Science News Round Up: February 2014

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

February 27
Space Weather Professor Wins International Award
SPACS researcher Dieter Bilitza has won the prestigious Kristian Birkeland Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate for his contributions to understanding and forecasting the weather and climate in near-Earth space.

February 24
Research Unit Announces Plans for Interdisciplinary Centers
One of five proposed interdisciplinary centers or institutes will be a “medical and health studies institute [which] could launch by the end of the fiscal year in June 2014,” says Vikas Chandhoke, vice-president of Research and Economic Development.

February 20
Mason Professor Hopes to Get Younger Generation Excited About Math
Sharing his excitement about mathematics, George Mason University researcher Padhu Seshaiyer recently visited two elementary schools in Virginia as part of the Nifty Fifty (times 3) program. Seshaiyer is part of a group of 150 noted science and engineering professionals taking part in the signature program of the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

February 19
Incorporating Math and Science Into a Child’s Day
Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, professor, Mathematical Sciences; director, STEM Accelerator Program, spoke with Connection Newspapers about the importance of incorporating science into your child’s day.

February 13
Dr. Emanuel F Petricoin appointed to Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee at Egenix, Inc.
Egenix is a privately held, New York-based biotechnology company focused on the development of innovative cancer therapeutics.

February 4
Mason Goldwater Scholarship Nominees include two COS Students

February 3
From the woods to surgery and back again: Deer spaying begins in Fairfax City
George Mason University students help with deer spaying in Fairfax City.

February 2
Graduate students present work at American Society for Microbiology Defense Meeting
Graduate students in Dr. van Hoek’s lab presented their work at the American Society for Microbiology Biodefense meeting January 27-29th, in Washington, DC.

Dr. Monique van Hoek and Jessica Roman (MS Biology) were selected for an oral presentation on “Characterization of Endolysin 2: A Newly Discovered Peptidoglycan Hydrolase and its Potential use Against Tier 1 Biological Agents”. Stephanie Barksdale (PhD program, Biosciences) and Ryan Blower (PhD program, Biosciences) presented a poster on “Efficacy of Antimicrobial Peptides against Burkholderia thailandensis”. Scott Dean (PhD program, Biosciences) presented a poster on ” FTN1452 is a Global Regulator Modulating Antibiotic and Stress Response, Growth, Biofilm, and Virulence in Francisella novicida“. Also Albert Nwabueze (BS Biology GMU, 2012) and Crystal Lindblad (PhD Biosciences) presented a poster on “Nanoaerosol Delivery of Levofloxacin for The Treatment of Pulmonary Tularemia”.

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