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Q&A with Andre Marshall

By Colleen Kearney Rich on August 31, 2021

Andre Marshall joins Mason as its new vice president for research, innovation, and economic development and president of the George Mason University Research Foundation on July 1. He also joins the faculty of the Volgenau School of Engineering. Before coming to Mason, Marshall was program director for the National Science Foundation’s $38 million Innovation Corps…

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Engineering Is in Their DNA

By Mason Spirit contributor on October 25, 2019

Four siblings from a family of engineers continue the tradition by all becoming graduates of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering.

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Not Your Average Art Project

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on March 13, 2019

When government and international politics major Finn Fisk walked around Mason’s Fairfax Campus as a freshman, she felt that something was missing from the local art scene. Thanks to her, Mason held its first Contemporary Mural Art Festival.

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In October, Danny Diaz, BA Communication ’00, who served as the campaign manager for Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, spent a little more than an hour at the Fenwick Library talking politics with interested students and members of the Mason community as part of the First Tuesday speaker series sponsored by Robinson Professor Steven Pearlstein.

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Mason’s Nursing Leadership Pipeline to Oman

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on August 1, 2018

Of the nine nursing institutes in Oman, Mason alumni lead four of them—three are deans and one is a director. There soon will be a fifth. “Forty years ago, Oman had one hospital and 20 beds. Now there are 60 health care facilities in Oman,” says Kevin Mallinson, assistant dean for PhD and research programs in Mason’s School of Nursing. “Mason has had a big impact on Oman wherever in the country [these alumni] serve.”

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Mason Crime Scene House

By Mason Spirit contributor on July 20, 2018

Television shows like CSI and NCIS make it look easy. But Mason graduate student Taylor McGee says making sense out of a real crime scene isn’t quite that simple. McGee and a group of her classmates from Mason’s Forensic Science Program recently got a real look at what processing a crime scene entails when they made the trek to Mason’s new crime scene house.

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Keeping Mason’s Past Alive with Alumni Stories

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on March 9, 2018

Celebrating 50 years of Mason alumni provides the perfect opportunity for learning more about the Mason student experience—from the very beginning.

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Go Green, Go Gold: A History of Mason Mascots

By Tara Laskowski, MFA '05 on March 9, 2018

Fans of Mason’s sports teams have seen the Patriot mascot evolve from a man dressed in colonial garb to large-headed fuzzy cartoon characters with crazy socks to a dapper, almost superhero Patriot.

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Flipping the CompSci Classroom

By Martha Bushong on March 1, 2018

CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science is the engineering equivalent of freshman composition. At Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering, almost all engineering students, regardless of their majors, must pass this course. It’s a challenging one, especially if it is their first encounter with writing code.

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Where the Wild Things Grow

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 28, 2017

On the south side of the Fairfax Campus, between the Art and Design and Nguyen Engineering Buildings, there is a space where wild things grow. This outdoor classroom/learning lab is called the Green Studio, and George Mason University just might be the only university with such a space.

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