Here is the science news, relating to George Mason University and the College of Science for the month of June 2015: (more…)
Because she puts students’ needs first, is attentive to details and, in the words of one of her nominators, is “all around amazing,” Deborah Hutton will receive George Mason University’s July Employee of the Month Award. (more…)
A high school biology class was all it took to set renowned ecologist and George Mason University professor Thomas Lovejoy down a path that led him to the Amazon in Brazil and changed environmental research.
Lovejoy’s 36-year Amazon project looks at habitat “islands” or fragments, and has spurred new generations of ecologists. The project was called “the greatest ecology experiment of all time” by noted Duke University biologist Stuart Pimm. Lovejoy also coined the term “biodiversity” and helped start the influential TV series, “Nature.” He pioneered “debt-for-nature” swaps, where environmental groups leverage international debt for conservation projects. (more…)
During the 2015 Alumni Weekend, from October 16 – 19, the College of Science alumni chapter will host an event titled Science of Beer. Join the alumni chapter leadership and your friends and fellow alumni/ae at the event to learn about the science behind beer from special guests, and get a taste from a local brewery. All proceeds from the event registration will go towards funding alumni chapter awards and scholarships and creating even better future events for you. (more…)
It’s the second day on the job for George Mason University senior Ushna Ahmad, who’s part of a student team that’s digitizing more than 45,000 dried plant specimens for a national project.
Plants collected over decades from across Virginia will become part of a national database that will detail how the environment has changed. George Mason is leading the project for Virginia that is expected to include about 300,000 Virginia plants. It’s the first such project for the Southeastern United States. (more…)
When Paige Epler started her first day of classes at George Mason University, the then-13-year-old had the usual student jitters. She wondered, would she like the professors, get along with fellow students, understand the material — and what would she wear? (more…)
Accolades celebrate the professional achievements of the faculty and staff in the College of Science. The deadline for submissions to be included in the June column is May 31st to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accolades submitted over the summer will be posted to the College news page, and sent to the University for inclusion in September issue of University-wide accolades recognition.
Alonso Aguirre, Environmental Science and Policy, co-wrote several peer-reviewed papers, including “Crossing the Interspecies Barrier: Opening the Door to Zoonotic Pathogens,” published in PLoS Pathogens; “Infection of California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus) with Terrestrial Brucella spp.,” published in The Veterinary Journal; “Trace Elements in Blood of Sea Turtles Lepidochelys olivacea in the Gulf of California, Mexico,” published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology; and “Metacommunity and Phylogenetic Structure Determine Wildlife and Zoonotic Infectious Disease Patterns in Time and Space,” published in Ecology and Evolution. (more…)
Friday night, May 1st, was the culminating event for the College of Science’s inaugural Science Slam scholarship competition: the Grand Slam. During the event, held in the Johnson Center Atrium, six student researchers gave rousing and often comedic presentations about their research to a lay audience of over 130 in a battle for a $2000 scholarship prize.
The Science Slam competition events allow “students, faculty, and alumni to mingle and learn about the great research being conducted by students in the College of Science” said Kerone Wetter, the advisor of the GMU Science Slam student organization. The student organization is responsible for the logistics of the competition, additional outreach activities, and general body meeting support. (more…)
Inside this Issue
- Biology Research Semester
- Proteomics Lab Accreditation
- Center for Energy Science and Policy
- COS Alumna Returns
- Training the Next Generation of Military Doctors
- The Science of Monsoon Forecasting
- Dolphins in Dhaka
- STEM Spark Ignites Early
- New Initiatives in Multidisciplinary Research
- Q&A: Center for Collision Safety and Analysis
- STEM Accelerator Outreach
- Dean’s Message
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