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Solving the security clearance backlog

Posted: November 5, 2018 at 10:03 am, Last Updated: December 10, 2018 at 4:21 pm

The latest White House debate over security clearance reform was brought to George Mason University’s Arlington Campus on Tuesday when senior officials from Congress, the executive branch, and government contracting participated in a panel discussion organized by Mason’s National Security Institute and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. “That is a national security problem,” said U.S. Sen. […]

Gov. Northam joins George Mason, NOVA to announce gifts to ADVANCE

Posted: October 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm, Last Updated: December 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm

Gov. Ralph Northam joined representatives from George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College on Monday to announce gifts in support of the ADVANCE partnership. The partnership between Mason and NOVA is helping clear obstacles so more transfer students can earn four-year degrees. The Northrop Grumman Foundation has pledged support for ADVANCE student scholarships, while […]

Board approves renaming Founders Hall to Van Metre Hall

Posted: October 24, 2018 at 11:46 am, Last Updated: December 10, 2018 at 4:14 pm

Founders Hall, one of two major academic buildings on George Mason University’s Arlington Campus, was officially renamed Van Metre Hall after Mason’s Board of Visitors approved the change at its Oct. 10 meeting. The board’s action recognizes the generosity of the Van Metre Companies, a major regional builder that donated 37 acres in Ashburn, Virginia, to […]

Mason receives NSF grant to attract more women, minorities to STEM fields

Posted: September 21, 2018 at 10:07 am, Last Updated: December 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm

A team of researchers from George Mason University has received a National Science Foundation grant to introduce a more active-learning approach that would improve student understanding, increase retention and increase the numbers of women and minorities in STEM fields. Jill Nelson, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the Volgenau School of Engineering, […]

Forbes ranks Mason among top 50 public universities

Posted: September 10, 2018 at 2:23 pm, Last Updated: December 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm

George Mason University was ranked No. 49 nationally among public universities in Forbes’ latest evaluations. A total of 251 institutions were ranked. “Mason is serious about its mission as a public research university,” Provost S. David Wu said. “Not only do we provide access to higher education, we provide excellence in a diverse environment that allows […]

Mason named one of D.C. region’s largest employers

Posted: September 6, 2018 at 12:55 pm, Last Updated: December 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm

George Mason University has been recognized as one of the largest employers in the Washington, D.C. region, according to the Washington Business Journal. Mason is the 28th-largest employer of National Capital Region residents, and the 13th-largest employer in Northern Virginia. Mason has 6,769 employees from the metropolitan area, up from 6,461 the previous year, the publication says, […]

ShanghaiRanking names Mason among top 300 universities worldwide

Posted: August 20, 2018 at 11:57 am

George Mason University was one of only four schools in Virginia and four in the greater Washington, D.C., area to be included among the prestigious 2018 Academic Rankings of World Universities by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Mason was ranked among the top 95 universities in the United States and one of the top 300 in the world. “These rankings […]

Tom Davis re-elected as rector of Mason’s Board of Visitors

Posted: August 20, 2018 at 11:38 am

The George Mason University Board of Visitors (BOV) capped its annual planning conference Friday by re-electing Thomas M. Davis as rector and voting in four members of its Executive Committee. Davis, a former seven-term U.S. House of Representatives member from Northern Virginia, has led the university’s 16-member governing body since 2014. Over the past four years, Mason has emerged […]

Schar School fellow creates tool to boost women VC entrepreneurs

Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:51 am, Last Updated: August 20, 2018 at 11:53 am

The idea that venture capital firms prefer to invest in companies led by men inspired Ruta Aidis to do something about it. The economist, who is a senior fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, created a website that provides verified information about venture capital firms that are founded by women and that […]

Mason leads Congressional staff briefing on DHS Centers of Excellence

Posted: August 10, 2018 at 11:40 am, Last Updated: August 20, 2018 at 11:44 am

George Mason University’s Anthony Stefanidis recently used his role as the director of Mason’s Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center (CINA), a Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence (COE), to lead a briefing of congressional staffers on Capitol Hill. Stefanidis, who was also the former chair of Mason’s Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, served as head of a […]