Creating Better Chemistry and Delivering Student Savings

An email from Fenwick Library caught the collective eye of the teaching team responsible for delivering CHEM 336: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory.  The email referenced the 4-VA at Mason course re-design grants, which are provided to encourage the incorporation of Open Educational Resources (OER) into the curriculum. Lead PI Moissa Fayissa, PhD. thought that this Read more about Creating Better Chemistry and Delivering Student Savings[…]

4-VA Grant Brings Virginia Education Assessment Professionals Together for a “Virtual Drive In”

In the largest and most widespread event that 4-VA has ever coordinated – including all six 4-VA partner schools — higher education assessment professionals from across the Commonwealth came together for a “virtual” meeting.  The meeting took place in April using telepresence technology at each of the 4-VA schools. Mason coordinator Stephanie Foster, Associate Director Read more about 4-VA Grant Brings Virginia Education Assessment Professionals Together for a “Virtual Drive In”[…]

Mason Scientists Put Bees Under the Microscope in Groundbreaking Research

As the world has been learning about the precipitous and dangerous decline in bee populations, scientists are scrambling to probe deeper into the “why.”  It’s generally recognized that habitat loss and degradation, increased use of agrochemicals, invasive pathogens, competition from alien species and poor management practices are each contributing factors.  However, what’s not known is Read more about Mason Scientists Put Bees Under the Microscope in Groundbreaking Research[…]

4-VA at Mason Collaborative Research Grants Awarded

Eight Collaborative Research Grants were recently awarded by 4-VA at Mason, providing faculty and their teams of student researchers, as well as their colleagues at other Virginia partner schools, the opportunity to further important research concepts – from utilizing student ambassadors to support dementia patients, to privacy controls for smart home devices, to species resilience Read more about 4-VA at Mason Collaborative Research Grants Awarded[…]

Mason/NOVA Teacher Education: Public/Private School Representatives Invited to Join the Discussion

While George Mason University produces hundreds of candidates each year in the field of education, academic leaders at Mason recognized the need to work closely with area educational institutions – both public and private – to ensure that those candidates meet and surpass the expectations in today’s educational environment. To do so, armed with a Read more about Mason/NOVA Teacher Education: Public/Private School Representatives Invited to Join the Discussion[…]

Increasing Enrollment + Reduced Teaching Space + New Course Structure: A 4-VA Study Reaps Rewards

The story of increasing enrollment resulting in new instructors, reductions in teaching space, and revisions in course structure: OR How a critical analysis of a Mason Core course created and confirmed a positive change for students Several dilemmas were facing Mason’s COMM 100 and 101 courses: enrollment topping a record 4,000+ students an ever-changing and Read more about Increasing Enrollment + Reduced Teaching Space + New Course Structure: A 4-VA Study Reaps Rewards[…]

Moving Virginia Healthcare Forward Through Effective Communication

Just as the nation as a whole is grappling with issues from A to Z in healthcare, concerned scholars studying the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine in Virginia were interested in what role they could play in moving and improving their field within the Commonwealth.  While faculty members and students around the state have previously Read more about Moving Virginia Healthcare Forward Through Effective Communication[…]

4-VA Grant Supports Growing Multilingual Student Population at Mason

While at some institutions a student population of 45 to 50 percent identifying that English is not their primary language at home might be viewed as a challenge — at George Mason University that multilingual and multicultural diversity is celebrated as a resource. Although national data on this subject at the university level is not Read more about 4-VA Grant Supports Growing Multilingual Student Population at Mason[…]

4-VA Funding Advances the ASSIP Success Story

As a former high school science teacher at Chantilly and Thomas Jefferson in Fairfax County, Andrea Cobb, (PhD in biochemistry) saw the difference with her own eyes.  After sending her students off to a summer research experience through Mason’s Aspiring Scientist’s Summer Internship Program (ASSIP), they would return in the fall as changed students.  “They Read more about 4-VA Funding Advances the ASSIP Success Story[…]