Welcome to the 2012 edition of Mason Research. The research landscape at Mason is growing, and the university is changing because of that growth. In 2011, as we readied to open a new $48.3 million state-of-the-art, biosafety level 3 research facility on the Prince William Campus, we also broke ground on the same campus for a 75,000-square-foot life sciences research building to house the Center for Applied Proteomic and Molecular Medicine.
The $129 million in research awards received by Mason in 2011 represents an 18.5 percent increase from 2010. Of this funding, 85 percent of the research activity was supported by federal funds, which in turn provided support for more than 400 jobs in the region. Of those, nearly 56 percent supported the next generation of scientists and engineers, graduate and undergraduate researchers. Another indicator of continued growth in research is the increase in the number and amount of major awards to Mason. The university received 20 major awards in 2011, compared with 14 in 2010. Eight awards were funded at amounts higher than the highest award in 2010.
This year’s magazine features a sampling of some core areas of strength at Mason. Mason’s location in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan region lends itself to involvement in and analysis of the activities of government, which is reflected in the section on politics. Other sections on conservation, STEM, and nanotechnology reflect how Mason can be a springboard to the world. We also profile our stellar new faculty recipients of the Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Award winners: Peter Leeson, Qiliang Li, and Siddhartha Sikdar.
I invite you to read the section on knowledge creation and commercialization to learn more about the new directions we are taking in handling our intellectual property at Mason and introduce some recently developed technologies.
And I look forward to telling you more next year about a major research development activity we have initiated to bring together scholars across the campus to address the research needs of the nation. One group, interested in interventions for noninfectious disease, convened with more than 80 faculty participants already.
Roger R. Stough
Vice President for Research and Economic Development