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Donal Murray, Rehabilitation Science

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

Rehabilitation science PhD student Donal Murray turned his passion for sports into a career.

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Saskia Popescu, Biodefense

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 26, 2018

As a child, Saskia Popescu was inspired by the best selling thriller, The Hot Zone. Now a PhD student in Mason’s Biodefense Program, she finds the story to be far more different.

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Blake Klocke, Environmental Science and Public Policy

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 26, 2018

Mason doctoral student Blake Klocke has been interested in amphibians for as long as he can remember. He talks about growing up in Minnesota, where he shared his bedroom with a few dozen frogs, snakes, and geckos, as well as the insects he cultivated to feed them.

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Pouya Gholizadeh, Civil Engineering

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

From the streets of Iran to the housing complexes of Fairfax, Virginia, civil engineering doctoral student Pouya Gholizadeh sees one thing universal to construction sites at both: the safety of the workers.

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Ricardo Sanchez, Counseling and Development

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

For Mason PhD student Ricardo Sanchez, international aid is part of the job. Since he joined Counselors Without Borders in 2013, Sanchez has been selected to travel to his native Peru, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico as a graduate counselor to assist with post-disaster emergency situations.

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Sarah Rose-Jensen, Conflict Analysis and Resolution

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

As a former anti-war organizer and nonviolence trainer during the Iraq War, Sarah Rose-Jensen’s decision to enroll in Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution to study social mobilization against forced evictions in Cambodia was personal.

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Stephanie Seal Walters, History

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

History PhD candidate Stephanie Walters took her childhood love for history with her all the way to her dissertation, where she started with a single question: Were there loyalists in Virginia at the time of the Revolutionary War? Modern historians believe that only a few hundred loyalists, then called Tories, existed across the state.

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Patriot Profile: Noah Shoates

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on October 18, 2018

Last year, Mason senior Noah Shoates helped serve more than 70 students in his role as one of the student directors of Mason’s Patriot Pantry. “It’s more than just a pantry,” he says. “It’s a community.”

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A Road Map for the Future of Health Care

By Mason Spirit contributor on August 6, 2018

Mason alumna Franziska Moeckel came to the United States as an international student from Germany, searching for a university that would be the perfect fit for her. While she was accepted to several schools, Moeckel says Mason was her top choice because it allowed her to be part of a community.

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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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