Science News Round Up: May 2014

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

May 23
Beaks Help Birds Beat the Heat
Assistant Professor David Luther, in the Undergraduate Biology Program, studied hundreds of yellow warbler bills and found that they potentially act somewhat like a radiator. “If they’re hot internally, they can let heat out through their bills, just like we can do with our skin,” says David.

May 20
New Center Lands $8.5 Million Award to Study Vehicle Collisions and Safety
Mason’s Center for Collision Safety and Analysis (CCSA) recently won an $8.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Transportation to analyze highway and barrier crashes.

May 14
Symposium Looks at Sustainability and Resilience
George Mason University climate change and sustainability experts, lead by  the president of the Institute of Global Environment and Society and director of the Climate Dynamics program Jagadish Shukla, discussed how to create more resilient societies at a first-ever symposium.

May 13
College of Science Graduate Convocation 2014
Watch the entire convocation on Vimeo!

May 12
Biology Graduate Lands NIH Research Fellowship
OSCAR fellow Francis Aguisanda will research treatments for rare lung and brain disorders.

May 7
Multimillion-Dollar Grant Propels Struggling Lab toward HIV Cure
Dr. Yuntao Wu, a molecular and microbiology professor and researcher, has won a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that may lead to a way for curing HIV in the next five years.

May 7
Mason PhD Students Receive Major National Science Foundation Grant
Applied mathematics student Diego Torrejon is one of the two Mason students awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

May 6
TGen and George Mason University announce precision medicine alliance for patients with life-threatening illnesses
The Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) lab is at the heart of this alliance.

May 5
Mason Researcher’s Work with Dolphins Featured in New NOVA Program
Mark D. Uhen’s research is featured in the new NOVA program, “Inside Animal Minds: Who’s the Smartest?” Check out the video!

May 5
Mason is featured as one of the top 10 Graduate Certificate Programs for Forensics & CSI

May 1
4-VA Innovation Grants Announced


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