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4-VA Grant Supports Future Scientists and Patriots at the SEAS 16 Event

Eight hundred elementary and secondary students from local school districts gathered at Mason April 6th for the fifth School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) event. The 4-VA grant sponsored event showcases the students’ environmental science projects, and also hosts the annual KidWind Challenge competition. Students build their own wind turbines and their energy

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Mason 4-VA Grant Spotlight: Sustainable Food Systems Symposium

by Linda Sheridan A Mason 4-VA grant initiative funded the Sustainable Foods Systems Symposium, held in May at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal. The two-day symposium brought 39 participant faculty and staff from 4-VA members Mason, James Madison University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. In presentations

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STEM Outreach and Community Engagement – 4-VA Grant Supports Future Engineers and Scientists

by Linda Lane Sheridan A Mason 4-VA grant supported a STEM Outreach and Community Engagement project that helped to bring 800 Northern Virginia PK-12 grade students to the 4th annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held on campus April 9. The SEAS event provided a “fun and educational way to develop

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Let It Rain

by Linda Lane Sheridan Creating “ecologically literate citizens” able to tackle issues related to real problems is the goal of Dr. Changwoo Ahn’s 2015 Mason 4-VA Innovation grant, The Rain Project. The environmental science and policy professor has gathered twenty undergraduate students to form the Rain Project Student Leadership Group.

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4-VA Grant Focus: Governor’s School Summer Institute and STEM Boot Camp

by Linda Lane Sheridan There are not enough hours in the day for Dr. Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Mason Stem Accelerator Program. In the past year Dr. Seshaiyer as principal investigator was awarded two Mason 4-VA Innovation grants. Dr. Seshaiyer’s first grant was a mentorship institute for Academic Year Governor’s

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Bed Bug Collaborative Research May Yield Alternatives to Antibiotics

by Hazel Moon The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, has become a problem where ever people live in close proximity to one another. Housing, healthcare facilities, hotels, and even libraries are frequent bed bug habitats. While bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, they can be a particular nuisance in

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Mason Water Forum Forges New Connections

At the age of 13, Dr. Paul Houser, Associate Professor of Geography and Information Sciences already knew that he wanted to be a hydrologist. He honed his skills building mud cities with storm drains, rivers and bridges in his backyard outside of rainy Portland, Oregon. Environmental Science and Policy Doctoral

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Building Bridges

by Hazel Moon Growing up in Pittsburgh, Dr. David Lattanzi, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental & Infrastructure Engineering, was inspired and fascinated with the bridges that dot the city. Out of this fascination grew a desire to build and create structures that could significantly impact the cities and towns where people

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Ornithology Shared Course Draws Birders From Mason and Madison

A course shared between Mason and James Madison this spring is Ornithology, taught by Mason Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. David Luther. Dr. Luther grew up in a bird watching family. Both of his parents were avid birders, yet he did not consider studying ornithology until he was in college.

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Mason 4-VA Grant Awards Honored

The following were recently awarded to Mason faculty.

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