Science News Round Up: March 2012

Here is the science related news you missed in the month of March 2012: 

March 23
Boeing Funds VISTA Program to Promote STEM Education
The Boeing Company will provide $225,000 over a three-year period to the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement.

March 22
4-VA to Launch STEM Initiatives, Continue Language Course Sharing
The collaboration among Mason and James Madison University, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech is working to increase the number of college graduates in the commonwealth.

March 13
Scientists Look to Natural World for Answers to Medical Problems
Mason won a multimillion-dollar contract to study the blood of lizards or crocodiles, which may contain infection-fighting bacteria.

The Mason-Born Invention that Could Affect the Lives of Millions
In 2008, Alessandra Luchini and a team of CAPMM researchers introduced an innovative technology, a nanoparticle, that looks at specific protein biomarkers in blood or urine in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases.

March 9
Exploiting the Properties of Very Small Objects
Mason computational physicist Estela Blaisten-Barojas is an expert in nanotechnology, a science that deals with substances at the atomic and molecular level in scale. She and her team created an automated way to classify zeolites according to their internal nanostructure network.

A Magnetic Attraction to Nanoparticles
Mason biochemist Barney Bishop and his team of researchers are looking to magnets as a way to separate nanoparticles out of solutions. The research may lead to reducing the use of centrifuges, which can be time-consuming and damaging to nanoparticles.

March 7
Bragging Rights: Mason Students Honored by Professional Organizations
Two Mason students recently have gone above and beyond everyday scholastic achievement, receiving national recognition in their fields.

March 6
Preserving Biodiversity in the Amazonian Jungle
A renowned figure in the world of environmental science and policy, Mason University Professor Thomas E. Lovejoy has dedicated much of his work to preserving species in the Amazonian region of South America. He coined the term “biological diversity.”

Lee Talbot: A Passion to Explore
Over his more than 50-year career, Lee Talbot, a professor of environmental science and policy at Mason, has been an instrumental force in changing environmental policy worldwide, particularly in Laos, where he worked to get a track of land preserved that is roughly the size of Delaware.

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