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Archive for August, 2020

Taking the Digital World by Storm

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 18th, 2020

Deanne Kaczerski’s, BS Psychology ’98, the digital executive editor of Travel + Leisure and Departures, has an impressive resume in lifestyle journalism, though none of it comes as a surprise for the ambitious Kaczerski, the youngest person in her graduating class from Mason.

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Patriots Helping Patriots

by Rob Riordan on August 18th, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Mason community has rallied, supporting students in unprecedented ways. From mid-March through May, University Life distributed more than $2.53 million in emergency assistance to more than 2,377 students.

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Patriot Profile: Denys Kuratchenko

by Mariam Aburdeineh, BA ’13 on August 18th, 2020

In response to COVID-19, senior Denys Kuratchenko and others from the MIX’s maker community created 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE), with Kuratchenko setting up a “print farm” in his apartment.

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Making a Difference in the Region and Beyond

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 18th, 2020

The university plays a vital role in the region, and during the pandemic this was never clearer.

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Art Meets Analytics

by Colleen Kearney Rich on August 18th, 2020

A team from Mason helped the National Gallery of Art measure the popularity of artists in their collection during their first-ever datathon, “Coding Our Collection.”

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Mission to Mars

by Colleen Kearney Rich on August 18th, 2020

Mounir Alafrangy, BA Art History ’10, was one of four crew members, known as analog astronauts, who were selected from a large pool of applicants to be part of Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) Mission XX, a space mission simulation to Phobos, the largest moon of the planet Mars.

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Preserving the Buchanan Legacy

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 18th, 2020

The George Mason University Libraries received a $334,720 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to preserve the papers of the late Nobel laureate and Mason professor James M. Buchanan.

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Going the Distance: Essential Alumni

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 18th, 2020

It isn’t surprising that many of Mason’s alumni have been working on the front lines of the pandemic. Here are a few who have come to our attention.

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How Did Mason Put More than 5,000 Classes Online? Fast.

by Damian Cristodero on August 18th, 2020

During two weeks in March, Mason faculty and staff made the Herculean push to move everything online.

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