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Ancient Digs Fit for a Queen

By Colleen Kearney Rich on May 10, 2017

In her book Nefertiti’s Sun Temple: A New Cult Complex at Tell el-Amarna , Mason Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson examines stone relief fragments excavated from the site of Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna, Egypt, dating back to approximately 1350 BCE. This is the first time relief fragments can be associated with a specific wall from a specific temple at Tell el-Amarna. And this one just happened to belong to Queen Nefertiti.

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Driver Behavior Could Monitor Medical Conditions

By Jamie Rogers on May 10, 2017

As a part of a study, Mason psychology professor Yi-Ching Lee and her team are looking at how teens and young adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) operate cars when they take their ADHD medication versus when they forget a dose, or if the medication dosage needs to be adjusted.

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Using Their Brains to Gain Clinical Experience

By Martha Bushong on April 26, 2017

It isn’t every class that you have electrodes attached to your head and your classmates gather around to watch your brainwaves in real time. But that is exactly what happens in BENG 499 Applied Neurotechnologies, a new technical elective that is a collaboration between the Volgenau School of Engineering’s Bioengineering Department and Inova Fairfax Hospital. [Video]

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According to NCAA statistics, 1 in 13 female athletes experience a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in the knee joint. It’s an epidemic few are talking about. Few, that is, except for an enterprising team of students in the Volgenau School of Engineering’s Systems Engineering Program. Team members Amr Attyah, Maribeth Burns, Sam Miller,…

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White and Working Class

By Colleen Kearney Rich on February 6, 2017

In his new book, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016), Schar School of Policy and Government professor Justin Gest analyzes alienation in white working class people in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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The Space Between

By Colleen Kearney Rich on February 6, 2017

Innovation often happens at the intersection of disciplines—where different ideas, perspectives, and fields come together to create approaches that are unthinkable from a narrow disciplinary lens.

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Exceeding (Even Our) Expectations

By Michele McDonald on February 6, 2017

It was a goal. Now it is a reality. This year George Mason University achieved the coveted “very high research” Carnegie ranking and joined an elite group of 115 top universities.

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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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George Mason University psychology professor Adam Winsler is an expert on kids and their development, especially how language, ethnicity, poverty and other factors play a role. Not long ago, he turned his eye toward the importance of sleep, and how a lack of it can deeply affect teenagers’ mental health.

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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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