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Double Take

By Jamie Rogers on October 3, 2017

While they aren’t able to communicate telepathically or feel each other’s pain as some twins claim to do, they do share a bond that helps them work together effectively in Mason’s School of Nursing. Professors Caroline Sutter, MSN ’01, DNP ’12, and Rebecca Sutter, MSN ’01,DNP ’12, are training the next generation of health care providers together at Mason, and they’re taking home accolades for doing it.

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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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Buzzing with Activity

By Damian Cristodero on August 9, 2017

About two years from now, German Perilla, MAIS ’12, hopes about four acres of the I-95 Landfill Complex in Lorton, Virginia, will be transformed intogreen meadows with grasses, wildflowers, and bees—lots of bees.

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Gaining Experience as an Environmental Scientist

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

When Mason Environmental Science and Policy professor Cynthia Smith was getting ready to teach EVPP 302 Biomes and Human Dimensions for the first time, she did a little research first.

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Using Hip-Hop to Resolve Global Conflict

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 21, 2016

Hip-hop DJs, emcees, beatmakers, and dancers from around the world descended on a hotel conference room in Washington, D.C., this spring to learn how to turn their high-energy musical art into tools for empowerment, entrepreneurship, and conflict resolution.

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Studying How Whales Swapped Feet for Fins

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on November 2, 2016

Professor Mark D. Uhen in Mason’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences has long been fascinated with cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and how they’ve evolved throughout history. While it’s common scientific knowledge these creatures evolved from terrestrial mammals, it was recently discovered that whales evolved from artiodactyls—the “even-toed ungulates” like cows and hippos.

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Race and Justice in America

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 4, 2016

In the new book Deadly Injustice: Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Criminal Justice System (New York University Press, 2015), Mason criminology, law and society professor Devon Johnson and coeditors Patricia Y. Warren of Florida State University and Amy Farrell of Northwestern University use the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case to explore how highly publicized criminal cases shape public opinion about offenders, the criminal process, and justice in the United States.

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The (Literary) South Does Rise Again

By Colleen Kearney Rich on January 28, 2016

It was at the 2012 Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference that Mason English professor Eric Gary Anderson and coeditors Taylor Haygood of Florida Atlantic University and Daniel Cross Turner at Coastal Carolina University started hatching the idea for the anthology Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture (LSU Press, 2015).

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Class Invites Students to Make Themselves Uncomfortable

By Cathy Cruise, MFA '93 on January 28, 2016

Renowned psychologist Todd Kashdan pushes students out of their comfort zones to spur growth in his Science of Well-Being class.

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Mason history professor Alison Landsberg doesn’t see films and television as an escape. She believes they can be rich historical sources, offering a window onto the social, political, cultural, and economic landscapes of their historical moment. In her latest book, Engaging the Past: Mass Culture and the Production of Historical Knowledge (Columbia University Press, 2015), she looks at how these “texts” provoke historical thinking.

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