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Where Cars Park, Green Roof Grows (Video)

By Mason Spirit contributor on August 9, 2017

The Rappahannock River Parking Deck on Mason’s Fairfax Campus recently got a new roof—a green roof, to be specific—as part of a graduate research project. The green roof was built with the assistance of two graduate students, who will be conducting their own research on different aspects of the roof.

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Condensing Five Years into Three Minutes

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

Who says the fun of competitions has to be reserved for sports and reality television? Mason’s new Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is changing that. An annual international competition that originated in 2008 at the University of Queensland, Australia, 3MT has quickly spread to more than 350 universities in 58 countries around the world. In it, PhD students compete to see who is best able to captivate an audience with their years of research in three minutes or less.

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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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The Effects of War on Veterans

By Michele McDonald on May 12, 2017

Jesse Kirkpatrick, assistant director of Mason’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, is leading a project looking at the effects of war on veterans.

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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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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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