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Tackling the World’s Grand Challenges

By Mason Spirit contributor on April 3, 2021

The engineering world has called them “grand challenges.” These are the problems plaguing the planet that will require the efforts of many to make progress. Here’s how Mason is contributing.

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Conservation Stars

By Mariam Aburdeineh, BA ’13 on March 30, 2021

Mason graduate students are traveling the globe to tackle some of the planet’s dire environmental problems—and they’re being recognized for their efforts.

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A Record Year for Research

By Colleen Kearney Rich on March 1, 2021

Mason researchers across academic disciplines are hard at work answering questions that matter.

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A Conversation with Gregory Washington

By Preston Williams on December 10, 2020

Gregory Washington, Mason’s eighth president, shares how COVID-19 and the reckoning with racial injustice have shaped the early days of his presidency as well as his evolving vision for the university.

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Patriots Helping Patriots

By Rob Riordan on August 18, 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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Making a Difference in the Region and Beyond

By Mason Spirit contributor on August 18, 2020

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

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Going the Distance: Essential Alumni

By Mason Spirit contributor on August 18, 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 18, 2020

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

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ADVANCE Student: Diego Ortega

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on April 18, 2020

After serving in the U.S. Marines, Diego Ortega began taking classes at NOVA to pursue a career in human resources. Then one day, a poster for ADVANCE caught his eye.

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ADVANCE Student: Arlenne Hall

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on April 18, 2020

Hoping that a bachelor’s degree will help her move up the corporate ladder, Arlenne Hall joined the fall 2019 ADVANCE class in the business management pathway.

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