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Law School Naming Gift

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 11:01 am

  FROM:           Ángel Cabrera TO:                  Members of the Faculty Senate RE:                  Law School Naming Gift Resolution DATE:            April 29, 2016   Dear Colleague, This past Wednesday I was asked by the Faculty Senate to share my thoughts on the recent naming gift to the law school and to respond to a […]

Evenly distributed opportunity

Posted: April 13, 2016 at 9:08 am, Last Updated: April 15, 2016 at 9:47 am

With Kirk Heffelmire We like to think about universities as the great equalizers of our society, the institutions that give everyone a shot at a good life. And there’s good reason for it.  No matter what income or ethnic group you come from, your chances of finding a good job and earning a good living are […]

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Dean Peggy Agouris Says Research Partnerships Are Key to Medical Advances, Breakthroughs

Posted: March 30, 2016 at 9:24 am

By Michele McDonald As the dean of George Mason University’s College of Science, Peggy Agouris leads a dynamic collection of researchers focused on converting scientific data into actionable knowledge for industry and government. George Mason’s increased focus on science and engineering research led to the university being named to an elite group of 115 institutions […]

Analyzing Politics in Washington, D.C.

Posted: March 30, 2016 at 9:20 am, Last Updated: March 30, 2016 at 10:38 am

By Damian Cristodero George Mason University senior Ryan Thornton is at his desk in the Washington, D.C., offices of Quorum Analytics at 7:30 every morning. Considering the government and international politics major has an hour-long bus-and-Metro commute to his full-time job, takes an online class, and has class Wednesday nights until 10 p.m., his diligence […]

Mason Incubator Produces Business Solutions and Opportunities

Posted: March 30, 2016 at 9:16 am

  By Damian Cristodero College campuses are places where ideas can grow into real-world solutions. In 2009, Anup Ghosh, then chief scientist in the Center for Secure Information Systems at George Mason University, began developing a unique way to protect computer networks from malicious malware. His research fell squarely into the center’s mandate of finding […]

World Affairs Council names Mason “Educator of the Year”

Posted: March 30, 2016 at 7:59 am, Last Updated: March 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

Last night in Washington, I had the honor of accepting the World Affairs Council-DC Educator of the Year Award on behalf of our university. The World Affairs Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to global education. Other award recipients included National Geographic, IBM, South Africa and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, who provided […]

Harold Morowitz and what it means to be a great professor

Posted: March 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm

This week George Mason University lost a great scientist and colleague.  It also lost a great professor. Harold Morowitz leaves a legacy of extraordinary scholarship and, more importantly, extraordinary students, who he inspired to pursue careers in science. There is indeed no better measure of a professor’s greatness than the achievements of his or her students. One of […]

Few American students study abroad. Many more should

Posted: March 25, 2016 at 8:39 am, Last Updated: March 25, 2016 at 8:41 am

More than 40% of first-year undergraduate students in America say they intend to study abroad.  By the time they are done with school though, fewer than 10% have. I recently heard a computer science student at Mason say that studying abroad would interfere with his major and hurt his ability to get his dream job. […]

Advancing a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Posted: March 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm, Last Updated: March 24, 2016 at 7:28 pm

Dear Mason Patriot, One of the first things I experienced when I became president of George Mason University was hearing people talk about the extraordinary diversity that exists on our campus. I was struck by the consistency of that message no matter whom I spoke with—students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders. When I arrived on […]

Access vs. excellence

Posted: March 20, 2016 at 7:03 pm

Many of the discussions I had with legislators in Richmond during this year’s session dealt with the inherent tension between increased regulation to contain cost (and therefore tuition) and increased autonomy to allow our universities to seek excellence. Virginia’s system has traditionally leaned towards the latter.  We don’t have an “Uppercase-S” System, but a loosely […]