Science News Round Up: October 2014

Here is the science news, relating to George Mason and the College of Science for the month of October 2014: 

October 28
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, professor of Environmental Science and Policy, and also a Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies External Advisory Board member and former Chair, has become the 11th recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

October 24
International Symposium Addresses Weather, Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity
Mason sponsored symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity, comes to final declaration and develops recommendations.

October 24
STATS website mentioned in pet health article
Mathematics department professor Rebecca Goldin is the STATS director of research, a statistical assessment service affiliated with the university.

October 24
Mason Leads Initiative to Record, Digitize Virginia Plant Life
Associate Professor Andrea Weeks spearheads a Virginia-wide effort to database millions of plant specimens in herbariums through a $2.5 million NSF grant.

October 23
No Bones About It: Student Combines Interest in Art and Science with Fossil Displays
R. Adam Renner, an Art and Visual Technology student earned a minor in paleontology in the College of Science. Mason gave Renner hands-on experience this spring and summer when he helped design the new fossil displays in Exploratory Hall. “Mason is one of the few schools with a paleontology minor. It was the perfect intersection of art and science for me,” says Renner.

October 20
Scientist Amazed by New Research Revealing ‘Extremely Unusual’ Pluto
Mike Summers, professor in the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences, is a science team co-investigator who helped plan, propose and is working on the Pluto-bound New Horizons Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission.

October 16
[Radio] ‘Quarantine Is The Answer’ To Ebola
NCBID executive director Charles Bailey interviewed by Philadelphia radio station.

October 16
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. (A Newsdesk repost of September news from the Office of Distance Education.)

October 13
Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer interviews with Washington Examiner
SeptSTEMber Series: Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer, GMU Professor, Speaks About Motivating the Next Generation of STEM Students

October 13
Using 3-D Printing to Help Students Understand Calculus
Professors Evelyn Sander, Christopher Manon and Padmanabhan Seshaiyer of George Mason’s Department of Mathematical Sciences hope students will visualize calculus concepts as they produce shapes and figures resulting from Calculus I and III problems.

October 12
Airborne transmission of Ebola not studied
NCBID executive director Charles Bailey comments on Ebola transmission.

October 10
Bite of Science at George Mason University to Strengthen Science Teaching
Bite of Science is designed to improve teacher’s ability to provide students a context of how science is applied in the real world and inspire students to pursue careers of excellence and leadership in STEM. The program featured Claudette Davis, faculty in the STEM Accelerator and Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology.

October 7
Some experts worry Ebola virus may spread more easily than thought
NCBID executive director Charles Bailey comments on his experience supervising the government’s response to an Ebola outbreak among rhesus monkeys at a research facility.

October 4
GMU turns soldiers into doctors
Prince William Times takes a look at the partnership of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and George Mason University.

October 2
Four questions for the man behind ‘biological diversity’
The Daily Climate interviewed Tom Lovejoy, professor in Environmental Science and Policy, for their “Climate at Your Doorstep” feature.

October 2
BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn’t shrink number, size of Louisiana shrimp, study says
Mason professors Joris L. van der Ham and Kim de Mutsert say the Deepwater Horizon oil spill did not shrink the size of Louisiana’s shrimp.

October 1
Chemistry Professor to receive Pitt Medal
Professor Abul Hussam has been selected to receive a University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Medallion. The Medallion is awarded to University of Pittsburgh alumni whose achievements have brought honor to the University and contributed to Pitt’s progress over the past 25 years.

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