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Major Awards 2011

March 28th, 2012

The Department of Education awarded $28.5 million to Donna Sterling and Wendy Frazier (Mason’s College of Education and Human Development), Juanita Jo Matkins (College of William and Mary), Jacqueline T. McDonnough (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Randy L. Bell (University of Virginia) for the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA). The project, a partnership

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There are scientists dedicated to the study of a world so small that not only is it not visible to the naked eye–they need high-powered microscopes to see it. At Mason, scientists from across the disciplines are looking to nanotechnology for solutions to health problems as well as engineering ones.

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It’s a pretty common occurrence that happens every day — you notice your smartphone needs charging so you quickly hook it up to a computer. You continue on with your daily tasks, trusting that the smartphone is doing nothing more than powering up or synching your calendar and contacts.

All the while, the smartphone may be actively and stealthily taking over your computer.

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Although football season has come to a close, reports of players sustaining major concussions were all too common this year. As a result, the NFL and other sports leagues—from professional to youth levels—are increasingly concerned about making the sport safer for its players. Keeping players safe is what Shane Caswell, associate professor of athletic training

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Mason biochemist Barney Bishop and his team of researchers are looking to magnets as a way to separate nanoparticles out of solutions. The research may lead to reducing the use of centrifuges, which can be time-consuming and damaging to nanoparticles.

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Mason computational physicist Estela Blaisten-Barojas is an expert in nanotechnology, a science that deals with substances at the atomic and molecular level in scale. She and her team created an automated way to classify zeolites according to their internal nanostructure network.

Continue Reading Exploiting the Properties of Very Small Objects


A new book by two Mason professors examines the devastating toll war has on civilians

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Research by Mason professor Shane Caswell shows that concussions among high school athletes in Fairfax County, Virginia, have been on the rise.

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Mason engineering students traveled to Peru in 2010 to help a small, mountain village with its water storage needs.

Continue Reading Class Acts: Student Team Focuses on Real-World Issues in Peru


Donna R. Sterling, professor of science education in Mason’s College of Education and Human Development, is helping to improve science teaching in Virginia’s high-need schools.

Continue Reading Innovative Learning and Teaching Inspires the Next Generation of Scientists


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