Data Science

Data science, or “big data” as it is sometimes called, and how to harness it is a hot topic these days. Even the White House weighed in on its importance with a memorandum in early 2013. Mason researchers are manipulating vast quantities of data in a variety of ways. In this section, we look at a few of our scientists.

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Simulations, Modeling, and Gaming

The applications of simulations, modeling, and gaming are as diverse at the fields touched by it–including health, medicine, climate change, and the weather.

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Privacy and Security

From personal decisions about online privacy to how the Transportation Security Administration is looking after national safety, Mason researchers are at work, asking the tough questions and analyzing the results.

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How people act and communicate in the workplace is critical to a company or organization’s productivity. Our researchers take a look at these issues from a variety of angles and disciplines.

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It’s a Small World After All

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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When Mason Talks, the Washington Media Listen

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.

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From the Issue

Machine Learning Addresses Medical Needs

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By analyzing huge swaths of patient data, computers are learning not only how to help doctors choose the best medical treatment for each patient, but also how to efficiently prepare medical bills and predict patients’ disabilities. Dubbed “machine learning,” complex computer algorithms delve into data to boost individualized medicine, says Mason computer scientist Janusz Wojtusiak, director of the Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory and the Center for Discovery Science and Health Informatics at Mason’s College of Health and Human Services.

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Turmeric Spices Up Virus Study

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The popular spice turmeric packs more than just flavor—it shows promise in fighting devastating viruses.

Curcumin, found in turmeric, stopped the potentially deadly Rift Valley Fever virus from multiplying in infected cells, says Mason researcher Aarthi Narayanan, lead investigator on a new study.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Researcher’s New Patents Could Improve Cellular Phone Reception

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Have you ever been on your cellular phone and heard the echo of the conversation you are having? That may be a result of the so-called “ping-pong effect,” and Mason electrical engineer Brian Mark has two patents that would help make this problem less likely to happen.

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