The New Horizons mission to Pluto captured the world’s imagination about the distant dwarf planet last month. On Monday, the George Mason University community can get a behind-the-scenes view into the mission, what to expect from it in the next few months, and new photos during an “Evening Under the Stars” talk at the observatory. (more…)
This is how a lifelong runner is created—by delivering newspapers in the small town of Wallace in northwestern Idaho, where snow can be on the ground from October through April.
“A lot of times there was too much snow to ride a bicycle,” said John Schreifels, who as a kid delivered papers in the town 50 miles east of Coeur d’Alene. “When it’s 20-below and you’re delivering papers, you want to move pretty fast.”
For Schreifels, 66, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at George Mason University, speed no longer is of the essence.
Now, it’s about the miles and how they can help fund the endowment for the John A. Schreifels Chemistry Scholarship given through the College of Science. (more…)
Thank you to everyone who voted on the new College of Science (COS) alumni newsletter name, unveiled in the July newsletter as The Catalyst! We all learned in class that a catalyst increases the rate of a reaction without being used up itself, and that is what we intend to be for COS alumni. The COS alumni chapter board hopes that this new avenue for news and events will help precipitate many positive connections as well as exciting opportunities to become more involved with your COS alumni chapter. (more…)
By studying what the planet looked like millions of years ago, students may uncover new links to today’s changing climate and declining biodiversity that will give us a better understanding about what is happening now, said Mark D. Uhen, a George Mason paleontology professor who specializes in ancient whale studies. (more…)
The dwarf planet Pluto will finally reveal some of its secrets Tuesday, July 14, when the New Horizons spacecraft flies by after a three-billion-mile trip that’s taken nearly a decade.
Smaller than Earth’s moon, Pluto may hold clues to even farther-flung and perhaps even habitable planets in the universe. (more…)
Pluto the guinea pig and Pluto the planet have more in common than you might think.
He also likes introducing kids to the concept of space exploration. Just ask the families who wind around the observatory at Research Hall during “Evenings Under the Stars” events. (more…)