Welcome to the blog of Dean Fernando R. Miralles-Wilhelm
Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm is the Dean of the College of Science at George Mason University. He is a hydrologist and water resources engineer with research interests in modeling of surface and groundwater systems, climate-hydrology-vegetation interactions, remote sensing applied to hydrologic cycle processes and water quality, and modeling of the water-energy-food nexus. Each week, he connects with the Mason Science community on topics ranging from college updates to his thoughts on current events.
Proud of our teamMay 5, 2021
Last week, many across America watched the 147th Running of the Roses, the Kentucky Derby, perhaps the ultimate single event honor in equestrian racing. Bob Baffert, the trainer of the winning horse, Medina Spirit, set a Kentucky Derby record with his seventh career win at Churchill Downs. When discussing the accomplishment during a postrace interview, in addition to acknowledging the accomplishment, Baffert also said, "I couldn't be prouder of my team."
What’s next?April 28, 2021
Some say last week’s trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was a ‘historic milestone,’ concluding with a jury verdict of guilty on all three murder charges. As I watched the news come out, I felt a mix of sadness, relief, and justice being served. My sense about George Floyd’s tragic and horrible death is frustration at multiple levels: you don't lean with your knee on a handcuffed person's neck for more than nine minutes no matter who you are, who the person laying on the ground is, where you are, or whatever the circumstances may be; no matter what; period. I am comforted by the fact that the jury deliberated quickly and rendered an unequivocal verdict. It is a bit of hope that the future will bring us more justice, peace, and freedom.
It’s award seasonApril 21, 2021
In the entertainment world, January and February mark the “Award Season” where the Hollywood community comes together to nominate and recognize standout performances. For academia, our award season typically occurs each spring semester in April and May when countless nominating committees review recommendations for student performance, advisor and instructional excellence, community engagement, and successful demonstration of intellect and research impact.
Not throwin’ away my shotApril 14, 2021
About a week ago, George Mason University President Gregory Washington sent an email to all Mason faculty and staff to let us know our university would be offering an opportunity to receive a Covid-19 vaccine starting last Saturday, April 10 at the Eagle Bank Arena. Students could have the same option later this month. Within a week, a myriad of volunteers and healthcare professionals offered hundreds of appointments for our Mason nation for all interested. We are fortunate to have this opportunity as an option as there are more than 120 million Americans still waiting for their first shot.
Time to Celebrate
April 7, 2021
March 31, 2021
Springtime at Mason
March 24, 2021
A transformative year
March 17, 2021
Time to educate and act
March 10, 2021
Playing with a Dream Team
March 3, 2021
February 24, 2021
Understanding the past to build a brighter future
Feb. 3, 2021
Jan. 27, 2021
Catch your breath
Dec. 16, 2020
What does it take to be a top scientist?
Dec. 10, 2020
A culture of meaningful recognition
December 3, 2020
Making real Mason Moments that matter
November 19, 2020
Focus on your horizon
November 12, 2020
What are we learning from the election results?
November 5, 2020
Mandela quote of "Hope" helps us stay the course
October 22, 2020
Sharing our science
October 7, 2020
Celebrating Hispanic heritage
September 24, 2020
Championing women in STEM at Mason
September 17, 2020
Science Instructional growth and creative engagement
September 9, 2020
Welcome to the fall 2020 semester, faculty and staff
August 24, 2020
New Science Dean tours research facilities
August 19, 2020