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Where the Wild Things Are

March 21, 2011

Tucked into the rolling landscape near Shenandoah National Park, the 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is home to endangered animals and the scientists who study them.

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By Jim Greif With terrorism as one of the major security concerns of the 21st century, governments are developing sophisticated systems to defend against the use of biological weapons, such as anthrax or smallpox. The general public understands little about these weaponized pathogens, leading to fear about our vulnerability to such an attack. Gregory Koblentz,

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A team of researchers from Mason, the Brookings Institution, and Harvard University, in collaboration with Azavea, a Philadelphia-based software design company, announced the release of DistrictBuilder, a free, open-source, web-based software that will enable greater public participation and transparency during the upcoming electoral redistricting process. Funded by a grant to Mason from the Sloan Foundation,

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As part of a nationwide effort to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases, Mason’s Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL) is the newest of only 13 regional biocontainment laboratories that have been or are being built through competitive grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes

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One of the surveys conducted by Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication and the Center for Social Science Research made big news this year. The survey of weathercasters about climate change showed up in a variety of news stories as the networks covered the subject from different angles.

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