson, an MA fellow in the Department of Economics, works with graduate students at the Mercatus Center at the Arlington Campus. Photo by Creative Services

“What I most value about Masonomics is its tolerance and respect for alternative views, as well as a willingness to thoughtfully and sincerely engage people who might hold perspectives that differ from our own. We are interested in creating and discussing ideas. That forms the foundation for all that we do.”—Dan Houser, Economics Department chair and professor






Bee the Change You Want to See in the World

Professor Germán Perilla teaches students about the biology, ecology, and behavior of bees at an apiary located at Fairfax campus. Photo by Creative Services

The health of bees is critical for human well-being. With bees dying at unprecedented rates, Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative galvanizes communities through sustainable beekeeping. That advances important goals such as food security, economic empowerment, and gender equity. Last year, gifts enabled students to see firsthand how partnerships in Colombia improve the lives of indigenous women and children. This trip, in turn, inspired a Colombian bank to donate additional funds and generated media coverage in dozens of outlets there and in the United States.

“Your gifts literally come alive as students, alumni, and community members here and abroad transform donations into meaningful impact. As donors ourselves, we join you on this journey, marked by a strong sense of purpose and steadfast dedication to action of consequence.”—Lisa Gring-Pemble and Germán Perilla, MAIS ’11, co-founders of the Honey Bee Initiative and professors


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