Science News Roundup: June 2015

Here is the science news, relating to George Mason University and the College of Science for the month of June 2015: 

June 29
Mason’s TB Test Gets Gates Foundation Donation
The rapid TB test has receieved a generous donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

June 25
Deborah Hutton Is Mason’s July 2015 Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Debbie Hutton, department manager for the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.


Dr. O’Toole appearing on Fox News

June 23
In the Media: Mary Ellen O’Toole, Director of Forensic Science
Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole is a Forensic Behavioral Consultant. Her experience in the field has led to her recent appearances as a commentator on recent, prominent murder cases for national news networks including FOX News and CNN.

Dr. O’Toole is a retired FBI profiler and author of Dangerous Instincts. Her book teaches readers the tools she used as a profiler through the SMART method she developed while with the agency.

Mason Pond and Waterways Are Test Bed for National Stormwater Monitoring Project
Instruments monitor the quantity and quality of water flowing into streams and Mason Pond after a storm.

Mason Expert Invited to White House To Talk Climate Change
George Mason University professor Edward Maibach will be speaking to health professionals and political leaders at the White House on Tuesday afternoon as part of the White House Public Health and Climate Change Summit.

June 19
Dr. O’Toole comments on South Carolina Shooter for NewsMax [Video]

June 18
Newsweek covers South Carolina Shootings
Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole comments on the profile of the suspect who took the lives of church parishioners.

ASSIP Director suggests ways to stem kids’ summer brain drain
Amy Adams, director of the Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program, suggests several outdoor locations and activities for kids and families “to get kids excited about science and nature.”

June 17
Ecologist Thomas Lovejoy Reflects on 50 Years of Amazon Research
Becoming an environmentalist was a natural offshoot of studying biology because he needs to protect as well as research, Lovejoy said.

Help Promote the Alumni Weekend Event: Science of Beer
During the 2015 Alumni Weekend, from October 16 – 19, the College of Science alumni chapter will host an event titled Science of Beer.

June 13
Escaped murderers won’t find help from relatives
Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole comments on the situation of violent escapees from an upstate New York prison.

June 12
Mason Students Are Turning Dried Blossoms into a Digital Database
The Virginia Native Plant Society is funding a curatorial assistant, Mason doctoral graduate Manuela Dal Forno, to prepare the Mason collection for the undergrad team charged with imaging the specimens.

June 4
So You Want To Be a Data Scientist: A Guide for College Grads
Dr. Kirk Borne, previously a professor in SPACS, discusses the academic requirements for working in a data science job.

Faculty Accomplishments

GSS’ Debbie Hutton Named Mason’s June 2015 Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Debbie and the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science!

Class Notes

Mary Jo Mulligan-Kehoe, MS ’84 Biology
Retired from Dartmouth Medical School faculty position in July 2014, after 16 years of Vascular Biology research. She is currently starting her own after school science education business in Southern California, with the goal of stimulating students to pursue biological science careers.

Sean Dolan, MS ’14 Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence
Is a 2014 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Graduate Scholarship Recipient.

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News we’ve missed from the last month or more

 2013 Alumna Catherine Ray joins 2014 Class of Thiel Fellows
Theil fellows “will receive support to bring their innovative scientific and technical projects to life, learn entrepreneurship from the ground up, and begin to build the companies of tomorrow.” Prior to the 2015 fellows, only applicants under 20 years of age were eligible to receive the $100,000, 2 year fellowship.

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