Science News Round Up: January 2014

Here is the science news, relating to George Mason and the College of Science, that you may have missed in the month of January 2014: 

January 25
With Good Reason: The Get Better Show
NCBID Faculty Aarthi Narayanan was interviewed, for With Good Reason Radio, about her research into curcumin, which is found in turmeric.

January 24
George Mason University Updates Master’s Program for Data Science
With rising demand for expertise in business-oriented analytics skills, George Mason’s School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences is preparing to join a raft of other universities by updating its master’s degree programs to include three new areas of emphasis: data science, modeling and simulations, and transportation safety.

January 22
Mason Aims to Fill Jobs Need with Data Analytics Master’s Program
While not directly related to the College of Science, many COS alumni may be interested in the development of a Data Analytics program within the university.

January 20
SAVE THE DATE: GMU to Host Inaugural Elementary and Middle School Science Fair April 5, 2014
The first of its kind in the northern Virginia region, this inaugural science fair is a partnership between Pinnacle Academy and the College of Science. Mathematical sciences professor and director of the STEM Accelerator, Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer is the George Mason University contact for this project.

January 16
George Mason University Leads Partnership for New NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center
Led by Mason researcher Chaowei Yang, Keith Clarke (University of California Santa Barbara, co-director), and Peter Bol (Harvard University, co-director), the U.S. NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center is projected to receive more than $2 million/year from agencies and industry to conduct transformative research and development.

January 15
College of Science Alumni Chapter Launched
The College of Science (COS) Alumni Chapter has been accepted into the George Mason University Alumni Association. Walter McLeod, MS Chemistry ’94, serves as president of the new chapter.

January 15
Student Works on ‘Hot Jupiter’ NASA Project
George Mason University graduate student Korey Haynes turned her love of sci-fi as a kid into real science as she helped a NASA project find traces of water in the atmospheres of “hot Jupiter” planets.


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