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The outstanding economic value of a Mason degree

Posted: October 10, 2016 at 9:59 am

With Kirk Heffelmire The national default rate on student loans continues to decline, even if modestly, according to the latest federal data. Mason’s rate inched up but continues to be lower than our state and national peers.  Most importantly, when considering the financial need of our students, Mason remains Virginia’s greatest outlier (as reported here last year). Student loan default […]

Justice Kagan lauds “remarkable judge and teacher” at Scalia dedication

Posted: October 10, 2016 at 9:47 am

In case you missed it, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan delivered a remarkable speech on Thursday at the dedication of the Scalia Law School in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Kagan’s words highlighting the contributions of Justice Antonin Scalia to contemporary legal thinking are particularly meaningful given the fact that she voted in disagreement with him about […]

Mason and the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Posted: October 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

The opening last week of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a landmark occasion for our country. I’m proud to say that Mason students, faculty and alumni have played a part in this endeavor. They’ve curated and documented exhibits, served as advisors and helped develop the museum’s app. One former faculty member […]

Sharing Mason’s faculty research accomplishments and needs on Capitol Hill

Posted: September 30, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The case of alumna Aya Mohamad Nabil Hijazi

Posted: September 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

With Solon Simmons, Vice President Global Strategy and Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution At George Mason University we teach our students the importance of being engaged with the world around them, of working hard and even taking risks to make a positive difference. This is the spirit behind a phrase with which our […]

Mason partners with Northern Virginia Chamber to connect regional business and academia

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 8:45 am, Last Updated: September 22, 2016 at 11:22 am

George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce announced a comprehensive partnership on Wednesday to strategically link Virginia’s largest public university with the regional business community, a collaboration that will help drive the Northern Virginia economy into a new era. In a far-reaching partnership between the region’s largest Chamber of Commerce and a […]

Scientist-entrepreneur Chip Petricoin combines research with business

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 8:15 am, Last Updated: September 21, 2016 at 5:24 pm

George Mason University’s Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin finds himself stepping out of the lab and into the boardroom as his discoveries form the basis for new firms. Petricoin is co-director of the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine. His work has led to new companies, including personalized cancer therapy firm Perthera Inc. and Ceres Nanosciences—best […]

Mason MBA project leads to relationship with DC Water

Posted: September 22, 2016 at 8:00 am, Last Updated: September 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

By Damian Cristodero Maureen Holman, chief of sustainability at DC Water, is eager to work again with students from George Mason University, and hopes George Mason and DC Water broaden a budding partnership. Holman collaborated with four Mason Executive MBA students whose capstone project explained how DC Water could use a microgrid to ensure a […]

Humanities, too, is where the jobs are today

Posted: September 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

By Dr. Zachary M. Schrag Professor and Director of MA Program in History | Department of History and Art History As the fall semester began, Robinson Professor Steven Pearlstein published a discouraging essay in the Washington Post. He reported conversations with his Mason Honors College students, many of whom were intrigued by the humanities but […]

Higher ed’s inequality problem

Posted: September 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm, Last Updated: September 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

In June I had the pleasure of presenting at the Future Trends Forum, an event organized by the Bankinter Innovation Foundation (the Foundation, on whose board I server, is a leading think tank on innovation based in Madrid). The topic of the forum was Inequality and Technology, that is, how technology could contribute to solve rather than […]