Accolades celebrate the professional achievements of the faculty and staff in the College of Science. The following accolades were published for the month of January 2017. (more…)
Alumna Katharine Dickson chats about her published research and what led to her PhD pursuit at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mason Degree: BS, Biology 2014
Career Goals: Ideally, I’d like to be a professor, though in the current job market I am also considering spending time in biotech (maybe even starting my own biotech company), investigating patent law and science policy, and consulting as a biology expert.
Favorite Mason Memory: Besides graduation, with “Happy” by Pharrell Williams as the soundtrack? Probably [participating in Mason’s] Biology Research Semester.
Professionally, I’m most proud of…my research publication. Also, right now I’m working on a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship application with a prospective advisor. It looks to be evolving into my dissertation topic.
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Cathy Becker (’96 MS ESP) and her husband have generously established the Catherine Z and Richard J Becker Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Research Assistantship for students pursuing a graduate degree in the College of Science. This “Becker Research Assistantship” provides financial support to select graduate students while they learn, teach, and conduct research. To date, the $500,000 gift for this innovative program is the largest alumni contribution to the College of Science.
Alumnus Michael Neeely sat down with us to talk about career shifts and his retirement in our latest Alumni Profile.
Mason Degree: BS, Chemistry 1976
Occupation: Retired Analytical Support Group manager at CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company
My favorite Mason memory is…being fortunate enough to have Dr. Robert F. Cozzens as my college mentor and having the opportunity to support his research at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) while I was attending Mason.
Professionally, I’m most proud because…before I retired, I was part of a multi-disciplinary team at Hanford, whose mission is to characterize and clean up one of the most contaminated (both chemically and radiologically) sites in our nation. The Hanford team is developing and deploying state of the art pump and treat (P&T) technologies for remediating contaminated ground water, and then re-injecting the clean water back into the aquifer. This cleanup project is still ongoing; however, when the cleanup is complete, and the Hanford site is restored to its original pristine condition, I will be proud to say that I was part of the team that achieved that remarkable accomplishment.
I advise current students to…maintain contact with fellow students and faculty. I can’t stress it enough – network, network, network! It will be instrumental in a career pursuit.
An interesting fact about me is that…I was an avid runner, running in marathons (26.2 miles) and ultra-marathons (50 miles). However, in 2011, I had surgery on my cervical spine and my lumbar spine, and the doctor advised me not to run again. So, I now walk for approximately 15 miles every day. I use my walking time for my prayer and meditation time.
The extended COS interview with Michael Neely:
I’ve had a lot of great experiences as a George Mason graduate student in the Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) department, and this summer I was invited to Google’s Geo-Teachers Institute (GTI) conference. The two-day conference, held this past July, focused on how teachers can use Google’s Geo tools with their students. As we flew into San Francisco, my colleague Jin Lee and I had many expectations about the experience we’d have.
The full post can be viewed on the COS Tumblr page. (more…)
It has been two months since the last update, and there has been significant progress on the interior and exterior of the Potomac Science Center building. New construction photos are included.
Mason researcher Giorgio Ascoli rolled out a decade’s worth of work on the NeuroMorpho project on Oct. 31 at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.
A 100-foot-long banner containing 50,000 reconstructions of neurons, each about the size of a stamp and look like small trees. “You can walk the length of the banner and never see the same neuron twice,” Ascoli said. Scientists worldwide access the database to help their research. The project is akin to sequenced genes in a gene bank. To date, NeuroMorpho.Org is the largest collection of publicly accessible 3D neuronal reconstructions and associated metadata.
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