Scientists at George Mason University have developed a nanotechnology that for the first time can measure a sugar molecule in urine that identifies tuberculosis with high sensitivity and specificity, setting the stage for a rapid, highly accurate and far less-invasive urine test of the disease that could potentially prove to be the difference between life and death in many underdeveloped parts of the world.
Learn more about the SPARK STEM program and the impact on Northern Virginia grade school students.
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.
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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.
Sharon Dorsey, a junior and track team member, had a summer internship at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The environmental science major with a concentration in ecology sees herself one day working for Fish and Wildlife Services.
George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia, and Inova, a health system in Northern Virginia that serves 2 million people annually, are combining their extensive and complementary resources to conduct personalized medicine research. This work will lead to new patient cures and treatments for a variety of diseases and groundbreaking disease prevention strategies. Learn more about the projects.
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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.”