A Magazine for the George Mason University Community


Building a Better Engineer

By Colleen Kearney Rich on December 4, 2017

From the sound wave fire extinguisher that made it on to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to a prosthetic arm built especially for a young violinist, Mason Engineering students are taking on big projects for their senior capstones and succeeding with them.

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Fighting Addiction, One Question at a Time

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 7, 2017

How a health practitioner asks about a patient’s habits may be one of the first steps to tackling Virginia’s opioid epidemic.

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From Simulated Disaster, Real Understanding

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 7, 2017

Florida field exercise helps conflict students learn firsthand how to deal with a crisis.

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12 Ways Mason Is Keeping It Green

By Arthur Wesley, BA '17 on October 3, 2017

While we’re proud of our bees, sustainability isn’t just a buzz word at Mason, and the university’s degree programs, courses, and inspired initiatives to create a better world span campus, the community, and the globe.

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Down by the Bay

By Colleen Kearney Rich on August 11, 2017

For more than 30 years, Mason ecologists have been monitoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed and finding ways to help the ecosystem repair itself. The opening of Mason’s new Potomac Science Center is providing a space to elevate and showcase the environmental research being done in this region.

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Stepping into the Past

By Colleen Kearney Rich on August 9, 2017

A group of Mason students took a trip to an important Civil War site and never left the Fairfax Campus.

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Crime Seen

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on May 12, 2017

One collected forensic data at bomb sites, another headed up the largest crime lab in the world, and another buddied up to psychopaths. All three spent years in the FBI before bringing their expansive knowledge and experience to George Mason University—along with some gripping stories.

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The Dancing Brain

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 12, 2017

How dancers move and learn may make them the perfect collaborators for Mason researchers.

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Mason Spirits

By Mason Spirit contributor on May 12, 2017

Crafting “adult beverages” is one of the growing of the industries in Virginia, and entrepreneurial Mason alumni are well represented.

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Celebration of Distinction 2017

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 1, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, the George Mason University Alumni Association recognized its most prestigious alumni, as well as Senior of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year, at an elegant dinner at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna, Virginia.

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