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Mason Conservation students tag monarch butterflies to help save the endangered species

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Mason Research in the top 25 nationally

George Mason University’s $214 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021 represented an increase of more than $100 million over five years, and puts the university on track to meet its goal of $225 million by 2025.

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Artificial intelligence is artificial and not intelligent

Mason Square's Tech futurist and director of Mason’s new robotics and AI center, Missy Cummings, discusses the strengths, weaknesses, and shortcomings of AI

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Protecting an Endangered Species

In late September, 18 undergraduates from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation‘s (SMSC) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation program tagged monarch butterflies on their journey south to help researchers better understand their grand migration.

Read more about the tagging process and why it's so important.

“It’s important to track [their movement] because monarchs are listed as an endangered species as of this summer [by the International Union for Conservation of Nature].”

Nadia Gray, senior environmental and sustainability studies major

Students from the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation tag Monarch butterflies.

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Mason's research shows its strength in National Science Foundation (NSF) report

George Mason University’s $214 million in research funding in fiscal year 2021 represented an increase of more than $100 million over five years and puts the university on track to meet its goal of $225 million by 2025.

Professor Paulo Costa and students at The Radar and Radio Engineering Lab (RARE Lab), located at Volgenau School of Engineering.

Professor Paulo Costa and students at The Radar and Radio Engineering (RARE) Lab, College of Engineering and Computing.

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The U.S. News and World Report rankings place five programs in the top 20

Mason’s stature as the most innovative and diverse public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia positions it to provide evolving online learning opportunities. 

“Mason’s online programs are part of our commitment to provide access to excellence for our students,” Mason Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Ginsberg said. “We have an institutional and programmatic commitment to meeting students where they are, and we are proud of this national recognition.” Read More

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences students.

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Campus News

Mason students get a front-row seat to legislative process

Forty Mason students traveled to Richmond on Jan. 26 for Mason Lobbies to share their college experiences with legislators. Learn more about their day. 

Mason Lobbies Students in Richmond

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Robot Love: Celebrating four years of Starship robot deliveries at Mason


George Mason’s Forensics Program Fosters Next Generation of Detectives

Led by some of the most esteemed professionals in the field, GMU’s forensic science program is teaching tomorrow’s detectives to solve crimes.

By Jessie Rifkin, January 25, 2023, Northern Virginia Magazine


Early Identification Program establishes new scholarship

“The Early Identification Program is incredibly grateful for the gift we’ve received from the Women's Club of Great Falls Scholarship Fund,” said Khaseem Davis, director of EIP. “This investment will support EIP alumni enrolling at Mason, ensuring more of our deserving EIP students can pursue their dreams of attending college.” Read More


Doc Nix honored by Mason Athletics

Mason Athletics recognized Green Machine Ensembles director and associate professor of music Michael Nickens, “Doc Nix,” during the men’s basketball game vs. Massachusetts on Wednesday at EagleBank Arena. 

As part of Black and African Heritage Month, the game featured the National Black Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," sung by Bobby Lacy II, as well as performances by Doc Nix, the Green Machine's Emerald Desire, a video presentation, and halftime acknowledgment of Doc Nix by Interim Athletic Director Nena Rogers.

 

Doc Nix Nickens, Green Machine Ensembles director dressed in a bright yellow suit, yellow hat, green mardi gras beads holds a basketball. He is flanked to his right by interim athletic director Nena Rogers, wearing a green blazer, and his mom to his left, wearing a black suit.


Mason Square News

Missy Cummings is a tech futurist, charged with making tech work

As one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots and an engineer, Mary “Missy” Cummings is accustomed to breaking barriers and solving problems. So, when the opportunity to develop a new interdisciplinary program in artificial intelligence at Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing emerged, she didn’t hesitate. Cummings wants to increase the public and workforce's understanding of AI and its limits by utilizing the environment of ideation and innovation coming to Fuse at Mason Square.

Read more about Missy Cummings' research.

"I am hoping, personally, to teach classes in [Fuse] and actually have an offshoot of my lab out there because with all this work that we're doing with government agencies on safe, secure, trustworthy AI, we anticipate offering research and lab-based classes out there. So it's critical to my research and critical to the overall interdisciplinary nature of AI in general."

 

Missy Cummings,
from the Access to Excellence Podcast


The future at Fuse: Naval engineering

As part of its commitment to meeting emerging workforce needs, George Mason University's College of Engineering and Computing is offering a Naval Ship Design Graduate Certificate Program at Mason Square in Arlington. It's one of 16 classes across seven different departments at Mason Square, with nearly 150 graduate students enrolled. Read More.


Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton helps Mason land federal funding

Mason will receive more than $1 million for a center that will help in the fight against the growing opioid epidemic and another $820,000 to establish a clinic that will help combat Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Federal funding for both projects came as part of the federal omnibus appropriations bill that President Biden recently signed into law to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2023.

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“The opioid crisis has hit Virginia communities hard, and it is an issue I've worked closely on throughout my

Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton in a red blazer, holding a green folder speaking with Mason faculty member Rebecca Sutter, wearing a black jacket. Rebecca is jestering with her hands while speaking with Honorable Wexton.

career in public service. I applaud Mason's efforts to establish this new center, which will help leverage public-private partnerships among local community leaders in our Commonwealth to prevent overdoses and save lives.”

 

U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA)

Congressman Gerry Connolly championed Mason projects to land federal funding

Mason will expand its research and real-world impact by addressing cybersecurity and mental health care needs thanks to the efforts of U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA). Read More.

U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly in a blue suit and green tie standing with his arms crossed in front of evergreen trees.
"George Mason University is a pillar of our community, but the effects of its world-class education and world-changing research can be felt throughout the country.”

 

U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Mason President, Dr. Washington, featured on Rebuilding the American Dream

Mason President Gregory Washington recently appeared on the Rebuilding the American Dream podcast, which features conversations with leading minds about higher education in America. Washington spoke about "Finding the Right Paths and Highlighting Those Paths for Others." Listen to the episode.

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Access to Excellence Podcast

Listen to conversations with Mason's thought leaders and world changers hosted by Mason President Gregory Washington

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