Science News Round Up: July 2014

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

July 31
College of Science and School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs Host Alumni Happy Hour
The COS/SPGIA alumni event was a success with about 15-20 alumna and industry friends attending the event at Capitol City Brewery. Both COS Director of Development Ted Wynn and SPGIA Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations Craig Rocklin participated in this interdisciplinary networking opportunity. Business cards, advice, and conversation were exchanged, and we hope to reconnect and continue our relationship as Mason Alumni.
– Contributed by Tiffany Ha, Chemistry MS ’13

July 30
Before the Semester Begins, STEM Boot Camp Gives Freshmen a Boost
STEM BootCamp, part of the STEM Accelerator, helps incoming freshmen bone up on a subject and gives them insight on what to expect as well as the possibilities of undergraduate research opportunities.

July 30
Director of the Krasnow Institute Speaks to National Geographic on the Science of Solving Mazes
The interdisciplinary Neuroscience PhD program is jointly offered by the College of Science, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. In this video interview James Olds, director of the Krasnow Institute, sheds light on solving labyrinths.

July 29
Birds Change Their Tune to Be Heard Above City Noise
Recent biology graduate Jessica Magnotti discusses her research as an OSCAR fellow.

July 28
Crash Test Geniuses: Researchers Are Paving the Way for Transportation Safety
Steve Kan, director of the Center for Collision Safety and Analysis, explains the research conducted in the center, and its applications.

July 24
Data Mining at NASA to Teaching Data Science at GMU: Kirk Borne Interview
Dr. Kirk Borne discusses his career path and the Volgenau School’s new Data Science BS.

July 24
Students Bone Up on Knowledge in Forensic Anthropology
This summer students in Anthropology 399 get a glimpse into Forensic Science with a special topics course, titled Introduction to Forensic Anthropology.

July 24
A New Formula for Success: Camp Puts Early FOCUS on STEM
Two new camps, F.O.C.U.S. and STEM Mania, introduce STEM careers to elementary and middle school kids. Mason News profiled the F.O.C.U.S. camp. The camp was created by math professor Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, director of the College of Science’s STEM Accelerator Program; biology professor Claudette Davis; forensic science professor Kelly Knight; and Mason alumna Danielle Blunt, founder of the nonprofit Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead Inc. (GIRL).

July 23
Mason Student Is Discovering New Species, and Lichen It
Environmental Science and Public Policy doctoral student Manuela Dal-Forno how she fell in love with her area of research, and recent findings.

July 22
Dyes Used to Paint New Picture of Disease
Mason researchers Alessandra Luchini, Lance Liotta, and Virginia “Ginny” Espina, part of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine, were recently interviewed by the University about advances in their research.

July 22
GoM Shipwreck Study Launches Second Expedition
A multi-disciplinary team of scientists launched the second expedition in the Gulf of Mexico to examine the effects of Deepwater Horizon spill-related oil and dispersant exposure on deepwater shipwrecks and their microbial communities.

July 21
Shipwrecks under a Microscope: Researchers Examine Microbial Effects of Oil Spill
Molecular microbial ecologist Leila Hamdan is working to understand the effects of this oil spill on microbial life on shipwrecks in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Follow MBAC on twitter @MBAC_GMU for research updates and images from the field.

July 17
Ideas Into Action: Institute Gives Elementary Teachers Hands-on Science Skills
Several COS faculty are participating in this year’s VISTA (Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Acievement) Elementary Science Institute. Thirty teachers from eight Virginia counties are undergoing four weeks of VISTA professional development training through the College of Education and Human Development.

July 3
Sen. Tim Kaine Tours Prince William Campus Labs
The senators tour included two College of Science labs, the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine and the Biomedical Research Laboratory.

Have we missed your student, faculty or alumni news? This post is updated all month long. Let us know! Email kjonesw@gmu.edu to see it added to the monthly news round up, and spotlighted by COS social media accounts.