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Stranger Than We Can Imagine

By Arthur Wesley, BA '17 on August 9, 2017

In his new book Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System (Smithsonian Press, 2017), Mason astronomy professor and NASA scientist Michael Summers shares the latest research on exoplanets, which are planets beyond our solar system. The book was written with co-author James Trefil, Robinson Professor of Physics at Mason.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Josh Cantor

By Colleen Kearney Rich on February 6, 2017

As director of parking and transportation, Josh Cantor has heard all the excuses and talked to plenty of irate customers, but still manages to keep his sense of humor.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Kara Oakleaf

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on October 26, 2016

Kara Oakleaf runs Mason’s Fall for the Book Festival, a staple on campus for the past 18 years. An adjunct English professor, Oakleaf has handled the event since 2010, and is in charge of contacting authors and figuring out where and how to fit them into the jam-packed program.

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Curtain Call

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 15, 2015

As a professional opera singer, College of Visual and Performing Arts dean William Reeder performed more than 40 leading tenor roles in 15 major opera houses throughout Europe.

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Close to the Vest

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 15, 2015

Most days you will find Mason School of Law Dean Dan Polsby walking the corridors of Hazel Hall on the Arlington Campus sporting his signature Royal Robbins field vest.

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Adjunct Kaiulani Lee Forges Lasting Bonds with Students

By Colleen Kearney Rich on July 13, 2015

In adjunct theater professor Kaiulani Lee’s Advanced Performance Studio class, students not only get applause after a performance, they get hugs and encouraging words before they leave class.

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The Ultimate Insider

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on May 5, 2015

Former congressman and Mason Board of Visitors Rector Tom Davis shares his insider’s view of Washington politics with students in a course he helped design.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Julie Thompson

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on January 28, 2015

The executive director of Mason’s Center for the Arts looks back on two decades at the university, revealing what she’s loved most about her job, and how she once calmed a light-phobic pianist.

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Celebration of Distinction 2014

By Colleen Kearney Rich on April 10, 2014

On Wednesday, April 9, 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 in the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. For a look at the biographies of those honored that night, please take a look…

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Mason professors Fred Bemak and Rita Chi-Ying Chung began their careers on opposite sides of the globe, but their passion for human rights and social justice ultimately brought them together.

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