Here’s a look at two Patriots from the College of Science receiving graduate degrees at winter graduation. (more…)
As course instruction comes to an end and winter convocation nears, we took some time to highlight one of the College of Science students from the 2015 winter graduating class. View convocation details.
Name: Jason O’Bryhim
Mason Degree: PhD, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) 2015
I chose Mason because…I also did my Master’s at Mason. I was able to take some of my PhD classes while being there.
The most interesting thing about ESP is…that it’s interdisciplinary. You can learn how to incorporate new policies. I like that you can see all the steps. The faculty is also very helpful.
My top three goals for the future are…to continue my research on shark conservation in Costa Rica, to continue working with undergraduate students in some capacity, and to obtain a post-doctoral or teaching position at a university.
My time management advice for students is to…plan for things to change and for problems to arise. Otherwise, you will not be able to complete everything in the time frame you hoped.
I advise undergraduate students to…attend class, ask questions, and get to know their professors. Your professors are there to help you, and if you plan to attend graduate school, their letters [of recommendation] could be key to your acceptance.
One of only a few science courses that does not require a lab component, EVPP 201: Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century introduces students to broad aspects of human-environmental interactions in the contemporary world.
Professor J. Neil Ransom, who has been conducting PhD dissertation research in Kenya for the past year, explains, “EVPP 201 is a great course that introduces students without a strong background in science to some great environmental information. Non-science majors can take this course without feeling intimidated by it.”
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…)
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…)