Science News Roundup: January 2018

Here is the science news, relating to George Mason University and the College of Science for the month of January 2018: 

January 31

Thomas Lovejoy quoted in article about the impact of Dam building in the Amazon

Mason ecologist Thomas Lovejoy was quoted in Science Magazine in an article discussing the impact dam building in the Amazon is having on fish.

January 30

Mason scientist works with NASA to create new Earth science technology

Mason scientist Zhong Liu helps NASA to develop a Web-based tool that provides a way to access, visualize, and explore many of NASA’s Earth science data sets

January 29

Mason team places at Harvard Hackathon

Dr. Alessandra Luchini and her team won $5,000 at the second annual Lyme Innovation Hackathon held at the Spalding Rehabilitation Center at Harvard Medical School last October.

January 24

ASSIP Student mentored by Dr. Lance Liotta wins Congressional App Challenge for his district

Matthew Trang participated on a team in the Congressional App Challenge, where their app Smart Sleeve won.

January 19

Mason scientists help NASA prepare for potential killer asteroids

Mason researchers stand ready to help coordinate world’s response to asteroid threats.

January 19

Quote by Dr. Thomas Lovejoy becomes the launchpad of the Year of the Bird

Environmental Science and Policy and the Godfather of Biodiversity leads effort for National Geographic.

January 18

New cancer test shows exciting progress

Dr. Lance Liotta works with Johns Hopkins University on CancerSEEK, an early detection test for cancer

January 10

What can your saliva say about concussions?
A new diagnostic tool created by Mason scientists could lead to faster-then-ever testing for concussions.

January 1
Mason scientists develop new Tuberculosis test to lead to early TB detection
Tuberculosis kills an estimated 1.7 million people per year. #MasonScience is working to drastically reduce that via The New York Times.

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December 12

Faculty & Staff Accolades: November 2017
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