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Archive for February, 2012

When in need of expert analysis, Washington journalists often turn to professors at Mason. Election season is a particularly busy time of year, as Mason experts are called upon for their thoughts and analysis of campaign issues.

Continue Reading When Mason Talks, the Washington Media Listen


Seeking and Destroying HIV

February 28th, 2012

New invention by Mason researcher Yuntao Wu shows promise in attacking AIDS virus.

Continue Reading Seeking and Destroying HIV


New Patents

February 28th, 2012

These are recent patents that originated at Mason.

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Each year, Mason selects three faculty members who show exceptional promise in their disciplines to receive Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Awards. To qualify for this award and its $3,000 stipend, the faculty member must be within 10 years of receiving his or her terminal degree and have growing national and international recognition for his or her work.

Continue Reading Meet the 2011–12 Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Awardees


Mason environmental biologist Patrick Gillevet is part of a research consortium that is studying how and why a deadly disease is attacking American lobsters.

Continue Reading What Mysterious Disease Is Plaguing the American Lobster?


One of the more frustrating issues facing researchers is not necessarily how the brain works, but why the brain doesn’t always work the way it should. Neurological disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome and Parkinson’s disease are two ways in which this complex system can go awry. Mason researchers Joseph Pancrazio and Nathalia Peixoto are investigating ways in which human-made materials can help these brain maladies.

Continue Reading Engineering a Way to Treat Neurological Disorders


Mason electrical engineer Qiliang Li and his team are working with nanowire-based logic and memory, a technology that uses tiny silicon wires, less than 20 nanometers in diameter. These nanowires form the basis of memory that is nonvolatile, meaning that it can hold its contents even when the power is switched off.

Continue Reading Using Nanotechnology to Increase Battery Life


Cracking Bacteria’s Armor

February 21st, 2012

Killing bacteria is central to Monique van Hoek’s research, as she and her team have developed new antimicrobial peptides, or small chains of amino acids, that are able to disrupt the protective coating that surrounds bacteria.

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Mason education professor Len Annetta’s research focuses on using video games to inspire and motivate students, particularly in underserved schools. He also wants to encourage teachers to rethink how they teach science concepts in an environment that uses games to help students learn more effectively.

Continue Reading Get Your Game On: Video Games Make Learning Science Fun


With the help of a video game, a team of Mason psychology graduate students gave high school kids in Northern Virginia a crash course on the dangers of distracted driving.

Continue Reading Grad Students Show Dangers of Texting and Driving


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