Science News Round Up: October 2013

Here is the science news, relating to George Mason and the College of Science, that you missed in the month of October 2013: 

October 24
George Mason professors pioneer new way to study concussions
Dr. Shane Caswell and Dr. Chip Petricoin use saliva biomarkers to unlock mysteries behind concussions.

October 21
George Mason University Chosen as Center for Teaching Excellence in Virginia
The Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching will conduct four five-day residential summer academies in 2014 with each academy enrolling 25 teachers chosen from school districts throughout the state. Two academies in June will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as the humanities and language arts. Academies in July will focus on the fine arts and interdisciplinary studies.

October 15
Vision Series: Kenneth De Jong Discusses Nature-Inspired Computation
In his Vision Series talk, George Mason University computer science professor Kenneth De Jong will describe how popular nature-inspired techniques are influencing computational sciences and will illustrate their application to important problems in computer science and engineering.

October 10
Danger: Academics Studying Beer! (Chicago Tribune membership required)
Excerpt: Imagine you had an accident – you fell and cut yourself – and needed to go to the emergency room. Imagine, too, that you had been drinking beforehand.
Co-written by Rebecca Goldin, PhD, Professor of Mathematical Sciences

October 8
Dr. Kylene Kehn-Hall 2013 Mason Emerging Researcher Award
Dr. Kylene Kehn-Hall will receive the Emerging Researcher award from Vikas Chandhoke, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, at the Celebration of Achievements ceremony on be Monday, Nov. 11th.

October 2
The Forecast Is…Murky: The Uncertainties of Weather Prediction
Predicting weather and climate change has long been a delicate process, and Mason’s Zafer Boybeyi is the first to admit that even with today’s technology, certain aspects of the science remain largely unpredictable.

October 2
Let Science Set the Facts
Thomas Lovejoy, ESP professor, recently contributed an opinion piece for The New York Times.

October 1
Accolades for Forensic Science Program
Dr. William Whildin was selected by as one of the top 10 Forensic Science professors to follow!

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