Science News Round Up: September 2014

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

September 30
Breaking the Asynchronous Online Mold
Office of Distance Education highlights the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate certificate and masters degree programs’ use of online and distance education.

September 27
A. Alonso Aguirre to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Colorado State University
Dr. Alonso Aguirre, associate professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, will receive the Warner College of Natural Resources Honor Alumna Award, part of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, from the Colorado State University Alumni Association on Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014 at the Lory Student Center in Fort Collins, Colo.

September 26
Mason Pre-Med Boot Camp Gets off to Strong Start
The military men and women selected to attend the all-new, pre-med boot camp at George Mason University’s Prince William Campus met with high-ranking military officials, local politicians and academic leaders on Friday to bring them up to speed on their first weeks in the program.

September 25
Local students, activists participate in record-setting climate march
Mohamed Ahmed, a graduate student in Environmental Science and Policy, was one of the thousands of protestors who joined in a global march on September 21, ahead of a climate summit at United Nations headquarters.

September 24
PEREC recognized in organization category for 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards
Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, directed by ESP professor R. Christian Jones, has been “recognized for its use of scientific research, restoration, education and policy analysis in support of county environmental initiatives”.

September 23
Mars Wish: Mason Alumna Makes NASA Dream Come True
Sandra Cauffman, the deputy project manager of MAVEN, was a double major in electrical and computer engineering and physics while at Mason. MAVEN, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, is part of NASA’s Mars Scout program.

September 22
Northern Hemisphere or Southern, the Toilets Drain the Same
The Coriolis Effect is a myth says Mason professor Robert Ehrlich (SPACS); he explains all toilets flush in the same direction.

September 17
Far Out: Mason Students Take Internships to New Heights
Internships at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are providing an almost-out-of-this-world learning opportunity for two George Mason University students.

September 17
Turn off the Cell Phone and Tune in the Bird Song
The student-run George Mason Bird Club is open to the Mason community, and advised by Mason biology professor and bird expert David Luther. The club’s mission is two-fold – boost bird awareness on campus and conduct research.

September 15
Reaching the STARS: Mason Achieves National Gold Sustainability Rating
“Climate change is going to have a profound effect on all our adult lives, so I strongly believe that every student who graduates from college should gain some understanding about it,” says senior Roger LeBlanc, an environmental sustainability studies major in New Century College and resident advisor in the Sustainability Living Learning Community.

September 11
New $3 Million Grant to Expand Climate Change Coverage
A pilot program that began at George Mason University four years ago to help weathercasters explain climate change is going nationwide, thanks to a new $3 million grant

September 9
Bugged Out: Bed Bugs Could Be Key in Development of New Antibiotics
Monique van Hoek and Barney Bishop were awarded a grant, from the 4-VA Consortium, to study bed bugs which they suspect may have life saving properties.

September 5
Mason Researchers Win Key State Grants to Study Alzheimer’s Disease
Chemistry professor Robin Couch and Bioengineering Department chair Joseph Pancrazio won the competitive grants from the Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund administered by the Virginia Center on Aging.

September 4
Contract with Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Yields 10 Students for Mason’s Pre-Med Boot Camp
The partnership between George Mason University and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences has students excited to participate in our GeorgeSquared Biomedical Sciences program and talking about their aspirations. Learn more about the individual students through their student profile videos.

September 4
Dr. Lovejoy to Keynote ESF Symposium
A group of leading environmental scientists and policy experts will gather Sept. 11 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to discuss a New American Environmentalism. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Lovejoy of George Mason University.

September 3
Mason Professor to Head National Science Foundation’s Biological Sciences Directorate
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has tapped George Mason University professor Jim Olds, director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, to lead its Biological Sciences Directorate.

September 1
ESP Faculty, students, and alumni at IMCC3
Faculty Chris Parsons, and PhD students Katheryn Patterson and Samantha Oester served as organizers and conveners at the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress.

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