Science News Roundup: August 2016

Here is the science news, relating to George Mason University and the College of Science for the month of August 2016: 

August 25
Thomas Lovejoy writes op-ed about the need to maintain biodiversity
According to Lovejoy, we are all affected by actions taken on the planet because of the connection between different locations and ecosystems.

August 16
Thomas Lovejoy provides insight on combatting Amazon deforestation
Lovejoy thinks the forest is close to creating more carbon than it reduces. He says scientists and communities should know the hydrological cycle to help protect the Amazon.

August 12
Alumnus Craig Koppie helped restore eagle species and shares tender side of the birds
After graduating from Mason in 1977, Koppie was recruited to help save bald eagles from extinction. Koppie shares intimate details about the eagle and how they raise their young. via The Washington Post

ASSIP holds 2016 Poster Session and Awards Ceremony
Student research from 94 high school and college participants was presented and awarded. Projects displayed various sciences, including protenomics, biology, and neuroscience.

August 10
Physics and Astronomy professor John Mariska thinks bizarre science stories may be PR moves
After several space news mix-ups over the years, Mariska says the stories may be intentionally planned to spark science interest.

August 5
Marine biology professor Chris Parsons says humpback whales act as sea bodyguards
Parson found that humpback whales protect other sea life from killer whales, at their own risk.

OSCAR program holds Summer Celebration for student work
Posters displayed scholarly work from the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP).

August 1
Former ASSIP student’s research leads to early Lyme disease detection test
In 2009, ASSIP student Temple Douglas wanted to know if there was a way to isolate the disease bacteria. Her curiosity led to the new early detection test.

News we’ve missed from the last month or more

July 30

Forensic’s Mary Ellen O’Toole shares insight on sexual assault suspect

O’Toole believes that the string of Santa Fe sexual assault attacks are not the first occurrences. She thinks the perpetrator was “comfortable” when spying on and assaulting women.

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